09 August 2006

MST3K (301)

301 - Cave Dwellers - A solid start to season three. This episode actually feels like a continuation of season two. The guys seem to be on the same wavelength and Servo's still wearing his late season two fez. Not a surpise, as this ep aired only four months after 213. Of course, the real reason there was a four month gap between 213 and 301 was that the SOL was trapped in an asteroid field (in Earth's orbit?).

Ator: "Man's destiny is always predetermined." Joel: "Oh, he's a Calvinist." Except for a slow period near the beginning of the movie, the riffing was consistently funny. I like it when the guys give characters their own voices. Ator was always meant to sound like a dumb jock, anyway.

Joel's smoking jacket wasn't a great sign for the invention exchange idea drought. Smoking jackets that actually smoke… hrm… old joke. The robot arm wrestling that the Mads had wasn't bad, though. It was made better by Frank and Trace's goofy acting as they tested their mechanical strength.

C'mon. There's got to be a scene cut out of the MST3K version of the movie where Ator takes a couple weeks to construct a hang glider. Or maybe, he has them strategically stashed all over the countryside? I'd even buy that some wizard guy beamed him one. Ator suddenly appearing in the sky seemingly five minutes after arriving in the vicinity of the castle? No way. Not even with two swords.

"She's making flash powder from her own filth." (8/10)

film d. Joe D'Amato [as David Hills] (1984)
mst d. Jim Mallon (1 Jun 1991)