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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 22 Master Ninja

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MASTER NINJA THEME SONG!
- Joel Robinson
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Film watched: Master Ninja

MST3K writer Paul Chaplin noted in the Amazing Colossal Episode Guide:

"All told, we covered four hour-long episodes of this show. Of those, two plots involve small towns in America's heartland ruled by vicious, murderous industrialists working hand in hand with El Salvador-style police. Understand, I too have misgivings about unfettered capitalism. I'm just not sure this kind of thing exist. I think it's Hollywood's idea of the Midwest. I may be wrong. If any of our viewers know of places where shopping-mall developers routinely kill until their semi-secret graveyards are filled to bursting, I'd like to hear about it. If you yourself live in a town like that, for God's sake let us know! Maybe MST can help."

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The Segments:

Prologue
  • Crow shows off his muscle car to everyone else.

Segment 1

Segment 2

  • Crow tells Joel and Servo his conspiracy theory on the van Pattens and their evil plan to take over the entertainment industry by getting cast in movies and TV.

Segment 3

  • Servo and Crow fight as ninjas, but Joel jumps into the fray as a typical American. Gypsy also joins as... Gigi.

Segment 4

  • Joel shows of his line of gag nunchaku, which leads to a contest for more ideas.

Segment 5

  • The Bots start singing the "Master Ninja Theme Song" while Joel reads a letter from the USS Missouri, thanking them for the entertainment during the Gulf War. Frank soon smothers Dr. Forrester. The "Master Ninja Theme Song" continues to the credits.
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This episode contained the following tropes:

  • Artistic License – Biology: Well, zoology, more specifically. Joel and the bots keep calling the hamster a gerbil.
  • Artistic License – History:
    (McAllister is remembering the war and his discharge)
    McAllister: "Something about the tranquility..."
    Joel: The tranquility of post-war Japan?
  • Body Double: Very obviously so. The MST3K crew doesn't fail to notice this.
    Crow: It's Lee van Petite!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A backward glance from Claude Akins' character is turned into this.
    Joel: You know, say what you want, but Claude Akins has a nice rump.
    Crow: [as Claude Akins] You guys talkin' about my butt? Ah, you crack me up. I've seen your show.
  • Call-Back:
  • The Conspiracy: THE VAN PATTEN PROJECT!
  • invoked Fan Nickname:
    • "Queen Latifah" — Okasa, because of the metallic veil on his ninja outfit.
    • "Jack Perkins" for Charlie, the dancing club owner.
  • Leitmotif: Parodied in one sketch.
  • Mega-Corp:
    Joel: ConHugeCo, welcomes you.
  • Notable Original Music: MASTER NINJA THEME SONG!
  • Running Gag: Accidentally referring to something that happened in an earlier episode of Master Ninja instead of earlier in the movie (as Master Ninja was re-packaged as a movie from a failed TV pilot).
  • Tempting Fate:
    Crow: I've got a bad feeling about that knickknack shelf.
  • Vorpal Pillow: Attempted by Dr. Forrester on Frank after the invention exchange ends, but he doesn't succeed.
  • With Lyrics: When Max is chased by the Sheriff:
    Servo: Here come your TV car chase
    It's the TV car... chase theme, hey!
    And your TV car chase
    Your TV car chase... theme, ha!
    Boogie!
    TV car chase!
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: How they interpret McAllister's reaction to Max's attempt at a kiai.



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