Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE DEADLY MANTIS
June 21, 2017 8:14 PM - Season 8, Episode 4 - Subscribe

"The Most Dangerous Monster That Ever Lived!" "Out Of a Million Years Ago... A Thousand Tons of Terror!" A big bug eats people and destroys things, until someone crashes a jet into it. Weak sauce! I'm just saying, the Giant Claw wouldn't have been undone by a simple jet crash. The episode's got a pretty good reputation! In this week's subplot watch, some bomb-worshipping mutants show up in Deep Ape. This results in the end of one theme (Deep Ape itself) and the beginning of another one (Mike seemingly being unable to keep himself from blowing up planets). Oh also, Pearl finally begins the chase of the S.O.L. promised in the theme song. Episode 804 doesn't appear to be on YouTube. Premiered February 22, 1997.

Satellite News - Mighty Jack's Episode Review - War of the Colossal Fan Guide - TVTropes

Mary Jo remembers the episode for the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide

Daddy-O's Drive-In Dirt
Rotten Tomatoes (Critics 38%, Viewers 29%) - Wikipedia - TVTropes
IMDB (1957, 4.8 stars)
"A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south."
Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by Martin Berkeley and William Alland (he also wrote Revenge of the Creature, and was the reporter in Citizen Kane!). Starring Craig Stevens, William Hopper and Alix Talton.
posted by JHarris (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I like this one. A lot of these movies tend toward the dull and static (it's cheap to film people in an office talking!), but this one keeps things moving pretty well.

"Foghat, Lawgiver?"
posted by Chrysostom at 8:38 PM on June 21, 2017

Okay it's short notice, but surely you guys know the drill by now....

Every week on Thursday MST Club shows that week's episode in a video sharing room on the internet. We've also been going through Season 11 through, which allows for sharing a Netflix feed between people. This week our room is

Here's the schedule for tonight's show:
7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific: 1111 WIZARDS OF THE LOST KINGDOM II
8:30 PM Eastern/5:30 PM Pacific: YouTube Potluck (bring your favorite short YouTube videos of the week!)
9 PM Eastern/6 PM Pacific: TBA (804 THE DEADLY MANTIS is not on YouTube! We'll have to see if we can make due....)
10:30 PM Eastern/7:30 PM Pacific: YouTube Potluck if we can still stand it
posted by JHarris at 2:23 PM on June 22, 2017

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