Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 16 Gamera Vs Zigra
Film watched: Gamera vs. ZigraThis 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 KTMA version provides examples of:
Continuity Nod: Crow has finally thawed out from the previous episodes where he was frozen to be the SOL's Christmas tree.
He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dr. Forrester and Dr. Erhardt could be seen during the show's opening theme song and occasionally as a still within the show, but they did not appear in person within the show itself until this episode averted this.
Running Gag: Whenever Joel or Crow compares Zigra's ship to a gumball machine, Servo will immediately try to throw in something to make the comparison seem like a good thing.
Stock Footage: Very Incredible Movie Theater 4 is actually footage from J Elvis' standup that was aired on the same night, but here as a Ruritanian comic.
The Comedy Central Segments:
Joel converted Tom into a root beer kegger, so it's time to party!
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
The Mads present The Three Stooges Gun to help recreate choreography from their films. Joel has turned Crow into rows of shish kebabs.
Joel wants to know how Gamera works, so the 'Bots created a helpful interactive and labelled model. Just don't ask what's behind the door inside of him.
Joel has the 'Bots create dioramas of their favorite Gamera moments. Tom created Baragon, Crow made Gaos, Gypsy's is incredibly abstract, and Joel himself modeled the SOL as a big loving family. Awww.
Gamera has flown up to the SOL, and Kenny and Helen from the movie are riding on his back. A very awkward (and poorly dubbed) conversation follows.
Each member of the SOL crew performs their own take on the Gamera Song. Deep 13 follows suit before Dr. F smashes his guitar on the button.
Dance Party Ending: Something like that. In tribute to their final Gamera film, the crew each sing different versions of their already-existing version ("Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with meat, we are eating Gamera!") of the Gamera theme, ending with everyone singing a surprisingly affectionate send-off... and Clay and Frank promptly one-up them by doing it in hard rock.