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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Wild World of Batwoman

Shout! Factory // 1993 // 90 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Appellate Judge James A. Stewart (Retired) // April 20th, 2012

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All Rise...

Appellate Judge James A. Stewart would rather deal with monsters and vampires than bureaucrats.

The Charge

"For all I know, it starred Robert Conrad and Ross Martin, but I doubt it."—Dr. Clayton Forrester

The Case

While I didn't think that, for some reason I was expecting Ray Dennis Steckler would turn up. More specifically, I somehow got The Wild World of Batwoman confused with Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, which I'd seen clips of on The Incredibly Strange Film Show years ago. Not to worry, though. The film is still a quality parody of the Batman TV series, although the targets also include vampires, monsters, and mad scientists, as the 'Bots and new guy Mike Nelson (in only his third episode as Joel's replacement) venture into the wilds of the 1960s.

The Wild World of Batwoman finds a masked woman fighting crime with a gang of go-go vampires who drink synthetic blood, mixing it up with a villain called Rat Fink (hence my initial mixup) over an atomic hearing aid (any comparisons to Miracle Ear are purely intentional).

Upon beginning this experiment, you will be immediately struck by two things: the villainous mad scientist and his assistant are eerily reminiscent of Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, and lead actress Katherine Victor (Mesa of Lost Women) clearly didn't want to be anywhere near this production. The line, "I have no desire to be made happy," seems to sum up the actress' feelings about the gig rather than the character's reaction to being drugged by the baddies. In fact, Victor's IMDb bio mentions her concerns about the "stigma" of low-budget Jerry Warren flicks.

While these particular observations somehow escaped the notice of Mike, Tom Servo, and Crow T. Robot, there's still lots of quipping to be had and often at the expense of the film's dialogue (seemingly more so than usual). For example, when Batwoman and her bats-a-go-go meet to investigate the kidnapping of one of their own—in bikinis, talking in office bureaucratic-speak—they refer to Roberts Rules of Wow! The scene sums up The Wild World of Batwoman quite nicely: a blend of titillation and tedium.

Elsewhere on The Satellite of Love, the Invention Exchange gets hairy (literally), as TV's Frank tries an atomic hair dryer on Clay, and Mike comes up with a giant "razorback" to take care of unwanted back hair. Prior to the feature, our heroes are subject to a short film on "Cheating," which leads to a discussion of free will. Seriously, but not too seriously.

Presented in standard definition 1.33:1 full frame, with Dolby 2.0 Stereo, The Wild World of Batwoman is another single disc re-release of an out-of-print Mystery Science Theater 3000 DVD from the show's sixth season, available for purchase exclusively through the Shout! Factory store; though it's also available for rental streaming at Amazon.com. There are no extras.

The Wild World of Batwoman doesn't reach the ultimate in MST3K experiences, but does offer an amusing 90 minutes of comedy in space.

The Verdict

Not guilty, although Dr. Forrester should be reprimanded for bringing poor Robert Conrad into this mess.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 80

Perp Profile

Studio: Shout! Factory
Video Formats:
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• None
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 1993
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Action
• Adventure
• Comedy
• Cult
• Science Fiction
• Superheroes
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

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