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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 16 Gamera Vs Zigra
aka: Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 0 EK 07 Gamera Vs Zigra

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"We all love you, Gaaameraaaaaaaa!"

Film watched: Gamera vs. Zigra

This is one of the nine Sandy Frank Japanese films originally used for a KTMA episode that was riffed again a few years later on Comedy Central.

The KTMA version provides examples of:

  • Casting Gag: Servo mocks the way one character laughs by comparing it to Dr. Erhardt's laugh. Erhardt and Servo were both played by Josh Weinstein.
  • Continuity Nod: Crow has finally thawed out from the previous episodes where he was frozen to be the SOL's Christmas tree.
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  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dr. Forrester and Dr. Erhardt could be seen during the show's opening theme song and occasionally as a still within the show, but they did not appear in person within the show itself until this episode averted this.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Joel or Crow compares Zigra's ship to a gumball machine, Servo will immediately try to throw in something to make the comparison seem like a good thing.
  • Stock Footage: Very Incredible Movie Theater 4 is actually footage from J Elvis' standup that was aired on the same night, but here as a Ruritanian comic.


The Comedy Central Segments:

  • Joel converted Tom into a root beer kegger, so it's time to party!

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads present The Three Stooges Gun to help recreate choreography from their films. Joel has turned Crow into rows of shish kebabs.

Segment 2

  • Joel wants to know how Gamera works, so the 'Bots created a helpful interactive and labelled model. Just don't ask what's behind the door inside of him.

Segment 3

  • Joel has the 'Bots create dioramas of their favorite Gamera moments. Tom created Baragon, Crow made Gaos, Gypsy's is incredibly abstract, and Joel himself modeled the SOL as a big loving family. Awww.

Segment 4

  • Gamera has flown up to the SOL, and Kenny and Helen from the movie are riding on his back. A very awkward (and poorly dubbed) conversation follows.

Segment 5

  • Each member of the SOL crew performs their own take on the Gamera Song. Deep 13 follows suit before Dr. F smashes his guitar on the button.

The season three version provides examples of:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • invoked The crew are amused by Gamera's xylophone skills.
      Joel: Gamera, known as "Bags" to his friends...
    • The gang's reaction to the long comic relief scene where the hammy concierge and the blue-collar truck driver squabble over who needs the fish more, the hotel or the local aquarium.
  • Brawn Hilda: Gypsy dresses in a Viking hat and pigtails for her big number in the final segment.
  • Call-Back: "We love you, Cornjob!"
  • Coincidental Broadcast: "Fish Argument Theater will be right back, but first, a scene from Plot Convenience Playhouse!"
  • Continuity Nod: At one point Dr. Erhardt's nasally "Enjoy!" is riffed.
  • Dance Party Ending: Something like that. In tribute to their final Gamera film, the crew each sing different versions of their already-existing version ("Gamera is really neat, Gamera is filled with meat, we are eating Gamera!") of the Gamera theme, ending with everyone singing a surprisingly affectionate send-off... and Clay and Frank promptly one-up them by doing a hardcore thrash version.
  • Ethereal Choir: One of the In the Style of... versions of "Gamera!" is done as a beatific choir, with Joel and the 'bots all leaning in together and harmonizing.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: Not Lora Lee, but the Sea World employee who moons over dolphins rapturously.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Ruthlessly mocked in segment 4, awkward pauses and all.
    Kenny: I'm feeling, really good!
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Clayton and Frank's hard rock ode to Gamera.
  • Interspecies Romance: So she says, at least:
    Helen: Gamera is my. Boyfriend! [lips continue to flap silently for several seconds]
  • In the Style of...: The final segment has the SOL crew perform reggae, jazz, hip-hop, opera, choral, and thrash punk versions of the Gamera Song.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Many many riffs are directed at Lora Lee's looks. Especially when she turns up in the black bikini.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: Dr. Forrester smashes his guitar on the button and breaks the panel at the end of the episode, resulting in static and a black screen before the credits fade in.
  • Running Gag: Helen saying "Daddy, I want a Coke!", both in the experiment and in the movie itself.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Among many others, the old man in brown rags is compared to the hermit from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
    • The quip about Gamera being nicknamed "Bags" is a reference to jazz vibraphonist Milt Jackson, who had that nickname first.
    • They quote from "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads at several points—after all, much of the movie takes place "at the bottom of the ocean!"
  • Take That!: Many against Sandy Frank.
    Doctor:The brainwaves are not those of a normal human being, the activity seems to be reduced!
    Crow: Oh, David Duke's brainwaves.
  • Wild Teen Party: The SOL crew throw one at the beginning of the episode because this is the last Gamera movie they have to watch. Magic Voice inexplicably gets drunk on root beer.

Alternative Title(s): Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 0 EK 07 Gamera Vs Zigra


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