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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 05 The Magic Voyage Of Sinbad

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Film watched: Sadko aka The Magical Voyage of Sinbad

Among other things, the MST3k crew lampshaded the fact that the allegedly Middle Eastern (in the English dub) characters all looked suspiciously European:

Servo: You know, guys, this doesn't seem like Persia, and that's probably not even Sinbad!
Joel: Does anyone see anything even remotely Arabian? ...I never knew Arabia was so Russian!
Crow: Well, maybe this was a Finnish movie called The Magic Voyage Of Torval!

(In the various host segments, everyone takes a turn being the one to point out "He's not Sinbad!", only to be ignored by everyone else.)


The Segments:

  • It's the third annual SOLtie Awards, and the Golden Bone is being presented for "Best Performance By a Red Gumball Machine-Looking Robot in a Funny Situation." Crow wins, prompting Servo to demand a recount.

Segment 1/Invention Exchange

  • The Mads present Chinderwear, for those men who have a chin butt. Joel, meanwhile, demonstrates the Rat Pack Chess Set. If you thought chess was complicated, just wait until this version's rules are discussed.

Segment 2

  • Joel and the 'Bots galavant about as the jesters in the movie do. It's a very demanding task!

Segment 3

  • Now they're dressed as the bearded Finns and hold a city council meeting. Could they get some more water, please?

Segment 4

  • Crow goes on a lifelong quest using some personal thrusters, but things immediately go south, forcing Joel to direct him back into the ship.

Segment 5

  • Joel introduces Tom and Crow to the Channel Cat from the movie. They're creeped out. Dr. Forrester introduces Frank to Fisty the fist. He's knocked out.

The MST3k treatment provides examples of:

  • Award Snub: Invoked: "Best performance by a red, gumball-machine-looking robot in a funny situation". And the award goes to... Crow.
    Servo: (outraged) I'm telling you what this is! This is fear of a short, red planet!
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Trace does an awesome impression of an award presenter awkwardly reading jokes from a teleprompter in the opening sketch. If you look carefully, you can even see Crow's lips slightly moving while Gypsy is talking, like he doesn't want either of them to to miss their cues. He also moves his eyes from side to side, as if reading from a teleprompter.
  • Bare-Handed Puppetry: Dr. Forrester puts a pair of googly eyes on his hand to make Fisty the Fist.
  • Call-Back: Mr. B Natural practice. You probably don't want to know.
    • Tom Stewart killed me!
  • Complexity Addiction: Crow thinks the Channel Cat is a Jim Henson-esque complex animatronic at first, instead of just... a Hand Puppet. Meanwhile, Servo thinks it's a digital projection.
  • The Dreaded: In a twist, Frank Sinatra scares Joel and the bots into not going in the theater when the Movie Sign siren sounds, saying they can only go when he says so. After a couple seconds, he allows them to leave.
  • Evil Laugh: Parodied when the Mads introduce the movie
    Dr. Forrester: We whipped it together specifically to cause pain... and we did it our way!
    (Forrester and Frank spend several seconds laughing maniacally before Frank finally gasps for air)
    Frank: I don't get it.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: "If you're gonna die out there in the cold void of space, can I have that Toblerone you've been hiding under your bed?"
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-Universe, the Channel Cat to Tom and Crow. Witness the nightmare.
    • The laughing horse is this for everybody.
  • Noodle Incident: All of the nominations for the Golden Bone are this, since they're not elaborated on, but Joel's is especially cryptic. He's being nominated for "that day at lunch".
  • Please Wake Up: When Joel puts the Channel Cat puppet down, the bots think it's dead - Gypsy sadly tries to nudge it back to life.
  • The Quest: Crow, inspired by the film, goes off on one of these. He doesn't get very far.
  • Reality Ensues: Joel and the bots try imitating the jesters like in the movie, but exhaust themselves after only thirty seconds.
    Tom: Boy, cavorting really takes it out of ya!
    Crow: Oh, jestering is grueling! The movie made it look so easy!
  • Running Gag:
    • Every time Neptune slams his trident into the ground, Joel and the bots act as if he stabbed himself in the foot.
    • "That's not Sinbad!"
  • Staging an Intervention: The Big Guy proves his strength by wrestling a bear. The SOL crew's dialogue turns it into the bear staging an intervention for Dan Haggerty.
  • Themed Stock Board Game: Joel's invention this time is the "Rat Pack Chess Set", with a talking Frank Sinatra figurine and Mitch Miller as the opposing kings, and several house rules...
    Crow: Well, Dean Martin can only stagger sideways across the board. Sammy Davis Jr. can move in a variety of different ways, because he's so versatile; hey, let's face it, the man was the consummate entertainer.
    Joel: What about, uh, Joey Bishop?
    Servo: He moves however Frank says, baby!
  • Uncanny Valley:invoked Averted by the Hand Puppet Channel Cat. Even when Joel takes it off, Gypsy and the 'bots think it's sleeping (or dead).
    Joel: (providing the voice for Channel Cat) Hello, CrooOOOOOooOOOooow!
    Crow: (terrified) It knows my name!
    • In the Turkey Day '14 special, Joel brings back Channel Cat during a between-movie host segment. The 'Bots still think he's real and run off in panic.
  • Why Are You Looking at Me Like That?: Invoked. When it's decided the only way to appease Neptune is if one of the crew sacrifices himself:
    Servo: (as Sinbad) Why's everyone looking at me?


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