Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 20 The Unearthly
Appreciating Our Parents
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..." Callback: The snapshot of the junk-cluttered Satellite bridge includes past Invention Exchange items, including the Big Head, the Cellulite Phone and standup of Judge Wapner. 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. Department of Redundancy Department: "Players who lose one turn, lose one turn." 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!" has become 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 gangsters from a 1930s film. Eventually, it spreads to the Mads as well.