Shorts 2: A second collection of MST3K film shorts. Catalina Caper: The Mads kick off the invention exchange with "tank tops", actually tank turrets worn around the mid-section while Joel introduces the Tickle Bazooka. Then Joel and the ‘bots are forced to watch a swingin’ 60s caper comedy called "Catalina Caper", all about a group of beach party teens who foil a plot by a group of international crooks looking to steal a valuable scroll. Skydivers: Tom Servo puts on a planetarium show, but Crow ruins it with jokes about Uranus. Continuing the theme of adolescent behavior, Dr. Forrester and TV’s Frank challenge Mike and the ‘bots to a swing choir contest. Guess which side cheats? Next, the villains of Deep 13 force Mike and company to watch the educational short film Why Study Industrial Arts? (1956) which uses wooden young actors to answer the title question in the most tedious and unpersuasive manner possible. The feature film is The Skydivers (1963), a Coleman Francis opus with a barely detectable plot about adultery, sabotage and long-delayed coffee drinking at a skydiving establishment. The trio suffers through bad continuity, incompetent editing, endless shots of falling skydivers, unappetizing louts in close ups, and the leading lady’s helmet-like hairdo. Meanwhile, Crow discovers what a double jock-lock is, cuts himself in half and finds his car at the mercy of Tom Servo’s fighter plane.
First broadcast in Italy in 1984, The Octopus (La Piovra) is aninternational blockbuster, running for 18 years and producing 9 follow-up series.The title of thisclassic Mafia thriller says it all, evoking the image of a secret criminalculture which extends itstentacles intoevery layer of society.Ultimately shot on three continents, The Octopus brought scope and sophistication to the story of an old battle and shows the cost men and women pay when they stand up to the injustice of organized crime. InSeries 2 it gets personal for Police Inspector CorradoCattani(Michele Placido).His lust for revenge drives him undercover, where hediscovers a multi-million dollar arms deal.Helped by a familiar foe -the Countess OlgaCamastra(FlorindaBalkan) -whose love for him leads her to break the criminals’ code of silence, Cattaniworks both sides of the law as his battle withthe Mafiareaches a shocking climax.