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The Loves of Hercules 

The Far-fetched flight scenes and tangled plot lines of this breathy 1960 Jayne Mansfield saga nudge Jonah and friends one step closer to the edge.

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Joel Hodgson (creator), Harold Buchholz | 18 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Felicia Day ... Kinga Forrester
Patton Oswalt ... Max (TV's Son of TV's Frank)
Jonah Ray ... Jonah Heston
Baron Vaughn ... Tom Servo (voice)
Hampton Yount ... Crow T. Robot (voice)
Rebecca Hanson ... Synthia / Gypsy
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Ardy
Tim Ryder ... Bonehead #1
Zach Thompson Zach Thompson ... Bonehead #2
Grant Baciocco ... M. Waverly
Har Mar Superstar ... Skeleton Crew Bandleader
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The Far-fetched flight scenes and tangled plot lines of this breathy 1960 Jayne Mansfield saga nudge Jonah and friends one step closer to the edge.

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14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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When Mickey Hargitay's credit appears, Crow quips "He was originally named Mortimer Hargitay." Walt Disney's original name for Mickey Mouse was Mortimer Mouse, but his wife didn't like it. See more »

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References The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981) See more »

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Rawhide
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Baron Vaughn
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Herculean failure on both sides of the screen!
21 April 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

The Loves of Hercules features a generously photographed (and heavily pregnant) Jayne Mansfield in two roles as Queen Deianira and Hippolyta. She ropes in her real life husband, muscle man, Mickey Hargitay to play Hercules. This 'power-couple' was extremely popular and famous back in the late fifties and early sixties... which is a testament to the Hollywood publicity machine rather than any ability these stars had as performers.

The 1960 flick is absolutely horrible and should have been a perfect vehicle for some witty riffing from the crew of The Satellite Of Love. But on this occasion, they fail to deliver. The puns are wordy and weak, the references are over-the-top obscure. There are also a lot of noticeably missed opportunities for some good gags.

This eighth entry of the MST3K reboot is the laziest one so far. (I'm watching them in sequence.) When the subject matter is this bad, the gags need to be a bit meaner so we can get on board with the torture that Jonah and the robots are going through. Instead, the crew seems genuinely happy to just roll out the riffs and take their lumps. I almost certainly won't be watching this one (numerous times) in the future!

I have learned from previous episodes to skip past the silly invention exchanges and head straight for the movie. I also stop watching when the movie ends. This means I can't comment on the antics of the peripheral MST3K characters. I've been disappointed in the ones I have seen and there's no reason to think that this or future episodes will get better.

A swing and a big miss boys, sorry.

Best gag: (sings) "I miss my dead wife!"


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