OK, I'll be handling this one a little differently than some of the other TV series I've re-watched. I don't own every episode of this, and what I do own isn't in broadcast order, so I'll be watching them as I find them, and updating this initial post as to where they sit in the show's history.
Show 103: "The Mad Monster" (12/2/1989)
Show 105: "The Corpse Vanishes" (12/9/1989)
Show 106: "The Crawling Hand" (12/16/1989)
Show 108: "The Slime People" (12/30/1989)
Show 109: "Project Moonbase" (1/6/1990)
Show 110: "Robot Holocaust" (1/13/1990)
Show 112: "Untamed Youth" (1/27/1990)
Show 113: "The Black Scorpion" (2/3/1990)
Show 201: "Rocketship X-M" (9/22/1990)
Show 203: "Jungle Goddess" (10/6/1990)
Show 205: "Rocket Attack U.S.A." (10/27/1990)
Show 206: "Ring of Terror" (11/3/1990)
Show 207: "Wild Rebels" (11/17/1990)
Show 208: "The Lost Continent" (11/24/1990)
Show 209: The Hellcats" (12/8/1990)
Show 210: "King Dinosaur" (12/22/1990)
Show 211: "First Spaceship On Venus" (12/29/1990)
Show 213: "Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster" (2/2/1991)
Show 301: "Cave Dwellers" (6/1/1991)
Show 303: "Pod People" (6/15/1991)
Show 305: "Stranded in Space" (6/29/1991)
Show 306: "Time of the Apes" (7/13/1991)
Show 309: "The Amazing Colossal Man" (8/3/1991)
Show 310: "Fugitive Alien" (8/17/1991)
Show 311: "It Conquered The World" (8/24/1991)
Show 313: "Earth vs. the Spider" (9/14/1991)
Show 314: "Mighty Jack" (9/21/1991)
Show 315: "Teenage Caveman" (11/9/1991)
Show 317: "The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent" (10/26/1991)
Show 318: "Star Force: Fugitive Alien II" (11/16/1991)
Show 320: "The Unearthly" (12/14/1991)
Show 321: "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" (12/21/1991)
Show 322: "Master Ninja I" (1/11/1992)
Show 323: "The Castle of Fu Manchu" (1/18/1992)
Show 324: "Master Ninja II" (1/25/1992)
Show 401: "Space Travelers" (6/6/1992)
Show 402: "The Giant Gila Monster" (6/13/1992)
Show 404: "Teenagers From Outer Space" (6/27/1992)
Show 405: "Being From Another Planet" (7/4/1992)
Show 406: "Attack of the Giant Leeches" (7/18/1992)
Show 407: "The Killer Shrews" (7/25/1992)
Show 408: "Hercules Unchained" (8/1/1992)
Show 409: "The Indestructible Man" (8/15/1992)
Show 410: "Hercules Against The Moon Men" (8/22/1992)
Show 411: "The Magic Sword" (8/29/1992)
Show 412: "Hercules and the Captive Women" (9/12/1992)
Show 413: "Manhunt in Space" (9/19/1992)
Show 414: "Tormented" (9/26/1992)
Special: "This is MST3K" (11/14/1992)
Show 415: "The Beatniks" (11/25/1992)
Show 416: "Fire Maidens of Outer Space" (11/26/1992)
Show 417: "Crash of the Moons" (11/28/1992)
Show 418: "Attack of the Eye Creatures" (12/5/1992)
Show 419: "The Rebel Set" (12/12/1992)
Show 420: "The Human Duplicators" (12/26/1992)
Show 501: "Warrior of the Lost World" (7/24/1993)
Show 502: "Hercules" (7/17/1993)
Show 503: "Swamp Diamonds" (7/31/1993)
Show 504: "Secret Agent Super Dragon" (8/7/1993)
Show 505: "The Magic Voyage of Sinbad" (8/14/1993)
Show 508: "Operation Double 007" (9/11/1993)
Show 509: "The Girl in Lover's Lane" (9/18/1993)
Show 510: "The Painted Hills" (9/26/1993)
Show 511: "Gunslinger" (10/9/1993)
Show 513: "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (10/30/1993)
Show 514: "Teenage Strangler" (11/7/1993)
Show 515: "The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman" (11/13/1993)
Show 516: "Alien from L.A." (11/20/1993)
Show 518: "The Atomic Brain" (12/4/1993)
Show 519: "Outlaw" (12/11/1993)
Show 520: "Radar Secret Service" (12/18/1993)
Show 521: "Santa Claus" (12/24/1993)
Show 522: "Teenage Crime Wave" (1/15/1995)
Show 523: "Village of the Giants" (1/22/1994)
Show 601: "Girls Town" (7/16/1994)
