Jumping straight from the tenth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 to the first, I've finished it off as well with "Women of the Prehistoric Planet." ("My sister saw this in junior high! All the guys had to go into the gym!") The episode is numbered "104," and practically every chronicle of the show (including the official episode guide) puts its entry for it in between those for "Mad Monster
" and "The Corpse Vanishes
." They also always seem to include a little note that it wasn't taped in between those two episodes, but was in fact the last produced for the first season. However, one person
, in managing to watch every episode in the space of a single year, put "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" after "The Black Scorpion
," and even though I haven't quite followed "production order" myself that did get my attention...
It's been argued through "Satellite News" itself that to draw too much attention to the delicate situation of this episode would be to call into question the arrangement of all the rest of the show, and I suppose there's a little something to that. It's also pointed out that it does manage to break up a long stretch of black-and-white movies "riffed" in casual fashion. (This was not the case when the first season was being shown on cable for the very first time, though...) At the same time, we know from official sources about this episode's situation, and callbacks in both "host segments" and riffing and the fine details of set and bot construction add up to show it following "The Black Scorpion," so to me being peculiar in my list of episode comments doesn't throw the rest of the series on to a slippery slope. With all of that said, now I suppose I have to acknowledge there's an actual episode and movie there too...( 'You're pretty well groomed for having been in space for so long.' )