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107 - Robot Monster



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tonyp102 - 6 months ago
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Is Erhardt a man or a woman? I've never been quite sure about that.


Fuzzy Skinner - almost 5 years ago
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Is it me or, did that whole wedding thing seem to come out of nowhere?


Jeff Cox - over 5 years ago
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Dr. Erhardt sounds like a combination of Jay Leno and a gremlin...


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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They say this film stars nobody but I remember Gregory Moffett from the old George Reeves Superman TV show. ... in one episode...


Teri Gee - over 2 years ago
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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."


DJburris87 - almost 2 years ago
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Was that a baby alligator killing a lizard?


scrodsword - 2 months ago
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That...That's Willem Defoe's character from The Life Aquatic as the prof, right?


Iris - about 1 year ago
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I love this episode! The movie is so hilariously bad. But my favorite part is when Servo sneezes. I wonder if this is why Kevin's Servo suffers from hay fever.


Scooter Atreides - about 5 years ago
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Easily the best episode of season one.


Gregory Robert Dunn - about 4 years ago
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How could such a horrible movie be made for 12000?? That's a lot of money for the time!


Linda Televangelista - 8 months ago
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Not gonna lie, I love this movie.


NavySandman - about 1 year ago
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I remember watching this movie in the pre MST3K days. At least the riffing makes it tolerable...


Jane Sproul - about 2 years ago
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"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.


Funky The Monkey - over 1 year ago
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I rock aviators just like Joel, especially that one time during sex.
"Oh come on, Funky. Keep it PG here you dirty monkey, or do I have to throw cold water on you."
I think you exploded robots with a question too, Trixie? What was that question too?
"No no. That was Timmy Turner I think during that nerd meeting. Or was that me? It was so long ago in my childhood."
So have we figure out how bumblebees fly in physics yet?
"Have you took a science class in high school?"
I was a special ed kid and doodled allot then. So no those teachers never accepted me for those classes.
"I ether slept or read an action comic book during those classes myself. I'm as lost as you are there."


Gratuitous Lurking - over 1 year ago
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Feels kinda funny, seeing Ro-Man popping up everywhere in pop culture nowadays... I wonder if anyone would have even remembered this piece of meh if it wasn't for a guy and two robots stuck in space...


Alxndr Mysliwicz - over 1 year ago
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Yeah, J. ELVIS isn't funny. Child or not.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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How many movies used that alligator vs monitor-lizard footage? There's at least three just on MST.


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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.


Joseph Charles - over 1 year ago
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This movie out-Lynched David Lynch!


Keith Arndt - over 1 year ago
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ya know i think i saw the monster in this movie in a looney toons movie once, i think it was "looney toons back in action".


Slab Bulkhead - over 1 year ago
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Meanwhile, on episode 5.2 of the Venture Brothers (Venture LIbre): http://imgur.com/2MKjMaE


Ryan J. - over 5 years ago
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I've totally lost track of the Commando Cody storyline by this point.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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"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!


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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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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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


Kiki - almost 3 years ago
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Elmer Bernstein did the music for Robot Monster. Ghostbusters, The Magnificent Seven, and....this.


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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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.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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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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The lizard fight...oh boy...I always forget about that part. It's just so crazy.


Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago
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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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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. :/


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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The director of this film later tried to shoot himself in the head... but missed.


Sarahbean - about 4 years ago
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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!


Jane Sproul - almost 3 years ago
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"I'm surrounded by idiots of my own design."

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


Kyle Butler - over 3 years ago
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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


James GreyWolf - about 3 years ago
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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.


Skin Walker, Texas Skin Ranger - about 3 years ago
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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!


Low Budget
Donald Petkus - about 3 years ago
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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.


Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - about 3 years ago
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Seriously what the F*&@ is going on in this movie?! I love it, easily one of the worst things I've ever seen!


Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - about 3 years ago
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Joel.. God bless his heart for trying to find some spec of decency in this surreal piece of CRAP!


Thomas Hogan - almost 5 years ago
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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.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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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.


damabon - about 3 years ago
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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.


James Rice - over 3 years ago
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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.


Errol Bartels - about 3 years ago
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My god, this movie was SO BORING! Have something happen! The riffing was funny, but that's it. Why was this even made?


Jeremy423 - about 3 years ago
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I've always loved Daft Punk; but man!! this video was just weird.


David - over 3 years ago
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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!


Spunky
Donald Petkus - over 3 years ago
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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.


John Clease
Donald Petkus - over 3 years ago
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I like the alleged resemblance of Clayton Moore to John Clease the boys riffed on.


Morgan Zindzi T - about 4 years ago
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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!


Puma Man - over 5 years ago
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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?


Gal Dagon - about 5 years ago
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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?


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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I think Alice should have weighed her marriage options a little more.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Ram Chip moments - Bad Thing: Inane toy xylophone music and cruel treatment of animals. Good Thing: Alien Bubble machine.


Gal Dagon - about 5 years ago
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SNAZZY smoking jacket!