Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 21 Time Chasers
Movie watched: Time Chasers
- Actually Pretty Funny: After Brain Guy beats himself up over his Credits Pushback gag, thinking it failed, Mike and the Bots say that they actually enjoyed it and think he's being too hard on himself.
- A Day in the Limelight: Brain Guy makes a surprise appearance during the movie's credits to make his own riffs, but after a couple he becomes too embarrassed to continue. Mike and the Bots admit that he was Actually Pretty Funny.
- Affably Evil: Pearl and Mike have a nice visit before the movie.
Mike: So, Pearl...how come you're so evil?
Pearl: (thoughtfully) Hmmm...I'm filled with hate, I'm not sure that helps.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: Mike used to play for a band named Sex Factory.
- Aliens in Cardiff:
Servo: So, Vermont was the epicenter of the dystopia?
- Almighty Janitor / Badass Bystander
Eddie: You didn't count on the assistant janitor!
- Alternate Universe: Crow gets the idea from the movie and goes back in time to get Mike to stop temping so that he never gets shot up to the Satellite. This results in a future where the Bots get stuck with Mike's abusive brother Eddie and Mike himself dies right as his rock career is taking off from being pelted by hotel room keys thrown by groupies.
- Artistic License - Geography: In the past, Mike is working at a dairy co-op in Burnett County, which Servo states is in central Wisconsin. It's actually in northwest Wisconsin on the Minnesota border. Close enough.
- Berserk Button: For Eddie, puns.
- Continuity Nod: At one point, Mike remarks that Nick could use Chinderwear, which was an invention Dr. Forrester presented in an earlier episode.
- Pearl calls Crow "Art" as well.
- The time machine Crow uses is the one from Terror from the Year 5000.
- When Eddie is filling Crow in, he says the Mads sent him up when "that sleepy-eyed guy" escaped.
- Eddie also asks Servo (regarding Crow), "Do you get that guy?!" This is a Call Back to Monster-a-Go-Go, when Gypsy upsets Crow by telling him, "I don't get you."
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: JK Robertson all the way.
Mike (as Robertson): Hi, I'm Bob Evil!
- "I leave for ten minutes, and Evil Co is in shambles!"
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: During the first trip to the future, we see a woman that resembles Lisa Kudrow, so Mike and the 'bots make a joke about it. Thing is, some people took it seriously. For years, IMDb and others had Kudrow listed in the cast credits.
- Crack Fic: From a riff when Nick and Co. are discussing the possibilities of the time transport.
Mike Nelson: We could send Bob Saget to meet Charlamagne.
- Credits Pushback: When Brain Guy interrupts the end credits, he does so in this fashion, pretending to be a preview for the evening news. The SOL crew reacts with confusion and surprise.
- Decoy Protagonist: Crow desperately wants Nick to be this.
Crow: This... is not our star, is it? I will not accept this as our star, sorry.
- Even Nick's choice of bicycle evokes derision.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Invoked when Nick's plane is shot down and the camera focuses on the altimeter and speedometer.
Servo: "They're running out of ALT!"
Eddie: "And their MIFFNOTS are going down!"
- Fandom Nod: Eddie complains about how much it's sucked since "those two guys (Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank) shot me up into space when that sleepy-eyed guy (Joel) left".
- Funny Foreground Event: During the latter part of the experiment, Eddie is smoking and tossing several beer cans at the screen.
- Having A Nice Chat With Bowser
Pearl: Oh, hey Mike? I despise you, and all you stand for, and you'll never escape... [chuckles] well, you know the rest. [sighs] Ah, he's a good kid.
- Great Way to Go: In the altered timeline, Mike became a huge rock star (well, opening for Motorhead) to the point where women were throwing their hotel keys on stage for him. One night someone threw a key with a large keyfob, hitting Mike in the head; he went down and never got back up. Eddie sobs that he's proud of his little brother for this.
Eddie: He died like a mangy dog, right on stage! ...Excellent death...
- I Hate Past Me: "Man, was I a jerk a half hour ago."
- I Lied: In the previous episode (Space Mutiny), Mike and the 'Bots helped Pearl, Brain Guy, and Prof. Bobo escape from Ancient Rome, with the promise that it meant no more bad movies. "Y'know, sometimes I think I lie because I'm evil."
- Incredibly Lame Pun: In-universe example: Eddie really hates them - threatening Servo after he makes one, then smacking Crow hard for making one.
