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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 01 Rocketship XM

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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 Segments:

  • 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/power loader as his invention. Frank unveils... the exact same invention, and gets punished soundly by Dr. Forrester.

Segment 2

  • The crew give the reporters from the film goofy names in a tribute to them.

Segment 3

  • Joel conducts several quizzes on the 'Bots on objects and people which are either funny or unfunny when they're floating.

Segment 4

Segment 5

  • 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 front counter. When Frank robotically asks whether or not they want to eat in today, Crow manages to keep a straight face and trick him into bringing the Satellite of Love down.
  • Call-Back: Valeria from Robot Holocaust (Mike Nelson in drag) drops by to let the SOL know that "You and your daughter are dyoomed."
  • Catchphrase: 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The episode immediately shows that the relationship between Forrester and Frank will be substantially different than with Erhardt. While Erhardt was (mostly) treated as a respected (if junior) colleague, Forrester wastes no time berating and physically punishing Frank.
  • 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.
  • A God Am I: Frank calls himself a god in his Establishing Character Moment.