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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 10 Hercules Against The Moon Men

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Film watched: Hercules Against the Moon Men

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Awesome Mc Coolname: After getting muscular arms, Joel advises the Bots to adopt "tough guy names," meaning their last name has to be some kind of hard substance, like Alan Steele from the movie. Tom doesn't quite get it.
  • Call-Back: Dr. Forrester introduces the concept of DEEP HURTING during the Invention Exchange by asking Joel and the Bots if they recall Rock Climbing from the experiment "Lost Continent". Then, in the middle of the sandstorm scene:
    • Unfortunately, although there was very little rock climbing, there was still plenty of invokedPadding with the sandstorm sequence, hence DEEP HURTING.
  • G-Rated Drug: Joel's invention, "Super Freak Out", manages to send TV's Frank on an LSD trip just by watching it.
    TV's Frank: (dazed) See me... feel me... Touch me!
    • I Am the Noun: Just before the first movie segment.
      Dr. Forrester: Push the button, Frank.
      TV's Frank: I am the button. (wanders off)
  • Heroic BSoD: Joel and the bots have a mini-one during the sandstorm scene.
  • Poor Man's Substitute: invoked Discussed at length in one of the host segments. Crow complains that Alan Steele is just a cheap knockoff of Steve Reeves, and Joel calls the phenomenon "The Wayne Rogers Effect" (named for the actor who replaced Elliott Gould in the TV adaptation of M*A*S*H). Then the discussion gets a little too real when Crow points out that Gypsy's beloved Richard Basehart (from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) was really the poor man's substitute for Walter Pigeon from the original film.
  • Notable Original Music: The Pants Song!
  • Overly Long Gag: The "booby" host segment.
  • Running Gag: "Hey, it's (insert celebrity name)!"
    • The very Roman-inspired mooks being accompanied by Joel and the Bots quipping "Pizza! Pizza!" (referencing Little Caesars Pizza) whenever they appeared on-screen. Becomes a moment of hilarity when a horde of them mob one character.
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  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Invoked. The exact line is "She cleans up real nice."
  • Squick: In-universe, over Hercules' skimpy clothes.
  • To the Pain: "SAAAAAAND STOOOOOORM! DEEEEEEEP HURTING!" Translation: the Mads are attempting once again to weaponize invokedPadding.
  • What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!: In the "Tribute to Pants" song, Tom sings the line, implying a bit of pants envy due to having a hoverskirt instead of actual legs:
    Tom Servo: What do they got that I ain't got?
    All: Pants!
    Tom: Well, you can say that again — huh?
  • 0's and 1's: Joel provides the page quote.


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