Mystery Science Theater 3000: SPACE MUTINY
October 12, 2017 1:19 AM - Season 8, Episode 20 - Subscribe

aka "Mutiny in Space" "There Is Nowhere to Hide from the Enemy Within!" On a colony ship sailing through the void of space, very very white people fight off a rebellion of equally-white mutineers. Titles provided by an Apple ][. This movie falls right in that zone of inept yet not abysmal, and the riffing is great. Not only do I think it's a terrific introductory episode, so does the A.V. Club. This is the episode where they keep making up names for the beefy guy ("David Ryder"). Slab Bulkhead! Fridge Largemeat! Punt Speedchunk! Here's a list of them! Here's a supercut! In subplot news, it's finally the last of the Roman Times episodes, preparing for the premise that would carry the series to the end of its original run. YouTube (warning: ad in annotations) Premiered November 7, 1997.

Episode 820 SPACE MUTINY
Satellite News - Mighty Jack's Episode Review - War of the Colossal Fan Guide - Annotated MST3K - TVTropes

Pauk Chaplin's entry from the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide offered these reflections:
As has been the case with several of our movies over the years, almost everyone in this world talks in what would seem to be an Australian accent, although we've found out since taping that the thing was made in South Africa, of all places, so this qualifies as the MST equivalent of caving in and playing Sun City. Oh well.
We got a lot of Internet comment on how we didn't joke about how this movie used the Battlestar Galactica ship for the exteriors, and I have to admit, in retrospect we didn't joke about that at all. To quote the jury foreman at the end of The Producers: of this charge we are, in fact, incredibly guilty.
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Rotten Tomatoes (Critics N/A, Viewers 11%) - Wikipedia - TVTropes
IMDB (1988, 2.0 stars)
"A pilot is the only hope to stop the mutiny of a spacecraft by its security crew, who plot to sell the crew of the ship into slavery."
Directed by David Winters and Neal Sundstrom. Written by Mara Danté. Starring Rab "Flint Chesthair" Brown, John Phillip Law and James Ryan.

For some reason most copies of this episode have been taken off of YouTube, but this one, which has a stupid ad for a podcast in an annotation at the start, has survived a year. Maybe it has to do with the fact that this is an episode available for pay on YouTube for $2.99? In any case, watch it while it lasts! Or pay the $3 so Shout Factory gets their cut! It's not much cash really!

This episode is a real fan favorite. There's a number of awesome episodes coming up. Next week is Time Chasers, then the end of Season 8: Overdrawn At The Memory Bank! Mom, 'my nuts? And a few episodes after that lurks The Pumaman.

In the episode's TVTrope's page, actress Cisse ("Cissy") Cameron claims the movie was supposed to be a spoof of sci-fi movies. Yeah sure, and The Room is a romantic comedy.

Cisse plays the female lead, and Reb Brown is David Ryder. (Blast Hardcheese!) They got married after the movie was made. We make fun of a lot of the movies here, but I hope everyone knows it's nothing personal against the actors. I hope they're happy together.
posted by JHarris (17 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This episode is a great jumping-on point, in my opinion! Our showing will again be Thursday (tonight) at 9 PM Eastern time, 6 PM Pacific, at Alas, because drinks are not yet transferable via internet you'll have to bring your own spirits.
posted by JHarris at 1:21 AM on October 12, 2017

Never mind, missed the list of names linked in the OP.
posted by kewb at 2:40 AM on October 12, 2017

In trying to remember what else I've seen Reb Brown in, I consulted IMDb and learned that he was in a TV-movie adaptation of, get this, Brave New World. Also one of Captain America, which I'm sure is a more well-known Reb Brown role.

Anyway, he did a lot of TV stuff, but I'm drawing a blank; nothing on the IMDb list looks familiar. I seem to have a memory of seeing him act in a grounded, realistic drama, and thinking, "Wow, this guy can actually act."

