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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 11 First Spaceship On Venus

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Film watched: First Spaceship on Venus

It is available on Shout! Factory TV here.

The Segments:

  • Joel readjusts Servo so that he becomes more sarcastic, but he annoys everyone with his snark.

Segment 1

  • Joel warns the Mads about stealing his ideas, which they do so. He presents a kit for starting junk drawer. The Mads also have a junk drawer, but found Abe Vigoda.

Segment 2

  • Crow and Servo prank Joel by show him the XT-5000 Ramjet Super Configured Limited Edition Lighting Interface. It soon fills the bridge with white goop.

Segment 3

  • The bots encounter a wild gorilla next to the Satellite.

Segment 4

  • The show breaks for a message from Klack's holiday foods.

Segment 5

  • Servo becomes so sarcastic, his head explodes, which leads into the letter readings.


The MST3k presentation contains examples of:

  • Bigger Than Jesus: Weird subversion, when the astronauts arrive back to Earth.
    Crow: We're more popular than The Beatles! note 
  • Call-Back:
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!
    Crow: What in the scratch?
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    Servo: Hey, Venusian blinds!
  • Killer Gorilla: Crow and Servo encounter a caged gorilla floating by the S.O.L.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: The back of Abe Vigoda's head, in a junk drawer.
  • Parody Commercial: One segment features a commercial for Klack's holiday foods.
  • Running Gag:
    "Hey, Joel, what's a Harringway?"
    "About a pound."
    • "Tchen Yu" "Bless you!"
  • Sarcasm Mode: Tom's Sarcasm Sequencer, which is turned Up to Eleven before Joel readjusts it. By the end of the episode, it leads to Tom's head exploding.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Both Joel and Servo call the launchpad crew 2 Live Crew, Mötley Crüe, The A-Team and Devo.
    • Joel gives the astronaut's robot the voice of Twiki.
    • Numerous to Star Trek
      (Movie shows a radar screen)
      Crow: Mr. Worf, take us out of warp!
      (After an Asian crew member leaves off screen)
      Joel: Thank you Sulu.
      (Narration over a storm)
      Crow: Stardate 3259.9
    • There's an unusually topical joke about Rosanne Barr's singing the national anthem, illustrating why that's a bad idea as hardly anyone still remembers that incident (and then it was supplanted with far more serious controversies from her).
    • During a scene of a "lava flow," Crow blurts out, "Looks like the Maypo wants them." Maypo was a maple syrup-flavored hot cereal whose slogan was, "I want my Maypo!"
  • Take That!:
    • Servo's Gallagher rant in Sarcasm Mode, and a running gag in the next few host segments where the Mads shamelessly attempt to plagiarize Joel, is based on an event in Joel Hodgson's stand-up days where he caught the prop comic rummaging through his trunk.note 
      Dr. F: Look, I run the operation around here, and I say you do the invention exchange first!
      Joel: Jeez, I don't mind as long as you guys aren't plannin' on stealin' another one of my ideas.
      Dr. F: (Aside to Frank, who's scribbling furiously in a notebook) Get everything's he just said down... and then make a sketch of what he's just done, s— (Noticing Joel) What? What?! Didn't I tell you to do the invention exchange first?
    • When the spaceship plays Venusian speech.
      (Electronic distortion plays)
      Crow: It's a John Tesh song!


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