Show 602:"Invasion USA" (7/23/1994)
Show 604: "Zombie Nightmare" (11/24/1994)
Show 606: "The Creeping Terror" (9/17/1994)
Show 607: "Bloodlust!" (9/3/1994)
Show 608: "Code Name: Diamond Head" (10/1/1994)
Show 609: "The Skydivers" (8/27/1994)
Show 610: "The Violent Years" (10/8/1994)
Show 612: "The Starfighters" (10/29/1994)
Show 614: "San Francisco International" (11/19/1994)
Show 616: "Racket Girls" (11/26/1994)
Show 617: "The Sword and the Dragon" (12/3/1994)
Show 618: "High School Big Shot" (12/10/1994)
Show 619: "Red Zone Cuba" (12/17/1994)
Show 620: "Danger!! Death Ray" (1/7/1995)
Show 621: "The Beast of Yucca Flats" (1/21/1995)
Show 622: "Angel's Revenge" (3/11/1995)
Show 623: "The Amazing Transparent Man" (3/18/1995)
Show 624: "Samson vs. The Vampire Women" (3/25/1995)
Show 701 (and 701T): "Night of the Blood Beast" (11/23/1995) 701T, (2/3/1996) 701
Show 703: "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell" (2/17/1996)
Show 705: "Escape 2000" (3/2/1996)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie - "This Island Earth" (4/19/1996)
Unproduced CD-ROM: "Assignment: Venezuela"
"The MST Scrapbook"
Show 803: "The Mole People" (2/15/1997)
MST3K - The Home Game: "The Day the World Ended" (2/25/1997)
Show 805: "The Thing That Couldn't Die" (3/1/1997)
Show 806 "The Undead" (3/8/1997)
Show 807: "Terror from the Year 5000" (3/15/1997)
Show 808: "The She-Creature" (4/5/1997)
Show 809: "I was a Teenage Werewolf" (4/19/1997)
Show 810: "The Giant Spider Invasion" (5/21/1997)
Show 811: "Parts - The Clonus Horror" (6/7/1997)
Show 813: "Jack Frost" (7/12/1997)
Show 814: "Riding With Death" (7/19/1997)
Show 815: "Agent for H.A.R.M." (8/2/1997)
Special: "The Making of Mystery Science Theater 3000" (8/15/1997)
Show 816: "Prince of Space" (8/16/1997)
Special: "First Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review" (9/2/1997)
Show 817: "The Horror of Party Beach" (9/6/1997)
Show 819: "Invasion of the Neptune Men" (10/11/1997)
Show 821: "Time Chasers" (11/22/1997)
Show 822: "Overdrawn At The Memory Bank" (12/6/1997)
Miscellany: "MST Poopie! II"
Show 901: "The Projected Man" (3/14/1998)
Special: "Mystery Science Theater 3000 Academy of Robots' Choice Awards Preview Special" (3/19/1998)
Show 903: "Puma Man" (4/4/1998)
Show 906: "The Space Children" (6/13/1998)
Show 907: "Hobgoblins" (6/27/1998)
Show 908: "The Touch of Satan" (7/11/1998)
Show 910: "The Final Sacrifice" (7/25/1998)
Special: "Second Annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Summer Blockbuster Review" (9/4/1998)
Show 913: "Quest of the Delta Knights" (9/26/1998)
Show 1001: "Soultaker" (4/11/1999)
Show 1003: "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders" (9/12/1999)
Show 1004: "Future War" (4/25/1999)
Show 1006: "Boggy Creek II: And The Legend Continues" (5/9/1999)
Show 1007: "Track of the Moon Beast" (6/13/1999)
Show 1008: "Final Justice" (6/20/1999)
Show 1010: "It Lives By Night" (7/18/1999)
Show 1012: "Squirm" (8/1/1999)
Show 1013: "Diabolik" (8/8/1999)
Miscellany: "The Last Dance-RAW"
Show 1102: "Cry Wilderness" (4/14/2017)
Show 1103: "The Time Travelers" (4/14/2017)
Show 1104: "Avalanche" (4/14/2017)
Show 1105: "The Beast of Hollow Mountain" (4/14/2017)
Show 1106: "Starcrash" (4/14/2017)
Show 1107: "The Land That Time Forgot" (4/14/2017)
Show 1108: "The Loves of Hercules", first broadcast 4/14/2017
Show 1110: "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom", first broadcast 4/14/2017
Show 1111: "Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II", first broadcast 4/14/2017
Show 1112: "Carnival Magic", first broadcast 4/14/2017
Show 1114: "At the Earth's Core", first broadcast 4/14/2017
