Gizmonic Institute Radio: Your MST3K Companion
Summary: A sci-fi radio drama style podcast chronicling the greatest show ever to appear on television - Mystery Science Theater 3000! If anything in the previous sentence appeals to you - give it a listen!
Happy entrepreneur day! (allegedly) Dr. Odd shares with us one of his new hobbies, and we learn the real meaning behind “Be kind, rewind”. It’s definitely not what you think. We also discuss MST3K S11E8 – The Loves of Hercules – a film written by people who had a book on Greek and Roman mythology described to them once and then 10 years later decided to make a film about what they kind of remembered for a budget of $100. Despite this, or possibly because of it, The Loves of Hercules is perfect fodder for an MST3K episode, and makes for a pretty decent episode overall. If you want more Gizmonic Institute Radio, stop by our facebook page to say hello and follow us on Twitter! You can also leave us a review on your podcatcher of choice, or if you are feeling like you love us a whole lot, you can support our show by donating $1 a month to our Patreon page. Not only does this get you our undying love and devotion, but also it means you get access to Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster, our other show where Dr. Odd makes us watch one of his “favorite” films and then discuss it with him. It’s a lot of fun and a really great way to support a show you like. Thanks for listening!
Hello there! Dr. Odd has returned from a stint in jail (and started feeding us again, which is a relief) and has lots of crazy stories, and even crazier new friends… If it sounds like we’re speaking of these things from a place of whimsy it’s because we have no other choice because otherwise we would just lose our minds! This episode we discuss MST3K S4E9 – Indestructible Man, a misleadingly named film that implies that melting something isn’t actually destroying it. Overall, it’s a pretty strange episode, as mid-season episodes tend to be sometimes. Once you’ve finished listening, head over to our facebook page, follow us on twitter, and if you haven’t already, leave us a review on iTunes (or your podcatcher of choice). We also have a patreon page where for a dollar a month we put out a podcast called Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster – a show where Dr. Odd makes us watch his favorite films (re: the worst films you can imagine) and then discuss them. It’s a lot of fun and all proceeds go to helping us keep the lights on here up in space. Thanks for listening!
Sometimes space is full of scary monsters and aliens, but every once in a while you meet the coolest dude imaginable. This episode we discuss MST3K S11E7 – The Land That Time Forgot, which is partially a WWI submarine movie, partially a dinosaur slaughtering movie, and also has several subplots involving cavemen that are never resolved. Overall it isn’t a BAD film, just not a good one… If you haven’t already, stop by and join the MST3K conversation on our facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. And if you really like the show and want to support it, head over to our Patreon page where for just $1 a month you can have access to our other podcast, where Dr. Odd makes us watch and discuss his ‘favorite’ films. If you can’t donate, then you can help us out by leaving us a nice review on iTunes, or the podcatcher of your choice! Thanks for listening!
Things get creative as we see all of the things we can make out of clam juice, and Dr. Odd eats something he shouldn’t. We also discuss MST3K S4E8 – Hercules Unchained, which, while playing fast and loose with Greek Mythology, actually makes for pretty good fodder for an MST3K episode! Everything from the riffing, to the film to the host segments are spot on in this episode, and it is definitely one of our favorites. Once you’ve finished listening, head over to our facebook page and join the discussion about all things MST3K! You can also follow us on twitter, or leave us a review on iTunes, or the podcatcher app of your choice (we’re on Google play now as well!). If you love the show and want to support us, you can stop by our patreon and for a dollar a month, get access to our other show – Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster – a show where Dr. Odd takes one of his favorite films and forces us to watch it, and then talk about it (spoiler alert – the films are always terrible, but the podcast is hilarious). Thanks for listening!
Sometimes when you’re stranded in space with nothing to eat but bologna, lots of things that wouldn’t normally sound good start to sound downright tasty. Even Golden Corral, as we explore in this episode. We also watch and discuss Starcrash – a film that seems like someone watched Star Wars while reading Dune, described both of them to a 5 year old, and then had said 5 year old write a film script. It’s like what would happen if you searched “60’s generic space film” on youtube and just let related videos auto-play for 90 minutes. As a film for MST3K though, it’s wonderfully campy and provides quite a bit of riffing fodder, as well as material for skits. Once you’ve finished listening, head over to our facebook page, follow us on twitter, and leave us a review on iTunes (or the podcatcher of your choice). If you love our show and want to support us, for just a dollar a month you can donate to our Patreon, and get access to our other show “Doctor Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster” – a show where Dr. Odd forces us to watch one of the films from his “personal collection” and then we discuss it. It’s a lot of fun! Thanks for listening!
Most of the time, our feelings about episodes of MST3K correspond nearly identically with those of our great GIR community. Unfortunately, our discussion of S4E7 – The Killer Shrews is not one of those times… While this seems to be a lot of people’s favorite episode, it actually turned out to be one of our our least favorites (for reasons that we go in depth on in the podcast). This is one of the many great reasons we love MST3K though – it is a show with such variety that it allows everyone to find different elements they love in different episodes. It’s also something that makes our GIR community so great, because we can all love different parts of the same amazing show, and even find common ground on episodes that aren’t our personal favorites. Once you’ve finished listening you can join our discussion about all things MST3K over on our facebook page, or follow us on Twitter. We also have a patreon page where you can support the show for just $1 a month and get access to our other podcast “Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster” – a monthly show where Dr. Odd forces us to watch one of his favorite films and then we all get together and discuss it. We appreciate your support in helping keeps the lights on up here in space! Thanks for listening!
