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"I am Orkon. This is my brother Xenon and my other brother Xenon."
  —  Crow (as Retik/Larry)


The Short: Radar Men from the Moon - Chapter 1: Moon Rocket

Synopsis

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Key U. S. energy facilities are being destroyed by an unknown weapon. The head of federal security visits Commando Cody and his colleagues to get help with the investigation. Cody and crew have invented a “rocket suit” which Cody uses for his missions. Using the rocket suit, Cody thwarts a train sabotage and discovers a ray gun. Cody and crew speculate that the ray gun uses technology never before seen on Earth. They focus their attention on the moon, where 'unusual amounts' of atomic activity have been detected. Cody and crew take their rocket ship to the moon to investigate. Once on the moon, they find a hidden city, and Cody encounters Retik, Ruler of the Moon. Retik tells Cody about his plans to invade Earth. He also tells Cody about the element “lunarium,” which he will use to conquer the Earth. Cody fights the Moon men in an effort to escape, as Retik tries to disintegrate him with a ray gun blast.

Information

  • Radar Men from the Moon is the first episode from a 1952 serial featuring the character Commando Cody played by George D. Wallace (not to be confused with segregationist governor of Alabama George C. Wallace).
  • The production was over-budget (which was itself high for the era at $172,840) and therefore unable to afford a stunt man for leading actor George Wallace, who ended up breaking his nose while filming one of the fight scenes.
  • According to IMDB, the serial's tagline was "BLASTING OUT OF SPACE...and into ATOMIC ACTION." The program is currently in the public domain.

The Movie

Synopsis

Robotvsaztec

The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy

This Mexican horror outing features the wicked Dr. Krupp (also known as 'The Bat'), the crazed experimenter who caused trouble in this film's two predecessors, The Aztec Mummy and Curse of the Aztec Mummy (both 1957), up to his old tricks.

As in the former features (featured in this movie as lengthy flashbacks), he is again trying to trick the Aztec mummy Popoca into leaving his crypt so the bad doctor can get at the treasure within. This time his scheme entails the invention of the titular robot, a device he equips with a human brain (making it a cyborg technically). A horrific battle ensues when the two monsters collide. [1] The fight ends when Dr. Almada shoots the robot's controls out of Krupp's hands, allowing Popoca to kill the robot. Popoca kills Krupp and his henchman Bruno immediately after.

Information

The Episode

Host Segments

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The airbag helmet.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Joel invents the airbag helmet for motorcyclists. Dr. Forrester invents Chalk Man - a device that makes noise like fingernails on a chalkboard to force guests to leave your party; he intends to use it for the scientist convention which he admits only blowing up twice (the third time it burned down). Both he and Larry get hurt by their own security device to push the button.

Segment Two: Demon Dogs are invading. Tom Servo tries to put up a fight, but gets peed on because he resembles a fire hydrant.

Segment Three: Enoch, King of the demon dogs, appears and speaks to Joel and the bots. Apparently the demon dogs believe that the Satellite of Love is a giant dog bone. But before Joel can explain, Gypsy eats Enoch.

Segment Four: Crow disguises himself as Enoch, but gets peed on.

Enoch

Enoch, the Demon Dog leader.

Ending Segment: After a Demon Dog invades the theater at the end, they're revealed to have overrun the SOL. Joel plays fetch with the demon dogs, finally getting rid of them...until the crew realize that ‘fetch’ means ‘go get and bring back.’ Meanwhile, Forrester and Larry are still recovering from being hit by the security device.

Guest Star

Trivia

  • Although this was the 2nd episode produced, it may have been the first episode aired by The Comedy Channel.[1]
  • The Demon Dogs were slightly modified versions of a Masters of the Universe toy called Battle Bones, complete with being painted red, black and with construction paper ears.[2]
  • The crew were reportedly sheepish about some of their interferences with the film to make jokes. One involved Joel putting his hand over a singing woman's mouth on the screen to which the sound was notably lowered. The other was inserting the sound of someone urinating when an actor's back was turned on the screen. They personally apologized for this in The Amazing Colossal Mystery Science Theater Guide.
  • The Demon Dogs previously appeared in the title sequence of the KTMA episodes, but were never actually featured during the episodes themselves.
  • The "airbag helmet" that Joel presents during the invention exchange came from his stand-up act.
  • When the crew all say, "Peas and carrots! Peas and carrots!", it's a walla in-joke. Walla is the term for a sound effect imitating the murmur of a crowd in the background in theater, radio, film, television, and video games.

Goofs

  • Josh's hair can be seen peaking above the desk after Servo exits and before Gypsy enters during Segment Three.

Obscure Riffs Explained

  • MST3K 102 Promo

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    "I wish we had one of them Doomsday Machines."

Said by General "Buck" Turgidson (who in fact bears a passing resemblance to the character playing Commander Cody) in the Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove.

  • "I'm Milton, your brand new son"

From the cartoon show Milton the Monster, which ran from 1965 to 1967. Milton was a lovable Frankenstein-type monster with a Southern accent similar to TV's Gomer Pyle.

Quotes

Radar Men from the Moon, Chapter 1 (short)

[A door opens, revealing Retik, ruler of the moon, and two identically dressed minions.]
Crow [as Retik/Larry]:
Commando Cody: Do you mind telling me why your men are carrying out that campaign of destruction on Earth?
[as Retik]: It's an election year.
Retik: Not at all. They are merely softening up your defenses for our impending invasion.
Commando Cody: Why do you want to invade the Earth?
Retik: Because the atmosphere on the Moon has become so thin and dry, it is impossible for us to raise food, except in pressurized greenhouses.
[as Cody]: Get a humidifier!

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (movie)[]

[Dr. Almada voices-over scenes of the doomed romance between Aztec maiden Xochi and warrior Popoca.]
Dr. Almada: So they decided to run away, even though it was her sacred duty to preserve her maidenhood and be sacrificed to the god .
[as Dr. Almada]: The god of decaffeinated coffee.
Dr. Almada: They were discovered by the tribal priests.
[A priest receives a steaming bowl, turning to the restrained Popoca to force-feed him.]
[as Dr. Almada]: They prepared hearty soups and broths and forced them on their guests, for they truly knew .
[A priest carries the prone Xochi up the aisle to the sacrificial altar.]
Joel: Kind of looks like , doesn't it?
Servo [as Xochi]: [singing to "(I've Had) The Time of My Life"]
I've reached the end of my life
And I'm waiting for the knife to fall.
[The evil Dr. Krupp unveils his creation, a "human robot".]
Dr. Krupp: Tonight I'm going to put it to the supreme test!
Joel: The sex quiz?

Video release


  1. http://www.mst3ktemple.com/schedule1989.htm
  2. http://www.mst3k.com/episodes/epone.html