Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 20 Danger Death Ray

Film watched: Danger!! Death Ray

Featured in season 6 of Mystery Science Theater 3000, it's clear Mike and the 'Bots had a blast with this one.

The MST3K presentation provides examples of:

  • Bond One-Liner: Generally averted, much to the annoyance of Mike and the 'Bots.
  • Call-Back: Servo's love of MacIntosh computers from Gamera Vs. Barugon.
    Mike: (dismissively) MacIntosh equipment.
    Servo: (brightly) Ooh, MacIntosh! Nice tube amp, good quality... (Bart Fargo smashes the transmitter) HEY!
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Tom Servo builds his own Death Ray for peaceful purposes and then uses it on Crow. Crow does have to admit that it was Actually Pretty Funny...that is, until his head catches fire.
  • Continuity Nod: At the airport, Mike and the Bots hum a piece of music from The Starfighters.
    • Crow's script "Earth vs. Soup" has been mentioned before in past episodes and would be mentioned again in later ones (it even gets made (sorta) in a later one). His other script, "Peter Graves Goes to the University of Minnesota" is also brought up.
    • Mike's sailor suit (which he always wears when performing, whether the role calls for it or not) was last mentioned in Outlaw of Gor.
  • Corpsing: Trace Beaulieu loses it during the helicopter landing scene.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Lucille (to Bart Fargo): "Come as quick as you can."
    Mike (as Fargo): "That's what I usually do."
  • Hand Wave: When a viewer asks Servo why his head can't be seen through in the theater (note, the puppet used is actually painted black)
    Tom Servo: Chuck, it's because of physics.
  • Hollywood Atlas:
    Crow: What country is this taking place in?
    Mike: Europe.
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • Mike chastises Frank for refusing to produce Crow's scripts, saying he wants nothing to do with him, until Frank reveals he's booked him to tour in Cole Porter's Anything Goes for a hefty sum, after which Mike is seen wearing a sailor suit and singing songs from the musical.
    • When Mike enters the theater still wearing his sailor suit, Servo castigates him, telling him, "Look at you. You look ridiculous." This while Servo is still wearing a Reebok on his head.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Subverted when Mike elicits laughs from the bots with "Lattice in!"
  • Inherently Funny Words: Bart Fargo Bart Fargo Bart Fargo Bart Fargo!
  • Insistent Terminology: Crow's manly sunglasses are for men. Especially the pink rhinestone-studded glasses with heart-shaped lenses with the word "WOMAN" on top.
  • Insult Backfire:
    Forrester: Frank... you look like a slut.
    TV's Frank: (gleefully) Do I, really?
  • It Will Never Catch On: Frank refuses to get involved with Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg's project - he hadn't seen any of their resumes and has no idea what they've done.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: invoked Crow's constant giggling during the Special Effects Failure.
  • Police Are Useless:
    Mike: THERE! We made them swerve slightly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "And the way you dove out that window, just terrible."
  • Running Gags
    • "DANGER! [fill in the blank]"
      Servo: DANGER! Twist tie...
    • Mocking the DEATH ray being used for only peaceful purposes.
    • Mike and the 'Bots singing along with the soundtrack and adding lyrics from similar tunes where appropriate.
    Mike: Abe Lincoln is Timecop!
    Crow: I want Jefferson Davis DEAD! I want his family DEAD!
    Mike: Ohh, I've got a rail-splitting headache!
    Mike: (on seeing the toy submarine) The Ti-D-Bowl Man is doing pretty alright for himself!
    Servo: They're coming up for more baking soda.
    (Crow openly giggles at length.)
    Mike: Ah, the ocean is beautiful in this side of the tub.
    Servo: This set is at least three box tops.
    Crow: Special effects by Billy!
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Lampshaded.
    Servo: ["bup-a-dup-a-da-da" is playing] This isn't appropriate right now. His friend is dying over there.
  • Squick: invoked Mike and the 'bots reaction when the characters order a double Cointreau at the bar. For the uninitiated, Cointreau is an orange liqueur that may be tasty in a margarita, but straight is pretty bitter, especially neat.
    • It's likely Bart Fargo ordered a cointreau so he could take a good look at the villain about to attack him in the bottle's reflection. It doesn't appear if he actually finished his beverage.
  • Take That!: The whole "Frank is a Hollywood agent" reflects the dealings Best Brains were having with interested parties from La-La Land.
  • Tearjerker: For Cambot, at least. Fargo's camera-destroying at the end of the film causes Cambot to start crying, blurring our view of the last host segment.
  • Technical Pacifist:
    Servo: Ah, so it's a PEACE LOVING DEATH RAY.
  • Throw It In!: invoked Crow's eyes and head weren't supposed to blaze as they did, but Trace Beaulieu's improvised screaming was so funny they kept the take.note 
  • Tongue Twister: "BartFargoBartFargoBartFargo..." On one of the instances, Crow messed up and laughs.
  • Your Head A-Splode: After being shot in the head with Servo's death ray.
    Crow: I gotta admit, it is pretty funny... (everybody laughs, til Crow's eyes and head completely burst into flame, causing him to scream and laugh at the same time)