Mystery Science Theater 3000 Show #405 "BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET" reel #1, D-2 broadcast master, mixed audio both channels, longitudinal time code-29.97DF 4/07/92, NTSC, Dolby-C NR.
Let the experiment begin!Experiment #405 ~ BEING FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1982)
Original Air Date: July 4, 1992
Studio: Wescom Productions, Byzantine Productions
Starring: Ben Murphy, Nina Axlerod, Kevin Brophy, James Karen, Shari Belafonte-Harper
Directed By: Tom Kennedy
Theatrical Running Time: 83 Minutes
Tagline: "For eons they travelled the galaxies. For centuries one was trapped in a Pharaoh's tomb. Now he is free.
A California archaeologist obtains a sarcophagus from the tomb of King Tutantkhamen and has it delivered to his laboratory to be X-rayed. The radiation levels one of his students uses to examine it, causes the mummy inside to reanimate and break free. Inside the wrappings is a dormant alien creature, the one who killed the king. The alien begins searching for the five crystals that were contained inside the sarcophagus, which the alien requires to return to it's homeworld. Becoming frustrated, the alien begins on a killing spree to retrieve the crystals.Intro:
): ''Oh, is it... 'Fueled by Imagination'?"
): ''Should we ...'Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid'?"
): "No, and no! Hi, everybody and welcome to the Satellite of Love. I'm Joel Robinson, and the Bots and I are in a spirited game of twenty questions."
): ''Oh! It's a 'Sassy, Brassy Musical Hum-dinger'!"
): ''It's a 'New High in Adventure, when they go Thrill-Deep in Danger'!"
): "No. Wrong and wrong! It is not
'The Most Exciting Undersea Odyssey Ever Filmed', and it is not
'100% Pure Adrenaline'."
): ''Ah, Ha! Then it's a 'Bikini-clad Romp Through Summer's Fun'."
): "No! It's a 'Shocking Expose of Souls in Bondage'."
): ''Is it... 'Not Only His Nose That Grows'?"
): ''Is it... 'Personal This Time'?"
): ''Do we watch... 'Dudley Moore Juggle Two Women in an Attempt to Save His Sanity'?"
): "You made that up."
): ''No, no, no!..."
Commercial Sign!Invention Exchange:
~ (Dr. F.
): "The point is, is that someone is making a mint off of those damn 'Precious Moments' bisque figurines, and Dr. Clayton 'Stonewall' Forrester wants a piece of the pie, ya dig?!"
~ (TV's Frank
): "I dig! That's why we've come up with these brand new optional gifts for grandma that we like to call... 'Tragic Moments' figurines. Sure, grandma will cry when she sees her lovely gift, but for very different reasons. This first one is entitled 'Sparky's Last Romp', and these beautiful hand-crafted figurines depict little Billy's first hard lesson in life. Plus what happens when a dog teases a cow way past the breaking point."
~ (Dr. F.
): "Thank you, Frank. This striking hand-painted lamp is titled 'By the Fire's Glow', and it depicts the tragic occurrence when you light off a roman candle in the rumpus room."
~ (TV's Frank
): "This little beauty here is the flagship of our collection. It's entitled... 'I'll Get It!', and it depicts what should have been a really fun game of kickball, gone tragically wrong."
~ (Dr. F.
): "Others in the collection include 'He Raises a Hand in Anger', 'World's Deadest Grandma', and 'Dad's Liquid Breakfast'. And Joel... no one can predict the market on these things, but a 1987 copy of 'Who's That With Mom?!', recently sold for 400 dollars!"
Joel and the Bots are outraged.
~ (Dr. F.
): "Oh, lighten up and get on with your invention."
): "Well sirs, as you know, charismatic actor Jack Palance can make anything he says (with labored breathing, and dramatic pauses
) sound horrifying or, at the very least really interesting. That's why we've come up with the 'Jack Palance
Impersonator Kit' (It's a 'half-mask' respirator, with pictures of Jack Palance on the filters
). It makes anything you say worth listening to."