Lisa: Did you bring your ray gun?
Mike: (as Reagan): Weeell, noo...
- Jerk Ass: Mike's brother Eddie is crude and bullies the robots, even while they watch the film.
- Man Versus Machine: When our hero is trying to escape being crushed by the falling plane. The robots begin cheering for the machine.
- Minnesota Nice: Pearl's version of Affably Evil.
- Mook Chivalry: The riff from when Nick switches to a bike and his pursuers follow suit.
Tom: So its bicycles. We accept your choice of vehicle.
- Non-Action Guy: Crow stubbornly refuses to accept Nick as the movie's hero.
Crow: This... is not our star, is it? I will not accept this as our star, sorry. See, he's coming up the stairs right now, going inside to meet the real hero, real hero coming up, and — [Nick enters] — D'oh!
- Obviously Evil:
Mike: (as JK) Hi! I'm Bob Evil!
- Overly-Long Gag:
- Lisa "dropping shorts" on the runway.
- Observer's "news segment" - so much so that he gives up in frustration.
- Rooting for the Empire: In-Universe, as Nick gets beaten up in the hanger.
Servo: I find myself suggesting other places he could hit him. Probably not what they wanted, huh?
- Running Gag: The Crew gets a lot of mileage that the film takes place in Vermont, as well as the dropping price of syrup as the film goes on.
- Lisa's apparent love of plaid and resemblance to Toni Tennille.
- GenCorp HQ's stunning resemblance to a public library.
- Self-Deprecation: The producers and actors loved being lampooned.
- The actor who played Matthew Paul ("Pinkboy") was reportedly mad, but director David Giancola blamed it on the alcohol at the viewing party. He's apparently gotten over it, either way.
- George Woodard (J.K. Robertson) said that the episode was "an irritation" because the film "is better than they say it is."
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Tom sends Crow back in time to 1980s Wisconson in the hopes of preventing Mike from taking the string of temp jobs that would ultimately result in his getting shot into space.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: When Crow finally convinces Mike to quit temp work (by encouraging him to focus on his rock band Sex Factory), he creates a Bad Future where Mike became famous only to get killed on stage (see Great Way to Go above), resulting in Mike's sleazy Jerkass brother Eddie being sent to the SOL instead.
- Take Our Word for It: Invoked when Nick and Lisa make a return trip to the future and discover it in supposed ruins.
Lisa: Looks like there was a war!
Servo (as Lisa): You're gonna have to take our word for it, we can't afford to show it!
- Temporal Paradox: In order to fix his own mistake, Crow goes back to warn his half-hour-ago self not to change Mike's life. At the end of the episode, Pearl wonders if that means there's another Crow running around in the 1980s; cut to show Crow in a hairnet and apron, "working" at the cheese factory. Nobody seems to notice or care.
- The Red Stapler: The "hero" of Time Chasers wears a Castleton State College T-shirt through most of the movie. The MST3K episode not only created a demand for the shirts, but made the movie popular enough to get a DVD release. As David Giancola revealed, the idea for the shirt simply came out of the popularity of Eddie Murphy's college shirt in Beverly Hills Cop, and the staff needed to cheaply get ahold of five or six identical shirts in various stages of distress (they actually got them for free).
- Eerily enough, one of Crow's riffs during the episode was "remember when everyone got the Nick Miller haircut and started wearing Castleton T-shirts?"
- And of course Nick Miller's hair cut was somewhat in style at the time of shooting though not because of him.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Mike Nelson's brother Eddie is played by...Michael J. Nelson.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: No one in the past finds Crow's appearances the slightest bit odd or worth commenting. Taken even further when Crow travels back and confronts his past-self. ("Hey, robot from the future, there's another one of you guys to see you.")
- Justified in that everyone at the plant seem to be stoners.
- What Could Have Been: One of the show's writers said that they had planned to have one of the movie's actors make a guest appearance in the episode, but it didn't work out due to scheduling conflicts.
- What The Hell, Costuming Department?: Tom's reaction to Lisa.
Servo: Ugh, two different plaids? I'm a naked robot and even I know that's a fashion don't.
- With Lyrics: Servo superimposes the lyrics to soft-rock songs like "At Seventeen" and the theme from Arthur over the film's easy-listening soundtrack.
- Yes-Man: Servo is this to Eddie in the alternate reality.
"Matt, it's time for you decide if you're going to be one of my team players or not."