And on the topic of Reb Brown, has anyone here seen Yor: The Hunter from the Future?
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 2:49 AM on October 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Just getting in there before anyone else
posted by duffell at 5:47 AM on October 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

It's a bit shocking to me that our two leads actually got married in real life. They seemed to me to have no chemistry together in this movie.
posted by wittgenstein at 7:52 AM on October 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I would not have guessed that Brown was six years older than her.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:08 AM on October 12, 2017

...and inspiring one of MeFi's best usernames.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:24 PM on October 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

Good work with the tags
posted by ckape at 9:41 PM on October 12, 2017 [2 favorites]

This may be my favorite MST3K episode. Also, this has made the Internet rounds before, but the name gag inspired someone to create a MANLY NAME GENERATOR (FOR MEN).

Torch BeefMuscle Slab ThornCrunch Crash ThunderSteak OK I'll stop now
posted by Fish, fish, are you doing your duty? at 10:47 PM on October 12, 2017 [2 favorites]

Sorry for falling asleep during the second movie, guys. I had waaaaaay too many names. (That is, playing the "drink every time they give Dave Ryder a new name" game is somewhat ill-advised.)

(Oh, and I'm still proud of my "Edward Gorey picturebook of the many deaths of Dave Ryder nicknames" comment, so here it is again.)
posted by ilana at 6:10 AM on October 13, 2017 [2 favorites]

I'm surprised that Satellite News doesn't like this one better, I do think it's one of the top 10 of the series. Mike and the bots are at their peak, and the movie is nearly ideal for riffing - stupid, but not completely impenetrably stupid.

FWIW, this movie was also reviewed on Best of the Worst, from Red Letter Media. Their highlights were Cameron Mitchell (who I don't think was ever on another MST3K, but who had a rich career of schlock), the resurrected crew member, and the incredible cheapness of the sets.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:15 AM on October 13, 2017

As mentioned, this is a very good introduction to the series (this and I think Hobgoblins) cause it’s well made enough to follow along but also completely bonkers and cheap - it’s a good working definition of schlock.

It also has one of my favorite one liners, which is just “Sting, Debbie Reynolds, and God.”
posted by The Whelk at 11:00 PM on October 13, 2017 [2 favorites]

Cameron Mitchell was in the "forgotten" MST3K episode, Stranded in Space. (They call it "forgotten" in the episode guide because nobody seems to remember it.) Mitchell was the bad guy in it, and pretty good too.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 3:28 AM on October 14, 2017

> Did you sign Sherry's card?

One of my fave MST3K gags. There ought to be a real life birthday card I could buy for my MST3K friends (I'm pretending I have MST3K friends outside of MetaFilter).
posted by iamkimiam at 5:00 AM on October 14, 2017 [2 favorites]

As promised, here's a whole month's worth of backlogged YouTube Potluck and other miscellaneous videos. You're welcome!

This Past Thursday:
Overwatch Short Compilation (1h12m)
Circle of Iron (aka "The Silent Flute") (Dailymotion, 1h37m)

Last Week:
Untitled Goose Game (3m) Metafilter
John Oliver Describes Countries (Last Week Tonight compilation) (6m)
RiffTrax Preview: Boredom at Work (1m)
Kevin Murphy singing in an animation of Cyanide and Happiness' "Lab Results" (2m)
Slappy Squirrel, "Who's On Stage"
The Credibility Gap Perform "Who's On First" (the previous two prompted by the "Noh Theater" bit in ep 819, 4m)
Rifftrax Meets The Great Pumpkin (4m)
Replica Sample, Unriffed (another movie by the Birdemic guy, 1m)
Don't Let's Start, They Might Be Giants music video (3m)
Can't Keep Johnny Down, They Might Be Giants fan music video (2m)
Particle Man, They Might Be Giants on Tiny Toon Adventures (2m)
Birdhouse In Your Soul, They Might Be Giants music video (3m)
Istanbul (Not Constantinople), They Might Be Giants on Tiny Toon Adventures (2m)
Fish Heads (short version), Barnes and Barnes (3m)
Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey (NSFW, 2m)
Wall of Voodoo, Mexican Radio music video (4m)
Time Out of Mind, Steely Dan (4m)
"Make Mine Freedom," anti-Communist propaganda cartoon short (10m)
Collection of 80s and 90s commercials from TV (9m)
Molyjam 2012, Friends to the End gameplay footage (this game actually exists but I don't know where to get it, 2m)
Molyjam 2012, Breaktris (1m)
Rifftrax preview, Merlin The Return (1m)
Strong Bad's Skills of an Artist: Eagle (1m)
Strong Bad's Skills of an Artist: Classic Stand-Up Arcade Game (2m)
Animaniacs: I'm Mad, live action fan version (4m)
Allie Brosh, Cat Safety Propaganda (1m)
Sesame Street: Backyard With Bert: Bert & Ernie's Pumpkin Painting Challenge (3m)
Your Safety First, Automotive History cartoon short sponsored by US Auto industry (13m)
Destination Earth, cartoon short sponsored by oil industry (14m)
Why stop there, Rhapsody of Steel, another industrial propaganda piece, a looong short at (23m)
Animation of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (8m)

