I really like this concept, the idea of a thread dedicated to MST3K episodes that you just watched, whether they’re first-time viewings or revisits of past favorites.
Me, I’ve been working on another complete series rewatch. To that effect, I just completed Jungle Goddess.
Probably the highlight of the episode was the first Phantom Creeps short. Just as it would be the case with Sid Haig in Beyond Atlantis, the gang gets massive riff mileage out of the presence of Bela Lugosi here. Their Lugosi voices are terrific, PLUS we get Lugosi saying, “How fortunate! This simplifies everything!”, which would inspire a large number of quips about that line in future episodes. And let’s not forget the gang freaking out over the credits featuring the name “FORD BEEBE! FORD BEEBE! FORD BEEBE!”
The movie itself is predictably cringe-inducing as George Reeves and his kill-happy buddy trek through the jungle to find a lost heiress. While there are riffs about Reeves’ past role as Superman (“Man of Steel, huh? Phone THIS into Perry White!”), I’m kinda surprised that they didn’t lean on those Superman references even harder. There’s still some fun riffs to be had, such as one of our explorers taking a shot at some trees, inspiring the quip that he shot a coconut “in cold milk.” Plus there’s the “hats… hats!” stuff and wonderfully grim comedy all throughout.
Oh, and let’s not forget that Jungle Goddess gives us another enduring MST3K movie line with the title character’s expressed desire for a “hamburger sandwich and french-fried potatoes.”
On the host segment side, we get a fun but lengthy Phantom Creeps infomercial with cool spider props, Mike Nelson and Jim Mallon dropping by as imperialistic aliens, and the closing sitcom spoof that has Crow introduced as “Art Crow,” which would inspire the fan art in The Giant Gila Monster that misidentifies Crow as “Art,” WHICH IN TURN inspires Pearl’s name for the golden wisecracker.
All in all, a fun episode as Season 2 continues to make leaps and bounds over its Season 1 roots.
There was no stinger for this episode, but if I had to choose one? I’d go for that “hamburger sandwich” line, probably.