12/1/06

K00 The Green Slime

(1968, SciFi/Horror, color)

A reptile thermometer?

Rating: Zero Stars

Summary:

So there’s this spaceship, right? With astronauts, of course. And an octopus monster that may or may not be the eponymous Green Slime. And then everything explodes. There may be more to it than that, but since this is just a test of the shadowrama silhouettes, we only see short clips depicting the above.

Thoughts:

'...in a spaceship of your own design.'  We know, Joel.  We know.There is also, unfortunately, no riffing. Actually, at the end of the first film segment, one of the astronauts instructs another astronaut to “take the number two position”, and Joel says, “speaking of number two…” as he gets up and leaves. However, since this is a camcorder version of a convention showing (Archon 2008), it’s unclear whether the comment is coming from the hockey-haired Joel of 1988 or the just off-screen Joel of Modern Times. We get several other amusing comments as well, but most of these come from the Modern Cinematic Titanic crewmembers seated nearby. On the deck of the Satellite of Love, Joel explains the basic premise plot over and over again, introduces us to vacuum flowers and the chiropractic helmet (to be reused later in the show), and takes us through a half-hearted plot about an alien virus that makes flowers, robots and humans alike squirt shaving cream out their noses. We meet his robot companions Crow (voiced by Trace Beaulieu, almost the same as his final version), Gypsy (a gold, cartoon bear-sounding contraption voiced by J. Elvis Weinstein that only approximates the eventual character) and Beeper (a clumsy and inarticulate precursor to Tom Servo, also voiced by J. Elvis). Also notable is the first door sequence, which features a spliced-together series of actual doors. This test run for many of the show’s iconic elements is not actually entertaining for its own merits (hence the no-star rating), so don’t watch it expecting anything grand. When viewed as a document of the show’s early history, however, it’s fascinating.