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The Call
source: Mystery Science Theater 3000 8x20, Space Mutiny (1988)
audio: Survivor, "The Moment of Truth (from The Karate Kid)"
length: 3:51, 92MB mp4 (other sizes available)
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 92MB mp4
summary: An ode to the heroism of Blast Hardcheese. No wait I meant Dave Ryder.

A Festivids 2014 pinch hit for[personal profile] jetpack_monkey. Original Festivids post. AO3 page.


I read [personal profile] jetpack_monkey's Festivids letter and picked up the pinch hit almost immediately thereafter, as I had no less than three ideas for three of the six requests therein. This was the easiest, because it's all right there in the letter--an ode to the heroism of Blast Hardcheese, played as straight-faced as humanly possible. Power ballads earn bonus points.

The vid was actually totally fun to make, and it came together in about ten days flat--I unapologetically ripped the source direct from YouTube (which must have itself been a DVD rip, because the quality wasn't too terrible) and then started googling "power ballads of the 80s" while clipping and watching the movie in the background. In the end, I wound up searching for "Eye of the Tiger" on iTunes, seeing what else Survivor had done, and…choosing between this track, the one from The Karate Kid, and the one from Rocky IV. If that's not peak 80s, I don't know what is. (Sidenote: This song is so bad. It doesn't even have a bridge! It doesn't have an ending! It just fades out in the original track! How did these people make money?!) This one had a better beat, so I went with that and we were off to the races. I laughed a lot while editing, either remembering lines from the MST3K episode or just because of the ridiculousness. As for Mike and the robots, I wound up making a virtue out of necessity by incorporating them in the initial credits and going full-out MST3K style for the final credits. (If you get the font joke reference in here, by the way, you get bonus points.) 


I owe a lot to the internet MSTies of yore and their painstaking explanations for everything having to do with the show, as well as to [personal profile] laurashapiro for beta watching and (needless to say) saying smart things that made the vid better.

No subtitle file at the moment; my apologies.


Lyrics
When you're alone you ask yourself
What are you searching for?
Deep in the night a dream is born
One that you can't ignore

If you think you can find the passion
And you're ready to take a chance
If you really believe you can make it
Then the power is in your own hands

It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, willing to fall
If you can do it get up and prove it
Get up and show them who you are

It's the moment of truth it's all on the line
This is the place this is the time
Waited forever, it's now or it's never
Nothing can stop you now, oh

Once in your life you make a choice
Ready to risk it all
Deep in your soul you hear a voice
Answering to the call

Though you know that it won't be easy
It's a promise you make for love
For the people that keep believing
And the one that you're thinking of

It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, willing to fall
If you can do it get up and prove it
Get up and show them who you are

It's the moment of truth it's all on the line
This is the place this is the time
Waited forever, it's now or it's never
Nothing can stop you now

It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, willing to fall
If you can do it get up and prove it
Nothing can stop you now

It's the moment of truth you're giving it all
Standing alone, willing to fall
If you can do it get up and prove it
Get up and show them who you are

It's the moment of truth it's all on the line
This is the place this is the time
Waited forever, it's now or it's never
Nothing can stop you now

It's the moment of truth
Moment of truth
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