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''This Island Earth'' returned to the big screen 41 years later when it was riffed by the Satellite of Love crew in ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000TheMovie Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie]]''. It was also one of the inspirations for The Coneheads on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as Creator/DanAykroyd and writer Tom Davis were fans of the movie and tickled by how nobody seemed to notice the enormous heads of Exeter and the other aliens. Music/WeirdAlYankovic paid homage as well with the Interocitor appearing in his "Dare To Be Stupid" video and mention of the device in his film ''Film/{{UHF}}'', and the punk band Misfits dedicated a song to the film on their album ''American Psycho''.

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''This Island Earth'' returned to the big screen 41 years later when it was riffed by the Satellite of Love crew in ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000TheMovie Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie]]''. It was also one of the inspirations for The Coneheads on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' as Creator/DanAykroyd and writer Tom Davis were fans of the movie and tickled by how nobody seemed to notice the enormous heads of Exeter and the other aliens. Music/WeirdAlYankovic paid homage as well with the Interocitor appearing in his "Dare To to Be Stupid" video and mention of the device in his film ''Film/{{UHF}}'', and the punk band Misfits dedicated a song to the film on their album ''American Psycho''.


** The laboratory cat is called Neutron "because he's so positive". These people are meant to be nuclear physicists and yet they can't tell the difference between a neutron, which has no electric charge, and a positively-charged proton.

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** The laboratory cat is called Neutron "because he's so positive". These people are meant to be nuclear physicists and yet they can't tell the difference between a neutron, which has no electric charge, and a positively-charged proton. (This could have been dry scientist humor, but it's not quite played that way.)


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* DissonantSerenity: Dr. Engelborg was out taking his constitutional walk when the Metalunans begin to destroy their base before departing for home. He runs into Cal, Ruth, and Steve as they try to escape, and he merrily waves to them all, apparently oblivious to all of the destruction and explosions that have been happening all around him. [[spoiler: Not surprisingly, he's almost immediately killed by another explosion.]] This may be to suggest that Engelborg had been [[MindControl put into the Thought Transformer]].


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* TravelMontage: Two - one when Cal returns to the air force base from Washington DC at the beginning, and another as he's led to Exeter's compound from the base.

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* PinballProtagonist: It's not that he's an unlikable character, it's just that Cal does almost nothing of consequence. He doesn't save any of the human scientists. He doesn't save Metaluna from its fate, or even bring back any useful knowledge to Earth. He doesn't save Ruth from the Mutant, since it just shambled after the unbelievably clumsy woman until it died. He was basically a tourist until he saved Exeter from the Mutant, even though he couldn't stop Exeter from being mortally wounded, and he didn't even finish the Mutant off or close the doors to the ship before it came aboard.


* {{Homage}}: ''This Island Earth'' has popped up in the background of works from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' to ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', while the interocitor makes cameos in works as diverse as ''Film/{{UHF}}'' and ''Literature/CiaphasCain''. Creator/JoeDante loved the film, so it appears in ''Film/{{Explorers}}'', too. The Mutant also appears in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' and in the opening credits for ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid''.

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* {{Homage}}: ''This Island Earth'' has popped up in the background of works from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' to ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', while the interocitor makes cameos in works as diverse as ''Film/{{UHF}}'' and ''Literature/CiaphasCain''. Creator/JoeDante loved the film, so it appears in ''Film/{{Explorers}}'', too. The Mutant also appears in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'' and in the opening credits for ''Film/ErnestScaredStupid''. In a special foreword written for the hardcover edition of ''Comicbook/TheKreeSkrullWar'', Roy Thomas stated that the original novel version of ''This Island Earth'' was a major influence on the story.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Seemingly the only justification for the film's opening scene of Cal Meacham flying himself cross-country in his own personal jet, rather than taking a commercial airliner, is to establish his piloting skills for later.


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* LampshadeHanging / {{Handwave}}:
-->'''Reporter:''' How long has the Air Force been handing out jet fighters?\\
'''Meacham:''' One of the boys at Lockheed lent me this one; I hope you taxpayers don't mind! [[note]]'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike & the Bots]]:''' WE DO![[/note]]


* PragmaticVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity is what makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metalunan leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity IntriguedByHumanity is what makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metalunan leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.


* PracticalVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity is what makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metalunan leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.

