#37. The Amazing Colossal Man

37. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) - Season 3, episode 309

"Well, there's a fifty foot guy. But he has hair, it can't be Glenn."

Plot: A soldier is caught in an atomic blast, and because of the radiation he grows to be fifty feet tall.
Famous for: Being one of the absolute funniest early MST3k episodes.

Doctor: Your name is the only word he spoke.
Tom Servo: Well, that and "AHHHHHHHHH!!!"

My favorite riff:  This is one of those rare episodes where I don't have a favorite riff. Pretty much every scene in the movie is hilarious, from start to finish.

"Oh, why do they keep putting these little chairs in here? They just do it to bug me!"

Scientist:  And then, his heart will literately explode.
Crow:  So... uh... don't wear a white dress that day.

Comments:  I first got into Mystery Science Theater about midway through season four. And at that time, if you had polled MST3k fans around the internet, and you asked them what their favorite episode was, the overwhelming number one choice probably would have been "The Amazing Colossal Man." Before Manos came around at the end of season four, and changed the game, THIS was the episode that nearly everyone I knew would talk about.  

Amazing Colossal Man has never been my favorite episode, mainly because it doesn't have that ONE great riff or that ONE great scene that always pops into my head whenever I think about it. But it will always show up in most people's top twenty or top thirty episodes, and for good reason. It's hilarious.

Because I'm more of a Mike guy than a Joel guy, it's only going to show up here, at number thirty-eight, on my particular countdown. But if you asked me to name the funniest episodes of the first three seasons, I would definitely include it in my top three. In my opinion, the three best episodes of the first three seasons of MST3k are The Amazing Colossal Man, Gamera vs. Guiron, and Fugitive Alien.

"No man is a Three Mile Island, Glen."

Other personal favorite things about this episode:  I mean, god bless old school 1950s special effects. You gotta love the huge hypodermic and the giant plastic fake legs that they used for the desert scene. And also, how is it possible that no one could spot a FIFTY FOOT GIANT wandering alone through the desert? Is he really that hard to find? Does the desert really have that much canopy tree cover?

Yes we love big comedy. Now stop quoting Brad Garrett, we get it.

Trivia:  Not only did MST3k riff The Amazing Colossal Man, they also riffed the sequel to the movie (War of the Colossal Beast) a little later during the third season. And I have to say, that episode is equally hilarious. In fact, the only reason I didn't include War of the Colossal Beast on my countdown was because I was trying to include as many movies as I could, and I was trying to stay away from the franchises (aka Gamera) and the sequels. This "no sequel" rule also explains why I included Fugitive Alien on my countdown, but not Fugitive Alien 2.  

Oh yeah, and I have to add this quote that I just randomly found on an old MST3k message board: 

"The Amazing Colossal Man contains what I believe to be the meanest riff they ever did. During the war footage, when the plane goes down, Joel says in his Big Bopper voice, “Hellllllooooo Baaaaabyyy!" It's horrible but I laugh every time I see it.

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