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My Gamera Love Niche with MST3K

Updated on July 19, 2017

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

Or is it My Love Itch with MST3K?

As a MSTie, I've treated myself to the delicacies of each episode. Like a fine wine, they have their own special- let us say- flavor. For those of you who are a lowly novice, let me enlighten you on this show. As you'll see, it's at least three times as good as a Renaissance Festival, and half as painful as a root canal.

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Disclaimer. I wrote this article in a humorous style dedicated to the geniuses of MST3k. No offense is intended to anyone- living or dead. Or a vampire. Or even a zombie.

My Personal Story with This Show

It started with monster movies.

It all started when I used to watch monster movies with my family as a child in the sixties. It was a great weekend event. We gathered together in front of the black and white TV and watched movies like Frankenstein or The Giant Leeches. It didn't matter how good or bad the movie was, it was just fun.

I especially remember watching The Screaming Skull and getting in trouble because I kept saying to my little sister in a spooky voice, "The Screaming Skull is coming for you!" Aren't big sisters the best?

My Dad was a Geeky Guy

My Dad was kind of a geeky guy. He had subscriptions to Mad Magazine and Fangoria. We would fight over who got to see them first.It was hard to catch all your favorites before VHS, so when I grew up and Mystery Science Theater started, I was excited to see them again. I was even more pleased to hear them add wise-cracks to the dialogue. This show started at a time when I had just moved into my own studio apartment in New York City (I had always been sharing before). I bought my studio a new look with yellow flower sheer curtains and a new Indian style duvet set for my bed. I had a back apartment facing a beautiful urban courtyard with people's yards, flowers and trees.

As a teacher, I had the summer off and my TV treat was to watch reruns of Lost in Space and new shows of Mystery Science Theater.

Joel and Mike with the Bots

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What is MST3K?

Advanced beings may skip this section.

It is the brainchild of talented actors and writers. Starting out as a local show in Minnesota, it eventually got picked up for major distribution by Comedy Central and then the Sci Fi Channel and it continued to be a hit.

The basic premise is that two mad scientists send one of their institute's employees into outer space to conduct mind experiments on him by showing him bad D grade movies. To ease the pain, the employee builds robots that he can converse with and make his time up there more bearable. As they are forced to watch the movies, they quip and make fun of the action.

For a Character List, check below. In addition, you can find all of this and more detailed information about this TV show throughout the internet 'tubes'. Just type in a search engine - I am an idiot MST3K information.

The Big Burrito - The Ultimate Gamera Collection

MST3K Vs Gamera: Mystery Science Theater, Vol. XXI (Standard Edition)
MST3K Vs Gamera: Mystery Science Theater, Vol. XXI (Standard Edition)

Here's the entire series in one reasonably priced set. Rent out a couple of the movies on iTunes and if you like it, come back to this article and order your own personal set with all five movies here.

 

Character Sound-Off

  • SOL aka The Satellite of Love – The spaceship
  • Joel Robinson aka Joel Hodgson – janitor sent into space 1989-1994
  • Michael J. Nelson aka Michael J. Nelson – next janitor in space 1994-1999
  • Dr. Clayton Forrester aka Trace Beaulieu – The Mad Scientist
  • Pearl Forrester aka Mary Jo Pehl – Dr. Forrester’s mother
  • Dr. Laurence Erhardt aka Josh Weinstein – Dr. Forrester’s first assistant
  • TV’s Frank aka Frank Connif – Dr. Forrester’s second assistant
  • Crow T. Robot aka Trace Beaulieu then Bill Corbet – a wise cracking robot
  • Tom Servo aka Josh Weinstein then Kevin Murphy- a sarcastic robot with good singing capability
  • Gypsy aka Josh Weinstein and Jim Mallon – A female robot that runs the whole ship
  • Cambot aka Kevin Murphy- a robot that runs the camera

What ARE These Movies?

I am a big fan of Japanese Movies and Animation. There are the classics like The Seven Samurai and the magnificent animated films like Spirited Away. And then there's Gamera.

I love Gamera because he's a flying turtle that shoots fire. How can you not like something like that? In the first movie he is a bad guy, but in the remaining films, he is a friend to all children and wants to help humanity.

What makes this Turtle friend so easy to make fun of is that the creatures are obviously men in costumes. That gives comedians an opening to make fun of the films. But people need to remember that MST3K is an equal opportunity kidder. They make fun of American films as well. Just read the episode lists online and you'll see the dozens of films they've junked.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 and their take on the Gamera movies.

The mad scientists (called the MADS) tormented Joel by sending him Gamera movie after Gamera movie. Joel and the bots developed a love-hate relationship with the movies and did everything they could to have fun with the action. Their most valiant efforts were during the very looong fight scenes between our hero and his adversary.They also made some magical memorable songs about this Turtle.

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Behold- the SONGS of GAMERA!

My purpose here is to pay homage to a special group of MST3k melodies that are very, very close to my heart.The idea that these writers would take so much of their time and creativity to make songs about a Japanese Movie Monster Character was exciting. They could have just stuck with slapstick jokes for their show. But, as a musician, their song writing inspired me to be an avid fan and to reach for my own goals of producing my own CD.

One song reminds me of the Soup of the Evening, Beautiful Soup Song sung by the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland.The others are wonderful parodies of style genres and real life musicians like Michael Feinstein.

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The Gamera Song

Shows and Toys - Or is it Shoys and Tows?

You'll just have to go out and buy these you silly ninny! Here are some items to gorge yourself on.

Modern Gamera Trilogy - Worth It to See

Gamera Trilogy (Guardian of the Universe / Attack of the Legion / Revenge of Iris) [Blu-ray]
Gamera Trilogy (Guardian of the Universe / Attack of the Legion / Revenge of Iris) [Blu-ray]

This is a great series. A brand new take on the Gamera we know and love.

 

If you've gotten this far then hopefully I've entertained you and inspired you with my story. - Or you're waiting to give me a punishment. Please be gentle.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @lgOlson: I don't think it's on TV although there are a lot of places to either view it online or rent or purchase them. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Oh I used to watch this show all the time! Is is still on? Great to see this article, thanks!

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Grazie!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Dittos to what flycatcher said. A very fun read!

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: So glad my lens made it fun to learn about them. Start with the YouTube videos. I've found that there are certain groups of films that I like more than others. The fun is to search for the films they lampoon that tickle your funny bone the most.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @gina1209: I go through MST3K phases. I don't look at them for a while and then I rediscover them and watch as many as I can. Thanks for checking in.

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      I had no idea what MST3K was when I started reading, but love the sense of humour that comes through in your writing, so it was fun to learn a little bit - enough to make me want to follow up and learn more.

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      Gina Valley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I absolutely love MST3K!! I grew up watching it. My sister is also a huge fan and we still have MST nights. Oh so many wonderful memories. So dang funny.

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      Kim Milai 4 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Hope she enjoys it. My family thinks I disowned them I couldn't stop working on it.I did a gamera niche so there's plenty room for other mst3k niches! :)Your video producing sounds so cool. Kim

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I will forward to my sister, who is a huge fan of MST3K. I haven't thought of Gamera in ages. I worked in video production for many years and would have enjoyed doing post on the MST shows. A lot of creativity went into them and they hold up well.