Tuesday, June 08, 2010

0421: Monster A-Go-Go

MST3k, Experiment #0421

Circus On Ice. If you enjoy seeing women in striped suits on leashes, if you think gunshots are exactly what the ice shows of today are missing, well this short is for you. Not since It Conquered the World has a wintertime short been this creepy.

The picture that comes complete with a 10-foot-tall monster to give you the wim-wams! Monster A-Go-Go.

An astronaut comes back to Earth and crashes in a field, incredibly irradiated and wreaking havoc. Just as they have him cornered, he disappears, and the "real" astronaut is found 7,500 miles away in the Pacific Ocean, "alive, well, and of normal size."

I'd have to say that this episode is amongst my top five(5) to show newbies. Anyone who hasn't quite grasped the concept of the show or who exactly all of the characters are will after seeing this episode. The first host segment is quite famous for the phrase "I'm the wind, baby." and the invention exchange is quite well-known also, giving us the character name "Johnny Longtorso." In short, if you haven't seen this one episode, you can't say that you've seen Mystery Science Theater. It just sums everything this series is all about in an hour and a half. There's wonderfully simple segments, a short, and a bad movie... and none of it ever gets boring or painful. The writing was in rare form for this one. Really, the only bad thing I could say about this episode is that it ended.

The short is great and just... bad. The movie is even worse, especially considering the fact that hardly any of the dialogue is intelligible. For stupid people, that means you can't understand a damn word that's being said. Joel and the bots make fun of this, of course... being a generally on-going gag. My favourite bit though is the incessant use of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" whenever truck-loads of military personnel are shown driving along. Basically every joke in this one is perfect, really.

Normally, I force Eegah! on unsuspecting victims, but I really think I'm going to start using this one instead.

Favourite line: "Sweet ride. Hardly looks like she's moving! Oh... she's not..."

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