Saturday, June 05, 2010

0420: The Human Duplicators

MST3k, Experiment #0420

Made to Kill or Love on Command! The Human Duplicators.

An alien is dispatched from a faraway galaxy to take over the Earth by "duplicating" humans and creating a race of zombies resembling animated pottery in this low-budget sci-fi film. Enjoy the opening and closing shots of the alien spacecraft resembling a Christmas tree bauble dancing in space, the faces of the "duplicated" humans shattering like a cheap vase when thrown to the floor, and the formative "duplicates" as they are cooked up in the lab in individual coffins. The alien's heart is softened by the persevering goodness of a beautiful blind woman, deeply conflicting his motives as the film plods to its "climactic" confrontation between the humans and their counterfeit duplicates.

The William Conrad Fridge Alert. It was around this time that you can tell they started running out of good ideas for the invention exchange, and really just started making random stuff up. Not that this is a bad thing, in fact, it's this sort of invention that sticks with you the most. I don't recall many of the standard exchange items, but the fridge alert and Joel's "helicopter beanie" always tend to stand out in my mind.

The movie was about duplicators and duplications... and not much else. Sadly, this doesn't leave all too much to riff on without getting a tad repetitive, but they managed to make a good episode out of it.

My favourite bit is the host segment where Servo duplicated himself. Have we seen any duplicate Servo's before this?! Because I know that in some of the later episodes we have plenty of Servo duplicates to choose from. Later we'll see entire singing choirs of Servo's, and I know that he blows up plenty of them in one of the final episodes of the show. One thing I do know for sure is that there really can never be too many of them for me. Just look at how casually they all just mill about chatting it up...


Favourite line: "Oh, now I gotta look up robot."