|Season Six saw TV's Frank escorted into Second Banana Heaven by Torgo the White.|
Season Six is down, and there are four seasons to go before I finish my quest. However, I'm over 60% complete.
Let me explain. I'll use math.
MST3K ran 10 seasons. Or 11 seasons, if you count the season it was a local show on KTMA TV-23 in Minneapolis.
So, we've actually covered seven seasons. But, we're over 63.6% (7/11ths) complete.
|One of the worst movies ever made: The Creeping Terror|
And, yes, only an MST3K fan would care. But I am, so I do. So there.
Alrighty then, now that we've carefully done the math and reached an undetermined conclusion, let's wrap up Season Six.
|The Sinister Urge, a film by Edward D. Wood, Jr.|
Well, when Season Six ended, they messed with it big time. Frank left.
Sure, they had cast departures before. J. Elvis (nee Josh) Weinstein left after Season One, then Joel Hodgson left in the middle of Season Five. So, Frank leaving shouldn't have been that big a deal, right? Well, it kind of was. We'll go over how that dynamic changed during Season Seven.
Other than Frank Conniff leaving the cast, there was a something ... special ... about Season Six. We met Coleman Francis. Well, not really. He died in 1973. But, we got to see the three films he wrote and directed. We were treated to his films in Episode 609: The Skydivers along with Episode 619: Red Zone Cuba as well as Episode 621: The Beast of Yucca Flats. While he acted in others, these three were the fulfillment of the Coleman Francis legacy of bad cinema.
|The Skydivers||Red Zone Cuba||The Beast of Yucca Flats|
|Season Six saw all three Coleman Francis movies get the MST3K treatment.|
Mamie Van Doren and Ann-Margret were featured in a film each, and we had a couple of sword-and-sandal features.
Yes, the crew may have been coasting, but Apollo 11 coasted most of the way to the moon, and that was an amazing journey.
Season Six was no Apollo 11, but it was fun. Mike was right at home as the subject of the experiments, Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank were always fun, and the Bots were ... well, the Bots.
All in all, things seemed to be going great as Season Six wrapped up. But, it wasn't.
Comedy Central wasn't sure they wanted to keep the show around. The crew seemed to be focused on making the movie, which was what led to Joel's departure in Season Five. Big changes were in store, and the show would soon end its Comedy Central run.
But, that's to come. For now, in my quest to watch all the MST3K episodes in order, I'm having a pretty good time.