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401 - Space Travelers



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Zeitgeist Meister - 2 months ago
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"Are you talking to me?" as Gregory Peck. That's an homage to an SCTV skit.


Cris Marko - over 4 years ago
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Probably my least favorite MST3K episode, simply because this movie is so boring and dull that even the riffs can't bring it to life.


I should really just relax.
Michael Watt - 5 months ago
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Now wait a minute...Our heroes are 5 months in to a 7 month mission, when Houston decides to bring them down. All of a sudden they only have 42 hours of Oxygen left. What gives ???? OK I know I shouldn't worry about how they eat or breathe...I'm going to just relax....like Joel does.


Klaatu - 8 months ago
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He was repairing the rocket and he shot himself.


Veklorr Vigorr - about 1 year ago
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So American International added some incidental music to the scene where the one wife was told her husband was dead. Didn't really work well for that scene.
"Soundtrack available on RSO records, or hit the 'Demo' button on any Casio keyboard."


Jaguar Wong Abides - over 1 year ago
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I just want to 2nd RevJoan ... Trace's Gregory Peck is amazing! It's worth the price of admission alone...


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - about 1 year ago
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The riffs during the wives saying goodbye to their astronauts...are perfection. This episode is a total sleeper


David Bowiescock - over 1 year ago
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1. Why RIchard Crenna no head explodey
2. Why RIchard Crenna no Rambo jokes. Col Troutmann? "John, we need you to singlehandedly refight 'nam", etc etc.


Ozzie Olin - about 2 years ago
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It's late at night and I can't get my brain to work for me: someone please remind me of the source of the little beeping ditty that Crow does at 27:31-ish. I'm pretty sure it's like a communicator ringing sound from a sci-fi franchise, but it's eluding me at the moment.


Rock Harris - over 1 year ago
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Totally derivative. I liked this movie much better when it was called Apollo 13.

Oh. Wait.....


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Gary Chismar - over 1 year ago
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One of the best Riffed movies of all time.


K.T. Robot - over 3 years ago
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Whew! How did Buzz pass the psychological testing to become an astronaut? What a babababy! Stoney should have shoved him in the opposite direction!


Thomas Mersman - over 3 years ago
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Interesting that IMDB has this movie titled "Marooned".


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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The vitamin pill, frozen dough, the tie clip, the nylon windbreaker, naugahyde, GIA technology, helicopters, planes, the styrofoam peanut, the bendy straw, margarine, Crest, fireworks and corn dogs are the only things listed that were actually advanced by space technology, right?


Jessica Jensen - over 4 years ago
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Has anyone else noticed that they use the same music in the opening credits of Pod People before the scene when they tell the women her husband died?


James Wolfe - almost 2 years ago
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Sounds like a Buchla synthesizer with the first sequencer.


DJburris87 - almost 2 years ago
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Yeah! Get out Gene!


RevJoan - over 5 years ago
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Crow does an awesome 'Peck'


Snuffy Wuffykiss - over 2 years ago
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A lot of negative commentary on this episode. I think its because the scenario in the film is a bit to real. Gene and the other astronauts face a life or death choice that is just plain discomforting to think about.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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I love, love, love the cardboard rocket sketch with the whistles, killer Peck, Fugitive trucker and modified NASA lingo. They even copied all the ash trays that were on the conference table.


Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 5 years ago
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0:10:03- Joel is slightly misquoting astronaut Alan Shepard, from his 1961 suborbital flight aboard Freedom 7.


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I read somewhere, can't remember where, that real astronauts wives were so upset by this movie it forced NASA to make some actual changes. The goodbye scene I imagine would be tough to take. The riffing in that scene some of the best ever though.


Brent Johnson - about 3 years ago
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OMFG!!! So, I've watched this a few times, one of my favs... and yet JUST today (11/18/14) I realized how much of this plot is GRAVITY with Sandra Bullock, right? I mean maybe not, but fun to dream up a conspiracy theory that the blockbuster with the amazing effects could have been inspired by this thing... Alfonso Cuarón sitting at his desk thinking - no one would ever remember or see "Space Travelers" again...


