Episode 113: The Black Scorpion
First aired: The Comedy Channel on 3 February 1990
|Trap-door Spider that was cut, along with the entire "Spider Pit Scene," from King Kong. Note the Comedy Channel Labor Day marathon logo.|
The copy I have is from the Comedy Channel Labor Day marathon on September 1, 1990. That is the 3rd airing of this show. This copy has many of the hallmarks of an over-the-air VHS recording, such as color effects when the recording is started and shaky video when words are on the screen.
While this is the last in production code order of Season One, it's not the last one produced, and not the last one aired. We'll cover more on that when we get to that episode.
|Another creature cut from King Kong appears in this film.|
Joel again lays out the premise of the show during the opening segment, where they're having a party. They do the duplicate inventions gag during the Invention Exchange. They'll do this gag again.
Speaking of repeating gags, the added applause sound effects every time a character was introduced by another character. That got old fast. This is the second movie where they added sound effects. The other was Episode 102 - The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy. I don't know what they have against Mexican movies.
|Something is lost in translation.|
The film isn't actually all that bad. It's certainly no worse than many other giant critter movies of the same era, and is far superior to most of them. It may have been a better choice to have riffed the 1995 Roger Corman film, "Black Scorpion." Plus that one has Joan Severance in it.
The riffing is still funny. A lot of the riffs weren't directly related to plot holes or bad acting. There were many "generic" riffs, that could have been inserted into just about any movie.
|"The line's been bugged."|
There was also a scene where the characters were in a Jeep, and Tom Servo did a George C. Scott as Patton riff, "I'm tellin' ya, Brad, I'm gonna get to Messina before Monty."
A couple of my favorite riffs:
- "And then tragedy struck: we ran out of stock footage."
- "Edmund Fitzgerald? This must be his wreck."
- "The line's been bugged."
|Gypsy appears again. This time, she's a scorpion.|
I liked this episode. All of the characters were in good form. The Invention Exchange was different, with the Mads not quite themselves, and the duplicate invention. Since this was the first time they pulled that gag, it worked well.
The riffing was good, despite the extensive use of generic riffs. While every episode has these generic riffs, this one seemed to rely more on those than other movies.
This was one of those episodes where you can enjoy the movie -- it's not great, but it's not all that bad -- and enjoy the riffing. A good show, but not a great show.