Saturday, August 9, 2014

101 - The Crawling Eye

First Broadcast - 11 am Saturday, Nov 18 1989 (Unconfirmed)
Excellence Level: Tin Foil
Movie Pain: Low - Cheesy 50's creature feature goes down easy
Riffing: Some chuckles among many dead zones
Skits: Chuckle-Fest

"F-Troops" Forrest Tucker, headless mountain climbers and a cute psycho...uh psychic, square off against giant killer eye balls

There's lots of smoking and drinking found in this film which is the "officially sanctioned" start to the show. While not an awe inspiring beginning (there are many missed riff opportunities: Such as the lack of commentary on the mountain climbers phone, which looks strangely similar to a giant 'Kit-Kat' bar) The Eye has it moments.

Joel and the bots performing "Whole Lotta Love" on the Electric Bag-Pipes during the invention exchange is as funny as anything done in the series. And then there's the discovery that Larry wears high heels as part of a disguise when he sneaks into Deep 13! lol

The jokes roll out at a slower pace than in later seasons, but that doesn't mean there aren't significant jabs -"Get me 6 bags of onions and a giant eye chart!" - Joel. Plus we get to hear Servo's excellent 'Rain Man' imitation, which makes Joel chuckle.

Host Segments
Invention: Joel demonstrates the Electric Bagpipes. Dr. F injects Dr. Erhardt with canine antiperspirant. Segment 1: Joel explains why it's bad for a human to lose their heads. Segment 2: Gypsy uncoils herself. Segment 3: Why giant eyes are scary. End: Good thing/Bad thing. No Stinger -but If I chose one? The climber at the beginning who screams... "His head - It was torn off!"

Notable Riffs
"She could eat corn-on-the-cob through a picket fence." - Crow
"Hey look guys, they're being followed by a movie?" - Joel
"Someone with a really big butt sat there." -Tom
"Give them a giant pair of scissors and they'll put (poke) themselves out" - Servo
"What's a giant eye going to do, pick you up and wink you to death?" - Joel
"Let's get the dog drunk next!" - Crow
"His head! It was torn off!!" - "You say that like it was a bad thing." - Hiker/Servo.
"Dear Diary: Once again the fat guy got the bed..." - Crow
"I'm Popeye the sailor man; I've got a guy's head in my hand!" - Servo
"But your right, I probably read about it" - In the script" - Anne/Servo
"When you shake it the head comes off" - Crow (about a snow globe)
"He thinks that ball's one of his pupils" - Joel
"What are they going to do next, have him drive a forklift?" - Joel
"He must have slept with his hand in lukewarm water" - Joel

"Four hundred and twenty nine matches exactly, yeah four hundred and twenty nine" - Servo (As Rainman)
"Everybody is so negative" - Joel

Stuff & Nonsense
* The "Crawling Eye" began life as a popular BBC television serial that was titled, "The Trollenberg Terror"

* During the final host segment, Crow's ram chip falls from his mouth and he makes a coughing sound. Later, when Joel asks Gypsy a math question, it looks like Crow is whispering the answer "Richard Basehart" to her

Skit Riff Explained
"Hey, don't open that door McGee!" - Crow
Crow is referencing the old time radio comedy, "Fibber McGee and Molly". One running gag on the show was Fibbers over-stuffed storage closet. Whenever he'd attempt to retrieve something from storage, Molly would issue a warning and then you'd hear the resounding crash of items that spilled from the closet and onto Fibber.

The responses in the roll call are as follows... 
Robot Roll Call: All right, let's go!
Cambot: Pan left!
Gypsy: Hi, girl!
Tom Servo: What a cool guy!
Croooow: He's a wisecracker.

Available on DVD: Volume 17

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