History Film / QuestOfTheDeltaKnights

3rd Mar '16 8:18:15 PM AnotherGuy
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As far as movies riffed on by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' go, this one isn't one of the worst but also not one of the best. It's at least watchable and usually fairly fun, but also notably confusing and nebulous, especially with regards to its [[AnachronismStew temporal]] and [[ArtisticLicenseGeography physical]] setting.

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As far as movies riffed on by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' go, this one isn't one of the worst but also not one of the best. It's at least watchable and usually fairly fun, but also notably confusing and nebulous, especially with regards to its [[AnachronismStew temporal]] and [[ArtisticLicenseGeography physical]] setting.
setting. The recap can be found [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S09E13QuestOfTheDeltaKnights here]].
3rd Mar '16 8:16:49 PM AnotherGuy
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* DungFu / ToiletHumor: Baydool weaponizes his urine early in the film.
3rd Mar '16 8:15:50 PM AnotherGuy
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Here's everything the audience knows about where the story is set: It's not England, but people do speak English. It's ruled by a Mannerjay (not a real world title). It's the dark ages. That's basically it.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Here's everything the audience knows about where the story is set: It's not England, and Tee is from England, but people do speak English.it's not the setting. It's ruled by a Mannerjay (not a real world title). It's the dark ages. That's basically it.
3rd Mar '16 8:14:34 PM AnotherGuy
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* Expy: Thena's brother is basically Robin Hood.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Thena's brother is basically Robin Hood.
3rd Mar '16 8:14:15 PM AnotherGuy
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%% * OfCorsetsSexy: Athena, and how.

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%% * OfCorsetsSexy: Athena, and how.how. When she's revealed as a princess, her corset pushes her bosom to her ''shoulders''.
21st Jan '16 12:00:52 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* TheChosenOne: Tee is the one destined to find the way to Archimedes' Lost Storehouse. In practice what this means is they use the place of his birth to orient the map.

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* TheChosenOne: Tee is the one destined to find the way to Archimedes' Lost Storehouse. In practice what this means is they use the place of his birth to orient the map. Which from their starting place is actually ''north''.
20th Dec '15 6:08:54 PM wrm5
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Here's everything the audience knows about where the story is set: It's not England. It's ruled by a Mannerjay (not a real world title). It's the dark ages. That's basically it.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Here's everything the audience knows about where the story is set: It's not England.England, but people do speak English. It's ruled by a Mannerjay (not a real world title). It's the dark ages. That's basically it.
13th Dec '15 8:31:51 AM wrm5
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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: Archimedes and that git from Vinci, Leonardo.

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* {{Historical Domain Character}}s: Archimedes and that git from Vinci, Leonardo.Leonardo da Vinci.
10th Dec '15 2:06:20 AM wrm5
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->''"I sing of the glor-i-ous Delta Knights''
->''They lived in Europe somewhere..."''
-->-- '''Tom Servo''', "Air on a Delta Knight"



The plot concerns a young boy named Travis (nicknamed "Tee"), who is sold into slavery after he is orphaned in an attack on a caravan. Tee is bought by Baydool (a slumming David Warner), a beggar man who is secretly a spy for the Order of the Delta Knights, a society dedicated to knowledge, justice, eradicating evil; the usual heroic stuff. The knight makes Tee his apprentice as he covertly opposes the dastardly Lord Vultare (also a slumming David Warner), who is looking for the fabled Lost Storehouse of Archimedes, rumored to contain all manner of ancient-high-tech doodads that would allow their wielder to TakeOverTheWorld.

