Nobody ever seems to ask this one very important question: When ranking the episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, which episode do you think comes in at number 43?
Well that’s only because everyone knows that #43 is Track of the Moon Beast. I mean, duh
No. 35 is much more important, that being my lucky number and all.
[checks list] At present, that’d be First Spaceship On Venus (subject to change without notice)
#42 is much more important. It’s the episode that holds the meaning of life, the universe and everything. So I’m guessing Mitchell.
I’ve got it narrowed down to three. Once I figure out which one is 42st and which is 44rd, I’ll get back to you.
I’ve got Rocketship X-M as my 43rd favorite experiment, but that’s just one dope’s opinion.
YEAH, I SAID IT
But you’re a pretty sharp dope.
I took a peek at my list… yes, I have one, anyone wanna give me grief for that?
And this dope’s ‘serious’ answer to that question is… Time Chasers.
Sure. Inhale… and…
Yes, it’s scientifically proven. Using a series of weights and pulleys, beakers with chemicals in them and a low flame under, electrical thingamabobs, complicated charts, unreadable graphs, and dolls on turtles, I came to this conclusion…
Irrefutable evidence, Time Chasers
According to the only list I’ve really ever made that includes 43 (which by the way is my family number. Why? Don’t ask. It just is, okay?) and haven’t been able to change in a couple of years, number 43 is Code Name Diamond Head. …and I think I’m okay with that.
“No, that’s my recipe for olive loaf.”
Molecular gastronomy. mmm. mmm. My favorite.
Well, let’s see. There are 217 episodes, not counting the movie, not counting the mezzanine. So number 43 would come in around the end point of the top 1/5, which is pretty high up in the count. A favorite, but not best of the best.
It actually is Code Name: Diamond Head. That’s . . . okay wow.
According to my exhaustive “MST3K Episode Ranking Spreadsheet For Obsessed People Who Have Nothing Else Better To Do In Their Sad Little Lives” (which is a REAL thing btw) my No. 43 is
811 - parts: the clonus horror
The Gunslinger. No reason why.
The Mole People. It just doesn’t get enough love, but it’s got plenty of load.
It feels like the entirety of Season 8 is magical. Just an impossibly strong season, possibly the show’s best.
And The Mole People did a lot to conjure up some serious and legitimate “MST3K is back, baby!” hype. It FELT like prime MST3K.
I agree with that. I find myself turning to Season 8 often, and am disappointed how few of those episodes are on Shout. The Mole People is a better one than 43rd, but I just haven’t seen anyone mention it in the forums, so I wanted to give it some love.
More accurately, something like Teenagers From Outer Space probably finds its way to that position for me.
43th? How is that pronounced? Forty-thrith? I’m intrigued.