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Beginning of the End 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Episode aired 25 November 1993
Swarms of giant grasshoppers are headed straight for Chicago in Beginning of the End (1957). Mike catches the Mads off guard, Crow presents his latest screenplay "Peter Graves Goes to the ... See full summary »


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Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 9 more credits »



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Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... TV's Frank
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ... Lady


Swarms of giant grasshoppers are headed straight for Chicago in Beginning of the End (1957). Mike catches the Mads off guard, Crow presents his latest screenplay "Peter Graves Goes to the University of Minnesota", and Tom performs a stand-up comedy routine about grasshoppers. Written by skillwithaquill

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25 November 1993 (USA) See more »

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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When Mike calls The Mads on a whim, T.V's Frank is eating from a carton of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia flavor ice cream. See more »


Crow T. Robot: [as a National Guard just being attacked by a giant cricket] One weekend a month, my ASS!
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Shot entirely in Minneapolis home of the University of Minnesota See more »


References Married... with Children (1987) See more »

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Two Words Peter Graves
21 November 2018 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

Beginning of the End: 7 out of 10: Giant Grasshoppers threaten Chicago as a lady photographer and a scientist who specializes in giant radioactive vegetables try to convince the army of the threat.

The Good: Good lord this movie is great. Is it as good as Them? Well no of course not. That is a legitimately scary movie. Beginning of the End would have a hard time scaring anyone who has figured out object permanence.

Okay, so this isn't scary. The action scenes consist mostly of stock footage and grasshoppers crawling over postcards (No I am not exaggerating nor making that up). The key to this film is two words. Peter Graves.

This simply would fall apart without Mr. Graves at the helm. The other acting is actually quite solid but Peter brings it to a new level. He and the script are so serious while giant grasshoppers wander down Wacker street and climb the buildings it is incredible. This movie is all about seriousness and science. It plays such a ridiculous story so straight that it simply becomes entertaining in its own right.

Also bonus points for the lady photographer having an honest to goodness car phone in the middle of a black and white fifties film.

The Bad: Did I mention the grasshoppers crawling over actual postcards?

The Ugly: The filmmakers started out with over two hundred grasshoppers. Due to rampant cannibalism amoung the insect actors, they were left with only eight for the big finale.

Despite looking every inch of a man that was about to lead the Wehrmacht into Leningrad Peter Graves really carries this movie. A guilty pleasure and a delight of that super serious science-based sci-fi that the fifties did so well.

MST3k: Season 6 Episode 17: Beginning of the End: 9 out of 10: You will see this episode on peoples best lists and for good reason. Excellent riffing. (If only the lady photographer had some way to prove what she saw?) and the classic The Mountains of Illinois: Combine this with multiple host segments that are both original and funny and you have a good introductory episode and a classic in its own right. The movie is decent and silly which helps as well.

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