Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 06 The Space Children
Films watched: Century 21 Calling
(short) and The Space Children
The MST3K presentation has examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Most of their jokes about Russell Johnson's character.
Crow: Whoa, imagine having your butt whooped by "And The Rest!"
- And There Was Much Rejoicing:
All: (as crowd) Yaaay!
Crow: Are you sure he's dead, now?
Mike: (as paramedic): Oyah.
- Ash Face: Happens to Mike as the result of a botched model rocket launch.
- Berserk Button: During Century 21 Calling Mike is upset about the fees for touch-tone phone service despite the universal adoption of the technology.
- Canada, Eh?: Mike and the 'bots conjecture that the blob overlooks Canada in its attempt at forced disarmament, leaving the world quaking under a Canadian hegemony.
- Fan Disservice: Crow works out his trauma by hosting a Jackie Coogan fashion show, displaying sketches of the man in increasingly skimpier outfits.
Mike: C'mon Crow! Okay, so Coogan wore some goofy outfits in this movie, but can't we leave him with a modicum of dignity?
Crow: No! No we can't, Mike. I'm hurting, I've got to lash out, and we're going to see this thing through to the end! Next card! Here's the ultradignified Coogan getting a teensie bit naughty, in this French-cut thong singlet...
- Mind Rape: In the film.
Servo: And lo, he put his head in a vice, and slept on a bed of nails.
- Mondegreen: Dr. Wahrman is interpreted as "Dr. Woman" and paired off against Colonel Manley.
- Mike and the bots also hear "phone the depot" as "phone the Devil".
- Because the soldiers in the movie pronounce it DEH-po, which may be common in the military (and "devil" is about the closest-sounding word), but American civilians know it as DEE-po.
- One that immediately follows but isn't picked up by the riffers is the order to, "Phone Eagle Point," sounds more like "Evil Point."
- Poor Communication Kills: Mike and the 'bots build a model rocket, but it fails to launch. When Mike goes over to check on it:
Mike: Now remember, don't turn it on until I say!
Servo: (offscreen) What, turn it on?
Mike: No, don't turn it on!
Servo: (offscreen) Okay!
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In Century 21 Calling.
Servo: PUSH BUTTON PHONING!
- Running Gag: Budweiser jokes off of Bud's name, Servo mentioning that the beach must be "where the children play-ay-ay-ay!"
- The best part is that according to Mighty Jack's MST3K fan site, the kid who played Bud Brewster later married into the Heineken beer fortune.
- The crew also get a lot of mileage from The Professor behaving like a drunken jerk.
- Plus there's the fact that after Pearl's attempt at videoconferencing, all Mike and the bots' riffing has a distinct echo to it.
- Diets of hot dogs.
- Technology Marches On: The Century 21 Calling short is amusingly dated.
- Mike points out that despite being the year 2001, people are still being charged for touch tone service, despite the fact the tech has saturated the entire world.
- The Space Race: Pearl throws her hat in as part of her effort to be taken seriously by the rest of the world, even if she is admittedly a little late getting started. Her test subject is, naturally, Bobo. "The way I figure it, I got a monkey, why not build a space program around that monkey?"
- Special Guest: The Blob From Heaven shows up on the SoL to convince Mike and the 'bots to get rid of their nuclear stockpiles. Turns out Servo kept a "neutron device" under his bed as a deterrent against "uh... well, you guys."
- Swiss Cheese Security:
Crow: Russian agents
stealthily approach the checkpoint, see the "Stop" signs, and turn away defeated.