Friday, May 25, 2012

MST3K: Episode 522 - Teen-Age Crime Wave

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Episode 522: Teen-Age Crime Wave

First aired: Comedy Central on 15 January 1994
Availability: MST3KVideos.com Fan Copy

Don't cry. Don't raise your eye. It's only Teen-Age Crime Wave.
This episode is the first of five consecutive episodes that haven't been released on home video. And, it's part of a stretch where 8 of 10 episodes haven't been released on video. Five of the last six episodes of Season Five and three of the first four episodes of Season Six have never been released on video.

Of the national seasons, this is the longest stretch like that so far. The only stretch that's longer is in Season Eight.

My copy is, of course, a fan copy. I got mine from MST3KVideos.com. It's a good quality recording. I'm hoping, though, that this one gets released on video. But, since Sony owns the rights, it's not likely to be released anytime soon. I hope that changes. It's a pretty good episode.

I had never seen the movie before I saw it on MST3K. Even then, I missed this episode during its 10 airings on Comedy Central. Only one of those came at a time where I would have been able to have seen it, and I didn't see it then. So, until I got this episode as part of this "watch 'em all" project, I had never seen it. And, if fan copies weren't available, I wouldn't have been able to see it then.
What's a Bad Girls In Prison film without a shower scene?Or a cat fight?
At first, I thought it was going to be a typical Bad Girls In Prison kind of movie. You got your shower scene. You got your cat fight. You got your bad girl and your good girl who shouldn't really be in prison.

About 15 or 20 minutes into it, though, it becomes a jailbreak movie with the criminals holding a farm family hostage. Not exactly the feel-good hit of the summer. Still, not an awful film, just a bad one.

Mace Mousse.
Bad Girl Blonde Chick picks up Doughy Guy in a bar, then leads him to where Hoodlum Boyfriend and Sidekick beat up Doughy Guy and rob him, but the cops come and arrest Bad Girl Blonde Chick and Good Girl Brunette Chick, who get sentenced to juvy, but Hoodlum Boyfriend breaks them out during transport and kills Cop in the process, upsetting Good Girl Brunette, but the Teen-Age Criminals take her along anyway, and then they stop at a farm house and hold the elderly couple hostage while awaiting Other Hoodlum Friend who gets killed before he gets to the farm house, so the Teen-Age Criminals conclude their Crime Wave by getting caught, so everybody lives happily ever after, except for the criminals who would go to jail and the Bad Girl Blonde Chick who got killed at the end. The end.

The Invention Exchange is still around during this episode. Dr. Forrester's Mace Mousse is funny, and before the episode is over, we get to see it again. And again. And again. The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide says that the episode ran short, so they had to pad it out. They redid the gag from Episode 307: Daddy-O, sort of. That's the one where the button wouldn't stay pushed. In this one, the credits would start, then they'd cut back to Frank getting Mace Moussed by Dr. Forrester. Then the button would get pushed and the cycle began again. Still funny.
That's not LOX (Liquid Oxygen) in the tank. A salute to Doughy Guys everywhere.
The escape attempt by Mike & the Bots was humorous. Crow using lox instead of LOX foiled that one.

Oh, and no Doughy Guy would leave out the Host Segment where they saluted Doughy Guys. So I won't.

Funny episode. The movie started and ended with a bang, kinda slowed down in the middle, but that's movies for ya.



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