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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. 8 (1988-1993)

Cast: Michael J. Nelson, Michael J. Nelson, Joel Hodgson
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Studio: Rhino Home Video, Rhino
Genre: Comedies, Television, Cult TV
Languages: English

Synopses
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1993)
Journey once more through the portals on the Satellite of Love to the best of the worst that cinema has to offer. Joel, Mike, and their "robot friends" do another hilarious orbit around four full-length features, presenting the kind of skits and wisecracking commentary that are clearly written by the culturally insane. This is Mystery Science Theater of the absure, so consider yourselves warned...and enjoy!

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993)
Journey once more through the portals on the Satellite of Love to the best of the worst that cinema has to offer. Joel, Mike, and their "robot friends" do another hilarious orbit around four full-length features, presenting the kind of skits and wisecracking commentary that are clearly written by the culturally insane. This is Mystery Science Theater of the absure, so consider yourselves warned...and enjoy!

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1988)
"In the not too distant future..." evil scientists Dr. Clayton Forrester and Frank conduct an experiment by sending unsuspecting victim Joel into orbit on a spaceship, aka "The Satellite of Love." Beguiled from any sort of entertainment, Joel (Joel Hodgson, show creator) has no choice but to watch the worst movies the scientists can find. With time on his hands, he builds companions out of parts on the ship -- robots named Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy, and Cam-Bot (who films the show). Through the miserable screenings, Crow and Tom keep Joel company, and survive by adding their own dialogue and cynical commentary. Thus, the MST3K viewing audience avoids the perilous experience of the bad films, delights in an hysterically dense soundtrack, and relishes the moments when the silhouetted figures of Joel and the 'bots play camera tricks by interacting with the images on the screen in front of them. Every flaw in B-moviemaking is brought to light -- right down glitches in sound and bad prints -- with emphasis on plot structure, screenwriting, and performance (or, more appropriately, the lack thereof). Intermittently (to allow for commercials when the show appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel), Cam-Bot provides a break from the film viewing with sketches by Joel and the 'bots continuing the movie-mocking, television screen interactions with the evil scientists including the ritual "invention exchange," and other low-budget preposterousness. Later seasons brought episodes that replaced Joel with Mike Nelson (program writer) on the spaceship, and incorporated other characters, spacecraft, monkeys, and more into the repertoire -- all the while maintaining the film-feigning premise of the original program. ~ Sarah Sloboda, All Movie Guide

Mystery Science Theater 3000:The Dead Talk Back (1993)
Journey once more through the portals on the Satellite of Love to the best of the worst that cinema has to offer. Joel, Mike, and their "robot friends" do another hilarious orbit around four full-length features, presenting the kind of skits and wisecracking commentary that are clearly written by the culturally insane. This is Mystery Science Theater of the absure, so consider yourselves warned...and enjoy!

GreenCine Member Ratings

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1993)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go Go (1993)
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Phantom Planet (1988)
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"Use your imagination": There's great riffing in the painful Monster a Go Go by underdog May 28, 2006 - 8:40 PM PDT
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Herschell Gordon Lewis' and Bill Rebane's Monster a-Go Go may be one of the most disappointingly titled films in the Mystery Science Theater library, as there's hardly much of a monster (he's played by Henry Hite, looking like a disfigured Lurch from the Addams Family), and even less "a-go-go." The voice-over heavy film is an ultra-low-budget 60s sci-fi with too much science and not enough fiction, in which the scant budget doesn't allow for more than a few glimpses of the monster (as Crow T Robot points out in a mock-narrator voice at one point, "It might have been nice to see that scene with the monster, but use your imagination, it was true horror!") and there's not quite enough scenes with scantily clad and terrified teenagers. However, it's prime material for Joel and the 'bots, and they won't let you down - their riffing here is tops, at times screamingly funny. While it won't always get you through most tedious scenes (Joel and Tom do fake falling asleep at one point), for the most part they're right on the money throughout.

And they can't refrain from sincerely chuckling when, in one scene, a telephone ring sound is provided by an actor going "Brrring" (I kid you not). They don't miss that and they don't miss much else in what is a good ol' bad time at the movies. And dig that bizarre, abrupt ending, in which we're told none of this really happened. If only! But then we would be deprived of one of MST's finer efforts.

Also: as a bonus, this episode begins with the delightfully terrible short film, "Circus on Ice" - which is just what it sounds like. The SOL crew have fun with this ephemeral weirdness (right down to the dramatic re-enactment of the death of a fawn... on ice!)

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