Episode 814: Riding with Death
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 19 July 1997
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|Starring Ben Murphy.|
Sure you do. It was called Gemini Man, and it was Ben Murphy's first series after Alias Smith and Jones went off.
Oh, wait. There was Griff, with Lorne Greene. Ben Murphy was in that. So, his second then. But, I don't think they aired all the episodes of Gemini Man before they canceled it. So, maybe not even his second, since only half the episodes aired.
You remember the show then, right?
|Katherine Crawford's biggest part.|
So, I have an excuse for not watching it. You? If you were around then, the only excuse you'd have would be that it was a bad show and you didn't want to waste your time watching a bad show.
Come to think of it, your excuse is better than mine. I want to use yours. The whole plot of the show is bad, so it's no wonder it was canceled.
|Ed Nelson is the villain.|
So, they took a couple of episodes that had the same guest star, who was a singer that had some hits in the 1970s, patched them together with a little bit of additional dialog dubbed in to create a kind of continuity, gave it a different title, and they had them a hit movie.
Except, well, it wasn't really a hit. It wasn't really good. In fact, it was bad.
How bad? Bad enough to be used as fodder for MST3K.
|It's the '70s. Which means Jim Stafford and a CB radio.|
Which makes a lot of sense, since he's a comic country singer, and nothing says science-fiction secret agent guest star quite like comic country singer. Really. Nothing.
I can't fault Jim Stafford, though. He had a few cross-over hits -- including Swamp Witch, Spiders and Snakes, My Girl Bill, Wildwood Weed -- in the 1970s, but never had a major country music hit. Anyway, he makes more sense in the guest role than, say, Ray Stevens.
Anyway, about the movie.
|Bill wrote a song or two.|
Bad movie. Good riffing. And some fun songs in the Host Segments. Bill Corbett offered up his first few songs, and they were great.
A good, fun episode.