Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 11 The Magic Sword
Film watched: The Magic Sword
In a highly unusual admission, Joel Robinson and Tom Servo said the movie was "pretty good for a Bert I. Gordon
film" during a theater segment. (Crow T. Robot seemed to disagree, but found something he liked about it too
.) The writers of the show continued the praise in their Amazing Colossal Episode Guide.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- Joel has decided to get into caricature artwork, and the 'Bots are his subjects. He's apparently wanted to draw Cambot naked, even though all of them are.
- Joel created the Big Gulp Berets to appeal to hippies who want to attend poetry readings while enjoying a cool bottled spring water. Frank stars in a one-act play demonstrating Dr. Forrester's decorator biohazard clean-up pillows, but he's concerned about the mutated strain of dysentary he spilled on himself.
- Top trainer Joel only feeds Basil Rathbones to his dogs. Packed with bits of Nigel Bruce and comes in pesto flavor!
- Tom is not impressed with Joel's grand pageant based on the Middle Ages and serfs up a heaping reality check on how hard it was back then.
- Crow, smitten with Estelle Winwood, sings a love ballad for her. Tom, again, feels the need to interject with counterpoints.
- The film's seven curses make the crew discuss George Carlin's own naughty words. Back in Deep 13, Frank is reduced to a skeleton, creeping Dr. F out.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:
- Bad "Bad Acting": Frank, while trying to sell the merits of Forrester's half of the invention exchange in a one-act play. Complete with glances at the teleprompter.
- Blatant Lies: Dr. Forrester's attempt to reassure Frank that he looks fine in the final segment.
- Brain Bleach:
Crow: (singing about Estelle Winwood) She's rooty-toot-toot / I bet she smells like Juicy Fruit...
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Tom's toothpick comment.
- Girl of the Week: Crow rather famously ended his idolization of Kim Catrall to pursue Estelle Winwood in this episode instead.
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: Crow has this reaction toward Sybil.
- Incredibly Lame Pun
Crow: "Hey, Joel! Serf's up!"
- Notable Original Music: Crow's classic "Ode to Estelle". He claims he had "a little spat" with Kim.note
- Orphaned Punchline: One scene opens with one of the characters saying, "...If you'd move that darn cat!", a reference to an urban legend that Johnny Carson supposedly told Zsa Zsa Gabor.
- Running Gag: The king's resemblence to Grady from Sanford and Son.
- Serious Business: Tom Servo's rant about the Middle Ages.
- Seven Dirty Words: Briefly discussed in the final host segment.
- Shout-Out: "Strider!" "Boromir!"
- This Is Gonna Suck: When they see Bert I. Gordon listed as writer, executive producer, special effects supervisor and director of the film, Tom declares "we are in big, BIG trouble, guys!"
- Then it gets subverted when Joel and Tom admit the movie actually isn't all that bad.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe
- You Have No Chance to Survive: The riffers are most unimpressed by Lodac's final threat.
Joel: Oh, go to bed, old man!