The new year is almost upon us, and we celebrate by making some resolutions, as well as helping Dr. Odd with is love life (for what reason looking back on it now, I can’t fathom). We also watched MST3K S11E5 – The Beast of Hollow Mountain, a film which we’re pretty certain started out as a standard western before some hollywood producer said “YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MOVIE NEEDS IS A DINOSAUR?” and then Beast of Hollow Mountain was born. As a film it’s at least passable, and as an MST3K episode it’s pretty darn good (SPOILER ALERT: It has one of our favorite Season 11 skits so far). Once you’ve finished listening, you can head over to our facebook page and talk about all sorts of MsT3K (and non MST3K) stuff with the coolest people on the internet (you, our fans). You can also follow us on twitter, and if you really like the show and want to hear more of us talking about bad movies, stop by and donate to our Patreon. Just $1 a month gets you access to Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster, where Dr. Odd makes us watch one of his favorite films every month and then discuss it with him. Thanks for listening, and we hope you have a great start to 2018!
This week, Dr. Odd gets a visitor. I think I’ll leave it at that and just let you experience it on your own, because it’s very wonderful. We also discuss MST3K S4E6 – Attack of the Giant Leeches, a movie with visuals reminiscent of the old Lucas Arts game “Day of the Tentacle” and the aesthetic of the parts of the old Lucas Arts game “Day of the Tentacle” where you couldn’t figure out what to do next and it was 4 am and your best friend’s basement smelled like farts. It’s an interesting film in that it manages to exist without a single likeable character, but was also a monster movie where the “monsters” were so devoid of personality, you couldn’t root for them either. Luckily it was preceded by a rather delightful short, and Joel and the Bots’ riffing of the film was spot on. After listening, head over to discuss all things MST3K on our facebook page, or follow us on twitter! If you want to support the show and earn our undying love, you can also stop by our patreon page and for $1 a month you get access to our other podcast – “Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster”, a show featuring our normal shenanigans with Dr. Odd, but where we also talk about a terrible movie he made us watch. If you love the show but can’t donate to the patreon, then leaving a review on our iTunes page is also a great way to help support us! Thanks for listening!
Things get heated up in space when we try and find out who is going to be the next Mayor of Space. Campaign contributions are made, and Treebus stops by. We also discuss MST3K S11E4 – Avalanche, a disaster film about, you guessed it, and Avalanche. Sorry, did I say “disaster film”? I meant “disaster OF A film”. The first half is pretty boring, and the second half (featuring the aforementioned avalanche) is also kind of boring, but is at least made watch-able by how stupid it is. It DOES make for a pretty great MST3K episode though, so you won’t hear us complain that much. Make sure to stop by and say hi on our facebook page, and follow us on twitter. If you’re feeling particularly awesome, head over to our iTunes page as well and give our show a review! And if you REALLY like us (which we hope you do), stop by our Patreon page and donate! It’s only a dollar a month, and donating gets you access to our other show – Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster. Plus it makes us feel really great! Thanks for listening!
Summer is almost over which means it’s time to cram as much fun in the sun as you can before fall arrives! Dr. Odd actually took us on a “family” vacation, that unfortunately featured about a 1% to 99% ratio of fun to sun. At least it was nice to get down from space for once… maybe… This week we discuss MST3K S4E5 – Being From Another Planet, a mummy movie so bad that it almost breaks Joel and the Bots, as well as the viewers at home. Both Being From Another Planet and Castle of Fu Manchu are proof that a film can be so bad, that even great riffing can’t make it entertaining. Buried among the wreckage of this film though, is one of the best invention exchange ideas ever with the Mads’ “Tragic Moment Figurines”, which is a tragedy in and of itself because a sketch that good should have been saved for a much better episode. Once you’re done listening, head over to our facebook page and discuss MST3K and MST3K related things with other like minded people (seriously, our community is the most awesome one anywhere online) and follow us on Twitter. If you love the show and want to support the podcast even more, we have a Patreon page where for just a dollar a month, you can access our other podcast Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster, where Dr. Odd makes us watch and discuss a film of his choice (spoiler alert: Dr. Odd has terrible taste in everything). Finally if you love us and want to help other people who like MST3K to find the show, head over to our iTunes page and leave a review. Thanks for listening!
