Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 05 Colossus And The Headhunters

Original work: Colossus and the Headhunters

The host segments revolve around Dr. Forrester's most horrendous new creation yet...Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter.

Trivia note: The earlier MST3K film Hercules Against the Moon Men was also about Maciste, until the English dubbing crew decided to capitalize on the bigger name recognition of Hercules.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Fan Nickname: Maciste becomes "My Cheesesteak", as noted below.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When a loincloth-clad warrior jumps over a campfire, Crow shouts, "Great balls of fire!"
  • Holding the Floor: Milana's excruciatingly long dance to stall for time.
    Kermes: The gods thank you, Milana.
    Servo: Now GET OUT!!!!!!
  • Lady Mondegreen: In-universe, Mike and the Bots mishear Maciste's name as "My Cheesesteak", which becomes a Running Gag.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Frank can't stand being apart from Nummy, and it turns out the reverse is also true.
  • Made of Iron: Colossus/Maciste takes an arrow to the upper chest/shoulder, but seems to walk it off after a few minutes.
    Crow: Luckily, this was before death had been invented.
  • Non-Action Guy: Invoked.
    Crow: Colossus has gotta start doing something heroic. He survived a flesh wound — that's all he's done!
  • Notable Original Music: The Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter song, by TV's Frank.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Nummy Muffin Coocol Butter, who is designed by Dr. Forrester to pacify victims through Cuteness Proximity... until Dr. F is Hoist by His Own Petard in the end.
  • Shout-Out: Servo says of the stalling-for-time dancer, "Maybe we could give her an extra-long scarf and send her out for a drive." That's a reference to the death of dancer Isadora Duncan.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Yes, it's "Coocol", not "Cocoa". So sayeth the end credits.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: When the Big Bad thinks he has Maciste trapped and laughs about it, Mike quips (in a wonderfully nasal voice), "I got you, you bitch!"