Season Twelve "The Gauntlet"
Show 1203: "Lords of the Deep", first broadcast 11/22/2018
Show 1204: "The Day Time Ended", first broadcast 11/22/2018
Show 1205: "Killer Fish", first broadcast 11/22/2018
Show 612: "The Starfighters", first broadcast 10/29/1994
The Film: From 1964, this is essentially an extended Air Force recruitment film as three young pilots (one of whom is future congressman Bob Dornan) learn to pilot fighter planes. A must-see film if you like footage of jets re-fueling.
The Host Segments: Crow tries to get on-line, and is tuck on hold with tech support. The Mads have cranial ports. Mike and the Bots are hawking BBQ sauce. It's bold, apparently. Servo "re-fuels" Crow (it looks kind of dirty), causing him to miss his tech support call. Crow and Servo de-brief Mike. The United Servo Academy Men's Chorus sings their anthem. Crow gets on-line. Mike reads a letter. The Mads communicate brain-to-brain.
Favorite Line: "We're gonna bomb 'em back to the Jazz Age!"
Rating: Another fairly good episode.
Show 613: "The Sinister Urge", first broadcast 11/5/1994
The Short: "Keeping Clean and Neat" (1956) shows us a boy and a girl spending so much time on their personal appearance that one wonders how they get anything else done.
The Film: A 1960 Ed Wood effort, this film details the misadventures of a smut ring. The "smut" seems to consist of photographs of young women in relatively conservative swimwear. It's hard to imagine that one could get arrested for this stuff, even in 1960. A typical Ed Wood effort.
The Host Segments: Mike and the Bots throw a shower for Gypsy. Everyone gets her pinking shears. Frank is missing, and Gypsy gets a letter from him, threatening to blow up Deep 13. A small explosion rocks the SOL. Frank calls and says it's just a preview of what he's going to do to Deep 13. He has Dr. F tied up. Mike and the Bots decide they have to save Forrester, if only to save their own skins,. Crow seeks advice from Huggy Bear (Paul) and Rooster (Patrick). They aren't much help. Mike tells Forrester to distract Frank with potato cakes. Forrester goes out and buys some. (Frank's a lousy hostage-taker.) The plan works. Mike reads a letter. Dr.F deep-fries Frank as punishment.
Note: Mike makes a Jet Jaguar reference and Crow asks how he knows about that, which is about the only time I can recall them drawing attention to the fact that Mike sometimes does "callbacks" to films he wasn't there for.
Rating: An OK episode. I do wonder if nowadays that would get away with a bomb threat story line on a lighthearted comedy show.
Show 402: "The Giant Gila Monster", first broadcast 6/13/1992
The Film: From 1959, this actually isn't that bad of a picture. It's fairly predictable, but at least doesn't use the "atomic energy" device as an excuse for its creature's existence. I remember enjoying this film when I was a kid. It was produced by Ken Curtis, who was Festus on"Gunsmoke".
The Host Segments: "Crow and Servo are the Thing With Two Heads. Frank announces Dr. F's death prematurely. Joel and the Bots invent Plot Point Radio. The Mads invent punching bags with Ren Fest characters on them. (The show's always seemed to have it in for the Ren Fest, for some reason.) Joel tries to do a skit about turning your pantry into a teen hangout, but Crow and Servo sabotage it, and Joel gets upset. (I'd forgotten how dark this show could get at times.) Joel and the Bots discuss "funny drunk" characters. The Bots portray some, but go overboard. Tom hosts "Servo on Cinema", but Joel and Crow interfere. Joel and the Bots are Hee-La, but it goes nowhere. Joel reads a letter in which Crow is called "Art". Dr. F bops Frank.
