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310 - Fugitive Alien
0310
Air Date August 17, 1991
Movie Director Minoru Kanaya, Kiyosumi Kuzakawa
Year 1986
Cast Tatsuya Azuma, Miyuki Tanigawa, Joe Shishido, Choei Takahashi
Preceded by 309 - The Amazing Colossal Man
Followed by 311 - It Conquered the World
HE TRIED TO KILL ME WITH A FORKLIFT!!

- Joel and the Bots


The Movie

Synopsis

In this sci-fi flick edited down from a TV series, our hero is a Starwolf named Ken (Tatsuya Azuma) from the planet Valnastar. After disobeying orders and accidentally killing his best friend - a fellow soldier, Ken becomes a fugitive alien rescued by the Earth starship the Bacchus 3. The crew of the Bacchus 3 includes alcoholic Captain Joe (Jo Shishido), Rocky the pilot (Choei Takahashi), disco-haired navigator Dan (Tsutomu Yukawa), Billy, and Tammy the ‘morale officer’ (Miyuki Tanigawa). Ken joins the Bacchus 3 team at Captain Joe’s invitation. At first, Rocky distrusts Ken, but later they become friends. And Tammy has an unrequited crush on Ken. Meanwhile, Ken’s friends’s sister Rita, who is also Ken’s girlfriend, is ordered by Valnastar ruler Lord Halkon to avenge her brother's death by finding and killing Ken. The Bacchus 3 visits the planet Kararan. Ken leaves the ship, and gets himself thrown in prison. Via two-way radio, Captain Joe orders Ken to find a Colonel from the planet Caesar in the same prison and break him out. After accomplishing this mission, Ken abruptly runs into Rita. But Rita still loves Ken, so she can’t bring herself to kill him. Rita is then killed when she and Ken are attacked by Kararan guards. Ken and the Caesarean Colonel make it back to the Bacchus 3. “To Be Continued” in episode 318, Star Force: Fugitive Alien II.

Information

See Episode K12

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel starts up a farm by dressing up the Bots. They aren't too happy.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel makes a chair/xylophone, and Frank is nearly drowned by the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Dropper. Then Jack Perkins introduces the episode!

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots throw a Fugitive Alien-based hat party that ends up making fun of the Mads.

Segment Three: Joel wants to reenact a scene from the film with himself as a crazed Captain Joe.

Segment Four: Joel uses Syd Field's Screenplay Model to attempt to explain the plot of Fugitive Alien.

Segment Five: Joel explains what all the new buttons on his jumpsuit do, a viewer attempts to guess the "cool thing" from many episodes back, and the Mads prepare Jack Perkins for his final fate.

Stinger: Captain Joe is sensitive to Ken's needs, “AHAHAHAHA....you’re STUCK HERE!”

Other Notes

Guest Stars

  • Crow and Servo's song "He tried to kill me with a forklift!", sung to the theme music of the film, has since become one of MST3K's most memorable lines. Servo sang it again later in Star Force: Fugitive Alien II.
  • Reference is made in this episode to the movie "Marooned", which actually became one of the experiments for the following season (under its alternate title of Space Travelers).

Outside References

  • Escape Velocity: In the 1996 space trading and combat video game from Ambrosia Software, there is an easter egg that allows a player to unlock a sound byte of the forklift song, as well as a special weapon that fires a forklift.

Obscure References

  • "Then Joyce Carol Oates will be out to read from her wondrous new work of fiction, her first novel in well over a month."

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates is known for being very prolific for a "literary" writer, publishing over 40 novels and many other short stories and essays.

  • "He's in more trouble than Hudson Hawk at the box office!"

Hudson Hawk was an under-performing action movie from 1991, starring Bruce Willis (who also co-wrote). Due to bad reviews and word of mouth, the movie lost a significant amount of money, helping clinch the TriStar Pictures sale/merge with Columbia.

  • "It's the Geometric Nucleus!"

The plot of Cave Dwellers revolved around a "Geometric Nucleus".

  • "I know what to do. I'll sneak out of here disguised as Chad Everett."

​Chad Everett is best known for his role on the CBS drama Medical Center .

  • "I'm sorry, I was thinking of the eighth hole at Torrey Pines."

Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is considered one of the best and most scenic courses in the country, no mean feat for a city-owned facility.

  • "Monty Python's Flying Circussss!" - Crow T. Robot

Crow makes fun of the background music, which has a similar style to the opening theme song from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The quote is from the opening animation sequence.

  • "Rocky!" "AGAIN?" - Crow T. Robot

Crow says "again" in a high pitch feminine voice, almost exactly like Rocky from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

  • "Killdozer! Clint Walker, NO!!!"

Killdozer is a short story by Theodore Sturgeon about a bulldozer that develops a violent mind of its own. In 1974, it was adapted as a made-for-TV movie starring Clint Walker.

  • "He's my mother! He's my sister! He's my mother and my sister!"

A parody of a line from the movie Chinatown.

  • "Tell me spirit, are these shadows of things that must be or which might be?" - Tom Servo as the captain approaches his family's grave

Servo quotes Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Scrooge asks this when faced with a vision of his own grave.

  • "It's the twenty-seven 8x10 color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one." - Servo as the capitain has a photographic flashback of his family

This is a line from popular midwestern folk artist Arlo Guthrie's song, "Alice's Restauraunt". The glossy photos in question were supposedly taken of the "scene of the crime" where Arlo and his friends had dumped a half a ton of garbage, and were "to be used as evidence against [them]."

  • "Everybody run, Tammy's got a gun."

​A reference to a song by comic performer Julie Brown called "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun".

  • "Top of the world, ma."

​A quote from the end of the James Cagney movie White Heat .

  • "Hey, Chris Walken's playing russian roulette!"

A reference to a scene in the movie The Deer Hunter.

  • "When I talk to Ken I touch myself."

​A riff on lyrics to the Divinyls 1991 single "I Touch Myself ."

  • "What manner of man are you, who can summon flame without flint or tinder?"

​A quote from Monty Python & the Holy Grail , asked of Tim the enchanter.

  • "I can't kill the man I love!" "Then kill the one you're with."

A slight variation on lines from Stephen Stills' song "Love the One You're With": "If you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with."

See Also

Fugitive Alien (KTMA)



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