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Episode 110

Another Cody episode. But wait, the film brakes. Yeah!

Robot Holocaust (1986)
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The movie opens with…….um. Well I’m not sure what the hell is going on. There’s a group of people in a warehouse watching two guys fight. There’s some guy that is talking to a robot telepathically. There’s another robot with that looks like it has stalagtites hanging from its mouth watching all of this.

Ok, let’s start again.

Neo ( Norris Culf ) is from the waste lands. He comes to “New Terra” to try and recruit some people to confront the “Dark One” who is at the power station and controls New Terra. He gets a robot name Klyton ( J Buzz Von Ornsteiner ) to join him as well as Deeja ( Nadine Hartstein ).  A couple of the slave workers go with him as well  Deeja’s father, Jorn (  Michael Downend) was taken to the power station to be interrogated. Along the way Nyla ( Jennifer Delora ) and Kia ( Andrew Howarth ), a mute, are recruited into the troop. As the group proceeds they are forced to pass through a tunnel which is infested with……..ah hell they’re just sock puppets.

Sorry. Sorry. Back to the plot.

All this time Valaria ( Angelika Jager ), the Dark One’s enforcer has been watching them through a special crystal. She also has been leading the interrogation of Jorn. Jorn has invented a device that can break the Dark One’s control over the slaves but he refuses to talk. So the Dark One absorbs him. Or something, I’m not really sure.
Neo and his crew reach the power station and work they’re way past many traps. Valaria captures Deeja and brings her to the Dark One but he has tired of Valaria’s incompetence and sends her away. Neo finally kills the Dark One but Jorn is also killed. The slaves are all free and Neo returns to the wastelands.

Cast
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Norris Culf appeared in three movies. All of them in 1986.
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Nadine Hartstein appeared in two movies. Both in 1986.
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Andrew Howarth only appeared in this movie.
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Angelika Jager appeared in a tv mini-series in 1988 and this movie.
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Jennifer Delora became a prominent B movie star through the 1980’s and 90’s. She earned a PhD in Psychology and Hypnotherapy. After losing her hearing, she concentrated her efforts on teaching other deaf actors and working within the deaf community.
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Michael Downend is a screenwriter. This was his only acting role.
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J Buzz Von Ornsteiner appeared in a bunch of slasher films in the 80’s including “I was a Teenage TV Terroist” and “Slammer Girls.” He then left acting and studied psychology, where received a PhD. He is often referred to as Dr Buzz and makes regular tv appearances.

Alright, this movie is completely stupid but I loved watching it. It is very low budget and for some reason I usually will cut a movie like this some slack. My favorite thing is Valaria’s accent. All I could think of was Lili von Shtup from Blazing Saddles. It was worth watching just for that. Valaria’s costumes are also great.
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Jorn after he has been absorbed.
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The scary sock puppets.

Best riffs
# I guess it’s a wasteland if you don’t count that big city right behind you.
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# Do you think they shop at the same place Mad Max does?
# “Our number grows each day” …thanks to me.
# The Nuge has a saggy diaper that leaks!
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I give this one a 3 out of 5

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Episode 109

Project Moonbase (1953)

Two more Cody episodes to start. Yawn.

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It’s 1970 and the United States is planning on building bases on the moon. A reconnaissance mission is scheduled to photograph potential sites. Colonel Briteis (Donna Martell) and Major Moore (Ross Ford) are scheduled to make the flight. The third member of the crew is Doctor Wernher (Larry Johns). Unbeknownst to everyone he is an imposter sent by the “enemies of freedom” to destroy the space station the US has put in orbit. There is also the problem of Briteis and Moore who do not seem to like each other.
After an initial flight to the station the crew members leave for the mission around the moon. During the flight Major Moore begins to suspect the Doctor is a phony and tells the Colonel. Wernher attacks and in the ensuing battle the rockets are fired. After regaining control they are forced to land on the far side of the moon. Realizing they do not have enough fuel to get back the Major forces Wernher to help him set up a relay station on a mountain nearby so they can contact the space station. After setting it up, Wernher unfortunately falls to his death. Major Moore barely has enough oxygen to get back to the ship.
Having established communications, SPACOM decides to turn the landing site in to the first moon base. General Greene (Hayden Rorke) then has a talk with Major Moore. Since the two of them will have to stay on the moon for several weeks, he talks the Major into proposing to Colonel Briteis. Briteis accepts on one condition. She requests that Major Moore be promoted to Brigadier General so that he will outrank her. And with that they are married.

This movie really annoyed me. I’m not sure what it is. Maybe it was the blatant misogyny. The silly use of split screens.
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The moronic space outfits.
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Or the dumb way they called the Colonel “bright-eyes.” This movie is bad and its not even fun to watch. It was originally slated to be a tv show but when it was not picked up it was turned into this movie.

