Episode 609: The Skydivers
First aired: Comedy Central on 27 August 1994
Availability: Amazon DVD (Volume 1), Rhino (Volume 1/out of print)
|It's a bad, bad film!|
This one, for instance. I own the DVD, as well as the VHS tapes, but never watched it all the way through until I watched it as part of this "watch 'em all" project. I don't know why. I actually liked the episode.
When I finally got around to watching it, that is. Took me long enough.
The episode has a short film, "Why Study the Industrial Arts?" Why, indeed.
|The short film was inspirational.||Crow has a shop class mishap.|
The riffing of the short was really, really funny.
The movie? Really, really bad.
|The Skydivers featured skydiving. And not much else.|
I've never jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. I've never jumped out of broken airplane. I've never jumped out of an airplane.
|Tom Servo suddenly has a craving for cupcakes.|
While the shots from the skydiving are always fun to watch, only a few minutes of the 75 that make up the film are skydiving shots. The rest of the movie? Forgettable.
Actually, it's not forgettable. You want to forget it, but can't. But you try anyway.
Thankfully, the riffing is on target. Otherwise, it would be unbearable.
By the way, this is the first Coleman Francis film that MST3K took on. He wrote and directed three films. MST3K did all three. And this is probably the best of the lot. That tells you something. And it doesn't tell you anything good.
Oh, and this is the first of several consecutive commercial releases. Of the last 10 episodes we've looked at, eight have never been commercially released. My copies are fan copies. This episode is the first of eight straight commercial releases. Season Six is the last season where the majority of episodes have been releases, until we get to Season Ten.