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     Sunday, May 17 2009 @ 02:59 PM EDT
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    WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET--This first season's diddy was a fun watch through--once. I seem to recall the film from its viewings on television quite well and this proves memory can cheat. I thought the spider was so scary and huge, I recalled the natives who attack Tang and Linda at the end to be quite savage...well the spider was tiny compared to other movie spiders and the natives who attack Tang act vicious but they actually look more civilized than he does. The Bots should have razzed on Joel for getting out of his seat and moving about the theatre so much---it really doesn't work most of the time and he did it a lot this experiment. The one time it was cute was when he changes the ship's course to go to the prehistoric planet...they were headed somewhere else and never seemed to change course for it...so he did it for them. Another annoying thing (or things rather) is that in these early experiments, the Bots and Joel talk over MUCH of the dialogue of the film. This is okay in some ways but in others...you can't hear the film but more importantly, you can't hear the quips either! At times, even when there was a space between the dialouge, the Bots and Joel weren't talking loud enough for us to hear (well, me anyway).

    Enough complaining, onto the fun stuff. Joel and the Bots do the "real-fake" routine as the first spaceship crashlands. I also like the way Joel tells the girl Linda to calm down when she gets so excited over seeing the planet for the first time, "...it's a cardboard cutout..." The set of the lake, stream, whatever, looked like a piece together from those old PREHISTORIC SCENCES model kits. Much humor came from the name Tang, the breakfast that the astronauts supposedly used--the 70s and late 60s ads told us this so it must have been true. This also has the first (I think) Hi-Keeba from the goofy overweight engineer (and Frank, it is funny!). The Bots and Joel told him to "Shut up!" and told the others to kill him, quips which were used in later seasons to good extent. One of the men astronauts seems nice enough until he starts showing his prejudice against the alien "slaves" and one of the robots calls him Archie Bunker. There is also a female astronaut who is in the first part of the movie and she has this Annette Funcillo haircut and even dances to music at one point. The Bots and Joel make good fun of all this. I particularly like their play on the name of Major Long, who didn't have long to live. They also make mention of Billy Idol at the idol of Tang's. More Monkies (Tang's monkey) and Gilligan's Island (the first crew's trek through the jungle) references were welcome.

    "Why did they call it WOMEN OF THE PREHISTORIC PLANET?" Joel rightly points out. None of the skits were memorable with a doomsday device coming on board...actually brought on by the ever bright Joel. Tom's quip about it could have been worse...it could have been a Doris Dooms Day Deivce is cute. As an aside, most of the music used in this film is from THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON which was used in many other films (such as LET'S KILL UNCLE and KING KONG VS. GODZILLA).

    All in all, despite my many complaints above, this was a fun watch and was not difficult or painful to sit through...then again, I watched it in about four different segments over four different sittings...but all in the same night...so it ranks higher than some of the others which I have yet to been able to get through (IE...INDESTRUCTIBLE MAN and any of the biker films).

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