Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 21 The Beast Of Yucca Flats
Ah, Abbott and Costello meet the Beast of Yucca Flats.
-Wish it was the Breast of Yucca Flats.

"This movie stops at nothing - and stays there."

Film watched: The Beast of Yucca Flats, with shorts Money Talks! and Progress Island U.S.A.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Progress Island U.S.A contains the following tropes:

  • Call-Back: "That nose wheel feels mushy."
  • Crossing the Line Twice: invoked "When Judy Garland died, it destroyed Puerto Rico's economy."
    • "Fun times at Guantánamo!"
      • Also counts as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, given that MST3K went off the air long before Guantanamo Bay gained a new notoriety.
    • "A rich culture and heritage..." "Which we bulldozed in order to build more skyscrapers."
    • "Puerto Rico has been praised for the beauty of her landscape..." "And sacked and pillaged many many times."
    • "Spinal injuries are popular on the island as well."
    • "We would like to apologize to all the people of Puerto Rico we did not offend."
    • Over the image of a Union Carbide facility, the narrator states that "Nearly two billion dollars has been invested in plants and facilities." Tom adds, "And millions poisoned!" This is in reference to the Bhopal disaster, in which a tank containing methyl isocyanate ruptured, killing thousands and injuring over half a million more.
    • Dude, Not Funny!: In a subversion, Mike does take offense at Crow saying Ponce was the sight of many muggings. invoked
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Occurs throughout the riffing.
    Narrator: An American democracy.
    Servo: ...would be really great.
    Narrator: A wealth of historic grandeur and beauty.
    Servo: ...does not exist here.
    Narrator: Modern hospitals.
    Servo: ...are not here.
    Narrator: Luxury hotels.
    Crow: ...are desperately needed.
    Narrator: Progress can be seen everywhere.
    Mike: places other than this.
  • Here We Go Again!: Since the short film opens and ends roughly the same way (with a fast-paced montage, followed by a narrator), Mike and the bots wonder why the short's starting over.
  • Take That!: Mike and the Bots make a Running Gag of contradicting the narrator's overly triumphalist rambling ("There's something for everyone..." " flights out!"), building up to the final joke:
    Narrator: The Spaniards called it "Puerto Rico".
    Servo: Because they couldn't think of anything else.
    Narrator: Today, we call it...
    Crow: Cheap Laborville!
    Narrator: "Progress Island, U.S.A.".
    Servo: Because we have no regard for history, culture, or tradition.
  • With Lyrics: Tom Servo sings with the bouncy commercial-jingle music. "Strawberries, marshmallows, tinfoil and fudge and some dingle-balls hanging from trees..."

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Money Talks! contains the following tropes:

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of The Beast of Yucca Flats contains the following tropes: