Episode 304: Gamera vs Barugon
First aired: Comedy Central on 22 June 1991
Availability: iTunes, Amazon (Volume 21 Standard Edition/Deluxe Edition), Shout Factory (Volume 21 Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 21 Collector's Edition)
Episode K04: Gamera vs Barugon is the oldest surviving KTMA episode of MST3K, so, for MSTies, it's like one of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Which is kinda sad, when you think about it.
It's a Silly Japanese Monster film, featuring two, count 'em: two, Silly Japanese Monsters. There's Gamera -- whose screen time in this version is so short it's almost a cameo role -- and Barugon, which is a horned dog-lizard that shoots rainbows and has a really long tongue.
|Freaky blood-sucking scene|
The plot of the film, which is the most serious of the Gamera films, involves treasure hunters traveling to an island to steal a giant opal, which is really an egg, but they don't know it's an egg. One of the bad guys tries to kill the other two, and thinks he succeeds (one actually survives). On the trip back, the opal is exposed to radiation and grows into Barugon, who wreaks havoc across Japan. Barugon shows up, but is defeated. A bunch of plans are developed to beat Barugon, but all fail as new talents (huge tongue, shooting rainbows) are shown. Finally, Gamera recovers and defeats Barugon. The End.
As a point of reference, this episode was filmed when Windows wasn't an operating system, but an application that ran on top of the OS. It was up to version 3.0 -- a year before the classic Windows 3.1 was released -- when this episode first aired. It was probably still at 2.1 when it was filmed. Crow ribs Servo about "where's System 7" which was out by the time this episode aired, but obviously not when it was filmed. And System 7 came out 9 days before Windows 3.1.
|Mac (Servo) vs PC (Crow)|
I'm still not a fan of Gamera movies, but I do like what J&tB do to them. Having said that, this is the best of the Gamera movies. Which is sort of like saying which World War II Axis Powers leader is your favorite (King Carol II, if I had to pick).
Funny riffs on a semi-serious movies. Funny Host Segments. Good episode.