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612 - The Starfighters



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Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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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


Crash Junkyard - 2 days ago
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I half expected more riffs about using the wings as a deli slicer. Maybe the ground crews did?? LOL

From wiki "The wing's leading edges were so thin (.016 in, 0.41 mm) that they presented a cut hazard to ground crews: protective guards had to be installed on the wing-tips during ground operations maintenance."


Teri Gee - about 2 years ago
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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.


Aquabreeze - over 2 years ago
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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.


Crash Junkyard - 2 days ago
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Refueling is always funs with the show but I kept waiting for the 1-800 numbers to go up on the screen to encourage us to order one plane and get one free like from Ronco. If its not trying to drum up sales for the plane maybe its trying to get those speedy young Beach Boys guys in the 60s turned away from there Little Deuce Coupes and interested in this faster cockpit instead??


S.A. Nathe - over 1 year ago
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32 megs of RAM....much better than our first PC, it only had 8


TheTwick - 9 months ago
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Sorry. Couldn't make it past 30:00. I don't think this can even be classed as a movie - it's just a badly made Air Force recruiting film made of stock footage and badly acted filler. I admit I was mesmerized by the mid-air refueling sequences (thanks to the boys' double entendres )


Was there a plot?
Klaatu - 20 days ago
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The 'plot' if you can call it that, was the weakest, thinnest, go-nowhere P.O.S.


Mitchell - about 2 years ago
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Tom and Crow's refueling maneuver is.... uh.... troubling.


SaturnHex - 6 months ago
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Some of the best host segments ever


FedoraMark - 7 months ago
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This is probably the worst movie they ever riffed.


Klaatu - 7 months ago
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Very boring movie...nothing happened!


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it doesn't have enough plot to be a movie movie and it doesn't have enough information to be a training film. what is it?


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Iris - 12 months ago
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Something about tonight drew me to this episode. Maybe it's how their fighting against those stinking commies! Or maybe I'm trying accept how the not too distant future might look like. I'm facing my fear with humour ( is that how you spell it in Canada?) 😉


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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!


Veklorr Vigorr - 10 months ago
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Almost didn't make it through this one. Yikes. The riffs do get better in the second half, but overall, not a good one.


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TV's Frank doing the junky shuffle while waiting to see if the BBQ sauce is bold.


Leave Robert Denby Alone! - about 1 year ago
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Yeah, there's plenty of girls around here...'
'Oh, that's good, cause I -'
'SHUT UP!!'


Zeitgeist Meister - about 1 year ago
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1:17:38 -- Sounds like he's being rescued by Jackie Gleason.


Scott A. Taylor - about 3 years ago
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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


Kiri T. Unicorn - almost 5 years ago
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How DID the 'bots strip off Mike's boxers? It's an interesting topological puzzle...


Stefan - over 3 years ago
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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.


K.T. Robot - over 3 years ago
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I just love the United Servo Academy segment. Its just too precious!


Crypto Dentist - over 3 years ago
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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.


Terry Canaan - almost 5 years ago
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IT'S BOLD!


Kelly Slane - about 5 years ago
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Seriously, what IS with the music in this movie?


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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Also, is "Refueling" the next chapter of "Deep Hurting" and "Rock Climbing"?


BOLD !
Mitchell - about 2 years ago
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Good point. Why are 99% of bar-b-que sauces made for wimpy girly men?


Muffin - over 1 year ago
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Starfighters for the WiT only two days after Neptune Men... Get out the bbq sauce, here comes another load of stock footage.


Classicats - about 5 years ago
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"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.


Bruce Box-Liker - about 5 years ago
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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.


Bruce Ellsworth Reed - about 4 years ago
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I discovered the plot for this movie! It's one big 80 minute commercial for the Starfighter 104!


Roe Walker - over 3 years ago
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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.


Stefan - over 1 year ago
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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."


Clay Davis - almost 2 years ago
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Don't poop in your hand, poop in your poopy suit!


Snuffy Wuffykiss - about 2 years ago
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Wow... Something.... Almost...... Happened.......


Jane Sproul - over 2 years ago
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I hate puns, but it's pretty ridiculous to see an Air Force pilot with a helicopter parent.


Matthew Boyle - about 2 years ago
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and the lord said "go forth and refuel"


Neil Connery - over 5 years ago
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This one kicks some serious ass... perfect example of mst3k's alchemical skills... talk about turning crap into gold.


LOL!
Mitchell - about 2 years ago
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Great flashback to the early (ish) days of the internet!


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 4 years ago
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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?


Chad Snyder - almost 3 years ago
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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!


k.t.robot - about 3 years ago
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Just out of curiosity, when did Japan join NATO?:)


Jerome Montgomery II - over 4 years ago
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A lame version of Top Gun


Jenica Burgos - over 4 years ago
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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!"


