The episode: “Star Force: Fugitive Alien 2,” ep. 318
The riff: Observed by Tom as we get a sudden and dramatic outer space shot of what looks like some sort of nebula or gas cloud, but is probably a “black hole,” given the movie’s context.
The explanation: Judy Chicago (real name “Judith Cohen”) is an American feminist artist who is known for her big, three-dimensional art installations that reflect feminist issues in art. She coined the term “feminist art” in the 1970s, which led to her massive masterwork, “The Dinner Party.” The installation consists of a huge triangular table with place-settings that reflect 39 influential women of myth and history, from fertility goddesses all the way to Georgia O’Keeffe. I’m not entirely sure what about this cloud reminded Tom of a Judy Chicago painting, unless it’s some vaguely yonic imagery that I’m not quite seeing.
Novelty factor: Never heard of the artist before. I am amused, though, by the coincidence of having two riffs about feminism in two days’ time. At least one of the MST3k writers was apparently pretty well-versed in this stuff, and I can’t help but wonder which. Was Mary Jo already with them this early?