Stuff & Nonsense
The John Wayne Connection: Arturo Ramos "clap, clap, clap!" was played by Carlos Rivas, who acted in Wayne's True Grit as Dirty Bob.
Russian born Edward Ludwig, Directed this movie as well as 3 starring the Duke, including "Wake of the Red Witch". The octopus used in that film was the same one seen in Ed Wood's "Bride of the Monster" (show #423)
The worm and spider models seen in "Black Scorpion" were created by Willis O'Brien for use in "King Kong".
If you recall, there's scene where a few men are crossing a chasm; Kong picks up the log they are walking on and they fall into a pit. Originally, the men are shown being devoured by spiders and other creatures, but the sequence was cut out and has never been found.
"Amen to that Sluggo. I mean, Father Sluggo" - Crow
Sluggo was a character in the comic strip "Nancy". Created by Ernie Bushmiller in 1933, Sluggo was a tough little guy who always wore a hat (mostly a ballcap of some kind, but at times he was drawn in a sailors type hat), much like the one worn by the Priest in this movie. LOL.
"Hey wait, that's my Motorman's helper!" - Crow
Said when the lead character drinks from a canteen. Refers to a hose & jar devise that truckers used so that they would not have to stop to use the restroom. EWWW!
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113: First Broadcast - February 1990
Excellence Level: Bronze
Movie Pain: High - Dull with great but repetitive monster FX
Riffing: Oft clever chuckle-fest
Skits: Induced mostly smiles
Giant growling scorpions run amok in Mexico: Josh's last show has him looking like David McCallum in the Outer Limits episode, the "Sixth Finger". His final words are a simple, goodbye. (Okay, technically this isn't the last show, but that's how it's listed and it's nice that Josh got to say a goodbye of some kind)
The movie is the of the "giant bug" variety and features a little kid named "Juanito", who rivals "Gamera's" Kenny, for doing dumb things that nearly gets himself and others killed! Richard Denning (The Gov in Hawaii 5-0, Creature From the Black Lagoon) stars, and Willis O'Brien provides some impressive stop motion FX.
Riff wise, the humor levels sputter between good to fair. I am hearing more variety and a hint of the shows future. The gang reference everything from Cajun cook Justin Wilson to the Corn Palace and adroit observations are in force - as when the good Doctors note the Scorpions weak spot on the throat; Crow suggests that Hal should go over and strangle the creature. Saying that, the work does drag in a few spots; for example: The lengthy golfing quips which lead to lengthy Jacques Cousteau-like narration, did nothing for me.
While the Host Segments are less than memorable (tho I did get a chuckle from the Deep 13 sections). Overall, Scorpion offers enough goodies and treats to make it worthwhile. A few more examples? #1) Years before "Viking Women", waffles provide some big laughs during an elegant dining scene. #2) The use of props continue - This time the guys have a weenie roast and Joel throws a rock back at Dr Scott. Also The sound of applause is heard whenever Dr. Ramos' name is spoken.
Intro: The bots throw a party, Joel does a spit take. Invention: Aboard the SOL it's the giant party favor. While on Deep 13 we discover that the Mads have mutated themselves. Segment 1: Speaking Spanish. Segment 2: Gypsy becomes a scorpion and bugs Tom and Crow. Segment 3: A look at Willis O'Brien, FX wiz. End: Letters, and a few moments with the Mads. No Stinger -But if I chose one? Teresa sez, "I really can ride, gentlemen"
*"Edward Fitzgerald? This must be his wreak." - Joel
*"I'll just move this high voltage power line with this piece of metal...let me dip it in water first." - Servo as Ramos
*"What the Devil was that?" - "The Devil" - Dr. Scott/Crow
*"No more beans and tortillas for that kid!" - Servo
*"Meanwhile, in the shower..." - "MOOOO!" - Crow/Cows
*"Mrs. Butterworth! Help!" - Joel
*"Hey! How'd he know his name was 'Fella'?" - Crow
*"It's obsidian!" - "Oh, I don't think it's that bad..." - Dr. Scott/Crow
*"Now, if you look out the left side of the train, you'll see -- the right side of the train." - Crow
*"The horse must have eaten her!" - Servo
*"Mmmm, delicious guy on a stick." - Crow
*"Better call Orkin... Or throw the boy at 'em!" - Crow
*"Sounds like there's an opera going on next door." - Crow
*"He's the grand daddy of the them all." - "Wilfred Brimley?" - Dr. Scott/Crow
*"Well, this isn't good, not at all. I mean, I've seen good before, and it didn't look anything like this. Remember that bad thing we saw, well it looked like this..." - Joel
*"I don't think your hat's quite dead yet." - Joel
*"Lets roll back the instant replay... yup, there it is, contact with the ground." - Crow
GOODBYE LARRY: Fans don't give the young Mr. Weinstein enough credit. He was a genuine wit, the best of the 3 with KTMAs improv and I liked how he would get into a film and point out the silly things rather than just heckling. I really enjoyed his take on Servo. Thanks Josh, for all the laughs.