Andrew Jones - over 4 years ago
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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.


Krankor - over 2 years ago
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Well hello dere, I is da Kingfish !


Joseph Hogin - over 2 years ago
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Decidedly un-bold.


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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Poopy Suit!!!
"It's Poopy Suit Day!"


William Johnson - over 3 years ago
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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.


K.T. Robot - almost 4 years ago
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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.


Pat Moffit - over 3 years ago
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MAMMY


Knox Harrington - almost 3 years ago
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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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Huh, so I guess this must be what military hardware fetishists "cleaned their rifles" to before Call of Duty existed. Aaaahh, sweet, sweet jingoism...


Chad Snyder - about 3 years ago
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Still more emotionally sincere than Top Gun.


Chad Snyder - about 3 years ago
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Aerial refueling interruptus.


Mr. Beardsley - over 4 years ago
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This is the only MST3K-ed movie I've seen that is a legitimate struggle to sit through.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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What this movie doesn’t tell you is the f-104 Starfighter is a piece of crap.


Mike McCain - almost 4 years ago
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I look up and I see... Crow felching Servo


The humanity - over 3 years ago
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Man, the stats for Crow's computer...


Scott A. Taylor - about 3 years ago
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Love the Ricochet Bold sauce gag .. that's some funny shit!


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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.


Elisa Farrington - about 4 years ago
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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!


Peter Trinidad Niederbrach - over 3 years ago
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The movie that boldly dares to end every conflict with a whimper!


B RYE the MST3K Guy - over 3 years ago
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jets take off in distance Mike in soft voice "i think the East German jumpers are cheating again"


Alyssa Who Will Not Be Named - over 3 years ago
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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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bahhhhhhhhh da da dahhhhhhhhhh....


Bruce Box-Liker - about 4 years ago
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"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!"


Jay Michael - over 3 years ago
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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 :-/


K.T. Robot - over 3 years ago
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I just have to say it again--I LOVE this movie! Great riffing and exceptional host segments. Love, love love!


Sean Barry - over 3 years ago
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Whenever I see people in military uniforms, I get just out of sight and holler at them, "A JELLY DOUGHNUT!?!?!?"


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


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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better soundtrack than kenny loggins


Stephen A Nathe - over 3 years ago
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i was mislead thinking it was something in the same breath as Space Mutiny.

but the Servo choir was beautiful...


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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.


Shannon Kerr - over 5 years ago
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Where was the movie part of the movie?


Iris - over 5 years ago
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"Soooo, what was Starfighters about?". Umm, uh...jets refueling?


Kiri T. Unicorn - about 5 years ago
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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.


Any Which Way Aileen Smithee Can - almost 4 years ago
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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.).


NS - over 5 years ago
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I /thought/ I saw something resembling a plot, in between the second and third refueling montages. Probably a mirage.


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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.


Sean Stewart - about 4 years ago
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There is no known an-tee-dote for new Extree Bold Cowboy Mike's Own Original Red Hot RICOSHEEEEEYYY Bar B Que Sauce!


Fancy Pantserton - over 4 years ago
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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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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


Scooter Atreides - almost 5 years ago
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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.


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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I enjoy a movie with no plot.


Mike Carmona - over 4 years ago
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The boring car scene in the beginning is strangely similar to the one in The Skydivers, where that Joe guy first comes to town.


Joe Hogin - over 4 years ago
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Decidedly un-bold :)


Slappy Loon - over 4 years ago
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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.


Fredrick Stafford - over 4 years ago
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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!”


Fancy Pantserton - almost 5 years ago
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...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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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!"


Stereo Catz - over 4 years ago
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43:00 Major Nelson. HA!


Ajax (what's my name?) - almost 5 years ago
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We lsot this episode, and the Servo Academy song with it.


NS - over 5 years ago
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Now that I've seen every episode of MST3K, I can say unequivocally that this one is the sexiest.


John Harms - about 5 years ago
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Boy, if only they included some drama in this movie, there might be a story...


Big McLargehuge - over 5 years ago
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RIC-O-CHEEEEEEET!!! It kills me every time.


Alex Stefanic - over 5 years ago
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So....much....nothing...


Childe Harold - over 5 years ago
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This episode is making me blush!


Gal Dagon - over 5 years ago
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I wanted to quote one of the riffs from the refueling scene, but couldn't pick just one.


stegan o'graphic - over 5 years ago
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kevin murphy's musical riffs really make the later seasons shine.


Zap R. - over 5 years ago
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I think this was about an old guy trying to dodge another old dudes calls before answering machines were invented.


SailorTweek - over 5 years ago
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Watch just for Servo's song. The riff sin this one are terrific