"You have to wonder why this race of aliens ever came to Earth. They appear, they stand around looking at us, whimpering; then all of a sudden, at the least sign of any questioning or concern, they start killing us! I mean, excuse me - what do you want? Have you been helped?"
— Paul Chaplin, MST3K writing staff
Film watched: Pod People
Naturally, this trainwreck provided perfect fodder for a thorough riffing by the Mystery Science Theater 3000
crew. In particular, much fun was had at the expense of the fictional pop band's performance of "Burning Rubber Tires"
, whose unintelligible lyrics
prompted Joel and the bots to misinterpret the chorus, "Hear the engines roll now", as "idiot control now", among others. In addition, the lead singer's after-song gesture of making the OK sign, smiling, and saying, "It stinks" became a recurring in-joke on MST3K. (The OK sign makes more sense in Spain, where the film was made, because the gesture is similar to "the finger" there.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:
- Berserk Button: Joel will put up with a lot, but don't do an Anthony Newley impression around him.
- Big Eater:
Tommy: Now we can play.
Crow: (as Trumpy) Like hell, more food!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, Servo directly apologizes to the audience for the film's convoluted plot. Considering the quality level of most of the movies on this show, this should tell you something.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm a Virgin" and "It stinks!"
- Continuity Nod: Joel's old grey jumpsuit from the KTMA season makes an appearance on a clothing rack during the Mind Screw host segment.
- Face on a Milk Carton:
Joel: (as Tommy) Hey what gives? I'm on the milk carton.
- Losing Horns: Mockingly imitated by Joel and the 'bots after Rick's "It stinks!"
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: "Meanwhile, in yet another movie..."
- Mind Screw: The third host segment. Judging by the Mads' reactions, it's even one in-universe.
- Notable Original Music: Idiot Control Now! and Clown in the Sky.
- Running Gag: "Chief?" "McCloud?"
- With a name like Smucker's...
- And Trumpy's name would continue to be invoked in the future as well.
- Crow giving Trumpy a voice based on that of The Elephant Man.
- Commenting on one of the poachers looking like a Renaissance festival reject. Huzzah!
- "(X) on drums"
- Servo, imitating the alcoholic Uncle Bill, keeps offering Rick a laundry list of drinks.
- "And in yet ANOTHER film"
- Which film we're currently in (A, B, C or D for dumb)
- Shave and a Haircut
- Shoot the Money
Crow: Look, we rented the van, we're gonna film it!
- Shout-Out: Joel and Servo quote the song "Tommy Can You Hear Me?" at two different parts when Tommy's mother is shouting for him. (Later, Servo also misquotes "Go to the Mirror!", which is from the same Concept Album.)
- Shower Scene: One of the doomed backup singer/campers takes a shower (inexplicably while wearing a towel on her head) as Trumpy's mom runs amok. Joel and the 'bots lampshade her decision to bathe while in a horror movie:
Joel: (singing, as Kathy): Hmmm-hmm-hmm-hmmm, I'm in the shower/Nothing will happen tooo meeeee!
Crow: Doo-de-dooo-de-dooo, I'm naked and all alone in the shower and totally vulnerable and somebody could kill me, doo-de-doo-de-dooo...
Servo: It's probably likely at this point in the film...
Crow: My brain fell out, doo-de-doo-doo....
Sharon: Where's Kathy?!
Servo: She's Zestfully dead.
- That Was Not A Dream
Tom: (As one of the girls who is waking up) Oh, I had the most horrible dream. I dreamt that I was a crappy actress in a bad... sci-fi... film... Wait a minute...
- Worst Aid: Lampshaded by Joel and the bots.
Rick: She isn't dead, is she?
Brian: Don't think so, but she's in bad shape. Grab her legs.
Crow: Yeah, move her spine around a lot!
(The MST3K gang make cracking noises.)
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Idiot Control Now" consists of Mondegreens of the "Burning Rubber Tires" song from the film.
- You're Not My Real Father: Said by Crow after Joel finishes up singing "Clown in the Sky".
"(gives A-OK hand signal) It stinks!"