Wednesday, December 01, 2010

1007: Track of The Moon Beast

MST3k, Experiment #1007

The Rising Moon Creates A Monster. Track of The Moon Beast.

Professor "Johnny Longbow" Salina, a man who really knows his stews, introduces Paul Carlson to the practical-joking Kathy Nolan. Paul and Kathy seem to hit it off rather well but, during a meteor storm, a meteorite fragment strikes Paul, burying itself deep in his skull, which has the unpleasant side-effect of causing Paul to mutate into a giant reptilian monster at night and go on murderous rampages. It turns out that this sort of thing has happened before, when Professor Salina rediscovers ancient Native American paintings detailing a similar event many centuries ago. Kathy, however, still loves Paul, and tries to save him.

Season ten(10) provides a LOT of good memories for me... nine(9) and ten(10) both actually. I think the Sci Fi era aired right when it was really the only positive thing in my life. I am pretty certain MST3k memories are the only really very happy memories I have from those years. So I tend to just enjoy these seasons better, mostly due to that reason in particular.

This one episode is probably the most "stand-out" episode of the three(3) seasons for me. Final Sacrifice, Horrors of Spider Island and Squirm also fall into that bracket. Lots of good memories of getting home from my all-night walk after the closing shift of fast food, grabbing a HUGE bowl of cereal or making some bacon (a full pound of course, with eggs scrambled in the grease), sitting down and watching MST3k with my mother after she woke up and wandered out for some bacon. (She especially enjoyed Squirm, for the record... more on that next week.)

Even aside from all that, I really enjoy this episode. The blossoming, the background info on the band that sang California Lady, the spy camera... but the one thing that's always my favourite sketch from this one is the first host segment. Crow, Gypsy and Servo trying to scare Mike, in the style of the scene from the movie... It's pure brilliance. I love quoting that sketch.

Another favourite bit of mine is the constant listing of ingredients from the stew. I vaguely remember it being even more often, but I guess that's just because I did that for weeks after first watching this episode.

Anyhow, this is a fave of mine. Enjoy it, won't you?

Favourite line: "I'm going to beat the stuffing out of you."

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