MST3k, Experiment #0012
In this sci-fi flick edited down from a TV series, our hero is a Starwolf named Ken from the planet Valnastar. After disobeying orders and accidentally killing his best friend - a fellow soldier, Ken becomes a fugitive alien rescued by the Earth starship the Bacchus3. The crew of the Bacchus3 includes alcoholic Captain Joe, Rocky the pilot, some other guys, and Tammy the ‘morale officer.’ Ken joins the Bacchus3 team at Captain Joe’s invitation. At first, Rocky distrusts Ken, but later they become friends. And Tammy has an unrequited crush on Ken. Meanwhile, Ken’s friends’s sister Rita, who is also Ken’s girlfriend, is ordered by Valnastar ruler Lord Halkon to avenge her brother's death by finding and killing Ken. The Bacchus3 visits the planet Kararan. Ken leaves the ship, and gets himself thrown in prison. Via two-way radio, Captain Joe orders Ken to find a Colonel from the planet Caesar in the same prison and break him out. After accomplishing this mission, Ken abruptly runs into Rita. But Rita still loves Ken, so she can’t bring herself to kill him. Rita is then killed when she and Ken are attacked by Kararan guards. Ken and the Caesarean Colonel make it back to the Bacchus3.
Vengeance, love, and Ken... this movie is a classic and will later be re-done in mid-season three(3). I think I'll save the full review for then, as this is simply a "Zero Season" episode.
But I sill point out a few episodic tidbits. First, this is the third absence of Crow (in twelve episodes), and is covered this time by Servo and Gypsy claiming to have dismantled him. Apparently Trace had quite a busy life back in the day, as he was absent a lot. Second, this episode marked the start of the "Mystery Science Theater Fan Club" ...something that may very well still exist to this day.
The best line of the whole episode was when Joel stated that you can tell a movie will be bad "if they just take two cool words and put em together like that" to which Servo promptly replied "Like Mystery Science?"
Anyways, that's really all there is to mention about this episode. More about the movie later in the year when I get to sit through it again.
"I'm a Starwolf." GRRRRR!!!