Friday, May 14, 2010

0408: Hercules Unchained

MST3k, Experiment #0408

Fabulous feats of human power the screen has never shown before!  Hercules Unchained.

En route to Thebes for an important diplomatic mission, Hercules drinks from a magic spring and loses his memory. He spends most of the movie in the pleasure gardens of Queen Omphale of Lydia. While young Ulysses tries to help him regain his memory, political tensions escalate in Thebes, and Hercules' new wife Iole finds herself in mortal danger.

I love Gypsy!  The second host segment shows exactly why Gypsy may very easily be my favourite of the bots.  Her face bashing against the giant solid harp again and again leaves me in stitches every time.  On watching last night, I kept rewinding it and watching it again... I love it THAT much!!!

Here we get the first in a line of Hercules movies on the show.  Technically, yes, it's the second of the Hercules movies, but it's the first one that WE see on the show.  Like season three(3) was the season of Gamera and crappy Sandy Frank films, this season is the season of Hercules.  For about a third of the season, every other episode is a Hercules movie.  This is a FAR better choice than Gamera, because the Hercules movies are far less annoying.  In fact, they are quite fun and enjoyable.  Sure, most of that has to do with the scanilty clad women, who are almost always very, very attractive... but these films just seem a great fit for the show.

On this episode, we get treated to Mike Nelson as the lead actor Steve Reeves, for some reason doing some busy work in the background at Deep 13.  This is another of my favourite impersonations of his.  He flawlessly pulls off the "over-beefy lunkhead" type, and his mellow voice is great for just about any comedic phrase you want him to say.

In all, this was a great episode... the movie has very little real plot, and the story twists and turns so much that you really don't know what the main point of the film is at all.  I am actually looking forward to the other Hercules films in the series.

Favourite line:  "Somebody dial IX-I-I?"

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