Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 12 The Starfighters
"So basically, according to themselves, the Air Force is a bunch of leather-faced, not-so-bright, heavy-drinking, dull-witted speed freaks who poop in their pants and can't make it with women. Right? Am I right?"
Bawdy Song: The United Servo Academy Mens' Chorus begin an impromptu round of Mademoiselle from Armentières. For those who don't know the song, it's the tale of a French innkeeper's daughter and two German soldiers.
Big "NO!": Crow, when tech support hangs up on him.
Servo: So basically, according to themselves, the Air Force is a bunch of leather-faced, not-so-bright, heavy-drinking dull-witted speed freaks who poop in their pants and can't make it with women. Right? Am I right?
Continuity Nod: This film provided continuity nods for other MSTied movies, like humming the jazzy music whenever a plane is seen flying, mentions of the "poopie suit," and the use of the word "refueling" as a synonym for any long, dull scene.
The United Servo Academy Mens' Chorus is apparently made up of the same Servo-clones introduced in The Human Duplicators.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Crow and Servo re-enact the refueling scene in a rather disturbing fashion. Servo even gives a small "Whoa!" with an odd mixture of surprise and embarrassed pleasure. It gets a minor Call Back when Servo, looking at a picture of himself as the star atop a Christmas tree, remarks, "I bet that's a weird feeling."
Mike: I think there's more nothing in this film than any we've ever seen.
Running Gag: The ongoing Double Entendre concerning the numerous "refueling" sequences. At one point they even joke about the fact that they've done every joke they can think of about them. (And then Crow comes up with a new riff anyway.)
Riffs about how ugly many of the faces are.
Mike: Is your face odd, misshapen? Join the Air Force!
Once, the "poopie suit" gets mentioned, Mike and Bots run with the gag. Bonus points for the theme song: "Flying high in the blue, free to do, number two, poop-oop-ee-doo!"
Bonus points for the fact that MST3K had been using "Poopie!" as an Unusual Euphemism before the film was riffed.
Also leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny as the pilots practice bombing the absolute shit out of the desert while muzak plays:
Crow: We're gonna bomb 'em back to the Jazz Age!
Technology Marches On: Rather inevitable with Crow boasting about his 90mhz Pentium PC, with 32 MB RAM, 4x CD-ROM, Soundblaster 16 sound card with a 28800 baud modem.
And having to assign COM ports. MS-DOS sucked.
Tom: "Looking for UART at Fx1050", what does that mean?
Crow: I don't know! I must have configured my COM ports incorrectly!
Also a nice reminder of the days when we hadn't quite settled on what the Internet should be called given the massive array of protocols back then (HTTP not being as big as it is now) and a few (i.e. a lot of) people latched onto the clumsy term of the "information superhighway" coined by Al Gore. It's buzzwordy!
And when Crow finally does get online, his running commentary is said to indicate that he has logged onto Prodigy (the self-contained online service, not the ISP it later converted to).
However, Crow being invited to a game of Boogers (a four-player Ataxx clone) implied he was also on the ImagiNation Network, also a self-contained online service and not "the Internet", per se.