Robert Brown - almost 3 years ago
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This is one of my favorite eps, but I seem to be in a distinct minority.

The Dollaroid, the Patrick Buchanan hanky, the Killer Peck skit, the contemplation of maroonment...surely this is entertainment of high merit. Are you not entertained?

Sometimes I just don't get what other people dig about the show, or more accurately, what they don't dig about the show. And I wonder. I suppose it's my anthropological training manifesting itself.

Or perhaps its anxiety: I like this ep so much, I wonder if there's something wrong with me because other people who share my passion for this show do not. Am I missing something, or am I seeing something that isn't there?


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I love how Hackman's wife, in an attempt to comfort and calm him down, reads to him the letter she'll send to the president thanking him for trying to save the men.
"Honey, please calm down. Wanna hear what I've got so far for your eulogy?"


sigmund - over 3 years ago
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Where is John Forsythe in this movie? He has an uncredited part as "Olympus / President" but I don't see him.


Fredrick Stafford - almost 5 years ago
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Miller I love you, but you were wrong. This really is a BAD movie!


Julio - almost 3 years ago
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Near the beginning, mission control says something about "seca is go" and tom servo says "they got seka on this flight? chicka WOW"-- seka being an 80's porn star


Kimono Dragon - almost 3 years ago
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Opening scene when Joel gives Servo the $5 with his picture on it and Servo says, "What am I a clown? Do I amuse you in some fashion?" At the time, very current Joe Pesci Goodfellas reference. Loved it!


A Silhouette - about 3 years ago
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I wonder how many people havent noticed that the mads are saying "a dick" when they sneeze during their invention exchange


Alex Stefanic - almost 6 years ago
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The movie won an Academy Award for visual effects in '69. That makes it the only Oscar winning movie ever featured on MST3K.


Lewis Nitzberg STINKS! - about 3 years ago
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12:52 - Say YES to Yes!!! Roundabout! Awesome :)


Katie Green - over 3 years ago
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I have a feeling this is what “Avatar” is going to seem like in 40+ years...clearly this movie was all about the advanced special effects circa 1969...


Bob Smartypants Flores - over 3 years ago
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This is the first time I ever encountered MST. Stumbled upon it while I was channel surfing one day. Being a scifi/science geek I remember seeing Marooned as a kid and stopped to watch. Instantly I realized something weird was happening with the shadowy figures and smart-alecky wisecracks. Watched the last 20 minutes of this episode and I was hooked.


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I lose it every time I reach the host segment where they do an everything and the kitchen sink list of things that came from the space program and start naming random stuff that didn't.


Kimono Dragon - almost 5 years ago
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If anyone else thinks that at 12:21 Crow is doing an impression of the late, and truly great comedian Dennis Wolfberg, please let me know. I had to pause this and go to YouTube to watch a little Dennis Wolfberg...


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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"Come on, answer so I can make happy hour." I don't know why the drinking jokes for David Janssen's character, but they were funny.


Robert Ferguson - over 5 years ago
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This movie, ..... is like a visual enema.


A Lush Cocktail Rescue - about 4 years ago
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The meanest riffs are the funniest ones...

"We already told you; throw you out! Do you think we're joking? Do you think we're clowns? Are we amusing you?"

"Uh, to two of you, uh, good luck... to one of you... uh, goodbye."


Christine Osborne - over 3 years ago
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-sigh- I have to admit...I started weeping when they were saying goodbye to their wives. I must not have taken my meds today >->;


BEN P - almost 4 years ago
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I never get bored of the aaron spelling's house riffs


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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Well, I seem to be in the minority for liking this episode. Since no one else is adding riffs, of which there are many, I just added about 20 and they are just from the first half. I agree with Crow when he said 'This is cool!'


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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$50,000,000 huh? Well that covers the rocket fuel, now what about the rest?


