Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 02 The Sidehackers

Film watched: The Sidehackers

The film is particularly notorious for containing a brutally graphic depiction of a rape/murder — a little tidbit Best Brains were unaware of and unprepared for when they elected to feature the movie. So horrified were they, in fact, that they altered the process for screening films; from this point forward, all potential movies would be screened in their entirety before being elected for inclusion on the show.

The MST3K treatment provide examples of:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: This is the only movie to feature a riff by Cambot. He does an info-crawl (a la ESPN) during one of the race scenes stating how poorly edited and boring it is.
  • Call Back: Several in future experiments, such as:
    • "That's a #5!"
    • "He hit Big Jake!"
    • "Chili Peppers burn my gut!" a callback that's used A LOT.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: Goofy "hip" motor-sport flick about side-hacking becomes a disturbing, gritty rape/murder/revenge flick with a Downer Ending. This is the reason for Best Brains picking the thing and regretting it later. This is lampshaded by The Bot's in a last segment.
    Tom: Joel, why was the movie so bad?
    Crow: Yeah. It was cool in the beginning with the side-hacking...then it went right down the drain and they had to pad out the rest of the film with all that killing. (Then Joel intros his new song 'Only Love Pads The Film')
  • Never Heard That One Before: Joel and the 'bots see the "prison joke" story's punchline coming a mile away.
  • Running Gag: Calling Rommel a Magnificent Bastard, often adding, "I read your book!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Crow gives an offhand comment to explain Rita's absence; this is because the scene in which she was raped and killed had to be cut for obvious reasons.
  • With Lyrics: "Nothing lasts forever / only love / pads the film."