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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 05 E 11 The Gunslinger

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Film watched: Gunslinger

The MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: Debatable, but routinely lampshaded by the crew:
    Servo: (looking at an old farming device) What is that thing?
    Crow: Whatever it was, it wasn't invented yet.
  • Bar Slide: Joel is disappointed that a bar brawl scene doesn't include one. Servo "explains" that it hadn't been invented yet.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Towards the Mayor when telling yet another war story that made him look better than he really was.
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  • Call-Back: One is made to Viking Women And The Sea Serpent, which Jonathan Haze (Jake) also appeared in. Ironically, Haze played Ottar in that film, while it was Senya who spoke the line in the film.
    Crow: (as Jonathan Haze's character) I'm a Grimald warrior!
  • Casual Kink: Servo mentions offhand that he really appreciates Corman for the wrestling match between Rose and Erika.
  • Deep-Fried Whatever: The 'bots deep-fry the fan mail.
  • The Dog Bites Back: When Dr. Forrester attempts to scan TV's Frank's brain (and accidentally blows up a lightbulb in the lamp), Frank gets really cheesed off when he realizes it.
    TV's Frank: You were scanning me, weren't you? You were trying to make my head explode, you freaked-out maniac! [smashes Forrester's head with a large lollipop.]
  • Early-Bird Cameo / Call-Forward: The sound effect Dr. Forrester uses to "scan" Frank is the same sound used when Observer invokes his powers.
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  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: The Crew decide by the end of the film, everyone in town has been murdered by the leads.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": During one of the host segments, Joel and the bots get to experience death... or at least what it feels like to be in a casket. After a moment contemplating what death would be like, they start describing how they want their funerals to be like — Crow's and Tom's are really fun. Servo finally decides he wants a circus, and Crow "modestly" demands to be mummified and buried next to Stalin. Joel humors the latter.
    • Mood Whiplash: Then Servo asks Joel why doesn't he just not die, as if death is a decision people make.
  • Kill ’Em All: Thanks to the fact that most of the extras playing townspeople just up and disappear for the last third of the movie, Crow and Tom run with the idea that the entire town is dead.
  • Mind Screw: During the Offscreen Teleportation segment, Tom manages to restart the segment, much to Joel's dawning confusion.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Tom Servo explains that the examples of this trope in the film are examples of applied "quantum linear superposition". He thoroughly demonstrates it for Joel and Crow.
    • Misapplied Phlebotinum
      Crow: He does this to me at night. Scares the hell out of me!
      • Watsonian vs. Doylist: Crow's response to Servo insisting they utilize quantum linear superpositioning to move about so quickly is that the town is just a bunch of false fronts. Joel sides with Crow.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Servo's head (now a large balloon) has expanded so much he knows almost everything in the Universe. Save one.
    Servo: Why did they cancel Manimal? Why?!
  • Running Gag: Fridge Logic from a Special Effect Failure (the door to Cane's room at the saloon opens out instead of in) leads to the conclusion that Cane's staying in the hallway. Hilarity Ensues.
    • "Oh look, a sale at Hurrah."
    • "That hasn't been invented yet."
  • Scream Discretion Shot:
    Servo: (as Sam Bass) Hey, lady, you forgot to tell me where the — Oh my God! AAAAAGGHHH!!!
  • Something Completely Different: This was the first western movie featured on the show. Last of the Wild Horses was one other western film it screened.
    • This could exclude the film The Painted Hills in the previous episode. The setting's in the Old West but what makes it just a mere drama or a family film (as intended) is the star of the movie is a dog.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Frank's head gets blown up.


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