The duo infiltrate Vultare's castle to gain access to a map leading to the storehouse, but afterward Baydool is captured, and Tee's attempt to rescue his mentor [[MentorOccupationalHazard ends badly]]. So, Tee sets off to find the Storehouse before Vultare can, joining forces with an [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Italian cad named Leonardo]] who is also a member of the Order, and a serving wench named Thena. Along the way they have a few scrapes with Vultare's forces, Leo hits on and gets hit by the girl, the party gets captured by a disturbingly merry band of masked bandits, and it turns out Thena is a princess or something. In the end they find the Storehouse, but wouldn't you know it but Vultare's been following them the whole time! Fortunately the villain gets DistractedByTheShiny artifacts and zaps himself to death, and Tee blows up the Storehouse, reasoning that [[TheWorldIsNotReady mankind is not yet ready for its secrets]]. But Leonardo rips off most of the gadgets inside of it, so it isn't a total loss. The end.

The film is mainly notable for being confusingly nebulous in terms of [[AnachronismStew temporal]] or [[YouFailGeographyForever physical]] setting. Also, several viewers have noticed that the first act of ''Delta Knights'' ("mute" orphan slave is bought for an insultingly low sum, freed, and adopted by a "crippled" beggar who is a spy for a secret organization) is essentially Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE]]!-].

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The plot concerns a young boy named Travis (nicknamed "Tee"), who is sold into slavery after he is orphaned in an attack on a caravan. Tee is bought by Baydool (a slumming David (David Warner), a beggar man who is secretly a spy for the Order of the Delta Knights, a society dedicated to knowledge, justice, eradicating evil; the usual heroic stuff. The knight Baydool makes Tee his apprentice as he covertly opposes the dastardly Lord Vultare (also a slumming David Warner), who is looking for the fabled Lost Storehouse of Archimedes, rumored to contain all manner of ancient-high-tech doodads LostTechnology that would allow their wielder to TakeOverTheWorld.

The duo infiltrate Vultare's castle to gain access to a map leading to the storehouse, but afterward Baydool is captured, and Tee's attempt to rescue his mentor [[MentorOccupationalHazard ends badly]]. So, Tee sets off to find the Storehouse before Vultare can, joining forces with an [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Italian cad named Leonardo]] Leonardo DaVinci]] who is also a member of the Order, and a serving wench named Thena. Along the way they have a few scrapes with Vultare's forces, Leo hits on and gets hit by the girl, the party gets captured by a disturbingly merry band of masked bandits, and it turns out Thena is a princess or something. princess.

In the end they find the Storehouse, but wouldn't you know it but turns out Vultare's been following them the whole time! Fortunately the villain gets DistractedByTheShiny artifacts and zaps himself to death, and Tee blows up the Storehouse, reasoning that [[TheWorldIsNotReady mankind is not yet ready for its secrets]]. But Leonardo rips off most of the gadgets inside of it, so it isn't a total loss. The end.

The film is mainly notable for being confusingly nebulous in terms As far as movies riffed on by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' go, this one isn't one of the worst but also not one of the best. It's at least watchable and usually fairly fun, but also notably confusing and nebulous, especially with regards to its [[AnachronismStew temporal]] or [[YouFailGeographyForever and [[ArtisticLicenseGeography physical]] setting. setting.

Also, several viewers have noticed that the first act of ''Delta Knights'' ("mute" orphan slave is bought for an insultingly low sum, freed, and adopted by a "crippled" beggar who is a spy for a secret organization) is essentially Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'' [-[[RecycledInSpace IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE]]!-].
[[RecycledInSpace Recycled In Medieval Europe]].



* AnachronismStew: And how! The extras were workers and patrons of a local Renaissance Faire who provided their own costumes. So some Mooks wear horned Viking helmets, others wear armor, while still others dress like pirates and sultans. Archimedes' notebook, which becomes the foundation of the Order, is bound with ancient staples. And as mentioned earlier, Tee uses bombs to bring down the Storehouse, and also has a crude pistol (though to be fair, gunpowder weapons had been present in Europe since the 14th century). Tee's gender neutral parent thing tries to assault Vultaire with a ''sai''.
* AncientTradition: The Delta Knights. According to ''[=MST3K=]'', the Order's still around, but based on their outfits and habits it's strongly implied we now know them as [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats Shriners]]. These days, instead of fighting evil they mostly run an annual pancake breakfast, where they try to raise enough money for next year's pancake breakfast.
* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Archimedes Founded A Secret Society]]: ''TheDaVinciCode'', eat your heart out.
* YouFailGeographyForever: Everyone's speaking English, but "Vultare" sounds vaguely French, Leonardo da Vinci is hanging around, and supposedly Archimedes of Syracuse has a storehouse nearby.
* {{Atlantis}}: Apparently where Archie got all his good ideas.

