Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 11 Horrors Of Spider Island

Film watched: Horrors of Spider Island

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mocked by Mike and the bots during the skinny-dipping scene. The girls were meant to be nude in-universe, but since the actresses were wearing Nude-Colored Clothing, it had this effect.
    Crow: (As the girls) We're nude and we have no nipples and we're uniformly colored!
  • Call Back: When Mike and the bots are joking about the scientist being caught in a web "in the midst of a cheerleading routine", Crow mentions "MRxL."
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Alluded to:
    "Hairy palms! Mother was right!"
  • Failed a Spot Check: The bots invoke this when Mike gets trapped in a giant spider web on the SOL bridge.
  • Fanservice: Referenced when one of the women removes her top:
    Servo: At last, the movie reveals its true purpose.
  • Historical In-Joke: When the girls try and fail to flag down a passing cruise ship, Mike remarks "Damn Californian, never helps anyone!" The Californian was a ship that was in the vicinity of the Titanic when it sank but didn't render aid for reasons that remain vague. May also count as a Genius Bonus.
  • Ironic Echo: Mike and the bots tend to dramatically proclaim "THE HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND!"—shifting the emphasis between horrors and spider — whenever the movie ratchets up the Fanservice.
    • This is actually a Call Back (way back) to Manos: The Hands of Fate, where Joel and the Bots spent the first half of the movie doing the same dramatic title drops whenever nothing was happening onscreen (which, again, was pretty much the first half of the movie... And maybe a good deal of the second half, too).
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    Gary: There you are, Georgia.
    Servo: Just north of Florida.
    Mike: D'oh!
  • Never My Fault: After Gary inexplicably blames his kissing another woman on the heat.
    Servo: "Yes, I've been unfaithful, but it was like 87 degrees."
    Crow: "It's also kinda windy. That, too. And high humidity..."
    Servo: "You see, if it was in the low '70s, I would never have jammed my tongue down her throat."
  • Remember the New Guy: Lampshaded as being a rare location variety.
    Crow: Oh, right! The quicksand! Remember?
  • Running Gag: Twice during the film, Tom Servo faints from the fanservice/cat fights.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the movie abruptly stops and flashes "THE END" at Mike and the bots:
    Servo: (annoyed) So, you wanna end your movie that way, huh? Okay, get bent! We're outta here.
    • At one point during the "climax", Crow decides to go take a break. "It's been ten years, I think I'm owed one..."
  • Shout-Out:
    Servo: (confused about Spider-Gary's abilities) So, is he strong?
    Crow (enraged): LISTEN, BUD! HE'S GOT RADIOACTIVE BLOOD!
    • Also: "I see a tall Spaniard in a white suit with a midget!"
    • Tom compares the shadow of a palm tree to Sideshow Bob; Crow responds by saying "Bart..." while imitating Kelsey Grammer.
    • During one of the host segments, Mike roleplays as the audition manager and has Pearl, Bobo, and Brain Guy do acts for him. Brain Guy's act is a parody of the "I'm a Maniac" scene from Flashdance.
  • Something Completely Different: Unlike season 8 when Pearl and co. were always changing locations, Castle Forrester was always in the same place until this episode, when it abruptly moved to a suburban neighborhood. The reason? The mountaintop where it used to be had the gall to charge Pearl $50 for an ape license. However, by episode's end Castle Forrester was back on the mountain, since Pearl discovered she couldn't throw her trash out the window.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Referenced; the film often plays jazzy music during what's supposed to be a horror or action sequence.
    Mike: (chuckles) You know, the Dukes of Dixieland also did the Psycho soundtrack.
    • Earlier, the skinnydipping scene is accompanied by what sounds like a busy '50s stock piece.
    Servo: Ah yes, the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Take That: One of the women in the film is from Minnesota, so Mike and the bots make many Self-Deprecation jokes about it, including referencing the passive-aggressive Minnesota Nice.
    Crow: Their leader is a huge, bald Nazi!
  • The Talk: Pearl gives one to Bobo after he discovers some condoms but mistakes them for balloons. She does this off-camera, telling Mike and the Bots they're too young for it. We can't hear what Pearl says, but Bobo makes Squick noises.
  • Too Much Information: As the women relax on the porch and the man walks by them:
    Servo: (as the guy) "Hehehe. I'm impotent."



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