Episode 804: The Deadly Mantis
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 22 February 1997
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|It mates, and it kills. So, it's only half-bad.|
I enjoyed it when I saw it on TV as a child, and I enjoyed it when Mike & the Bots gave it the treatment.
Maybe it's giant critter movies I like. Maybe.
Maybe it's just bad movies I like, but I really kinda sorta don't think so.
Maybe it's just being a kid, I wasn't too discriminating in what I watched on TV. Based on seeing today some of the stuff I enjoyed as a child, I'm inclined to go with that.
|Professor Bobo read the instructions on the nuclear weapon.|
We also got a little Planet Of The Apes thrown in this episode.
Okay, the whole plot for the Host Segments in the first four episodes of Season Eight have all involved the Satellite of Love being brought back from the edge of the universe to earth in the year 2525 where apes rule the planet. Well, that story arc ends with this episode, with the bomb worshipers getting the apes to fix their nuclear warhead, which then explodes, killing everybody.
Well, not everybody.
|Our first view of The Deadly Mantis.|
Of course, Pearl's survival kinda threw a damper on the memorial service M&tB had for her.
So, this episode sets up the whole "in her rocket ship she hunts them all across the universe" thing. I wondered about that after the last episode. Turns out I didn't have to wait too long.
Except... there's still someone missing. And, we'll meet the next member of the cast of characters soon enough.
This movie, though, needs watching, since Pearl sent it on auto-play or something before the planet blew up.
Fun episode, and the story arc with Pearl hunting Mike & the Bots finally moves along.
This one was a winner.