Film: Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Movie
First released: Theaters, 19 April, 1996
Availability: iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon DVD
|It's a movie!|
The order that the TV episodes aired didn't affect continuity. In fact, if you recall, back in Season One, Episode 104: Women of the Prehistoric Planet, aired after Episode 113: The Black Scorpion. It seems the episode number wasn't the production order. In some cases, it was, but not in that case. Episode 104 was the 13th episode produced ... and aired ... in Season One.
That was one of the reasons I decided to do this in air-date order. So, why am I not following the "air-date/release-date" order here?
|The 2001 joke revealed.|
For another reason, if you consider it canon, the cast of characters fall between Season Six and Season Seven. You see, Season Seven introduces a replacement for Frank. That replacement wasn't there for the filming of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Well, not as an on-screen character. The replacement was a writer and had been receiving writing credit for some time, including on this film.
|The door to the theater has a familiar face.|
Anyway, this is where it seems to fit. Thankfully, I won't have to deal with this kind of situation again. Until Season Ten. We'll go over that when I figure out how I want to handle that situation.
But, for now, let's go over this movie. This is the reason for much of the turmoil behind the scenes. Jim Mallon wanted to to the film, but Joel Hodgson didn't. Joel, who created the show, left, and head Writer Mike Nelson added host to his resume.
|The movie in the movie.|
A much ado about nothing, as it turns out.
My feeling is that Joel was correct. The movie wasn't a good idea. It was nothing more than a shortened episode of the show. Note what I just wrote: a shortened episode. The movie was 1:14 long. Each TV episode, minus commercials, normally totalled around 1:32. That makes the movie 18 minutes shorter than a standard episode.
As an episode, it's a good, but not great, episode. But, it's not an episode. It's a movie. It really kind of fails in that respect. So, I'm going to look at it as an episode, even though it was designed to be stand-alone.
|Exeter communicates with earthlings via his Interocitor.||The chick and The Professor don't trust Exeter.|
|M&tB riff the movie's credits.|
This film isn't all that great, either. It's good, but not great.
I did enjoy the 2001 jokes that started the movie. Mike was running in a similar manner to that of Dave Bowman. In 2001, Dave is running around the walls of the inside of the spacecraft. They achieved the effect by mounting a camera to a revolving stage that was shaped like a wheel. In this movie, it's actually a wheel. They also have a brief scene where Gypsy appears as did HAL, with her single eye mimicking HAL's.
Mike & the Bots even get a little self-riffing at the end. They come back to the theater and riff on the credits to their own movie. A nice touch.
Again, not a great movie, but a good one. As an episode, it's a good, fun episode.