Stereo Catz - about 4 years ago
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“If you have a husband in space press 1. If you have a dead husband in space press 2.” Not so fast!


SuperJaneEyre - about 4 years ago
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Not that they could have predicted how slang would evolve in the next century (or even that the show would become timeless), but, yikes, Joel's riff on the credit for DP Daniel Fapp "I could go for some fappjacks drizzled with butter right about" had some quite unfortunate word choice.


Jaguar Wong Abides - about 4 years ago
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Buzz needs a Prozac!


SuperJaneEyre - about 4 years ago
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37 minutes until a Space Oddity reference? That shows restraint!


Joseph Ewing - about 4 years ago
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My favorite part of this episode is when Joel is holding Crow's head as Crow speaks in the opening segment. There's something really cool about seeing Joel puppeteering Crow, or at least his head.


Elisa Farrington - over 4 years ago
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16:48 when Joel stands up and all three look to the right like the men on screen.


Robert Brown - about 4 years ago
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Baby Jessica? Oh, we're sending our love down the gravity well...


Austin Strong - over 4 years ago
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This movie makes the disasters that could and have happened in NASA's history of manned spaceflight just a little too real. Real enough to make me somewhat nauseous thinking about the actual disasters like this, but they just HAD to make it boring, too. If there was even a whiff of suspense in it maybe it would have been redeemable as a film, but as it stands its almost like an instructional video.


James Suiter - over 4 years ago
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Also in the minority. One of the best episodes and best riffing of Season 4. The riffing during the astronauts talking to their wives for the last time and every Gregory Peck riff, "My God! I just won Lotto, I quit! Woooo!" Classic.


Brad D - over 5 years ago
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While this film by itself is not as awful as many of the others riffed on the show, it still is a laugh riot. Crow's Peck impersonations kill me every time.


Kiri T. Unicorn - about 5 years ago
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01:10:25 Bye-bye, Jim. Say "hi" to Frank Poole for us...


TV's Jen - over 4 years ago
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Love the ending "Push the button, Frank." of this episode. I don't really know why.


Xterra's a midnight flyer - about 5 years ago
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I heard "the Woozle whose name was Peanut" in one of the host segments....either a Winnie the Pooh reference or a very obscure Jeff Dunham reference...keep in mind, Dunham was active back then too.


Graeme Cree - over 4 years ago
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The thing to keep in mind in understanding this movie is that the Apollo 11 footage won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1969. People were fascinated by Mission Control sequences and the whole idea of going to the moon. Not much actually happened in Apollo 11 either. They do a lot of Mission Control sequences, they get out, they walk around, they come back. That's it.

As a result, people were willing to watch a movie where you take those Mission Control sequences, add an all-star cast, and a life-threatening emergency. Mission Control stuff isn't interesting today because it's so familiar, but at the time it was.

This is actually one of the better experiments. A good MST3K episode doesn't need an action filled plot. Experiments like The Skydivers and Red Zone Cuba have shown that you can get laughs for the whole two hours doing Stream of Consciousness jokes. That's what a lot of the shorts are about.


Bronn K - over 4 years ago
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I'm in the minority on this, but I actually found this movie really appealing. For 1969, it's got a surprising awareness about space travel and NASA. They did a good job with the free fall scenes, which are never easy to shoot. And Hackman is good. Heck, I think the acting was pretty solid all around. I like that they didn't explain every little detail to the audience-like when Hackman got the giggles from hypoxia euphoria. It was well-aware how implausible a space rescue mission is, which is why the crew was still debating the relative merits of trying to fix the engines, which is equally ridiculous.


Xterra's a midnight flyer - about 5 years ago
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And I caught another reference during the third host segment-- Crow says something about "your ILM Skywalkers"...no prizes for guessing what they're talking about.


Chris Bennett - over 5 years ago
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We suggest you all start breathing in shifts


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 5 years ago
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Damn, this movie is disturbing.