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Episode 212

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** Joel and the bots start the show with a kind of Today Show feel. They talk about the guests and segments that you would be seeing. For the invention exchange Joel shows off a few unusual Halloween costumes. Dr Forrester and Frank have their own costumes they made.

In 1971, an underground nuclear explosion was set of in the Aleutian islands. The effects of the blast could be felt all the way on Monster Island.
In Japan a young boy, Rokuro, plays on his water craft when the water starts bubbling willy-nilly. The ground is also shaking. The boy is rescued by his uncle Goro and his friend Hiroshi but all the water in the lake disappears underground.
The three head back to their home/lab. Upon arrival they notice the door is open. Two men are inside. After a brief struggle the intruders get away. Hiroshi hops in his car and takes off after them but they elude him. Back at the lab, nothing seems to be missing. Even the robot they were working on seems okay.
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The next day they continue working on the robot. They call it Jet Jaguar and he’s working great. Turns out the bad guys planted a listening device in the lab. They grab Rokuro (Hiroyuki Kawase) while he’s playing outside and use him to get back into the lab.

** Break
** The bots are inspired by the movie to come up with their own giant monsters. It quickly desolves into a game of one-upsmanship between them.

The bad guys knock out the good guys and take control of the lab. They are members of a race of people that live under the sea know as Seatopians. The nuclear tests have been destroying their world. It’s time for war against the earthlings. The Seatopians summon Megalon to attack everyone on the surface or a least Tokyo. The giant monster comes to life and flies away to wreck havoc.
Back at the lab, the bad guys take control of Jet Jaguar and make him fly off to the lake. Hiroshi is tied up at the lab while Goro and Rokuro are tied up inside a metal container of some sort on the back of a truck. At the lab, Hiroshi is able to get out of his bindings and get away from the bad guy. He drives off after his compatriots.
Back inside the container, Goro and Rokuro also get themselves untied. Apparently the bad guys can’t tie anyone up very well. The bad guy at the lab calls to warn everyone that Hiroshi has escaped. More Seatopians start to follow him around in his car. After a wild chase, Hiroshi is able to give them the slip.
Meanwhile Megalon arrives at the lake. The Seatopians use Jet Jaguar to guide him towards Tokyo. The Japanese military is called out to stop them.
The truck with Goro and Rokuro in it arrives at a dam. Their container is just about to be dumped into the river but Megalon shows up. So does Hiroshi. Megalon jumps into the reservoir causing a lot of water to breech the dam.

** Break
** Joel and the bots show clips of the chase sequence from the movie and call it, Rex Dart – Eskimo Spy.

Megalon crashes through the dam causing all sorts of destruction. The container slides off the truck and Megalon smacks it with his pointy hands. It flies over a hill and pops open as it crashes to the ground. Out tumble Goro and Rokuro.
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Hiroshi (Yutaka Hayashi) gets to them and our ragtag team is back together.
They quickly realize the Seatopians are controlling Jet Jaguar. Goro has a communicator that can help him regain control of Jet Jaguar but it can only be used when he is with in sight.
The military open fire on Megalon. They attack with everything they have but its no good. Megalon fires back and easily overwhelms them.
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He continues on towards Tokyo.
Goro (Katsuhiko Sasaki) convinces the military to let him try to gain control of Jet Jaguar so he can go and get Godzilla to help they. The plan works and JJ heads off to retrieve the big lizard. The military uses the airforce to continue the attack on Megalon again with no success. The Seatopians figure out what’s up and summon their own reinforcements, the monster Gigan.
Megalon begins to blast away at Tokyo, destroying legions of buildings. Hiroshi and Rokuro head into town and grab a model airplane from an evacuated store. They head back to the lab and use the toy to smash into the head of the bad guy that was still there.  Goro arrives forthwith and once again the team is back together. Jet Jaguar returns and has learned how to control himself. He let’s are heroes know that he found Godzilla then he flies away.

** Break
** Tom and Crow dress up as Orville Redenbacher and his grandson.
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Jet Jaguar tracks down Megalon. He lands and suddenly he grows to monster size. The fight is on, with each one getting the upper hand for while. Gigan arrives and now it’s two on one. Jet Jaguar is getting his ass handed to him when finally Godzilla bursts in. After some fighting Gigan and Megalon encircle JJ and lizard boy with fire. The good guys are able to break out. Now they’ve had it and they completely take control of the fight. They chase Gigan home before finishing off Megalon with a flying kick from Godzilla.
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With their foes vanguish, Godzilla heads back to Monster Island while Jet Jaguar shrinks back down to normal size and heads home with his awestruck human friends.

** Joel gives Crow and Tom some new arms. The Mads are busy playing a video game.

Katsuhiko Sasaki starred in three different Godzilla movies but as different characters in each one.
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Yutaka Hayashi appeared in many Japanese movies into the 1980’s.
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Hiroyuki Kawase also was in Godzilla vs the Smog Monster.
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Best Riffs

##  The Man who drove down Everest!
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## Meanwhile, BJ and the Bear go to Japan
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## I have come here to chew sushi and kick butt and I’m all out of sushi.
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Your right this is the wrong club for this hole.
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This is an average episode. Solid riffing and the movie us very silly.
3 out of 5.

