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104 - Women of the Prehistoric Planet
0104
Air Date February 1990
Running Time 90 min.; West Germany 88 min.
AKA Prehistoric Planet Women;
The Prehistoric Planet
Movie Director Arthur C. Pierce
Year 1966
Cast Wendell Corey, John Agar, Stuart Margolin, Irene Tsu
Preceded by 113 - The Black Scorpion
Followed by 201 - Rocketship X-M

The Movie

Synopsis

A spaceship crash-lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing nearly all hands. When the rescue ship arrives some 20 years later, the child of two crewmembers, Tang, is the sole inhabitant of the crash site. One of the rescue crew, a girl named Linda, meets Tang and falls in love with him. The rescue team is attacked by the native life of the planet and many of them are killed off. When the ship leaves, Linda decides to stay with Tang.[1]

Information

The original script by Arthur C. Pierce was called simply The Prehistoric Planet, but producer Jack Broder later added "Women of..." to the title for marketing purposes. To justify this title change, brief scenes were filmed of three actresses in native garb, prancing and swimming semi-nude in the pond and waterfall on the planet. These scenes were only used in foreign release prints but are visible briefly in the US trailer for the film.[2]

The Episode

Host Segments

Prologue: Joel has found a couch in the loading bay and has redecorated the bridge to get some talk show experience under his belt for his return to Earth.

Invention Exchange: Crow doesn't explain how he made brownies when they ran out brownie mix a long time ago. Down in Deep 13 The Mads' invention is Clay & Lar's Flesh Barn, a fast-food chain that only serves raw meat, while Joel unveils toilet paper in a bottle, which is literally just a roll of toilet paper in a soda bottle.

Segment Two: Tom and Joel are playing “This is Your Life” when a Doomsday Device arrives at the SOL. Joel insists on bringing it inside and accidentally activates its self-destruct.

Segment Three: Joel & the Bots try to disarm the Isaac Asimov Doomsday Device, but the included manual is badly translated from Korean and only serves to make things worse.

Segment Four: Joel & the Bots are still trying to disarm the Doomsday Device, but they fail and are turned into duplicate Isaac Asimovs.

Ending Segment: Joel & the Bots discover that they can simply remove their Asimov sideburns; they then read letters and announce the winning entry for the Avocado Man Contest. Back in Deep 13, Larry sings to Dr. Forrester, who uses earplugs to survive it.

Other Notes

  • According to Kevin Murphy in The Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, this episode was the last to be taped for the season due to issues securing the movie rights and was not re-numbered along with the previous nine episodes for unknown reasons. Watching the season by episode number can cause confusion, with the winners of the contest announced in Robot Holocaust (episode 110) appearing before that episode and contest are even introduced. Additionally, letters are read at the end mentioning The Bride Vanishes (episode 105) and Project Moon Base (episode 109) and a brief callback to a joke in The Black Scorpion (episode 113) is made.
  • Josh Weinstein's final episode.
  • First original song of the national series.
  • This episode is the origin of the oft-repeated "Hi-keeba!" riff. It's uttered by Paul Gilbert's character, Red Bradley, during an incredibly pointless bit of exposition sandwiched between the third and fourth host segments. The character was misattributed to Wendell Corey in The Amazing Colossal Episode Guide; Corey actually played Admiral King.

Guest Stars

Obscure References

  • "Who wrote this, Charlie Callas?" - Said by Servo in response to the badly translated Korean instructions for the doomsday device.

Charlie Callas was a comic who made a lot of indecipherable sounds and noises in place of words when he did his act. He used sounds and facial expressions as punch lines, e.g., "And then the guys went zzip with the *whistle* and voop!"

  • "Ah, the Samuel Beckett method!" - Servo, after Joel starts playing eeny, meeny, miny, moe to determine which wire to snip.

Samuel Beckett was a playwright who subscribed to the theory of absurdism, that life is a random series of events devoid of meaning or purpose. Success or failure of individuals is based on pure chance. Eeny, meeny, miny, moe is a method of random selection without purpose.

  • "Even our name means Merry Christmas!" - Said when there is an exterior shot of the golden ship.

From a Norelco razor advertisement. They would blank out the 'R' and the 'CO' to spell NOEL while Santa was in an electric razor made to look like a sleigh. Santa was flying in the razor sleigh so it looked like a spaceship.

Video Release

References

  1. IMDB
  2. IMDB

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