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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That

Comedy and Science Fiction & Fantasy TV show

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Historic episode is also quite good

  • Nov 27, 2001
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Show 513, featuring 'The Brain that Wouldn't Die,' is notable primarily as the episode in which Mike ('Mike Nelson') Nelson is introduced as the new resident of the Satellite of Love and host of our program. But while Mike the host is new, Mike the writer is an MST veteran. And not only are there no first-time jitters here, the episode itself is a pretty darn good one.

The movie itself is yet another horror-inducing-severed-body-part monstrosity, in the same genre as 'The Crawling Hand' and several others. The title body-part became a semi-recurring character on the show, beloved by MSTies as 'Jan in the Pan.'

The host segments in this episode are quite good, as Mike finds his footing in his new home and builds a relationship with Crow and Tom Servo. And a gutter-bumber-chute could come in real handy here in Seattle.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000experienced a changing of the guard with this fifth-season episode. Departed series creator and lead Joel Hodgson was replaced by head writer Mike Nelson, playing a hapless temp named... Mike Nelson, who was sent into space to cover for Hodgson's escape. The opening credit sequence and title theme (warbled by Nelson) were also new, but the show's basic premise--poking fun at atrocious B movies--remained the same.

Nelson's debut "experiment" is the delirious 1960 head-transplant horror The Brain That Wouldn't Die. And while Nelson is occasionally stiff, particularly during the invention exchange (a longtime Hodgson staple, and soon to be excised), he and robot pals Crow and Tom Servo rise to the occasion during the film, which is filled with memorable zingers (Crow: "He's keeping her alive with Grey Poupon!"). Rhino's DVD presents the uncut, slightly gory version of Brain with and without the MST3K treatment. --Paul Gaita

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Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea

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