Episode K07: Gamera vs Zigra
First aired: KTMA on 1 January 1989
If I hadn't seen lots of other MST3K episodes over the years, I might think the show was just about Gamera movies. This is episode seven. The first three episodes are "lost" -- no copies are known to exist -- and all the ones we've covered during this project to date have starred that flying turtle from Japan, Gamera.
|The Mads make an ad|
The riffing is beginning to resemble the type of riffing I remember. Fewer "Well, that's stupid!" kind of comments and more verbal interaction with the screen: Character: "Don't you look at television?" Riff: "Yes, it's like radio with pictures."
|Something for the dads that took their kids to see the movie.|
Then again, any silly plotline that finds a way to get Eiko Yanami into a bikini can't be all that bad.
The copy of the movie I have had several bad VHS spots in it, making it painfully obvious that it was an over-the-air recording.
The show, though, is beginning to flow. Not as many "dead spots" -- stretches without a riff -- and good interaction between the riffers.
Oh, and they finally sang part of the "Gamera" song. It played in the background during a Gamera rescue of the snot-nosed kids in the boat, and they picked up on it.
The local commercials in the show are a throw-back to the old days of TV, like George & Gracie suddenly telling the tax assessor about Carnation milk. It's also a reminder that Season Zero was truly local TV.
Looking at the schedule, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is the next movie is another Gamera movie. The good news is the next movie is the last Gamera movie of the season. And, maybe more of the Gamera song.