Episode 1007: Track of the Moon Beast
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 13 June 1999
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|Definitely NOT the right track.|
Actually, this episode is a good one. Track of the Moon Beast is a pretty bad film, but not stick an icepick in your eyeballs bad. The riffing is great. And the Host Segments feature one of my favorites: the VH1 Behind the Music kinda segment on The Band That Played "California Lady."
|Getting hit in the head by a moon rock.|
Seeing The Band That Played "California Lady" actually in context doesn't really change anything. There's the "Oh, this is where that skit comes from" moment, but seeing it neither adds to nor subtracts from Mike's bit. It's great, and by itself, gives the episode a bump up.
Actually, though, the whole episode is good. From the renaming of one of the characters to "Johnny Longbone" to Johnny Longbone's stew ("... *sigh* ... onions ...") to the whole "we gotta save him, oh, wait, let's kill him instead" attitude... this episode is a winner.
|The Moon Beast gets killed.|
The other Host Segments are fun, but kinda pale to The Band That Played "California Lady." So, I suppose you can tell I liked that segment, huh?
How I missed all the airings of this episode, I just don't know. Bad luck, I suppose.
The other day, I mentioned that I hadn't seen Episode 1005: Blood Waters of Dr. Z until this project, but didn't care for it. Not the case here. I missed it during the broadcast run, but love this episode.
As a film, Track of the Moon Beast is awful. As part of an episode of MST3K, it's a winner.
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