Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 01 Revenge Of The Creature

Film watched: Revenge of the Creature

This episode marked several changes. It was the first episode aired on the Sci Fi Channel, and the first to have Bill Corbett play Crow.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle:
    Bobo: Your movie this week is Revenge of the Creature. It is a see-QUELL to Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Crow keeps forgetting Mike's name.
  • All There in the Manual: Bobo and company's headquarters went unnamed on-screen, but was called "Deep Ape" by the crew.
  • Avenging the Villain: Pearl vows to keep the experiments going in memory of Clayton... who she killed.
  • Continuity Nod: When the "music supervision" credit comes up and some familiar-sounding organ music is heard:
    Servo: Pfft...yeah, great supervision: "Gimme a needle-drop on some This Island Earth music."
  • Cue Card Pause: In the opening segment, Mike sees that the SOL is about to crash into a planet:
    Crow: Well, you could pull that emergency brake cord right up there...
    Mike: [pulls cord, making the ship shudder violently to a halt]
    Crow:...but don't do that, because you might drop the tranny right out of the middle... well, NOBODY ASKED YOU TO COME BACK HERE!
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Lampshaded by Mike:
    Mike: [almost an hour into the movie] Ladies and gentlemen - the Revenge has finally begun!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: For the Sci-Fi Channel era, the concept of Pearl in pursuit of the Satellite in her wagon isn't there yet (although it's mentioned in the themesong), and Bill Corbett's stiff puppeting performance as Crow (who, Corbett later joked, had apparently "suffered a stroke" during the 500-year interval) is a little awkward to see.
    • According to the Guide, Corbett was trying to do an impression of Trace Beaulieu's Crow. After a few episodes, they told him to just use his natural voice.
      • ....and Bobo appears somewhat intelligent, scholarly and the head of Deep Ape, often scolding his goofball sidekick, Prof. Peanut.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Invoked as the Creature's reaction to Lori Nelson in her underwear:
    Crow: Okay, I think I'm over her now. AI, CHIHUAHUA!
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: invoked Invoked by the crew.
  • I Am Not Weasel: Professor Bobo, a mountain gorilla, takes great offense to Servo calling him "Mr. Orangutan".
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Peanut: ...and I'm Peanut!
    Bobo: Doctor Peanut! (*smack*)
  • Interspecies Romance: Apes rule the world because of many marriages between humans and apes. Much to Mike's irritation, each case involved a descendant of his.
  • It Will Never Catch On: "Oh, he's bad. This is his first and last film."
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Crow completely forgets who Mike is, while remembering Servo and Gypsy. (Though the concept of the experiments is also lost on him.)
  • Noodle Incident: Crow won the original two Nanites at a fair.
  • Offing the Offspring: Pearl smothered Clayton.
  • Oh, the Humanity!: During the movie:
    Servo: Oh, the tepidity.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: When the SOL crew and Bobo first encounter each other via the monitors.
  • Reset Button: The season 7 finale "Laserblast" ended with Mike, Tom, Crow, and Gypsy turning into pure energy and exiting the SOL. However, since the show got picked up again, they had to come back to the ship and revert to their original forms.
  • Running Gag: The Creature feels the need to snap an alligator in half to impress people.
    • Clete's repeated declarations of his own handsomeness.
    • The Long List of celebrities supposedly appearing in "A Tributary to the Upper Amazon".
      Crow: ...with Edna St. Vincent Millay and Topo Gi-
  • Sanity Slippage / Fridge Horror: Crow got bored of being pure energy almost immediately and stayed on the SOL alone most of the time for 500 years.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take Over the World: Crow says the Nanites' ultimate goal is universal domination. Mike doesn't seem to care.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Averted. Crow is delighted they're going to actually see a movie. Mike has to remind him that's what they did for years 500 years ago.
  • Time Skip: It's been over 500 years since the last episode.
  • Wham Episode