Episode 316: Gamera vs Zigra
First aired: Comedy Central on 19 October 1991
Availability: iTunes, Amazon DVD (Volume 21 Deluxe Edition/Standard Edition), Shout (Volume 21 Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 21 Collector's Edition)
|The last Gamera movie!|
We're going through all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in the order they aired. And this episode is next. This episode, number 316, was the next new episode to air after Episode 314: Mighty Jack. We'll get to Episode 315 soon.
It's another Sandy Frank film. And, another Gamera film. And, another re-working of a KTMA/Season Zero episode.
It's Gamera vs Zigra, where -- and I don't think this is a spoiler -- Gamera battles Zigra.
It seems the writer was also smoking something, too. It seems that not only is Zigra the name of the critter, it's also the name of the ship that Zigra travels from his home planet to earth. And it's the name of the planet. So, yes, Zigra boarded Zigra when he left Zigra for earth. Those wacky Japanese.
Of course, they do have the Hot Japanese She-Villain that any good ... or really bad ... Japanese Silly Monster Movie should have.
|"Space is curved." "And so am I."||"That reminds me, I must get my watch fixed."|
|"The Maidenform Woman. You never know where she'll turn up."|
Frank calls himself "TV's Frank" for the first time. He isn't mentioned that way in the credits yet. That will happen in Season Four; I don't think it happens before then.
Lots of Monty Python references in this episode, from the "Spam Song" sung by J&tB, to the "It's..." reference with the hermit. That's a good thing.
I really enjoyed the riffing in this episode. Lots of funny stuff taking down a very bad movie. It's what MST3K is supposed to be.