12/4/06

KTMA: Turtle Inundation*

K00 The Green Slime

K01 Invaders from the Deep

K02 Revenge of the Mysterons

K03 Star Force: Fugitive Alien II

K04 Gamera vs. Barugon

K05 Gamera

K06 Gamera vs. Gaos

K07 Gamera vs. Zigra

K08 Gamera vs. Guiron

K09 Phase IV

K10 Cosmic Princess

K11 Humanoid Woman

K12 Fugitive Alien

K13 SST: Death Flight

K14 Mighty Jack

K15 Superdome

K16 City on Fire

K17 Time of the Apes

K18 The Million Eyes of Sumaru

K19 Hangar 18

K20 The Last Chase

K21 Legend of the Dinosaur

Welcome to our coverage of the show’s pre-national run. This is not MST3K as we know it. It’s more of a proto-MST3K, newly emerged from the primordial Minnesota slimes, with vestigial gills and webbing between its toes. If we chose, we could begin the evolutionary line here, turning sharply upward at the beginning of the national cable series, and then slowly increasing in quality until Season Three, when it finally becomes recognizable as the popular culture force we know and love today.

But back to the KTMA episodes, which, for obvious reasons, look hastily put together. Comments are off-the-cuff instead of scripted. This means the jokes are fairly sporadic; most of the time they just state the obvious. Good jokes are sparse, and these usually have to be thought through in the act of speaking them, making them late or haltingly delivered.

Which isn’t to say that the episodes aren’t funny; I’d still rather watch the movies this way than without any commentary at all. They’re just not as funny as they’ll be in Season One, and nowhere near the comedic heights they’ll find (and mostly stay at) in Season Three. With dozens of superior episodes to choose from, you really shouldn’t watch these at all unless you’re a die-hard completist. For this reason, I have not included full reviews.

*Gamera films comprise the first five episodes (at least, of those available to the public), sure to induce giant, fire-breathing turtle dreams and flashbacks in unsuspecting viewers for years to come.