): ''I just purchased a new shovel today... It's cost... fifteen dollars. Believe it... or Not!"
): "Or else, you could go ahead and try to scare your friends. 'Excuse me, is that Jack Pal
ance or Jack Palance
): "That... would be a decision... for you to make. Choose wisely!"
): "Well..., what do you think... sirs?!" Host Segments:Host 1:
A tribute to Bill Mumy.
): ''Hoo, hoo, hoo! What a royally lame mummy in this movie!"
): ''Yeah! What a royally lame, crummy mummy in this movie!"
): ''Yeah! What a royally lame crusty, crunchy, crummy dummy mummy in this movie!"
): "Watch this one, Tom! What a royally lame Billy
mummy in this movie!
Joel puts a stop to the nonsense.
): ">Ahem<! It's Bill MUMY
), and I happen to be a fan!"
) ''Whoa-ho! Well... Im sorry, Joel! The whole concept seems to strike me as absurd! What has master "MUMY' done for us since his portrayal as young Will Robinson on Irwin Allen's production 'Lost In Space'?!"
Joel presents an impressive resume of Bill Mumy
's acting/television and related media credits. Crow is not convinced.
) ''I was especially fond of his work in the European mime troupe... 'Mumy-schanz'!"
The Haunted High-School Boiler Room sketch.
Tom and Crow present a blindfolded Joel a hands-on tour through their low budget haunted house.
): (in Boris Karloff voice
)''Joel. You're terribly alone. You're in your high school boiler room."
): "Really?! What am I doing here?"
): ''It's a haunted
boiler room. With a real scary janitor. A lot of kids have just disappeared down there!"
): "But, what am I doing here?"
): ''You're just a real dumb kid, remember?!"
): "Oh, okay. Gotcha."
(To continue the tour, it costs Joel twenty-five cents every so often).
Joel gets to touch "the eyeballs of all the weird kids from Mrs. Reedy's spanish club" (pasta or beans
). The "guts of Mr. Soderbeck from third hour Drivers-Ed" (Jello
). "Gruesome Worms of Hate" (spaghetti
) and, "the brains of that big ninth-grader, Greg Schneider" (a real brain
Joel freaks the Bots out by revealing that he "loves real brain
", and takes a huge bite from it!
Movie Sign!Host 3:
Joel's rainy day fun sketch.
): "Oh, you guys! That was really, really good!"
): ''Yeah, thanks Gypsy."
): "You were really funny out there!"
): ''Yeah..., whatever."
): "I think I know what these two need."
): "Way ahead of ya!"
): ''Geez! Even poor Gypsy."
): ''You must remember Tom, She has a life
): "Oh, c'mon. I think I know a couple of 'gloomy Gus's', that could use a little cheering up!"
): ''Oh..., just leave us alone
): "Gypsy! Ready, girl? Alright Cambot. Cue up the sequencer for 'Joel's rainy day fun sketch' and the 'Hexfield ViewScreen fun day Holoclowns'! Start the music, Gypsy. C'mon!!!"
The goofy music starts, and Joel and the Bots cavort for about 30 seconds until the novelty wears off. The Hexfield Holoclowns repeatedly hit each other over the head with over-sized mallets. A somber mood settles in on the bridge of the SOL.
): "You know, when you take all the really fun stuff in the world, and put it all into one room..., it leaves you feeling kinda empty."
): "WHAT'RE YOU
home shopping network.
): "Hey... welcome back to TVFSN, the 'TV's Frank Shopping Network', dedicated to only stuff TV's Frank would really love."
): ''That's right Joel! And hey, for the next hour, we've got a special value based on that toxic waste dump of a movie we were just forced to watch. Crow, tell them all about it!"
): ''Sure thing, Tom! It's a 'V-shaped, diamond encrusted, mummy communicator type thing' that we like to call..."