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* PracticalVillainy: PragmaticVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity is what makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metalunan leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.


* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Rex Reason''. And that's his actual birth name, too.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: ''Rex Reason''. And that's his the actor's actual birth name, too.



* PracticalVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity that makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metaluman leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.

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* PracticalVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity that is what makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metaluman Metalunan leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.


* PracticalVillainy: Both this and being IntriguedWithHumanity that makes Exeter resist brainwashing humans while all of the other Metaluman leaders are telling him to -- as he puts it, humans put through the Thought Transformer have their mental capacities (especially creativity) reduced for the sake of keeping them compliant, and this is something that can do nothing but hinder direly needed scientific advancement.



* SameLanguageDub: during the approach to Metaluna, a deep voice reports as if over a powerful speaker system. It is disconcerting to realise that the voice is apparently coming from the pilot who's sat right behind the lead characters, and whose lip movements do not remotely sync with the announcements.

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* SameLanguageDub: during During the approach to Metaluna, a deep voice reports as if over a powerful speaker system. It is disconcerting to realise that the voice is apparently coming from the pilot who's sat right behind the lead characters, and whose lip movements do not remotely sync with the announcements.


After a brief ride on a windowless, unmanned plane, Meacham joins Exeter and a host of other scientists at a stately mansion, where Meacham is reunited with Dr. Ruth Adams, who doesn't seem to remember the romantic time the two spent together despite Meacham's insistence (a brief line of dialog a minute or so later hints that she was actually testing him to see if he's on the level, but it's hard to catch; a later scene confirms this). Eventually Ruth and Meacham, along with colleague Steve Carlson, grow suspicious about the weird white-haired fellows running the place, and of the fact that all the scientists there are specialists in extracting nuclear power, but not utilizing it. The three of them make a break for it, only for their hosts to blow up the mansion, abduct Meacham and Ruth in a {{flying saucer}}, and kill Steve, making him a bit character probably not worth mentioning in a summary of the movie.

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After a brief ride on a windowless, unmanned plane, Meacham joins Exeter and a host of other scientists at a stately mansion, where Meacham is reunited with Dr. Ruth Adams, who doesn't seem to remember the romantic time the two spent together despite Meacham's insistence (a brief line of dialog (in a minute or so later hints scene, she reveals that she was actually [[BluffTheImposter testing him him]] to see if he's on the level, but it's hard to catch; a later scene confirms this).level). Eventually Ruth and Meacham, along with colleague Steve Carlson, grow suspicious about the weird white-haired fellows running the place, and of the fact that all the scientists there are specialists in extracting nuclear power, but not utilizing it. The three of them make a break for it, only for their hosts to blow up the mansion, abduct Meacham and Ruth in a {{flying saucer}}, and kill Steve, making him a bit character probably not worth mentioning in a summary of the movie.



'''Meecham:''' What happened was mass murder!\\
'''Exeter:''' We're not all masters of our souls, Meecham.\\
'''Meecham:''' That's a nice phrase, coming from ''you''.\\

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'''Meecham:''' '''Meacham:''' What happened was mass murder!\\
'''Exeter:''' We're not all masters of our souls, Meecham.Meacham.\\
'''Meecham:''' '''Meacham:''' That's a nice phrase, coming from ''you''.\\



* BluffTheImposter: A variation; Cal Meacham isn't an imposter, and Ruth doesn't think he is, but when she greets him at the airfield she fakes mis-remembering their last meeting, forcing him to fill in the details so she can be sure he hasn't been [[MoreThanMindControl mind-zonked]].



* CoolChair: Averted and played straight. The captain has a cool chair that bears some resemblance to a tricked-out chrome toilet, but in other ways Metalunan furniture technology is light-years behind Earth's. The "chairs" Cal and Ruth use are basically upright slabs with arm rests and a small ledge for the butt.
** The lead actress revealed that their jumpsuits were so impossibly restricting that the chairs were the only way they could comfortably sit for extended periods.

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* CoolChair: Averted and played straight. The captain has a cool chair that bears some resemblance to a tricked-out chrome toilet, but in other ways Metalunan furniture technology is light-years behind Earth's. The "chairs" Cal and Ruth use are basically upright slabs with arm rests and a small ledge for the butt.
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butt. (The lead actress revealed that their jumpsuits were so impossibly restricting that the chairs were the only way they could comfortably sit for extended periods.)



