Film watched: Warrior of the Lost World
The episode is available on Shout! Factory TV here.
- Tom's stab at giving a respectable introduction to the show drags on a fair bit too long. Not that Crow helps.
Segment 1/Invention Exchange
- The Mads' trendy new fitness equipment, the Square Master, is... just a mat you put on the floor, but it costs a cool $49.95note . Meanwhile, Joel has come up with Bitter Sweethearts, the awkward antacid alternative to Valentine's Day candy hearts. Phrases include STILL MAD, I'M TESTED and YOU'LL DO.
- Joel has converted Tom and Crow into slot cars, but Tom has trouble running the course. Joel admits he made some mistakes with him, and Crow savors his victory.
- In a nod to Steve Allen, the crew present a skit on what the movie would be like if the Warrior didn't have his driver's license. Turns out it's hard to save the world when you're waiting for your mom to pick out her new bra.
- The movie makes the apocalypse look pretty cozy, so some ideas on how to spend it are brainstormed. Just remember to pack extra prescription glasses.
- Tom and Crow are bummed out by Megaweapon's death, so Joel places a phone call to him. The fan letter includes a photo of a birthday cake showing them watching Godzilla vs. Megalon. The Mads' lifestyle has become more active thanks to Square Master, and they're off to play tennis.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation provides examples of:
- Alas, Poor Villain: Megaweapon is particularly beloved by Joel and the Bots, especially when it runs over and kills Einstein.
- And There Was Much Rejoicing:
Servo: I can't tell you how deeply satisfying this is.
- Einstein's death is cheered on by Joel and the bots.
- Paper Chase Guy getting shot, as well as crashing Einstein into a cliffside earlier, also gets loud cheering.
- Bait-and-Switch: The middle host segment (with the Warrior riding around with his mother) ends with Joel, as the Warrior, shouting at everyone to "SHUT UP, ALL OF YOU! JUST SHUT UP!!" leading to a very long, uncomfortable pause. It looks like Joel lost his temper, but it turns out they just forgot to write an ending for the sketch.
- The title of the film prompts Joel to say, "Oh, I dunno..." dismissively. When just the word "WARRIOR" concludes the film, Tom says, "Oh, I don't know..."
- Also, in regards the film's own use of the trope: As the Rider is approaching at the start of the film, Crow shouts "WHOOO AAARRREEE YOOOUUUU???" and at the end, as the Rider departs, "WHOOO WEERRRRREEE YOOOUUUU???"
- Call-Back: Frank motions to his side after working out, saying, "I can really feel it here", a reference to Ator's same comment in Cave Dwellers.
- Call-Forward: When Kahmbatta points at gun at her father, Crow riffs, "I accuse my parents!" The crew wouldn't riff I Accuse My Parents for another six episodes.
- Celebrity Resemblance: Servo notes several dozen when they show a crowd shot near the end of the movie.
- Cozy Catastrophe: One of the sketches is devoted to lampshading the ample greenery and well-maintained roads of this post-apocalyptic future.Crow: You know, Joel, I have to say what with the lush, green countryside, the well-maintained roads and buildings, and the ready availability of transportation, food, and fuel, I'm kinda looking forward to the Apocalypse!
Servo: Yeah, provided that Paper Chase Guy doesn't survive!
Joel: Guys, that's a terrible thing to say - nobody's looking forward to the Apocalypse, though I do agree with you about the Paper Chase Guy.
Servo: Yeah, but — Look at it this way, Joel; factor out the unfathomable human loss, and a guy could really get a lot done!
- Designated Hero: Joel and the 'bots spend the entire film generating a healthy amount of disdain and disgust for Ginty's character. By the time he viciously decks the Tina Turner-lookalike, Joel growls, "Now I hate his everliving guts."
- Dull Surprise: Not as obvious as with Alien from L.A., but Joel and the bots note that Ginty really undersells his reactions.
- Foreshadowing: When Nastasia points a gun at her father, Crow says "I accuse my parents!" I Accuse My Parents would be riffed on six episodes later.
- Fridge Horror: In-Universe. During the credits, Crow has a realization:Crow: Uh, wait a minute, guys... Are these credits supposed to imply that there was a crew?
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Einstein alerts The Rider of "dickheads." That actually should've been censored even considering the time & network the episode aired. J&tB only reacted to seeing it with confusion.
- Hope Spot: A brief one for Joel and the Bots regarding Megaweapon:Crow: "Oh, he seems fine..." (Megaweapon explodes) "Ah!"
- The Illegible: The contrast is so horrible on the opening scroll that none of the MST3K crew can make it out.Servo: The unclear war has been forgot?Joel: All the gummy mints have colitis?
- Kung-Foley: The MST3K treatment is the Trope Namer.
- Long List: Joel and the 'Bots provide a list of other actors who might have been chosen to play the Rider over the Paper Chase Guy.
Servo: Uh... I can't place him... Paper Chase guy?
- Towards the end of the movie, the camera pans over a cheering crowd, and Servo says "Look, it's (celebrity name)!" for every single person (Although, the list ends when Robert Ginty's seen & Servo's stymied.)
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Toward the end of the episode, they call up Megaweapon (voiced by Michael J. Nelson) and have a pleasant chat with him. He's moved on from this film.
- Meaningful Name: Suggested when Donald Pleasance's credit comes up.Joel: Oh, he's nice, very reasonable fellow.
- My Beloved Smother: "What if the Paper Chase Guy hadn't gotten his license in time for the apocalypse? And then he had to have his mom drive him around in her Vista Cruiser station wagon? We think it would go something like this..."
- No Ending: They couldn't figure out a way to end the sketch, and even admit as such on the way back into the theater.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Robert Ginty is never called anything else but "The Paper Chase Guy" by anyone on the show.
- Rooting for the Empire: Joel and the bots are BIG fans of the Omega's (nearly) invincible tank, Megaweapon. Most likely because its first act of villainy is to run over Einstein with extreme prejudice.Servo: Ooooh, yes... die, my darling, die!All: MEGAWEAPON! MEGAWEAPON! MEGAWEAPON!Crow: Make it last!Servo: Yes, make it slow!
- Running Gag
- Jokes about the Professor looking like Jimmy Carter (and/or Gary Busey)
- ANY FRUIT TO DECLARE?!
- Crow points out misspellings of the word "perimeter." By the third time it happens, he just shakes his head.
- The password was "motor". <ding!> And then it was "speech". <ding!> And finally, it was "circulatory". <ding.>
- The cycle's incomplete phrases are completed with Match Game Shout Outs.
- This Is Gonna Suck: After Einstein sings, "BEEP... BEEP... BOP-A-LOOLA", Servo groans, "Oh, is it too early to kill myself?"
- To the bots, Einstein is basically Robotface humor.
- Visual Pun: When Paper Chase Guy slams a karate gang member into the yin-yang symbol on a van, Crow quips "Ooh, right in the yin-yang!"
- What the Hell, Hero?: See Designated Hero above.