Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 01 Rocketship XM
Film watched: Rocketship X-MMystery Science Theater 3000 featured Rocketship X-M in its second season premiere, which also featured Kevin Murphy taking over as Tom Servo's new voice, along with the introduction of Frank Conniff as "TV's Frank", Dr. Forrester's new sidekick.
The MST3K presentation of this film featured:
- Catch Phrase: This wouldn't be the first time Joel will say something along the lines of "Thank you, Mr. White Male Reality!"
- Downer Ending: Even worse for Joel and the Bots, since the film is about people stuck in a spaceship that crashes, being shown to people stuck in a spaceship.Crow: You know, the only thing more depressing than watching a movie about people trapped on a capsule is a movie about people dying on a capsule...
- Dresses the Same: After Joel shows his invention for the week, a wearable drum kit called the BGC-19, newcomer Frank proudly displays his invention...the BGC-19. Dr. Forrester promptly punishes Frank for stealing ideas.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Kevin's voice for Servo starts out here as sounding like Josh's, but gradually settled in a few episodes after.
- Face on a Milk Carton: See Put on a Bus.
- Forgot He Was a Robot: In the opening segment, Crow has a scarf wrapped around his jaw and complains about having a terrible toothache. Joel covers the sides of Crow's head and quietly explains to the audience that robots don't have any teeth.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Joel and the Bots take advantage of Dr. Forrester's brief abscence to trick newcomer Frank into beaming them back onto Earth. Before Frank could do so, Dr. Forrester returns and intervenes when he learns what was about to happen.
- The Other Darrin: Kevin Murphy as Tom Servo. Explained in-universe as a refit.
- Put on a Bus: The only explanation for Frank replacing Dr. Erhardt is "He's missing." Erhardt would only be mentioned once more on the show, when an actor who looked vaguely like him was killed in Earth vs. the Spider.
- Shout-Out: Tom Servo's first attempt to speak ended up as, "Warning! Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!" His next attempt is "Daaaiiisyyy, Daaaiiisyyy..." The third and real attempt, he exclaims, "Hello world! Happy birthday!"
- Spoiler Opening: The show intro shows us the new SOL deck and Frank before they were properly introduced.
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