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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 01 E 01 The Crawling Eye

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Film watched: The Trollenberg Terror aka The Crawling Eye

Servo: This must be a Paramount picture.
—The first riff in the theater.

The national debut episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the Comedy Channel, later Comedy Central. The featured movie can also be seen on Mike's television at the very end of the final episode, creating Bookends for the series (at least the original run).

It is available on the MST3K YouTube page here and on Shout! Factory TV here.

The Segments:

Segment 1/Invention Exchange
  • Dr. Forrester and Dr. Erhardt move into Deep 13. Joel presents his electric bagpipes. Dr. Forrester injects Dr. Erhardt with dog antiperspirant.

Segment 2

  • Joel explains to Servo and Crow why it's a big deal for humans to lose their heads.

Segment 3

  • Gypsy gets uncoiled

Segment 4

  • Forrest Tucker is freaking the Bots out.

Segment 5

  • Joel offers RAM chips to the Bots for saying one good thing and one bad thing about the movie.


This MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: When Dr. Erhardt says the film has Forrest Tucker in it, Dr. Forrester provides this quote:
    Dr. Forrester: Forrest Tucker. Great name, bad actor.
  • Disguised in Drag: Alluded to in the cold open with the Mads:
    Dr. Erhardt: I think I was spotted on the way down here.
    Dr. Forrester: Did you wear your disguise?
    Dr. Erhardt: I was wearing my disguise, but I'm just not very good in heels!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Upon their first entry into the theater, Servo hovers to his seat by himself. Joel carries him in for the rest of the film segments. Servo thanks Joel for this and suggests this be done in future.
    • This episode, along with the next few, start with Forrester and Erhardt instead of Joel and the bots. Word of God said the reasoning back then was that the Mads controlled the experiment. Very quickly, the writers realized that since the focus of the show is on Joel and the bots, they should start the episode instead.
  • Embarrassing Tattoo: During the invention exchange, Dr. Forrester goes to inject an antiperspirant serum into Dr. Erhardt's buttocks:
    Dr. F: What's this flower? And who's Roseanne?
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  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes: Joel invents a set of electric bagpipes by adding a vacuum cleaner. Dr. Forrester notes approvingly that the racket made Dr. Erhardt's corneas bleed.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Crow and Servo make so many groan-worthy eye puns towards the film's climax that Joel asks them to stop...Only for him to start it up again shortly afterward.
    Joel: I spy with my little eye...
    Servo: You hypocrite!
  • Losing Your Head: The Bots don't see why human heads being detatched is any different from robot heads being detatched, leading Joel to explain it during the first break from the movie.
    Mountain climber: His head... it was torn off!
    Servo: You say that like it's a bad thing.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Averted. Servo is actually annoyed it takes so long for the Crawling Eye to appear in the movie.
    Servo: Do we ever get to see the monster, Joel?
    Servo: Well, we haven't seen the monster yet. It's good to see something.

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