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

  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Funnyinvoked: The guys had a ball with the Big Lipped Alligator Moment scene with the old couple.
    Mike: They were open-minded to cast aliens in these roles.
    Servo: Did someone switch reels on us?!
    Crow: What is happening?!
    • Then:
    Servo: She's got huge bird feet!
    (Crow starts making odd chicken clucks and turkey gobbles)
    • Also:
    Mike: The Incredible Melting Grandma!
    • Some good riffs during the Melting Man's attempt to get the young redneck woman:
    Servo: (when she screams as she discovers the Melting Man eating her boyfriend) The eight-track ate Flirtin' With Disaster!
    Crow: (while she collapses after cutting his arm off) Oh, great — now the acid kicks in! (Later, as she screams again) God I hate this wallpapeeeerrrrr!
    • After Dr. Ted Nelson identifies himself and is immediately shot by security guards:
      Mike(As the Melting Man): Woah! Not Ted Nelson! No relation to Ted Nelson here!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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