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* AnachronismStew: And how! The extras were workers and patrons of a local Renaissance Faire who provided their own costumes. So some Mooks wear horned Viking helmets, others wear armor, while still others dress like pirates and sultans. Archimedes' notebook, which becomes the foundation of the Order, is bound with ancient staples. And as mentioned earlier, Tee uses bombs to bring down the Storehouse, and also has a crude pistol (though to be fair, gunpowder weapons had been present in Europe since the 14th century). Tee's gender neutral parent thing tries to assault Vultaire Vultare with a ''sai''.
* AncientTradition: The Delta Knights. According to ''[=MST3K=]'', the Order's still around, but based on their outfits and habits it's strongly implied we now know them as [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats Shriners]]. These days, instead of fighting evil they mostly run an annual pancake breakfast, where they try to raise enough money for next year's pancake breakfast.
* [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Archimedes Founded A Secret Society]]: ''TheDaVinciCode'', eat your heart out.
* YouFailGeographyForever:
ArtisticLicenseGeography: Everyone's speaking English, but "Vultare" sounds vaguely French, Leonardo da Vinci is hanging around, and supposedly Archimedes of Syracuse has a storehouse nearby.
* {{Atlantis}}: Apparently where Archie got all his good ideas.
nearby.



* BigNo: There's a silent one from Travis in the beginning.
* BiggerBad: The Mannerjay, who's the super-evil ruler of Whereeverthehellitania, but she never gets involved in the main conflict in any way.
* BreastExpansion: Apparently, finding out you're a princess causes your breasts to enlarge.
* BrokenAesop: [[TheWorldIsNotReady The Order shouldn't possess]] Archimedes' secrets because such power could corrupt those who possess it. Doesn't say a hell of a lot about Tee's opinion of the man who raised him (a member of said order)

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* BigNo: There's a silent one from Travis in at the beginning.
* BiggerBad: The Mannerjay, who's
beginning as his family is killed, but we only see him mouth the super-evil ruler of Whereeverthehellitania, but she never gets involved in word as the main conflict in any way.
sound is removed for drama.
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* BreastExpansion: Apparently, finding out you're a princess causes your breasts to enlarge.
* BrokenAesop: [[TheWorldIsNotReady The Order shouldn't possess]] Archimedes' secrets because such power could corrupt those who possess it. Doesn't say a hell of a lot about Tee's opinion of the man who raised him (a member of said order)
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* TheChick: Thena
* TheChosenOne: Tee.

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%% * TheChick: Thena
* TheChosenOne: Tee.Tee is the one destined to find the way to Archimedes' Lost Storehouse. In practice what this means is they use the place of his birth to orient the map.
* CopycatCover: A recent DVD cover for the movie makes it seem like the lost member of the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy.



** CopycatCover: A recent DVD cover for the movie makes it seem like the lost member of the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''Baydool:''' This is an atlas. There are maps in it.
-->'''Pearl:''' Yeah, that'd be an atlas.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Travis, after he has long, fake hair.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Thena turns out to be the long-lost Princess Athena of a neighboring country, a fact revealed during an improbable run-in with her brother and his friends, who are running around being bandits for some reason.

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** CopycatCover: A recent DVD cover for the movie makes it seem like the lost member of the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->'''Baydool:''' This is an atlas. There are maps in it.
-->'''Pearl:''' Yeah, that'd be an atlas.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Travis, after he has Tee's disguise involves a long, fake hair.
flowing hairpiece that makes him look like a girl. It's not DisguisedInDrag, though, because it wasn't intentional.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Thena turns out to be the long-lost Princess Athena of a neighboring country, a fact revealed during an improbable run-in with her bandit brother and his friends, who are running around being bandits for some reason.friends.
* Expy: Thena's brother is basically Robin Hood.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The Mannerjay, the evil supreme ruler of the country in which this story is set.



