Mystery Science Theater 3000: BEGINNING OF THE END
August 4, 2016 5:02 AM - Season 5, Episode 17 - Subscribe

"The Screen's First Full-Length Science-Fiction Thriller with Real Live Creatures!" Peter Graves is a serious science man with an interesting discovery: a substance that makes vegetables grow king-size economy style right out of the ground. But what will happen when the local insect life discovers them? Bert I. Gordon, "Mr. Big" is back with a tale of grasshopers terrorizing a helpless postcard. Say what you want about these old sci-fi movies with questionable effects, they're still more fun than your standard contemporary Warner Bros. superhero flick, or so says me. By the way, did you know that Peter Graves went to the University of Minnesota? YouTube (Official, with annotations!) (1h32m) Premiered November 25, 1993.


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Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt - Wikipedia - Rotten Tomatoes (Critics N/A, Audience 21%)
IMDB (1957 3.4 stars)
"Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a military cover-up."
Directed by Bert I. Gordon. Written by Fred Freiberger and Lester Gorn. Starring Peter Graves, Peggie Castle and Morris Ankrum.

It turns out that Bert I's written an autobiography!
posted by JHarris (5 comments total)
Every week, some of us in MST3K Club get together and watch that week's episode online in a chat room together! You should come with!

This week the viewing is in the usual place, the MeFi MST3K room at, and at the usual time, which is 9 PM US Eastern/6 PM US Pacific time on Thursday. More information can be found in the Club FAQ 2.0.
posted by JHarris at 3:22 PM on August 4, 2016

Gah, I messed up the code for the Satellite News link. I do all those links by hand, y'know. The link should go here.
posted by JHarris at 3:24 PM on August 4, 2016

One of my favorites! Peter Graves is in fine form, even if that is very obviously NOT Illinois!
posted by Pope Guilty at 6:51 PM on August 4, 2016 [1 favorite]

I'm Peter Graves, and I'm enjoying some good-natured ribbing with one of my many new pals here at the University of Minnesota.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:27 PM on August 6, 2016 [1 favorite]

I always love the moment when the bugs scale an apartment complex and Joel and the bots start humming the theme from The Bob Newhart Show.
posted by bakerina at 7:35 AM on August 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

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