Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 15 Teenage Caveman

Film watched: Teenage Caveman with shorts Aquatic Wizards and Catching Trouble

Tropes for the Teenage Caveman part of this episode include:

  • Continuity Nod: Part of the movie's Stock Footage (specifically: the part with two, ahem, prehistoric creatures wrestling one another) is the same as that in Robot Monster, a first season episode. Servo takes a moment to Lampshade this:
    Servo: Haven't we seen this? I know we've seen this before.
  • Running Gag: Joel and the 'bots keep singing the Bunny Hop as the cavemen go hopping through the jungle.

The MST3K treatment of Aquatic Wizards provides examples of:

  • Forgot I Couldn't Swim: Joked about.
    Joel: Miles from the dock and they can't swim, I love that trick!
  • Gender Is No Object: Water-skiing is shown to be enjoyed by both genders, albeit slightly segregated for instruction.
  • Male Gaze: Par for the course, considering the ubiquitous swim-clad women, with the narrator admonishing the viewer for (presumably) ogling the bare legs of multiple women presenting different types of water-skis.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The camera takes a few lingering shots of the rather well-toned physiques of Alfredo Mendoza and "Chad Slabbody".
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Humorously implied.
    Tom Servo: And the incentive to stay up is...crocodiles!

The MST3K treatment of Catching Trouble provides examples of:

  • Baitand Switch Comment: Many towards Ross.
  • The Bully: Ross is kinda one, but Crow carries it a little further.
    Crow: Throw him (bear cub) down a few times, Ross! What're you scared of him? C'mon, beat him up!
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Crow thinks the Seminole looks like Emo Phillips and does a killer impersonation of said comedian.
  • Egomaniac Hunter/Evil Poacher: How Joel and the 'bots view Ross, instead of the Great White Hunter he is supposed to be.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: A couple of times, the narrator refers to Ross as "my boyfriend".
    Joel: Look, he likes you as a friend but he's not your boyfriend, okay?
  • Mama Bear: Sadly doesn't appear, but boy do the 'bots really want to see her enter the fray.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: In the "Catching Ross" host segment, Joel puts a rubber snake into the same bag as the Ross figure.
    Joel (as Ross): No, not the snake! He hates me! We went to camp together!
  • Rooting for the Empireinvoked: The guys root for the wild cat and bear cubs when they try to escape.
    • They root for the snakes to bite Ross, too.
  • Shout-Out:
    Narrator: Well, this is a different assignment, and a true depiction of actually filling an order [Ross] recently received.
    Joel: Kill Colonel Kurtz!
    Narrator: Here's the shed. (in reference to a snake's shed skin)
    Crow: Two Sheds?
  • Take That: This short is followed with a host segment entitled "Catching Ross", wherein Joel brutally torments an action figure modeled after Ross while Tom mocks it. Fans complained when the short was put on a collection without "Catching Ross" included.
    • The bots are also eager to whip the piss out of the narrator of the "Aquatic Wizards" short when he refers to a Hispanic waterskier as a "Mexican jumping bean."
    Crow: "This time, the white fascist narrator will make a racial slur!"
    Tom: "Hah, but what do I know? I'm only a fat hick announcer, mowing down pretzels and pinwheel cookies, and trying to come to grips with the tattered ends of a once promising life gone horribly wrong, God, God, why, why?!"
  • Vote Early, Vote Often:
    Narrator: Don't you know you're wanted in Chicago?
    Tom Servo: For voting twice?
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Behind the jokes, there is a sense of great contempt towards the people who made the short in contrast to the show's usual ribbing, though this wouldn't be the only time (Invasion of the Neptune Men).