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111 - Moon Zero Two
Air Date 20 January 1990
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Movie Director Roy Ward Baker
Year 1969
Cast James Olson
Catherine Von Schell
Adrienne Corri
Warren Mitchell
Preceded by 110 - Robot Holocaust
Followed by 112 - Untamed Youth

“Fourth floor: Tyrannical tycoons, loose women.”

The Movie



Joel dances during the opening credits

In the year 2021, the moon is in the process of being colonized, and this new frontier is attracting a diverse group of people to settlements such as Moon City, Farside 5 and others.

Two such denizens of this rough and tumble lunar society are the notorious millionaire J. J. Hubbard and former-astronaut-turned-satellite-salvager Bill Kemp. The first man to set foot on Mars, Kemp has now left the Space Corporation because he wants to do space exploration whereas his former employer only wants to do commercial passenger flights to Mars and Venus (the first manned mission to Mercury has not yet been made since there is no compelling financial interest). When Hubbard hears of a small 6000-tonne asteroid made of pure sapphire that is orbiting close to the moon, he hires Kemp to capture it using Kemp's old "Moon 02" space ferry and bring it down to the lunar farside although it would be against the law. However, Kemp has little choice since he has learned that his flight license soon will be revoked due to protests from the Corporation. Hubbard also reveals that he plans to use the sapphire as a rocket engine thermal insulator; he would build more powerful rockets capable of finally colonizing Mercury and the moons of Jupiter—for profit.


Meanwhile a young woman arrives looking for her brother, a miner working a distant patch of moonscape at Spectacle Crater on the lunar farside. Unfortunately, the trip from Moon City on the nearside would take six days by lunar buggy. Since Kemp could go there in 20 minutes using Moon 02, she convinces him to try to learn whether her brother is still alive. In doing so, Kemp learns more than he would like about some of Hubbard's schemes.


  • Moon Zero Two was directed by Roy Ward Baker, who also made a number of pictures for Hammer Films, including the respected sci-fi cult film Quatermass and the Pit.[1]
  • Clementine Taplin was played by Catherine Schell (listed in this as Catherina Von Schell) who also was the Cosmic Princess in the KTMA episode of the same name. "Cosmic Princess" was a combination of two episodes of the classic sci-fi TV series, Space: 1999, which, much like Moon Zero Two, took place on a futuristic moon base as seen through a late 1960's/early 1970's filter.
  • The stewardess in the buggy early in the film is the actress Carol Cleveland, who would soon go on to make several appearances on "Monty Python's Flying Circus".
  • The film was released as a double bill with When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970).

The Episode

Host Segments


The SOL Crew

Prologue: Joel asks the viewers to think of him if they go to the refrigerator for a snack during the break, so he can eat vicariously.

Invention Exchange:

Joel - drive-by food (a step beyond drive-thru, food is teleported directly into your stomach).

Mads - celebrity mouth-to-mouth toothpaste (toothpaste tubes have doll's heads that represent celebrities who puke toothpaste onto your toothbrush).

Segment Two: Joel and the bots put on a play about the first moon landing, ultimately leading to the astronauts being locked out of their rocket after stepping on the Moon.

Segment Three: After seeing "Moonopoly" being played in the movie, the SOL crew wonder about other games of the future.

Segment Four: Crow and Tom argue about which woman in the movie is more attractive. Joel makes them fight it out in zero gravity like in the movie.

Ending Segment: Joel and the bots name good things and bad things about the movie. Then Joel reads a letter.

Obscure References

  • "Are those the Blue Meanies?"

This is referencing the animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine The Blue Meanies were the music hating villains that invaded Pepperland in the movie.

  • "Oh he's got V.P.L. in a bad way"

Visible Panty Lines.

  • "Did he get that t-shirt at a Molly Hatchet concert?"

Molly Hatchet is a 70's southern-rock band best known for their hit "Flirtin' With Disaster"

  • "Works every time!"

A reference to a Colt 45 malt liquor ad campaign featuring Billy Dee Williams.

  • "Your mother flosses in Hell!"

A reference to the famous line "Your mother sucks cocks in Hell!" from the 1973 horror movie "The Exorcist".

  • "I'm just wild about Harry..."

"I'm Just Wild About Harry" is a song written in 1921 for the Broadway show Shuffle Along.

  • "You mean crash it, and that's against the law in a big way." "He's right, just ask John Landis."

A reference to the mishap that occurred in 1983 during filming of the first segment of Twilight Zone: the Movie, directed by John Landis, in which actor Vic Morrow and two children were decapitated/crushed by an out of control helicopter blinded by the pyrotechnics used during the filming of the scene.

  • "Snoopers and Blabbers"

Snooper and Blabber was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon about a cat detective named Snooper and his mouse partner named Blabber. Servo says this line with a lisp, impersonating Blabber's speech style.

  • "You gotta marry her, Bill. She's got the Wedding Bell Blues."

"Wedding Bell Blues" was a hit song for the group The Fifth Dimension in 1969.

  • "Hokay Meester Fawlty" and "He's from Barcelona"

Both are references to the John Cleese Brit-com, Fawlty Towers, specifically the character of Manuel.

  • "Hey, it's Randolph Mantooth!"

Randolph Mantooth is an actor best known for his role as Johnny Gage on the 70's paramedic drama tv show, "Emergency!". The actor on screen triggering this riff physically resembles Randolph Mantooth.

  • "Its Major Kong."

Major T.J. "King" Kong is Slim Pickens' character in "Dr. Strangelove, or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb." Major Kong's iconic last scene involves him riding a falling atomic bomb. The scene riffed in Moon Zero Two has a man pushing a bomb-shaped engine through space, resembling the Dr. Strangelove scene.

  • "In space, no one can hear a wedgie" and "In space, no one can art direct"

Paraphrasing the advertising tagline from the movie "Alien"; "In space, no one can hear you scream."

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