So I've tentatively decided, and it remains to be seen if I'll keep this up, to rewatch my MST3K DVDs, from the beginning, volume one, disc one, an episode a weekend, just like the old days, taking over the living room tv for 90 minutes to sit back, enjoy, and get away from the computer for a bit.
I also think I'll share what thoughts I have as I do this, although I doubt there will be anything terribly insightful or interesting, just more of my usual blather. But it makes me post, and it makes me share stuff.
We started today, with that very first disc, The Skydivers. And I've seen this movie several times now, and I still have no idea what's going on. I thought it was just because I was spaced out the first time I watched it, paying attention to other things, but no. It really is quite incomprehensible. I've got bits and pieces of several affairs, murderous plots involving acid on parachutes, and long, labourious shots of, well, skydiving. But it is somehow damned hard to follow. Part of that is the bland characters who are entirely devoid of any defining characteristics, and just plain too little going on. It is a wonder that a movie SO devoid of plot or action can be so confounding as to what's going on. The answer should be nothing!
Ahh, but we will always have Petey the Plane. That was a wonderful running gag. Heck, they even made it into a short story that had a conclusion. The MST3K guys had a running gag that had more of a plot and throughline than the actual movie!
Until next week, keep circulating those tapes!