Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 04 The Incredible Melting Man

Film watched: The Incredible Melting Man

The MST3K treatment provides the following tropes

  • All a Dream: Mike posits this after Melty kills the cops.
  • An Aesop: During the credits the gang goes over what they learned, such as: Don't shout 'I'm Doctor Ted Nelson' to security guards. Or that cats can get their own milk out of the fridge.
  • Angrish: Crow's rant in Humiliation Conga below.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Invoked by Servo during the elderly couple scene.
    Servo: Did someone switch reels on us?!
  • Call Back: "Dr. Ted Nelson was found alive and of normal size. There was no Melting Man."
  • Continuity Nod: Crow's script "Earth vs. Soup" gets made!
    • As a trailer! Poor Crow.
      • During the "script confab", Pearl accidentally takes the script to Peter Graves at the University of Minnesota script from Beginning of the End.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: invoked The director/writer of the film, William Sachs, LOVED the MST3K parody of it. The reason being, when he wrote the film, he wrote it as a parody of the sci-fi/horror genre. But sadly Executive Meddling happened, and the producers told him to "remove the funny stuff", resulting in a really disjointed film. MST3K in effect restored the "parody" elements of the film and made it funny the way the director originally intended.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Inverted.
    Ted Nelson: (to cops) Don't shoot! I'm Dr. Ted Nelson!
    Servo: BLAM! BLAM BLAM!
    Ted Nelson: I'm Dr. Ted Nelson!
    (Cops open fire, hitting Ted Nelson and killing him)
    Servo: (amused) Wasn't far off.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe with Dr. F and Pearl's treatment of Crow's script; see Take That below.
  • Forced Perspective: An oddly framed shot of the Melting Man walking through a forest with a branch in the foreground while Dr. Ted Nelson calls for him. The riff:
    Crow: (high-pitched) They shrunk me and trapped me on this huge log!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When Melty finally melts into a big pile of goo, Mike quips, "Sometimes it's best to just let the Ebola virus run its course." Not so funny in recent years when the Ebola virus became a big scare for a while. invoked
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: Crow seems to have no idea about anything in baseball.
    Crow: (while Mike rushes Tom on the mound) ORDER IN THE COURT! ORDER IN THE COURT!
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Invoked by Mike when he sees Jonathan Demme is one of the cast members, but adds bitterly, "Ah, who cares?"
  • Humiliation Conga: Crow summarizes:
    Crow: Let's see: I come to you with a movie, you supposedly get me $30 million to make it, you take 29.5 million for yourself, I get a lousy $800, I don't get any credit, and my movie's released as a trailer?!
  • Leitmotif: The crew gives Ted a theme when he's tracking down Melty by the river.
    • More accurately, Mike and the Bots (mostly Crow) repeatedly sing "Ted Nelson" to the tune of the background music in one scene.
  • Neutral Female
    Servo: Yeah, Ted's lucky to have married a pistol like her!
  • Prima Donna Director: Crow briefly acts like one as he directs his film. He speaks with a posh fake British accent, and acts like an all-around Jerkass.
    • Small Name, Big Ego: He's also quite incompetent as a director. He doesn't know the proper sequence of shooting, and ruins a scene because he didn't get off camera.
    • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Servo, aka "Judy", practically directs the film him (her?) self.
  • Riddle for the Ages:
    Crow: (amused) So, how many monster movies end with a janitor scooping the monster into a garbage can?
  • Running Gag: Reusing Ted's cry of "Hotchka!".
  • Shout-Out:
    Servo: Das Blecch!note 
  • Take That: The segments involving Crow's film is a not so subtle jab at Gramercy Picture's meddling of the MST3K film.
    • Specifically, Forrester's increasingly large doses of water are a nod to the Gramercy executives' alleged tendency to carry little paper cups around with them everywhere.
      Dr. Forrester: (carrying a water cooler) Mother! I think I can get my whole head in here!
  • Technology Marches On: invoked At one point, Crow yells, "There's your Windows 95!" at a character who resembles Bill Gates.
  • Values Dissonance: Servo reacts to Ted giving his pregnant wife barbiturates to get her to sleep.
    Servo: Ah, yes. Now her baby is enjoying the experience of goofballs.

"Let's get the hell out of here!" [Man nods]