Episode 701: Night of the Blood Beast
First aired: Comedy Central on 3 February 1996
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Shout Factory (Volume 16 standard edition / Collector's Edition), Best Brains (Volume 16 Collector's Edition)
|A Roger Corman film. Kinda.
This version of the episode featured standard Host Segments, most of which were directly related to the movie or the short.
|Singing and dancing about phones.
Crow got pregnant. Or said he did. That was inspired by the movie. Oh, and the movie seemed to inspire Alien. At least, the part about an alien impregnating an astronaut was in both films.
Let's look at this piece of Corman. Ready? Okay. Here's what Night of the Blood Beast is all about.
An astronaut (Steve, or maybe John) flies a rocket plane to space, but loses control and crashes, so a fellow scientist (Steve, or maybe Dave) rushes to the scene with a photographer chick (Donna, not Steve) and finds John dead, so Donna takes his picture, then they call the flatbed truck the space agency uses to come pick the crashed rocket and crashed astronaut up and take it all back to headquarters, but it turns out that Dead John is alive after all (or maybe again), but something is wandering around outside (it looks like a Space Parrot), then they find that
|It's a shrimp!
|Space Parrot visits Mom/John.
|Mrs. Forrester torments her son.
The Host Segments re-introduced Mrs. Forrester. Dr. Forrester told Mike & the Bots that his mother was visiting, and she corrected him to say that she was living there now.
We learn that she wanted a daughter, which explains why Dr. Forrester's full name is Clayton Deborah Susan Forrester. She is an overbearing old bat, and doesn't respect her son at all. Of course, he longs for her approval.
It's different seeing the evil Dr. Forrester, who was obviously the senior partner with Dr. Erhardt, and definitely the boss of TV's Frank, being shifted to a subservient role. This will take some getting used to.
Though I said it about the Turkey Day version, I'll reiterate that it's a fun episode. Of the two, I prefer the Turkey Day version. Whether it's because I've seen this version more, and that other version seems fresher, I don't know. I think it's simply that the Host Segments of the Turkey Day version are more fun. But still, this is a very, very good episode.