Space Mutiny (Mutiny in Space) (1988): 8 out of 10: An all-white group of Space Nazi’s fight against a rebellion from within their ranks while taking time out for romance and Disco. Oh, and Stevie Nicks and friends stop by to give free lap dances to Santa. This is considered the source of one of the best MST3k episodes. It’s not hard to see why.
The Good: It is the source of one of the best MST3k episodes and honestly is hilariously funny on its own. Not on purpose, mind you.
The Bad: I am going to go with everything here. I mean really, the list of things Space Mutiny does wrong is practically endless.
The Ugly: This was filmed in South Africa at the height of apartheid, which gives a little edge to will our people survive when said by a big blonde guy wearing a white SS uniform.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Review
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode #820 Space Mutiny (1988): Space Mutiny: 10 out of 10; When people make lists of the best MST3K episodes Space Mutiny is often is in the top five (keep in mind this is out of an astounding 197 episodes). Even more impressive Space Mutiny is often given as the perfect starter episode to get people to watch MST3k as it is remarkably accessible and honesty, as stated above, funny even without the riffs.
The Good: Like the list of the bad above in the original movie review, there are too many to list. Some highlights include a hilarious golf cart chases complete with surprisingly girlie screams. A dead woman who is resurrected in the next scene due to poor editing/continuity and a lead actress who do to bad lighting, bad makeup, or the fact she is secretly fifty looks a little long in the tooth for our lead Mr. Buck Maguffin. Oh yeah, our boys come up for some names for our lead actor… about fifty or so… and unlike the “are you ready for some football” from Laserblast it doesn’t get old.
The host segments are also decent but let’s be blunt they are overshadowed by this masterwork. I mean, the captain looks like Santa Claus, pimps out his daughter to anyone who manages to land on his spacecraft and gets mystical lap dances from Stevie Nicks in a Hot Topic store.
The Bad: You know for how glorious the riffing was on this one I hate to say it, but our boys left some big ones on the table. For one thing, all the space footage is from Battlestar Galactica. Not in a hidden way but in hey that is Battlestar Galactica kind of way. Second off, all the good guys are wearing Nazi uniforms. I mean, how can you just not say anything?
The Ugly: Unfortunately, the boys didn’t find out that this was a South African production till after the episode was finished. I think some well-placed riffs would have happened had they known. At the very least, they wouldn’t have blamed Canada.
In Conclusion: As of this review, the uncut full-length version of Space Mutiny is available on Amazon Prime. Compared to the MST3K version it is well slightly longer and believe it or not even sillier with some very brief nudity, The MST3K version, however, will definitely give you the gist and the edits may make the underlying film seem better than it really is.
When I originally saw this episode, I gave both the riffing and the underlying movie lower scores. I have to admit with repeated viewing it really has grown on me. The underlying movie has a “The Room” quality as they drive around an industrial warehouse in golf carts pretending to be space warriors. The riffing is both spot on and a victim of an embarrassment of riches. I have watched it multiple times and still laugh out load and find new stuff. A great movie to watch with friends, whether they are fans of such nonsense or not.