Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 16 Alien From LA

Film watched: Alien from L.A.

Targets for jokes included the ridiculous Australian accent employed by Gus, Kathy Ireland's squeaky voice and lack of acting talent, the design of Atlantis, which evoked numerous films such as Blade Runner and the Mad Max series, Charmin's name, and much, much more.

The Segments:

  • Crow is drilling his new recruits at Fort Satellite of Love's boot camp. Mike field-strips Tom.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • The Mads show off the Vend-a-Gut, for those people who have $250,000 worth of quarters to spend on a new internal organ; Dr. Forrester removed Frank's liver for the demonstration. Mike equipped his refrigerator with Fridge Udders which dispense whole milk, skim milk, chocolate milk, and crushed ice, but Crow gets flattened when he tries to go fridge-tipping.

Segment 2
  • Crow desperately tries to remember a model who Kathy Ireland reminds him of; she had a band sing to her and modeled underwear. Tom eventually gets it, but Mike never correctly guesses who it is: Clara Peller, the "Where's the beef?" lady.

Segment 3
  • Mike serenades Kathy in "My Wild Irish Ireland". Tom plays Kathy.

Segment 4
  • Crow and Tom introduce Mike to the Kathy Ireland Fabulous Range of Emotions Acting Guessing Game by Hasbro. Every answer is Dull Surprise.

Segment 5
  • The fan letter runs Mike and the 'Bots through the wringer with questions; they answer the majority of them with "just cuz". Frank is still trying to purchase his new liver, but Dr. F distracts him by asking what 411's phone number is, forcing him to start over.

The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • Big "SHUT UP!": At one point in the film, Mike and the bots simultaneously shouted "SHUT UP!" at Kathy Ireland when she was begging Gus to let her go with him.
  • Chick Flick: Mike and Crow get into an argument during the credits and accuse each other of watching these, among them Fried Green Tomatoes, Mermaids, and Steel Magnolias. At one point, they debate whether Madame Sousatzka qualified as one.
    • Allegedly inspired by a similar battle between Mike and Frank in the writing room.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Mike starts staring at Servo goo-goo-eyed when Servo sings with Kathy Ireland's squeaky voice.
  • Dull Surprise: One of the skits had Mike guess Kathy Ireland's emotions in the film; the correct answer for all of them was the Trope Namer.
  • Fan Disservice: Though Mike and the 'bots are enchanted by Kathy's appearance, her nasally voice acts as a Berserk Button at times.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: Lampshaded at the end of the film when a bikini-clad Wanda turns around:
    Crow: She's not wearing glasses!
  • Inherently Funny Words: Teats!
  • Kubrick Stare: Mike does the 'tilt your head downward' stare in the opening segment in reference to Full Metal Jacket.
    Dr. Forrester: Ah, Mike, I see you've decided to go psycho. Godspeed.
  • Mondegreen: Invoked for laughs: Wanda says "Crazy!" at the end of the film. Mike and the bots hear it as "Frazy!"
  • Never Say That Again:
    Servo: Are they in Captain Ron's boat?
    Mike: Never say that again.
  • Notable Original Music: "My Wild Irish Ireland", Mike and the Bots' love ballad to Kathy Ireland.
    • Bawdy Song: For Crow's verse, anyway.
      Crow: I'd like to come over and roll in your clover / And kiss your blarney stone!
  • Running Gag: Mike and the Bots ripping into Gus' accent.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At one point the Bots quote the beginning monologue from "Computer Blue" by Prince and the Revolution.
    • Upon Wanda's arrival in Atlantis, Mike and the Bots start singing "Underground" by Tom Waits from his album Swordfishtrombones. Joel had previously sung the same song with the Bots in Fugitive Alien 2.
    • During the opening host segment, Crow imitates Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, berating Mike while the latter attempts to field strip Servo. After the first commercial break, Mike puts on an impressive Slasher Smile in a reference to Pvt. Pyle.
  • Slasher Smile/Kubrick Stare: Mike has a damn impressive one in the first host segment after the commercial break in a Shout-Out to Full Metal Jacket.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Their Alternate Character Interpretation of Wanda.
    As she puts her ear to a doorCrow: Um, this door sounds brown!
    As she examines a photographMike: Hello? What're you doing behind that glass? You look so small.