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01 November 2009 @ 12:47 pm
Jack-o'-lanterns 2009  
I'm pretty proud of how they turned out this year. The one on the left is my dad's, and the one on the right is mine. Dad was working around several bite marks made by (we think) squirrels, while the mouth of mine started with a gouge I made accidentally when I was gutting it. Mine was going to be a triclops, but the middle eye wasn't centered enough and I decided I liked the lopsided face more.

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There were a lot more trick-or-treaters coming by this year than there have been in recent years, which was nice.

I finished off the night watching the MST3k of the classic crapfest Robot Monster, a movie so cheap that they couldn't afford a robot costume, so they used a borrowed gorilla suit with a helmet instead. Season One of MST3k was...odd. Not a big fan of Josh Weinstein. Larry, the second mad scientist, wasn't that funny (replacing him with TV's Frank was a good move, because the boss/lackey dynamic had more comedic potential) and I prefer Kevin Murphy's sarcastic, slightly fabulous version of Tom Servo to Weinstein's deadpan one. They were still definitely working out the kinks: they wasted pretty much the entire opening credits sequence to the Commando Cody episodes that preceded the film proper with unfunny variations on "not another one" and "wow, this is bad", and in general there weren't really enough quips. The show really hit its stride in Season Two; two of my all-time favorites are from that season (First Spaceship on Venus "Secretly, we've replaced their planet with Folger's Crystals" and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster "Kabob, and Ka-Steve!").
 
 
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Amelia: Wassail ... In CANSpadparadscha on November 5th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
That's the one. The bots have the same names after the first couple of episodes (Servo was "Beeper" in the first one, but after that they're all the same), but their characters aren't well-developed, and they're slightly clunkier in appearance. Joel literally put them together from Goodwill junk the day before shooting the pilot, and it shows. (They also didn't secure the rights to the movies they riffed.)

It's really only worth it for the history ... the concept was there, but they had yet to work out what to do with it.