on 15 March 2015
"The Starfighters" has nothing to do with Japanese TV or science fiction; it's a plotless, pointless 1964 snoozefest about Air Force pilots, starring future Congressman Bob Dornan. It's a movie that would be unwatchable without the riffing by Mike and the 'bots, who turn it into one of the series' funniest episodes.
"The Rebel Set" is a pretty good 1959 heist picture with the riffing front-loaded onto the movie's opening (and completely gratuitous) "beatnik" scenes. A coffee shop owner-slash-criminal mastermind ropes three losers into helping him pull off an armored car robbery.
"Secret Agent Super Dragon" is a low budget James Bond ripoff so tedious, it makes "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" look like an action movie, and "Parts: the Clonus Horror" is a 1979 thriller in which a clone is hunted after escaping from an organ-harvesting ranch.
A good collection, then, certainly worth acquiring for "The Starfighters."
on 2 August 2008
Mystery Science Theater should be viewed by every fan of Sci-fi, B-movies and Puppetry. It may take one or two episodes to get into, but once it grabs you, you'll never escape.
A man is shot into space and is forced to watch the worst movies ever made at the hands of two (rather) mad scientists. Our bejumpsuited hero, Joel (Later replaced by the equally likable Mike) is joined by two wise-cracking robot friends who help him jeer, cheer and ridicule the movies in order to preserve his sanity.
Though I have long since seen every single episode of MST3K, it will always remain with me. Every few nights I'll fire up an episode I haven't seen in a while and let the good times roll.
ON THIS DVD
The Rebel Set:
Not the best episode compared to some others, but great nontheless.
Secret Agent Super Dragon:
Implausible Bond knockoff. Super Dragon saves the world with the aid of his accomplice "Baby Face."
Failed Japanese TV show converted into a straight to video movie. If it seems like a Star Wars Knockoff, wait until part II.
Parts: The Clonus Horror
A cautionary tale about men in tight swim suits. Also something about cloning in there, I think.
Long live MST3K.