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Old 09-19-2017, 02:56 PM
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11.14 - At The Earth's Core

Film : At The Earth's Core
Episode : 211 (counting the MST3K Movie)
Secret Number : 023

Film Synopsis : A scientist and a rich, stupider scientist invent an Iron Mole, which Burroughs... ahahaha, kill me .. it's way into the center of the Earth, into the strange land of Pellucidar. (Or 'Pellucida' as the natives say.) Doug McClure returns to his triumphant role of "White Man Screwing Up Life for the Locals", though in this case, killing their parrot gods has an upside.

Series and Episode Thoughts : Big splashy finale! Marriage subplot comes together! Max's revenge! Sort of! It's a decent movie, better than The Land That Time Forgot, for me. It's got some good callbacks, too. And Jonah builds Growler, a robot version of Rowlf, from the Muppets. I'll do some collected series thoughts in a subsequent post.

Important Stuff : Joel McHale appears (as Doug McClure), as do Pearl and the gang, and Paul Chaplin as the head of the Observer hive mind. Also, a number of interesting facts - there are 40,000 Observers. One of whom requires a kosher meal for the wedding - mazel tov! Kinga's middle name is, according to Pearl, 'Clayton'. Which is fitting, since Dad's middle names were 'Deborah Susan'.

HS 1 : Jonah and the Bots have a bachelor chat. They admit they had hoped he would be more of a combination of Joel and Mike - an explicit acknowledgement of their memories, and a fun meta line. Jonah introduces Growler, who gets to hang around for at least the whole episode.

Invention Exchange : Jonah and the Bots introduce permanent temporary tattoos; Max shows off the Rip Taylor Urn Cannon.

HS 2 : Jonah takes the Bots to a steampunk mode.

HS 3 : Crow's a Mahar, but he's not very good at telepathy.

HS 4 : Doug McClure (Joel McHale) shows up to give Max some life advice. Introduces himself as : "Hi, I'm Doug McClure, you might remember me from such films as.."

HS 5 : The big wedding. Pearl and the gang show up, Observer officiates. Pearl briefly reprises 'When Loving Lovers Love'. Max unleashes Reptilicus Metallicus, seemingly devouring Jonah! We close with Max slinking away : "Push the button .. me." And then a long shot of the exterior of the SOL and someone spacewalking in an EVA suit. Jonah, perhaps? Or Joel?

Memorable Riffs :

Tom : "Doug McClure? I forgot him like that land that Time did."

Jonah : "Phineas T.."
All : "Mitchell!"

Crow : "Alright, we're impressed, let's go!"

Jonah : "It's a charming, Victorian-era fracking."

Jonah : "H.R. Crush'n'stuff."

Tom : "Welcome to the world of the Monchichi." (Deep cut!)

Crow : "What is this, the Sid and Marty Krofft Death March?"

Crow : "Hikeeba!" (classic riff / callback)

Tom : "Jim Henson's Muppet Atrocity. "

Crow : "I guess even the Earth's core has a DMV."

Jonah : "Rocks? In a cave?? I gotta check that out."

Tom : "Go north. Get lamp."

Jonah : "You're not gonna believe this, but I'm the protagonist."

Crow : "It's the Church of Castle Greyskull and Latter-Day Saints!"

Jonah (spotting a monster) : "Gypsy?"

Tom : "I volunteer as tribute!"

Jonah (as Caroline Munro) : "You're no Hasselhoff." (Star Crash callback.)

Kickstarter Backers : Everybody else, including some they missed on the first pass, and those with unusually long names that would have broken the formatting.

Stinger : Flaming dino plummets from the hillside.

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Old 09-19-2017, 03:12 PM
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is this getting a second season ?
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Full series thoughts : They really love those silhouette gags. And I noticed a lot of references to Dune. But probably the biggest recurring thing that isn't a reference to the previous show has gotta be the Oculus Rift. Goddamn, I think it shows up in half the episodes.

Overall, they did a good job reviving the show, and I think if they get a second season, we'll see some of the rough edges get polished up and everything will be even better. Fingers crossed!

Now - Episodes, from best, to worst (purely personal ratings).

