Episode 805: The Thing That Couldn't Die
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 1 March 1997
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|In the end, it dies.|
This may be the most appropriate episode for the introduction of those characters. They carry their brains around in a bowl, and the villain in the movie has his brain (and head) carried around in a box.
Not a big fan of this episode, to be honest. Sure, the riffing is fun, as good as any in the last couple of seasons, but the movie is mind-numbingly bad. I did manage to watch in in one sitting, though. Or maybe it was two. Two. It was two.
|Head in a Box is not a Lonely Island song.|
|What the whole movie led up to.|
Funny thing, thinking about it. I watched more MST3K on Sci-Fi than I did on Comedy Central. The show aired on Comedy Central (and The Comedy Channel) for 7 years. It aired on Sci-Fi for 7 years (though four of those years were all reruns). And, since I never got The Comedy Channel, and didn't see all the Comedy Central episodes during the time they aired, I ended up seeing more broadcasts on Sci-Fi, if you count reruns. So, I was more used to Pearl, Bobo, and Observer. Still, I didn't care for the episodes that took place on those characters' respective planets.
|Our first view of the Observers.|
I suppose that, since I don't recall these Host Segments (or much of these Host Segments) as I review all of the episodes again, they are kinda new to me.
Maybe they'll grow on me. The ape planet didn't, but maybe this Observer planet stuff will.
I doubt it.
Anyway, I'm glad to see the background of Bobo and Observer, but just think they could have done it in fewer episodes. Then, again, Pearl got several episodes to lay her groundwork. I suppose it's only fair to give Bobo and Observer some time.
It is interesting to see Bill Corbett on screen for the first time. He took over Crow at the beginning of the season, and did a good job. To me, he's as much Crow as is Trace Beaulieu. A little different Crow, to be sure, but then, Kevin Murphy was a different Servo than was Josh (J. Elvis) Weinstein. Both Murphy and Corbett did great jobs stepping into roles that were created and developed by others.
Trace Beaulieu will always be Crow. But so will Bill Corbett. Two different talents, but two great talents handling a great character.