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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 10 - The Beast Of Yucca Flats

The Beast of Yucca Flats + Shorts "Money Talks" & "Progress Island USA"

Brief Wikipedia Summary: In this Coleman Francis film, A defecting Russian scientist (Tor Johnson) turns into a monster after being caught in an atomic bomb explosion and wanders around the test range, killing various people.

Shorts include Money Talks, a 1955 outing about the importance of a budget, and Progress Island USA, a 1973 film meant to lure investors to Puerto Rico.

Watch It Here:

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 9 - Robot Monster

 Robot Monster + Shorts "Radar Men From the Moon" Parts 4 & 5

Brief Wikipedia Summary:  After destroying all civilization on Earth, an alien attempts to wipe out the planet's last survivors.

In the shorts, Commando Cody's assistant is kidnapped, leading to the pursuit of gangsters working for aliens from the Moon.

Watch It Here:

My Thoughts:  One of the quintessential bad sci-fi movies. Everyone should see it at least once in their lives.

Monday, October 29, 2012

MST Month Of Turkeys; Day 8 - Gamera vs. Gaos

Gamera vs. Gaos

Brief Wikipedia Summary: Gamera fights the pterodactyl-like Gaos.

Watch It Here:

Sunday, October 28, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 7 - The Final Sacrifice

The Final Sacrifice

Brief Wikipedia Summary: A teen follows a map left for him by his long-dead father, runs afoul of a devil-worshiping cult, then teams up with a beer-guzzling drifter who has a secret.

Watch It Here:

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 6 - Godzills vs. Meaglon

Godzilla vs. Megalon

Brief Wikipedia Summary: Mutant dinosaur Godzilla and size-changing robot Jet Jaguar battle Seatopian god Megalon and alien cyborg Gigan, bent on razing the planet for the underground civilization of Seatopia.

Watch It Here: (Another "Best Of..." Video"

Friday, October 26, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 5 - Humanoid Woman

Humanoid Woman

(Not So) Brief Wikipedia Summary: 23rd century. A reconnaissance starship discovers a dead alien spaceship of unknown origin in deep space. The crew are found to be humanoid bodies, made by an advanced cloning process. One humanoid woman appears to be alive but has memory loss and is brought back to Earth. Scientist Sergei Lebedev settles her in his own house and names her Niya.

Some time later, Niya finds out that she has supernatural abilities. Prof. Ivanova finds a special neurocenter in her brain which can be used to control the humanoid clones. Niya suddenly remembers her home planet Dessa, where businessmen eager for easy money destroy nature.

A rescue mission with Niya on board is sent to her home planet. When she arrives there, her brain falls under the control of the neurowaves of local monopolist Turanchoks, who is trying to make the Earth expedition fail.

However, Niya is strong enough to resist the control and saves her civilization from an imminent catastrophe.

Watch It Here:

My Thoughts: This episode is included on this list because it is a very rare creature, a KTMA episode! Experience what MST3K was like back during its humble beginning as a public access TV show.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 4 - Jack Frost

Jack Frost

Brief Wikipedia Summary: Filmed version of a Russian folk tale. A woman is forced to slave away, while a young boy with the head of a bear must perform a good deed to reverse the curse.

Watch It Here:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 3 - Time Chasers

 Time Chasers

Brief Wikipedia Summary: A Castleton college professor and a reporter go through time in a modified light plane to stop a corporation from using his invention to accidentally create a dystopian future.

 Watch It Here: (Note: This is a highlight video. I've been unable to find the full episode or a cohesive playlist with the whole episode on YouTube or anywhere else)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 2- Samson vs The Vampire Women

 Samson vs The Vampire Women

Brief Wikipedia Summary: Masked wrestler El Santo battles vampire women who want to capture a young woman destined to become their queen.

Watch It Here:

My Thoughts: Easily one of my favorite moments is Crow's hysterical laughter when El Santo appears on-screen in full regalia including mask and cape. Also, this was the last appearance of Frank Conniff  as TV's Frank. A historical and bittersweet landmark episode.

Monday, October 22, 2012

MST Month of Turkeys; Day 1 - Space Travelers

Welcome to the "MST Month of Turkeys" here on the Thoughts Out Of Context blog. From now until Thanksgiving, I'll be spotlighting an episode of MST3K on this very page. Now, initially the idea was I'd watch an episode of MST3K and write a recap for it every day. I now realize that there's no earthly way I'll be able to do that with the way my schedule is. So I'm going to do the following; For each episode I'll post a brief Wikipedia summary of the movie being featured in the episode, post a link to the episode that can be watched usually on either YouTube or Google Video, and then post any personal thoughts/observations/etc I may have about the episode. I know it's vastly different from what I initially promised, and I apologize for that. But it's the only way I would be able to do this. Hopefully I'll be able to give these episodes proper recaps in the future, but for now let's get started.

Space Travelers

Brief Wikipedia Summary: Various obstacles hamper attempts to rescue three NASA astronauts trapped aboard a crippled space capsule.

Watch It Here:

My Thoughts: Gregory Peck? Gene Hackman? This movie won an Oscar? What's it doing on MST3K? Trust me, there's a very good reason

Friday, October 12, 2012

Idea For A Countdown List I Had

I LOVE Mystery Science Theatre 3000! And I know I'm not alone in my fandom. And I'm sure there are various places out there that pay tribute to the show that made riffing on movies an artform. But that's not going to deter me from getting in on that action. So from October 22 until November 22 - which is Thanksgiving Day - I'm planning on running the "MST Month of Turkeys" on my blog.

Basically the idea is on each day I'd post a review/recap post of a particular episode on my blog, much like the way the few "MST Monday" posts were (And I do plan on resurrecting that as a regular feature after this experiment is done). But I want to gauge and see if there is any interest in this project before I dive head first into it. That's where you come in! Since you're reading this, I assume you're also a MSTie and would like to see me go forward with this. So, tell me what to watch. I want you to tell me your favorite episodes or any episodes you think I should consider watching. Leave them here in the comments, message them to me on Facebook, send an e-mail to me at with the list. However you decide to do it, get in touch with me and tell me what to watch. And feel free to suggest as many episodes as you want. We have 31 days to cover, and lord knows there's more than enough episodes out there to cover that time frame. Any episode is fair game; Joel-era, Mike-era, Comedy Central-era, Sci-Fi Channel-era, I even have a couple of KTMA-era episodes in my collection. Like I said, lots to work with.

You have from now until 5:00 PM EST on Monday October 15th to get your suggestions in. I know that might seem like a small window of time, but keep in mind I need to find time to compile the results as well as watch and take notes on the episodes that will become the blog posts. And between work and rehearsal, my free time isn't exactly copious so I'm going to try and budget my time as best I can. The number of suggestions an episode gets will determine when it's discussed; the episode with the most "votes" will be covered on Thanksgiving, 2nd most on the day before, and so on. In the event of ties, which I'm sure will be likely, episodes I personally prefer will be given preferential treatment and moved ahead in the rankings.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll support me in this possibly foolish, but hopefully entertaining endeavor. Push the button, Me. *pushes publish button*