Episode 518: The Atomic Brain
First aired: Comedy Central on 4 December 1993
Availability: iTunes, Amazon (Volume 3/out of print), Amazon (Shout solo DVD), Rhino (Volume 3/out of print), Shout (Solo DVD),
|It's a Monstrosity!
Keep in mind that although when I first saw MST3K, Joel was the host, it wasn't until Mike was the host that I watched it regularly. It wasn't that I didn't like it when Joel was there. It's that the opportunity to watch it regularly didn't happen until Mike was there.
Although I was more familiar with Mike, this project of watching all of the shows has allowed me to see all of Joel's episodes. And, though it took a little getting used to at first, part of that wasn't just seeing Joel instead of Mike, it was seeing the program develop from the beginning. The first year was different. Not just because of the Dr. Erhardt character, but because the crew was still refining the show.
|Mike tosses Servo.
However, when Frank joined the cast, it wasn't long before I got used to Kevin Murphy as Tom Servo and Frank Conniff as TV's Frank. That's not to say I didn't miss Weinstein. I did. And do. But that doesn't take away from what Murphy and Conniff did with their characters.
|She's a cat!
However, I'm confortable with Mike in the role. And, it's not just my familiarity with him as host from before I began this project. It's that Mike was with the show for 4½ years before he became host. He was a writer from the time the show went national on The Comedy Channel, and played many guest characters from Season Two on. He wasn't a new guy that was brought in. He was a behind-the-scene guy that moved to the forefront. The transition from Joel to Mike was complete by the time this episode aired. Or so it seems to me.
This movie's an okay film. It was released under the name Monstronsity. Somewhere along the way, it became The Atomic Brain, and that's the name of the film shows to M&tB.
|Old Lady March inspects the merchandise.
The movie is okay, for an MST3K-quality film. The episode is good, but not great. Host Segments are overall okay. Crow as Hank Kimball as Richard Kimball is really funny.
Magic Voice gets her own segment, having a chat with the film's narrator. It doesn't go well.
|The Bots are the Mads!
|The Mads are the Bots!
Mike demonstrates chin puppetry. The Bots aren't amused. Mike isn't either, and tosses Servo to his seat when they re-enter the theater.
|Well, what about it?
|School-bored teens address the school board.
A good episode. Movie is bad, but nearly watchable. Short is, well, it's what it is. The segments are good and fun.
I do have a complaint, though.
My iTunes version doesn't have the chapter markers in the right place. Instead, they're every 10 minutes. I prefer that the markers be at spots like the Host Segments, or the beginning of a movie segment or a commercial bumper.
What to do about that? Well, I have the DVD (as well as both VHS releases). More than one DVD, actually. I have the out-of-print Volume 3 set set as well as the solo DVD re-release. With the iTunes having the chapter markers in the wrong place, I'll eventually rip the DVD to iTunes, so next time I watch it, it'll be easier for me to navigate.
And, I will watch it again.