In a deleted scene Mike is slowly suffocating because the air supply has been cut off and the bots save him in the most awesome way possible. First of all Crow lifts a freaking ten ton molybdenum rod to save him, while Tom flies (not hovers, flies — he hurls himself across the room), all ending with Gypsy giving Mike mouth to mouth.
Only compounded by the fact that the only copies of this scene widely available were recorded off a screen at a convention. At the point Servo takes flight (screaming "I'M COMIIIING!"), the entire room explodes into wild cheering and applause.
And, some jackass movie executive told The Brains to cut this scene out, despite all the hard work that had been put into it.
Even earlier than that; exciting music is playing during a really dull part of the film... Meanwhile, Tom Servo is attacking Timmy but is getting wrestled to the ground. Sure, it's horrifying and scary, and not very nice for poor Servo, but why is this awesome? Because this scene completely destroyed Fire Maidens from Outer Space's use of Public Domain SoundtrackDissonance by having a moment in the theater that's genuinely exciting.
Tom Servo gets one in The Wild World of Batwoman; during the endless sequence of so-called "dancing" before the end card drops, he screams out with a fury that would have made Jake LaMotta quiver in fear: "END! EEEEENNNNNNNNND!!!"
MST3K also has a rare double-header CMoA. Mike Nelson beats Pearl in a game of three card monte, thus earning the right to choose the movie they watch. Mike picks Hamlet - and Pearl promptly turns the tables, sending him one of the worst screen adaptions of the Bard's work ever.
Heck, the mere fact that they were able to make Hamlet work with their show's format. This is one of their earliest efforts in riffing a work classically considered great. They continued to riff on classics when they moved to Rifftrax.
One truly great moment comes after the short Catching Trouble. The short is about a man named Ross Allen who catches animals for zoos and to sell as exotic pets, and it's one of the most uncomfortable shorts featured on MST3K thanks to all the scenes of animals crying in fear, being manhandled, tossed into a bag, and stolen away from their families and homes. So what do Joel and the Bots decide to do after watching this display of animal cruelty? They get out their dolls and film a skit called "Catching Ross" involving nature taking revenge on Ross Allen.
A sign of just how great this is: the volume of shorts that included "Catching Trouble" received complaints that it's no fun to watch without being followed by the cathartic "Catching Ross" skit.
In the same episode, the narrator of "Aquatic Wizards" refers to a Hispanic skier as a "Mexican jumping bean." The bots leap to rip him a new one, with Crow calling the narrator a "white fascist" and Tom making him seem pathetic.
Tom: "Hah, but what do I know? I'm only a fat hick announcer, mowing down pretzels and pinwheel cookies, and trying to come to grips with the tattered ends of a once promising life gone horribly wrong, God, God, why, why?!"
Crow's acknowledgment during Pumaman that Vadinho is the real hero of the movie. Much appreciated after all the attempts to sell the whiny, pathetic title character as the hero.
One opening sequence has a quite out of character Joel tormenting the Bots by playing rock, paper, scissors, given how their hands don't work. Finally Gypsy has enough and rams right into him, knocking him over. "Gypsy crushes Joel!"
At the end of The Castle Of Fu Manchu, Joel gives Dr. Forrester a "Reason You Suck" Speech. Keep in mind, just a few seconds before, Joel and the Bots were sobbing hoarsely, and the host segment before, they looked to be on the verge of collapse. Then, as Forrester and Frank are celebrating and awaiting the official surrender from the Satellite of Love, Joel comes back with this.
Forrester actually takes up on the idea to watch the movie. He can't even make it a full two minutes. Hell, the fact that Joel and the Bots, despite sitting through this movie and crying through the host segments, did not surrender, much less kill themselves, is awesome in itself.
Tom Servo delivers the longest riff in MST3K history at the end of "Manos" The Hands of Fate—a solid minute and five seconds without shutting up, over almost the entirety of the two next victims' car ride. He also manages to name, rapid-fire, celebrity look-alikes for all 30+ people in a crowd shot at the end of Warrior of the Lost World.
For those not in the know, the Gamera episodes and in fact most of the show's Japanese-import based episodes have been unavailable for years because the guy in charge of importing them, Sandy Frank, pushed the rights fees through the roof in order to get a bigger paycheck, which no one was both willing and able to paynote (although he may also have been motivated by the repeated insults aimed at him on the show, including at least one song declaring him "the source of all our pain" and accusing him of harboring repulsive hygiene habits and being too lazy to make his own movies). For years the prominent fansite MST3KInfo had these films and the other season 3 Japanese films released categorized as "Extremely Unlikely" on this list of potential DVD releases.
Then they one-upped themselves and got rights to some of the Universal and MGM films, which many MSTies thought would also never be released and are also listed as "Extremely Unlikely".
And in September 2013, Shout Factory released a long-awaited special edition Blu-ray/DVD of MST3K: The Movie which not only included the legendary deleted scenes, but also deleted riffs from the theater segments! DOUBLE AWESOME!
They've done it again for Vol. 29, finally tracking down the rights to Puma Man after years of the run-around.
Thanksgiving 2013. Shout! Factory does an MST3K Turkey Day marathon on YouTube showing six episodes that fan consensus agreed were an awesome selection: Space Mutiny, I Accuse My Parents, Werewolf, Cave Dwellers, The Final Sacrifice, and Mitchell.
One of the bumpers was also one for Joel wherein he talked about how much he admired Mike and what a great job he did as host.
At various points during the night, #mst3k, #rowsdower and #mitchell were some of the highest-trending tags on Twitter.