Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season 7, Episode 12

The Starfighters (29 Oct. 1994)

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Mike and the robots watch a never ending loop of jets flying and refueling while Crow struggles to get onto the Information Super Highway.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jim Mallon ...
Gypsy / Second Tech Support Voice
Tom Servo / First Tech Support Voice
Frank Conniff ...


The movie features jets, people flying them, people refueling them, people talking about them, and not much else. During the movie, Crow uses his present day state of the art computer technology to try accessing the Information Super Highway with only minimal success (if you can count being able to play Four Person Boogers successful). He uses his time on hold with tech support running through refueling drills with Tom and then at the half way point, they both decide to de"brief" Mike, which leaves him feeling free down in his nether regions. Later, the United Servo Academy Men's Chorus led by Vice Brigadere Sir Thomas "Bullhead" Servo presents their hymn about the concept of flight. Meanwhile, Mike introduces his new line of bold - and extra bold - Cowboy Mike's Red Hot Ricochet Barbecue Sauce against the Mads' cranial ports, which allows them to read each other's minds. It gets tricky when it comes to physically moving one other though. Written by Titus Yorick

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Mike Nelson: [as a guy running from a desert] Oh, it was pretty rough, man. I had to eat a lizard and drink my urine.
Tom Servo: [as other guy] But you were only here for ten minutes!
Mike Nelson: [as the runner] I know, but...
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Features The Starfighters (1964) See more »


United Servo Academy Men's Chorus Hymn
Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy
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'scuse me while I kick the sky
18 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're like me, and I know I am, then you've often wondered how much footage you could watch of planes refueling before you finally cracked. Luckily, this installment of MST will answer that question for you. If refueling doesn't do the job, Starfighters provides plenty of gripping talking-on-the-telephone-and-radio action to hold you in a vice-like stupor, tightened by the easy-listening jazz sound track.

This is an astonishingly dull movie from a director whose love of close-up shots runs to fetish. These giant head-shots are so startling on the small screen that I can only imagine the trauma they caused people who witnessed them in a movie theater, if, that is, anyone ever did. Director Will Zens can only be said to succeed with this film if he intended it as a metaphor for the sky: vast and largely empty.

With some lifeless movies (e.g., Lost Continent, Skydivers – what is it with the sky!), the SoL crew obviously struggles to beat off lassitude and keep the jokes flowing. Here, Mike and the bots are clearly having fun and easily keep the cracks rolling over this pancake.

The highlight of the episode, though, is the United Servo Men's Academy Chorus conducted by Brigadier Sir Thomas 'Bullhead' Servo. This choral paean to flying, courtesy of many Kevin Murphy overdubs, is both funny and impressive. My favorite MST musical number.

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