Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 10 The Final Sacrifice

Satoris, a.k.a. Canadian villain Garth Vader

Film watched: The Final Sacrifice

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • A-Team Firing:
    Mike (as Rowsdower): D'oh, I shot in between them. I got confused!
  • The Alcoholic: Referenced:
    Crow: "Hm, I wonder if there's beer on the sun."
  • And the Adventure Continues: Zap & Troy: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Broken Aesop: After Mike and Crow interrupt Tom's increasingly frightening "Canada Song".
    Mike: Mustn't hate, mustn't hate...
    Crow: At least not so overtly.
    Mike: Exactly. Must disguise our hate.
  • Broken Record: Crow comments on the soundtrack to the film:
    Crow: Man, "Beethoven's 5th" just can't get started here.
  • Callback
    "He's gonna turn into a warwilf!"
  • Canada, Eh?: The movie itself was set in Canada, but doesn't use any of the stereotypes. The MST3K episode makes numerous jokes that fit this trope exactly, however, culminating in a song about Canada that is nothing but mocking the country using every stereotype
  • Catch Phrase: "Rowsdower!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Many of the riffs remark on that Troy's father looks like NFL player Larry Csonka. Also, Rowsdower does look a bit like Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
    "Oooooh, I hates that rabbit!"
  • Credits Gag: A rather lengthy one as Crow attempts to discuss pitching the movie as a television series and Mike gets deep in character and actually acts like a real live executive...complete with meddling.
  • Curse Cut Short: Servo's Canada song ends with the line "Your country's just a giant piece of—", but both Mike and Crow stop him before he can finish.
  • Curse of the Ancients: After Mike catches "Grizzled Old Prospector Syndrome."
  • '80s Hair: Turns out "Hockey Hair" is caused by an airborne virus. Who knew?
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: When Rowsdower ends up threatening Troy with a club:
    Crow: (as Troy) "Wait, it's me!"
    Servo: (as Rowsdower) "I know!"
  • Executive Meddling: invoked Parodied in Crow's pitch for Zap And Troy: The Legendary Journeys.
    Mike: In fact, everybody's a girl.
    Crow: But Rowsdower...?
    Mike: A big fat hairy girl!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In this case, linguistically literal.
    SERVO (as masked goon): "Aw merde! Mon pied!" ('Oh, shit! My foot!') (made funnier by the fact that Servo says it in a flat, American accent rather than the usual faux Frenchiness).
  • Heroic BSOD: Mike suffers this when he learns Crow and Servo have entered a Muffin-y, Calista Flockhart, Swoosie Kurtz kind of cult, instead of the usual animal sacrifice sort.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:invoked Servo's "Canada" song predates "Blame Canada".
  • Ho Yay: In-Universe, between Troy and Rowsdower.
    Rowsdower: [to his car] "Come on baby, don't let me down!"
    Tom (as Troy): "I won't, Rowsdower!"
    Crow (as Troy): My Rowsdower's come for me!
    • During the skit where Mike gets Grizzled Old Prospector Syndrome, Tom asks Mike if he's been kissing any prospectors. After pondering briefly, Mike denies it, though he apparently did kiss a surly truck farmer (in a Continuity Nod all the way back to Joel's day and the short in Episode 507).
  • I'm a Humanitarian
    Troy: Did you know him (Troy's father)?
    Tom (as Mike Pipper): Know him? He was delicious!
    • Later, Mike (as Pipper) states that he "jerked" Troy's father (as in dried meat). It's hard not to imagine the alternate use of that verb.
      Mike: You know, if you hit a Rowsdower you get to keep it.
      Crow: The meat's a bit gamey, but it's good for sausage.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Mike gets cut off preemptively when he tries to make one about people "just dying to get into" a cemetery. Note, though, that Mike did the same joke in season 5's The Atomic Brain, and was able to finish the joke.
    • See also the "Pipper" joke under Stealth Pun, which Servo also cuts off.
  • Inherently Funny Word: "Rowsdower!"
  • Light Bulb Joke:
    Crow: Hey Mike, how many geeks does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
    Mike: How many?
    Crow: ...I don't know; that's why I'm asking.
