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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild World of

Comedy and Science Fiction & Fantasy TV show

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Painful movie, memorable short, funny host segments

  • Dec 7, 2001
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I've watched this episode several times and still have no idea what the movie's about -- something about women in bathing suits and masks hanging around a swimming pool. Mike and The Bots (M&TB) apparently had the same problem, since all the host segments here in Show 515 are an extended storyline related to the short on cheating (titled 'Cheating') that opens the episode.

The short itself -- or, correctly, the riffing on the short -- is good enough to make it onto the MST 'Shorts 1' video, sort of a best-of compilation. The movie is one of those films that are depressing in their badness -- that can make the episode hard to watch, but also can inspire Our Heroes to some of their finest performances. I don't consider this one of MST's very tip-top episodes, but parts of it are quite good. It's a valuable addition to any collection.

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Nothing captures the peculiar pastiche of the pop-cultural zeitgeist likeMystery Science Theater 3000(MST3Kto fans). The formula is simple: subject a hapless temp worker, Mike Nelson, and his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow, marooned in space to the worst B, C, even Z-grade movies imaginable and record the results. OnThe Wild World of Batwoman, they quip through a movie summed up best by Crow: "It looks like they just put a whole lotta movies in a blender and turned it on really fast!" The plot of the movie is hapless at best, inexplicably puncuated by bikini-clad "Batgirls" go-go dancing with guns (Mike quips: "That's 40 pounds of butt in pants with a 30-pound capacity."). The episode starts with a '50s educational short on student cheating that is so dour in tone that Tom wonders, "Is this Ingmar Bergman's first American movie?" In a sub-skit, Tom and Crow go mano a mano (or roboto a roboto) trying to out-shun each other: "I double shun you." Tom trumps with, "I shun you version 3.0 for Windows." The worse the movie, the better and more wacky theMST3Kepisode; never has subpar art ever inspired such heights of hilarity, andBatwomanis as bad as they come. Which means it's great. Get it?--Tod Nelson
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Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Rhino / Wea

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