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211 - First Spaceship on Venus
0211
Air Date December 29, 1990
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Running Time 130 min.
AKA Der Schweigende Stern (East Germany);
Milczaca Gwiazda (Poland)
Movie Director Kurt Maetzig
Year 1960
Cast Yoko Tani, Oldrick Lukes, Ignacy Machowski
Preceded by 210 - King Dinosaur
Followed by 212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon

The Movie

Synopsis

Originally released in East Germany as Der Schweigende Stern ("The Silent Star") and in Poland as Milczaca Gwiazda, First Spaceship on Venus was partially intended as an anti-nuclear tract. In 1985, a strange, extraterrestrial spool is discovered, leading to a manned expedition to Venus. The multinational crew includes American Brinkman (Gunther Simon), African Talua (Juliusz Ongewe), and Japanese Sumiko Ogimura (Tani). After several special-effects setpieces (and reams of dogmatic dialogue later), the crew lands on Venus, only to discover that the planet's population was wiped out by a nuclear error. Some of the crew members die horrifically, and the surviving members of the expedition return to earth with a warning for all mankind. [1]

Information

The film was based on a novel by noted Eastern Bloc sci-fi novelist Stanislaw Lem, better known for the novel Solaris, on which the 1972 Russian film (and 2002 American remake) was based. [2]

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel adjusts Tom Servo's sarcasm sequencer. It might be a bit too high.

Invention Exchange (Segment One): Joel finally puts Servo on the correct setting ("random") which triggers at a mention of Gallagher. The Mads plan on stealing another of Joel's inventions, which turns out to be Junk Drawer Helper, a kit to start a junk drawer. The Mads attempt to present their own invention which is lost in their own junk drawer. They find Abe Vigoda instead.

Segment Two: The Bots create a robot of their own, the XT-5000 Ramjet Super-Configured Limited Edition Lighting Interface, Model L. Joel asks it a difficult question and finds out it only communicates in foam.

Segment Three: The Bots spot a strange ship that is home to a fierce gorilla. Gypsy faints, leaving it up to Crow and Tom to calm it down. Servo lulls it into submission with his fine singing voice.

Segment Four: The Klack Industrial Company presents an ad for festive holiday foods. The edibility of Creamy Clotted Palm Spread, Sir Cheddar Snack-a-Lots, and Creamy Crunchpuppies is pretty debatable.

Closing (Segment Five): A discussion of the film; Crow kind of liked it, it reminds Joel of his childhood, and it leads to Tom's sarcasm sequencer overloading and his head exploding. Letters are read as Tom smolders. Back in Deep 13, Dr. F is busy being ill into the junk drawer (which continues through the credits), forcing Frank to push the button on his own.

Stinger: The alphabet gang bids the astronauts adieu.

Other Notes

Guest Stars

Miscellanea

  • Unusual credits: Dr. Forrester can be heard retching and puking over the entire end credit sequence.
  • This is the last episode in which Joel wears the green jumpsuit throughout; though it remained prominent in the opening credits, the green suit would only be worn twice more (the opening segment of Mighty Jack and the final segment of Teenagers from Outer Space) before Joel's departure.

Obscure References

  • "I've looked at clouds from both sides now"

A reference to Joni Mitchell's 1968 single Both Sides, Now

  • "And what do you think of Roseanne singing the national anthem?"

​In 1990, Roseanne Barr opened a San Diego Padres game with a shrill, atonal rendition of the national anthem, concluding with her grabbing her crotch and spitting on the ground. Watch the video (linked above) to assess how entertained the live audience was.

  • "Bidi-bidi-bidi" as the robot arrives to deliver the weather.

A reference to Twiki, the robot seen on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

  • "Now I'm gonna have you watch this movie called 'Mannequin', it stars Andrew McCarthy..."

Mannequin is a romantic comedy about a sculptor who falls in love with a magically-animated mannequin of his design.

  • "M-I-C..."

The opening lyrics to the closing tune of The Mickey Mouse Club.

  • "You're all invited back..."

The lyrics to the closing song of The Beverly Hillbillies.

  • "Irwin Allen presents...!"

​Known as 'The Master of Disaster,' Irwin Allen produced the films "The Towering Inferno", "The Poseidon Adventure", "Viva Kneivel!" (which later received the Rifftrax treatment), and other disaster movies of the 1970s, along with the TV series "Lost in Space".

  • "This is a Slazenger 9!" -Crow, when they see the big white sphere thing.

From the 007 film Goldfinger. James Bond says it to Goldfinger when they are playing golf. James has caught Goldfinger cheating.

  • "Oh I love to laugh, long and loud and clear!"

A line from Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn) in the movie Mary Poppins. Uncle Albert would levitate when he laughed.

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