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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 06 Ring Of Terror

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Films watched: The Phantom Creeps (Film Serial) Chapter 3 and Ring of Terror

It is available on Shout! Factory TV here.

The Segments:

Prologue
  • Tom and Crow enlist Cambot's help to trigger movie sign early just to mess with Joel. Granted, it makes hitting the commercial sign buzzer more difficult for them.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads have created a giant life-sized version of Operation which uses a "willing" subject. Meanwhile, Joel appropriates an X-ray fluoroscope and uses his own internal organs and a lump of barium to play "Pin-Bolus". Don't ask where the ball exits.
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Segment 2

  • Inspired by the film, the SOL crew pitch the "Old School for Old Students", where the elderly can return to get their degrees... ostensibly, though the offered curriculum might not lend itself to doing so.

Segment 3

  • The 'Bots aren't terribly pleased when Joel performs an autopsy on a Hoover vacuum.

Segment 4

  • Joel tries to motivate Tom and Crow to say some nice things about the movie. They have no shortage of grievances, at least. To make matters worse, the Mads reveal that they still have to sit through Chapter Three of The Phantom Creeps.

Segment 5

  • Inspired by the turncoat chauffeur in the Phantom Creeps episode, Frank takes a stab at singing with his original song "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World".

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The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Joel asks Crow and Servo to say a good thing about the movie and they'll get a RAM chip. Neither can think of anything and just point out plot holes in the film. After giving a RAM chip to Gypsy, Joel does it for them: "The only good thing about the movie was that it was really short!"
  • And Now For Something Completely Different: This is the only episode of the whole series to have the movie first and the short last.
    • It's also the only episode to begin with movie sign immediately after the theme song, though it's a prank by Tom and Crow.
    • Tom Servo is still sporting his "haircut" which he first got in the previous episode. This is the last episode which would feature this design.
    • It's also the only time we see how Joel gets to the theater (though that same hatch would be reused as an airlock in future episodes).
  • Autopsy Snack Time: Parodied. During one of the host segments, Joel munches an apple while dissecting a vacuum cleaner.
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  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Making fun of The Comedy Channel, while reading the prologue scroll:
    Crow: "...by using a device that makes him invisible," a contract to appear on The Comedy Channel. Haha Ha ha. I guess I'm outta here. (Tries to leave but is stopped by Joel)
  • Call-Back: "Lewis Charles Moffett, feared not", as heard in Master Ninja and other episodes.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: One of Moffett's peers is a guy who looks like Casey Kasem (he provides The Stinger). In one shot, he looks like Sammy Davis Jr..
  • Early Installment Weirdness: This is the only episode in which the short is run after the feature, possibly so "If Chauffeurs Ruled the World" could serve as the episode's closing sketch.


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