Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 2, Episode 11

Moon Zero Two (20 Jan. 1990)

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The crew stages their own moon landing pageant as they watch the film Moon Zero Two (1969) about an astronaut hired to capture an asteroid made of sapphires.


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Joel kicks off the week's invention exchange with a food teleporter that goes directly in your mouth while the Mads introduce celebrity bobble-head toothpaste dispensers. Then Joel and the 'bots are treated to a swinging 60s sci-fi space opera called "Moon Zero Two", all about a salvage mission on the moon in the year 2021 in which the services of a disaffected astronaut are needed by sinister tycoon in order to hijack a small asteroid made of sapphire and crash it into the moon. Written by Jerry Roberts

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This is a watchable & fun with lots of cheese.
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*Spoiler/plot- Moon Zero Two, 1969. The male lead character has an impressive NASA history in this film. Ever since having made his mark on history by being the first man to ever land on Mars, William H. Kemp has seen his life slowly slide downwards. He has gone from major fame and fortune to just hanging around a Western-like saloon/bar on the Moon at the saloon, he has been living on his faded past exploits in this Moon the lunar community. He's depressed how things have changed. He feels largely disgusted by how a commercial company (Space Corruption) wants to leave true space exploration behind, now to only focus on commercial space travel to make more corporation money. This X-captain Kemp decides to take up the new disagreeable job of being a space scrap metal seeker and collector. He thinks to collect them and sell them off. Returning to the Moon saloon after doing his recent round of picking up scrap parts from rusted space ships and satellites, Kemp runs into a newly arrived eccentric evil billionaire. The eccentric gives Kemp the tantalizing offer of helping him to collect a unique space asteroid made entirely of expensive sapphire materials and bring it down to the Moon. Also Kemp finds a beautiful new visitor to the Moon in the saloon, who is looking for her long missing brother doing Moon mining. Kemp tries to help her find her brother at his moon claim.

*Special Stars- James Olsen, Catherine Schell, Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy, Warren Mitchel, Bernad Breeslaw.

*Theme- When you loose your ethics, you loose everything.

*Trivia/location/goofs- British. Watch for the many British sci-fi film production elements that will be used in other films and TV shows like 'Space 1999' and 'UFO'. The film takes place in 2021. This movie was described by the producers and director as a "western in space", complete with claim jumpers, showdown-type gunfights, a hired gunslinger and even dancing saloon girls. When Clementine discovers the skeleton of her brother in his space suit, a bone-cut suture line can clearly be seen separating the top half of the skull above the brow showing it to be a skull with a removable top (a medical class specimen). When Capt. Kemp and Miss Taplin are bulldozing a shortcut to get back to Moon City in a moon rover, you can clearly see it's really a miniature vehicle being pulled by a thin string.

*Emotion- This is a watchable film for many reasons. It's unique in it's attempt to be a 'Western in Space'. It has gunfights, dance-hall girls, mining claims, bar fights, and claim jumping. It has all the essentials. But the film also has some top-notch science fiction set designs, special effects, and costumes & props & make-up. So this film is very confusing to the audience viewer. I still give it a thumbs-up.

*Based On- NASA Moon landing hysteria and popular space based sci-fi film box-office successes.

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