[[caption-width-right:350:Isn't that [[Film/{{Fame}} Nia Peeples]]' brother?]]

->''"Your film today is called ''Pod People''. [[NonIndicativeName It has nothing to do with pods, it has nothing to do with people,]] it has everything to do with '''hurting'''."''
-->--'''Dr. Forrester'''

->''"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: Film/PodPeople

Naturally, this trainwreck provided perfect fodder for a thorough riffing by the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' crew. In particular, much fun was had at the expense of the fictional pop band's performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Z_OWPe6fU "Burning Rubber Tires"]], whose [[{{Mondegreen}} unintelligible lyrics]] prompted Joel and the bots to misinterpret the chorus, "Hear the engines roar 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=]. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext The OK sign makes more sense in Spain, where the film was made, because the gesture is similar to "the finger" there.]]) This is also the first episode that showed Crow's legs.

!!The Segments:
* The Bots start up the episode by performing their one bot shows, with Servo as the son of a poor Filipino merchant.

[[AC:Segment 1]]
* For this week's invention exchange, Joel shows off his hot new guitar chord, while the Mads present the Public Domain Karaoke machine.

[[AC:Segment 2]]
* Joel and the Bots perform "Idiot Control Now". It stinks.

[[AC:Segment 3]]
* Crow gets introduced to the wide world of new age music with Joel's wall of synths. They perform as "Music From Some Guys in Space".

[[AC:Segment 4]]
* "Trumpy" does magic things on the bridge, while the Mads are understandably confused.

[[AC:Segment 5]]
* While packing for a future experiment, Joel sings about the "Clowns in the Sky". The Mads think it stinks.

!!The ''Mystery Science Theater 3000'' presentation has examples of:
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: According to Kevin Murphy in the ''[=MST3K=] Amazing Colossal Episode Guide'', the producers of NPR's ''Music From the Hearts of Space'' series enjoyed the "Music From Some Guys in Space" host segment and even sent them a few [=CDs=] of new age music.
* BerserkButton: Joel will put up with a lot, but don't do an Anthony Newley impression around him.
* BigEater:
-->'''Tommy:''' Now we can play.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(as Trumpy)'' Like hell, more food!
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, Servo directly apologizes to the audience for the film's convoluted plot. Considering [[SoBadItsGood the quality level]] of most of the movies on this show, this should tell you something.
* CatchPhrase: "I'm a Virgin" and "It stinks!"
** "Trumpy, you can do magic things!"
* ContinuityNod: Joel's old grey jumpsuit from the KTMA season makes an appearance on a clothing rack during the MindScrew host segment.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton:
-->'''Joel:''' ''(as Tommy)'' Hey what gives? '''''I'm''''' on the milk carton.
* KillerRabbit: When the poacher starts smashing eggs, the crew speculate a giant chicken will be pissed.
-->'''Servo:''' ''(menacingly)'' Buk, buk, buk, cluck, cluck!
* KneelPushTrip: The film opens with a scene of some unpleasant poachers. When one of them crouches down behind the leader, Joel gets excited and stands up so he can pretend to push the leader over.
* LosingHorns: Mockingly imitated by Joel and the 'bots after Rick's "It stinks!"
* MadeOfExplodium: Joel's guitar explodes from performing the chord.
* MeanwhileBackAtThe: "Meanwhile, in ''yet another'' movie..."
* MindScrew: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMspcxr1Vi8 The third host segment.]] Judging by the Mads' reactions, it's even one in-universe.
* NotableOriginalMusic: "[[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/ward_e/Song303a.html Idiot Control Now!]]" and "Clown in the Sky".
** The former has even been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUVRM8jV_Rg covered by]] Music/LemonDemon.
* NewAge {{Ambient}}: Parodied with ''Music From Some Guys in Space''.
* NotSoStoic: Joel gets annoyed when Servo does his impression of Anthony Newley.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: Exploited by the mads' invention, a karaoke machine that only plays public domain songs.
* RunningGag: "Chief?" "[=McCloud=]?"
** With a name like Smucker's...
** Pepperidge Farm remembers...
** And Trumpy's name would continue to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavuV6Rg61s#t=1m53s be invoked]] in the future as well.
** Crow giving Trumpy a voice based on that of TheElephantMan.
** 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)
* ShaveAndAHaircut
* ShootTheMoney
-->'''Crow''': Look, we rented the van, we're gonna ''film'' it!
* ShoutOut: Joel and Servo quote the song "Music/{{Tommy}} [[Music/TheWho 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 ConceptAlbum.)
** Later, while Trumpy sends objects flying around Tommy's room:
-->'''Servo:''' Someone should take this kid out and hit him with a (singing) [[Music/PeterGabriel sledgehammer]]!
** As Joel and the Bots are "packing it all in" at the end of the episode:
--->'''Crow:''' We are [[Theatre/TheTempest the stuff dreams are made of]].
--->'''Servo:''' Why, that's beautiful, Crow! Shakespeare?
--->'''Crow:''' Ah, no. Advertising/BurmaShave ad.
* ShowerScene: 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 [[LampshadeHanging 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....
** And then, when [[AndHisEyesOpen the inevitable]] happens....
--> '''Sharon:''' Where's Kathy?!
--> '''Servo:''' She's Zestfully dead.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: "Clown in the Sky".
-->'''Joel:''' Y'know, guys, it always hurts to close it all up, strike the set, wipe off the greasepaint, napkin up the blood and entrails, and move on to another town.
-->'''Crow:''' Uh-oh. I smell a song.
* ThatWasNotADream
-->'''Tom:''' ''(As one of the girls who is waking up)'' Oh, what a nightmare! I dreamt that I was a crappy actress in a horrible... monster... film... Wait a minute...
* WorstAid: 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.)''
-->'''Crow:''' Dope.
** Tommy's mother isn't much better:
--->'''Mother:''' A good night's rest, and she'll be right as rain!\\
'''Joel:''' Yeah, ''that's'' what cures a crushed spine.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Idiot Control Now" consists of {{Mondegreen}}s of the "Burning Rubber Tires" song from the film.
* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Real Father]]: Said by Crow after Joel finishes up singing "Clown in the Sky".

->'''Technician:''' [[TheStinger Well?]]
->'''Rick:''' [[TheStinger (gives A-OK hand signal) It stinks!]]