Snow Thrills. A Sport Parade newsreel focuses on winter sports and activities that probably would result in any number of lawsuits nowadays. The fun includes ice skating, ice yachting, dog sledding, polar bear swimming, skiing (pronounced "schiing"), cross-country "schiing", ice fishing, "schi" jumping, "schi" joring (pronounced "horing"), and bobsledding.
Every Man Its Prisoner... Every Woman Its Slave! It Conquered The World.
One of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it.
Hooray! A Roger Corman film!!! Sure, I guess that was a bit sarcastic, but honestly, I'd take this over another god-damned Gamera film any day. (Yes, I know that the next episode is a Gamera film... I like to push that from my mind though.) This really isn't all that bad of a movie, with a decent cast of Beverly Garland, Peter Graves, and Lee Van Cleef. Yes, it's a stupid alien movie, but it's simple... and that is where most alien movies fail. They try too hard and over-do things.
Of course, I'm a sucker for a Corman film AND I'm a suck for a movie with Peter Graves in it... and Beverly Garland is just smokin' anyways.
So yeah, decent movie for a bad one... and it IS bad... it's just not painful to watch or follow. The episode itself is quite good. The best part appearing at the end when Joel and the bots watch a scene from the film, and then cut to the mads watching the same scene from the film, and then the audio of that scene i played over the credits, and yes... the stinger is a line from the aforementioned scene. Any change in the end credit sequence or audio is always welcome... Keeps me laughing up through the stinger.
Maybe someday we'll get an official release of this one, with some new interviews with the late Peter Graves. (Too soon?)
Favourite line: "You were all bad guys, weren't you?"