  • Memetic Badass/Memetic Loser: In-universe; Mike and the bots mix open disdain for Rowsdower with turning him into a great warrior.
  • Noodle Incident: How Mike got Grizzled Prospector Syndrome.
  • Running Gag: Rowsdower!
    • The various geeky extracurricular hobbies attributed to the kid.
      "And so it is with a heavy heart that I must resign from Chess Club..."
      "This is just like that time I almost missed the Teens Encounter Christ bus!"
      "I haven't been this tense since Mock U.N.!"
    • "Seven years later..."
    • As mentioned in Celebrity Resemblance, they bring up Larry Csonka too many times to count.
    • Pipper's similarities to Yosemite Sam
    • Satoris' army of goons are apparently French-Canadians. Mike & The Bots give them French names and phrases.
    MIKE: "Jut allors!" "Je suis mort!" "No, not Etienne!"
  • Shot in the Ass: As it's very unclear where Troy shoots Satoris in the film's climax, Mike and the 'bots assumed he was shot in the butt. Later extended when Satoris catches fire seemingly because of it, and the 'bots suggest shooting Mike in the butt to find out if this is a reliable method for setting humans on fire.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shout-Out to Shakespeare: "A horse! My six-pack for a horse!"
  • Stalker with a Crush: The hosts imagine Troy as one of these, writing badgering letters to Counselor Troi and Agent Scully, by those names.
  • Stealth Pun
    Mike (upon learning a character's surname): Oh! He's a Pipper! (beat) Wouldn't you like to be a
    Tom: NO.
  • The Stoic: Parodied:
    Aunt: Now Troy, we've talked about this before. I don't want you to cry about what is past.
    Mike: (as aunt) No emotions, we've discussed that.
  • Stupid Crooks: Crow and Servo go on a looting spree once Gypsy shuts off the Satellite's power. Crow steals his own TV, while Tom breaks into Mike's room to rob him of his recycling.
  • Take Over the World: While this has always been Pearl's ultimate goal, here she comes up with another scheme: to take over the world one person at a time! She never succeeds in ruling one person.
    • Except for some really geeky guy in the end (played by Paul Chaplin). He stated he belonged to the "Traveler's Group" but the Mads tie him to a chair and put some sort of brainwashing gizmo on his head.
      • This is also the goal of Satoris and his evil prehistoric cult of Canadian BDSM Luchadores.
  • Take That: To Canada. Tom takes his Take That too far, though.
    Tom: (singing) Oh, I wish I was blowing up Prince Edward Island / And going on to bomb Ontario! / The destruction of Canada and all of its culture / Is by far my fav-o-rite scenario!
    Mike: (talking) OK, well that's a little strong....
    Tom: (talking) No, no, you were right Mike, this is much more fun! (singing) Just where the hell does Canada get off sharing a border / With countries far superior to it?
    Crow: (speaking) Yikes!
    Servo: (singing) Why, you lousy, stinking, francophonic, bacon-loving bastards, / Your country's just a giant piece of sh--
  • That Was Not A Dream: "Wow, I dreamt I was stuck with this chunky backwoods loser named Rowsdow—Aah!"
  • Thememobile: "Rowsdowermobile, awaaaaay!"
  • Title Drop
    Servo: "Oh, please just one more sacrifice!"
    Mike: "Alright, but this is The Final Sacrifice!"
  • Tom Waits: When Mike Pipper shows up, Servo quips "I'd like to sing something from Bone Machine."
  • Unfortunate Names: Referenced in the film.
    Crow: He comes from a long line of "Great Anuses".
    Crow: Oh, yeah? Well, my name's Bilge Stinkwater.
  • The Virus: Bobo eats a bad can of Canadian bacon and causes hockey hair in everyone. Mike turns out to be immune since he already had it... but this makes him vulnerable to Grizzled Old Prospector Syndrome.
  • With Lyrics: Mike and the bots add lyrics to the ending theme music for The Final Sacrifice.
    Tom: Oh baby, Rowsdower saves us and saves all the world.
    Crow: He comes to save the day in a broken truck.
    Mike: With a stinky denim jacket on his back.
    Crow: He couldn't help this movie, which really sucked.
    Mike: But, at least we didn't have to see him... play... hacky-sack.
    Tom: (talking) What?
    Mike: (talking) I'm sorry, I panicked.
  • You Look Familiar: Pearl can't quite identify Servo when he's beamed down by Observer.