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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 16 Fire Maidens From Outer Space

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Film watched: Fire Maidens from Outer Space

The Segments

  • Joel teaches the Bots proper posture, which leads to the crowning of the king and queen of posture. As the he and the Bots leave for commercial sign, a shadowed figure appears and attacks Cambot and Magic Voice.

Segment 1

  • Crow introduces the dark stranger, Timmy, to Joel and Servo. The Mads present the Big Checkbook as their invention for this week. Joel shows off sneakers that squirt out cheese, perfect for post race snacking.

Segment 2

  • Joel helps Servo with the art of double entendres. Timmy suggest dirtier ones to Crow, much to great disapproval.

Segment 3

  • Inspired by today's film, Joel invents Twin Screw Universal Controller. Crow gets blamed for Timmy's actions, despite his objections. As Joel demonstrates the controller, Timmy screws around with it, ending up with Joel roasting Servo over a pit.

Segment 4

  • After Servo gets attacked by Timmy in the theater, Joel and Crow go out and help him. On the bridge Servo is cocooned on the wall begging for death while Crow fights Timmy. Joel arrives to attack Timmy with a broom and send him off the airlock. Relived from the specter, Joel apologizes to Crow for today's turn of events.

Segment 5

  • Joel helps through the Bots' trauma of the film's padding and Timmy through letter readings. Back in Deep 13, Frank adopts Timmy, but is greeted with a finger bite.


The MST3K presentation provides examples of:

  • Bigger Is Better/Giant Novelty Check: Dr. Forrester's invention exchange, the Big Big Checkbook.
  • Cambot Abuse: Timmy attacks Cambot in the opening segment and shakes him around as the image cuts to static. Cambot's POV is askew in the next segment until Joel fixes him.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: After Crow invokes this by its former name (during a blatantly fanservicey dance number), Tom pipes in with:
    Tom: [singing] Watching Underoos is fun! I can see the dancers' buns!
  • Continuity Nod:
    • When Joel is introducing the new Twin Screw Universal Controller, he explains that it controls the tenperature... which is a reference to one of the (poorly labeled) gauges on the ship in Fugitive Alien.
    • In the opening segment, Joel checks the Bot's posture, announcing that they were going to crown a "King and Queen of Posture", a reference to the "Posture Pals" short that aired with The Unearthly.
      Servo: Couldn't I just be an earl, or a dauphin of posture?
      Crow: I'd rather marry into posture.
    • In the closing segment, after Joel has lifted the Bots' spirits, he boasts to the Mads that they've survived Mighty Jack, The Castle of Fu Manchu, Fugitive Alien, and The Hellcats.
  • Dark Is Evil: Timmy. The Timmy puppet is actually Crow's body double for the movie theater scenes.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Timmy the Dark Crow. Only Servo is wise to Timmy's antics, and Joel seems particularly oblivious. It's not until Servo is kidnapped by Timmy that Joel and Crow decide to take action.
  • Doorstop Baby: After Timmy is jettisoned from the SOL he's adopted as one of these by Frank... and promptly bites one of his fingers off.
  • Double Entendre: Parodied:
    Say, does this TV have a remote?
    As far as I know, Lincoln's not president anymore!
    She came home from the store, with a bag of apples... and a loaf of bread!
    And now a word from our sponsor! POOM!
    • Crow doesn't quite get the concept after he's suggested some particularly lewd ones by Timmy.
      Crow: Grind her in der hi—
      Joel CROW!
      Tom: (amused) D'oh!

