Episode 1012: Squirm
First aired: Sci-Fi Channel on 1 August 1999
Availability: MST3KVideos.com fan copy
|The night the worms crawled out in Georgia.|
What bothered me most about Squirm wasn't the silly premise of electricity turning earthworms into killer critters. No, what bothered me the most was the geography.
Squirm takes place in the coastal Georgia town of Fly Creek. Of course, there is no Fly Creek, Georgia, but that's not the problem. A made-up town? I'm okay with that.
No, what bothers me is that, according to the dialog, "Highway 41" runs through there.
|The worms squirm.|
|The heroine. And his girlfriend.|
|Sheriff doesn't trust city boy.|
But it's not the only thing wrong with it. For example, there's the plot.
A lightning storms turns earthworms into killers that crawl up into milkshakes and showers and eat worm farmers, but nobody can find the bodies of the worm-kill so the Jerry Reed-looking sheriff decides the city boy that discovered the bodies is just a troublemaker, partly because nobody can find a corpse and partly because he keeps getting interrupted while trying to tap the local waitress, but his local girlfriend, a cute little red-haired thing, knows he's telling the truth and takes him home, but the local goofy guy is sweet on Red, too, but the worms get him, then they knock down a tree and ruin supper, but they end up getting rescued at the end and the worms die or something. The end.
This episode had a short film to go with it.
|The final short.||Coily harasses a spring-hater.|
It's a weird and wonderful short, and a weird and awful film, with great riffing all around.
I didn't see this episode many times when the show aired, but I did get to see the short. It's one of the extras on the out-of-print Volume 7 as part of the Assignment: Venezuela package.
The next-to-last episode -- actually the next-to-next-to-last episode -- is a winner.