Recap: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 09 Hamlet
Film watched: HamletHamlet. Unfortunately, Pearl picks the version they'll watch, just to spite him...
The MST3K treatment of Hamlet provides examples of:
- Affably Evil: Pearl forwards mail to allow Mike to stay in contact with his family.
- Alas, Poor Yorick: One of the skits has Mike hosting a gameshow called Alas Poor Who? where the bots are shown random bones and have to guess whom they belonged to.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Mike wanted to see a film version of Hamlet. Pearl complied... by presenting him with a poorly made version made in Germany.
- Bedsheet Ghost: When the bots try to pass themselves off as the ghost of Mike's father. Upon learning that he's alive, they try every other conceivable relative and get the same result.Crow: Don't your relatives ever die?!
- Call Back: When tricking Pearl into playing a fixed game of 3-Card Monte and raising the stakes for the final round, Mike imitates Geronimo's Catch Phrase from Final Justice, the previous episode.Mike: You think you can take me? Go 'head on, it's your move.
- Camp Gay: Fortinbras.Observer: He made me look butch.
- Freud Was Right: In-Universe, Mike and the bots take the play's subtext to its funniest conclusion. It could also be they were just referencing another classic piece of theater.Tom Servo: Hamlet, get off your mom!
- Have a Gay Old Time: Used in one of the riffs.note Hamlet: Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander till he find it stopping a bunghole?
Tom Servo: Eww!
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Mike and the 'bots get some mileage from Ricardo Montalban doing the ADR for Claudius.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In the first host segment, Tom declares that his last name is spelled "Sirveaux" (still pronounced "Servo"). Then he reveals his first name is now "Htom" (pronounced "Heh-Tom", though Mike had thought it would be "T-H-O-M"). Crow looks at Cambot in disbelief, then declares "Well, Htom, why don't you hlick me?"
- Hypocritical Humor: After the commercial break, Crow decides to start spelling his name Cröe.Crow: Purse your beak.
Mike: I'll purse your beak!
- Hypocritical Humor: After the commercial break, Crow decides to start spelling his name Cröe.
- Name's the Same: A guy named Paul Verhoeven plays the gravedigger.
- Noodle Incident: Meta example. The official episode guide names the "Alas Poor Who?" sketch as "series-cancelling," but doesn't elaborate.
- Pungeon Master:
Claudius: Forgive me my foul murder.
- Mike and the bots have a lot of fun with the now-archaic-sounding Shakespeare-lingo:
Crow: It's just that that turkey was mouthing off to me.
Hamlet: I shall not look upon his like again.
Crow: Why were you looking at his like?
- Running Gag:
- "Cut his throat in a church!"
- Another is Mike and the bots' disdain for the many long monologues in the movie.
- During Hamlet's meeting with the ghost of his father, 99% of the scene focuses on Hamlet himself (presumably interpreting the spirit as a delusion.) Mike and the 'Bots make jokes about the director making panicked orders to switch cameras to the ghost.
- Weirdness Magnet: Pearl invokes the trope directly.Pearl: [after dealing with Fortinbras] Is it me? Am I a magnet for these idiots?!note