Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 22 Angels Revenge

Film watched: Angels Revenge

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.
  • Continuity Nod: "Great, Mitchell's here!"
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Dr. Forrester maintains his mustache while dressing as female tennis player Billie Jean King.
  • 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:
    • Those aware of the LaRosa incident will find the "You're fired!" and "You have no humility!" riffs even funnier. invoked
    • Those with knowledge of the falling out between him and Frank Sinatra will get a few more chuckles, too.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Rooting for the Empireinvoked:
    Crow: You know, I'm starting to root for the drug dealers.
  • Running Gag: "Should I shine my love?"
    • 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).
    Mike (watching Jim Backus as a rather kooky white supremacist): You know, suddenly I long for the quiet dignity of Pat Buttram's performance.
  • 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 Airport.
  • 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 Seventies: 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?"
  • 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...."