Friday, September 03, 2010

0623: The Amazing Transparent Man

MST3k, Experiment #0623

The Days of Our Years. Another Union Pacific short, this time a preacher talking about avoiding work accidents and providing three examples to ram home his message like a blowtorch to the eyeballs. As Mike points out, the main causes of workplace accidents are, apparently, joy, sex, and old age.

The Most Amazing Picture Of The Year! He's Invisible! He's Deadly! The Amazing Transparent Man.

Paul Krenner, an ex-major with delusions of grandeur, has forced scientist Peter Ulof to develop a radiation-based technique to turn men invisible, with which process he plans to create an invisible army to sell to the highest bidder. He busts safecracker Joey Faust out of prison and forces him to undergo the invisibility treatment so he can steal more radium to further the experimentation. Plans go awry when Faust discovers there is a side-effect to the invisibility treatments he didn't count on.


I pretty much agree with everything I just read over at Satellite News. This episode is great, especially compared to the previous episode's weak host segments. I think my favourite part of the whole episode is Mike's line "You people bring matches for Mikey?" Even before he said the line, I was watching him the entire sketch... and was already laughing hard. Then he spoke and I about peed my pants.

Like many people, I've always enjoyed this short. It always seemed a bit funny to me that there really was no specific defined purpose for the film, except to point out a few random, hardly related accidents that a few people had. So make sure you don't have any car accidents, get burned in the face, or have a heart attack on the job... It could mean someone else's life.

The movie was a tad bland, especially considering all the scenes in which you couldn't even see the main character. They did a terrific job riffing on it. I wrote down plenty of potential "favourite lines" but, as always, chose the one that made me glad I wasn't taking a sip of anything.

One thing this episode felt like it was missing was a song... For some reason, I really felt it should have had a song. Well, it sort of did, with Mike's organ noodling, but that's not the same. Oh well...

Favourite line: "Here. These'll blow your mind."

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