|MST3K: Last of the Wild Horses (1994)|
|Starring:||Mike Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, Kevin Murphy, Frank Conniff and Jim Mallon|
|The Plot: In the not-too-distant future, Mike Nelson (Michael J. Nelson) is abducted by his boss at Gizmonic institute and shot into outer space. This boss of his, Dr. Forrester, then sends Mike the very worst movies that he can find in order to document his reactions. Mike, who has two robot friends named Crow and Tom Servo, does his best to improve this bad situation by having a good time and riffing on the movies. Our film today, Last of the Wild Horses, revolves around a wandering drifter named Duke. Although the plot is fairly meandering and hard to keep up with, essentially Duke finds himself involved with the life of a wealthy rancher. This wealthy rancher has developed a rivalry with some folks in town, and a conspiracy is soon at work to deprive this wealthy rancher of his assets. The rancher has a lovely granddaughter who immediately falls for Duke, but when her grandfather is killed it seems that the local townspeople are dead-set on blaming Duke. This instigates a battle between factions, but will justice be upheld? And will the crew of the Satellite of Love manage to sit through this stinker with their dignity intact?|
Like the movie itself, this episode starts out relatively dry. The riffing is there, but nothing seems too substantial. However, as the movie progresses the gang seems to get on target. By the conclusion, the riffing builds to a very strong crescendo. During the final thirty minutes, I was so into the episode that I actually hoped that the episode would keep going! Although it takes forever to get to this point, once we finally arrive, everything seems worth it. The playing around with the various personalities and cast members during the first third of the movie probably helped with the strange accent to this episode. This also seemed to limit some of the running gags that this show is so well known for. Although there are general themes running throughout each segment, the stingers aren’t allowed to be as sharp. Still, everything seems worthwhile because the cast members are very much on the ball and the delivery seems all the more sharp because of the format. Knowing how this would mess with the feng shui of the episode, it seems as if the crew made sure that their riffs were consistent and of a high quality. Although this won’t be a episode that enters into any top-10 lists, it is certainly a fun way to spend some time with the cast of the Satellite of Love.