Episode 517: Beginning of the End
First aired: Comedy Central on 25 November 1993
Availability: iTunes, Amazon DVD (Rhino/out of print), Amazon DVD (Shout Factory), Rhino (Solo DVD/out of print), Shout (Solo DVD), Best Brains
|Everything before this was the Prelude to the End.
I didn't remember much about it, but I remembered enough that it was familiar when I saw it on MST3K.
And, I didn't see it on MST3K when MST3K aired on Comedy Central. I saw it after I got the DVD, and that's when I was certain I had seen it before.
A whole town disappears without warning, only it turns out that there was a warning that nobody paid attention to, such as an unpopulated area being torn all to hell, so the military comes in and takes control, but this hot chick lady reporter gets on the story and runs into scientist Peter Graves who is using radiation to grow large crops and gets the hots for him, so they go off and discover giant grasshoppers are growing big from eating huge wheat and stuff and tearing Illinois mountain towns all to shreds and are heading to Chicago, so the military plans to nuke the town (yay!) but Peter Graves figures out how to lure the grasshoppers into Lake Michigan where they all drown and everyone is saved except for the dead people. The end.
|Giant grasshoppers attack a post card of Chicago.
Bert I. Gordon films aren't great films. They're not good films. But, they are watchable films. And the riffing by M&tB just makes it better.
One thing that caught my attention was something that happened during the opening credits of the movie. The text has a hazy appearance and the transition from one screen of text to another is the wavy kind that's often used to represent flashbacks. During this part, Mike called Crow "Honey" when the multiple wavy transitions make the robot sick.
|It's the Crow of Diamonds!
The Invention Exchange is a little on the lame side once again. Dr. Forrester invents a Re-comfy Bike. Mike & the Bots decide to spruce up playing cards. The only thing good about it is Crows offering: the Crow of Diamonds.
Later in the episode, but before the movie ends, Mike does something Joel didn't do. Mike calls the Mads, who were totally not expecting it. He won't be doing that again for a while.
|The Mads weren't ready for Mike's call. Neither was Mike.
|The Mads decide to prove they are not just men, but manly men.
Anyway, this was a fun movie and a fun episode. And Mary Jo got another role, this time as a trailer trash woman who calls the wrong number.
Fun episode. I'm sorry I missed it when it first aired, but happy I own the DVD now.