The Most Amazing Story Ever Filmed! Rocketship X-M:
Astronauts blast off to explore the moon on. Because of craft malfunction and some fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. On Mars, evidence of a once powerful civilization is found. The scientists determinted that an atomic war destroyed most of the Martians (Who suprsingly look like humans). Those that survived reverted to a caveman like existance.
Alright... we have the new cast members, Kevin Murphy (who had been running cameras, lights, doors, etc. for quite some time by now) as our beloved Tom Servo (see my previous blogue entry for the rant on the old Servo), and Frank Conniff as Dr. Forester's new sidekick, TV's Frank.
The opening segment has one of my favourite invention exchanges, the BGC19... It's pretty much my favourite simply because Frank steals the idea from Joel, and very obviously. This was the best way Frank could have been introduced to the viewers, and it was pulled off marvelously. We also get the first (but surely not last) occurrence of Frank shouting "I'm the god!!!" ...a phrase that will be used many times until his departure at the end of season six(6).
All of the segments are classic. Another favourite of mine is Mike Nelson's first on-screen appearance, as Valaria from Robot Holocaust.
As I love hindsight in episode references, I got a real kick out of Joel asking the mads "Why didn't you just show us Marooned?" to which they replied "We couldn't get it." This was the premier of season two(2), and I'm pretty sure they had no idea that two season later, season four(4) would start with Space Travelers, better known as Marooned.
Favourite line: "Then you get up in space and... god, your hair smells good."