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612 - The Starfighters



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Stefan - 14 days ago

This episode is really funny! I like how the guys slow their pace down to match the super slow pace of the film. "Oh, that's a great scene."


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Clay Davis - 3 months ago

Don't poop in your hand, poop in your poopy suit!


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Snuffy Wuffykiss - 4 months ago

Wow... Something.... Almost...... Happened.......


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Teri Gee - 5 months ago

There are episodes that I love and I know why. There are episodes I don't like and I know why.

Then, there are episodes like this. I love it. I really do. ...but I don't know why. The Girl in Gold Boots is another that I love and I don't know why.


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Matthew Boyle - 5 months ago

at around 15:40, maybe the reason the other NATO countries keep calling is because the f 104 sucks and they just want to make sure that it's not anything they're doing wrong, it's just the plane


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Matthew Boyle - 5 months ago

and the lord said "go forth and refuel"


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Alex C. - 7 months ago

I've come to a conclusion: this movie was a subtle yet damning critique of the AIr Force and the F-104 in particular. It boldly declared: There is nothing interesting about joining the Air Force! These F-104s are a massive waste of taxpayer money!


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Mitchell - 7 months ago

Tom and Crow's refueling maneuver is.... uh.... troubling.


BOLD !
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Mitchell - 7 months ago

Good point. Why are 99% of bar-b-que sauces made for wimpy girly men?


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Mitchell - 7 months ago

Great flashback to the early (ish) days of the internet!


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Aquabreeze - 8 months ago

That Servo Academy acapella piece was lovely. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for acapella choral music but I found myself enjoying it unironically.


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Krankor - 12 months ago

Well hello dere, I is da Kingfish !


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Joseph Hogin - 12 months ago

Decidedly un-bold.


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Jane Sproul - 12 months ago

I hate puns, but it's pretty ridiculous to see an Air Force pilot with a helicopter parent.


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Knox Harrington - about 1 year ago

My favorite of the many, many sexual innuendos related to the endless refueling scenes was "I think he has whiskey jet."


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Chad Snyder - over 1 year ago

Maybe the director of The Starfighters saw an early cut of Dr. Strangelove and thought there wasn't enough phallic/coital imagery... I got a fever, and the only prescription is more refueling!


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Chad Snyder - over 1 year ago

Still more emotionally sincere than Top Gun.


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Chad Snyder - over 1 year ago

Aerial refueling interruptus.


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k.t.robot - over 1 year ago

Just out of curiosity, when did Japan join NATO?:)


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Scott A. Taylor - over 1 year ago

Love the Ricochet Bold sauce gag .. that's some funny shit!


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Scott A. Taylor - over 1 year ago

I love it when Crow is talking about his computers' specs. I so remember those days when you could proudly tell everyone who'd listen that you had 32 megs of RAM .. which at the time seemed like enough to launch a satellite. Wonder what ever happened to my old Pentium II?? .. Dunno .. I don't miss it cos I have an awesome Mac Pro these days with 32 GIG's of RAM!!! And in 5 years that'll seem as lame as 32 megs seems today :P


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Roe Walker - over 1 year ago

Apparently the Starfighter (the plane) had such a negative reputation in West Germany that it was a joke there that the cheapest way to get a Starfighter was to buy a small plot of land and then wait.


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Oh come on! This was available yesterday. WTF.


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I'm less than 5 minutes into the movie and I'm already about to punch somebody because of these refueling scenes.


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The humanity - over 1 year ago

Man, the stats for Crow's computer...


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Peter Trinidad Niederbrach - over 1 year ago

The movie that boldly dares to end every conflict with a whimper!


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Stefan - over 1 year ago

Who was the target audience for this movie? Air force pilots? I can't imagine anyone else wanting to watch this. Come to think of it, I can't imagine air force pilots wanting to watch this.


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B RYE the MST3K Guy - over 1 year ago

jets take off in distance Mike in soft voice "i think the East German jumpers are cheating again"


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Alyssa Transitoria - almost 2 years ago

I always feel incredibly filthy watching Crow and Tom reenact the refueling scene...even Tom does a little embarassed/aroused cough. I think the really atrocious movies often have the best segments and the riffin g has so much more room to get up and stretch its legs...one of my faves.


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Jay Michael - almost 2 years ago

Oddly I actually enjoy this movie....it has a Jarmuschian feel to it....
I've always been know to enjoy "boring" movies....this one is terrible....but I've watched it without riffing and had an odd enjoyment :-/


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K.T. Robot - almost 2 years ago

I just have to say it again--I LOVE this movie! Great riffing and exceptional host segments. Love, love love!


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Pat Moffit - almost 2 years ago

MAMMY


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Sean Barry - almost 2 years ago

Whenever I see people in military uniforms, I get just out of sight and holler at them, "A JELLY DOUGHNUT!?!?!?"


