|Mike and the bots|
MST3K stands for Mystery Science Theatre 3000; a tv show where a guy and his two robots watch and make fun of terrible films from the fifties (and sixties, seventies and eighties). It ran for ten years roughly and if nothing else, it’s quite disturbing to know that there have been so many bad films made. Terrifying.
My fiancé introduced me to MST3K not long after we met. In the US they showed it on Comedy Central and Sci-Fi (you know, before it was Sy-Fy and still good), but I’m not sure if it was shown in the UK. Not that I would’ve seen it, it wasn’t on terrestrial tv that’s for sure.
Anyway, the basic premise is as described, and it’s the funniest thing ever. My new favourite thing. The films are all terrible, of course, the first one I saw Space Mutiny and it is an awful, awful film. The action is bad, the acting’s terrible, and there is a whole thing about these women that has no bearing on the main plot of the film at all. And none of this includes the mistakes. Like the fact that it’s set on a spaceship but you can see the sky through the windows of the warehouse it’s filmed in.
Sounds like nothing you would want to watch right? I know, well, maybe but not you, but I love crappy films anyway. Add in the jokes from Mike (who took over from Joel in season five) and the bots through the entire film and it’s just hilarious. A lot of the jokes for Space Mutiny focus on Reb Brown looking like a body-builder, and giving him various names like Blast Hardcheese and so on; and jokes about how the female lead and Reb Brown’s romantic interest is quite obviously twenty years his senior (though, we found out that he married her in real life and while he looks twenty in Space Mutiny he was actually forty).
We’ve watched a few Ed Wood films, all terrible, a film called Pumaman with a crap superhero with a great theme tune (and co-starred Donald Plesance!), a film called King Dinosaur, where at the end the explorers set off an atom bomb to make the planet safe for everyone and didn’t have any actual dinosaurs in it (they were big close up shots of lizards). The Castle of Fu Manchu does have castles in it, several in fact, although one is Turkish and the rest were all English. And Fu Manchu was played by Christopher Lee. The plot didn’t make sense, and a lot of the film was either a black screen or completely green.
And these are just some of the films we’ve seen. There’s loads we havn’t seen.
The jokes are endless, and not just during the films. There are ‘host segments’ too, little skits and sketches in intervals. There are some great host segments too, too many to even get my head around. Like when Tom Servo sings his theme tune for instance is brilliant. During Werewolf they sang a great song, Grease style, called ‘Where oh Werewolf‘. Stupidly catchy. I could go on really, on and on and on and on.
I will leave you with the video of all the names they give Reb Brown during Space Mutiny: