Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 22 Angels Revenge
Film watched: Angels Revenge
- Crow announces to Mike and Servo that he has amnesia. He suggests Mike to hit him with mallet, which he does. Crow then remembers that it wasn't amnesia but actually the band Ambrosia.
- Mikes tries to hammer Crow, but he keeps missing. Frank and Dr. Forrester are dressed up as 70s baseball players Tug McGraw and Rollie Fingers as their plan to increase ratings for the show. Their next step is to turn Mike and the Bots into the cast of Renegade. The plan is successful at first, but declines when Mike and the Bots turn back to normal.
- Crow shows off his new script, Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk, much to everyone else's dismay.
- Mike does his Fonzie impression, but Crow and Servo have none of that, he understands though.
- Servo shows off his new invention, the Shame-o-Meter which measures shame in Lawfords. It goes crazy when it measures Frank and Dr. Forrester dressed as tennis players Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
The MST3K treatment provides examples of:
- Absentee Actor: In a rare instance of this trope appearing in a movie, Neville Brand (who plays Miller) is completely cut out of the version used on MST3K, despite his name being left in the credits.
- Blaxploitation: Parodied, with Crow's script for Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk.
- Call Back:
- Creator Backlash. Mildly. Greydon Clark stated, "Some of the stuff those guys did was very funny, some not so much. The same could be said for my film itself." His only real issue was that the television edit excluded Neville Brand and that he didn't see a penny from the renewed notoriety of the film (thanks to the fact the television rights to the film was independently distributed.)
- Creepy Crossdresser: Dr. Forrester maintains his mustache while dressing as female tennis player Billie Jean King.
- Dirty Old Man: How Servo portrays Arthur Godfrey.
- Dude, Not Funny!:
Mike: This is offending one-celled animals.
- Mike and the Bots' reaction when Terri and Keiko stray into Ethnic Scrappy territory.
Servo: "Kids love genital mutilation."
- They also seem properly disturbed at how much the teenager seems to enjoy the 'enhanced interrogation:'
- Executive Meddling: In-universe example. The ratings of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are dropping, so Dr. Forrester keeps trying to change the format, by him and TV's Frank pretending to be Tug McGraw and Rollie Fingers or Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, and by turning Mike and the bots into the cast of Renegade.
- Follow the Leader:Crow: "Hey... This is a lot like Charlie's Angels!"Servo: "Yeah!"
- Genius Bonus:
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Looking at V-Formation Team Shot:Mike: Hey, where was Bruce Jenner in this shot?Servo: He's the one on the left.
- Hiroshima as a Unit of Measure: Tom Servo's Shame-ometer measured the embarrassment of talented and/or well-known actors appearing in a bad movie in Lawfords, after Peter Lawford's uninspired turn in Angels Revenge. Forrester and TV's Frank practically break the machine dressing as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:April: We've got surprise on our side!Servo: And we have THESE!
- It's Quiet... Too Quiet:Servo: It's gorgeous out here. A little too gorgeous.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Subverted despite Crow's insistence to Mike: "I can't believe it—I, Crow T. Robot, have amnesia. I can't remember you, I can't remember Cambot...." Eventually he realizes that what he actually had was Ambrosia. (He then begins singing, "Make a wish, baby!" prompting the others to hit him over the head just to make him stop.)
- Lecherous Licking: When the Amazon Brigade resort to this on a mook to get him to let down his guard, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew are less than thrilled.Crow: They're eating his brain!
- Male Gaze: Early in the movie, we get a shot straight up a ladder as a woman is climbing it, and Crow quips "Hey, you're giving away the plot!"
- Money, Dear Boy: Mike and the Bots theorize that Jack Palance and Peter Lawford had to have been paid entirely in Scotch, and lament that Jim Backus wouldn't have had to be in the movie, had he gotten residuals from Gilligan's Island.
- This was also at the lowest point in Arthur Godfrey's career, who was at this point desperate for work.Mike: (as Godfrey) You're all fired!
- Though Jim Backus didn't have to worry about that. After all, according to Crow, this was his first film after he died.
- This was also at the lowest point in Arthur Godfrey's career, who was at this point desperate for work.
- Nausea Fuel: Mike and the Bots barf when one of the characters takes off his shirt.
- Promotion to Parent: Michelle had one of these regarding Bobby. We think.Michelle: He won't even tell me who beat him up. The doctor said he was on drugs.Crow (as Michelle): How am I related to him, again?
- Race Lift: Mike is uncomfortable being the lead in a Blaxploitation film; Crow thinks he's the Don Cornelius of The '90s.
- Recycled Script: Invoked, as Mike notes that Crow's Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk is just a Blaxploitation Earth Vs. Soup.
- Rooting for the Empire:Crow: You know, I'm starting to root for the drug dealers.
- Running Gag: "Should I shine my love?"
Mike (watching Jim Backus as a rather kooky white supremacist): You know, suddenly I long for the quiet dignity of Pat Buttram's performance.
- The ladies' airheadedness. ("It's anonymous!")
- Jack Palance impersonations abound.
- The older actors' embarrassing turns in this awful movie, culminating in Servo's invention of the Shame-ometer (or Sha-mom-eter).
- Self-Parody: The bots' decisive action to end Mike's Fonzie impression is a callback to how his Steve Urkel impression took over all the host segments in San Francisco International.
- Share the Male Pain: After the Groin Attack on Sticks, the crew reacts appropriately.Servo: That hurt me!
- Something Person: "This looks like a job for Girl Woman!"
- Stock Sound Effects: Lampshaded.Servo: Okay, sound by Hanna-Barbera, fine.
- The '70s: All of the host segments have something to do with The Seventies.
- During the end credits of Angel's Revenge, Mike and the bots ponder who invented the '70's.
- This Is Gonna Suck:Crow: All right, y'know what? I'm just giving in, and looking at the breasts.Mike: No, don't...
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "Do those brightly lit, tight-white-jumpsuit-clad, deeply décolletaged women have anything to do with this?"
- We're Still Relevant, Dammit: At the end of the experiment, the Mads dress up as tennis players in order to stay topical and current.
- With Lyrics: To the action music, as Trish sprints to Peter Lawford's hilltop mansion: "Running, and running, and running, and really really running, and running, and running, and running, yes, she's running...."
Michelle: "Shine shine, shine your love..."