The cult TV series “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ is celebrating the big 2-0 with the release of the “Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Edition.
In honor of the big occcasion, check out the list of my favorite MST3K episodes:
1. “The Leech Woman”(No. 802): “Hmm, that’s good pineal!” This movie tells the tale of a woman despised by her husband for not being 20, who turns to copious amounts of booze to drown her sorrows. But she finds a potential fountain of youth from an aged African woman who advises her that the secret of smooth-skinned longevity is to stab men in the pineal gland and ingest their juices, which are apparently about as tasty as all the hooch she gulps down.
Besides all the witty one-liners at the movie’s expense, the episodes features Crow’s crusade to rid the Satellite of Love of its prairie dog infestation before the “beefaloes” get their legs stuck in the holes, Pearl’s emergence as the Lawgiver of the sentient apes, and a nanite labor dispute that erupts in civil war.
2. “MST3K: The Movie”: Yes, I know it’s not really an episode of the TV series, but the feature film still is one of my favorite MST3K efforts.
If you watch interviews with the cast, especially Mike Nelson, it’s noted that reporters on the publicity tour for the film were offended at the choice of “This Island Earth,” claiming it was too good for riffing.
The movie actually is just cheap and cheesy enough to get in lots of riffs on it. But it isn’t as horribly, painfully low-quality as many of the films covered in the series, so it’s easier to watch. That brings us to …
3. “Manos: The Hands of Fate”(No. 424): MST3K managed to make this repugnant film a cult classic, so it’s difficult to imagine a Top 5 list without “Manos.” The movie, created on virtually no budget on a bet, is just ripe for riffing, and Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank actually famously apologize to Joel and the ’bots for the badness of the movie.
4. “Killer Shrews”(No. 407): James Best, better known as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane of “Dukes of Hazzard,” and others are terrorized by giant shrews, also known as small dogs with carpet remnants glued to them. At least Joel and the ‘bots get a catchy song out of it.
5. “Laser Blast”(No. 706): You gotta love this episode, the last on Comedy Central. Mike takes on the persona of Capt. Janeway of “Star Trek: Voyager” (Kate Mulgrew) to save the SOL from getting sucked into a black hole.
Honorable mentions: “Hercules Unchained,” “Daddy-O,” “Diabolik.”
So, fellow MSTies, Feel free to share your favorite MST3K episodes, moments, random quips, etc.