“Your experiment today is called Pod People. It has nothing to do with pods, it has nothing to do with people. It has everything to do with hurting.”— Dr. Forrester introduces the experiment
Most people can hear a song and have memories of where they were or what they were doing at a certain time in their lives. I too have countless songs that do that for me. I even have a few movies that made such a nostalgic impact upon me too. No song or movie has captured 3 separate moments in my life as a weird movie called ‘Pod People’. It’s a strange little film that came out of France back in 1983. It was dubbed to English in 1985. And during the summer of 1986 I seen this movie for the first time.
I can remember watching this late at night in the living room during a hot summer night back in ‘86. This night the TV was turned down low so it wouldn’t wake up my parents. My sister and I often did this for Night Tracks on TBS or movies past bedtime. Pod People came on that night. I was so shocked on how bad the show was I couldn’t stop watching it. I can’t remember if I riffed on this show but it wouldn’t surprise me if I did.
A few years later when I was in High School, I saw this movie the second time. It was a summer Saturday afternoon in 1991. I had the window open, with the fan and TV on in my room. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Episode 303 ‘Pod People’ came on for the first time and fell in love with it. Back then, MST3k was cutting edge TV for me. I loved to riff on movies too, so this low budget show instantly caught my attention. I always felt a close connection to the cast and humor of the series. Maybe because I grew up in the same region as these guys from Minnesota. I still can understand and relate to all the jokes and punchlines said during that time period. For me this is the peak era of MST3k and I watched this show every chance I got as a teen.
The third time was in the fall of ‘95, back when MST3K was briefly on syndication. I had just gotten married a few weeks ago. I was still in the service and it was one of the days I got released early because I had the best shine on my boots and knew all my general orders. It was the start of fall in Georgia, the leaves were starting to turn. I had a beer in my hand and was sitting on the couch watching TV. I knew MST3k was coming on so I flipped over to it. I saw the start of the show and laughed. I couldn’t believe it, this show again! I only watched it again because I dared myself to do it a third time.
It’s still a kick today as it was back then when I get on Twitch and watch the old MST3K episodes. The other day Pod People came on, it brought back these memories of those happier times in my life. Back when I was happy, young, and feeling alive. It’s not to often I hear or see something that vividly brings back those periods in my life. I cherish each time those moments happen. I find it funny that I have this painfully stupid funny movie called Pod People to tie all these 3 unique moments together. When I was a kid, a teenager and as a young adult. I love that nostalgic feeling. I’m so glad I can still have memories of those moments. I look forward to similar moments in my future.