Monday, September 1, 2014

Season 4: In the Groove


The season began on 6/6/92 and closed on 1/30/93. Mst3k was now at the top of its critical and popular peak. For me there are a few knockout experiments nestled within a bunch knotted in the middle groove, a league high 10 silver grades were awarded. As a result - of the seasons with 22 or more eps, year 4 contributed the fewest experiments to my top 50, with a meager 3 (though there are 4 honorable mentions). But one of those three, the final experiment of the season, left a huge mark on the fan community and gave us one of its most enduring characters. The goat man named Torgo!

MST in 1992
Turkey Day we got Dr. F feeding Frank a turkey for every movie shown. The marathon lasted for 30 and half hours with these 15 experiments - #415, 322, 401, 208, 403, 317, 402, 210, 321, 411, 404, 408, 320, 312, 416, This Is MST3K

The 23-minute special, "This is MST3K" premiers on November 14. Hosted by Penn Jillette, it takes a behind scenes look at the show and its fans.

MST Alive! Taking place a week after the airing of episode #405. The gang riffed on World Without End at the Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, for 2 showings on July 10th and 11th 1992.

Mary Jo Pehl joins the writing staff

Joel and the Bot host a weenie roast on the 4th of July on Comedy Central

What else was going on in 1992?
* Toronto Blue Jays become the first non-US team to win the World Series 
* President George H. W. Bush gets sick at a state dinner in Japan. Puking in the lap of Prime Mister Kiichi Miyazawa then fainting. USA! USA!
* Silence of the Lambs wins Best Picture at the 66th Academy Awards.
* September 27 – Brett Favre makes his first start for the –WOO HOO- Green Bay Packers!
* Kristi Yamaguchi wins Olympic gold in Ladies Singles Figure Skating
* 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts the Tonight Show for the last time. Ending a 30-year stint. 

My Top 10 Season 4 experiments (culled from my top 100)
1. Monster A-Go Go (#14)
2. Manos: The Hands of Fate (#17)
3. The Human Duplicators (#27)
4. Rebel Set (#55)
5. Bride of the Monster (#56)
6. Day the Earth Froze (#57)
7. The Magic Sword (#69)
8. Attack of the Giant Leeches (#71)
9. Crash of Moons (#87)
10. Hercules and the Captive Women (#91 

Award Breakdowns
Best in Show: 2 total
Monster A-Go Go, Manos
Platinum: 1 total
The Human Duplicators
Gold: 6 total
Day The Earth Froze, Rebel Set, Magic Sword, Giant Leeches, Bride of the Monster, Crash of Moons
Silver: 10 total
Killer Shrews, Gila Monster, Teenagers From Outer Space, Herc a/t Captive Women, Herc Unchained, Indestructible Man, Tormented, Manhunt in Space, Fire Maidens, Eye Creatures
Bronze: 3 total
Being From Another Planet, Space Travelers, Beatniks
Tin Foil: 1 total
City Limits
Sub Par: 1 total
Hercules and the Moonmen

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