Clonus has a very unique history. This late-70s sci-fi piece is about a secret clone farm where clones of rich and high-ranking people are raised. Little do any of them know that they exist mainly for their organs, as they will be taken away and stripped for transplant if their original selves need replacement surgery to survive. One of these clones ends up discovering the truth and escapes.
It’s one of the MST3K movies that has you thinking that it’s almost a fairly solid movie, all things considered. It’s something that COULD be remade into a good movie. Then in 2005, Michael Bay made a total ripoff of it called The Island, starring Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. Countless MiSTies all immediately reacted with, “Wait, what the HELL?!” Clonus director Robert S. Fiveson sued over infringement and got a nice little settlement out of it. Good for him.
Experiment 512: Mitchell (1 am ET)
Joel’s final performance as the regular host came with Mitchell, a grimy tale of an obnoxious detective played by Joe Don Baker who insists on going against his bosses’ orders and investigating a criminal conspiracy. Mitchell is supposed to come off as something of a badass, but Joel and the Bots continue to razz him for being a drunken, unlikeable slob. I mean, this is a guy who reaches over and grabs a six-pack with his foot during coitus, so it’s not like they’re over the line.
Season 13 Short: Sleep for Health (3 am ET)
But hey, don’t miss Joel too much! He’s back for this short about the importance of sleep and routine! Two kids complain about how much their baby sibling sleeps and it leads to a brief, albeit dull, explanation about how they too need plenty of sleep to remain healthy. On the upside, this does take a turn by letting us see the brother dream about flying around in a tiny plane!