Note: This episode is the origin of the "I sing whenever I sing whenever I sing" gag, which would be used many times.
Rating: Another pretty good episode.
Show 420: "The Human Duplicators", first broadcast 12/26/1992
The Film: From 1965, Richard Kiel and Hugh Beaumont in a story with aliens creating android duplicates of humans to no good purpose. Kiel is either doing a really good job portraying an alien who is unconvincing as a human, or he just can't act, it's hard to tell.
The Host Segments: Joel considers re-designing the Bots. Tom has lots of ideas. Joel and the Bots invent the Beanie Chopper. It doesn't work. The Mads invent the William Conrad Fridge alert. They are way too amused by the idea. Joel and the Bots make space ships out of household objects. Servo creates many duplicates of himself. Hugh Beaumont (Mike Nelson) visits. He's fairly cranky. Crow and Tom confess to Joel that they are robots. William Conrad (Kevin Murphy) raids the Mads' refrigerator.
Rating: Another OK episode. The film is forgettable, but some of the host segments are amusing.
As you know, we watched The Unearthly and The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman and The Giant Gila Monster right along with you (thanks for the heads up), but I haven’t posted until now because I’ve been on vacation.
"Posture Pals," "Appreciating Our Parents" and "Cheating" are among my favorite shorts, which, as I’ve mentioned before, I often find funnier than the movies themselves. (“Tommy’s a loser, and he knows it.”) I have a non-MST3K VHS of The Giant Gila Monster and was tempted to watch that one instead, the sound quality of my dubbed MST3K version was so poor. I remembered many of the jokes from before, thought, so I was able to translate the dialogue and jokes for the most part.
Not so with The Wild, Wild World of Batwoman. The sound quality was so bad I could hardly make out anything at all, and I really wanted to! Oddly, although I remember the short “Cheating,” I don’t remember the feature. I was fascinated by it though, it was so very, very bad! I really must seek out a clean copy of the original.
“From 1966, this has nothing to do with the DC Comics character.”
I imagine the producers were trying to cash in on the popularity of the TV show, though. According to the Amazing, Colossal Episode Guide, they were forced by a lawsuit to change the title (to the “Hippy Vampire Woman” or something).
Show 421" "Monster-A-Go-Go", first broadcast 1/9/1993
The Short: "Circus On Ice" (1954) presents an circus-themed skating show.
The Film: From 1965, a film about a lost astronaut, who turns into a monster, but doesn't really. Really badly-made - possibly the most badly-made picture MST3K ever made, at least of the ones that I've re-watched so far. I gather the director ran out of money while making it, someone else took over, and finished it four years later with mostly different actors. However, there is a scene in this picture where a phone rings, and the sound is all too obviously someone off-camera saying "B-r-r-r-r-t", thus rendering it the greatest scene in motion picture history. I cannot imagine trying to watch an un-MSTed version of this film.
The Host Segments: The Bot are making cheese. The Mads invent an action figure - Johnny Longtorso, the man who comes in pieces. Joel and the Bots invent non-violent action figures. Gypsy doesn't "get" Crow. Or maybe it's Tom she doesn't "get". Joel and Servo play Keep Away From Crow (That brings back some unhappy childhood memories!) Crow and Servo ask Joel to explain the Pina Colada Song. Joel tries to cheer Crow and Servo up after the film. Dr. F tries to gloat, but Frank isn't helpful. This is one of the rare times during this era that the host segments had nothing to do with the film, as the writers felt the picture gave them nothing to work with.
Rating: A fairly good episode, as the riffs make the film bearable.
Show 202: "The Sidehackers", first broadcast 9/29/1990
The Film: From 1969, murder and mayhem in the world of sidehacking. A largely forgettable film, it is noteworthy mostly because it taught the show's writers a valuable lesson. Up to this point, they had only watched enough of the movies they did to decide whether they could use them or not. Thus, when they sat down to write this episode, they were horrified to discover that halfway through the film, there was a graphic rape and murder scene, and it was too latte for them to get another film. So, they cut the scene, and gave Crow a brief line "For those of you playing along at home,. Rita is dead", and thereafter they watched the films in their entirety before chose them.
