A Date With Your Family. The short covers the basics for how to ensure you and your family have a pleasant and formal 1950's style family dinner. In other words, how to best repress your emotions and ensure a hollow and lifeless social interaction.
It will scare the pants off you! Invasion USA.
Five people are sitting in a New York bar with a mysterious Mr. Ohman, when they hear the news that the godless Communists are invading the good ol' U.S. of A. The five rush off to various sections of the country to do their part to stop the invasion, when an A-bomb crashes down upon Manhattan.
The first short of the season is a good one. I've always been fond of this one, possibly because the daughter is cute... No matter, this is a funny short and it always makes me laugh with some great riffing.
Okay, about the movie... I think I'll break from tradition yet again and quote the MST3k Wikia site here:
"...the movie’s unwitting subtext is that in order to defeat the Communists, Americans must be more like them -- Americans must be constantly willing to sacrifice, to give up personal possessions, hopes, and dreams. At the same time, it features Communists who take control of a factory and force its workers into slavery, which seems decidedly unlike the group behind the "Worker's Revolution." What we're saying is, the movie tries for social commentary, but doesn't really cut it. ...the movie plays like a Joseph McCarthy fever dream."
As a self-professed Anarchist and someone who prides himself in at least being relatively knowledgeable about various political systems, the inane story and plot of this film made me vomit a little in my mouth (something I have grown to refer to as "Cullenning"). I think just the whole "red scare" thing just really irks me in general, as it spawned an entire three(3) or more generations of people who completely misunderstand what is and is not "communism," "socialism," or "anarchism." Hell, even the majority of people who actually are bold enough to profess themselves as following any of the aforementioned principles are completely misguided on what it actually is they are supposedly following... and that's entirely due to scare-tactic propaganda such as this movie.
**steps off his soapbox** Okay, enough tubthumping for one day...
Oh man, is it just me, or do all the host segments on this one to be sorta cracked out?! It seems as if they had stayed up WAY too late filming all of this, and did the host segments immediately after that "hump of weariness before the fourth wind hits" thing I know ever so well as an insomniac. It just seems like they are having WAAAAAY too much fun with them all, especially the first segment with the robot and the last segment with the big hammer. The look on Mike's face gets almost creepy at times, with the over-excited smile and the big wild eyes. The whole episode just seems... well... cracked out.
Not that this is a bad thing, because I enjoyed every bit of it. It's a welcome change. I always enjoy some nearly-absurd over-the-top wackiness, and this just about hit the spot!!!
Honestly, I would recommend this one to anyone, and I plan to watch it again and again simply for the host segments.
Great segments, great short, great riffing... movie pissed me off. I call that a great episode!!!
Favourite line: "God, I must have been fantastic."