): "...the 'V-shaped, diamond encrusted, mummy communicator type thing'!"
): "And I know it's the type of thing that TV's Frank would absolutely love. There's a 'million and one' uses. You can use it for a conversation starter, or put it on a 'Nik-Nak' shelf. You can use these little gems to button your coat. You can freeze them to put in drinks, or put them in a saw and use them to cut through layers of Earth, or...".
): ''Let's see who we've got on the line here at TV's Frank Shopping Network."
~ (TV's Frank
): "Hey! It's me! TV's Frank!"
): "I know you're going to want this item as soon as possible. And the most convenient way to get it is by pushing the button that says 'bring down the Satellite of Love'."
~ (TV's Frank
): "You know I've told you guys time and again that Dr. Forrester won't let me push that button. But I have enjoyed the other items I've ordered from you. Ya know, ever since I ordered that 'Craftmatic adjustable bed' from you, I've spent all my time kissing. Kissing my lower back pain good-bye! Ever since I got that yogurt maker, and the 'Deal-A-Meal' cards, and all the other wonderful fine products that you nice people have sold me, I've received many compliments on how slim I look. Ya know, I get kinda lonely sometimes, and the hours I spend watching and chatting with you guys, are some of the most cherished memories I..."
): "Uh, that's great Frank. Look, if you order this item now, and you order it using your handy convenient 'bring down the Satellite of Love' button, we'll throw in at no extra charge, this wonderful 'letter from a viewer'!"
Joel reads a fan letter.
): ''Say, Frank! Tell ya what we're gonna do. Because you've been such a good customer, we're gonna let you 'have' the 'V-shaped, diamond encrusted, mummy communicator type thing'. The letter from the viewer, complete with handsome polaroid. A frozen vegetarian potato entree AND
the snake knives, Mrs. Presky! But, you've gotta press the 'bring down the Satellite of Love' button"!
~ (TV's Frank
): "Oooo! This is great! Where is it... 'bring down the Satellite of Love' button..."
~ (Dr. F.
! I can't find my Visa card anywhere. Did you buy this thighmas..., YOU ARE NOT
bringing down the Satellite of Love! Abort, command seven". >click<
): "Well, at least we tried. We tried to return to Earth, and pass the savings on to TV's Frank!"
~ (Dr. F.
): "Thigh-Master is now Die
Dr. F. has wrapped a thighmaster around TV's Frank's head!
~ (TV's Frank
): "I may not have been born with a lobotomy, but now I can look like I was..."
Screaming guy gets infected with alien fungus.Items of Note:
~ Joel and Tom are already in the auditorium after 'Host 1', when Crow finally joins them.
~ Crow asks Joel to carry him out of the auditorium, and again Joel refuses.
~ The Holoclowns are Mike Nelson and Paul Chaplin.Personal Notes:
~ The film was originally released in theaters under the title of 'Time Walker'. Distributed by New World Pictures.
~ I know the 'twenty questions movie taglines' 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11. Anybody have a guess as to the rest?
~ Joel brings back personal memories by mentioning 'Intellivision' and 'Quazar by Motorola'.The 'Riffs':
): ''So far, this movie looks like a dramatization
of a movie!"
): "Finally! The Warren Commission
): "It's a 'Honeybaked' hand!"
): ''Hey, it's 'Murray the Cop'!" ~ (Tom
): ''Which one? Herb Edelman or Al Marinaro?!"
): ''Hello, Winchell's? Send over a cop, pronto!"
): ''Jim Henson's Baby
Pop culture references ranging from 'Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew mysteries', 'Bracken's World', Alan Parsons Project 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', and 'Trapper John, M.D.', to Victor Buono, 'Medical Center', Jim Lange's 'Dating Game', steelies and aggies, Merv Griffin and 'Lidsville'.
An average, yet still enjoyable experiment.Rating:
3 "V-shaped,diamond encrusted, mummy communicator type things" out of 5.
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