Film watched: ''Film/TheDeadlyMantis''

!!The Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 presentation includes the following tropes:

* AllMenArePerverts: 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."
* ButterflyOfDoom: The narration at the start of the film [[FauxlosophicNarration attempts]] to invoke this trope after StockFootage of a volcano erupting is used to explain the Mantis' awakening. This does not go un-riffed:
-->'''Narrator:''' For every action...\\
'''Mike:''' ... there is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_Jackson_(1988_film) Jackson]].\\
'''Narrator:''' ...there is an equal, and opposite, reaction.\\
'''Mike:''' (as the map on-screen pans north) We take you now to a coldwater flat in Brooklyn, where another volcano is erupting.\\
'''Servo:''' (when map pans to the North Pole) Because of volcanic activity, a creature named SantaClaus crawled out of the ice!
* CallBack: Ned the Nanite keeps calling Mike "Relson", a reference to the RunningGag in ''Film/DeathstalkerAndTheWarriorsFromHell''.
** One of the many deep-space radio stations the SOL picks up in "the Southern part of the galaxy" is [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E10TheViolentYears FRANK]], still broadcasting an all-country format despite the untimely rapture of its founder.
** Mike riffs [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S03E21SantaClausConquersTheMartians "O little town of... DEATH-lehem!"]] as the mantis approaches the base.
* CallForward: [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S08E14RidingWithDeath Turkey Volume Guessing Man]] enjoys the song about turkeys.
* ContinuityNod: The jazzy refueling music from ''Film/TheStarfighters''.
** Apparently, ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E10TheViolentYears Radio Frank]]'' is still in operation many centuries into the future.
* DirtyCoward: One of the tribesmen abandoning another when the mantis attacks:
-->'''Servo:''' Good luck!
* DressCode: 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."
* GeneralFailure: "Sir, I just remembered you didn't tell us what your plan is or anything!"
* IAmAHumanitarian: 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.
* InterspeciesRomance: 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.[[note]]'''Servo:''' I'm hiding my sock monkey, that's for sure.[[/note]]
** Not only that, but it's hinted that this pairing paved the way for human-ape relationships becoming commonplace [[StableTimeLoop which eventually created the ape-dominated future.]]
* IAteWhat: Crow takes great delight in telling Mike and Servo just what the well-marbled, piquant meat they're eating is.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: In 2013, NBC declared that ''The Deadly Mantis'' was under their copyright due to apparently using one or more of their sets, making it considerably more difficult to find the episode online.
* LetsGetDangerous: Gypsy when she pilots the SOL to outmaneuver Pearl.
* MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds: Mike's reign of terror begins when he inadvertently helps Prof. Bobo and Dr. Peanut detonate a thermonuclear bomb.
** "[[WhatAnIdiot 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?
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''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?
* NotSoDifferent / WeCanRuleTogether: Parodied.
-->'''Crow:''' ''(as the mantis)'' We're very alike, you and I, Colonel. Join me. No? You care too much, don't you? ''(laughs)''
* NotableOriginalMusic: The country music, which Mike and the bots (bar Crow) listen to, to try and stay awake while Mike is piloting the Satellite.
* "Your ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated, crapheads."
* PaperThinDisguise: In the tunnel, Servo suggests the mantis tries to disguise itself as a highway worker but is given away by his giant ovipositor.
* RunningGag: 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)''
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Since space has no noise, Servo supplies the sound of cars driving. "Watch, I'll downshift now!"
-->''(Tom Servo hums)''
-->'''Crow:''' What's that?
-->'''Servo:''' I'm idling.
* ShoutOut: The bomb worshipers and the subsequent planetary destruction by said bomb is a clear reference to ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes''.
** Peanut getting blasted into the past references the sequel to ''Beneath'', ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes''.
** [[Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld "Keep watching the ground!"]]
* SkewedPriorities: Crow's main concern about Bobo and Peanut helping the religious cult detonate the "holy and everlasting Bomb" is that they're doing that instead of providing the Satellite of Love with this week's movie.
* TakeThat:
** "Hopefully John Madden was on that bus."
** "Maybe the army ''shouldn't'' have recruited [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]]..."
** "Still, that was sadder than ''Film/TermsOfEndearment''."
** The Army scrambles fighter jets to take down the Mantis:
--->'''Army General''': That'll put [the giant mantis] over [[{{Joisey}} Newark]] in a few minutes.\\
'''Servo''': Great! We can solve two problems at once!
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Mike's great-granddaughter looks like Mike in a blonde wig.

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->[[TheStinger "Oh, she's like a butterfly, gliding across the lily pond!"]]
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