Monday, November 08, 2010

0906: The Space Children

MST3k, Experiment #0906

Century 21 Calling. An informational short featuring two overly-enthusiastic celibate teens who witness the amazing phone of the future! Marvel at the ground-breaking, state-of-the-art features such as call waiting, call conferencing, and touch-tone dialing. Incredible!

Slowly...and with horror the parents realized THEIR CHILDREN WERE THE SLAVES OF 'THE THING' FROM OUTER SPACE! The Space Children.

A glowing brain-like creature arrives on a beach near a rocket test site via a teleportation beam. The alien communicates telepathically with the children of scientists. The kids start doing the alien's bidding as the adults try to find out what's happening to their unruly offspring.

First of all... We finally FINALLY get another short, after almost two(2) seasons of none (the last short was the second episode of season 7). This one is a blast! I missed the shorts. Unfortunately, we won't be seeing very many more, but they are still loads of fun.

Alright, this episode is awesome!! The entire opening of the show, all through to the start of the short, had me giddy and excited... as if I hadn't seen a single episode of the show for years and I was finally thrown a new one. I really don't know why I reacted this way, and to this episode, but I'm sure it has to do with the general "fun" atmosphere that they have on this one. The phone bank, and everyone echoing off in feedback was just a great way to start things off...

If you disregard the sudden "message" at the very, very end of this movie, it's really not all that bad. Well, yeah it's low budget... but it really is a rather eerie and creepy movie. I can't help but think they should do a remake of this one, much in the vein of "The Day The Earth Stood Still." Of all the little old sci-fi movies they've shown on this show, I think this might actually be one of the best. The kids actually did a decent job of acting brainwashed, and the plot just rolls right along without much unneeded padding. Just, get a better ending than "The earth has a second chance...." or maybe build up to it a little so it doesn't just come out of nowhere...

I enjoyed ALL the riffing, every host segment, even the dumb one... Put this one into my list that I want Shout! to release.

Favourite line: "The sand is probably destroying everything in there."

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