Saturday, August 9, 2014

K02 - Revenge of the Mysterons From Mars

First Broadcast - 8 pm Thurs, Nov 24, 1988

This is another supermariantions compilation from the mind of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It's "Captain Scarlet", their follow up to Thunderbirds. The story involves a Cary Grant soundalike agent, who battles alien invaders called the Mysterons. The episodes used for this movie are... "Shadow of Fear", "Lunarville 7", "Crater 101" and "Dangerous Rendezvous".

A few thoughts: Interestingly you can see Joel's features and the color of his clothing when he first enters the theater. The gang interact with the movie, as if they were in the movie, several times: Servo pretends to get shot, an avalanche falls on the riffers, etc. Servo slips into a southern accent - this is one of several voices Josh tries out during these formative days. Other antics? Crow falls over (was he napping), Joel pours popcorn in Servo's head and later makes shadow puppets. Oh, and I was hoping SIG stood for “sweaty infected gnomes”.

Host Segments
Intro: Joel and Crow are frustrated about being up in space during Thanksgiving. There's some talk about the Macy's parade, whether an Underdog balloon receives residuals and a dig at Geraldo Rivera. Segment 1: Joel & Crow discuss Thanksgiving dinner (and Crow suggests eating "Turkey Crisp Cereal" for breakfast)- Servo acts as if they are playing a TV game show and offers up random answers. Segment 2: Joel and the (puppet) bots draw hand-turkeys. Crow's had radar, Gyps makes a strange fat, round turkey. Closing Segment: Thanksgiving dinner on the SOL.

Notable Riffs
A character from the movie mentions a gasoline tanker and Crow responds... "They’re going to get tanked" * “Somebody just made a putt” - Joel (when we see flashing radar screen) * “I personally don't believe that puppets shouldn't be on TV” - Servo (regarding the movie) * “You know there was an off switch, dumbo” - Crow (as man shoots computer. Joel finds this funny) * “He's going up to the Jetson's apartment” - Servo (as Cap. Scarlet floats) * “Radio range? Isn't that a kind of stove?” - Joel

Stuff and Nonsense
To honor their first two episodes; the Brains named the Mole people seen in Seasons 2 & 3, after Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Creators of Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

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