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Donna Martell made her film debut at 17 year’s old in 1947 in Apache Rose with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She continued acting into the 1960’s before she called it quits.
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Ross Ford went on to star in Reform School Girl in 1957 and guested on numerous tv shows.
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Hayden Rorke was best known as Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie in the 1960’s.
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Larry Johns appeared in many tv western’s in the 1950’s.

Best riffs
# They’re using Viewmaster technology.
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# Boy, walkin’ on the walls must be a big problem.
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# “We built this city of Spacom!”
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# It’s hard to take anyone in a flannel skull-cap seriously.
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# mmm juicy fruit
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There are some pretty good riffs here.
The whole bit on SPACOM is really good.
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The show is definitely improving from week to week but this movie just drives me crazy. As a result it brings this one down some.
I rate this a 2 out of 5

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Episode 108

The Slime People (1963)
Another Cody episode is up first.
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A pilot (Robert Hutton as Tom Gregory) tries to fly into Los Angeles when he encounters a huge amount of fog and has difficulty landing his plane. After landing he finds there is no one around. Everything is deserted. Suddenly a car pulls and convinces Tom to get in. In the car are Prof. Galbraith (Robert Burton) and his two daughters, Lisa (Susan Hart) and Bonnie (Judee Morton). They tell Tom about the Slime People that have come from underground and are responsible for the fog which has somehow solidified around Los Angeles. Virtually all the residents were evacuated. Tom works for a tv station so the four of them decide to go there for safety. When they arrive they get their first glimpse of the Slime People and they also hook up with a marine named Cal ( William Boyce ).
After a night’s sleep they head out to try and find the fog wall. The professor wants to try an experiment to see if they can break through. Along the way the pick up a writer named Tolliver (Les Tremayne) who is nonplussed about the Slime People. While searching for the wall the Slime People attack and everyone is forced to escape. Everyone is fully freaked out, even Tolliver. They are forced to stop and try to hide out but Tolliver is killed. Eventually they stumble across the fog making machine and destroy it. With the fog gone the Slime People all die and everyone is saved. Oh and of course Bonnie and Cal hook up as do Tom and Lisa.

              Robert Hutton 

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Do to a resemblance to Jimmy Stewart, Hutton was able to find roles that were originally slated for Stewart during World War II, when Stewart enlisted in the Army. Later Hutton worked in movies, TV shows and as a writer and director in England for several years.

                  Les Tremayne.

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Tremayne was heard on more than 40 shows a week on the radio during the 1930s and 1940s. He was once named one of the three most distinctive voices on American radio and was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

            Robert Burton

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Burton was a character actor for many years. He passed away before this movie was released. 

               Susan Hart

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Hart stared in many of the “beach movies” of the 1960’s including The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, Pajama Party, and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine.

William Boyce
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Boyce appeared in only 4 movies, this being the most well know.

         Judee Morton

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Morton did mostly tv shows into the 80’s before leaving to raise a family. She does some acting work today but is mainly a practicing psychotherapist in Los Angeles.

There is so much fog at times its hard to see what is going on.
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Some of the better riffs.

# Do you have a hall pass, Bonnie? I’ll have to shoot you if you don’t.

# She’s probably having the slime of her life.

# That Fog is Thicker than Grandma’s Moustache!
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# mmm – tastes like root beer barrels

# Give me back my gum!
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# Hi, I’m Goat Man…”

# Don’t point that goat at me! It might go off!

This movie really silly. The amount of fog is down right amazing. Lots of good jokes here as well.

I give this a 3 out of 5
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Episode 107

Two Commando Cody shorts start things off.

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Ro-Man is an evil moon robot sent to earth to destroy all of its inhabitants. He uses a death ray to kill everyone but an old scientist, his family and his assistant. They all have been given an experimental antibiotic serum which has made them immune to the death ray. Ro-Man’s leader, The Great Guidance, is still on the moon and tells him he must kill the remaining humans no matter what it takes. The humans contact Ro-Man and try to convince him to leave them in peace. Ro-Man refuses, then he kills the youngest daughter and the assistant but finds himself attracted to the older daughter and decides to spare her left. This angers The Great Guidance, who kills Ro-Man. He then unleashes dinosaurs and earthquakes on the earth.
Suddenly the scene changes. It turns out the whole thing was a dream the little boy had after falling and hitting his head. Everyone is okay in the end. Or are they?

