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Not Rated | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | Episode aired 27 June 1999
A dark and dreary German production of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays fills the SOL while Pearl concocts a deadly new virus.


Kevin Murphy


Joel Hodgson (creator), Paul Chaplin | 5 more credits »


Episode cast overview:
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo / Professor Bobo / Fortinbras
Michael J. Nelson ... Mike Nelson
Mary Jo Pehl Mary Jo Pehl ... Pearl Forrester
Bill Corbett Bill Corbett ... Crow T. Robot / Observer
Patrick Brantseg Patrick Brantseg ... Gypsy




William Shakespeare's classic play comes partially to life in this Made for German TV production. During Mike's introduction to the viewers, Tom announces he's changed his name to Htom Sirveaux (sounds the same, but it's not). Pearl's development of a new deadly virus that can kill off half the world's population by next morning is forgotten when Mike hustles Pearl into sending him a movie of his choice, though he should've been more specific with his suggestion. Crow and Tom try pretending to be the ghost of Mike's father, except that Mike's father is alive and well. The Bots begin storyboarding their own productions of Hamlet and even go as far as enacting an all musical instrument version to Mike. Mike and the Bots then play a rousing game of "Alas Poor, Who?" and have to try identifying a famous celebrity based solely on one of their bones. In the end, the Bots reveal their Hamlet action figure complete with a dialogue pull string, but the string is a little longer than Mike is ... Written by Titus Yorick

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


Not Rated

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7 December 2019 | by mhorg2018See all my reviews

OK, Hamlet is my favorite of the Bard's tragedies. It's among the darkest of his works. What I'm saying here is that, even in it's original form, it's not exactly a laugh fest. Leave it to the Germans, with a young Maximillian Von Schell to make it EVEN DARKER AND MORE DREARY. I'm not kidding here. I wouldn't advice showing this version (unless its the MST3K version, and perhaps I'd think twice even then) to anyone suffering from... anything. I can't even imagine watching this one without Mike and the Bots. Even with them, the darkness of this particular version still shines through!

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27 June 1999 (USA) See more »

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

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