One of the entertaining sub-genres of movies Joel, Mike, and The Bots had to suffer through was the cheap knock-offs of better known (and just *better*) films. These include 'Time of the Apes,' 'Agent from H.A.R.M.,' neither of which have been released on video so far as I know, and this one, 'Angels' Revenge.' Part of the humor is the dawning realization that the makers of this epic really were shameless enough to attempt such an obvious rip-off of a hit TV series. Even the title doesn't have the decency to clothe itself in obscurity.
From the clothes to the music to the hair to, well, everything, this film is as Seventies as the orange shag rug in your parents' den. Watching M&TB deal with that is just part of the fun, while the Mads get into the spirit by dressing as their favorite Seventies relief pitchers.
I'm not sure why Rhino chose the episodes they did when deciding which MST titles to release on video, though I imagine copyright questions had a lot to do with it. I don't consider 'Angels' Revenge' one of the standout episodes of Season 6, let alone of the whole series. But MST3K was always so entertaining, even a run-of-the-mill ep like this one is well worth the investment.
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The boys on the Satellite of Love are treated to a low point in '70s sexploitation in a low-cut, cleavage-inspired rip-off ofCharlie's Angels. "So these were the Carter years?" inquires Mike Nelson as he views a team of bouffant-haired vixens in jumpsuits storming a drug compound. "Well, I do sense a malaise here," responds robot Tom Servo.Angels Revengeinspires the castaways to recall a nonstop list of long-forgotten B-list '70s movies and television shows, includingThe A-Team,Sanford and Son,James at 15,The Bad News Bears, andFantasy Island. It also inspires Crow to write his own blaxploitation screenplay. The dull action sequences and uninspired plot is barely shadowed by the obvious reasonAngelswas made: "All right, I'm just giving in and looking at the breasts!" quips Crow. Even that appeal wears off as the movie spirals into haplessness. "I'd rather spend a weekend in Robert Bork's underpants than watch another minute of this," he later complains. Mike agrees: "This is offending one-celled animals." We can thankMST3Kfor dredging up this cinematic dreck, only made endurable by Mike, Tom Servo, and Crow's hilarious running commentary.--Tod Nelson