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[[caption-width-right:350:Isn't that [[Film/{{Fame}} Nia Peeples]]' brother?]]

->''"Your film today is called ''Pod People''. [[NonIndicativeName It has nothing to do with pods, it has nothing to do with people,]] it has everything to do with '''hurting'''."''
-->--'''Dr. Forrester'''

->''"You have to wonder why this race of aliens ever came to Earth. They appear, they stand around looking at us, whimpering; then all of a sudden, at the least sign of any questioning or concern, they start killing us! I mean, excuse me - what do you want? Have you been helped?"''
-->-- '''Paul Chaplin, [=MST3K=] writing staff'''

Film watched: Film/PodPeople

Naturally, this trainwreck provided perfect fodder for a thorough riffing by the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew. In particular, much fun was had at the expense of the fictional pop band's performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Z_OWPe6fU "Burning Rubber Tires"]], whose [[{{Mondegreen}} unintelligible lyrics]] prompted Joel and the bots to misinterpret the chorus, "Hear the engines roar now", as "idiot control now", among others. In addition, the lead singer's after-song gesture of making the OK sign, smiling, and saying, "It stinks" became a recurring in-joke on [=MST3K=]. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext The OK sign makes more sense in Spain, where the film was made, because the gesture is similar to "the finger" there.]]) This is also the first episode that showed Crow's legs.

!!The Segments:
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[[folder: Prologue ]]

* The Bots start up the episode by performing their one bot shows, with Servo as the son of a poor Filipino merchant.

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[[folder: Segment 1 ]]

* For this week's invention exchange, Joel shows off his hot new guitar chord, while the Mads present the Public Domain Karaoke machine.

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[[folder: Segment 2 ]]

* Joel and the Bots perform "Idiot Control Now". It stinks.

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[[folder: Segment 3 ]]

* Crow gets introduced to the wide world of new age music with Joel's wall of synths. They perform as "Music From Some Guys in Space".

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[[folder: Segment 4 ]]

* "Trumpy" does magic things on the bridge, while the Mads are understandably confused.

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[[folder: Segment 5 ]]

* While packing for a future experiment, Joel sings about the "Clowns in the Sky". The Mads think it stinks.

