110. Robot Holocaust (1987)

“I kinda miss Earth, you guys.” A nice, understated line by Joel there.

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A sweet sentiment. It drew my focus when he said it. It spoke to him missing home. A nice note to add.

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It appears that they were just simply DONE with Commando Cody by Chapter 9. The sampler we get is about as truly “workmanlike” as MST ever got. At least they found a hilarious way to wiggle out of it!

(Yet, part of me wishes they had seen it though to the bitter end. Go figure.)

As for the feature: Whenever I watch it, I always end up having that feeling that if they had waited much longer do this, this would’ve been a real Home Run of an episode. But here: It’s a fun, solid effort. (Like, I think this could’ve fit right in with the Sci-Fi Channel era)

It’s one of those “ambitiously bad” 80s fantasy romps that needed more alert, spirited riffing. But, for sure, they definitely get-in some good zingers here. Overall, this is still a good episode!

And, if you believe that 104 should be relocated, it has the notoriety of being the first color movie featured!

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One of the things I find so amusing about this movie is how it supposed to take place in a Post-Apocalyptic Future, yet there’s little effort to hide the fact it was made in a modern, fully functioning New York City/Central Park!

I wonder how many takes were spoiled by joggers, tourists and confused policemen?

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Crow’s UN Building quip exposed that beautifully!

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When the bad guy fights by spinning around you know you are in a bad place, cheorographically speaking.

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Oh my, this one is soooo much fun! Soo cheesy and so bad. Tim Kincaid, the director, was apparently a porn movie director until this movie. And there’s Valeria! Aborably cute, incredibly stupid Valeria. She might be the worst actress in a Mst3K movie, but I adore her. Another poster said it best “Yew and your father are dewmed”!

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It’s a 70s and 80s cross section of American Pop Culture rotting before our eyes in Z Grade form. Not just the budget but the execution or lack thereof contributes to the nastiness as familiar images fail to live up to the original time and time again.

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@optiMSTie How has this aged?

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The whole Amazons obsessing constantly about men thing was already really tired when this film was made, and it’s still around, I guess. There should be a fine levied against anyone still using it. Unless, y’know… they’re adapting that one James Tiptree, Jr. novella. (And you know Hollywood. They’d probably let LaBute direct it. :face_with_spiral_eyes: )

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What I really want to know is this…

How in the world did the weak chinned, concave chested, Brillo haired Screech wannabe on the left end up as the leading man when they had the square jawed, Fabio-haired slab of manhood that was the Nooge available to them? Did the Nooge just not know English or something?

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Possible explanations:

  • He couldn’t stop snickering when he tried to read his dialogue out loud. In fact, he wears earplugs through the whole thing because he kept cracking up at everyone else’s dialogue, too.

  • He wanted an extra 33 cents an hour to speak and not just pose. But they couldn’t afford that because of all the money they spent on avocados and surplus socks.

  • His contract as a Herman’s (:notes: We… Are… Sports… :notes: ) mannequin specifically stated that he could make movies on his days off, but only if he never spoke. Image to maintain and all that.

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Director’s boyfriend who really wanted to be in the movie but had even less talent than the others?

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I dunno, the guy on the left seemed okay to me. Not quite as dashing as Fabio, Jr. there, but not bad. This particular shot isn’t very flattering. I thought he had a reasonably commanding presence in his introductory scene (the one where he communicated telepathically with the robot, before that remarkable skill was forgotten for the rest of the movie).

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Robot Holocaust is, I think, tied with Robot Monster as the best first season episode.

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Less talent than “Valeria” ? That’s uh, really something.

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Hey, they’re cute and they give us something pleasant to look at. At least they have that going for them, and you’ve got to take what you can get with this movie. :stuck_out_tongue:

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This is the movie which taught me that Kathy Ireland has nothing to apologize for.

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SOOOO TRUE!!! Kathy Ireland and Rae Dawn Chong each are breathing easier compared to Valeria.

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If they ever wanted to do another Riff-a-Long, I think this would be a pretty good choice!

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