Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 11 Last Of The Wild Horses

Film watched: Last of the Wild Horses

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Agony Beam: It's subverted numerous times. First, Evil!Crow forgets to put new batteries in his agonizer. Then it turns out the agony booth is out of order. At the end, Normal!Frank and Forrester cry out in ecstasy while using their new agony booth.
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: The Mads riff the first part of the film!
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: As Evil!Servo is being carried into the theater:
    Evil!Servo: Let me go! You shall die! I'll have you killed! And then tortured! Let me go! Let... Oh, hey, a cowboy movie!
  • Beard of Evil: Evil!Mike
  • Contagious Laughter / Everybody Laughs Ending: Lampooned.
    Servo: Y'know, gang, I think about one trip a year into an alternate universe is enough for me! HA HA HA! (the others join him in laughter, which very quickly peters out) Wasn't that funny, was it?
  • Continuity Nod: When the Mads are the one being experimented on they sing their take on the "Joey the Lemur" song - which disturbs Servo.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: While Remedy is struggling to extract Curly's tooth, the tomboyish Terry appears in something more feminine. Curly notices, and then his tooth gets yanked out.
    Servo: Wow! Frontier dental hygienist!
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: When Dr. F and Frank discover they got the mirror universe's Agonizer booth, they get really into it.
  • Evil Laugh: Evil!Mike and Evil!Crow indulge in this when they first appear in Mirror Deep 13.
  • Face Palm of Doom: How Mike deals with Evil!Servo. A few times.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: The Good!Mads indulge in this when they contact the SOL.
  • Femme Fatale: Evil!Gypsy.
    Evil!Gypsy: Are you man enough to be captain? Are you man enough to take the responsibility? Come here and let me make a man out of you!
  • Gilligan Cut: Not directly, but referenced.
    Duke: I'm gonna stay here. This is the last place in the world they'd think of lookin' for me.
    Crow: Doodily, doodily, doodily... (Distant) "He's in here!"
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": Mirror!Servo giggles a few times when characters in the movie say "Double C men".
  • Hint Dropping: Alternate universe Forrester and Frank interrupt the letters segment at the end and don't take the hint that they're not welcome, particularly annoying Servo and, of all characters, Gypsy.
    Forrester: Frank and I figured out a way we can communicate from OUR Satellite of Love to YOUR Satellite of Love! So we thought we'd stop by and say hi!
    (Mike and the bots greet them)
    Frank: As a matter of fact, we've prepared a little song for you. We hope you like it; it goes a little something like this: (along with Forrester) "JOEY THE LEMUR"-
    Mike: Hate to stop you, hate to stop you, hate like the world to do it. We have to read a letter... or we get punished, or something. So anyway, here it is, it's from Joseph A. Holtzman, put it up on still store there, Cambot. Joseph's from, uh, Kailua, Hawaii.
    Forrester: Ah yes, in OUR world, we also have a Hawaii, and many similar places: Your Massachusetts, your Illinois, your Zeelac la Ouis...
    Gypsy: Yeah, that's great. Uh, the letter BEGINS, "Dear Mike and the bots, we really enjoy your show on Oceanic cable 30,
    Frank: Ah yes, in OUR world we too have cable television, where we enjoy many 'simular' programs to yours: Your I Love Lucy, your Home Improvement, your My Mother the Calasta Caloosta Caleeky-
    Servo: Yeah, I'll bet you do. THE LETTER CONCLUDES by saying, "Keep up the riffs."
    Forrester: Ah yes, in our world, we too have "riffs". We listen to many forms of popular music, such as your Louis Armstrong, your Beatles, your Zylock Blues Band from Omicron Ceti 3
    Mike: Yeah, we're sorry you have to go. I know you gotta run, bye. (shuts the viewscreen as both parties say bye) In a way, really, it's kinda comforting to know that, uh, no matter what universe you're from, you can still be really annoying.
  • Hurricane of Toilet Humor:
    • After the guys mishear "Charlie Cooper" as "Johnny Pooper", the jokes pretty much write themselves:
    Crow (imitating newspaper headline): "Pooper Held as Probe Widens!"
