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Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 22 Master Ninja
Film watched: Master Ninja

-Joel Robinson

MST3K writer Paul Chaplin noted in The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Amazing, Colossal Episode Guide:
"All told, we covered four hour-long episodes of this show. Of those, two plots involve small towns in America's heartland ruled by vicious, murderous industrialists working hand in hand with El Salvador-style police. Understand, I too have misgivings about unfettered capitalism. I'm just not sure this kind of thing exist. I think it's Hollywood's idea of the Midwest. I may be wrong. If any of our viewers know of places where shopping-mall developers routinely kill until their semi-secret graveyards are filled to bursting, I'd like to hear about it. If you yourself live in a town like that, for God's sake let us know! Maybe MST can help."

This episode contained the following tropes:

  • Body Double: Very obviously so. The MST3K crew doesn't fail to notice this.
    Crow: It's Lee van Petite!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A backward glance from Claude Akins' character is turned into this.
    Joel: You know, say what you want, but Claude Akins has a nice rump.
    Crow: [as Claude Akins] You guys talkin' about my butt? Ah, you crack me up. I've seen your show.
  • Fan Nickname: "Queen Latifah" — Okasa, because of the metallic veil on his ninja outfit.
  • Leitmotif: Parodied in one sketch.
  • Notable Original Music: MASTER NINJA THEME SONG!
  • Running Gag: Accidentally referring to something that happened in an earlier episode of Master Ninja instead of earlier in the movie (as Master Ninja was re-packaged as a movie from a failed TV pilot).
  • Throw It In: In a rare theater segment accident, Crow's net suddenly falls off in the middle of Master Ninja I; Trace Beaulieu covers for it with a simple "Ouch."

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