Love the hell out of this one. Season 8 is something spectacular, and really, I think this should be regarded as highly as other season favorites like Space Mutiny, Time Chasers, and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank.
They’re not in it for the whole movie, but I’m particularly fond of the scenes where the gang is riffing on the soundtrack by the Del-Aires. It’s fun music, and the SOL crew keeps finding great ways to bust on that. The chief riff being, of course, Crow’s “MY SKULL!!!”
It’s a brief moment, but I love the part where we see that TV announcer who keeps determinedly talking about “HUMAN BEANS.”
As I’ve said elsewhere, the party beach horrors are among the worst designed creatures in MSTory, and the riffs at their expense are terrific, ranging from “COOKIE!” to “Is there anyone who likes pickles as much as I do?” to that classic poison ivy joke.
This being a 50s creature feature, the moments of comic relief are reliably terrible, so Mike and the 'Bots counteracting those stupid moments is key, like the scene with the two drunks. There’s an artistry in even a crude joke like “Do farts have lumps?”
While we’re on the subject of those drunks, that’s gotta be one of MST3K’s most inexplicable scenes, where one of the drunks only becomes aware that a person was mauled to death after turning his disfigured face AWAY from himself and out of his line of vision. Like… what?
Gotta love the well-riffed hunt for sodium, too, and how that gives us that great sodium jam right at the end, complete with a fun end credits gag:
Plus you have the poor dubbing, the ludicrous slumber party, the SHARP Jersey accented women, Eulabelle, and a lunk-headed protagonist, and it all adds up to a top-notch episode. I wish that it were more commonly appraised as such.