413 - Manhunt in Space (w/ a General Hospital short)
The short itself was a bit dull, 60s soap operas had not nearly enough evil twin brother having sex with the daughter of the man he murdered while suffering from amnesia after escaping from mafia thugs intent on keeping his incriminating evidence under wraps or something... But there are a surprising amount of riffs that had me laughing out loud... "Let me punch you in the sternum to simulate the pain..." This isn't something that will ever be considered one of their top short efforts, but it was still a breeze to get through with a good amount of laughs.
The movie is some classic 50s sci-fi cheese... and despite a goofy plot... it was mostly fun to watch. The riffing isn't rapid fire gut busters, but plenty of really funny riffs hit the mark. By the final theater segment, the silly charm of the source movie had started to wear off... and I started zoning out on the laptop doing other things... But overall, this was a pretty painless source movie viewing.... and the riffing provided consistent chuckles. Winky is a great source of riff fuel in the great tradition of second banana/sidekick types providing excellent fodder for Joel/Mike and the Bots.
Host segments had some highlights, The Mads invention of bean bag pants had me laughing... although that might be just because they looked like they were wearing huge scrotums. A hexfield visit from Winky (played by Mike) was a highlight as well. Overall, I'd consider it a worthy viewing... glad I finally checked it out on Netflix, one more of the few remaining "new to me MST3K" episodes falls off the list.