Episode 1001: Soultaker
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 11 April 1999
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon (Volume 14), Shout Factory (Volume 14), Best Brains (Volume 14)
|Not starring Don Cornelius.
It's got a bad movie that you don't want to watch, but, really, kinda have to.
The Host Segments aren't so much classics as they are setups for some special guests. Not one, but two. And, yes, they are special.
But, the show is all about the movie, right?
No. At least not this episode. They could have shown just about any movie at all and this episode would still be a classic because of the guests. But, the movie works better than most others, because of the tie-in between the movie and one of the guests.
|TV's Frank, soul taker.
Then, to top it off, Joel shows up. Seems he discovered that Dr. Forrester had set the Satellite of Love to fall apart after ten years. And, since this is Season Ten...
So, the appearance of both TV's Frank and Joel Robinson help make this a special episode. But, quite honestly, this is a great episode even without the former cast members showing up. The riffing on the movie is just that good. Mostly because the Soultaker is that bad.
|Soul takers at work.
The riffing is top-notch, and the episode doesn't need the Host Segments to bring it over the top. But, with the Host Segments having Frank's and Joel's visits, the level of awesome is way over the top.
Season Ten, the last season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, started off with a bang.