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405 - Being from Another Planet
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Air Date July 4, 1992
AKA Time Walker
Movie Director Tom Kennedy
Year 1982
Cast Royce Alexander, Ben Murphy, Michelle Avonne, Nina Axelrod, Shari Belafonte-Harper
Preceded by 404 - Teenagers from Outer Space
Followed by 406 - Attack of the Giant Leeches

The Movie

Synopsis

Professor Doug McCadden (Murphy) is in charge of opening his university's latest acquisition - a sealed Egyptian sarcophagus. Opening it reveals an ancient mummy and a mold substance that proves to eat the flesh of anyone touching it. Later, sneaky student Pete Sharpe (Kevin Brophy) finds five hidden jewels in the bottom of the casket and distributes them to various co-eds on campus, not realizing that the mummy, recently revived with an overdose of x-rays, is bound and determined to reclaim them. [1]

Information

  • This is the last film distributed by Film Ventures International to be riffed on the show. A third Master Ninja "movie" assembled by FVI was scheduled for the Season 6 finale, but was replaced by Samson vs. the Vampire Women as a going away present for Frank Conniff after he decided to leave the show.
  • Original title: Time Walker. Film Ventures International's title change to "Being From Another Planet" wrecked the film's twist ending.
  • Unlike most other mummy movies, this mummy is generally able to move at a pretty fast clip, probably due to the fact that he’s an alien on roller skates.

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel and the Bots play Movie Slogan 20 Questions.

Segment One /Invention exchange: Crow makes a weird guess and Servo pulls a joke on the Mads. Dr. F wants a piece of the "Precious Moments" profits, and so comes up with their own "Tragic Moments" figurines, such as "Sparky's Last Romp", "By The Fire's Glow", and "I'll Get It!". On the Satellite of Love, Joel and the Bots express their outrage before presenting the Jack Palance Impersonator Kit.

Segment Two: Bad punning by the TP'ed Bots leads to Joel throwing a tribute to Bill Mumy.

Segment Three: The bots welcome Joel to their Haunted Boiler Room, hoping to make a profit. Included are eyeballs, guts, worms of hate, and brains. It turns out Joel loves brains!

Segment Four: Tom and Crow are down, and so Joel and Gypsy arrange for some fun, including the Hexfield Viewscreen Fun Time Holoclowns! It leaves them feeling kind of hollow.

Segment Five: Joel and the bots present the TV’s Frank Shopping Network, selling a V-shaped Diamond-Encrusted Mummy Communicator Type Thing and a letter from a viewer, all for the low, low price of bringing down the Satellite of Love! Dr. F ends up very displeased.

Stinger: Sleazy admin guy screams hysterically as his hand is fungussed.

Other Notes

At the conclusion of the film Servo declares that it was the worst film they'd ever watched, steadfastly declaring it worse than numerous other MST3K films before admitting it was "just as bad" as The Castle of Fu Manchu. However, it should be noted that this was before Dr. F and Frank sent up Manos: The Hands of Fate.

Guest Stars

Obscure References

  • "Ladies and gentlemen, Jam Productions is proud to present the Black Moses of Soul!"

A reference to the Isaac Hayes album Black Moses.

  • "Now, was I Smith or Jones? I can't remember, it's been so long..."

A reference to the early 1970s western TV series in which actor Ben Murphy co-starred (as Jones).

  • "Oedipus, no!"

A reference to the classic greek drama Oedipus Rex. At the play's climax, Oedipus gouges his own eyes out due to his shame and regret at his actions. Similar references were made throughout the series during eye-related scenes.

  • Holoclowns background music

From the 'Trumpy you can do magic things' sequence in Pod People

  • "Suzie Creamcheese, what's got into ya?"

This is a line from Frank Zappa's first album, Freak Out. Suzie Creamcheese is a recurring character on several of Zappa's subsequent albums. Zappa was a fan of MST3K (see stinger for Episode 523).

  • "I'm gonna find those strawberries!"

Line from Humphrey Bogart's portrayal of Lt. Commander Queeg from the film The Caine Mutiny.

  • "Can I go back to my game? I was on the third level of Metroid."

This of course refers to the classic Nintendo Entertainment System sci-fi adventure game Metroid. Although it is comprised of rooms in one elaborate maze and not levels.

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