Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 04 The Deadly Mantis
Film watched: The Deadly Mantis
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation includes the following tropes:
- All Men Are Perverts: Approaching the office where the protagonists are, the mantis looks through the window.Crow: It's a peeping mantis.
- "I've got a mantis in my pantis."
- Call Back: Ned the Nanite keeps calling Mike "Relson", a reference to the Running Gag in Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell.
- Call Forward: Turkey Volume Guessing Man enjoys the song about turkeys.
- Continuity Nod: The jazzy refueling music from The Starfighters.
- Apparently, Radio Frank is still in operation many centuries into the future.
- Dress Code: In the opening host segment, Servo announces it's "Business Casual Day" on the SOL and berates Mike for his alleged violations of the (non-existent) dress code."Let's review: No chaps without pants...Mike. Number two: No sheer camisoles...Mike. Number three: No toeless shoes or sandals or spike heels...Mike."
- I Am A Humanitarian: During a host segment, the SOL runs into a space creature. Bringing it aboard, it takes a liking to Crow and tries to eat him. In the last host segment, Crow reveals that he cooked it and served it as a meal in response.
- Interspecies Romance: At the end of the episode, Mike and the Bots receive a letter from Peanut (Bobo's assistant). It's revealed he survived Earth's destruction - getting blasted into 2112 Wisconsin and meeting "a nice girl" - a Nelson woman.Crow: It's certainly a joyous day for any Nelson woman when she meets the ape of her dreams.
- Not only that, but it's hinted that this pairing paved the way for human-ape relationships becoming commonplace which eventually created the ape-dominated future.
- Let's Get Dangerous: Gypsy when she pilots the SOL to outmaneuver Pearl.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Mike's reign of terror begins when he inadvertently helps Prof. Bobo and Dr. Peanut detonate a thermonuclear bomb.
- "Good one, Nelson!"
- To be fair, it's clear that the apes were going to blow themselves up anyway. Mike just hurried things along.
- Apes that only existed because of Mike's family line having a thing for marrying sentient apes... so doesn't that mean that Mike destroyed earth twice in one episode?
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: How Mike Nelson helps Bobo and Peanut detonate said bomb:Mike: (offhand) Well why not just use a pair of locking pliers and a spanner?
- Not So Different / We Can Rule Together: Parodied.Crow: (as the mantis) We're very alike, you and I, General. Join me. No? You care too much, don't you? (laughs)
- Notable Original Music: The country music, which Mike and the bots (bar Crow) listen to, to try and stay awake while Mike is piloting the Satellite.
- "Your Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated, crapheads."
- Running Gag: Mike and the Bots pointing out how stately the mantis looks when he's flying.
- The crew actually having the mantis praying while it attacks.Crow: (as the mantis) O Blessed the Lord, of thee I sing - GET IT?! (attacks)
- The crew actually having the mantis praying while it attacks.
- Shout-Out: The bomb worshipers and the subsequent planetary destruction by said bomb is a clear reference to Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
- Take That: "Hopefully John Madden was on that bus."
Army General: That'll put [the giant mantis] over Newark in a few minutes.
- "Maybe the army shouldn't have recruited Keith Moon..."
- "Still, that was sadder than Terms Of Endearment."
- The Army scrambles fighter jets to take down the Mantis:
Servo: Great! We can solve two problems at once!
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Mike's great-granddaughter looks like Mike in a blonde wig.