Episode 310: Fugitive Alien
First aired: Comedy Central on 17 August 1991
This one aired during the KTMA season. When we covered Episode K12: Fugitive Alien, we mentioned that Trace Beaulieu wasn't available for the episode -- Dr. Forrester's absence was explained when Dr. Erhardt called him at the Mad Scientist Convention in Las Vegas, while Crow's absence was explained by Servo and Gypsy having taken Crow apart. Trace is on hand for this one.
|Hot Japanese she-villain/not-villain|
It would be unfair to call this film a rip-off of Star Wars. It's actually based on Edmond Hamilton's Starwolf novels, which were written well before Star Wars. Without the popularity of Star Wars, though, the Japanese TV series -- from which episodes were culled to create this "movie" -- may never have been made.
We meet Jack Perkins for the first time -- at least, Michael J. Nelson's version of A&E's Jack Perkins. Since I hadn't seen this episode before -- somehow I missed it over all the years -- I had missed the Perkins character introduction. I didn't see a lot of Mike Nelson's Jack Perkins, but I'm looking forward to seeing more of him.
|Jack Perkins visits Deep 13|
One of the Host Segments from Season Two's Episode 208: Lost Continent featured J&tB seeing a "cool thing" outside the SoL. It was poking fun at a scene in Lost Continent where the characters looked in awe at something for a long long time without the audience seeing it. J&tB asked viewers to send in suggestions on what the "cool thing" was.
|Mexican Stoplight Candy! Cool!|
A viewer sent in some long-winded hippie Kum Ba Yah explanation that Joel read. The viewer was wrong. It was Mexican Stoplight Candy.
I did mention that this was one of the nine episodes that featured movies that were done during the KTMA season. We'll cover Fugitive Alien 2 later. We never got to see it, because it's one of the three "missing" episodes from Season Zero.
I'm looking forward to watching it. As much as one can look forward to watching a movie made up from episodes of a Japanese TV show edited together and translated and distributed by Sandy Frank.