Wednesday, August 11, 2010

0610: The Violent Years

MST3k, Experiment #0610

Young Man's Fancy. A story sponsored by the Edison Electric Institute that encourages increased consumption of electricity by using an ever-increasing number of home appliances. Teenage Judy is less than excited about her brother’s visit from college. Until she sees that her brother is accompanied by his ultra handsome roommate, Alexander Phipps. Judy is wildly attracted to Alex - he makes her feel “squishy!” But Alex seems only interested in engineering and time study. So Judy prepares dinner all by herself, using lots of modern household applicances and electricity, to impress the guy.

Teenage Killers Taking Their Thrills Unashamed! The Violent Years.

A newspaper publisher's daughter suffers from neglect by her parents. She and her friends turn to crime by dressing up like men, holding up gas stations, raping young men at gunpoint, and having makeout parties when her parents are away. Their "fence" gets them to trash the school on request of sinister un-American clients, and they run afoul of the law, apple pie, and God himself.

Turn your crank to Frank.

This short is another of my favourites, and has a lot of great lines like "That must be the electric phone!" It's really a rather poorly contrived short, I think about electric household appliances. The joys of using electric items, as opposed to the far less superior non-electric items... and it was all surrounding a small little soap opera about a girl who became all squishy due to her brother's friend. Yes, I said squishy.

One of the songs that came from this episode is surely a classic... One of the best, actually. "Living In Deep 13" is a fabulous little ditty, and I could sing along with it for hours if needed. There's a few other "theme songs" on this one, particularly Tom Servo's theme which is in the tune of Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" ...which is my single-favourite classical piece. I actually bought the Super Audio CD of Carmina Burana simply to be able to hear it in surround sound. I'm a dork.

The movie is pretty bad... but it's written by Ed Wood, so what can you expect?! The riffing is fun through the whole thing, but I personally think the short overshadows the rest of the episode. Definitely a good time though, this one.

The whole unifying thing through this episode though is the country radio station Dr. Forrester and Frank are promoting... name after Frank himself! It's so simple, yet so funny, watching them try to push this country music station. Of course, Frank continues listing people into the end credits, getting more absurd and less country as he goes.

Great episode... Watch it!!!

Favourite line: "Thank goodness for my electric dress..."

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