In a way, its too bad that Mystery Science Theater 3000 used the movie 'Time of the Apes' all the way back in season 3. Because if this had been a part of the Sci-Fi era mythos....Oh, the fun they could have had with it!
Btw, I agree with your description, but most likely at the same time if they had done it during Sci-Fi era, chances are the film might not have been able to be licensed (since Sandy Frank lost the rights to his movies in 1996).
I've heard that the Planet of the Apes sequels weren't good. It would've been awesome if they could have acquired the rights to one of those. After all they did do Revenge of the Creature which was one of the sequels to Creature of the Black Lagoon.
Yeah, but Revenge of the Creature seemd like it was aquired in a big block of movies, since I think the first 8 movies of season 8 were old black and white Universal movies... But yeah, some ape movies would have been fun to see.