On a somewhat more cheerful notes, this is the only episode in which Cambot makes a joke during a film sequence, posting an ESPN-style scoreboard graphic on the screen.
The Host Segments: Joel tries to get Crow and Servo to go to bed after their baths. Joel invents Gretchen the Slinky. Dr. F invents the Slinky Tube. Joel, Crow and Servo sing about sidehacking. Later, they discuss the importance of terminology to a new sport. Joel makes "Rommel" hats for Crow, Servo and himself. JC (Mike) and Gooch (Frank) visit the SOL. Joel and the Bots sing "Only Love Pads the Film". Joel reads some letters and Frank repeatedly agrees to push the button.
Rating: An OK, but not great episode.
Show 203: "Jungle Goddess", first broadcast 10/6/1990
The Short: "The Phantom Creeps", Chapter One: "The Menacing Power". Bela Lugosi doing mad science.
The Film: From 1948, George Reeves features in a film about two pilots searching for an heiress lost in Africa. Not very good. Racist as hell by 21st Century standards.
The Host Segments: Joel and the bots play hide and seek with the universe. Joel invents the radio-arm saw. Dr. F has fused his head to a saxophone. Joel and the Bots do an infomercial for a phantom creep. .The Mads are impressed. Joel and the Bots discuss old movie visual tricks. the two pilots form the film (Mike Nelson, Jim Mallon) visit the SOL. Joel stars in "My White Goddess". Then he reads a letter. Frank mocks Dr. F.
Rating: An OK effort. These early episodes still have kind of an "amateur hour" feel to them.
Show 206: "Ring of Terror", first broadcast 11/3/1990 (Hey, I watched this episode on its 26th anniversary without realizing it!)
The Film: From 1962, this is the story of a medical school fraternity initiation prank that goes wrong. Dull, murky and hard to follow.
The Short: "The Phantom Creeps" Chapter Three. This is the last chapter of this that they showed, so who knows (or cares) how it ended? Also dull, murky and hard to follow. For whatever reason, they showed the short after the feature, which I believe is the only time they ever did that.
The Host Segments: Crow, Servo and Cambot trick Joel into thinking it's Movie Sign, when it isn't. The Mads invent self-surgery. Joel invents Pin-Bolus. Joel and the Bots advertise the Old School for Old Actors. Joel autopsies a vacuum cleaner. The Bots are queasy. The Bots can't think of something good about the movie. Frank sings "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World."
Note: Servo still has the flat-top "haircut" that Joel gave him in a previous episode.
Rating: A so-so episode. Not a personal favorite.
Show 207: "Wild Rebels", first broadcast 11/17/1990
The Film: From 1967, the story of a stock car driver who gets caught up with a gang of motorcycle-riding would-be bank robbers. Disjointed and hard to follow.
The Host Segments: Gypsy is depressed, so Joel asks Tom and Crow to take over the SOL's higher functions so he can talk to her. (This was an attempt to develop her character a bit, since the writers were conscious of the fact that the show's one female characters was portrayed as kind of an idiot.) The Mads invent the Hobby-Hog. Joel invents the 3-D Pizza. Joel contents that the Algonquin Round table was a motorcycle gang. Joel, Crow and Servo sell Wild Rebels cereal. Joel sings to Gypsy, then Crow and Servo jump him. Joel, Crow and Servo discuss positive things about the movie. The Mads are frustrated.
Rating: A so-so episode. The insight into Gypsy's character was interesting, though.
Show 209: The Hellcats", first broadcast 12/8/1990
The Film: From 1968, a murdered cop's brother and girlfriend infiltrate a gang of drug-running bikers. I'd forgotten how many bad biker movies they did.
The Host Segments: Everyone in the SOL has a cold - even Magic Voice! Joel invents a device that translates speech into sign language. The Mads just ride bikes. Servo writes in his diary and flashes back to Show 106. Crow writes in his diary and flashes back to Show 201. Joel writes in his diary and flashes back to Show 203. Gypsy tries to write in her diary, but the others interrupt her. Joel reads a letter from a fan in Italy. The Mads get all emotional.
Rating: Another so-so episode.
This finishes out Season Two.