Wednesday, August 27, 2014

906 - The Space Children

With Short: Century 21 Calling

First Broadcast - 5 pm Saturday, June 13th 1998
Excellence Level: Silver
Movie Pain: Medium - Dry "creepy kids" story
Riffing: Solid, good humor
Skits: Induced mostly smiles

Uncle Fester and Mr. Drysdale vs children under the influence of an alien blob:

Our Motion picture for the week is the dry tale of a space blob who uses children of Earth to sabotage a missile called the Thunderer.Amply stocked with several sitcom stars, like Russell Johnson (the Professor from Gilligan's Island) who plays a boozy jerk. The riffing doesn't always strike gold, but there are some really good quips about midway through the film. Crow, in particular, was shooting rockets. Those gags where he gives voice to the alien sent me to the moon.

And finally, we get a short during the sci-fi era. "Century 21" is set during Seattle's worlds fair. In it, a young couple run over the aged in their zeal to understand phones. It was soo sweet to have a short again (our last was way back in episode 702) and the guys get in several zingers-Crow sings a line from a "Hole" song... "Someday you will ache like I ache"- Ha, Ha. Despite a few spots where Mike and the bots say 'nothing', it's the short that elevates the experiment to a silver award.

Host Segments
Intro: Servo's kissing booth. Segment 1: Pearl installs a new phone system. Segment 2: Mike acts like the kid in the short. Segment 3: M&TB's play with a model rocket, Pearl has a real rocket and plans to launch Bobo into space. Segment 4: Crow introduces the Jackie Coogan fashion line. End: The blob from the movie shows up on the SOL, and Pearl launches her rocket but Bobo misses the flight. Stinger: The Professor, dead.

Notable Riffs
Century Riffs
"Well, I'm glad to know that the future has CONSTANT ORGAN MUSIC!" - Crow
"Just mow down the old people, that's fine, kids." - "Hey! Hey! We're young and perky; get the hell out of our way!" - Crow/Servo
"Don't examine your soul, JUST GET SPEED DIALING!" - Mike
"'How do animals learn?' Well, as long as they learn to taste good I don't really care." - Crow
"Come on, lets go grope that Eskimo!" - Servo
"Here you tell mom I'm pregnant." - Mike
"Yeah, how do you like it when the lawn piddles on you!" - Crow

Space Riffs
"Go find out what he put on his job application under 'Do you drink a lot?'" - Servo
"He has a real screen absence." - Mike
"Mike, I want you to call me 'Farciot Edouart' from now on." - "Okay ... Farcy." - Crow/Mike
"Remind me to never be a child." - Crow
"Would you mind having some sort of expression while I'm talking to you? It would make me feel better." - Mike
"Oh man, the old man's deaf to his own flatulence." - Mike
"Well this is it honey." - "The end of all hope and joy." - Dad/Mike
"Lets see, what else can I hate." - Crow as Ann
"Hi, we're the children of the damned you've heard about." - Mike
"He's going to use his coconut powered spanking machine on me!" - Crow as kid
"Moses! Oh sorry, wrong guy." - Crow as alien
"We brought you a nondescript B-actor just as you asked oh powerful jelly brain!" - Crow as Bud
"Kids, it's laying eggs in my chest, is that normal?" - Mike as Dad
"Tell her to put a sock in it? Okay blob." - Crow as Bud
"Knock, Knock, Knock!" - "Blob Police!" - Crow
"Can I borrow as cup of sand?"- Mike as neighbor lady
"Hey General I can draw Snuffy Smith, look." - Crow as Brewster
"I can't stop it, it has no brakes." - "Next time get a truck with brakes!" - Drivers/Mike
"You gonna answer your Fugsicle?" - Servo as Kids
"Clear the area." - "And if your area's not clear, see your doctor." - Crow
"I am crashing from a Pop Tart high." - Crow as Bud

Riff Explained
"Wow, there's a Silkie stuck in an oil slick" - Mike.
Silkies/Selkies or Sea Maidens are part of an Irish folk tale. It tells of the seal people, who can shed their sealskin and take human form. There is a movie based on this story called "The Secret Of Roan Inish"

"Quick, say a prayer to St. Blaise!" - Servo.
Martyred Bishop of Sebaste. It is said that he once performed a miraculous cure on a boy who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. St. Blaise then is often turned to when one suffers from a throat ailment. Riff is said when Bud's dad loses his voice.

Stuff and Nonsense
* Baby your a rich man... Bud Brewster was played by Michel Ray (born Michel de Carvalho), who retired from acting after performing in the movie, Lawrence of Arabia (Space Children was his 2nd to last film appearance). "Bud" was on the UKs Olympic ski team, married into the "Heineken" family and later inherited the company. This space child is now worth billions.

* This was the final film role for child actress Sandy Descher. She played 12 year old Eadie and is best known to sci-fi/horror fans as the catatonic child in the film "Them!"

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