Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 12 Gamera Vs Guiron
Film watched: Gamera vs. GuironThis 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, while playing School, compare the lunches their mothers and/or fathers packed in their lunchboxes. Tom's has a note that his mother loves him.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
The Mads present "racy" Rorschach tests to include as centerfolds in psychology magazines, which disturbs Frank when he sees one as his (hot) mother. Joel shows an eco-friendly collapsing trashcan, but he's working on a port-a-potty with the same premise.
You know it... You love it... It's the Gamera Song!
Joel dabbles in stage magic, using a knife-headed Tom to cut Crow in half. Sadly, the real Crow walks in and ruins the ending.
One of the children in the film looks like Richard Burton, so the SOL crew present a pageant in Richard's honor.
The Gamera Song gets a much more celebratory encore. Michael Feinstein has a piano gig in Deep 13 with some amusing anecdotes to share, and Dr. Forrester is so charmed that he kills him then and there.
[Guiron chops one of Gaos' arm-wings off.] Crow: All he's got is a wing and a prayer. He's really going out on a limb! He's winging it!
In the Style of...: Michael Feinstein (played by Michael J. Nelson) treats us to a Cole Porter-esque piano version of Gamera's theme music at the end.
Insistent Terminology: Tom gets more and more frustrated that they keep calling the planet that they're standing on a star.
As mentioned on the movie recap page, this was because Sandy Frank couldn't be bothered to copyedit the script, which was a direct and slavish translation from the Japnese. In Japanese, "star" and "planet" are the same word.
Lampshade The Obscure Reference: At one point, Tom says "Stop her, she stole my keyboard!" Crow is puzzled, and Tom admits it's an obscure reference. (as explained in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide, this is referring to staff writer and future host Mike Nelson's girlfriend breaking up with him and stealing his keyboard)
Memetic Mutation: invoked Gamera's gymnastics became a part of MST3K's opening credits.
Mondegreen: Joel and the 'bots insist on calling Kon-chan "Cornjob".
Mood Whiplash: Dr. Forrester and Frank are charmed by Michael Feinstein, but then Forrester abruptly tells Frank, "Kill him."
Oh, Crap!: When Gamera jams a missile into Guiron's head and sets it on fire.
[Closeup of Guiron's face] Crow: Oh, damn. [EXPLOSION]
Celebrity Resemblance: It's repeatedly noted that Tom from the film resembles a young Richard Burton. Gamera's resemblance to Karl Malden (especially his nose) is a Running Gag throughout all the Gamera episodes.
"Hello! Thank you!" Joel and the 'Bots hit the ground running with that infamous scene. (Thank you!), and the jokes continue all the way through to the Gamera Vs Zigra episode. (Hello!) Bonus points for the riff of the end of the scene, when Tomoko appears in the back seat while Tom's mother is driving away.