already know, we're HUGE Mystery Science 3000 fans. (And we're SUPER pumped that the kickstarter to make new MST3K episodes is going so well! There's about 48 hours left to donate as I type this, so fund it if you can but spread the word either way!) But we don't let a holiday season go by without watching one of the christmas MST3K episodes!
Santa Clause Conquers the Martians is some serious deep hurting. Martians (who are green humanoids who of course) have decided to kidnap Santa so he will spread joy to their martian children who traditionally live a life devoid of fun. (Possibly an inspiration for The Night Before Christmas story, though the rest of the plot bares no resemblance.)
The episode: This is an earlier Comedy Central episode, so it features Joel, Frank, and Dr Forrester! It also features the epic song “A Patrick Swayze Christmas” written by Mike Nelson.
The plot unfolds something like this: Well, I pretty much summed it up above there... But I didn't mention the ultra 60s animated opening!
Reasons to watch the MST3K version: This movie would be completely unbearable without some kind of running commentary tragically taking it down. It's bad, reeeeeel bad. But it's a pretty great MST3K episode and “A Patrick Swayze Christmas” is not to be missed.
Background to research before you watch: They make multiple references to Pia Zadora in the film, give her Wikipedia a glance before watching and you'll enjoy those jokes that much more.
What we learned: Martians are seriously face blind.
|They seriously think this Martian is Santa, even though they've been hanging out with the real Santa for hours!|