Experiment K06: Gamera Vs. Gaos

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The KTMA SeasonMST3K Story: Joel is still pleased with the phone calls, but he wants the “scary guys with the low IQs” to stop calling and scaring Gypsy. Joel apologizes for all the giant turtle movies, but states that he doesn’t control what films are shown. He explains that the films are sent up by the mad scientists who shot him into space. Later, Joel puts Servo through puberty by changing his voice, taking it from a squeak to a “great dynamic mighty voice”. It immediately goes to Servo’s head. Gypsy also wants a new voice, but Joel thinks her voice is “kinda deep and sexy” and reminds him of Kim Carnes. A caller wants Crow unfrozen and Gypsy to join Joel in the theater. After showing the freezing of Crow again, Joel scolds Gypsy for eating Crow’s garland thinking it was “shiny spaghetti”. Joel gets an invitation to a young viewer’s birthday party. Since he’s trapped in space and can’t attend, the satellite is decorated in the boy’s honor and Servo gives him some life advice. At the close, Joel announces that they won’t be on during the Christmas holidays, but will return for a special New Years Eve broadcast.

Gamera Vs. Gaos Story: A volcanic eruption releases Gaos, a giant, bat-like creature with a laser beam and a taste for human blood. His rampage is delaying the building of an important road, disrupting not only the company, but also the locals who are negotiating the sale of their land for the road’s use. Several different methods are attempted to destroy Gaos, but none prove effective. Only the combined efforts of the Japanese scientific community, Gamera and Ichi (the grandson of the leader of the landowners), proves enough to defeat Gaos.

MST3K segments written by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Jim Mallon & Kevin Murphy
MST3K segments directed by Vince Rodriguez
Gamera Vs. Gaos written by Nisan Takahashi (as Fumi Takahashi)
Gamera Vs. Gaos directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Gamera Vs. Gaos music by Tadashi Yamauchi

MST3K Guest Cast: none

Gamera Vs. Gaos Cast: Kojiro Hongo (Shiro Tsutsumi), Yoshiro Kitahara (Dr. Aoki), Reiko Kasahara (Sumiko Kanamura), Kichijiro Ueda (Tatsuemon Kanamura), Koji Fujiyama, Kyôko Enami, Eiko Yanami

LogBook entry by Philip R. Frey

Notes: This episode marks the first reference to the Mads in the show proper, although their appearance is limited to a still from the opening credits.

Joel clearly calls Servo “Josh” during one of the theater segments.

Kojiro Hongo also appeared in the film MSTied in episode #K04 – Gamera vs. Barugon (re-used in #304).

Yoshiro Kitahara also appeared in the films MSTied in episodes #K04 – Gamera vs. Barugon and #K05 – Gamera (re-used in #304 & #302, respectively).

Reiko Kasahara also appeared in the films MSTied in episodes #K07 – Gamera vs. Zigra and #K08 – Gamera vs. Guiron (re-used in #316 & #312, respectively).

Koji Fujiyama also appeared in the films MSTied in episodes #K04 – Gamera vs. Barugon, #K05 – Gamera and #K07 – Gamera vs. Zigra (re-used in #304, #302 & #316, respectively).

Kyôko Enami also appeared in the film MSTied in episode #K04 – Gamera vs. Barugon (re-used in #304).

Eiko Yanami also appeared in the film MSTied in episode #K07 – Gamera vs. Zigra (re-used in #316).

Director Noriaki Yuasa directed all of the Gamera films used on MST3K except Gamera vs. Barugon.

Screenwriter Nisan Takahashi wrote all of the Gamera films used on MST3K.

Tadashi Yamauchi’s music can also be heard in the film MSTied in episode #K05 – Gamera (re-used in #302).

This film was re-used in #308 – Gamera vs. Gaos.

Notable Riffs: “The ocean. The beginning of all life and all Sandy Frank films.”
“It’s a battle of wits against two unarmed opponents.”

Gamera Vs. Gaos original release date: 1967, as Daikaijû kuchu kessan: Gamera tai Gyaosu.

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