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William Johnson - almost 2 years ago

I asked my best friend's dad, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force, about the Starfighters and he said they sucked.

I read up on them as well. One website (not sure which one so I can't give credit) said pilots nicknamed the starfighter planes the 'Widowmakers' because of crashes/deaths/etc.


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K.T. Robot - almost 2 years ago

I just love the United Servo Academy segment. Its just too precious!


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Crow finally got revenge for Mike ripping up his underoos in Radar Secret Service.


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Crypto Dentist - about 2 years ago

Wait, okay, I got it: the conflict, the climax of the film, was that there was almost a conflict and plot, but then nothing happened, so the conflict was resolved. That may be a paradox.


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Stephen A Nathe - about 2 years ago

Poopy Suit!!!
"It's Poopy Suit Day!"


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Stephen A Nathe - about 2 years ago

better soundtrack than kenny loggins


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Stephen A Nathe - about 2 years ago

i was mislead thinking it was something in the same breath as Space Mutiny.

but the Servo choir was beautiful...


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Huh, so I guess this must be what military hardware fetishists "cleaned their rifles" to before Call of Duty existed. Aaaahh, sweet, sweet jingoism...


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K.T. Robot - about 2 years ago

Hey, don't look down on corn detasseling. The pay was excellent for a high school kid. Just a few weeks out of summer vacation, and you never had to ask dad for an allowance advance.


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Sometimes, when re-watching this, I start to worry that my barbecue sauce just might not be... bold enough.

Also, I notice that the Air Force uniform certainly has a slimming effect on Tom Servo (pl.).


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Mike McCain - about 2 years ago

I look up and I see... Crow felching Servo


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Bruce Box-Liker - over 2 years ago

"What's the matter? You look like an astronaut who didn't get selected to go into orbit!"

This is the movie's subtle way of establishing "AIR FORCE! AIR FORCE, AIR FORCE, AIR FORCE! THEY FLY!"


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Sean Stewart - over 2 years ago

There is no known an-tee-dote for new Extree Bold Cowboy Mike's Own Original Red Hot RICOSHEEEEEYYY Bar B Que Sauce!


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Elisa Farrington - over 2 years ago

This is a good episode to have on while you're doing something else... you don't have to see it all. I was surprised though when it seemed Mike was reading the letter too soon... the pilots had just left for Europe where the action was sure to happen to make for a dramatic ending...! I was genuinely surprised... what a boring ending. The music was great though... have a listen while you Photoshop!


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Bruce Ellsworth Reed - over 2 years ago

I discovered the plot for this movie! It's one big 80 minute commercial for the Starfighter 104!


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Mike Carmona - over 2 years ago

The boring car scene in the beginning is strangely similar to the one in The Skydivers, where that Joe guy first comes to town.


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Mr. Beardsley - over 2 years ago

This is the only MST3K-ed movie I've seen that is a legitimate struggle to sit through.


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Joe Hogin - over 2 years ago

Decidedly un-bold :)


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bahhhhhhhhh da da dahhhhhhhhhh....


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Notice that the movie conveniently glances over the fact that the Lockheed F-104 "Starfighter" was an unreliable, problematic POS of a fighter with an abysmal safety record...let's face it MSTies, they were PRETTY damned lucky that these didn't just fall out of the sky while filming.


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Leslie Doesn't Get You - almost 3 years ago

The congressman's voice gives me the willies. It's so smarmy. It reminds me of someone but I can't place it. It's sort of a nasal Jack Nicholson, but I think there's someone else it sounds like. Anyone?


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Andrew Jones - almost 3 years ago

This was the first MST3K I saw, it was on the tv in the dorm basement where I was waiting for my roommate to get done schlupping his date. I recall being a bit confused as to what was going on and falling asleep several times during the endless refueling scenes. Fortunately I was a little interested and later was trading bootleg music with a guy who also had MST3K tapes who hooked me up. I like it as a n episode, some sharp sharp riffs and the singing and such but there is so little to work with even the boys can't keep it from putting me to sleep in the third act.


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Jenica Burgos - almost 3 years ago

Maybe I'm a bad person, but this is one of my favorites. The impotency jokes, the corn detassling, the crunchy hair, the huge horrifying faces. I love it all. Remember: "We're not here to admire this plane!"


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Fancy Pantserton - almost 3 years ago

The F-104 kinda sorta reminds me of the Bell X-1...actually, I think they featured it in The Right Stuff. The way the movie presented it, it was like Yeager sorta just showed up at a base, eyed the F-104, and asked Ridley "Hey Ridley? You got any beeman's?"...Beeman's being lichorice chewing gum...the idea was Yeager says, hey, got any? Ridley says yeah, think I do, then Yeager says loan me some. I'll pay yuh back later, and Ridley says fair enough...but nevermind right stuff subtext. Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X-1. The movie showed him scoffing recruiters for the mercury program, then later showed him looking at the moon wistfully. It then showed him taking the starfighter up, and up, and up further. He took it up so far the intakes couldn't breath anymore, and apparently the starfighter has something to deal with that, which Yeager switched on...I don't recall what went wrong precisely, but something did, and eventually Yeager had to bail out. The bail out involved a fire inside his helmet...actually, this may also have to do with right stuff subtext, on reflection...


