YMMV / Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

  • Awesome Moments: The deleted scene where Crow and Servo (the latter getting it together after being reduced to a sobbing mess when the meteor shower messed with his hash) save Mike from dying by restoring oxygen to the satellite. Needless to say, the crew was not happy about this scene being cut.
  • Awesome Music: Both Dave Alvin's swaggering rockabilly version of the main theme, which was left out of formal releases for decades, and the even longer instrumental version over the credits (which has never received a separate release, period). Even Billy Barber's more formal, restrained score has a great cue with the "Movie Sign" theme — which, like the original credits theme, was meant to sound bombastic to the point to silliness, but actually works on its own.
  • Better on DVD: The special edition released by Shout! Factory finally includes the deleted scenes, plus an interview with the Brains discussing the making of the film and their thoughts, and even a documentary on the film within the film!
  • Fan Myopia: The cult popularity of This Island Earth is Older Than They Think.
  • Funny Moments: Oh, where to start? The "Waffle Sequence?" "I'm Not An Alien?" The host segments? Or at the end, when Mike and the 'Bots riff their own credits?
    • Outside the riffs, there's Crow's attempt to tunnel back to Earth.
      Crow: I calculated the odds that this would work versus the odds that I was doing something incredibly stupid and... I went ahead anyway.
    • "Mike broke the Hubble! Mike broke the Hubble!"
    • "Well, there you have it." "A letter opener."
    • "Watch your lips."
    • (over footage of the ship flying through space) "They're going 65, so they'll be there in 3 BILLION years."
    • "Heil Hitler!"
    • "EASTMAN! He came from the east, to do battle with the amazing RANDO!"
    • (over footage of a farm from the airplane) "Green Acres!"
    • "I'm too low." "I got the blues so bad, uh-huh."
    • "Should we be seeing this?!"
    • The entire plane sequence with Cal at the beginning. "Well suddenly I have a refreshing mint flavor!"
      • "Oh, there was a green switch; it was there all the time!"
    • Big men sticking screwdrivers into things - turning them - AND ADJUSTING THEM!
    • Into the weenie mobile! Weenie Man away!
    • The crew imitating William Shatner throughout the movie.
    Servo: Captain's log: a bunch of our ship fell off, and, nobody likes me.
    • Even at the beginning, they can't help but make fun of Shatner.
    Servo: Let's see here... Shatner, Shatner... no, doesn't look like he's in this one. We're safe.
    Crow: Ha, ha, ha! Who needs oxygen?
    Mike: (angrily) I do.
    • Normal view. Normal view! Normal view! NORMAL VIEEEEEEW!!
    • There's an inspired set of riffs as Cal leaves the airfield on the flight to go to Exeter. "There goes a stupid, stupid man." "I'm going to curl up in his sock drawer and sleep for days."
    • "You're being kidnapped by The Lite FM".
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Some sci-fi fans were upset when this classic of the genre was subjected to riffing...though they should keep in mind it's just a show, and really just relax.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: During a scene where Brack communicates via interocitor, Tom sings a fictional theme song that goes, "It's the Brack show, starring me — I'm Brack! It's the Brack show, and I've got lots of good guests..." Four years later, The Brak Show would come into existence (which was preceded by two specials, both entitled Brak Presents the Brak Show Starring Brak, the second of which was a variety show that — indeed — had guests).
  • Ho Yay: The crew make Joe have a serious crush on Cal.
  • Memetic Mutation: Normal View... normal view... normal view... normal viiiiieew!
  • Mis-blamed: Joe Dante complains on the This Island Earth documentary about the film being unfairly edited down by The Brains to make the film look more like a weak film, and not make sense to moviegoers. The problem with this complaint is it wasn't The Brains' decision to edit the film down! It was Gramercy's decision to cut the film down (plus remove a couple host segments), because focus groups complained about the movie being too long.
  • Nightmare Fuel: From Dr. Forrester of all people. This movie shows why Mike and the Bots bow to his whims and watch his movies when he cuts off Mike's air supply and forces him and the bots to bow lest they suffocate to death, and it's unusually tense for the show's standards. When he later pulls an Auntie Em and orders Mike and the Bots to get back in the theater during the second host segment, there's a reason they haul ass back into the theater.
  • Older Than They Think: This Island Earth was no stranger to being riffed on by the MST3K crew, as it had already been mocked during the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Conventio-Con Expo-Fest-A-Rama. That had the benefit of being explicitly written for the fans, though.note 
  • Woolseyism: The Brazilian dubbing, with three Large Ham dubbers letting it loose, has developed a cult following in the country. For instance, once a Metalunian appears, in the original Crow goes "Leona Helmsley!" The dubbing has him saying "It's Tina Turner!" and singing "We don't need another heeeeeroooo..."