If you had to guess what Dr. Odd had in his “recently viewed” section of Netflix, what do you think you’d see there? For better or for worse, we find out, and we get a cribs-style tour of his “house”. It’s both enlightening, and exactly what you’d expect. We also discuss MST3K S11E3 – The Time Travelers, a film about a man named Danny who needs to learn about the Butterfly Effect and who by law shouldn’t ever be allowed within 1000 feet of a scientific facility. All joking aside The Time Travelers wasn’t actually THAT bad of a film, and Jonah and the bots are in fine form with the riffing. Now, it’s no Cry Wilderness, but it is still a very high quality MST3K episode. Don’t forget to stop by our facebook page to join other awesome like-minded people who love both us and MST3K, and if following twitter accounts that only tweet once every couple weeks is your thing, you can find us there too. We also have a patreon page where for just a dollar a month you can get access to our other show – Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster – a show in which Dr. Odd makes us watch one of his favorite films, and then talk about it with him. It’s a very fun show, and your monthly donation REALLY helps us out! Last but not least, if you haven’t, stop by our itunes page and leave us a nice review! That one doesn’t cost anything and it’s also a lovely way to support the show! Thanks for listening!
Someone a long time ago once said “the Pen is mightier than the Sword”. Well up here in space we have neither pens nor swords, but Renea STILL managed to write a fairly lengthy space station newsletter. Maybe “newsletter” should be put in quotes? Aside from a rather interesting website write up, the other 900+ pages are somewhat questionable… This week we discussed MST3K S4E4 – Teenagers From Outer Space. Not only is this a very good MST3K episode, but the film itself isn’t half bad either! All-in-all both Jeff and Renea enjoyed this episode quite a bit – particularly, but not limited to, anything directly related to really fake-y skeletons. If you want to talk about how YOU feel about the skeletons in Teenagers From Outer Space (or anything else tangentially related to MST3K) you should go over to our facebook page and join a community of other awesome, like-minded people. If Facebook isn’t your thing, you can follow us on Twitter as well. We also have a patreon page, where for $1 a month you can get access to our other show “Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster” – a show where Dr. Odd forces us to watch one of his “favorite” films, and then the three of us discuss it. This month is the famous Turkish Star Wars, which is a film that almost completely eludes any sort of description. Your support helps us a great deal, and we love and appreciate all of you. And if you can’t support us monetarily, you can go to our iTunes page and leave us a nice review there – it helps us climb the iTunes charts and allows other people to find the show. Thanks for listening! We love you all!
Do you ever metaphorically feel like things are out of control, and someone else is at the wheel? We literally feel that way this episode when we meet the unfortunate creature that Dr. Odd has tasked with piloting our ship (as well as a few other unsavory jobs). This episode we discuss MST3K S11E2 – Cry Wilderness, a movie featuring a littering Bigfoot, and a lot of bowl cuts. Fortunately (despite the high ratio of bad hair) this turned out to be a fantastic MST3K episode – not just for the new season, but one of the best in the series. If you want to talk MST3K with like-minded people, head over to our facebook page and meet our other awesome fans. If twitter is more your thing, you can follow us there too! We also have a patreon page, so if you love the show and can give $1 a month to help us out, we would really appreciate it! Finally, if you want to help other people find our show, go by our iTunes page and leave a review! We appreciate all of you! Thanks for listening!
I don’t know a lot about science, let alone mad science, but I’m pretty sure doing an “exchange program” with your test subjects isn’t par for the course. But in the domain of Dr. Odd “par for the course” is usually about as far from normal as you can get, so I suppose that this shouldn’t have been unexpected. Dr. Odd and Dr. Rodd have decided to do a test-subject switcheroo, meaning that Seth was sent away to be subject to whatever horrors Dr. Rodd has in store, and Dr. Rodd’s captive Renea was sent over to the land of MST3K and clam juice. After a brief acclimation period, we watch MST3K S4E3 – City Limits a film which seems to have inspired most, if not all of the outfits in the Fallout video game series. It’s a pretty bad movie, but a overall pretty decent MST3K episode. Once you’re done listening, head over to our facebook page and talk with us more about MST3K, follow us on twitter, and leave us a review on iTunes. If you want more of Jeff, Renea and Dr. Odd, go to our Patreon page and subscribe to get this month’s episode of Doctor Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster. This month we watched Roller Derby, which is essentially Napoleon Dynamite on rollerskates, minus the intentional irony, and with less charm, and significantly less plot. Thanks for listening!
Oh no! This week your favorite MST3K podcast hosts are really ‘boned! (that joke will make sense once you’ve listened to the episode, trust me). Dr. Odd unleashes his newest hobby on us, and we get to watch S11E1 – Reptilicus, the first of the FOURTEEN NEW EPISODES OF MST3K THAT CAME OUT THIS YEAR AND I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A SENTENCE I GET TO WRITE. Seth and Jeff have slightly differing opinions on certain aspects of the new episode, but overall really love it. Once you’ve finished listening, head over to our facebook page and tell us what you think of Reptilicus, or the new season in general. You can also follow us on Twitter, and leave us a nice review on iTunes. And if you really love the show, stop by our patreon page, and for $1 a month, get our secondary podcast – Dr. Odd’s Cinematic Fun Dumpster, where Dr. Odd makes us watch a movie from his private collection, and then talk about it. It’s amazingly funny, and your support helps us do a lot of cool stuff with the show that we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. Thanks for listening!