||November 8 2008 10:35 PM
MST3K 'Star Trek'
If one likes a little sarcastic commentary with one's <i>Star Trek</i>, Rifftrax is the place to go.<p>As reported by <A class="link" HREF="http://www.rifftrax.com/">RiffTrax</A>, fans of <i>Mystery Science Theater 3000</i> take heart, the sarcastic commentary is back, with shows and movies, including <i>Star Trek</i>, being offered to fans for a modest price. <p><i>Mystery Science Theater 3000</i> (MST3K) was a popular American cult classic where a man and his robot sidekicks, stranded on a satellite in space, were forced to watch dreadful movies, including cheesy old science fiction movies. To cope with this punishment and to save their sanity, they offered a running commentary on said movies, where they made fun of the many flaws of the "B-movies." MTS3K ran for eleven years.<p><i>Rifftrax</i> is the Internet successor to MST3K. Writer/Performer <font color=yellow>Michael J. Nelson</font> and others, including the occasional guest star such as <font color=yellow>Weird Al Yankovic</font>, join together to poke fun at movies. MST3K fans may remember Nelson from the television series. He took over the role of the stranded man from series creator <font color=yellow>Joel Hodgson</font> in 1993 and continued the role until the end of the series in 1999.<p>For <i>Star Trek</i> fans, there is been one episode of <i>Star Trek: Voyager</i> available, the pilot <i>Caretaker</i>. The rest of the available <i>Star Trek</i> offerings are movies, including: <i>Star Trek: The Motion Picture</i>, <i>Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan</i>, <i>Star Trek: The Final Frontier</i>, <i>Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country</i> and <i>Star Trek: Generations</i>.<p>The <i>Rifftrax</i> site includes samples from each of the shows where one can "try out" the movie before deciding whether to purchase a download or not. For example, in <i>The Wrath of Khan</i>, in the scene where Kirk sees a rather hung-over Scotty, the dialog went like this: <br>Kirk: Wee bout of what?<br>McCoy: Shore leave, Admiral.<br>Commentary (with faux Scottish accent): Ah, she was green and she was worth it!<p>And another comment was made regarding Scotty's nephew, the young and doomed Peter Preston. <br>Preston: Midshipman First Class Peter Preston!<br>Commentary: Designated casualty? Yes SIR!<p>One of the funniest samples was that from <i>The Final Frontier</i>, a film long derided by fans of the original series. In the opening scene, Kirk is climbing Yosemite's El Capitan. The comment on this scene: <br>"I can even climb a mountain with my new hair!" <br>"He's actually trying to scale his own ego!" <br>"That would be tough..." <p>Spock's rocket boots in the same scene came in for ridicule too. <br>"Spock bought those used off of Wile E. Coyote."<p>To see more and sample the offerings, head to the link located <A class="link" HREF="http://www.rifftrax.com/">here</A>.<center></center>