Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 01 Space Travelers

Film watched: Marooned (repackaged by Film Ventures International under the title Space Travelers)

It's the only Oscar-winning film (for special effects) to be riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Bleep Dammit: The "God" in Janssen's "Then God damn you!" is muted out, but the "damn" isn't, which catches Tom's notice in particular.
  • Broken Pedestal: The cast were big fans of Dennis Miller, 'til when they met him: he attacked them for doing this film, saying it was "a pretty good movie."
  • Call Back: When Joel asks rhetorically, "Who decides who lives and who dies?", Crow reminds him that he already called dibs.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: Gene Hackman's character accidentally lets a camera float away in space.
    Crow: "Millions of dollars went into this space mission, and they didn't invest in a camera strap?"
  • Escape Artist: "The Great Crowdini" tries to escape from chains while suspended upside-down before a cannon shoots him... but he drops the key, and doesn't quite make it.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Dr. Forrester and Frank lament the fall of The Last Boy Scout in the movie rankings, as they see its decline as a threat to the forces of evil everywhere.
    Dr. Forrester: You're right, Frank, this is cause for concern. Remember The Return of Bruno.
  • Long List: Joel and the Bots list off all of the things that mankind has benefited from, thanks to the space program. Some of the items are a bit suspect, such as Branford, Wynton, and Chicken Marsalis.
  • Running Gag: Confusing James Franciscus for Tony Franciosa, the Finder Of Lost Loves, which becomes a Berserk Button for Tom.
    • Crow making references to David Janssen's role on The Fugitive.
    • Gene Hackman is good in anything.
    • Crow doing a Gregory Peck impersonation.
  • Shout-Out: Several riffs reference 2001: A Space Odyssey (which came out a year before Marooned).
  • Take That: "Eight-million dollar film and they're still using Stock Footage!"