Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 19 Invasion Of The Neptune Men
Film watched: Invasion of the Neptune Men
"Suffice it to say that the reprehensible nature of
Invasion of the Neptune Men is embodied in the filmmaker's choice to use actual WWII file footage in what is ostensibly a children's film. To glibly summon the darkest shadows of our century because one has run out of models to blow up is to stoop to Schumacherian levels of banality. Though we as a rule cut only for time, we also cut for violent content, and we very clearly considered aerial bombardment footage of Japan to be of a violent nature. Nuff said. ...can you tell I hated this film?"
— Kevin Murphy', voice and puppeteer of Tom Servo
Noteworthy for standing among those elite films such as Manos
and Monster A-Go Go
that came close to breaking the cast of MST3K
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:
- Berserk Button: Both on and off screen for the MST3K crew. On screen, the film was among those that came the closest to breaking the Satellite of Love crew, and sparked Servo's meltdown at the top. Off screen, as noted above, the production staff and cast was extremely disapproving of what appeared to be genuine WW2 bombing footage being incorporated into what was essentially a sci-fi film, an attitude that was given free rein in the more-merciless-than-usual riffing.
- Big "Shut Up!": Immediately following the Take That involving Luxembourg.
Mike: Crow! You-
Crow: Hey hey, Mike: are you Luxembourg?
Crow: Then SHUT UP!!
- Big "WHAT?!": Mike and the Bots' reaction upon seeing the Hitler Building.
Tom They blew up the Hitler Building! Now where are the children going to go to see Hitler memorabilia?!
Crow Oh the Hitler Rides and Games! the Hitler salt and pepper shakers!
Mike That great restaurant The Bunker... Gone!
- Brain Bleach: Bobo's statue.
Bobo: Heavens, I'm nude!
Observer: (after a long, sustained GASP!)
Well, there you have it. It's time, I think.
(summons a noose)
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: The crew gets a lot of mileage from the Neptune Men disguising themselves by wearing heavy pancake makeup and lipstick.
Servo: Corporal, I can see your panty-lines!
Crow: (softly) Roji Panty Complex!
Mike: Sergeants Gladys and Peggy.
Servo: Ready... Strut! Pout! Put it out!
- The Faceless: Callipygeas is mostly off-screen during the statue unveiling, as Kevin Murphy has to be on-screen during the scene as Bobo.
- Heroic BSOD: Mike and the bots' reaction to the film.
Crow: To be dead, to be nothing...to watch Neptune Men no more.
- Hypocritical Humour:
Neptune Men: HA-HA-HA-HA-HA—Your costume is ridiculous!
- I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: The Neptune men's ship strafing run across the city has Mike say one of these:
I never thought I'd say this, but this makes Independence Day
look like a richly nuanced movie.
- Mondegreen: The "Roji Panty Complex", although whatever they're trying to say doesn't seem to make much more sense.
- Rojium-Tanium. It's a radioactive element named after two scientists in the film.
- Mythology Gag: A lot of riffs make references to Prince of Space.
- No Name Given: Lampshaded by Servo in regards to the kids.
Servo: Do any of these kids even have names?
Mike: They're all so distinct, I don't think they need names.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Mike tries to force this ending on the movie
Mike: They were never seen again and Japan came to an end!
- Running Gag: "Where's my record?"
- Sanity Slippage: You bet.
- Servo flips out the most during the Japanese theater "Who's on First?" segment, reduced to spinning his head (while wearing a Kabuki mask) and making circus calliope noises.
- Shout-Out: "Starring Santa! Speed Racer! Shonen Knife! Sailor Moon!"
- Skewed Priorities: Pearl has little to no reaction to being told Bobo's adoration might change history and thereby destroy the universe, but she does get angry when informed that destroying the universe would also destroy Nabisco's Chicken In a Biscuit.
Pearl: Bobo is...messing...with my...favorite...snack...CRACKER?!
- Soap Opera Disease: Servo catches Roji Panty Complex from the movie and is bedridden for one host segment, while Mike has to administer four-packs of female undergarmentsnote . Crow then decides he has it too.
- Special Guest: The Phantom of Krankor from Prince of Space shows up in one host segment. The movie is so soul-crushingly bad that Mike and the bots are glad to see him, and indeed, he saves them from finally going insane.
- Take That: Done for laughs with the "Suggestions for Japan" segment:
Crow: Dear Japan, stop making movies!
- Mike reads one of Crow's suggestions:
Tom Servo: The MTV news thing is broken!
- Who's on First?: One of the host segments:
Crow: Mike, will you tell me the name of your favorite Japanese theater?
Crow: Why not?!
- Later, of all people —
Gypsy: I get it.
"Aaah! What's that?!"