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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S05E24 "12 to the Moon"

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Films watched: Design for Dreaming (short) and 12 to the Moon

The Segments:

  • Mike is forced into a tea party with Gypsy while Crow and Servo play tennis.

Segment 1

  • Franks hosts a roast for Dr. Forrester, but soon gets punched in the gut for his jokes. Meanwhile, Mike and the Bots play tennis.

Segment 2

  • Nuveena, woman of the future, appears on the Satellite. Mike soon falls in love with her.

Segment 3

  • With Mike and the Bots' things packed, they are ready to move to Nuveena's place. The Bots, however, have second thoughts.

Segment 4

Segment 5

  • Mike copes with the loss of Nuveena with Crow, Servo, cookie dough and letters. He reads a letter from a girl who watches the show all the time, a guy who wants the show attached to his arm, and another girl who wants Crow to have an Austrian accent and Servo's head to have gumballs. Nuveena soon finds a new boyfriend, Frank, but disappears.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Artistic License – Physics: "There is no steam in a vacuum!"
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Captain John Anderson is an early forerunner of Big McLargeHuge.
    Crow: I'm just gonna set this to Central Stud Time, 'cause I'm Sledge Riprock!
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Nuveena the "weird singing lady from the future" seems nice albeit genuinely terrifying ("...AT FIRST!"), and urges them to come to her futuristic utopia, but turns the Bots into appliances, meant to serve humans and nothing more. It takes a point-blank rejection from Mike for her to leave and things to return to normal.
    Mike: [singing] Nuveenaaa, even though it breaks my heaaart, I'm going to have to ask you to depaaaarrrt.
    Nuveena: [not singing for the first time] ...Well get bent, you robot-loving turd! [teleports away]
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  • Brooklyn Rage: Nuveena, when she stops singing, speaks in pitchy New York accent and tells Mike off with the Italian hand-under-the-chin salute.
  • Call-Back:
  • Compensating for Something: Crow describes the Firebird II as "the Extension of My Manhood Car!"
  • Continuity Nod: During the Design for Dreaming short, Crow responds to one of the outfits donned by the spokesmodel by declaring, "It's a salute to Mr. B Natural!"
  • Curse Cut Short: From the Design for Dreaming short:
    Girl: (singing) I want a Corvette!
    Mike: (singing) I don't give a tin sh...
  • Dull Surprise
    "In a few minutes Man for the first time will step upon the Moon."
    "The excitement is great, yet controlled because of its momentous importance."
    "Yeah, right..."
  • Eagleland: Many of the jokes surrounding beefy American captain John Anderson.
  • Foreign Cuss Word
    Capt. Anderson: Martel, how are the engines?
    Crow [as Martel]: The engines?.... Merde, I forgot!
  • Forcefield Door:
    "I am now turning on my invisible electromagnetic rayscreen..."
    "Even I don't buy it."
    "...which forms a protective shield over our faces..."
    (giggling) Of course it does.
  • Freud Was Right: Invoked by Servo and averted by Crow.
    Tom Servo: I wonder what Freud would make of that sun hat!
    Crow: Well, sometimes a sun hat is just a sun hat.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "Hey, give Heinrich the Heimlich!"
  • Just a Machine: Nuveena's opinion of the 'bots.
    Nuveena: Robots are machines like anything else. They're meant to be used and put on the shelf!
    Tom: Hey, that's anti-robot!
  • A Little Something We Call "Rock and Roll": Invoked by Mike.
  • Mood Whiplash: Very briefly and played for laughs, when Nuveena is using the Bots as kitchen appliances; Servo is crying and struggling, and then when Nuveena opens his head and takes out a small cake his tone suddenly becomes one of cheerful interest: "Hey, I didn't know I could do that!" The very next second he's back to crying and begging for it to stop.
  • Named Like My Name
    "It's called Me-ite!"
    "I saw that one first — I name it Bob's Rock!"
  • Noodle Implements: After delivering a beating to Frank during Mike's invention exchange, Dr. Forrester asks him to wrap some oranges in a towel. The implication is that he's going to beat him with them, but then there's this couple of lines which looks like it comes out of a dominatrix's playbook.note 
    Frank: What're you gonna do with these, Clay?
    Forrester: Just call me "Bobo", Frank.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo:
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Nuveena turns out to be an anti-robot racist.
  • Reality Warper: Nuveena, in the short and out of it. She teleports, breaks the in-universe fourth wall, and eventually turns the 'bots into appliances as part of her evil scheme to... have the perfect kitchen.
  • Red Shirt: "Now I know why they brought twelve."
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Nuveena doesn't speak, she just sings... until Mike pisses her off. She also only responds to singing, meaning Mike has to try to sing and rhyme as well.
  • The Roast: Parodied in the beginning of the episode when TV's Frank attempts to hold a roast for Dr. Forrester, only to devolve into giving actual insults instead of comedy. Clay doesn't take it well.
    Forrester: Thank you, TV's Frank. Y'know, there's — after a beautiful tribute like that, there's only one thing I can say, and that's- [punches Frank in the gut] And, in conclusion — [punches him again] I knew I should have hired Red Buttons.
  • Running Gag: Portraying the mission control room as the phone bank for a public broadcasting fund drive.
    Mike: If Are You Being Served? is the kind of programming...
  • Schmuck Bait: Strange fluid flows out of a rock. An astronaut advances towards it alone as creepy music plays.
    "Go on, touch it! I dare you!" [Astronaut sticks his hands in and screams in pain] "Well, fools rush in, Herb..."
  • Shout-Out: "Just call me Bobo."
  • Space Is Slow Motion: "Walk slow and stupid, we're on the Moon!"
  • Stylistic Suck: Mike, channeling the male lead from "Design for Dreaming", sings in a deep and deeply goofy vibrato.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Some of the riffs surrounding Heinrich.
  • Uncanny Valley: Nuveena, in-universe, after zapping out of the short and onto the SOL. Mike's gut reaction to her is that she's some sort of "potentially evil specter." He's kind of right.
  • Vampire Vords: When the Russian starts speaking.
    "I've come to suck your blood!"


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