George Nader (the assistant): This movie was to be his big break. He signed with Universal Studios and won a Golden Globe Award for “Most Promising Newcomer.” Be he mostly got supporting roles and was never able to get the staring roles.
Claudia Barrett (the older daughter): She appeared in numerous television shows through out the 40’s and 50’s including The Abbott and Costello Show, The Lone Ranger and The Jack Benny Program.
Selena Royle (the mother): She began her film career in 1932 and appeared in over thirty films until 1951. She was labeled a communist sympathizer and her carrer came to a halt. Though she cleared her name this was one of the last two films she every made.
John Mylong (the scientist): he appeared in over 160 films and tv shows, many in Germany.
George Barrows (Ro-Man): Barrows built the gorilla suit he used in the film.  He appeared in many films in the suit as well as out of it, sometimes performing stunt work.

This movie is down right bizarre. If you have never seen it you really should. It normally appears on critic’s lists of worst movies of all-time. Ro-Man is nothing more than a guy in a gorilla suit with a “space” helmet on. Much of the filming was done in Bronson Canyon in California. We will see this location in other episodes down the road.

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Ro-Man

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The last hope for humanity.

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Doing battle with Ro-Man

A couple of the better riffs:

# Hey! You two! My marriage license has expired! You’re not really married, come back!

# Here comes Rompin’ Rowdy Ro-Man.

# What’s so scary about an alien that looks like the mascot of a college football team?

# I think we’ve all ‘reported to the moon’ at one time or another.

By this episode everything about the show is really starting to gel. The riffs are good. The host segments are good.

I give this a 3 out of 5. The only reason I didn’t score it higher is because of the two Cody shorts. They are really boring.

George Nader

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Claudia Barrett

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Selena Royle

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John Mylong

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George Barrows
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Episode 106

The Crawling Hand (1963)
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Paul (Rod Lauren) , a young student, discovers a severed arm on a beach and decides to take it home as a souvenir. The arm is from an astronaut that died in a crash. Unbeknownst to Paul, an alien is in control of the arm and it attacks and kills his landlord (Arline Judge). The local sheriff (Alan Hale Jr.) suspects Paul is responsible. The alien gains control of Paul and forces him to start attacking people, including his girlfriend ( Sirry Steffen ). Meanwhile fingerprints at the murder site point to the dead astronaut which gets the attention of space officials (Peter Breck & Kent Taylor). They join the search for Paul. He and the arm are trapped at a junk yard. Feral cats attack the arm and start chewing on it. This causes Paul to come out of his trance. Paul and everything is back to normal and the arm is locked away for a trip back to space headquarters.

The Cast

Peter Breck starred in The Big Valley from 1965 to 1969
Kent Taylor appeared in many tv shows including The Rifleman, Tombstone Territory, Peter Gunn and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
Rod Lauren made appearances in Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C and was one-hit wonder with “If I Had a Girl” in 1960.
Alan Hale Jr. co-starred as the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island from 1964 to 1967.
Sirry Steffen is a former Miss Iceland and was as Mrs. Drysdale’s maid onThe Beverly Hillbillies
Arline Judge worked mostly in low-budget B-movies and was nicknamed “One-Take Sally.” She passed away a year after this movie was made at the age of 61

I enjoyed this episode. The movie is very silly. Peter Breck and Kent Taylor seem to know they are in a bad movie and are just mugging for the camera. Rod Lauren’s over acting is first-rate and the arm is not the least bit scary.

Here’s a few shots from the film.

Paul and his girlfriend find the arm on the beach

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The arm attacks the landlord.

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Paul fights with the arm.

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Under the control of the arm.

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The sheriff and the space officials search for Paul.

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Here are some the better riffs from the Joel and the bots.

##You spent a hard day loading bodies, and you got one more than you bargained for. It’s Miller time.

##Every time she gets a boyfriend, he crushes her windpipe.

##Dear Skipper: 
Why haven’t you sent help? 
Signed, The Castaways

##One Adam Twelve, see the appendage corner of Drugster and Main. Subject is arm and dangerous

##With an extra hand around the house, just think of the stuff I could do!

I give this a 3 out of 5

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               Allen Hale Jr

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            Peter Breck

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            Kent Taylor

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             Rod Lauren

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               Sirry Steffen

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            Arline Judge

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Episode 105

The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Another episode of Commando Cody. In this episode Cody….. never mind.

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A series of brides mysteriously collapse on their wedding day after receiving an orchid. The body is then secreted away by a Dr Lorenz (Bela Lugosi). Lorenz has infused the orchids with poison and causes the ladies to slip in to a state of suspended animation. He then brings the body to the basement laboratory of his isolated mansion. There he extracts the young ladies bodily fluids to inject into his vain and aged wife so she can retain her youth and beauty.

