8x04 804 - The Deadly Mantis
First Aired: Feb. 22, 1997 on SyFy
Summary: Movie Plot: After being exposed to atomic radiation, a giant Praying Mantis attacks the North Pole. On the SOL: Mike and Crow upset Servo by not participating in casual day / the Crew holds a memorial service for Pearl, who then calls to tell them that she is angry and she will pursue them…
Main Characters in this Episode
- In each successive host segment, Dr. Forrester is seen drinking from a larger water bottle (in the final segment, he has an entire water cooler tank strapped to his back). This was done to make fun of one of the studio representatives from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, who always brought water bottles to meetings and had similar mannerisms.
- Writer/star Mary Jo Pehl once said she thought this was the worst film she'd ever viewed for the series.
- The host segments involve Dr. and Mrs. Forrester agreeing to produce a movie based on Crow's screenplay ("Earth vs. Soup"), then interfering with the making of the movie. This was done as a satire of the problems involved in the making of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.