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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 11 It Conquered The World

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Films watched: Snow Thrills (short) and It Conquered the World

Snow Thrills is a short about winter sports.

The Segments:

  • Joel plans to go on Star Search with his ventriloquism act, with Crow as his puppet.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads suggest wearing nooses as a "dead guy" Halloween costume. For people who enjoy listening to the ocean in seashells, Joel offers the Sony Seaman, a conch you hook up to some headphones.

Segment 2

  • The SOL crew hosts their own Winter Sports Cavalcade, with Tom commentating.

Segment 3

  • Joel and the 'Bots trade insults over dessert coffee. Dinner doesn't seem to have been very good.

Segment 4

  • James Arness and Peter Graves are siblings? What about siblings who actually share a last name? They receive a song honoring them.

Segment 5

  • Peter Graves' speech is re-experienced over TV dinners. Each of the 'Bots get to read a letter; Tom's has several illustrations of the characters in multiple pages. Back in Deep 13, even the Mads are entranced by Graves' speech.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Black Humor: Snow Thrills is chock full of it. Many references to being maimed, killed and even disemboweled.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: During the riffing of the Snow Thrills short.
    Narrator: Beauty, grace, and rhythm.
    Servo: won't find them here.
    Narrator: Thrills galore in this winter sport.
    Joel: ...are darn hard to come by.
  • Overly Long Gag: Graves' Humans Are Special speech is played not once, not twice, but three and a quarter times after the movie: on the SOL, in Deep 13, over the credits, and as The Stinger — mere seconds, of course, after the speech in the movie.
  • Padding: The song about celebrity siblings with shared last names. Joel persuades the 'bots to go along with it because the movie was relatively short and they needed to fit the episode's running time. This also contributed to Graves' Patrick Stewart Speech being replayed in its entirety by both Joel and the Bots, and later the Mads, after the movie
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  • Pet the Dog: The crew really liked Paul's speech. The Deep 13 version had Forrester and Frank raptly watching the ending while eating their TV dinners, which is probably how many people reacted watching it at home.
  • Running Gag:
  • Self-Deprecation: One shot of a snowy landscape in Snow Thrills has them saying it's a beautiful July day in Minnesota. The show was filmed in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Servo whistles a snatch from the theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. One of the stars of this movie, Lee Van Cleef, also played Angel Eyes, "The Bad," in that movie.
    • During the opening host segment Joel makes a reference to ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his "woozle" Peanut.
  • Take That!
    Claire Anderson: I won't love a monster, I won't!
    Servo: That's what Ivana said.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Invoked by the SOL crew, as Paul is oblivious to the fact his house has power (meaning his wife is One Of Them). Servo snarks that James Arness must have gotten all the intelligence in the family.

Dr. Paul Nelson: He learned almost too late that man is a ''feeling'' creature ... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection, they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be achieved! There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from man himself.
(Fanfare plays.)