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.
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 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.
Mook Chivalry: The riff from when Nick switches to a bike and his pursuers follow suit.
Tom: So it's 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: JK, the film's villain, when he appears in a black suit and blood red tie, and practically oozing smarm.
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."note To be fair, they never say it's a bad movie. Just an odd, Vermont-centric one. The worst Best Brains said about it was "In fact, the whole movie looks decently competent, like a reasonably experienced community theater troupe on film. This is really too bad; as it stands, Time Chasers is forgettably bland."
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.
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.