Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 01 E 13 The Black Scorpion

Film watched: The Black Scorpion

The MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: More like Absentee Character; as noted below in Body Horror, Trace Beaulieu doesn't appear on-camera for this episode, since Dr. Forrester has been turned into a skeleton puppet. (He still does the voice, of course, as well as presumably the puppeteering.)
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Crow and Servo make a Joel puppet with the apparent intent of feeding it to a puppet scorpion. When Joel sees it, he's impressed by the obvious effort that went into it.
  • Body Horror: The Mads after trying to make a cold fusion Walkman. Erhardt's head is swollen and deformed, and Forrester is reduced to a skeleton. (Also since they don't get better by the end, the only time Trace Beaulieu appears on screen is in the title sequence!)
  • Gag Dub: Joel and the Bots educate the viewers in the Spanish language in homage to the Mexican setting. However, most of what they say is Gratuitous Spanish (mostly the names of Tex-Mex food items or place names), and the length of the translations given don't even come close to matching the words they're uttering.
  • Running Gag:
    • Joel and the Bots clap whenever Dr. Hank Scott's name is spoken. Or is it for Dr. Arturo Ramos and the sudden fancy Spanish accent accompanying it?
    • Joel exclaiming in disgust ("Yuugh!" or "Hey, you got a little—") every time a close-up of the drooling scorpion appears.
  • Visual Gag:
    • Joel and the 'Bots holding up giant hot dogs during the film's opening sequence.
    • They also wear sombreros left over from a host sequence for a while.
    • At one point Joel joins in throwing a rock down the hole to gauge the depth of the cave.