Mystery Science Theater 3000: MASTER NINJA I   Rewatch 
August 20, 2020 4:06 AM - Season 3, Episode 22 - Subscribe

Re-rewatch! Timothy Van Patten and Lee Van Cleef are the most unlikely ninjas in Japanese exoticism history. They travel the country in typical 70s TV show fashion, which fits because this is actually two episodes of The Master. There's a hamster, they live in a van, they solve the problems of the people they meet. It's not very realistic. Previously and again. Not the episode you expected? Look inside for the reason for that.

We're putting 321 SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS off for the Christmas Marathon. We're also planning to do 521 SANTA CLAUS early around that time. We watch those episodes every year at Christmas, so I figure we might as well use those to get in a little extra progress.
posted by JHarris (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Also previously: The whole The Master series (self-Blue-link)
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 6:00 AM on August 20, 2020 [1 favorite]

The AV Club had an interview recently with Van Patten, who has gone on to be a pretty damn big deal TV director. I admit to scanning it to see if they mentioned any of his early less-than-stellar acting work like this. No such luck.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 8:46 AM on August 20, 2020 [2 favorites]

MST Club is under way, it's a very 1984-tastic show so far:
posted by JHarris at 5:37 PM on August 20, 2020

Okay, that AV Club interview opens with, "Timothy Van Patten started out in show business as an actor, most notably in the basketball-themed series The White Shadow from 1979 to 1981."

That's a much better lede than, "Timothy Van Patten started out in show business as an actor, least notably in the ninja-themed series The Master for 13 episodes in 1984."
posted by Naberius at 7:48 AM on August 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

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