Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 5, Episode 22

The Day the Earth Froze (16 Jan. 1993)

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Joel and the Bots learn the ins and outs of the circus in the short Here Comes the Circus (1946) and then try to make sense of the Nordic fairy tale film The Day the Earth Froze (1959). ... See full summary »



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Joel and the Bots learn the ins and outs of the circus in the short Here Comes the Circus (1946) and then try to make sense of the Nordic fairy tale film The Day the Earth Froze (1959). Joel and the Bots take a family photo and Gypsy puts on a one woman show called "Gypsy Rose Me!". Written by skillwithaquill

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Tom Servo: [During the "Here Comes the Circus!" short, when the clowns dressed in white are coming out] Everyone make way for the Klu Klux Clowns!
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Make The Sampo!
22 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love movies that are well-made, with good acting and direction, and I love good TV shows. I'm 55 years old, have been watching TV since a kid, and Mystery Science Theater 3000 is my second all-time favorite TV show (since I can't demote TAXI). My favorite mst3k episode is The Day the Earth Froze. Joel Hodgson and the other writers were really on their game this time, and he and the bots delivered their commentary in a flowing, effortless way. They seemed to especially enjoy their unfortunate duty with a movie absolutely determined to be ridiculous.

In my favorite part, the hero's quest requires he journey over water. A loud voice instructs him to make a canoe out of a nearby tree, which he begins to cut down as the scene fades out. The same scene fades back in (Servo says, "...eight days later...") as the tree is about to fall, and Joel, as the loud voice, says, "Not that tree".

The Day the Earth Froze provides fans with on of mst3k's great catchwords: Sampo; which is a substance created, only on uniquely demanding occasion for its powerful, magical properties, by certain mythological types--gremlins, trolls witches, and such--who occupy a subterranean commune, and who regard The Sampo as better than cookie dough.

Other fav episodes: The Amazing Colossal Man, Teenagers from Outer Space, I Accuse My Parents, Rocketship X-M, The Sidehackers, and, of course, 'Manos' Hands of Fate.

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