Two Weeks Ago (lots of Homestar Runner in this one):
Strong Bad Email: Different Town (cameo by the voice of John Linnell and music of They Might Be Giants, 3m)
Some Star Trek music thing I forget the details of (1m)
Strong Bad Email: Super Powers
Strong Bad's Skills of an Artist: Muscleman (2m)
Strong Bad's Skills of an Artist: End Boss (2m)
Strong Bad's Skills of an Artist: Cartoon Characters (2m)
Related to that is Characters From Yonder Website (4m)
Strong Bad Email: Spring Cleaning (2m)
Homestar Runner Squintmojis (1m)
Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold (8m)
Happy in Paraguay, Day Job Orchestra (3m)
Windows 386 Promo Video (12m)
Puppet Homestar: Bis Cas Fri 1 (2m)
Bis Cas Fri 2 (2m)
Bis Cas Fri 3 (2m)
Videlectrix: Halloween Waggle (3m)
Strong Bad Classics: The Ocelot and the Porridge Maiden (3m)
Homestar Runner: Flash is Dead!! (3m)
Homestar Runner: Fish Eye Lens (4m)
The Llama Song (the one by AlbinoBlackSheep) (40s)
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Time Warp (4m)
Fauche Qui Peut, 3D animated short (4m)
Honest Trailers: Star Trek The Next Generation (9m)
Patrick Stewart wearing a light-up musical Christmas hat (37s)
Commander Riker in "The Vision," infomercial (6m)
Supercut of Worf's failures on Star Trek (4m)
Star Trek Edited: Data's Paintings (marginally NSFW for pixelated fanart nudity, 1m)
TNG Edit: Tea with Jean-luc: Menage a Tea (2m)
Homestar Runner: Decemberween in July (7m)
Star Trek fan edit, Captain Kirk reacts to Miley Cyrus (2m)
HA, the TV Comedy Network: Strengthen our Knees for Comedy (30s)

Three Weeks Ago:
A Bit of Fry and Laurie --
First episode (29m)
S1E4 (29m)
S2E4 (distorted) (25m)
S1E5 (29m)
S3E1 (distorted) (24m)
S2E6 (distorted) (24m)
S4E7 (distorted (25m)
Other things --
Klezmer Dolphins (1m)
The Six Million-Dollar Man Fights Bigfoot (10m)
Bionic Woman and Bigfoot (5m)
Opera singers dubbed with model noises (18s)
Puma Man flying (2m)
80s Pabst Blue Ribbon beer commercial, "Quittin Time" (1m)
The movie Rubber, opening scene, aka the Tribute to No Reason (4m)
Mambo No. 5 played with bike horns (3m)
Memory Hole: Men meowing
"Why Not!," recorded comedy by Dayton Allen (31m)
Everything Is Terrible: OH NO, IT'S MIKE BLISS (16s)
Eagleman local car insurance commercial (29s)
Plan 9 From Outer Space: Your Stupid Minds (4s)
Fan cover of "Night Train to Mundo Fine" (5m)
Network IDs for HA, the TV Comedy Network (21s)
posted by JHarris at 4:11 PM on October 14, 2017 [2 favorites]

The scream, pause, and leap off of the golf-cart-Enforcer is what always gets me. They are three separate events, and I have no idea why the actor made that choice!!!!
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:03 PM on October 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

I always assumed he thought they had stopped filming, and so the actor was getting off the cart, not the character.
posted by wittgenstein at 3:40 PM on October 16, 2017

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