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Killer Crab
A mysterious sabotage causes the shuttle of Joe Harkness to crash. A robotic weapon called the "killer crab" is his only hope for salvation and revenge.
Air Dates:
First Run - June 30, 1982
Repeat - October 5, 1982
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4 Responses to Episode 1345

All right...how do I describe this? It's a futuristic tale involving Joseph Harkness, an inventive miner (played by "The Luck Sisters" alumni Russell Horton) who lives on "Planet Vivian". Using "zeta power" techniques he's worked with on his job, he invents a 12 foot high robot, made out of titanium that looks like a gigantic horseshoe crab with retractable spider crab legs. (Fer kix both species are pictured above). He believes the military will want it as a weapon of the future (and he's right). He calls it "Joe's Killer Crab" or "K.C." for short. No kidding. To add to matters he has an inventor wife who wants out of her (marriage) "contract" (they have different names for things in the future) in order to marry another scientist who, while very polite, wants Joe dead. The new husband also, as Joe doesn't like us to forget, has a habit of pulling on his nose while thinking. I think I'd better quit while I'm ahead on this RMT-meets-the Jetsons-in-a-B-52s-nightmare-CD-track play, except to say it was a somewhat amusing if a bit hard to follow offering from the Tammy Grimes year of RMT. All it needed was a sign somewhere saying "Eat at Joe's".

Fun sci-fi tale here, but the "KC" seems to take a backstage to the foundation for the moral of the story. The ending isn't too surprising, but it is somewhat unlikely given the overall bleak tone to the piece.

A warring couple on a mining colony planet indulge in a deadly feud over the husband's invention of a new superweapon, a crab-like all-terrain attack 'tank'.

i remember a cassette tape where my dad had recorded this off the radio in 1982. :)

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