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Episode 211

First Spaceship on Venus
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** Joel tries adjusting Tom’s sarcasm levels. He quickly has to change them back. For the invention exchange Joel made a starter junk drawer. The Mads can’t find their invention. They search through their own junk drawer and find Abe Vigoda.

A voice over explains that in 1985 an unusual object was found in the Gobi desert. It actually was a spool of extraterrestrial origin. Scientists believe it came from a spaceship that exploded before it could land on earth. The object seems to contain some sort if message. The scientists study it and try to decipher the message. They are sure of one thing, it came from Venus. They make efforts to contact Venus but are unsuccessful. It’s then decided to send a group of scientists to Venus to see what’s happening there.
The scientist all arrive at the launch site. Two of them, Brinkman and Sumiko, seem to have a little history between them. One of the scientists has built a small robot.
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After a little nap time the crew drive to the rocket with the entire ground crew waving goodbye to them. They board the ship and away they go.

** Break
** Tom and Crow make a robot that does nothing but spit out foam. It spits out so much it starts filling up the whole room.

The ship heads towards the moon and contacts Luna 3 on the surface. They have a little back and forth conversation and then it’s off to Venus. But first we get to watch nothing happen for a while. Everyone is just going about their duties. For some reason they all seem to be wearing pajamas now.
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Suddenly a meteor swarm causes the ship to start careening all over the place. Everyone is thrown about the cabin. One of the men smashes a glass dome and turns on the emergency gyroscope. Wow, that was close. One of the meteors damaged the ship’s brake pads or something. Got to go outside to fix it. They make the repairs and everything goes back to being boring.
A couple of the scientists on the ship keep working on trying to decipher the message from the artifact. Eventually they crack the code. It details a plan to invade the earth. The crew tries to contact earth but the signal can’t get through. They all decide to continue on to Venus.

** Break
** The bots start to play the old game show match game when a spaceship appears. It’s a gorilla and he’s not happy. Tom sings him a song to calm him down.

They reach Venus and establish an orbit. Luckily everyone is back in more suitable clothing. They need to find a landing site but can’t see anything due to clouds, so they send Brinkman out in a sort of helicopter thing. Unfortunately radio communication is blocked. He lands and starts exploring the surface with the little robot. Suddenly the helicopter thing blows up. Oh no, the Venusians are attacking. Brinkman high tails it out of there but falls into some kind of underground cavern. There are a bunch of tiny metal creatures bouncing around in it.
The main ship decides to land. Wouldn’t you know it they lasnd almost on top of Brinkman. Some of the crew start poking around the surface. They find the remnants of the copter and see it was sitting on a broken power line which caused it to blow up. Brinkman and the robot show up. He shows them one of the little bouncy things he found. The group does a little scouting and they find a large glowing ball and some other artifacts but no Venusians.
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The next day they do more exploring and run a bunch of tests. They determine something bad happened. Really bad. Time for more looking around.
They follow a large power line across the deformed landscape to some sort of operational building. They find an underground chamber filled with a bubbling substance which they explore further. One of the crew accidentally kicks a rock into the goo. The oozing mass starts to follow them. They try running up a spiral structure to get away but it no use. Just when it looks like the end, one of the scientist fires a weapon at the mess and it recedes all the way back. They scurrying out of there.

** Break
** It’s Klack festival theater time.
Joel and the bots present some very unusual holiday food ideas.

A sort of storm starts brewing up and some of the equipment seems to be working now. They head back to their little cars and head back to the ship.
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Back on board, its more study time. It appears as though the Venusians destroyed themselves in an atomic blast while preparing to invade the earth. When they shot the bubbling mass it restarted the same chain reaction that destroyed the Venusians. The radiation outside the ship starts increasing causing the controls to stop working. Two of the scientists go out and do something to reverse the chain reaction. One of them is injured and Brinkman goes to help. Suddenly the planets gravity reverses and starts to push the rocket off of Venus. They are forced to take off leaving the three men on the planet surface. Back on earth they tell everyone about their great adventure and what they learned.

** Crow kind of liked the movie. Joel is not so sure. Tom’s sarcasm gets out of hand and his head explodes.
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The cast was made up of mostly European born actors that never went on to appear in hardly any American made films. It was filmed in East Germany and released in 1960.

Best Riffs

# # I’m here, Steve. Hold me Steve, again.
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## We’ve secretly replaced their planet with Folger’s Crystals…
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## It’s the A-Team!
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# #  Well, this is the last of the bathroom tissue.
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This is not one of the better episodes. The movie is bad but kind of fun. The Riffs are a little flat. Not to many good ones. I give it 2 out of 5.