Friday, March 30, 2012

MST3K: Episode 410 - Hercules Against the Moon Men

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

Episode 410: Hercules Against the Moon Men

First aired: Comedy Central on 22 August 1992
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 7), Rhino (Volume 7/out of print), Best Brains (Volume 7)

Hercules returns!
This is another episode where I own both the DVD collection that contains this episode, as well as the iTunes download, but haven't watched it much.

This episode isn't one of my favorites, although there are some great bits to it. That's not to say I don't like this episode. I do. But it's not top-tier.

The Host Segments are funny. Crow and Servo running away to the other side of the satellite ends as expected. There are lots of bad puns in the Booby Trap skit. The tough guy names bit is funny. And the bit about actors in a movie series being replaced is fun.

The Mads promise Deep Hurting.
And Deep Hurting. DEEEP HUUURRRTINGGG! Yes, Deep Hurting debuts here.

It's just ... oh, I don't know ... something about the overall episode that didn't quite bring it to the top.

The hot French & Italian chicks are a treat to look at. The riffing is good all the way through.

It's just ... something.

I thought maybe the fact that I don't care much for the sword and sandal movies might enter into it. But I enjoyed Episode 408: Hercules Unchained. So that's not it.
Joel really misses home.Hot Greek (French) She-Villain.
It's just ... something.

Maybe if I watch it again, I'll get more enjoyment from it. Maybe.

Joel springs a leak.
Let's talk about the movie.

The Moon People crash on earth and demand a sacrifice from the people of Samar. The people do it until Hercules shows up. The queen of Samar has a pact with the Moon People to run things. They want to bring their queen back to life. Or something. Hercules beds the queen and saves the day. The end.

These aren't the same Moon People that Commando Cody had to fight back in back in Season One. At least, Hercules didn't have to go "nipple nipple tweak tweak fly fly fly" to beat them. And the Lone Ranger wasn't around working for the bad guys.

No, this one had different Moon Men. And the Hot Japanese She-Villain was Greek. Queen Samara was played by Hot French She-Actor Jany Clair.

There were plenty of reasons to like this episode. And, I suppose I did. I just didn't really really really like it. And I wanted to. Maybe one day.


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