Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 20 The Unearthly

Films watched: Posture Pals (short), Appreciating Our Parents (short) and The Unearthly

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 version provides the following Tropes:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Crow's reaction to the tape of him catching fire while staging a video for America's Goofiest Home Videos.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Dr. Forrester to Joel: "Look, you bombastic biscuit boy..."
  • Calvinball: Crow and Tom cobble together various leftover board game parts into a board game version of The Unearthly. Joel spends so long explaining the rules, which mostly have to do with how players can lose a turn, they don't actually get to play the game before Commercial Sign comes on.
  • Continuity Nod: A snapshot of the junk-cluttered SOL bridge includes past Invention Exchange items, including the Big Head, the Cellulite Phone and standup of Judge Wapner.
  • Crack! Oh My Back!: When Mary corrects her doll's posture, Joel starts screaming, "Oh, no! My spiiine! AAAAAAAAAGH!" Tom supplies the cracking sound effects as well.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Players who lose one turn, lose one turn."
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: Invoked during the Posture Pals riffing, as a kid is shown dressed in this manner while working with his dad on a model plane.
    Narrator: Jimmy's father reminds Jimmy when he stands off-balance. An airplane shouldn't stand crooked... So Jimmy remembers: a boy shouldn't, either.
    Tom: Nor should he wear tacky Hawaiian shirts.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When the doctor puts on his gloves, the crew makes a joke that they're "Playtex" instead of latex. At the time, Playtex was a manufacturer of lingerie, but now actually does make numerous varieties of rubber gloves for cleaning and hygiene.
  • Orphaned Punchline: Crow follows Carradine's request to 'retire' with "Why? Are you falling apart?" before excusing himself for using the wrong punchline.
  • Running Gag: Tor Johnson's delivery of "Time for to go to bed!" became a staple for the MST3K crew, even appearing in RiffTrax's commentary for Plan 9 from Outer Space.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Totally Radical: After a bizarrely fast-paced dialogue scene, Joel and the Bots start talking like old movie gangsters. Eventually, it spreads to the Mads as well, with Frank imploring Dr. Forrester to "do your Leo Gorcey".



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