Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXIV
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310- FUGITIVE ALIEN
This 1987 TV "movie" is actually a 1978 Japanese TV series called Star Wolf imported and modified for the US by Sandy Frank, which tells you it's got to be good in that special way that Mighty Jack and Time Of The Apes are "good". Seriously, they don't get much funnier than this. A brutal alien "Wolf Raider" named Ken stops another "Star Wolf" from killing a human child also named Ken and becomes a fugitive from his own villainous comrades and their planet Valnastar. Ken is reluctantly taken in by the crew of the Earth ship Bacchus III commanded by the puffy-jowled Captain Joe and together they defend the Earth from further Wolf Raider attacks. There is much conflict amongst Ken and his new human companions while they learn to trust each other. Unintentional comedy ensues with the usual overwrought and breathy Sandy Frank cheap dubbing combined with the cheap production values of the original Japanese show. Wolf Raider's have superhuman abilities, but otherwise look just like humans except for the silly long-haired wigs they wear on their raids. And in one memorable scene "they tried to kill him with a forklift", which is used as a premise for one fantastically funny song and host segment with Joel and the 'Bots. There's also a fun host segment based around Syd Field's Screenplay writing guide. This is a much beloved MSTie must-have episode you'll want to watch over and over again. It's MST3K at its absolute best.Read more ›
After the last volume's somewhat less than stellar set of episodes, I was really hoping this box would have some winners, and I'm happy to report that it is EXCELLENT! It even includes some interesting bonus features. Here's the show by show breakdown:
FUGITIVE ALIEN: Another Japanese TV show stapled together by Sandy Frank to make a "movie," this one involves a renegade "wolf raider" named Ken who is a fugitive from his evil planet after not killing a kid during a raid, then accidentally shooting his partner when THAT guy tries to kill the kid. He is begrudgingly accepted onto spaceship of humans, led by drunk, puffy-faced Captain Joe. That sets up the rest of the "movie" which is mostly short unrelated adventures, since this was a TV show first. The movie is goofy fun, with some of the most hilarious Cheap-Star-Wars-Rip-Off style special effects this side of StarCrash. It also includes the "They tried to kill him with a forklift" song that honestly gets funnier and funnier every time they sing it. I feel like I'm doing a terrible job explaining its appeal, so let me stop here and just say that this is a fantasic episode and one that will definitely be an easy choice for repeat viewings.
Bonus features include the always amusing MST HOUR wraps and a short introduction to the episode from August Ragone which ends in a hilarious moment of clarity for August where he admits he's kind of a dateless loser.
STAR FORCE - FUGITIVE ALIEN 2: The further adventures of Ken, Captain Joe, those other two guys, and the female crew member with the jacked up teeth!Read more ›
Episode 310, "Fugitive Alien": Sandy Frank once again chops up some Japanese stuff and turns it into a badly dubbed and even worsely edited flick, which is footage from a 1978 Japanese TV show called "Star Wolf", where some invading alien race called Wolf Raiders are attacking Earth. When one of the raiders kills one of his own he goes on the run and ends up with a crew on Bacchus III, a ship that is fighting the Wolf Raiders, it's quite a mess from the get-go with all the quick edits, close-ups and bad dialogue, not to mention the choppy plot that's hard to follow. Joel and the bots do a great job with this as they were on fire throughout this episode.
Episode 318, "Star Force-Fugitive Alien II: And we are back to follow the exploits of Bacchus III as they need to stop the Wolf Raiders from using a Doomsday Device on Earth and Ken (the alien from the first one) has issues with an ex (the one from the end of the first flick) and Ken really wants to get back at the leader of the Raiders for trying to kill him. There's not much more coherency to this one in comparison to the last flick, more footage from "Star Wolf" episodes is used by Sandy Frank, but it's little more than fodder for Joel and the crew. They again do quite well with the astounding amount of goofiness and everything else especially the bad acting.
Episode 617, "The Sword and The Dragon": So we have this flick with lots of fights, cool visuals, expensive sets, a pretty nice dragon (for the '60's at least), bad dubbing, some silliness and an overall fun time.Read more ›
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Fugitive Alien 1 and Star Force: Fugitive Alien 2 - Japanese cinema at its best. Do your best to avoid getting killed by a forklift. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kelly Urbanski
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