Thursday, June 14, 2012

MST3K: Episode 611 - Last of the Wild Horses

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

Episode 611: Last of the Wild Horses

First aired: Comedy Central on 15 October 1994
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon DVD (Volume 23), Shout Factory (Volume 23), Best Brains (Volume 23)

No more horsies!
It's a western!

It's not the first western Mike & the Bots take on. Well, okay, it is. Joel & the Bots took on a couple of westerns. This is the first one since Mike took center seat.

But, that's not the thing about this episode that made it memorable. Oh, no. Not at all.

This is the Mirror, Mirror episode. You know, the Star Trek Season Two episode where Kirk, McCoy, Scott, and Uhura are switched with mirror universe counterparts during an ion storm. On the Satellite of Love, Servo and Gypsy are switched during an ion storm.
Mirror universe Crow and Mike with our Servo and Gypsy.Evil Gypsy and Evil Tom Servo in out universe.
In the mirror universe, Evil Mike, complete with Spock goatee, runs the experiment from Deep 13, assisted by Evil Crow and, usually, Evil Tom Servo and Evil Gypsy. And the subjects of Evil Mike's experiments? Evil Dr. Forrester and Evil TV's Frank.

Check that. Out Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank are the evil ones, so the mirror universe has Good Dr. Forrester and Good TV's Frank. Or something.

Anyway, we get to see Dr. Forrester and Frank go into the theater and riff the movie for a segment. So, it is sort of a preview of Cinematic Titanic, where Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff both currently riff movies.
Mirror universe Frank and Dr. Forrester and Joey the Lemur.Joel with Joey the Lemure from Season Two.
We also get to see Mirror Frank and Mirror Dr. Forrester do a Joey the Lemur skit. Remember Joey? He was in Episode 210: King Dinosaur in a skit with Joel.

Like in Star Trek, they get things sorted out in the end and everything worked out, I suppose.

A couple of horses asses.
Oh, yeah. There was a movie in the midst of all of this.

Wanna-be stagecoach robber and Carmen Miranda co-star Duke gets interrupted before he can pull his first robbery and helps a horse thief escape, but he winds up needed help and gets it from the daughter of a wealthy wheelchair-bound rancher who gets the hot for big stupid Duke, but the sheriff thinks he's the guy who tried to rob the stage, but Comedy Relief One and his ward, who looks a whole lot like Kitty from Episode 507: I Accuse My Parents, offer a false alibi, so Duke goes to work for for Comedy Relief One and Kitty, who run a farm, assisted by Comedy Relief Two, then gets involved in a dispute over rounding up wild horses, and the crippled rancher gets killed and Duke gets convicted of murder, but he escapes and Comedy Relief One discovers evidence that the ranch foreman committed the murder, so Duke goes free and everybody lives happily ever after, except for all the people killed. The end.

Though the Mirror Universe skits were the star of the show, the riffing on the movie was actually good. This one works in every respect.



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