* CosmicDeadline: The Monitor (Metaluna's PresidentEvil) reveals that the Metalunans plan to relocate to Earth. Less than an hour later (in-universe time) [[spoiler:Metaluna is destroyed, the mass exodus apparently never even getting off the ground]].



* ForeheadOfDoom

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* ForeheadOfDoomFailedASpotCheck: A rather bizarre example, in that Ruth and Carlson have detailed sketches of the "peculiar indentation" in Exeter's forehead but somehow have failed to notice that Exeter's forehead is '''seven inches high'''.
* ForeheadOfDoom: The Metalunans haz em. Their tall white pompadours only add to it.



* MindControl: The Thought Transformer is planned to be used when the Metalunans relocate to Earth.

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* MindControl: MindControl:
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The Thought Transformer is planned to be used when the Metalunans relocate to Earth.Earth.
** Presumably it has been used on the scientists at the plantation as well. The way Ruth and Carlson talk, it's entirely possible that they and Meacham are the only three who '''haven't''' been mind-controlled.



* NonActionGuy: Cal Meacham's most dramatic action is socking Exeter as they try to escape Metaluna. For the rest of the movie he's either being led around by aliens or trying to flee them. He also bonks an alien mutant on the head with a fire extinguisher, thus saving Exeter.

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* NonActionGuy: Cal Meacham's most dramatic action is socking Exeter as they try to escape Metaluna. He also bonks an alien mutant on the head with a fire extinguisher, thus saving Exeter. For the rest of the movie he's either being led around by aliens or trying to flee them. He also bonks an alien mutant on the head with a fire extinguisher, thus saving Exeter.



* RubberForeheadAliens: Really obvious ones.

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* RubberForeheadAliens: Really obvious ones. See FailedASpotCheck above.



* VideoPhone: The interocitor.

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* VideoPhone: The interocitor.interocitor, amongst its [[DeathRay other functions]].


* HughMann: During dinner, Exeter refers to Mozart as "your composer".
** [[CriticalResearchFailure Initially Exeter doesn't even recognize the name]].

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* HughMann: During dinner, Exeter refers to Mozart as "your composer".
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composer". [[CriticalResearchFailure Initially Exeter doesn't even recognize the name]].



* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: The big-brained bug people the Metalunans benevolently use as laborers aren't mutants, they're Mutants ("myu-TAHNT"). [[DontExplainTheJoke It's funny, in a way, because they have bug heads like ants and don't talk. Mute-Ants.]]

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* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}}: ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: The big-brained bug people the Metalunans benevolently use as laborers aren't mutants, they're Mutants ("myu-TAHNT"). [[DontExplainTheJoke It's funny, in a way, because they have bug heads like ants and don't talk. Mute-Ants.]]



* MundaneMadeAwesome: The dramatic score accompanying the alien viewscreen returning to normal view.
** Accompanying vocals in lovely tune courtesy of the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] crew:

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* MundaneMadeAwesome: The dramatic score accompanying the alien viewscreen returning to normal view.
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view. Accompanying vocals in lovely tune courtesy of the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] crew:



* NonActionGuy: Cal Meacham's most dramatic action is socking Exeter as they try to escape Metaluna. For the rest of the movie he's either being led around by aliens or trying to flee them.
** He also bonks an alien mutant on the head with a fire extinguisher, thus saving Exeter.

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* NonActionGuy: Cal Meacham's most dramatic action is socking Exeter as they try to escape Metaluna. For the rest of the movie he's either being led around by aliens or trying to flee them.
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them. He also bonks an alien mutant on the head with a fire extinguisher, thus saving Exeter.


* SameLanguageDub: during the approach to Metaluna, a deep voice reports as if over a powerful speaker system. It is disconcerting to realise that the voice is apparently coming from the pilot who's sat right behind the lead characters, and who's lip movements do not remotely sync with the announcements.

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* SameLanguageDub: during the approach to Metaluna, a deep voice reports as if over a powerful speaker system. It is disconcerting to realise that the voice is apparently coming from the pilot who's sat right behind the lead characters, and who's whose lip movements do not remotely sync with the announcements.

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*** Possibly we are meant to assume that the ship's atmosphere changes during the conversion process, although this is never made clear.

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