    • At one point there's a confrontation with a large group of cowboys; as the camera pans across the stationary horses, Mike and the bots supply a series of "plop! plopplop!" sounds.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Last of the Wild Horses is the day's experiment in both universes.
  • Jump Scare: Towards the end of the film, there's a moment when Duke and Riley, who are fighting, fall off the hay loft together. It's shot and edited in a very strange way, by showing the duo heading for the edge and then abruptly jump cutting to Riley moving towards the camera, followed by another jump cut of Duke doing the same thing. Both instances cause a startled "Aaah!" from Mike and the bots.
  • Klingon Promotion: A given in the mirror universe.
    Gypsy: I will be a Captain's Woman!
  • Large Ham: Everyone in the Mirror Universe.
  • Mirror Universe: A la "Mirror, Mirror."
  • Mondegreen: The gang mishears "Charlie Cooper" as "Johnny Pooper," leading to one of the episode's Crowning Moment of Funny:
  • Mr. Fanservice: Evil!Mike in a goatee and sleeveless gold lamé. And Evil.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Trace uses his Crow voice while he and Frank are riffing the beginning of the film, so it still doesn't quite feel like Dr. F in the theater.
  • Paper Tiger: Evil!Tom keeps trying to take control of the ship from Mike... who keeps shoving him away while he and Crow consult an "Alternate Universe Manual."
  • Running Gag:
    • "______ of the Ooooooold West!"
    • The Good!Mads doing the "Joey the Lemur" song.
  • Self-Deprecation/Old Shame: In the Mirror Universe, the "Joey the Lemur" song and the Eight of Chris Lemmon are considered hilarious. The horrified reactions of our universe's Tom and Gypsy say it all.
    Tom: There's no lemurs in this movie!
  • Separated by a Common Language: Servo and Crow both speak English, but are programmed with different regional slang terms. So the two are confused when they use different words for bubblers/drinking fountains, shows/movies, dinner/lunch, "come with"/"come with me," Coke/root beer, and "borrow me some money." They really missed a bet by not having one of them say "same difference".
  • Shout-Out:
    • Evil!Crow's scream of "Die Die Die Die Die Die Die DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE!" during his attempted murder of Evil!Mike is done To the Tune of... the Star Trek "Fight music."
    • As Cooper's about to be killed:
      Cooper: Jane!
      Crow: Stop this crazy thing!
    • To A Christmas Carol: After Tom and Gypsy have returned from the mirror Universe, Crow expresses doubt that anything really happened. Tom quotes Scrooge's suggestion that it was the result of "Perhaps an underdone potato, or a bit of undigested beef."
  • Smart Ball:
    • In the intro sequence Mike programs the Bots to have different regional speech patterns. He's not the tech guy like Joel and admits it's the only thing he knows.
    • In another example of the Mirror Universe at work, the usually-dim Gypsy is actually the first to realize what's gone wrong when she and Servo find themselves in Deep 13 with Evil!Mike and Evil!Crow. (Of course, she's not running the Satellite of Love at the moment, so...)
  • The Starscream: Evil!Crow and Evil!Tom are both this, with Evil!Tom being much less successful.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Good!Frank and Crow read "Double C Ranch" as "Double Cranch."
  • Take That!:
    • The regional dialect thing was clearly directed at somebody.
      Mike: You know, there's a difference between regionalism and just plain stupidity.
      Crow: But, Mike, irregardless of that fact... *cue commercial break*.
    • The joke of Evil!Crow forgetting to put new batteries in his agonizer could be a bit of a knockback to "Mirror Mirror", seeing as how use of the device clearly requires the full cooperation of the victim.
  • Two of Your Earth Minutes: The Good!Mads insist on talking like this while conversing with Mike and the Bots over the Hexfield Viewscreen.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: Forrester's verbatim response when Crow questions the wisdom of using the matter transference device during an ion storm.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The host segments are a straight Shout-Out to the "Mirror, Mirror" episode of Star Trek, right down to the Agonizers and evil goatees.