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:
The MST3K treatment of Catching Trouble provides examples of:
- 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.
- 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 Empire: The guys root for the wild cat and bear cubs when they try to escape.
- They root for the snakes to bite Ross, too.
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?!"
- Unfortunate Implications: 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).
- Vote Early, Vote Often:
Don't you know you're wanted in Chicago
Tom Servo: For voting twice?