The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 January 2006

In the far-too-distant past

Ian Hamet remembers Mystery Science Theater 3000:

Whenever I list what I think are the Best TV Shows Ever, it never occurs to me to even consider MST3K. Not because the show wasn't good, but because it's simply incomparable to anything else. It is and was one of the unlikeliest TV shows ever made, it was never wildly successful in the ratings, it had cancellation hovering over its head for at least half of its ten years (and was, in fact, cancelled on one channel, only to be reborn on another between seasons seven and eight). It was long and unwieldy, running two hours. It demanded concentration on multiple levels from its viewers.

Oh, and the worst movie ever riffed upon? Monster-A-Go-Go (421):

No monster. Twenty seconds of pseudo-Go-Go. Ninety [CENSORED!] minutes of disconnected shots of feet walking down halls, washed out stock footage, and ponderous narration that fails to make any of it make sense.

In other words, just marginally worse than Laserblast.

Posted at 5:31 PM to Almost Yogurt

Ah, c'mon. I SAW Laserblast & it wasn't as bad as Comin' Atchya!

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 7:14 PM on 21 January 2006

I think "Mantos, Hands of Fate" is the *worst* MST3K movies ever. I was actually rooting for the poodle to die.

Posted by: wamprat at 2:41 PM on 22 January 2006

"You never had a poodle, sweetheart."

Posted by: CGHill at 2:46 PM on 22 January 2006

Did they do Shock Treatment? My wife had never even heard of it, yet I maintain it was so bad they couldn't even have given it the MST3K treatment.

I have this image of one guy bleeding from the ears and two droids dismantling themselves with chainsaws just to make it STOP!

Posted by: McGehee at 2:48 PM on 22 January 2006

...and I'm talking halfway through the opening credits.

Posted by: McGehee at 2:48 PM on 22 January 2006

Sturgeon's Law suggests that at least 90 percent of movies should qualify for MSTification, but alas, only 198 episodes were made.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:26 PM on 22 January 2006