Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return – “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2” (2017)

This episode of MST3K finds the gang ripping into 1989’s “Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2,” an in-name-only sequel to the genuinely terrible, unwatchable original. The sequel is more entertaining at least, but it’s still garbage with laughable special effects, poorly choreographed and executed swordfights, juvenile humor at odds with the rest of the movie, and an unlikable child actor in the lead role (this time it’s Bobby Jacoby, of “Tremors” and “Night of the Demons 2”). Nevertheless, it’s always fascinating to watch David Carradine (even when he’s on autopilot, as he is here), not to mention the late Lana Clarkson, whose death would later be the subject of Phil Spector’s heavily publicized murder trial. The gang seems to be enjoying this one and while the jokes are occasionally a bit on the nose, it all adds up to a fun episode of the Netflix reboot.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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