MST3K 11×10: A Wizard Did It. A Very Bad One

“The most charismatic character is a hat.”

The movie: Wizards of the Lost Kingdom. Wizards, because if they claimed there were any actors in this kingdom they could be sued for deceptive advertising

This is the sort of movie that I might call “endearing” if it had any heart to it. As it is, it just felt weird watching it.

Starting the show with a solo Mad in front of the camera was a bit of a shock, but it went well enough. I suspect we’re going to see more development of Max’s crush before the end of the season.

After so, so many unimaginative tropes had already made their appearance, the huge yeti thing showed up and I groaned about a Cute Animal Friend. KJ: “I don’t think that ‘cute animal friend’ would be the words for what that is.” Me: “I don’t think that ‘acting’ would be the word for what they’re doing.” Chewbacca, Cute Animal Friend, whatever, it just didn’t need to be there in any scene. Don’t put CAFs in your stories. Just don’t.

Cor, or whatever his name is, seems less like a conqueror than a self-help guru who can pick up a sword without cutting himself open.

The host segment song wasn’t the greatest lyrically, but I enjoyed it for the interaction and content. And tampering in God’s domain is one of my favorite callbacks.

Letters! I had just been wondering if there would be any more this season.

I feel like I should recognize the music in the bit where Bad Guy calls Princess In Distress “delicate”. It’s annoying that I can’t think of where I’ve heard something like it.

Again pushing to keep the casual viewer around, the Mads as good as announce that next time will be the sequel.

Push the button: “Maybe this is the menu and we have to click on the movie we want.” “I really hope whatever they’re panning to is worth it.” The riffing just nails this movie, all the way through, hilariously so. One of the highlights of the season.

Next time: Can they keep up the momentum with Wizards II: Wizardly Boogaloo?

MST3K 11×09: Yongarrection

“Yongary is the kind of monster you get at the 99ยข store.”

The movie: Yongary, an import from Korea

Felicia Day seems to be settling in as Kinga. The Hitler coffee is goofy and well-played, while the tiny desks of rage are just one of those cute little ideas that the previous seasons had in abundance.

The movie itself is fun and the riffing is even more fun, all the way through. It doesn’t, in my opinion, rise to the level of being killer material, but the movie gives a lot to work with and J&tB deliver A-grade lines. Part of it is the line delivery. In nearly every episode, there will be lines that, well, the delivery seems off to me in one way or another. That never happened in this episode.

The bit about sending the newlywed up in a rocket is ridiculous on several obvious levels. Even if South Korea couldn’t rely on its allies for data and had to fly its own rocket over the Middle East, just send another astronaut (Koreanaut?) to run the instruments and have the data ready for the groom when he’s good and ready. And ultimately, the rocket doesn’t matter, because the only bearing the flight has on the Yongary plot is that the guy lands and tells them “Yep, that earthquake is a-comin’ this way!” which they already knew.

I liked Crow in the astronaut music segment. And nice bubble-blur in the nightclub segment to make it easier for Crow to take a bite out of the model.

So, uh, that’s the dark side of the Moon we’re seeing in the commercial break segments? Kinga had the title carved into the far half of the Moon? Wow.

Hah, a River Kwai reference about a week after I read the book for the first time. And whoa, self-riff with Crow scoring off of Tom!

I agree with J&tB that the bleeding was too much. Reptilicus killed its monster unconvincingly and got away with it just fine without having to get gory. But they did get a nice closing segment, with a relatively serious song, out of it.

Push the button: “Before the Internet, it took so much more effort just to tell people not very much.” Agreed — nowadays, any old schmuck can start a WordPress account and babble at the world what he thinks about cheesy TV shows.

This is one of the season’s best. The host segments aren’t stellar, but they’re enjoyable enough, and the riffing is a breeze.

Next week: Wizards, or possibly wizzards given the SFX budget of your average MSTed movie.