Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 14 Mighty Jack

Film Watched: Mighty Jack

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

The Comedy Central Segments:

  • Disaster has struck the Satellite of Love! Joel is dead! It's pandemonium!... No, wait, they're just fooling around.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • For secret agents who need to change out of their wetsuit into a tuxedo quickly but don't have time to change footwear, the Mads present Formal Flippers, also available in a lady's model. Joel focused on kids' winter headwear since they don't like hats and earmuffs, so they now they can wear earmuffs that look like actual ears, also available in Vulcan.

Segment 2
  • Tom and Crow use Joel to test-market Mighty Jack dog food; Gypsy is the dog. It comes in regular, mailman and cat flavors.

Segment 3
  • The 'Bots trap Joel inside a torture box with lights to blind him. He decides to just close his eyes, thwarting their plans.

Segment 4
  • Crow's Earth vs. Soup has been turning heads in Hollywood, so Joel puts an aquarium in front of Cambot to pitch some underwater sequences to them. The 'Bots are concerned about his state of mind.

Segment 5
  • Joel and the 'Bots are salty sea dogs singing the sea shanty "Slow the Plot Down". Frank gets inspired to join in the fun, annoying Clayton.

The Comedy Central episode contains examples of:

  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: After the bots pitch their idea for Mighty Jack dog food, an unimpressed Joel points at the camera and suggests they watch some real commercials.
    Joel: I think we have very different views of advertising — let's see how the pros do it.
  • Notable Original Music: Joel and the Bots' "plot shanty" about the film's padding, "Slow the Plot Down."
  • Running Gag: "Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat."
    • Jokes about the Big Bad's Right-Hand Cat, even extending to the host segment advertising dog food.
    • Complaining about the titular Cool Plane constantly making bank turns.
  • Spy-Tux Reveal: Frank wears a tuxedo and a scuba tank when the Mads reveal their new invention: the "Formal Flipper", dress shoes (or high-heels) with swim fins attached.

The KTMA episode contains examples of:

  • Deleted Scene: A prologue showing the Mighty Jack team assembling and launching that was cut out of the Comedy Central version is included here. Another deleted scene showed one of the Mighty Jack team trying to rescue Atari, and getting himself stupidly captured instead.
  • Humorless Aliens: During a host segment the bots try to understand what Joel finds funny.