Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MST3K: Episode 308 - Gamera vs Gaos

I'm watching all the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in order. More about this here. It began here.

Episode 308: Gamera vs Gaos

First aired: Comedy Central on 20 July 1991
Availability: iTunes, Amazon (Volume 21 Standard Edition/Deluxe Edition), Shout Factory (Volume 21 Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 21 Collector's Edition)

Oh, no! It's a Gamera movie!
This episode features the 3rd Gamera movie (out of five), and the 4th movie (out of nine) that also was riffed during the KTMA season.

The bad news: it's a Gamera movie. The good news: there's no irritating kid named "Kenny." The bad news: the irritating kid is named "Ichi."

This was one of the first iTunes episodes of MST3K that I purchased. It was also one of the last DVD packs I bought. I was focusing on getting episodes I didn't have, and finally bought the DVD 5-pack when I decided I wanted to own a complete DVD library.

Self-image printer.
The Mads' entry in the Invention Exchange was funny: self-image printers. Frank was a clown, of course. Dr. Forrester was Miss Ohio. Nice legs.

According to The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, at the request of "toolmaster" Jeff Maynard, they intended to write a skit that reused old props.

So, how did that go? Not too good.

The "Gameradämerung"
They ended up writing a skit involving Joel & the Bots putting on a version of the Götterdämmerung, called the "Gameradämerung" complete with costumes and a Deus ex Machina, only to be interrupted by Movie Sign.

The Ed Sullivan skit was enjoyable. To me anyway. I remember watching the actual show, and saw more than one act that did plate spinning. Trace/Crow does a good Ed Sullivan, by the way.

As I've said before, I'm not a fan of Gamera films, either riffed or regular. This is no exception. Lots of MST3K fans enjoy them, but I'm not one of them.

There is a hot Japanese she-villain. Only, she's not a villain. But she plays one in a later Gamera film. The next one, I think. I already mentioned the kid.
Yay! A hot Japanese she-villain-to-be.Boo! An obnoxious little Japanese kid who loves flying fire-breathing turtles.
Okay, the riffing is funny. Joel, Trace, and Kevin make a great team, and even when it's a lame movie, and this is one of those, they make it watchable. But that's the thing: it's watchable. Not much more than that to say about it.

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