Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 19 Red Zone Cuba
"The Red Zone is for Cuba and un-Cuba only."

Tom Servo: Well, I see the movie has finally thrown up its hands and said "I just don't know."
Crow: I wanna hurt this movie, but I can never hurt it the way it hurt me.
Mike Nelson: Did they even need to GO to Cuba?

Film watched: Red Zone Cuba, with short Speech: Platform Posture and Appearance

One of the few films that actually broke the SOL crew, though the Mads didn't notice due to Forrester having been beaten to a pulp by mobsters before the movie began. Sanity Slippage was the only thing saving them from the Despair Event Horizon. Even the Mads descended into madness at the end.

The MST3K presentation contains:

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing: The rest of the world can't wait for Clayton to die, which proves to become difficult, to say the least.
  • Bowdlerized: The MST3K version thankfully omits the whole "raping the blind-deaf daughter" scene, per the show's "No Rape" policy.
  • Call-Back: At one point, they say "Hi-Cuba!" during a fight scene.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The riffs have remarked on how Coleman Francis looks like Curly Howard.
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Determinator: Zigzagged. Dr. Forrester's will to live in the third segment fluctuates, but even after being beaten by mobsters a second time, he ultimately pulls through in the end.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: This was the second Coleman Francis film featured. In the first, The Skydivers, he goes entirely unmentioned, but by starring here he makes himself a running joke ("Obviously, you don't know who you've captured here — I'm Coleman Francis.", "The Yankees will pay highly for you, Señor Francis") and when Yucca Flats subsequently aired Mike and the bots freaked. (What's funny is that Mike had used The Beast of Yucca Flats as a warm up for The Brain That Wouldn't Die.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: At the beginning of the episode, while reading off lottery numbers, Mike draws a ball with the number 69. Crow looks straight at the camera and says under his breath "69! Hehehe!"
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'm Cherokee Jack!" would be repeated in later episodes. invoked
  • Mock Millionaire: How Mike and the bots are dressed in the first and second host segments, complete with stereotypical rich accents.
  • Mondegreen:
    • Servo mishears part of the movie's Title Theme Tune as "Mundo Penis."
    • There's also Chastain's name; the bots mishear it as "Justine".
  • Napoleon Delusion: The movie drives Mike to believing he's Carol Channing at one point.
  • Negative Continuity: The episode ends with the entire SOL crew being driven insane by the movie, and with Forrester attempting to kill Frank after being beaten to a pulp no less than twice due to the latter throwing him under the proverbial bus. Everything's back to normal in the next episode.
  • Notable Original Music: The "Bouncy Upbeat Song".
    Mike: Everybody's having fun and smokiiiiing, and the dogs are eating toooooo... robbing people, killing people...
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Crow's scream for the old man falling down the well goes on and on.
    • Dr. Forrester's "I'm dead/I'm not dead" speech.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • You'd think Dr. Forrester getting beaten to near-death by a mobster (twice!) wouldn't be funny... You'd think that...
    • The goofy cartoon noises as Forrester gets beaten (and the fact that he's clearly being beaten up by a puppet) help.
  • Running Gag:
  • Sanity Slippage: The ending host segment. Crow's laugh is particularly strained and demented.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: At one point Griffin and his two buddies are sitting by the side of the road, smoking cigarettes and looking whimsically. Tom Servo suggests that they just made out.
  • Suspiciously Small Army: They get a lot of jokes out of Coleman Francis's inability to put together a convincing invasion force:
    Mike: "There's 80,000 of them and seven of us."
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Why has TV's Frank called up the SOL at the start of the episode?
    TV's Frank: Oh, hi, Mike. Say, have you ever been in deep with the mob for, oh, saaaaaaay... 50 large?