A couple days ago, Tony asked me for some of my favorite MST3K episodes. Because he mentioned using Netflix, I’ll limit myself solely to those episodes which show up there.
- Laserblast. This was a miserable movie and they did such a great job of it. It was also the final episode on Comedy Central, so there’s some historical value to it too.
- Future War. Such a wonderful episode, and there was a bit that I still remember whenever I exercise. There’s a really fat man in the movie and one of the bots says “I haven’t been to Hardee’s in four hours!”
- Manos: The Hands of Fate. This and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians are a duo of hilarity. This is one of my five favorite episodes. Don’t make me name the other four.
- First Spaceship on Venus. Kind of like Laserblast: miserable movie, hilarious riffs. The sarcasm modulation bit was wonderful.
- Tormented. The skits were really good in this episode. Sometimes they’re pretty boring or stupid, but I liked them here.
- Prince of Space. They used the chicken-people in episodes for seasons after. This is a perfect example of how Japanese movies are so messed up.
- Mitchell. Joe Don Baker threatened the cast with violence because of how badly they mocked him. That should tell you something…
- Red Zone Cuba. The synopsis talks about the film as a riff on “Americans’ preoccupation with the red menace,” but frankly, that gives a lot of credit to the director (who is also one of the main actors, if that tells you something) that the film doesn’t deserve. It’s a meandering, bewildering train wreck the whole way through, so who else to enjoy it with than my favorite sarcastic robots? You’ll really need to test your patience to get through it, though—the movie’s probably the worst one on here.
- Space Mutiny. I end with another of my five favorites. Watch Santa Claus pilot a spaceship! Watch footage stolen from Battlestar Galactica (the original)! Watch a 40-year-old woman in spandex! Watch a woman die but re-appear in the next scene as though nothing happened! And the way they keep coming up with names for the main character is priceless.