|317 - The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent|
|Air Date||October 26, 1991|
|Movie Director||Roger Corman|
|Cast||Abby Dalton, Susan Cabot, Bradford Jackson, June Kenney|
|Preceded by||316 - Gamera vs Zigra|
|Followed by||318 - Star Force: Fugitive Alien II|
|“||Light the shoebox and throw it in the toilet!||”|
The Home Economics Story
Kay wants to go to Iowa State College and major in home economics. She and her friends have a great time in school and learn about the diverse careers that a home ec degree can lead to!
- This short was included on Shorts Vol 1, released by Rhino Entertainment on VHS in July 1998, and on DVD in February 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 2, a 4-DVD set with Cave Dwellers, Pod People and Angels Revenge.
Some Viking women have been alone for three years ever since their men disappeared on a sea journey and they set out to locate them, only to fall into the clutches of fearsome enemies.
Abby Dalton is Desir, de facto leader of the Viking women. (I thought they were an autonomous collective!) Vedric is her betrothed, missing for three years. Susan Cabot (who went on to play the lead in The Wasp Woman), is Enger. She "hates Desir and wants her man". Jonathan Haze is Ottar ("Todd"), "The Littlest Viking".
In the first scene, the women throw spears (refitted gardening implements) into a tree to vote on whether to make the journey to find their men. (There is a delay while they must decide whether some of the "hanging spears" are "yes" or "no" votes.) We note that Enger is a (dunh-dunh-dunhhhh!) - brunette - the only one in the group. Well, I'm sure it's of no significance.
In a montage, they assemble a ship from a kit and set off, to the problematic accompaniment of the most, uh, dissonant score Albert Glasser has ever produced for an MST movie. (Just reflect on that statement for a moment.) Todd, who was hidden under a copy of Variety, reveals himself once underway. (His presence as the lone male, on the shore or on the boat, is never explained or reacted to.) Enger immediately sabotages the sail in an effort to injure Desir. Not long after, within the span of about thirty seconds, the group encounters a shark, a sea serpent, a killer storm, a vortex, and their ship is struck and set afire by lightning. They bail, and are washed up on the beach right at the feet of "the Grimwald warriors".
(Insider's note; Cliff Gorman, fresh off his role as "Emory" in "The Boys in the Band", auditioned for the role of Senja, bringing the same interpretation to that character that he did to Emory, but Corman rejected him as "way too butch", and instead selected Jay Sayer. Sayer's, shall we say, eccentric performance, may, just perhaps, be partially explained by the fact that he is supposed to be about fifteen years old.)
There's a boar hunt (where Desir saves Senja's life), a wild party with an arm wrestling contest between Senja (in a tiara) and Desir; this turns into a "fight" scene in which Todd hops over or on top of every object in the room twice, finally jumping on a guy before being waylaid. At some point, the group travels to a well-lit cave to meet the captive male Vikings. We are introduced to Vedric, who seems physically unaffected by three years of hard labor in the "mine" but who reads all of his lines as if his scenes are done before he's had his morning coffee.
Meanwhile, Engar acts like the brunette she is and cozies up to Stark, getting special privileges. She visits Vedric in the cave and offers to free him if he will run away with her. Senja is struck by lightning (which should have received a credit) and is killed.
Will the Vikings get away? Will the nasty Grimwalds get what they deserve? Well... will they? Answer me!
Prologue: Joel really likes waffles, and he tries to convince the Bots of all his wonderful recipes.
Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads Meat Re-Animator brings a dead chicken back to life. Joel makes an iron that turns waffles into pancakes.
Segment Two: Joel re-programs the Bots into his waffle obsession.
Segment Three: Waffles.
Segment Four: Willy the Waffle presents the ideas of a waffle-free world after Servo eats one too many. Willy the Waffle sounds a lot like Coily the Spring, who doesn't show up until the tenth season (Squirm). Has the same message too.
Stinger: "But you don't understand! I'M A PRINCE!"
- Segment Three is the shortest host segment ever in the show's history.
- Willy the Waffle is a tribute to Coily from the Case of Spring Fever short. The Brains had wanted to use Spring Fever for years, but didn't get the rights to until the show's final season. Willy pops up again in Bride of the Monster.
- "Is that so wrong?!"
Joel is echoing Harvey Firestein's plangent cry from the play Torch Song Trilogy, which was adapted into a film in 1988. The line would also be used by Jon Lovitz's parody of Fierstein in several sketches on Saturday Night Live.
- "Our Bodies, Ourselves..."
Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women's health written from a feminist perspective.
- "The Bell Jar..."
- "She consulted Robert McNamara!"
Robert McNamara was the U.S. Secretary of Defense throughout much of the Vietnam War.
- "Then she raced down to the Jean-Luc Godard Festival at the campus theatre!"
- "The Group!"
The Group was a 1966 film about female college graduates.
- "And they started by taking over the administration building!"
A reference to the Columbia University protests of 1968, in which student radicals occupied various campus offices.
- "Here's a young Judy Chicago!"
Judy Chicago is a feminist conceptual artist.
- "Is that a real poncho or a Sears poncho?"
A line from the Frank Zappa song "Camarillo Brillo".
- "Here, Carol Bly explains her principles!"
Carol Bly is a Minnesota writer known for her creative-writing workshops.
- "...meeting with Helen Gurley Brown..."
- "Estes Kefauver!"
Estes Kefauver was a U.S. senator from Tennessee, best known for overseeing a series of hearings on organized crime.
- "IT IS BALLOON!!"
A reference to an episode of F-Troop.
- "It says Piggy on the wall."
A reference to the Charles Manson Family, who wrote the word piggy in blood on one of the walls after they murdered some of their victims.
- There's bars and punch in the fellowship hall...
Refers to a light meal served after a funeral. A common occurrence in the upper midwest.
- "The wet head is dead."
A hairspray television commercial slogan advocating the 'dry' look over a greased-back men's hairstyle.
|preceded by: Season 2||MST3K Season 3||followed by: Season 4|
|1991 - 1992|
|301||Cave Dwellers||1991-06-01||309||The Amazing Colossal Man||1991-07-27||317||The Saga of the Viking Women...||1991-10-26|
|302||Gamera||1991-06-08||310||Fugitive Alien||1991-08-17||318||Star Force: Fugitive Alien II||1991-11-16|
|303||Pod People||1991-06-08||311||It Conquered the World||1991-08-24||319||War of the Colossal Beast||1991-11-30|
|304||Gamera vs Barugon||1991-06-22||312||Gamera vs Guiron||1991-09-07||320||The Unearthly||1991-12-14|
|305||Stranded in Space||1991-06-29||313||Earth vs the Spider||1991-09-21||321||Santa Claus Conquers the Martians||1991-12-21|
|306||Time of the Apes||1991-07-06||314||Mighty Jack||1991-09-28||322||Master Ninja I||1992-01-11|
|307||Daddy-O (episode)||1991-07-13||315||Teenage Cave Man||1991-11-09||323||The Castle of Fu Manchu||1992-01-18|
|308||Gamera vs Gaos||1991-07-20||316||Gamera vs Zigra||1991-10-19||324||Master Ninja II||1992-01-25|