Experiment K02: Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The KTMA SeasonMST3K Story: Joel and Crow discuss the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and Crow makes a joke. Later, Crow tells Gypsy the history of Thanksgiving, but has some of his facts wrong. Gypsy has gourds in her mouth for no readily apparent reason.

Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars Story: On a mission to Mars, Captain Black of Spectrum, a space exploration and defense force, destroys a base belonging to the Mysterons, immediately leading to a declaration of hostilities. The Mysterons kill two Spectrum operatives, Captain Brown and Captain Scarlet, but “Mysteronize” them, which brings them back to life under Mysteron control. While Brown is turned into a living bomb, Scarlet is sent to threaten the world President. When he falls from an observation deck after being shot by Captain Blue, Scarlet regains his memory and his senses, plus realizes that the Mysterons’ treatment has left him virtually indestructible. Captain Scarlet and Spectrum’s adventures are dramatized in the following stories:

  • “Shadow of Fear” – An attempt to place an observation post on Phobos, Mars’ moon, is disrupted by the disappearance of one of the attending astronomers. Captain Scarlet goes in search of the man in case he has been turned by the Mysterons.
  • “Lunarville 7” – The Lunar Controller has announced that he has reached a peace settlement with the Mysterons. To the astonishment of Captain Scarlet and Spectrum, the Mysterons appear to have begun building a city on the dark side of the moon.
  • “Crater 101” – Infiltrating the Mysterons’ Lunar base, Captain Scarlet and Captain Blue succeed in capturing the city’s power source, one of the Mysterons’ greatest secrets. Escaping the city before it is destroyed, the men of Spectrum are unaware of a Mysteron agent in their midst.
  • “Dangerous Rendezvous” – With the Mysterons’ power source, Spectrum is able to communicate with the Mysterons directly. They seem to accept the offer of a parlay, provided only one officer is sent to negotiate. Captain Scarlet volunteers to go.

MST3K segments written by Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Jim Mallon & Kevin Murphy
MST3K segments director unknown
Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars written by Tony Barwick
Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars directed by Robert Lynn, Ken Turner & Brian Burgess
Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars music by Barry Gray

MST3K Guest Cast: unknown

Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars Cast: Francis Matthews (Captain Scarlet), Ed Bishop (Captain Blue), Donald Gray (Colonel White / Captain Black / Voice of The Mysterons), Cy Grant (Lieutenant Green), Jeremy Wilkin (Captain Ochre), Paul Maxwell (Captain Grey), Gary Files (Captain Magenta), Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell (Dr. Fawn), Sylvia Anderson (Melody Angel), Liz Morgan (Destiny Angel / Rhapsody Angel), Janna Hill (Symphony Angel), Lian-Shin (Harmony Angel)

LogBook entry by Philip R. Frey

Notes: This episode has not appeared in fan circles, so has not been seen in its entirety since its original broadcast. Several tidbits of information have, however, emerged over time.

Joel calls himself “Joel Hodgson” during the intro.

Gypsy is referred to as “Gypsum”, an alternate name that was often (but not consistently) used in the KTMA era.

The material in this episode is often referred to incorrectly as Revenge Of The Mysterians (even in “The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing Colossal Episode Guide” – so much for empirical knowledge).

Paul Maxell coincidentally appeared in a movie entitled Shadow Of Fear in 1963.

Sylvia Anderson was co-producer (with then-husband Gerry) on most of the classic “Supermarionation” series including Captain Scarlet and Stingray, which was MSTied in episode #K01 – Invaders From The Deep. She also co-created Space: 1999, which was MSTied in episode #K10 – Cosmic Princess.

Music by Barry Gray can also be heard in episodes #K01 – Invaders From The Deep and #K10 – Cosmic Princess.

Revenge Of The Mysterons From Mars original release date: 1980, from episodes of Captain Scarlet that originally aired in 1967