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Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders back to product details

Merlin's Monkeyshines
written 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.

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