Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 04 Secret Agent Super Dragon

Film watched: Secret Agent Super Dragon

The MST3k treatment provides examples of:

  • Bond One-Liner: Joel educates the bots on the concept of the "post-kill pun".
    Servo: Ironically, death softens the blow of the pun!
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Involving drugged chewing gum in the film, and the goofiness is rolled with.
    Super Dragon: (Shows Ross, the drugstore bowling alley owner, part of his "special" gum stash) "Now, uh, what's this?"
    Ross: "Nothing! It's just a... different brand, that's all!" (Super Dragon backhands him)
    Servo: (as Super Dragon) You're working for the Wrigley company, aren't you!
    (later, as Super Dragon tries to force-feed Ross a stick of the gum)
    Joel: (as Ross) No! No! I've got dental work!
  • Leitmotif: Well, not really; but there's a little musical motif that is used prominently in one scene, not so prominently in another scene, and this is the basis of Servo's Super Dragon Theme (see below).
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Crow tries his hand at scriptwriting again with the psycho-babblicious "The Spy Who Hugged Me"...
    Joel (Holly Affirmations): You understand, Mr. Windamhill, that even though we are sharing a sexual tension between us... I must kill you.
    Servo (Sandy Windamhill): Um, Holly, thank you for being honest. Let me say that I think you're a really terrific, dynamite lady, but right now I'm in a committed relationship with (breaking character) someone who's very special to me?! I don't believe this...
    Joel (Gary Diabolique): You don't get it, do you, you stupid moron idiot! I am going to control how people respond to me! I am going to rule the world!
    Servo: Gary, that's really co-dependent — (breaks character) I can't believe I just said "co-dependent"!
  • Reality Ensues / Kick the Dog: After noticing that Frank's "Virtual Comedy" simulation is going a bit too well, Dr. Forrester decides to program in some drunken hecklers. Cue Frank's act crashing and burning.
  • Right-Hand Cat: According to Dr. Forrester's Supervillain Symposium, every supervillain must have a strange or exotic animal.
  • Robot Buddy: Crow and Servo build "Minsky", a little robot with an annoyingly repetitive Catch-Phrase and no off switch. Joel is not amused.
    • Years later, they'll get their comeuppance when Mike will build a blue robot which Servo and Crow think is cool, til... DESTRUCT! DESTRUCT! DESTRUCT! DESTRUCT! DESTRUCT!
  • Running Gag:
    • Super Dragon's habit of snatching cigarettes right out of other characters' mouths:
      Crow: Secret Agent Super Rude, if you ask me!
    • The ongoing subtext that Super Dragon's cover story is as transparent as window glass:
      Crow (as side character, reading Brian Cooper's business card): Hey, "Secret Agent" is crossed out and "Lawyer" is written in!
    • Super Dragon Failing his Spot Check:
      Servo (as Super Dragon, in the Big Bad's lavishly decorated office): Um, you got any art here?
    • Whenever any character says the name of the Big Bad, Lamas, Joel and the 'Bots immediately ask: "Fernando or Lorenzo?"
  • Serious Business: Downplayed: Joel and the bots are clearly more interested in their game of Micro-Golf than what Dr. Forrester is saying, even to the point of shushing him.
  • Shout-Out: Servo's pronunciation of Chi-Chi Rodriguez as "Chai-Chai Rodrigweez" during the Invention Exchange is a nod to WKRP in Cincinnati.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: The usual one is practically weaponized to make the Supervillain Symposium end:
    Joel: Well, the only thing we wanted to ask, and I think we're all in agreement on this, is: (with Crow and Tom) What do you think, sirs?
    Dr. Forrester: Good question, push the button, Frank. (Frank stirs awake, rushes over to the button, and pushes it) ...what the- hey!
  • [Verb] This!: Tom's response to Crow's screenplay.
    Servo: For God's sake, man! I want to drink martinis in Istanbul, and utter glib bon mots in Moscow, and drive with my feet while escaping thugs in Monte Carlo, and meet girls in Ipanema — the kinds of things a super-secret super-spy is supposed to do!
    Crow: I support you owning those feelings.
    Servo: Yeah, support this.
  • Weird Trade Union: implied during Dr. Forrester's Supervillain Symposium, when he notes that a supervillain is, in essence, a small-business owner.
    • Foreshadowing: Six years later, Pearl Forrester finds out she has to belong to the Institute of Mad Scientists if she wants to rule the world, which is treated like a business alliance.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Comments frequently call out Super Dragon on his aforementioned Jerk Ass qualities, particularly during the Cyanide Pill scene.
    Joel: "What a jerk. He just wanted to get the guy's goat right before he died."