Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 16 Fire Maidens From Outer Space
Film watched: Fire Maidens from Outer Space
The MST3K presentation provides examples of:
- Bigger Is Better/Giant Novelty Check: Dr. Forrester's invention exchange, the Big Big Checkbook.
- California Doubling: The film actually was shot in England (the surface of Jupiter's moon in particular is suspiciously Home Countiesesque). The Bots call it out anyway:
Crow (in thick Texas accent):
Welcome to London, Ma'am. Servo:
No, it's not
Spooner, Wisconsin; still London... Maybe it's just Canada pretending
to be London. Crow:
Keep left! On the LEFT!! DICKWEED!
- Call Back: When Joel is introducing the new Twin Screw Universal Controller, he explains that it controls the tenperature...which is a reference to one of the (poorly labeled) gauges on the ship in Fugitive Alien.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: After Crow invokes this by its former name (during a blatantly fanservicey dance number), Tom pipes in with:
Tom: [singing] Watching Underoos is fun! I can see the dancers' buns!
- Dark Is Evil: Timmy. The Timmy puppet is actually Crow's body double for the movie theater scenes.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Timmy the Dark Crow. Only Servo is wise to Timmy's antics, and Joel seems particularly oblivious. It's not until Servo is kidnapped by Timmy that Joel and Crow decide to take action.
- Double Entendre: parodied:
Say, does this TV have a remote?
As far as I know, Lincoln's not president any more!
She came home from the store, with a bag of apples... and a loaf of bread!
And now a word from our sponsor! POOM!
- Evil Twin/Shadow Archetype: Timmy.
- Frameup: Timmy pushes Crow into Joel and gets Crow gets blamed for it. And Joel still doesn't believe that this dark spectre is being mean to the robot that he created. All is forgiven in the following host segment, though.
- Genre Blind: Joel, big time.
- Go to Your Room: Joel sends Crow to his cubicle for a five-minute "time-out" after Timmy shoves Crow into him.
- I Taste Delicious: Timmy fools with Joel's new Twin-Screw Universal Controller, leading to (among other things) Joel roasting Servo on a rotisserie spit:
Servo: Joel, if you don't mind, I'm cooking here...I'm beginning to smell delicious...
- Mood Whiplash: Oh, boy, that part towards the penultimate host segment. At first it's all funny, with the guys watching the movie and making jokes on it. Then Timmy enters the theater... and sits there with them. Then he disappears and reappears in the seats several times. It changes to being quite darkly funny when he keeps biting and headbutting Servo, who gets more and more annoyed until he charges at him, and offscreen you can hear a scuffle and even Tom's 'I'm choking! I'm choking!' is still darkly funny, as is when Joel and Crow notice what's happening and Joel accidentally calls the Evil Twin 'Tommy'. Then you hear Tom's muffled sobs and screams for help, and the mood changes back to terrifying again as he's dragged from the theater. And then the mood goes straight back to humorous again as Timmy is defeated and even as Tom is encased in a pseudopod. Whew!
- Nightmare Fuel: The MST3K presentation had Timmy.
- Not Now, Servo
- Prop Recycling: "Timmy" is actually the Crow that sits in the theater (which is painted black to prevent artifacts if the shiny gold finish reflects light.) Servo is also painted black, which is why viewers can't see through his dome while in the theater.
- Scream Discretion Shot: From Tom as he's being abducted by Timmy. Justified as the struggle takes place under the seats and the camera is still directly focused on the movie and the silhouettes that are superimposed in front of it, reacting to the events taking place in the theater.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Crow recognizes the Stock Footage of the rocket, in particular the landing sequence with patently see-thru trees.
: What the — King Dinosaur
? That's from King Dinosaur
! I'm leaving!
Crow: Grrr... under protest.
- Crow first describes Timmy in terms that Regan referred to Captain Howdy.
- The final battle with Timmy the Dark Crow references both Aliens and Hercules And The Captive Women.
- The inner mouth coming out of Timmy's beak at the end when he bites Frank is also a reference to Aliens.
- Joel quotes "Step Right Up", by Tom Waits, in a sketch.
- During the Do Anything Lever sketch, listen closely to Joel, and you'll realize he says "It controls the tenpreture", a call back to the Engrish control panel labels in the Fugitive Alien movies from the previous season.
- Tom trapped in an avocado-like pod begging (hilariously) to be killed is another Call Back to Season 1 and the 'Avocado Man' from Robot Holocaust.
- Tom's death pleas could also double as a Call Back to Hercules and the Captive Women, as there was a woman in a similar situation in that movie.
- A bit of Fridge Brilliance: the inclusion of Timmy is a shout out to Fire Maidens itself! They wanted to have a dark creature lurking about, just like in the movie!
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Again, Joel, who refuses to believe that Timmy is evil, and whenever Crow and Servo try to warn him, he basically tells them to shut up. Then, after Timmy's nature is revealed and he's defeated, he berates Crow for letting him on the ship in the first place. He does forgive him, though.
- What Could Have Been: According to an early episode guide◊ sold by Best Brains through their "Life Survival Kits", this episode was originally going to feature Charro!, a western starring Elvis Presley, until the Brains found out they really didn't have the rights to it.