|MST3K: King Dinosaur (1990)|
|Writers:||Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, etc.|
|Starring:||Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Jim Mallon, and Frank Conniff|
|The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgeson) is abducted by his boss, Dr. Forrester, at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. Forrester then sends him the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Joel, who has built two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, watches these movies and has a good time making fun of them in order to keep his sanity. In this episode, Dr. Forrester forces Joel to watch the 50s sci-fi title known as King Dinosaur. The story focuses on two couples, who are also scientists, that arrive on the distant planet called Nova. Nova is very similar to our earth, but as these scientists begin to investigate they find that it is slightly more primitive. Featuring giant tyrannosaurus-rex dinosaurs, who look a LOT like the household Iguana, and a lot of other really bad creature FX. This one looks like it is going to be a rough ride for Joel and his crew. Will they survive, or will their minds melt whilst watching?|
X Marks the Spot is a safety video short that was apparently made for the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles. It details a man dying and then sitting through a court proceeding in heaven, where he sits with his guardian angel as the two go through this dead man’s driving record. The short is a little on the slow side, but it makes for decent riffing material due to the exaggerated performances. It really does turn out to be more humorous than the following feature film in most respects. The Frank Capra-style short tries its best to be something more than a safety video, but it turns out far too cheesy for its own good. The guys dig into the short with gusto. After this, once King Dinosaur begins, the audience is left hoping for something equally as goofy and potentially nostalgic. Unfortunately though, King Dinosaur never develops a rhythm and simply seems to wander on forever. Despite this being a relatively short film, it feels like it lasts for ages. The only hope for entertainment comes from questioning the scientific logic of the movie. This lack of logic is the only thing that keeps the movie partially entertaining during its soap opera-esque plot developments.