The great :
The Loves of Hercules
Starcrash
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom
Yongary

The good:
At The Earth's Core
Cry Wilderness
The Beast of Hollow Mountain
Reptilicus
The Time Travelers
The Land That Time Forgot
Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II

The mediocre :
The Christmas That Almost Wasn't
Avalanche
Carnival Magic

The mediocre episodes are all just bad movies that they could not elevate with their riffing. WotLK2 probably fares a little better with me than with some, because I like shitty fantasy movies, so it was starting out ahead - edging into the bottom of the 'good'. I think Avalanche was just a bad pick, and they should have found another movie. Carnival Magic could have been this season's Manos .. and in many ways, it is, I suppose. But it's just dull and hard to watch. The four greats, though, would stand shoulder to shoulder with any of the original series episodes.
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is this getting a second season ?
They are in talks, but there has been nothing official announced yet.
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Oh, come on, Avalanche was fantastic. The drunk mom! The ambulance plummeting off the cliff! It's like a cornball episode of Emergency!

Or just an episode of Emergency!

What can I say, I have a soft spot for 1970s crap movies (see: San Fransisco International, Giant Spider Invasion, Touch of Satan, and many more.)
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Last week I was with a couple of people who are a little too young to know what MST3K is, and we watched The Room. They were fascinated by the unintentional hilarity of the thing, but for me... I mean, I've already plumbed the depths of movie-badness. I know how bad it gets. Yes, The Room was unbelievably bad, but I already knew stuff like this existed. Joel and the bots showed it to me 25 years ago or so.

I said to my young friends "If you guys like this, then you have to see Manos."
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:16 PM
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"If you guys like this, then you have to see Manos."
Just realizing that I've had the same sig on this board since December, 2000:
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I enjoyed At The Earth's Core quite a bit - a very solid end to the season. I could have done without the whole wedding thing, but then I've never been a big fan of the Mad host segments since Frank left (and even then sometimes they are pretty lame).

"H.R. Crush'n'stuff" is solid gold

I'm largely in agreement with your rankings, though I would definitely put WOTLK2 in the mediocre category and elevate Avalanche up a level. Overall I have to say I was surprised and delighted by how good the season was. I think MST3K is a kind of rare magic that should have been well-nigh impossible to recreate, but I think the new team exceeded any reasonable expectations.
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Oh, come on, Avalanche was fantastic. The drunk mom! The ambulance plummeting off the cliff! It's like a cornball episode of Emergency!

Or just an episode of Emergency!

What can I say, I have a soft spot for 1970s crap movies (see: San Fransisco International, Giant Spider Invasion, Touch of Satan, and many more.)
San Francisco International is a good comparison for Avalanche, but SFI had more engaging riffing, IMO.
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I'm disappointed and kind of surprised Netflix hasn't announced a second season yet. I'd like it to come out some time in 2018.
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Little update - I have received the last of my Kickstarter rewards, including the Blu-Ray of the new season - AND we just got an announcement that MST has been renewed for Season 12 by Netflix. Hooray!
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little update - i have received the last of my kickstarter rewards, including the blu-ray of the new season - and we just got an announcement that mst has been renewed for season 12 by netflix. Hooray!
huzzah!!
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Little update - I have received the last of my Kickstarter rewards, including the Blu-Ray of the new season - AND we just got an announcement that MST has been renewed for Season 12 by Netflix. Hooray!
Hooray! More TV's Son of TV's Frank!
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no offense but if its been 10 years or more in between seasons they should just say " series 2 season 1 ...
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Little update - I have received the last of my Kickstarter rewards, including the Blu-Ray of the new season - AND we just got an announcement that MST has been renewed for Season 12 by Netflix. Hooray!
Regrettably, I received an e-mail a couple weeks ago stating that my add-on/mystery award was not sent as a) there was a setting in the backerkit database that they missed which included certain backers, b) they did not order enough mystery awards because of this and c) they spent the money on Season 11 and can't offer refunds. They are working on a solution.

I have absolutely no problem with this! I believe them when they state they they will find a solution and I did not back the project for t-shirts and mystery prizes anyway (although it was a nice coffee mug...) If they do want to make things right, I'd like to be one of the Skeleton Crew. Are you reading this, Joel?
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Speaking of messages to Joel, I have seen the Mads perform live three times in the last month or so, and I think Trace and Frank would love to be on the new show, but simply have not been asked. Trace quipped, while responding to the question about them appearing, "Does anyone know Joel?"

BTW, the Mads live shows are great, and I highly recommend them.
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I have been re-watching the show a third time, now that I have my Kickstarter Blu-Rays, and I may have to bump Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2 up a few notches. It's still a terrible movie, but the riffing is solid.
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