Friday, March 23, 2012

MST3K: Episode 405 - Being from Another Planet

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Episode 405: Being from Another Planet

First aired: Comedy Central on 4 July 1992

The title gave away the ending
This is is one I had never seen before. It aired 19 times on Comedy Central, but somehow I missed it each and every time.

This episode has never been released on video, so my copy is a fan copy. The quality isn't that great, but I'm not sure how much of that is the recording, how much is from a lo-res transfer to DVD, or how much is my doing a poot job of ripping it to iTunes.

There's also an edit in the final Host Segment, after the movie, that jumps suddenly from Joel talking to Servo saying something.

Even the recording was bad
I'll be obtaining a new copy from, because of my experience with the quality of their recordings. Hopefully, it'll fix both the quality and the edit.

This was a funny episode. Really bad film -- more on how bad in a moment -- with a silly plot. Some of the acting is fine, but some of it is really bad. Plus, it has a spoiler in the title!

It's hard to tell in places how poor the film quality is, because of the sub-standard quality of my recording, but there are some moments when J&tB complain about not being able to see what's on the screen.

What's the film about? A mummy is discovered in King Tut's tomb. No, not King Tut, but another mummy. It gets too much radiation from an x-ray and comes alive. It walks around collecting crystals, then uses them to return to its home world, because ... surprise! ... it's a being from another planet! The end.
Mummy -- and Mumy -- jokesHolo-Clowns (in the sky)
The first Host Segment is a trivia buff's dream. J&tB play Movie Slogan Twenty Questions. The cheer-up party Gyspy and Joel throw for Tom and Crow -- complete with holographic clowns -- is funny. And, the end of the film is also fun, because Tom insists this is the worst movie they have seen. Joel and Crow question that, and name almost every movie they've done on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central.
"Turn on your heart light...""Honk if you hate this movie."
This is one of those episodes that could have gone either way. It's not a great episode, but it's a good one. It seems like one of those that, the more times you watch it, the funnier it seems. I expect to laugh even more the next time I watch this. And there will be a next time.

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