Patricia Hunter ( Luana Walters ) is a young journalist that discovers the unusual orchids.
She is instructed to seek out Lorenz since he is know to be an expert on orchids. On her way she gets a ride with a young doctor ( Tristram Coffin) on his way to Lorenz’s home. When they arrive, Lorenz and his wife ( Elizabeth Russell ) are not pleased to see her or interested in answering her questions. When a huge thunderstorm makes it impossible for her to return home she is forced to spend the night. While there she finds the basement lab. The next morning she hurries back to the newspaper’s offices.

Hunter, the doctor and her boss decide to stage a fake wedding to trap Lorenz but he out smarts them. He captures Hunter at the wedding and bring her to his lab so he can use her fluids for his wife. As he is getting ready he is stabbed by his servant women who blamed him for her sons death. He tries to strangle the women but dies. The servant mustered enough strength to stab Lorenz’s wife also. The police arrive and rescue the young reporter. The final scene had Miss Hunter marrying her doctor friend.

The cast
Bela Lugosi is one of Hollywood’s most famous horror film stars. His greatest role was staring in Dracula in 1931

Luana Walters played Superman’s biological mother Lara in a live-action show and also Superman Comes to Earth in 1948.

Tristram Coffin appeared in The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Cisco Kid and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

Elizabeth Russell appeared in many B-movie during the 1940’s

Lugosi at this point in his career was on the downward slide. Drug addiction was also having an affect on his acting. The rest of the cast is standard B-movie ability. There are a couple of things I do like here.

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These motorcycles the cops ride are pretty cool.

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Also this hat.

The show was good. You can tell that they were getting better and more comfortable with the format.

Some of the best riffs:
It ruins so many wedding nights when the bride dies.

He’s been injecting her with young and pretty. Now, he should start injecting her with smart and nice.

A midget in a stairwell. Can’t really get much shorter than.

Now I’ve got to go back here and talk to the Lion and the Witch. (Said as Lugosi hides in a wardrobe)

I give this a 2 out of 5

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           Bella Lugosi

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         Luana Walters

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        Tristram Coffin

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       Elizabeth Russell

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Episode 104

This is a bit of a strange episode. Let’s cover the plot first.

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A pair of ships are traveling through space returning to their home planet. The crew consists of humans and “Centaurians.” The humans are white actors and the Centaurians are all Asian. The Centaurians were rescued from their home planet after some unexplained event destroyed their world. One of the ships is hijacked by a some of the Centaurians and the ship crash-lands on a prehistoric planet in the “Solaris” system. The other ship goes back to look for survivors. Because the ship is traveling at near light speed by the time it reaches the planet all of the original crew members will have died and only their descendent will be left on the planet. After landing, a search party goes looking for survives. Meanwhile one of the Centaurians, Linda, leaves the ship and meets Tang, a descendant of the original crew. Tang and Linda fall in love and it is decided that they will be left on the planet to start a new colony of Centaurians. As the ship leaves it is revealed that the plant is Earth.

As far as the cast goes.
Wendell Corey (he was the admiral of the fleet) was in Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) and Loving You (1957) starring Elvis Presley among the several he ways in. He also was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in April 1965.
John Agar starred alongside John Wayne in the films Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.
Paul Gilbert appeared in numerous shows including Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
Merry Anders made many guest appearances through the years, including The Real McCoys, Perry Mason and Dragnet.
Stuart Margolin is best known for his role as Evelyn” Angel” Martin on The Rockford Files, for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama
Irene Tsu (Linda) after leaving acting was the Chief Operating Officer and head designer for her own leisure apparel company and is currently a realtor in Beverly Hills.

This movie is simply terrible but a blast to watch. From the cheesy look of the planet to the pointless dialogue it is some much fun.
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Here is a great example of the wonderful set design. Wow, you can just feel the tension. By the way, the guy in the suspenders slips and falls into the pool of “acid” they are crossing.
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A closer look at the poster.
Can’t say they didn’t warn you about the acid and the gigantic tarantula is about 1/4 that size.

This is listed as episode 104 but it definitely was not. The story seems to be that Best Brains, mst3k’s production company, was having trouble getting the rights to the movie and had to move this to a latter date but the production number never changed. This is actually the last show of season 1.

Clay and Lars Flesh Barn, from the invention exchange, is really funny. As is the Isaac Asimov Doomsday Device that Joel brings on the satellite. When it blows up it turns him and the bots into Asimovs complete with mutton chops. The is a far superior show to the first few episodes. Everything is much tighter and funnier.
I give this a 4 out of 5

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Wendell Corey

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John Agar
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Paul Gilbert
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Merry Anders
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Stuart Margolin
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Irene Tsu