Episode 309: The Amazing Colossal Man
First aired: Comedy Central on 27 July 1991
Availability: Rhino VHS (out of print), Amazon VHS, MST3KVideos.com DVD
Fan copies of this episode exist, but I don't have one of those. I own the VHS tape, which allows me to own not only all the MST3K DVDs released, but also all of the episodes released (although only briefly).
I actually saw this movie -- the actual movie -- on TV years ago, either in the 1960s or early 1970s. I remember enjoying the movie. Most of the movie anyway. The beginning where the plutonium bomb blew up and the hero (Glenn) fell over all bomb-scarred? That stayed with me. Of course, they showed it three times in the movie, so, yeah, I remember it.
|Glenn meets Vegas Vic|
One of the riffs by Joel & the Bots was calling A&E "The All-Hitler Channel." Wife used to call History Channel that.
I enjoyed the bits where they came up with ways to talk about Glenn's injuries. Those were so bad they were good. Very good. And very bad. Good bad.
Yul Brynner made a return appearance. Or a reference to his "Don't smoke, I'm dead now" from after when he died from lung cancer. This time, it's "I'm huge, don't smoke."
|Glenn (Michael J. Nelson) visits the Satellite of Love|
By the way, this movie came out in the fall of 1957, after The Incredible Shrinking Man, which was released in the spring of that year. Good year for extraordinary-sized men.
I don't know if the riffing was spectacular in this episode, or if the fact that I remember the movie fondly from my childhood was the reason I liked it so much. But I liked it so much. And I really do think it's because it's just plain funny.