Film watched: Rocketship X-M
Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured Rocketship X-M in its second season premiere, which also featured Kevin Murphy taking over as Tom Servo's new voice, along with the introduction of Frank Conniff as "TV's Frank", Dr. Forrester's new sidekick.
- The Satellite of Love has been completely redesigned, but Crow is suffering from a toothache.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- After Joel installs a new voice module in Tom Servo, the crew meets Dr. Forrester's new sidekick Frank (Dr. Erhardt has gone missing), and they almost successfully trick him into letting them escape the SOL. For the Invention Exchange, Joel unveils the BGC-19 drum machine as his invention. Frank gets punished soundly by Dr. Forrester for unveiling the exact same invention.
- The crew give the reporters from the film goofy names in a tribute to them.
- Joel conducts several quizzes on the 'Bots on objects and people which are either funny or unfunny when they're floating.
- Valeria from Robot Holocaust makes a surprise visit to the SOL.
- Joel and the 'Bots chew out the Mads for sending them — a crew stationed on a spaceship with no chance of escape — a film about a spaceship which crashes.
The MST3K presentation of this film featured:
- Burger Fool: Dr. Forrester found Frank working at an Arby's. When Joel calls down to Deep 13, Frank picks up as if he's still working the drive thru.
- Call-Back: Valeria from Robot Holocaust (Mike Nelson in drag) drops by to let the SOL know that "You and your daughter are dyoomed."
- Catch Phrase: Not the first or last time Joel would say "Thank you, Mr. White Male Reality!"
- Downer Ending: Even worse for Joel and the Bots, since the film is about people stuck in a spaceship that crashes is being shown to people stuck in a spaceship.Crow: You know, the only thing more depressing than watching a movie about people trapped on a capsule is a movie about people dying on a capsule...
- Dresses the Same: After Joel shows his invention for the week, a wearable drum kit called the BGC-19, newcomer Frank proudly displays his invention... the BGC-19. Dr. Forrester promptly punishes Frank for stealing ideas.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- Kevin's voice for Servo starts out here as sounding like Josh's, but gradually settled in a few episodes after.
- Frank hasn't adopted the name "TV's Frank" yet.
- Face on a Milk Carton: Dr. Erhardt is missing.
- Forgot He Was a Robot: In the opening segment, Crow has a scarf wrapped around his jaw and complains about having a terrible toothache. Joel covers the sides of Crow's head and quietly explains to the audience that robots don't have any teeth.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "At this point the rocket becomes engorged with astronauts...."
- Naïve Newcomer: Joel and the Bots take advantage of Dr. Forrester's brief abscence to trick newcomer Frank into beaming them back down to Earth. Before Frank can do so, Dr. Forrester returns and intervenes when he learns what was about to happen.
- The Other Darrin: Kevin Murphy as Tom Servo. Explained in-universe as a refit.
- Memetic Mutation: Fans eventually learned that one watcher didn't approve of the change and went to the trouble of making a large banner reading "I HATE TOM SERVO'S NEW VOICE" and mailing it to Best Brains. Kevin Murphy kept the banner as a keepsake and even brought it along to show off during a panel at DragonCon.
- Put on a Bus: The only explanation for Frank replacing Dr. Erhardt is "He's missing." Erhardt would only be mentioned once more on the show, when an actor who looked vaguely like him was killed in Earth vs. the Spider ("So that's what happened to him!"). No one was expecting him to return, 28 years later and nearly three decades less shrill and less mad, in Season 12's The Day Time Ended.
- Tom Servo's first attempt to speak ended up as, "Warning! Danger! Danger, Will Robinson!" His next attempt is "Daaaiiisyyy, Daaaiiisyyy..." The third and real attempt, he exclaims, "Hello world! Happy birthday!"
- During the sketch about the men and women of the Press Corps, one reporter in the front is referred to as "Peanut. He's a Woozle."
- Segment 3, "Things That Are Funny Floating", namedrops various celebrities.
- "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department."
- Spoiler Opening: The show intro shows us the new SOL deck and Frank before they were properly introduced.
- Take That!: Gallagher is declared to be "extremely unfunny" floating.
- Waxing Lyrical: During a host segment, Joel and the Bots stare wistfully out into space as they lament their situation, sharing quotes as though they are philosophical profundities. Naturally, they include a few song lyrics in their musings.