Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 06 Time Of The Apes
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Film watched: Time of the Apes

Wow, this movie's even stupider than I thought it was.
Tom Servo, after The Reveal that the deep-freeze chambers warped time by being really cold.

This is one of the nine Sandy Frank films that had been satirized twice on the show: once as an episode of the KTMA season and again in the third season of the nationally broadcast version. The film is a Sandy Frankenstein monster of five TV episodes of a highly obscure Japanese TV series.

KTMA Host Segments

Segment 1
  • The Mads ask the Crow and Servo where Joel is, but Joel's not here.

Segment 2
  • Crow and Servo try to find Joel around the satellite, but Gypsy finds one of Joel's jumpsuit. They conclude that Joel is floating in space naked.

Segment 3
  • Servo recounts the facts while Crow wears the jumpsuit. They soon think about some changes around the Satellite but hear pounding from outside.

Segment 4
  • Joel seemingly appears on the bridge, but turns out to be Cambot playing tricks. Servo tries to show Crow that it wasn't Joel, but get other footage behind them; soon, it gets meta.

Segment 5
  • Crow and Servo think about life without Joel, but the two get sentimental. Meanwhile, a figure swings around the Satellite.

The KTMA version has examples of:

  • Continuity Nod:
    • When the first earthquake in the movie occurs, Servo immediately shouts Gamera!
    • After the humans freeze, Servo quips that they look like Crow from the episodes where he was frozen to be their Christmas "tree".
      Servo: They look like you, Crow.
      Crow: Let's not talk about that, okay?
  • Companion Cube: Crow predicts that the ship's toaster could become this for Joel if they choose to keep him out of the SOL. Given that Servo refers to said toaster as "Lucille", it seems that "she" was already this to Servo.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Two major ones:
    • This episode is the only time Joel was absent, and Tom and Crow riff the movie by themselves.
    • Parts of the film are visible through Servo's head, as opposed to the completely opaque silhouettes of the later seasons.
  • Mind Screw: In one host segment, Cambot makes it look like Joel is back inside the satellite, which successfully fools Crow, but not Servo. When a confused Crow asks Servo about what had happened, Servo reveals that their current scene was also an illusion before it cuts back to...themselves.
  • Shout-Out: Like the season three version, there were plenty of references to Planet of the Apes. There was also a notable amount towards The Monkees.
  • Something Completely Different: This was the only episode where there was no human present in the theater with the 'bots during the film.
  • Stock Footage: Used by Cambot to fool Crow to think Joel returned. Interestingly enough, that shot of Joel is from the first aired episode ever, Invaders From the Deep.
  • What's a Henway?:
    Gypsy: I found [Joel's jumpsuit] in a pod bay!
    Crow: What's a pod bay?
    Servo: Oh, about two pounds.
    (Losing Horns play)
  • Who's on First?: When the mads ask the bots for Joel:
    Dr. Erhardt: Get the boss!
    Crow: You mean Bruce Springsteen?
    Dr. Forrester: Nooooo!
    Servo: Boss Hogg?
    Dr. Erhardt: Nooooo!
    Crow: Boss Tweed?
    Both Mads: Nooooo!
    Servo: Bossy the Cow? (Both Bots moo)

The Comedy Central Segments:

  • Joel demonstrates tee ball, with Tom being the tee and Crow sporting a baseball glove as his head-web. Then they put the ball through the window...

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • Joel invented the cellulite phone to help inspire people to lose weight; it includes a speed-dial to Richard Simmons. The Mads have started a daycare, and Frank's baby formula, the Miracle Baby Growth Wonder Formula, really works.

Segment 2
  • "Why Doesn't Johnny Care?" Listen to Tom explain why using footage from the film.

Segment 3
  • The SOL crew dramatize the Scopes monkey trial. Cameo appearance by a cardboard cut-out of Judge Wapner.

Segment 4
  • During a fake news show, Crow leads a video salute to simian fashion.

Segment 5
  • Joel leads everyone in the Sandy Frank Song, then reads a letter from a teenage New Mexican who wishes the Mads never had to push the button. The Mads are uncertain on who should change the giant baby.

The national version has examples of: