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107 - Robot Monster



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Slab Bulkhead - 9 days ago

Meanwhile, on episode 5.2 of the Venture Brothers (Venture LIbre): http://imgur.com/2MKjMaE


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Why does Cody have the only rocket suit? A number of times it would have been very helpful if he'd made another one. Heck, he should be mass producing them.


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DJburris87 - 25 days ago

Was that a baby alligator killing a lizard?


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does anyone else think Joel looks kinda baked?


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Jane Sproul - 6 months ago

"You're too beautiful to be so smart or too smart to be so beautiful."

I feel like this should be the title of my dissertation on men's envy of women and its effects on culture.


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 6 months ago

Somehow i never saw this episode before. glad i finally did, now i know where Ro-Man comes from. I do like the Commando Cody shorts. they are like a window on a previous era of storytelling.


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The lizard fight...oh boy...I always forget about that part. It's just so crazy.


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Teri Gee - 8 months ago

What would be the stinger in this episode if they'd had them at this point? Probably something like, "To live like the human. To be like the human."


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Jane Sproul - about 1 year ago

"I'm surrounded by idiots of my own design."

It's okay, Joel. I think every parent feels that way sometimes.


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Robert Brown - about 1 year ago

I used to think this was one of the worst movies ever, but I think I've come to agree with Joel: though made on the cheap, by an amateur with an agenda, the movie is delightfully odd and playful (though the last reel is notably--and disturbingly--distatsteful), especially considered as a daft, superfluous allegory for the Holocaust.

Anyway. Still bad, but...an interesting kind of bad. Nothing nearly as execrable as...say..."Castle of Fu Manchu."


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Kiki - over 1 year ago

Elmer Bernstein did the music for Robot Monster. Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Seven, and....this.


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Skin Walker, Texas Skin Ranger - over 1 year ago

This was the first episode I ever saw. With no idea what MST3K was I searched for RoMo on youtube and found this. "Okay, whatever, the commentary seems nice too." Six years later I am on my third complete run through of every episode!


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Donald Petkus - over 1 year ago

It appears that they filmed outdoors because they had no money to rent lights. No real sets other than what Griffith Park and Bronson Cave could offer.


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Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - over 1 year ago

Seriously what the F*&@ is going on in this movie?! I love it, easily one of the worst things I've ever seen!


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Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - over 1 year ago

Joel.. God bless his heart for trying to find some spec of decency in this surreal piece of CRAP!


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James GreyWolf - over 1 year ago

I am sorry. Commando Cody is a little TOO much into that auto-eroticism. I mean, he is just twisting his nipples left and right. I am afraid that one day he is just going to twist those nipples right off.


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damabon - over 1 year ago

Oh Commander Cody You're the best, Nipple twist and Nipple twist and Weeeee

That Gorilla Alien with a helmet complete with tv antenna, would've put Jim Henson's Creature Shop to shame.


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Errol Bartels - over 1 year ago

My god, this movie was SO BORING! Have something happen! The riffing was funny, but that's it. Why was this even made?


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Jeremy423 - over 1 year ago

I've always loved Daft Punk; but man!! this video was just weird.


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David - over 1 year ago

I'm so glad I finally watched this episode. Now I recognize the clip used in the opening of the TV show Svengoolie :-)


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And last time I checked, wasn't the original movie of Robot Monster available as public domain in the Library of Congress and on Archive.org so what gives?


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The youtube link seems to have been flagged and is blocked from US viewing but at least the Vimeo one still works!


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Kyle Butler - over 1 year ago

Every movie or short from this era (commando cody era) the bad guys wanna take over the world...and yet somehow the world is the same thing as a single county and the entire human population is 2-4 over-explaining white guys, a few inept goons and 1 woman who does absolutely nothing to move the story along


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Donald Petkus - almost 2 years ago

Joan is quite the spunky, empowered woman. After parachuting from a crashing plane, she brushes herself off, and hitchhikes back to work. She looked like she enjoyed the parachuting. Makes up for her role as cook on the Rocketship.


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Donald Petkus - almost 2 years ago

I like the alleged resemblance of Clayton Moore to John Clease the boys riffed on.


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James Rice - about 2 years ago

I can't believe no one commented on the fact that if cody was doing such important work why his building has no flipping security.


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Dr. Despicable - about 2 years ago

I... I think that host segment at 01:17:00... affected me...


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Sarahbean - over 2 years ago

I love it how the bride is covered from head to toe and yet her fiancee can't seem to find a simple shirt anywhere!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

How much we have advanced in 15 years! We know how bumblebees fly nowadays. What can we do in the next 15 years?


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Gregory Robert Dunn - over 2 years ago

How could such a horrible movie be made for 12000?? That's a lot of money for the time!


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Morgan Zindzi T - over 2 years ago

08:33 I can't believe with all their ST:TOS references they missed the first four notes of the theme song. same rhythm and instrumentation even!


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

The director of this film later tried to shoot himself in the head... but missed.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

"What's the kid going to do with the hot-glue-gun?" Crow asks. They forget, Joel used the same prop similarly earlier in this very episode!


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

I think Alice should have weighed her marriage options a little more.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

How many movies used that alligator vs monitor-lizard footage? There's at least three just on MST.


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

They say this film stars nobody but I remember Gregory Moffett from the old George Reeves Superman TV show. ... in one episode...


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Stereo Catz - over 2 years ago

If the men you have now can't get you money, then use the money you don't have to hire someone who can get you money, for money.


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

Ram Chip moments - Bad Thing: Inane toy xylophone music and cruel treatment of animals. Good Thing: Alien Bubble machine.


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Jeez. The "plucky boy hero" in this movie manages is so damn worthy of a good kick in the little pants. I kept waiting for a giant fiery turtle to fly in and carry him away. No such luck, though. :/


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Dr. F: "Come in Joel-y, you pusillanimous poltroon!"
"Jolita, my little vacuum flower!"

Dr. E: "You anti-gravitational sewage leak!"

I had to go look up "pusillanimous." :o


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Fuzzy Skinner - about 3 years ago

Is it me or, did that whole wedding thing seem to come out of nowhere?


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Kimono Dragon - about 3 years ago

Normally the guys are quite good at hiding as they control Tom Servo and Crow. But at 49:00 you clearly see Kevin Murphy's head. Please comment if this is common, and I have just missed it all these years. (?)


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Thomas Hogan - over 3 years ago

Unlike most other commenting misties I have seen, I quite enjoy opening up an episode and seeing 2 parts of "Commando Cody" listed as the short.
Please laugh this if you agree.


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Scooter Atreides - over 3 years ago

Easily the best episode of season one.


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

He has a friend (the scientist) who gets into more fistfights and is frankly better at it. He has a ridiculous looking nemesis, with thugs as his sidekicks. He flies like a spaz. He is, quite frankly, in over his head.

Is Cody an early precursor to the Pumaman?


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

SNAZZY smoking jacket!


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Puma Man - over 3 years ago

Why doesn't this episode get any love? Sure, Commando Cody has gotten beyond stale by this time, but the feature is funny even without the riffing (which is pretty spot on for a Season 1 episode). Plus, what beats a scenic picnic with a guy in a combo gorilla/astronaut suit?


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Ryan J. - almost 4 years ago

I've totally lost track of the Commando Cody storyline by this point.


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Jeff Cox - about 4 years ago

Dr. Erhardt sounds like a combination of Jay Leno and a gremlin...