Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection (V6)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This side-splitting TV series that ran from 1988 to 1999, involves a regular guy named Joel and his two robot friends (Tom Servo & Crow T. Robot) watching obscenely bad B movies and making fun of them. Basically, you see the movie along with the silhouettes of these three jokers sitting in a movie theatre at the bottom of your screen as they take shots at the film by making a variety of pop culture, musical and movie references. You’ll not witness a wider assortment of wisecracks, put-downs, sarcastic comments and one-liners as you will when you listen to these guys make the best out of a bad situation whilst they watch some of the worst movies ever produced in the history of cinema. This is one of the funniest and most original ideas for a TV series you’ll likely ever see…
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Did you ever sit in the basement of your house with some buddies and crack jokes and make fun of an incredibly bad movie you’re all watching? Well, these guys do the exact same thing, except they’re pros at it. Also, instead of your run of the mill bad movie like CATWOMAN or THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN, these dudes poke fun at even easier targets – I’m speaking of those oh-so cheesy Ed Wood-ish type low budget sci-fi creature films, westerns, dramas et al, produced mostly in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s for almost no money and even less talent. There are interludes every half hour or so in which the three leave the theater and confer with one another in the deck of their spaceship to discus the movie and perform funny little skits involving the movie.
Oh, it is to note that the reason Joel is in space is because he was tricked and blasted off there by his bored and mean-spirited boss to suffer the fate of watching the worst movies of all-time forever…and you thought your boss was a prick! This storyline works well as it gives the audience a little breather from the horrible movie as well as giving the boys a chance to rip into the absurdity of the movie’s plotline in more detail and in a variety of different ways. The fact that it’s all set in a spaceship just helps add to the show’s campy nature and off the wall revelry. The boss checks in from earth every show to lay another stinker of a movie on Joel and his robot friends.
Volume 6 of this series features four episodes. The first, which was also my favorite of the bunch is ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES; a black and white “creature feature” that tells the tale of a bunch of shit-kicking hillbillies living in the swamplands and trying to rid themselves of some really phony looking leeches. You can just imagine the punishment Joel and co. lay out on these guys. These aren’t the kind of gags that’ll translate well if you don’t see them along with the film, which is why it’s imperative that you go out and check out at least one episode for yourself and see what the fuss is all about. You’re sure to get hooked on it soon after. GUNSLINGER, MR. B’S LOST SHORTS and TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE round out this 4-disc set. I hadn’t watched MST3K since my college days, which is also the last time I remember laughing so hard. I cherish these shows and greatly admire the witty and creative writers that made it all happen.
The only thing that’ll prevent the magic of MST3K from working on you is if you maybe aren’t in tune with a lot of pop culture trivia from the world of movies, music and television from the last 50 years; otherwise you’ll likely get the majority of the sly jabs, beautiful zingers, vicious attacks and wicked burns these guys dish out on these truly horrid movies.