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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 07 Wild Rebels

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Film watched: Wild Rebels

Wild Rebels was released on the Collection Volume 9 box set, and was also released on iTunes as a standalone episode. It is also available on Shout! Factory TV here.

The Segments:

  • Gypsy has some things to say in private to Joel, which requires him to deactivate the ship's higher functions which she's usually in control of.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads have taken the classic hobby horse toy and given it a motorcycle look, releasing the result as the Hobby Hog. Joel, meanwhile, has placed pizza on various interconnected platforms a`la the 3D chess from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Segment 2

  • The bikers from the film are surprisingly well-spoken, and Joel has a reason for that. It involves the Algonquin Round Table.

Segment 3

  • It's Wild Rebels Cereal! The great new breakfast treat! Pour your milk from an oilcan for best results.

Segment 4

  • Joel wants to cheer Gypsy up and sings a song for her. Tom and Crow jump him at the end.

Segment 5

  • The 'Bots are depressed by the movie, so Joel teaches them how to spin it into a positive experience. Even Frank gets swayed by their way of thinking. A devoted scientist fan wrote them a letter and proposed a battle between a cell and Tom.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Early Installment Weirdness: The only episode in which the theater is actually called the "Mystery Science Theater." Also, this episode has no stinger, despite airing several episodes after that particular feature was inaugurated.
  • The Exit Is That Way: After a tense confrontation ends with Rod carefully backing out the door of the shack:
    Crow: "That's... the closet."
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: A riff involving Rod being dropped off at the club by an old guy in a ballcap.
    Tom (as Rod): "Hey, thanks for the ride, Mr. Lasorda!"
    Tom (as Rod): "Yeah, whatever. Good luck with the football team, or whatever it is you do."
  • Hollywood Darkness: All three sarcastically mock the hell out of a motorcycle sequence that the filmmakers apparently forgot to apply a night filter to. "Must be a new moon."
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  • Inadvertent Entrance Cue: Early in the movie, Joel and the bots mention Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea in a riff. Gypsy rushes into the theater and excitedly asks, "Richard Basehart?" Joel tells her she misheard and she leaves.
  • Mistaken Identity: Joel gets Gore Vidal mixed up with Vidal Sassoon during segment two, due to (partially) this to comedic effect (a rumble resulting in '...gel and mousse for miles around...' gets described in the lecture).
  • Out-of-Character Moment: This is one of the few, if only, episodes to showcase what Gypsy would act like if she wasn't using the vast majority of her energy on maintaining the functions on the SOL. She is a lot more articulate and intelligent. Of course, her brief moment like this is kept short, because when she's not running the ship, Joel can't breathe.
  • Running Gag (in future experiments): "That square bugs me... he really bugs meee!!!" and "You and your friends are the only creeps in this place!"
  • Russian Reversal:
    Jeeter: (Inviting Rod to crash at their shack) It's not very much, but it's, uh, what we call home.
    Joel: What you call home, Rambo calls hell!
  • Sophisticated as Hell: While explaining Jeeter's Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, Joel claims that many East Coast intellectuals have ridden in biker gangs.
  • Take Our Word for It: Gypsy's conversation with Joel happens during the commercial break, but he's apparently glad that she got her problems off her chest.
  • Toilet Humor: The Amazing Colossal Episode Guide names the "turd museum" joke over an exceptionally knobby cannon as one of the most overt toilet gags they ever did.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The movie's bizarre, lingering shots of the bikers' swastikas and Nazi imagery gets this treatment.
    Tom: Wow, look at all those books up there.
    Crow: Yeah, Leaves of Grass...
    Joel: Trump: The Art of the Deal.
    (The shot pans to include a huge Reichskriegsflagge hanging on the wall)
    Tom: Mein Kampf...
    Crow: The Essays of Pat Buchanan...
    Joel: Huh.
    Tom: (As Rod, to Linda) "So how long you been workin' on the David Duke campaign, honey?"
  • With Lyrics: singing along with the lousy band during the bar scene: "My lunch goes BLEEEECCCCHHHH!!!"