Thursday, January 07, 2010

0006: Gamera Vs. Gaos

A giant turtle who breathes fire against a giant pteradactyl who spits lasers. Who will win?

MST3k, Experiment #0006

Gamera Vs. Gaos:

Gamera's back, and just in time to save Japan from Gaos, a mysterious bat-like creature awakened by a volcanic eruption. As in the first Gamera movie, a young boy establishes an emotional link with Gamera, and the two work together, with the help of the world's scientists, to put an end to Gaos' violent rampage.

...and of course, the military and scientific community listens to one little boy who just happens to insist that Gamera is their friend... What the hell is wrong with these people?

Well, the movie was just another lame Gamera movie. More-or-less the same plot as every other Gamera movie, except there's a sub-plot of a bunch of farmers refusing to sell their land because they want more money. That story essentially goes nowhere... not that it really had anywhere TO go. I am still just at a loss as to why there's a little boy attending the conference on what they should do about the giant monster laser-spewing lizard bird.

The episode itself is a relatively important one, as this is the episode Servo goes through puberty and gains his "mighty voice" ...as well as the name Tom. Thrilled with the sound of his new voice, the whole rest of the episode is spent stating "This is Tom Servo announcing." That gets VERY annoying, but meh, what are ya gonna do really?

The first host segment has a voicemail from a caller insisting that two weeks in a row of Gamera films is a bit much... little do they know that there would be a third, fourth and fifth Gamera movie on the way. Joel tells the caller that he has no control over which movies are chosen, as they are all picked by the mad scientists that stranded him in space. I guess this is the first time the mads are mentioned in the show, aside from the opening theme song.

Also, this episode has the first appearance of a line that I still use to this day on a semi-regular basis: "The ocean. Beginning of all life and all Sandy Frank films."

Yet another piece of importance to this otherwise droll episode.