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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 12 Godzilla Vs Megalon

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A film by Ingmar Bergman
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Film watched: ''Godzilla vs. Megalon"

Joel and the bots make fun of a Godzilla Movie that wasn't meant to be a Godzilla Movie.

The shot of Godzilla's awe-inspiring tail-slide dropkick to Megalon would be incorporated in the show's opening credits for three seasons (3-5).

The Segments:

Prologue
  • Joel and the Bots introduce an array of household tips, special guests and other stories to be seen later.

Segment 1

  • For this week's Invention Exchange, Joel and the Bots dress up in last minute costumes, as a movie theater floor, a Face on a Milk Carton and Jiffy Pop. The Mads also get in to the action, with Dr. Forrester as a foosball goalie and Frank as Geordi La Forge.

Segment 2

  • While Crow and Servo look at incriminating Polaroids, they distract a nosy Joel with their own "monster creations".

Segment 3

  • The SOL proudly presents: Rex Dart, Eskimo Spy!
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Segment 4

  • While shooting a commercial for their new popping corn, Orville Redenbacher and grandson take a dark turn to a family squabble.

Segment 5

  • Joel upgrades the two Bots with new arms, Crow having a lobster arm and Servo a flamethrower. They soon play a subtitled version of the Jet Jaguar song and read letters. Meanwhile Frank cries over Super Mario Bros.


The MST3K version provided examples of:

  • Actor IS the Title Character: "Rex Dart is Eskimo Spy!"
  • Big "SHUT UP!": When the kid tells Godzilla "bye-bye!" at the end, all three shout out "SHUT UP!" with Tom mumbling "Little twerp"
  • Call-Back: During the first kidnap attempt, Crow tosses out a "HI-KEEBA!"
  • Call-Forward: The Stinger, a replay of the scene where Godzilla jumps into the water, is Stock Footage from Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, which would be featured in the very next episode.note 
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  • Combat Commentator: Joel and the Bots play this role when Godzilla and Jet Jaguar take on Megalon and Gigan.
  • Face on a Milk Carton: Tom Servo's makeshift Halloween costume during the invention exchange.
    Servo: Have you seen me?
  • Gag Sub: The Jet Jaguar Fight Song, written in Intentional Engrish for Funny and not matching the meter of the song at all.
    HE JOCK IT MADE OF STEEL
    EATS SUSHI FROM A PAIL
    JET JAGUAR? JET JAGUAR!
    HE MOTHER NEVER REALLY LOVE HIM
  • Heel Realization: After Godzilla is scolded for fighting dirty with a tree as if he was making Face–Heel Turn in a wrestling match, Joel and the Bots voice him apologizing for his outburst before tossing it aside.
  • I Have No Son!: During the Orville Redenbacher (as Orville Popcorn) commercial sketch, Crow (playing Orville) expresses a desire to disown his grandson (played by Servo) when the latter insults him.
  • Running Gag: The constant cracks about Hiroshi wearing Wayne Newton's jacket.
    • Everyone's hate of the laboratory stairs.
    • The horrible, screeching dub on younger brother.
    • The Seatopian Priest-King guy & his ridiculous outfit (complete with goofy Camp Gay Broadway/fashion-type references) and his resemblance to Tim Conway's Dorf.
    • The Seatopian henchman being Oscar Wilde & Luciano Pavarotti. Especially heavy on the former.
    • Crow speaking as Megalon in the manner of a Broadway/Vegas showman.
      Crow:(as Megalon during his big entrance) All right, forget everything you've seen until now. That's right, it's time for the headliner!invoked For my first trick, I will use an ordinary metropolitan city...
    • The climactic fight being called by J&TB as if it's a Professional Wrestling match.
      Crow: He's got a tree! He's got a tree! This is not the Godzilla we know, he's fighting dirty!
  • Shout-Out:
    • Joel and the Bots sing the Speed Racer theme during the first chase sequence, they soon change the words to Mach Go Go Go! Doubles as Shown Their Work since the Japanese name of Speed Racer wasn't so well-known in 1990.
    • "Hey! HAL is reading your lips!"
    • "Look out, Herbie!"
    • The Jet Jaguar Fight Song says the robot's head looks like Jack Nicholson.
  • Straw Angst: The Gag Sub of the Jet Jaguar theme song says that "HE CRIMEFIGHTING COVERS UP A BASIC INSECURITY" and also that "HE BASICALLY GOODHEARTED BUT HE'D LIKE TO SMASH THAT KID AGAINST A ROCK."
  • Stylistic Suck: The Rex Dart, Eskimo Spy intro in the third/fourth host segment.
  • Translation: "Yes": The Gag Sub of the Jet Jaguar Fight Song gets a whole extra verse out of the last two lines of the original song. Inverted by translating "DON'T TOUCH MY BAGS IF YOU PLEASE, MR. CUSTOMS MAN" after the singing stops.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Joel and the Bots admonish Godzilla for fighting with a tree, and they voice Jet Jaguar as being stunned at how he would fight so dirty.
    Servo: (as Jet Jaguar) Godzilla? A tree? That's not like you. Why?
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Apart from the awe-inspiring tail-slide dropkick, parodied during the final fight, with Joel and the Bots serving as a commentary team and treating the fight like a professional wrestling tag match, complete with admonishments for Godzilla using a foreign object (a tree).
    Crow: He's got a tree! He's got a tree! That's not the Godzilla we know, he's fighting dirty!


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