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!!The ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'' presentation has examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: According to Kevin Murphy in the ''[=MST3K=] Amazing Colossal Episode Guide'', the producers of NPR's ''Music From the Hearts of Space'' series enjoyed the "Music From Some Guys in Space" host segment and even sent them a few [=CDs=] of new age music.
* BerserkButton: Joel will put up with a lot, but don't do an Anthony Newley impression around him.
* BigEater:
-->'''Tommy:''' Now we can play.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(as Trumpy)'' Like hell, more food!
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, Servo directly apologizes to the audience for the film's convoluted plot. Considering [[SoBadItsGood the quality level]] of most of the movies on this show, this should tell you something.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm a Virgin" and "It stinks!"
** "Trumpy, you can do magic things!"
* ContinuityNod: Joel's old grey jumpsuit from the KTMA season makes an appearance on a clothing rack during the MindScrew host segment.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton:
-->'''Joel:''' ''(as Tommy)'' Hey what gives? '''''I'm''''' on the milk carton.
* KillerRabbit: When the poacher starts smashing eggs, the crew speculate a giant chicken will be pissed.
-->'''Servo:''' ''(menacingly)'' Buk, buk, buk, cluck, cluck!
* KneelPushTrip: The film opens with a scene of some unpleasant poachers. When one of them crouches down behind the leader, Joel gets excited and stands up so he can pretend to push the leader over.
* LosingHorns: Mockingly imitated by Joel and the 'bots after Rick's "It stinks!"
* MadeOfExplodium[=/=]RockersSmashGuitars: Joel's invention exchange is a new guitar chord designed particularly for ending concerts. It's so complicated that it takes two hands for Joel to fret it, and when strummed it causes the guitar to explode in his hands.
* MeanwhileBackAtThe: "Meanwhile, in ''yet another'' movie..."
* MindScrew: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMspcxr1Vi8 The third host segment.]] Judging by the Mads' reactions, it's even one in-universe.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "[[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/ward_e/Song303a.html Idiot Control Now!]]" and "Clown in the Sky".
** The former has even been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUVRM8jV_Rg covered by]] Music/LemonDemon.
* NewAge {{Ambient}}: Parodied with ''Music From Some Guys in Space''.
* NotSoStoic: Joel gets annoyed when Servo does his impression of Anthony Newley.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Exploited by the mads' invention, a karaoke machine that only plays public domain songs.
* RunningGag: "Chief?" "[=McCloud=]?"
** With a name like Smucker's...
** Pepperidge Farm remembers...
** And Trumpy's name would continue to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavuV6Rg61s#t=1m53s be invoked]] in the future as well.
** Crow giving Trumpy a voice based on that of TheElephantMan. And thinking everything is potatoes.
** Commenting on one of the poachers looking like a Renaissance festival reject. Huzzah!
** "(X) on drums"
** Servo, imitating the alcoholic Uncle Bill, keeps offering Rick a laundry list of drinks.
** "And in yet ANOTHER film"
** Which film we're currently in (A, B, C or D for dumb)
* ShaveAndAHaircut
* ShootTheMoney
-->'''Crow''': Look, we rented the van, we're gonna ''film'' it!
* ShoutOut: Joel and Servo quote the song "Music/{{Tommy}} [[Music/TheWho Can You Hear Me?]]" at two different parts when Tommy's mother is shouting for him. (Later, Servo also misquotes "Go to the Mirror!", which is from the same ConceptAlbum.)
** Later, while Trumpy sends objects flying around Tommy's room:
-->'''Servo:''' Someone should take this kid out and hit him with a (singing) [[Music/PeterGabriel sledgehammer]]!
** As Joel and the Bots are "packing it all in" at the end of the episode:
--->'''Crow:''' We are [[Theatre/TheTempest the stuff dreams are made of]].
--->'''Servo:''' Why, that's beautiful, Crow! Shakespeare?
--->'''Crow:''' Ah, no. Advertising/BurmaShave ad.
* ShowerScene: One of the doomed backup singer/campers takes a shower (inexplicably while wearing a towel on her head) as Trumpy's mom runs amok. Joel and the 'bots [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] her decision to bathe while in a horror movie:
--> '''Joel:''' ''(singing, as Kathy):'' Hmmm-hmm-hmm-hmmm, I'm in the shower/Nothing will happen tooo meeeee!
--> '''Crow:''' Doo-de-dooo-de-dooo, I'm naked and all alone in the shower and totally vulnerable and somebody could kill me, doo-de-doo-de-dooo...
--> '''Servo:''' It's probably likely at this point in the film...
--> '''Crow:''' My brain fell out, doo-de-doo-doo....
** And then, when [[AndHisEyesOpen the inevitable]] happens....
--> '''Sharon:''' Where's Kathy?!
--> '''Servo:''' She's Zestfully dead.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Clown in the Sky".
-->'''Joel:''' Y'know, guys, it always hurts to close it all up, strike the set, wipe off the greasepaint, napkin up the blood and entrails, and move on to another town.
-->'''Crow:''' Uh-oh. I smell a song.
* ThatWasNotADream
-->'''Tom:''' ''(As one of the girls who is waking up)'' Oh, what a nightmare! I dreamt that I was a crappy actress in a horrible... monster... film... Wait a minute...
* WorstAid: Lampshaded by Joel and the Bots.
-->'''Rick:''' She isn't dead, is she?
-->'''Brian:''' Don't think so, but she's in bad shape. Grab her legs.
-->'''Crow:''' Yeah, move her spine around a lot!
-->''(The [=MST3K=] gang make cracking noises.)''
-->'''Crow:''' Dope.
** Tommy's mother isn't much better:
--->'''Mother:''' A good night's rest, and she'll be right as rain!\\
'''Joel:''' Yeah, ''that's'' what cures a crushed spine.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Idiot Control Now" consists of {{Mondegreen}}s of the "Burning Rubber Tires" song from the film.
* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Real Father]]: Said by Crow after Joel finishes up singing "Clown in the Sky".

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->'''Technician:''' [[TheStinger Well?]]
->'''Rick:''' [[TheStinger (gives A-OK hand signal) It stinks!]]
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