Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 04 The Incredible Melting Man
Film watched: The Incredible Melting Man
"Let's get the hell out of here!" [Man nods]
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!
- 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 Funny: The guys had a ball with the Big Lipped Alligator Moment scene with the old couple.Servo: (on Helen) It's the Cracked magazine guy!
- Then: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)
- Then:Mike: (as Helen) I love my go-go boots!
- Also:Mike: The Incredible Melting Grandma!
- However:Servo: This is still better than Mrs. Doubtfire.
- 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!Moments later...Crow: (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!
- 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.
- 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 FemaleServo: 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Technology Marches On: 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]