With the advent of the Gizmoplex and the premier of the new season, I’ve decided to make it a goal to watch every episode offered in the Vault Picks to revisit and refresh my memory on classic episodes and…gasp…catch the few I’ve somehow either missed or simply forgotten.
I also decided, for fun, to offer my random thoughts on each one after watching.
I started with Outlaw (Of Gor) the other night.
You know you’re in trouble when the film begins with flashbacks to a previous movie I’m not even sure actually exists.
“World building? What’s that?” - the writer, director and producers of this film.
Seriously, was there a film before this one, or did they just shoot random scenes to explain the “back story?”
Watney: Has there ever been a more annoying Wormy Guy? Whiny, sexist, doughy, smarmy, and DEAR GOD STOP SAYING CABOT!!!
Jack Palance: it’s pretty obvious early on Jack knows exactly what a piece of crap film he’s in, and decided “screw it, if I have to be here, I may as well drink.”
Still, he often seems to be having fun with it. Or maybe he’s just laughing at the other “actors” in his scenes trying to out act him and failing miserably.
Also: he never phones it in. Gotta respect that.
Tubular Boobular: every time I see that skit I’m blown away that they managed to get through it all in a continuous take. And make it look EASY. Easily one of the Top 5 MST3K original songs.
The outfits in this movie are so ridiculous and revealing, I’d be willing to bet money that if you scoured it long enough and freeze framed it shot by shot you would spot body parts never meant to be revealed.
And I do feel sorry for Cabot and the little guy trudging through the desert. The amount of sand they had to scrub out of their regional areas at the end of the day must have been incredible.
The riffs are all on point in this episode, and the closing with Frank and Dr. Forrester dancing is hysterical.