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:
Casting Gag: Servo mocks the way one character laughs by comparing it to Dr. Erhardt's laugh. Erhardt and Servo were both played by Josh Weinstein.
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.
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.