A classic, one that I can watch when I have a strong stomach. The exploding spider was really nasty, but the blender spider was hysterical. Then there's the disgusting redneck idiot guy, he brings on the riffs. Then there's Skipper! He had the worst dialog anyone has ever seen (for the most part anyway). Then they had to kill the spider and GO PACKERS! The spider looked really stupid, the mechanical one I mean. The laughs came steady on this one, and besides the icky stuff, and the oily corners on every side, this episode was great! Definitely a Red Tom Favorite!
The Beginning of the End
For some reason, this one didn't really strike me as hilarious. It had some great riffs, obviously, but they were too few and far in between to be extremely noticeable. The grasshoppers were awesome riff material, as was Peter Graves, our noble man of biography. But the star of the show was our wonderful, deaf and mute scientist, who was entirely too short lived. Torgo was right, our riff of the day is "He's signing 'AAAAHHHH!!!'" Not bad, but not really A-list material when it comes to MST3K.
Our heroes' first western movie, and man was it a riot! I loved their riffs on Little-man and that loser Mayor and his stupid War stories. The really good riffs are pretty steady throughout the whole thing, especially at the end when everyone in the entire town is dead. The skits are awesome too! Tom Servo bending space and time, and Crow's pony express were definitely standouts. This was a very solid episode, one that I frequent quite a bit. Though the laughs aren't quite as gut-busting as some of their greats, it still deserves one or two looks.
Ah the wondrous Devil Fish! Lotta good material here. My favorite riffs have to come from the Beery guy and the skinny woman. The devilfish parts themselves are beyond funny, especially when they attach the megaphone to the bottom of their ship with the series of "Attention! Free devilfish food!" and so on. Truthfully, this was just a mediocre movie, and it only suffered from dry, boring parts, where even the action sequences are saturated by horribly planned suspense thrills and just plain old terrible acting. Really not much else to say about the movie itself other than the monster was rather well made, even though he was clearly a complete ripoff of Jaws. The host segments go back and forth, some I loved, and some I could have done without. All in all, not especially great, but it was one of those I original few I started with taping on the Sci-fi channel, so it will hold a soft spot for me.
First, let me say that this episode has the best short out of any of them in my opinion. I loved watching Gumby as a child, however an episode of this quality, I did not know existed at all. But seeing Mike and the bots go after Gumby had to be one of the funniest experiences of my life, I watched this one with my brother Danny and we couldn't contain ourselves with how funny it was. The episode on the other hand was not quite as good, however such riffs as "Ooohh! Popeye!" or "Oh wait, I forgot something." Were just killers! The movie itself had WAY too much dead time and bad acting for it to be any good. And sometimes the riffs didn't really make up for the quality of it.
5/5 for Gumby's Robot Rumpus! 3/5 for Ze Screaming Skull
I'll have to roll with the tide on this one. I wasn't thrilled by this one. While it was somewhat funny, the movie was just a little off-putting. The acting is at Ed Wood level, and the plot... well yeah, the plot is undeniably so cookie cutter that it almost looks like it doubles along with Warrior of the Lost World. The movie is BAD, and in a bad way. The real problem with this episode is that the riffs do very very very little to cover up how bad this movie is. Especially on those dumb scenes like the "pussy nibbles" or just about every scene of them "taking down the man!" I mean seriously, these guys come up to the main character and are all excited, treating him like he's Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, and then suddenly they decide he's just not part of their team. What's the point?! What was the point of the idiot going away from the naked girl in the water tower in the first place? The city was a craphole to begin with! Anyway, even the appearance of James Earl Jones just can't save this episode.