|MST3K: Time of the Apes (1991, original air date)|
|Starring:||Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu and Kevin Murphy|
|The Plot: Joel Robinson is trapped on the Satellite of Love with a group of robot friends who he has created. This crew of misfits are forced by the evil Dr. Forrester to endure many incredibly bad movies. The only thing that makes this process bearable is the fact that they riff and crack jokes during the entire ordeal. This week’s feature film that the crew must survive is the Japanese sci fi feature Time of the Apes. The basic story is as follows: Johnny and his sister Caroline are two adventurous young ones who are having a blast when they get to visit their uncle’s scientific laboratory. This laboratory has a specialty in animal health, but they have recently been moving into cryogenics. When a massive earthquake erupts mid-tour, Johnny, his sister, and their tour guide Catherine, all jump inside of separate cryogenic pods which are then activated. The three end up forgotten in time and when they finally awake they appear to be several hundred years in the future, and apes have taken over the world. Scared and frightened, the group initially escapes from a group of the apes and heads off into the jungle. Here they run into the only other known human, Goto. A wild man who actually strikes fear into the hearts of the outnumbering apes. Goto is actually quite gentle as it turns out, and is relatively misunderstood. He takes in his human confidants and the group struggles to stay together and survive while in the time of the apes!|
The boredom that comes from the plot of Time of the Apes is only made slightly more tolerable by the ridiculousness of both the dubbing, and the characters that are created by the poor American adoption process. Sometimes it is the little things that make an unenjoyable movie like this a more tolerable experience. The characters all having English names is a part of this process, and leads to multiple laughs throughout. The odd reactions and dialogue choices from the English translation are a huge part of this film’s unintentional hilarity, and the MST3K crew regularly have fun with this throughout the duration of the movie. One of my favorite reoccurring jokes throughout comes when young Johnny is told by his mother that he should be careful at the laboratory that they plan to visit. Johnny’s very simple, and utterly bizarre, reply is “I don’t care!” Afterward, he simply runs off. Joel and the bots apparently loved this reply as well, because they hang onto it throughout the entire movie and continually use it as riffing material whenever little Johnny says almost anything.