* ImprobableWeaponUser: Tee's blowgun.
** Baydool uses a pan of his own urine.
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Leonardo ''of'' Vinci.
* KidHero: Tee.
* LoveableRogue: Probably what they were going for with Leo.

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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Tee's blowgun.
** Baydool uses a pan of his own urine.
%% * InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Leonardo ''of'' Vinci.
* KidHero: Tee.
Tee, the ChosenOne of the Order, who is destined to lead the way to the Lost Storehouse of Archimedes.
* LostSuperweapon: It turns out one of Archimedes' great inventions was a crystal ball that focuses latent energy in the atmosphere to create a DeathRay. It turns out it wasn't quite {{Ragnarok Proof|ing}}ed well enough, though, and it overloads on Vultare, killing him.
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* LoveableRogue: Probably what they were going Leonardo Da Vinci, for with Leo.some reason.



* MyGirlIsNotASlut: "Athena was ''always'' a princess!"
-->'''Crow:''' Or a [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]], or a [[NaughtyNurseOutfit naughty nurse]].

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* MyGirlIsNotASlut: By Thena's brother when Leo comments on how she went from prostitute to princess overnight.
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"Athena was ''always'' a princess!"
-->'''Crow:''' Or a [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleader]], or a [[NaughtyNurseOutfit naughty nurse]].
princess! ...no matter what things she had to do."
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Replace just one letter in the villain's name and you've got Lord Vulture.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Baydool's disguise as a simple beggar allows him to move around freely, like a good pair of underwear.
* TheObiWan: Baydool to Tee.
* OfCorsetsSexy: Athena, and how.
* OlderSidekick: Leo again.
* {{Plagiarism}}: "So Leonardo was a moron who stole all his ideas?" From Archimedes, who also stole them.
** The opening scenes also rip off Citizen of the Galaxy word for word.
** An orphan boy who doesn't know he's the heir of great power meets a crazy old man who turns out to be a member of an ancient order of knights who fight evil, learns the ways of the order before the old man is killed by a fallen knight, and teams up with a scoundrel and a princess to destroy the powerful superweapon before the bad guys can use it. [[StarWars Ring a bell?]]
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: "The arrow will show / Where the Father did glow / From the house of the One / Treasures are given..."
--> '''Crow:''' dah dah, dah dah, dot dah dot... [[LeastRhymableWord bliven]].
** "...from Father to Son."
* PsychicPowers: As part of his Chosen One kit, Tee has a danger-sense of sorts, warning him of imminent disaster.
* RagsToRoyalty: Thena, as mentioned above, is one of these of the Literature/SleepingBeauty variety.
* RayGun: The centerpiece of Archimedes' stash is an Atlantean death ray powered by "Corgon Crystals" or something. Vultare overcharges it and gets fried.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Baydool's disguise as a simple beggar allows him to move around freely, like a good pair of underwear.
freely.
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* TheObiWan: Baydool to Tee.
%% * OfCorsetsSexy: Athena, and how.
* OlderSidekick: Leo again.
* {{Plagiarism}}: "So
Leonardo was a moron Da Vinci, who seems to be in his 20's here, is sidekick to little kid Tee.
* {{Plagiarism}}:
** It turns out that Leonardo Da Vinci
stole all of his ideas?" From Archimedes, who also ideas from things he saw in the Lost Storehouse of Archimedes. It's fair, though, since Archimedes apparently stole them.
all of ''his'' ideas from {{Atlantis}}. The Order would probably try to explain it with some form of the "standing on the shoulders of giants" concept, but yes, they apparently have a long and proud history of plagiarism.
** The opening scenes also rip off Citizen ''Citizen of the Galaxy Galaxy'' word for word.
** An orphan boy who doesn't know he's the heir of great power meets a crazy old man who turns out to be a member of an ancient order of knights who fight evil, learns the ways of the order before the old man is killed by a fallen knight, and teams up with a scoundrel and a princess to destroy the powerful superweapon before the bad guys can use it. [[StarWars Ring a bell?]]
* PropheciesRhymeAllTheTime: "The arrow will show / Where the Father did glow / From the house of the One / Treasures are given... from Father to Son."
--> '''Crow:''' dah dah, dah dah, dot dah dot... [[LeastRhymableWord bliven]].
** "...from Father to Son."
* PsychicPowers: As part of his Chosen One kit, Tee has a danger-sense of sorts, warning him of imminent disaster.
* RagsToRoyalty: Thena, as mentioned above, is one of these of the Literature/SleepingBeauty variety.
* RayGun: The centerpiece of Archimedes' stash is an Atlantean death ray powered by "Corgon Crystals" or something. Vultare overcharges it and gets fried.
who goes from prostitute to princess overnight after meeting a thief prince who happens to be her long lost brother.



