Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 01 E 02 The Robot Vs The Aztec Mummy

Films watched: Radar Men from the Moon Chapter 1 (serial) and The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy

Crow: This is the kind of movie you don't put on pause when you leave the room.
Servo: It invites you to make a sandwich.

The second episode of the series sees the Satellite of Love overrun by "Demon Dogs"—obnoxious canine skeletons from space who swarm the ship and threaten to send it sinking back into the Earth's atmosphere.

The Segments

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • Joel invents the airbag helmet for motorcycles. Dr. Forrester invents Chalk Man.

Segment 2
  • Demon Dogs invade the SOL!

Segment 3
  • Enoch, King of the Demon Dogs, speaks to Joel and the Bots, but Gypsy winds up eating him.

Segment 4
  • Crow disguises himself as Enoch.

Segment 5
  • Joel plays fetch with the Demon Dogs.

The MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Artistic License Physics: You cannot, in fact, weigh down an object floating in space to the point that it "falls" to Earth. (An object in stable orbit which increases substantially in mass is nudged away from its primary. It's complicated.)
  • Corpsing: A Servo line during the Radar Men riffing ("Is the music always this poor in serials?") seems to genuinely crack Joel up.
  • Early Installment Weirdness / Old Shame: From the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide:
    Michael J. Nelson: We were still experimenting with the movie comments and we look back with embarrassment at two particular gags. One involved Joel covering the mouth of a woman singing and the singing becoming muted. The other, even more shameful, was adding the sound of men, ahem, urinating when there was a shot of them with their backs turned. Both broke the rules of the show and both were quite stupid. We're really very sorry.
    • Kevin Murphy also said this was the one and only time they ended up doing tequila shots to get through the writing of the riffs.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: Parodied with the Demon Dogs, whose only real threat is in weighing down the SoL to the point that it "sinks".
  • Hurricane of Puns: One of the funniest on display is Crow's "Immolation is the sincerest form of flattery."
  • Immune to Bullets: Joel and the Bots discuss this with the titular mummy.
    Joel: Bullets bounce right off.
    Crow: Or go right through.
    Tom: Doesn't really matter...
  • Most Annoying Sound: invoked The below-mentioned chalkboard-player.
  • Nails on a Blackboard: Dr. Forrester invents the "Chalk Man"—a record player where the "record" is a circular piece of chalkboard and the "needle" is a prosthetic hand with real human fingernails.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Enoch, king of the Demon Dogs, comes to broker peace with Joel and the Bots. Gypsy eats him for no discernible reason.
    • After Joel sets one of the probes on the SOL for the remaining Demon Dogs to fetch, Servo points out that fetch means "go back and bring back." Joel then Facepalms himself.
  • Running Gag: Every set in the movie looks like a miniature golf course to Joel.
  • Shooting Superman: Tom riffs one one of the bad guys shooting at the Mummy even though it clearly has no effect.
    Tom: (sarcastically) Yeah, keep shooting Bruno, it's gonna work, really.
  • Small, Annoying Creature: The Demon Dogs.
    • Out-of-Universe, very lucky MSTies were able to purchase their own authentic Demon Dog through the Info Club Catalog for a cool 25 bucks!