12 September 2006

MST3K (TD91)

Turkey Day '91 - Ah, comforting Turkey Day. For this pseudo-Thanksgiving, I ordered myself some chicken tacos, nachos and award-winning no. 4 salsa, and washed it down with a couple of beers. While it's not exactly Grandma's mashed potatoes and turkey, it was all good.

MST3K's very first special is, appropriately enough, a celebration of the holiday they premiered on. It was also a brilliant idea. A day off from work spent lounging around the house with a belly full of good food, laughing with your family over a seemingly endless supply of bot-produced comedy. Good, clean fun. I am not at all surprised that the tradition continues to this day.

My favorite bit is Dr. F, unseen to us, remote-exploding the Underdog balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This balloon happens to be Frank's favorite and its fiery demise causes him to break into Frank-style hysterics as the carnage unfolds. Consoles Dr. F.: "He must die so we may live."

Though it doesn’t premiere for another year, they must have shot the documentary This is MST3K around this time. The three "Making Of" segments look to be from the same footage. I wonder why they sat on it for so long after this?

My one complaint is about the guests. Plant Guy from 309 -- sorry Kevin -- is just lame. Gerry and Sylvia don't have anything to say or do. There is only Jack Perkins to brighten up the party. It's not really BBI's fault. They hadn't created very many non-Mike guest characters at this point. It's too bad 319 didn't air earlier. We could've had sexy Mr. B. join the fun this year.

The line-up for the marathon was pretty solid. Personally, I probably would've swapped out 206, 203, and 202 for other selections. Robot Holocaust would've been nice. I'm surprised one of the Gamera movies didn't make the cut, either.

28 Nov 1991
00:00 206 - Ring of Terror
02:00 301 - Cave Dwellers
04:00 203 - Jungle Goddess
06:00 202 - The Side Hackers
08:00 201 - Rocketship X-M
10:00 205 - Rocket Attack U.S.A.
12:00 306 - Time of the Apes
14:00 207 - Wild Rebels
16:00 309 - The Amazing Colossal Man
18:00 213 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
20:00 303 - Pod People
22:00 310 - Fugitive Alien
29 Nov 1991
00:00 204 - Catalina Caper
02:00 307 - Daddy-O
04:00 311 - It Conquered the World

"These are Potato Buds. This is a turkey baster. Be careful." (8/10)

mst d. ?? (28-29 Nov 1991)