Episode 401: Space Travelers
First aired: Comedy Central on 6 June 1992
|They misspelled "Marooned"|
But, it was. Sure, it wasn't as bad as most movies, but it wasn't a good movie.
It was nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects (which it won) and for Cinematography and Sound (which it lost), and not for script or acting. It does star Academy Award-winning actors Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman, and Lee Grant. But that doesn't make it a good movie.
|"They have jockstraps on their head!"|
This is all stuff I knew prior to seeing the MST3K treatment. I never saw this episode when it aired on Comedy Central. The episode has not been released commercially, but I do have a fan copy.
It picked up the name Space Travelers when it was picked up for distribution by Film Ventures International. I never saw it aired under that name until I saw this episode of MST3K. There were some missing scenes that I remember, but I suspect those were edits done by Best Brains to make it fit in the format of a 2-hour show.
There were some language cuts, where the words were replaced with silence rather than a beep, that I think FVI may have done, since they primarily obtained movies to distribute to TV outlets. But, I suppose those could have been Best Brains edits.
There were some changes to the closing credits. The font looks a little different, and there were no "Special Guest Villians" (sic) listed. Instead, Dr. Forrester and Frank were listed as "Also Featuring." Oh, and Frank isn't "Frank" anymore. He's now "TV's Frank." And they either misspelled Dr. Forrester's last name (as "Forrestor"), or they suddenly corrected it after all these episodes. Or maybe they have a rule that the credits must have one thing misspelled. Goodbye "Villians" hello "Forrestor." Also, AA's "Bill W." loses an end credit "Special Thanks", but "The Authors of the First Amendment" pick one up.
|No more "Special Guest Villians"||He's now officially TV's Frank!||Thanks!|
- An astronaut is unstable
- A hurricane times its visit so it disrupts the rescue 58 seconds before launch
- The Soyuz can change its orbit and park next to Apollo, but can't approach any closer than 50 feet -- even though Gemini VI-A and VII approached to within a foot ... four years earlier.
- They have less than an hour of air, so Richard Crenna goes for a space walk.