Wednesday, August 27, 2014

902 - Phantom Planet

First Broadcast - 5 pm Saturday, March 21st 1998
#100 in Mighty Jack's Top 100
Excellence Level: Silver
Movie Pain: Medium - Nothing stellar, a little dry but it doesn't hurt terribly
Riffing: Solid, good humor
Skits: Fair

"Put the combat rod in position!" - Sesom

Spaztronaut suffers from shrinkage after landing on an extra crispy chicken wing. This episode started off red hot; from the opening credits to the mincing 'naut who waxes philosophic about the "Brightest and the Best", and in times of trouble, soils not only his own shorts, but those of his captains!
Once Astro Frank lands on the planet, the jokes lose just the tiniest bit of steam. Thankfully the "combat rod" and the dog like Solarites keep things rolling, and the experiment does perk up again at the very end once Frank is rescued.
Good stuff and with lines like -"You smell good Sir. Like Vitalis and Bacon" - Crow, it's often a real kick. Skits are okay, Mary Jo and Bill show off good comedic timing and interplay in the opening bit (Watch Brain Guy struggle to hold onto the SOL, ha ha!) 

Of Note: One of Frank's love interests is the "Leech Woman", the other was in "Human Duplicators". And take notice of the hysterical scene where the Solarite moves himself onto the gravity plate, when Frank and Herron fail to push him dead center.

Host Segments
Intro: M&TB have an Andy Rooney off. Segment 1: Pearl receives her World Domination Starter Kit, but an important "thing" has been sent to the SOL. Segment 2: Mike and Servo fix their attention on the good and the beautiful. Segment 3: Is Castle Forrester haunted? And Mike is floating in space. Segment 4: Mike excels at water glass rim music while the Bots struggle with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". End: Crow's a Solarite and Pearl's feeling down until a few villagers storm the castle. Stinger: The Brightest and the Best.

Notable Riffs
* "Hemorrhoids! Get the Tucks!" - Crow
* "Honey bunches of death!" - Servo
* "Houston, we have a moron, out." - Mike
* "He landed in a Sea Monkey bowl" - Mike
* "Is someone rubbing a cat against a zither?" - Servo
* "Activate the gravity curtain" - "Or the Venetian gravity blinds" - Sesom/Servo
* "It's just a Shar Pei with a parted Afro wearing a pizza slicer." - Servo on Solarite
* "Let's take roll call. Me? Here. Ray? Dead. Okay, that's clearer." - Crow as Frank
* "No fair! You can't flash back to stuff we saw ten seconds ago!" -Crow
* "Pegasus 4, you are..." "Completely boned." - Control/Mike
* "So people are just balloons?" - Crow
* "The Phantom Planet is quilted for softness." - Mike
* "Tight turning radius on the chicken thing." - Crow
* "Today, the moon narrowly missed hitting a man's eye like a big pizza pie." "Scientists believe 'that's amore'." - Crow/Tom Servo
* "Woa, she's screaming her fingers off right now" - Crow
* "Well, maybe if they didn't disguise the planet as a Chicken McNugget, the dogs wouldn't attack it." - Crow
* "Who knew that Hall's vapor action could be so powerful?" - Servo
* "You know, we've become friends... good friends" - "Which is why I bring up my missing wallet" - Frank/Crow"

Riff Explained
"Rose and Valerie, screaming from the gallery" - Servo
Tom is quoting a line from the Beatles song, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", from the Abby Road LP.

"Scylla and Charybdis, actual footage" - Mike
Said when Frank is flanked by two rocks. This comes from book 12 of Homer's Odyssey. The monsters Scylla and Charybdis sit on opposite shores of the Strait of Messia, and destroy any ships that pass by. In The Odyssey, Odysseus must sail between these two monsters and steer carefully to avoid being killed by either,

Stuff and Nonsense
* Star, Dean Fredricks, was the lead in TV's "Steve Canyon" series in the 50's.

* Lt. White -The astronaut on the rescue mission who goes out and brings Frank into the space craft- was played by Mike Marshall. He's the son of this movies Director, William Marshall, as well as the father of French top Model Sarah Marshall.

Available on DVD: Collection Volume 8

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