HARD RIDERS! Mounted on Burning Steel! ...with only their leathers between THEM and HELL! The Side Hackers:
Motorcycle racer Rommel and his fiancée Rita become friendly with a biker gang led by the unstable J.C. When Rita is raped and murdered by J.C. in a jealous rage, Rommel gathers some biker pals and goes on a hunt for vengeance.
So, we have not just one, but two character cameos in this episode, both from the current movie... We have not one, but two songs performed by Joel and the bots... We have a horribly laughable movie that provides plenty of running gags... We have excellent bits by Dr. Forester and TV's Frank... Dare I say that this is chronologically the first perfect episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000?! I really truly can't think of a single thing I dislike about this episode. There wasn't a single joke I didn't find hillarious, and I was rather sad when the episode came to an end.
This movie is a thing of legend in MST3k-dom. When the group first sat down to watch the movie, they realised there was a brutal rape/murder scene in the middle of it... This brought about a rule that they should always watch a movie in its entirety before deciding to use it. I, for one, am glad they didn't have that rule when they decided on The Side Hackers, or we may have never had this epsiode. They properly cut the rape scene, and aside from the fact that the scene even existed in the first place, this is a classic movie for riffing. I absolutely love all the incessant "Rommel you magnificent son of a bitch. I read your book." jokes, and I still say "I WILL... I will DO it... I will do IT... I WILL..." whenever I get a chance. In fact, just a few days ago (before even realising I'd be watching this episode so soon) I was sitting at my desk at work, rambling about that for a good ten(1) minutes.
This is a magnificent episode, and I highly suggest buying it, if you haven't already!!!
Favourite line: "They built a whole movie around it!"