Astronauts (Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., and Hugh O'Brien) blast off to explore the moon. Because of a craft malfunction and some bad fuel calculations, they end up landing on Mars. Not sure how that works but, there you go.
This episode features Frank Conniff's first appearance as TV's Frank and Kevin Murphy's first appearance as Tom Servo. Also, hired as a typist less than a year before, Mike Nelson rises to the position of Head Writer. 0202 - The Sidehackers 
aka Five the Hard Way
Sidecar motorcycle racer Rommel and his fiancee Rita become friendly with a biker gang led by the unstable J.C. When Rita is raped and murdered by J.C. in a jealous rage, Rommel gathers some biker pals and goes on a hunt for vengeance.
Goldie Hawn appears as an uncredited extra spectator at the end of the race in the beginning of the film. This episode features a rare piece of comedy from Cambot when he puts an ESPN-style scoreboard up during the movie. The rape scene was obviously cut out and replaced with Crow saying, "For those of you playing along at home, Rita is dead." 0203 - Jungle Goddess 
When a plane carrying the daughter of a millionaire crashes in an African jungle, two pilots set out to collect the reward. They discover that she has become the goddess of a primitive tribe.
The two lead men in this film, George Reeves and Ralph Byrd, would go on to become Superman and Dick Tracy on TV.
A group of swingin' teens take time out from a whole lot of singing and dancing and having fun in the sun to try and foil a group of crooks searching for a stolen scroll.
Lots of musical guests is this film, including Little Richard ..who doesn't look entirely sober. 0205 - Rocket Attack U.S.A. 
A cold-war propaganda film intended to rally public support for an anti-ballistic missile program. Based on the assumption that Sputnik is gathering the necessary intelligence to build a nuclear missile.
This was the first episode to include a stinger: a short clip from the film that replays after the credits.
Med student Lewis Moffitt harbours a secret fear of the dark stemming from a traumatic childhood incident involving a corpse. This inspires his would-be frat brothers to conceive a particularly morbid initiation ritual; one which will, inevitably, go horribly awry.
Even though the setting is a college and everyone is supposed to be in their 20's, most of the actors are clearly in their 30's and 40's. Also contains a completely uncessary beauty pageant. Despite the title, the cat picture to the left is probably the most terrifying thing in this film. This episode marks the only time the short was presented after the main feature.
This episode also contains the short
The Phantom Creeps ,
Part 3 0207 - The Wild Rebels 
After one crash too many, race car driver Rod throws in the towel only to be recruited by a motorcycle gang to be a getaway driver for their next bank robbery.
Joel twice calls the theater the "Mystery Science Theater" - the first and last time he would do that. Due to Gypsy's love of Richard Basehart, she appears in the theater when someone mentions
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. 0208 - Lost Continent 
Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up with a native girl, a big lizard, and some dinosaurs.
"In regards to today's movie, I'm just going to say ...rock climbing." - Dr. Clayton Forrester. 0209 - The Hellcats 
A soldier comes back from the war and attempts to avenge the death of his brother who was an undercover cop with a drug-dealing biker gang, the Hellcats, who are employed by the mob to move drugs from Mexico to the USA. Phew!... That's a mouthful.
In Deep 13, before the movie starts, you'll notice that the scene cuts off the INSTANT that Frank says, "I don't fink on soul brutha." Reason being Frank could never say that line and look at Trace without cracking up. 0210 - King Dinosaur 
A new planet moves into our solar system and four scientists (two couples) are sent to explore Planet Nova. In between romantic interludes and blatant chauvinism, the cast faces an iguana masquerading as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
This episode also contains the short
X Marks the Spot .
This marks the first official stand-alone short ...as opposed to the short film being part of a serial. 0211 - First Spaceship on Venus 
A mysterious magnetic spool found during a construction project is discovered to have originated from Venus. A rocket expedition to Venus is launched to discover the origin of the spool and the race that created it. This might just be a rumor but I've heard the occupants of Venus are HOT!
0212 - Godzilla vs. Megalon 
The underground kingdom of Seatopia sends out Megalon, a giant beetle, and Gigan to destroy the above ground dwellers. In an attempt to stop them, an independently thinking robot brings Godzilla into the fight.
The film premeired in the US on NBC in the summer of 1977, where it was hosted by actor John Belushi dressed in a Godzilla costume. 0213 - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 
A young man steals a boat to find his brother, but he and his shipmates become shipwrecked on a mysterious island inhabited by a giant sea monster, a slumbering Godzilla, and a huge moth.
Other names this movie was released as in different parts of the world include: "Godzilla - Ebirah - Mothra: The Great South Seas Duel", "Ebirah, Terror Of The Deep", "Big Duel In The North Sea", "The Return Of Godzilla", and, for some reason, "Frankenstein and the Monsters from the Sea". < Season 1
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