Episode 313: Earth vs the Spider
First aired: Comedy Central on 21 September 1991
|"My money's on the spider."
Most of my hazy memories around most of these old sci-fi or horror films seem to include watching them during daylight hours. WTOC in Savannah used to show horror or sci-fi movies on Saturday night, but memories of this film seem to predate that. While I did watch a lot of films on Channel 11's All Knightmare Movie, I think I first saw this one much earlier. That means I probably saw Earth vs the Spider on one of those Saturday afternoon creature feature shows.
I'm not sure that I saw any Dr. Erhardt episodes during the run of MST3K, because we never got The Comedy Channel, and because not many reruns of Season One shows occurred during the Comedy Central run. I would have missed the "Thank you" responses.
When I began collecting and watching episodes of MST3K, the "Thank you" catchphrase seemed familiar, even if the rest of the episode didn't. Now, I'm wondering if it's because of this episode, which aired 12 times on Comedy Central. Of course, maybe the "Thank you" catchphrase was used in other episodes. I'll be watching out for that.
|"Dr. Erhardt! No! So that's what happened to him!"
|This isn't the time or place for that!
|"Did the earth move for you?"
|Hank Paterson, a great American.
I've always loved Hank Patterson's character, Fred Ziffel, from Green Acres, and, as a result, have enjoyed Patterson in everything I've seen him in.
The movie was fun and goofy, like any giant critter film should be. And J&tB did a great job of adding to the fun with their riffs.
This is a great episode, and I enjoyed every minute of it.