The 13th boxed set of Mystery Science Theater 3000 coincided with the 20th anniversary. It was also the first set produced by Shout Factory. It contains First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf, and Future War. It also came with a Crow T. Robot torso, mini posters, and a metal box.
First Spaceship on Venus is the only Joel episode in this set, it is pretty forgettable. I had to watch it several times before I could even recall the gist of the plot. It’s about a crew of humans and an annoying robot that venture to Venus, as the title indicates. When they get there, they set off some ooze and discover a sprout that proved that life existed on Venus. I think there was a message about not destroying ourselves in there too.
Laserblast is pretty terrible too, but it’s the last episode that aired on Comedy Central. Dr. Forrester ran out of funding, and the Satellite of Love was left to drift in space. As the ship neared a black hole, things got very strange. There’s even a scene where Mike was dressed as the Captain Janeway from Star Trek. Dr. Forrester was turned into a star baby at the end, and Mike and the robots turned into pure energy.
The “best” movie in the set is Werewolf. It’s so bad it’s good. I can watch this episode over and over again, and I do and it drives Ash crazy. This film is about an incompetent archaeology team that discovers a werewolf skeleton, which results in the creation of several new werewolves. It seemed to me that most of the actors learned their lines phonetically because it’s obvious that English wasn’t their first language and they didn’t understand what they were saying. Mike and the robots sang about werewolves, but my favorite part was when Mike turned into a Werecrow.
Future War is the last movie, and it’s a little easier to watch than First Spaceship on Venus. It’s about an ex-hooker who wanted to be a nun, and she befriended a human slave from space. This space person was chased down by aliens and rubber dinosaurs, and the nun and her entourage had to fight the antagonists.
Since my husband is a fanboy, he enjoyed the bonus features in this set the most. He liked the watching all of the interviews about the history of MST3K, but his favorite part was the panel at the 2008 Comic-Con.