* ShaggyDogStory: The entire point of Tee's quest was to find the Lost Storehouse and use its treasures of LostTechnology to lead mankind out of the dark ages. Instead, Tee destroys the Storehouse, saying TheWorldIsNotReady. Sure, they reunited Thena with her brother and killed Lord Vultare, but mankind is still in the dark ages, the Mannerjay still retains power in their homeland, and countless treasures of antiquity are lost forever.



If the sun isn't too warm.\\
'''Mike''':(As Tee) ''[[DontExplainTheJoke So you're a Delta Knight too, huh]]?''

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If the sun isn't too warm.\\
'''Mike''':(As Tee) ''[[DontExplainTheJoke So you're a Delta Knight too, huh]]?''



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, what became of that woman Vultare was answering to, anyway? Or the wizard working for them?

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So, what became of that woman Vultare was answering to, the Mannerjay, anyway? Or the wizard who was working for them?her?



* WizardBeard: Baydool's fake beard, which according to Pearl also doubles as a toilet seat cover.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Tee's reasoning for destroying the lost storehouse at the end of the film.
* UnfortunateNames: ''Baydool?''
** "No, wait- that's my intestinal condition..." - Pearl

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* WizardBeard: Baydool's fake beard, which according to Pearl also doubles as WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Here's everything the audience knows about where the story is set: It's not England. It's ruled by a toilet seat cover.
Mannerjay (not a real world title). It's the dark ages. That's basically it.
%% * WizardBeard
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Tee's reasoning for destroying the lost storehouse Lost Storehouse at the end of the film.
* UnfortunateNames: ''Baydool?''
** "No, wait- that's my intestinal condition..." - Pearl
film.
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* ActingForTwo: David Warner, for no apparent reason. The characters he's playing are never indicated as twins, duplicates or anything else warranting it. Probably the producers were just too cheap to hire another actor... That, or since Baydool dies not halfway through the movie, they wanted to get their money's worth.
-->'''Crow''': David Warner, you hare hereby under arrest by order of David Warner!



* HeyItsThatGuy: David Warner again.
** And the girl Thena is Wes's girlfriend Virginia from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' season 2. She's now one of the leads on Lifetime's ''Series/ArmyWives''.
** Next time you pop in ''Film/{{Speed}}'', keep an eye out for Leonardo of Vinci on the bus.
** And TheBigBad's personal wizard is one of the guys from ''MadAboutYou'' & ''SpinCity.''
** The Mannerjay is played by Olivia Hussey, best known for starring in ''Film/BlackChristmas1974'' and the 1968 film version of ''RomeoAndJuliet''.
** Tee himself would be seen again years later as the ''HomeAlone'' parody in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.



* TalkingToHimself: David Warner, besides serving as the narrator, plays both Baydool the spy and the BigBad Lord Vultare, leading to some amusing moments.
-->'''Crow:''' David Warner, you are under arrest by order of David Warner!
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