Friday, September 21, 2012

MST3K: Episode 1002 - Girl in Gold Boots

I'm watching all of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes in order. More about that here and here.

Episode 1002: Girl in Gold Boots

First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 18 April 1999
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon DVD (Solo), Amazon DVD (Volume 4), Rhino (Volume 4/out of print), Shout (Solo DVD), Best Brains (Solo DVD)

These boots are made for dancing.
This episode seemed like a bit of a letdown after the awesome pie that was Episode 1001: Soultaker. But, in reality, it's not.

Girl In Gold Boots is really, really bad, but not drive you bananas bad. Just ... bad. Almost, but not quite, watchable. But -- and I can't emphasize this enough -- bad.

Sleazeball Buz (short for "Buzz," I think) picks up a waitress in Nevada and takes her to Los Angeles where he promises her his sister will make her a star because she's famous, which turns out to mean she dances in a sleazy strip club run by a really oily guy and his henchman, The Count from Sesame Street, and is all pilled up and burned out, so the waitress girl becomes a dancer and ends up taking her job as lead dancer, meanwhile Buz gets into the drug trade with Mr. Oily and The Count, and the draft dodger named Critter they picked up along the way gets his dream job as a janitor, but then Buz kills a guy at the county jail and steals a bunch of drugs, but then conscientious objector Critter beats everyone up and calls the cops, then joins the military and everyone lives happily ever after, except for the drug addicts and everyone who was killed along the way. The end.

The Host Segments feature a storyline about Pearl being audited by the Guild of Calamitous Intent or something. The representative looks like Tom Petty (it's MST3K staff member Paul Chaplin) and isn't impressed, until he sees Observer, inspired by the movie, doing a go-go dance. Bill Corbett seemed to have way too much fun for my comfort.
Buz, Mr. Oily, and The Count.Pearl gets approved.
The rest of the Host Segments are more directly related to the movie, and are all pretty good. The episode overall is good. Again, it just seems like a letdown compared to the previous episode. And that's really unfair, but it's still the reality.

The DVD pack that contained this episode, MST3K Volume 4, and though the volume is out of print, it wasn't exactly pulled from distribution. It seems like Rhino simply ran out after Shout Factory took over distribution rights. Two of the episodes in that four-pack have been released as singles by Shout, including this one. The other is coming up later in Season Ten, while the other two are from Season Eight. No idea if they'll be released as singles, but it's certainly possible.

Lots of good riffing, mostly fun Host Segments, and, of course, a bad movie.

This episode is a winner.

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