Congratulations to one and all. This is the final installment of the 13 episode Second Season and it's been one of uncertainty for the show. As referred to earlier, the merging of Comedy Channel
into Comedy Central
created a sense of foreboding as to the future of the show. However, really good things are just around the corner for the cast and staff at Best Brains, Inc.
Let the experiment begin!
"Turn Down Your Lights (Where applicable)"
Experiment #213 ~ GODZILLA vs the SEA MONSTER (1966)
Original Air Date: February 2, 1991
Studio: Toho-Eizo Company, LTD.
Starring: Akira Akarada, Toru Watanabe, Jun Tazaki, Akira Hongo, Kioto Tanaka
Directed By: Jun Fukuda
Theatrical Running Time: 87 Minutes
A young man and his unwitting friends steal a boat which is owned by a bank robber (who also happens to be on board). The group becomes shipwrecked on an island controlled by a military unit. The military has enslaved the island natives and forced them to work, processing the raw materials for their nuclear bomb factory. The island is protected by a giant lobster, Ebirah, and is also the home (unbeknownst to the military) to a hibernating, slumbering Godzilla. The marooned group enlists Godzilla and Mothra's aid in rescuing the slaves and destroying the bomb factory.
The Bots are in their bathrobes and Joel is reading to them from their 'favorite book', "The Velveteen Rabbit"... and doing all
the voices (which sound like, well... Joel!). Kinda cute? Yes. Entertaining and funny... eh!? (or as Frank would say, "I don't think so"
Joel presents the "Mind Controlled Guitar". All you have to do is "think of a juicy guitar riff, and (adding the appropriate facial grimaces) the guitar plays it for you" (eliminating the middle-man... actual motor skills and talent). The Mads offer an invention that is "similar but different in subtle but important ways". "Squeeze-Toy Guitars", made from discarded doggie chew-toys. "LET'S WAIL! WHOOOO!!!"
The Bots want to know more about "this Godzilla fella", so Joel and 'Professor Cambot' present "The Godzilla Genealogy Bop". A jazzy little musical number which explores Godzilla's family tree. (A very clever piece of writing and a smooth, groovy tune).
The tedium of being in space has proven too much for Joel. He begins finding "found" objects (coat hangers, golf balls etc...) on the "SOL" and builds dioramas of places back on Earth (the Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal etc). Joel has developed "space madness". Once Joel leaves the bridge the Bots destroy his models, convincing themselves that it's for his own good.
Ignoring Joel's advice, Tom and Crow mock the Mothra worshiping twins of Infant Island. That is until Mothra confronts them via the 'Hexfield Viewscreen'.
Joel and the Bots discuss famous quotes that actors did not actually say (i.e. Bogart in "Casablanca" never said "Play it again, Sam"., Boyer never said "Come with me to the Casbah"., etc...). Joel and the Bots look at some "Cool Thing" viewer submissions. (See Experiment #208
The natives of Infant Island bow down in worship of Mothra.
Items of Note:
~ Not much to report. The series has been on television now for three seasons (one at KTMA
and two on Comedy Channel/Comedy Central
~ Joel and the Bots enter the auditorium late during the opening credits and never learn the title of the film.
~ The Mads did not reveal the title of this weeks experiment, either.
~ Host segment 2 is interesting, with Joel showing off his acting chops. (He truly displays a real sense of dementia. He's actually pretty good).
~ At one point in the film Godzilla is randomly attacked by a giant vulture (same monster scale), but I can't seem to find this monsters' name anywhere.
~ (actors eating fruit on the island) "I feel like a monkey"! (Crow)
"I do too. Where can we find one"?!
~ (actual quote from the film) "Don't come in! It's a nuclear reactor"!
"Meanwhile, in Legoland kids learn at their own rate. The slow way".
"Pretend you're a Picasso and move your nose to the back of your head".
"How can something sarong
be so right"?!
~ References ranging a diverse variety of subjects from "The Music Man" and Robert Preston to "Cheap Trick: Live at Budokan", the "Martha Graham Dance Troupe" and "Rexall Pharmacies". Some clever stuff, but a rather flat, uneven overall effort (especially for a season finale).
2-1/2 "Doublemint Twins" out of 5.
"Keep Trading the Discs (and Tapes)"
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