Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 08 Gamera Vs Gaos

Film watched: Gamera Vs Gyaos aka Gamera vs. Gaos

This is one of the nine Sandy Frank Japanese films originally used for a KTMA episode that was riffed again a few years later on Comedy Central.

The Comedy Central Segments:

  • Crow and Tom try the sorts of raspy voices made popular by Harvey Fierstein and Lucille Ball.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • The Mads have invented special printers which show viewers your self image when you step inside. Joel has combined the fax machine with toilet paper and gets a message from Linus Pauling.

Segment 2
  • Joel tries to get kids into arts & crafts with his own easy-to-make Gaos figure, which the 'Bots try to derail with unsafe suggestions.

Segment 3
  • For some reason, the SOL crew want to put on a production of Götterdämmerung, but movie sign puts a quick stop to this.

Segment 4
  • Joel stars in an Ed Sullivan-type show as Gaos, spinning turtles like plates.

Segment 5
  • How would you defeat Gaos? The SOL crew wants to know!

The Season Three version provides examples of:

  • Call-Back: A character riding a motorcycle evokes mention of Rex Dart Eskimo Spy from Godzilla vs. Megalon.
  • Irony: During the invention exchange Joel blows his nose using tissue that has the cure to the common cold printed on it.
  • Subverted Kids Show: The 'bots literally subvert Joel’s attempts to show kids how to make an arts and crafts Gaos head by dispensing mischievous advice to the audience. Their suggestions include eating paste, drawing on their bedroom wall with a permanent marker and cutting pictures out of public library books. Finally, when Joel takes Servo away for a time out, an unattended Crow announces that the word of the day is "booger."

The KTMA version provides examples of:

  • Continuity Nod: Crow is still "frozen" like he was in the previous episode.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY/You Say Tomato: While reading the opening title, Joel pronounces it as "GAY-os" (and a few others, such as "GE-oos"), while Servo pronounces it correctly as "GAH-ohs". This turns into a small Running Gag throughout the rest of the episode with Joel occasionally mispronouncing it and having Servo correct him immediately afterwards.
  • Running Gag: Joel and Servo name off some things that Gaos' head could be used for, like a ski slope or an ironing board.
    • There are quite a few jokes about the grandfather being a cow.
    • After Servo gets his Mighty Voice, he'll occasionally finish off what he's saying by announcing his full name.
  • Vocal Evolution: One of the host segments has Joel changing Servo's voice from his vaguely Kermit-like one to the Mighty voice that Weinstein used throughout the rest of his time as Servo.