Wednesday, January 06, 2010

0005: Gamera

Proof that random little boys are allowed to wander around high-security military facilities...

MST3k, Experiment #0005

Last night's installment was the first Gamera movie, brilliantly titled Gamera:

A nuclear explosion in the far north unleashes Gamera, the legendary flying turtle, from his sleep under the ice. In his search for energy, Gamera wreaks havoc over the entire world, and it's up to the scientists, assisted by a young boy with a strange sympathic link to the monster, to put a stop to Gamera's rampage.

Oh boy... what is there to say about the first Gamera movie? I suppose the best thing to say is "Gamera loves all children!"

In this movie, a little idiot of a boy named Kenny "befriended" Gamera, a giant mutated turtle who attacks cities and burns people alive. Despite the screams of horror and the smell of roasting flesh, Kenny insists religiously that Gamera is essentially good and loves all children. Kenny spends the entire movie running after Gamera, worrying his parents(?) and continuously getting in the way of the military's attempts to stop or capture Gamera. Perhaps Z-Plan would have worked better if someone had punished Kenny, or maybe kept an eye on him, instead of letting him wander about where there are guns and missiles being fired willy-nilly at a giant turtle... but in the end, Z-Plan captured Gamera in the nose of a rocket, which they subsequently fired to Mars. A happy ending, as Gamera was not killed, allowing Kenny to speculate on his future as a spaceman. He will see Gamera again, and unfortunately so will we, in all the other many, many Gamera movies forced upon us.

My favourite line of the movie was "He has internal organs that function very much like a hydro-electric plant." That line actually made Joel lose it and crack up laughing... obviously not a planned response, and uncommon for this show.

This was a rare sort of episode... the theatre scenes were done entirely by Joel and only Joel. A couple of the host segments had Servo or Gyspy, but essentially, the episode was just Joel. Where was Crow? Well, to celebrate the holiday season, Joel froze Crow and decorated him as a Christmas tree. I am only guessing that Trace was on vcacation for a while, so this was really the only thing they really could do.

I am on the fence as to if I really like these early episodes, or if I really just detest them. The dialogue over the movie comes as more slight comments and observation, not so much as jokes... and the few actual jokes that do filter in are very bland and just not that funny. It really is more like just watching a movie with someone and having them make a few comments here and there. So, where it isn't so much "laugh-out-loud" funny, it's still has the nice homely feel of watching a really bad movie with a couple of friends.

Perfect for a late-night movie show on a local channel, but it definitely needed scripting to make it to cable.