Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 02 The Brute Man
Films watched: The Chicken of Tomorrow(short) and The Brute ManThe Chicken of Tomorrow is an educational short about how eugenics and gasoline mean bigger chickens on your dinner table.
The MST3K Treatment of The Brute Man provides:
- Baleful Polymorph: After Pearl goes on a date with a sleazy Casanova Wannabe, Clayton slips him a mickey that turns him into "the Chicken of Tomorrow". Pearl is only mildly annoyed.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe. During The Chicken of Tomorrow, when one chicken says, "That's what you think, big boy!" the trio reacts, with Crow exclaiming, "That was weird!"
- Big "NO!" / Mood Whiplash: When Pearl leaves with Sandy, Dr. Forrester has an odd reaction.Forrester: Mother, NoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooOOOO!!!! (shrugs, smiling) Ah, well. He's not the first oily man that's taken Mother to the mat.
- Continuity Nod: Crow identifies the Creeper's hideout as KTMA, the low-power UHF station MST3K started on.
- Don't Explain the Joke / Overly Long Gag: Crow's joke about replacing Tom Dooley with Tom Dewey in the song "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley".
- Exactly What It Says on the TinServo: Turns out you can purchase one of these babies with no cash!Mike: With no cash?!Servo: Yep. It's called the "no-cash" method.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When a farmer sexes baby chicks, Crow mutters, "Whoa, Milton Berle there!"
- Landlord: Servo spends the episode's host segments trying to buy a house with no funds ("It's called the No-Cash method") and no clue what he's doing so he can become one of these. Mike shrugs and says that Servo's going to jail because of this.
- Cranky Landlord: In a matter of minutes after closing the purchase after the movie, Servo officially becomes one of the ten worst landlords according to the Village Voice, which does indeed have an annual list.
- Memetic Mutation: Rondo's "Whassa matter? Don't you like dis face?" becomes an oft repeated Call Back in later episodes.
- Not So Stoic: Not perfectly stoic, but one of the few times Mike avoids a simple chuckle or snicker and instead doubles over and tries to muffle a series of laughs.
- Old Shame: On the volume 22 DVD set, an interview with Mary Jo Pehl (who co-wrote the episode) revealed that she felt The Brute Man was one of their weaker shows and probably shouldn't have been done. In particular, she felt the film had an uneasy quality to it, since Rondo Hatton's disfigured face was basically exploited for the plot.
- Writer Paul Chaplin echoes the sentiment in the Season 7 episode guide, conceding that Mr. Hatton was paid, and that movie work is good work, but that doesn't really make up for how film exploits his affliction.
- One-Scene Wonder: The curmudgeon running the store.
- Only a Flesh Wound: The crew remarks that Hal moved slowly before getting shot. Afterwards...he walks exactly the same: too slowly for them.
- Really Gets Around: When Helen tells The Creeper to go to her bedroom, to hide, Tom's reaction was pretty surprised.
- Running Gag: Mike says "Creeper, creeper, creeper..." numerous times in the episode.
- The look-out guard who keeps smoking cigarettes gets good mileage out of Mike and the bots.
- Rule of Three: During the Chicken of Tomorrow short, Crow invokes this when Tom and Mike begin a pattern of ending their jokes with the word "chicken."Servo: The seedy alliance between big oil and big chickens.Mike: That guy's escaping disguised as a chicken!Crow: ...Chickens!
- So Bad, It's Good: Mike completely cracks up during the scene with the old shopkeeper and his verbally-abused employee.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Creeper's a distinctive figure on city streets, but people seem to pass him by without blinking an eye:Servo: (as random citizen) Hey, Creeper!
Crow: (as Creeper) Hey, person.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: During The Chicken of Tomorrow, Crow riffs this over a shot of a soggy-looking chick who has just hatched.