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Jerome Montgomery II - almost 3 years ago

A lame version of Top Gun


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Fredrick Stafford - almost 3 years ago

The producers knew once the word got out on this catastrophe they were in big trouble, so for the foreign version release they quickly retitled it, “Poopie-Suit Pool Party!”


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Slappy Loon - almost 3 years ago

This wasn't the worst movie ever (that would be Beast of Yucca Flats) but this one wasn't entertaining in its badness, it was just bad with no entertainment value whatsoever. Not even Mike and the Bots could save it.


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

I enjoy a movie with no plot.


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

43:00 Major Nelson. HA!


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Stereo Catz - about 3 years ago

What this movie doesn’t tell you is the f-104 Starfighter is a piece of crap.


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We lsot this episode, and the Servo Academy song with it.


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Terry Canaan - about 3 years ago

IT'S BOLD!


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Fancy Pantserton - about 3 years ago

...and, incidentally, "cordite" is the name given to a series of smokeless gun powders starting with a formulation invented in the UK near the end of the 19th century, beginning with attempts to balance nitrocellulose with nitroglycerin


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Scooter Atreides - about 3 years ago

This was always my second least favorite MST3K episode....However, I just re-watched what was my very least favorite episode: San Francisco International. Surprisingly, I loved it! So I figured it was only fair to give this one another shot, too....Perhaps I'll surprise myself again! :)

PS: It's not that I ever thought either of these episodes was "bad"--the films just seemed too dull to effectively riff on....there are only so many jokes one can make about how boring something is.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - about 3 years ago

How DID the 'bots strip off Mike's boxers? It's an interesting topological puzzle...


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Crow mentions that his sportscar (back then) of a computer has a Sound Blaster 16 and a 4x speed CD drive....plus a 90MHz Pentium. What, no MMX? :-P


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This actually contains a bizarre variation on the invention exchange...Forrester & Co.'s cranial ports and Mike and Co's "Cowboy Mike's Own Original RICOCHEEEEEEEET!!!! Barbeque Sauce!"


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Kelly Slane - over 3 years ago

Seriously, what IS with the music in this movie?


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John Harms - over 3 years ago

Also, is "Refueling" the next chapter of "Deep Hurting" and "Rock Climbing"?


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John Harms - over 3 years ago

Boy, if only they included some drama in this movie, there might be a story...


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Bruce Box-Liker - over 3 years ago

Have you ever known one of those guys who is super into flying and just believes that airplanes are just so intrinsically fascinating that he will tell you the model of every plane that passes by, no matter now little it means to you? This movie must have been made by such a person.


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Classicats - over 3 years ago

"Cowboy Mike's own original red hot Ricocheeeee- *pew pew pew* -eeeey barbecue sauce!"
I love this skit, despite the fact that I have no idea what it has to do with the movie. Or maybe, because of that.


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Kiri T. Unicorn - over 3 years ago

All these guys with jets- every one a superhero, every one a Captain Kirk...
They really need a giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle to shoot at.


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Adam Marinello - over 3 years ago

Now the unavoidable question: was it better than Top Gun?


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Childe Harold - over 3 years ago

This episode is making me blush!


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Big McLargehuge - over 3 years ago

RIC-O-CHEEEEEEET!!! It kills me every time.


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NS - over 3 years ago

Now that I've seen every episode of MST3K, I can say unequivocally that this one is the sexiest.


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Gal Dagon - over 3 years ago

I wanted to quote one of the riffs from the refueling scene, but couldn't pick just one.


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stegan o'graphic - over 3 years ago

kevin murphy's musical riffs really make the later seasons shine.


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Zap R. - over 3 years ago

I think this was about an old guy trying to dodge another old dudes calls before answering machines were invented.


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Gosh, I love that bit about the 'information super highway'. Brings back memories of bits of DOS and dial up that were absolutely perplexing.


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Iris - almost 4 years ago

"Soooo, what was Starfighters about?". Umm, uh...jets refueling?


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Neil Connery - almost 4 years ago

This one kicks some serious ass... perfect example of mst3k's alchemical skills... talk about turning crap into gold.


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Mary McDowell - almost 4 years ago

Watch just for Servo's song. The riff sin this one are terrific


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Alex Stefanic - almost 4 years ago

So....much....nothing...


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NS - almost 4 years ago

I /thought/ I saw something resembling a plot, in between the second and third refueling montages. Probably a mirage.


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Shannon Kerr - about 4 years ago

Where was the movie part of the movie?