      Crow: She's built like a brick sh—
      Joel: Crow!
      Crow: --showboat.
  • Evil Twin/Shadow Archetype: Timmy.
    Crow: I wished for a friend and he came!
    Servo: Crow, isn't that a little preternatural?
  • Frameup: Timmy pushes Crow into Joel and gets Crow gets blamed for it ("Monkeyshines and lying?"). And Joel still doesn't believe that this dark spectre is being mean to the robot that he created. All is forgiven in the following host segment, though.
  • Genre Blind: Joel, big time.
  • Go to Your Room!: Joel sends Crow to his cubicle for a five-minute "time-out" after Timmy shoves Crow into him.
  • I Taste Delicious: Timmy fools with Joel's new Twin-Screw Universal Controller, leading to (among other things) Joel roasting Servo on a rotisserie spit:
    Servo: Joel, if you don't mind, I'm cooking here... I'm beginning to smell delicious...
  • Mercy Kill: Cocooned Servo begs Joel to kill him. He continues the request after Timmy's been dealt with.
    Joel: Oh, I'll kill you alright...
  • Mood Whiplash: Oh, boy, that part towards the penultimate host segment. At first it's all funny, with the guys watching the movie and making jokes on it. Then Timmy enters the theater... and sits there with them. Then he disappears and reappears in the seats several times. It changes to being quite darkly funny when he keeps biting and headbutting Servo, who gets more and more annoyed until he charges at him, and offscreen you can hear a scuffle and even Tom's 'I'm choking! I'm choking!' is still darkly funny, as is when Joel and Crow notice what's happening and Joel accidentally calls the Evil Twin 'Tommy'. Then you hear Tom's muffled sobs and screams for help, and the mood changes back to terrifying again as he's dragged from the theater. And then the mood goes straight back to humorous again as Timmy is defeated and even as Tom is encased in a pseudopod. Whew!
  • Nightmare Fuel: invoked Timmy.
  • Not Now, Servo
  • Padding: "Pad, pad, pad the film! Pad, pad, pad the film!" invoked
  • Prop Recycling: invoked "Timmy" is actually the Crow that sits in the theater (which is painted black to prevent artifacts if the shiny gold finish reflects light). Servo is also painted black, which is why viewers can't see through his dome while in the theater.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The film's constant use of "Polovtsian Dances" turns into Chinese water torture for the S.O.L. crew.
  • Reality Warper: The Twin-Screw Universal Controller can do anything (with just two levers)!
  • Running Gag: Every appearance of distant sparkling stars in the film is met with references to It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: From Tom as he's being abducted by Timmy. Justified as the struggle takes place under the seats and the camera is still directly focused on the movie and the silhouettes that are superimposed in front of it, reacting to the events taking place in the theater.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Crow recognizes the Stock Footage of the rocket, in particular the landing sequence with patently see-thru trees.
    Crow: What the — King Dinosaur? That's from King Dinosaur! I'm leaving!
    Crow: Grrr... under protest.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Crow first describes Timmy in terms that Regan referred to Captain Howdy.
    • The final battle with Timmy the Dark Crow references both Aliens and Hercules And The Captive Women.
      Joel: Let go of him, you bitch!
    • The inner mouth coming out of Timmy's beak at the end when he bites Frank is also a reference to Aliens.
    • Joel quotes "Step Right Up" from Small Change, by Tom Waits, in a sketch.
    • During the Do Anything Lever sketch, listen closely to Joel, and you'll realize he says "It controls the tenpreture", a call back to the Engrish control panel labels in the Fugitive Alien movies from the previous season.
    • Tom trapped in an avocado-like pod begging (hilariously) to be killed is another Call-Back to Season 1 and the 'Avocado Man' from Robot Holocaust. Tom's death pleas could also double as a Call-Back to Hercules and the Captive Women, as there was a woman in a similar situation in that movie.
    • A bit of Fridge Brillianceinvoked: the inclusion of Timmy is a shout out to Fire Maidens itself! They wanted to have a dark creature lurking about, just like in the movie!
    • During the sequence when the astronauts follow the female alien, Joel and the Bots begin singing a very slow version of Boots Randolph's "Yakety Sax", acknowledging that the scene is playing out like a chase scene from The Benny Hill Show, but in slow motion rather than under cranked.
    • The "Not Me!" issues of The Family Circus were parodied; Joel calls the 'bots out on it.
    • During "Servo on a spit", one will notice Joel waving the "screw ball" flag much as Daffy did in Duck Amuck.
  • Something Completely Different: Joel and the Bots are joined by Timmy in one theater segment, with unfortunate results.
  • Space Is Noisy: Especially during the "dodging meteoroids" scene: "You know, I definitely hear a bowling alley."
    Crow: There's traffic in space!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In-Universe, Joel and the bots lament at how one-dimensional the Creature is and openly wish he was really a good guy just to have some kind of Deconstruction within the film in hopes to make anything about it interesting.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Again, Joel, who refuses to believe that Timmy is evil, and whenever Crow and Servo try to warn him, he basically tells them to shut up. Then, after Timmy's nature is revealed and he's defeated, he berates Crow for letting him on the ship in the first place. He does forgive him, though.
  • Waxing Lyrical: One of the functions of the Universal Controller is that it turns you into a nine year-old Hindu boy.
  • Who Are You?: Screamed by Frank at the conclusion when Timmy bites off a finger.
  • With Lyrics: "Pad, pad, pad the film! Pad, pad, pad the film!"


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