Episode 311: It Conquered the World
First aired: Comedy Central on 24 August 1991
|"They gave away the ending!"
Comedy Central aired this episode 15 times, and I must have seen at least one of those airings. The thing is, I didn't remember a lot about it, but I did remember the speech at the end. Or it sure seemed familiar, anyway. Unless another episode had a movie that ended with a speech, then replayed the speech twice at the end, then played it again over the closing theme, then this is the episode I think it is.
My copy is a fan copy. It didn't translate very well importing it into iTunes -- I do that so I can watch it without having to drag a DVD out -- but it is watchable. I'm still experimenting with importing the fan copies into iTunes, so I may find a setting that keeps it clearer. The DVD actually looks pretty good.
|The giant red space pickle from Venus.
The special effects aren't special. Some of the actors can't act. And the plot is a little silly. But, some of the talent in the film is actual talent. The three main stars of the film are (or were) good actors: Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, and Beverly Garland. None of them are with us any longer.
I liked this episode. Like I said, I remember seeing it, but only because of Peter Graves' speech at the end. It didn't stay with me, so it was almost like seeing it for the first time when I watched it just now (as of this writing).
The short subject was hilarious. Not so much the short itself, but Joel & the Bots (and, of course, the writers) had a field day with it. For instance, when the announcer said that "skiing" was pronounced "shee-ing," Joel offered, "You're full of skit."
|Beverly Garland, looking good enough to eat...
|... so the giant red space pickle eats her.
I really liked this episode. I do hope they'll be able to release this one on DVD one day. If they did, this would be a perfect episode to introduce a newbie to MST3K. It's funny. It has a short feature. It has actors people would recognize. It has bad special effects. It has a laughable story line. And, the movie, though bad, isn't stick-ice-picks-in-your-eyeballs bad. It's bad enough that a newbie would appreciate someone making fun of it.
|Joel & the Bots listen to Peter Graves' speech.
|The Mads listen to Peter Graves' speech.