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Pressing ever onward on my quest to finish seeing all the cable episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I opened up "The Hellcats." I had been holding off on getting the DVD of this episode for a while after noticing a comment that it had been written with a reduced staff and reused "host segments" from previous episodes, one of which I happened to see just a week ago. The thought that I could keep either it or "The Crawling Hand" from being my last unseen episode may well have been what made me put in the order.

The movie itself seems to be one of those that you need the summary on the back of the DVD case just to follow. From that summary, the crucial point appears to be that a young woman's fiancé (apparently some kind of police officer) is assassinated while trying to track down drug dealers, and the woman teams up with someone who seems to be her fiancé's brother to infiltrate a motorcycle gang. Much drinking and carousing (including a motorcycle race always just off-camera) follows before the plot resumes at last about two-thirds of the way in. I did have to emphasise with the riffs like "Mass confusion; I guess they're talking about the plot."

With that said, the movie did complete the "biker trilogy" of Mystery Science Theater 3000's second season, and compared to "The Sidehackers" and fan favourite "Wild Rebels," it contains more gang members and even manages to connect motorcycles in some small fashion to its conclusion. It also happens to be an Anthony Cardoza production (something I didn't realise until I saw the credits), and Tony Cardoza was the producer of the even more stupefying "Coleman Francis trilogy" of the sixth season. Connections like that, such as when I at last got around to seeing "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" and realised that its mumbling admiral was played by the same actor who played the mumbling secret agent boss of "Agent for H.A.R.M.", can be kind of fun to make. The world of cheesy movies can seem very small.

And with that, I have two episodes left still to see.

Date: 2006-09-10 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lazypadawan.livejournal.com
I think what happened was they found one cheesy film and tracked down any others made by the same studio or the same people. Though there always has been an alternate Hollywood universe of B-movies.

Date: 2006-09-11 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krpalmer.livejournal.com
I could see that happening with the "Coleman (http://www.geocities.com/opheliaskiss01/MightyJack/Skydivers.html) Francis (http://www.geocities.com/opheliaskiss01/MightyJack/Cuba.html) trilogy (http://www.geocities.com/opheliaskiss01/MightyJack/Yucca.html)," and I also know that they considered showing one movie during the second season that they didn't get around to until the fifth. I didn't know about all of the connections, though, and I suppose I was talking about my own fresh realisations.

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