Movie: Phantom Planet:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Phantom Planet, one of 270
million cheap sci-fi movies our country churned out during the
late Fifties and early Sixties. And what would a early 60's
sci-fi movie be like without a stubborn, chunk-headed American
hero? Phantom Planet has that covered in the person of Captain
Frank Chapman, who crash-lands on a mysterious planet full of
Lilliputian-sized people. Chapman involuntarily undergoes
shrinkage and winds up their size before he knows it. From there
he gets put on trial by the tiny civilization, gets claimed by a
Machiavellian young woman, fights another chunk-headed guy,
falls in love with a mute girl, and helps the wee folk battle
the sluggish, cartoon-dog-faced Solarites who periodically
attack. All in all, a full day.
— Bill Corbett
Mike and the 'Bots have an "Andy Rooney-off", pitting their
respective Andy Rooney imitations against each other. In the
end, no one wins - in fact, we all pay dearly.
Down in Castle Forrester, Pearl, Observer, and Bobo unpack the
Doomsday Machine they ordered from Spiegel. Turns out it
requires some assembly. The radioactive core of the device
accidentally gets sent to the SOL, where Servo and Crow want to
keep it as a pet.
Servo tries to take the advice of the doomed astronaut in the
movie, and fix his attention on "the good and the beautiful." He
does this by staring at various combinations of delicious food
items and photographs of sexy starlets, thereby missing the
point entirely, as Servo is wont to do.
On the SOL, Mike takes a space walk and Crow forgets to reel him
Down in Castle Forrester, Pearl and Observer continue struggling
to put the Doomsday Device together. They hear ghastly, ghostly
noises echoing through the halls and get all scared. And -- what
do you know! - it turns out to be Bobo yawning and accidentally
dragging a chain around.
Inspired by the look of the planet's control panels in the
movie, Crow and Servo set up an array of water glasses and
practice playing. Mike innocently shows them up with his
virtuoso playing, temporarily upsetting the 'Bots, what with
their fragile self-esteem.
Crow dresses as a Solarite from the movie, sending him into a
spiral of existential doubt about what he really is all about.
On earth, Pearl has despaired of ever finishing the device, and
her confidence as an evil world conqueror is shaken. But she's
cheered by a mob of villagers apparently storming the castle -
that must mean she's a threat. Her heart sinks when she learns
that the peasants are there merely to welcome them to the
Lt. Ray Makonnen recites "the good and the beautiful" speech one
last time: "You know, Captain. Every year of my life, I grow
more and more convinced that the wisest and best is to fix our
attention on the good and the beautiful. If you'll just take the
time to look at it."