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Mystery Science Theater 3000, Vol. 5 (1998-1999)

Cast: Michael J. Nelson, Michael J. Nelson, Michael J. Nelson
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Studio: Rhino Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Television, Parodies, Television Comedy, Robots & Cyborgs, Comedy TV, Cult TV
Languages: English
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The MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER collection continues with another four episodes of fun, straight from the Hollywood vaults! Mike Nelson introduces a cavalcade of wonders as he stumbles across schlocky B-Movie treats that offer plenty of (largely unintentional) laughs. Included here is the lost episode "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders" (which is absolutely not two television films loosely pieced together from separate decades, really!), and other treasures "Touch of Satan","Timechasers" (likely the only film entirely filmed in Vermont), and the wonderfully named "Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues."

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Boggy Creek II (1999)
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7.82 (51 votes)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999)
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7.43 (74 votes)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Touch of Satan (1998)
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7.70 (50 votes)
Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Time Chasers (1999)
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7.81 (63 votes)

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Merlin's Monkeyshines by underdog July 12, 2004 - 12:17 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Lovably, laughably ridiculous movie framed around some random stories Ernest Borgnine tells his grandson - ostensibly to entertain the kid and eventually put him to sleep, but as Mike and the 'bots point out, the two stories would be pretty darned disturbing for a youngster, given the number of pets killed, a possessed monkey toy, and other unseemly bits. It's not the best MST episode ever, and as Sci-Fi channel episodes go it's not as good as Time Chasers, but has its moment of out-and-out hilarity. I prefer the second story, which involves the aforementioned evil-doing monkey toy and many delightfully ludicrous moments, and more unbelieveable contrivances than you can shake a magic wand at. The Satellite of Love gang's commentary gets rolling more in that part than for the first tale (which involves a real assh___ who becomes even more of an assh___ when he takes Merlin's book of spells and wreaks havoc with it). That story is actually pretty funny on its own, but I didn't think the jokes were as sharp. (The guys were often laughing too hard to speak.) Merlin's shop, by the way, looks like some new age cave in the San Fernando Valley and it's never explained (by Borgnine's storyteller) why the heck he's in modern day America, and LA no less. But who cares? Plenty of amusemement here for MST3K fans.

Ben & Jerry's Bogus Journey by underdog April 15, 2004 - 3:57 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Easily one of the best later-year, Sci-Fi Channel MST episodes, this features a genuinely ridiculous exercise in low-budget time travel adventures (and I use that last word very loosely). It makes little in the way of sense, but that's all for the better -- because Mike and the 'bots have a field day with it. Picture a mullet-haired geeky loser (Tom Servo: "Movie, this CANNOT be our hero") who lives in Vermont ("City on the go!" -- you'll see whan you watch it), mysteriously invents a time travel doohickey via his Commodore 64-looking computer, or rather, his little airplane (don't ask, just watch), mistakenly sells it to an evil CEO who uses it to ruin the world of the future -- which mostly involves strip malls and pretty much looks like modern day Vermont. It's not as bad as it sounds -- no, actually, it's worse. But the jokes are consistently dead-on hilarious and the linking skits are also great (the Satellite of Love gang have some time travel problems of their own); heck, even Pearl isn't too annoying in this one. Definitely one of the Mike era's finest, and you'll enjoy his prologue introducing the episode.

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