Episode 321: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
First aired: Comedy Central on 21 December 1991
Availability: Rhino ("The Essentials"/out of print), Amazon ("The Essentials"), MST3KVideos.com
|The MST3K version was missing the movie's title screen.|
Bad acting. Bad script. Bad effects. Bad idea.
That, of course, means it's perfect for the MST3K treatment. Or, as a punishment for kids who have been naughty. Or both.
Joel & the Bots give it their all. Some funny stuff, but not the funniest episode they've done. Not by a long shot.
Maybe I'd have different thoughts if I watched this episode during the Christmas season, rather than a few weeks before Easter. Maybe not.
|The Satellite of Love is decorated for Christmas.||The Mads have no lights on their Christmas tree. Because they are evil?|
|"Custume" Designer Ramsey Mostoller...||... was responsible for this ...||... and this.|
|The evil Martian is the one who didn't want to kidnap Santa.|
Even though this episode aired 19 times on Comedy Central, I never saw the episode until I purchased "The Essentials" DVD. I'm not sure, with that many airing of the episode, how that happened, but that's the deal.
I did enjoy the episode, though. It's fun. Lots of enjoyable riffs and some good Host Segments. I particularly like the Monty Python references, as well as some Three Stooges references.
I plan to watch this again during Christmas. I have the un-riffed version of this movie, and tried to watch it last Christmas. I failed. Perhaps, with Joel & the Bots' help, I'll be able to do it again.