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Ha! Every zombie nightmare I have are naked at a hockey game!
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Aboard the Satellite of Love, Mike and the Bots have fun with voodoo, hot tubs, and the Adam West version of Batman.

The Segments:

Prologue
  • Crow and Servo have Mike under around-the-clock protection in anticipation of assassins. Even though there's no assassins, they still practice tackling Mike to the ground.

Segment 1

  • The Mads have taken up voodoo and send the crew their new Deep 13 Voodoo Kit to test out. Mike uses it for some good deeds, plus a bit of childish fun on Dr. Forrester.

Segment 2

  • Crow is enjoying some chocolates and reading a magazine. Servo drives through in his race car and runs him down.

Segment 3

  • The 'Bots share some pleasure time in the hot tub. Mike then pops up from the water to throw them into a panic.

Segment 4

  • Mike and Servo find a Batman screenplay that Crow had written and (despite their apprehensions) decide to act it out. Crow laughs at them as he hated that screenplay and threw it out, but he then gets second thoughts and decides to act it out with them anyway. It gets awkward when Servo gets too into character.
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Segment 5

  • Instead of the usual fan letters, the crew read their own letters to Adam West and ask him some rather scathing questions. The Mads' voodoo fad gets dangerous when Frank accidentally zombifies Dr. Forrester.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: The ill-fated Batman play.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: In-universe: Crow's crack about the "Park Harpell" on the baseball field's scoreboardnote  is quickly deflated by Mike recognizing it as Canadian English,note  causing the crew to realize the film was made in Canada.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Apparently, it's okay in Canada.
    Waitress: I'm old enough to be your big sister.
    Jim: Hey, that's cool, I always wanted to make it with my older sister!
    Crow: Oh, so Canada has a South, too!
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  • Canada, Eh?: Several, several times, starting with Mike seeing "Park Harpell" and noting (correctly) that it's Canadian English.
    Servo: You're right, Mike, this is either America ten years ago, or Canada today.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Cokie Roberts of NPR got a scalp massage. Her "on-air" reaction was "pleasurable."
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: Invoked: Servo starts thinking his batsuit gives him special bat-powers. Mike (dressed as Robin) and Crow (whose idea the whole thing was in the first place, before he forgot) just think they look like dorks.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Churchman's descent is commented on by the bots:
    Crow: (thoroughly impressed) WOW! So Hell's right there!
    Servo: Yeah. That’s why you should call before you dig.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: When Jim is driving:
    Crow: He's such a rebel, look at him cross that center line.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Mike and the bots go into a host segment just as the blonde girl is about to be killed. Considering how graphic her death is, it's understandable.
    • Jim's death is also censored, sadly.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: The Mads are into voodoo which they claim is a safe economic way to inflict evil on the world... which actually has a strong emphasis on helping others. Although it's possibly justified because this is the evil and proud Dr. Forrester and Frank we're talking about.
    • M&TB used the Deep 13 Voodoo kit for some good by giving a (surprisingly sensual) scalp massage to NPR personality Cokie Roberts, combing the hair of some guy Mike went to school with, and giving Jimmy Carter a hug. Though they also can't resist the urge to use it to mess with Dr. Forrester.
    • Frank has accidentally turned Dr. F into a zombie by the end of the episode.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: "I think I'll take a stroll down 'Certain Doom Lane'."
  • Kick the Dog: Even though they clearly don't want to, Mike and Tom get into costume so they can act out Crow's play about Batman. So, naturally, they aren't too pleased when Crow walks in, having forgotten to inform them he decided against running it.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
  • Lost in Character: Servo becomes a little too enamored of his Batman costume and Becomes the Mask, taking on Adam West's Batmannerisms.
    Mike: (exasperated) God, we gotta cut you out of that thing. Let's—
    Servo: Hang in there, old chum! Alfred! (to Mike) Don't touch me! I'm Batman! Aunt Harriet! Aunt Harriet! I need cookies! Cookies!
  • Nausea Fuel: Invoked. In a scene where Peter and Susie head for the hot tub to make out, Mike and the bots are audibly grossed out when Peter strips down to his briefs. They get particularly repulsed when his package goes right by the camera when he checks on a noise.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: Discussed; during the movie's opening credits Crow quips "Every Zombie Nightmare I have, I'm naked at a hockey game!"
  • Rape as Drama: The abuse heaped on the victim by the police is commented on.
    Waitress: I told you, he wasn't my boyfriend! I didn't even like him!
    Frank: Then why did you go into the alley with him?
    Mike (just a tad bit irritated with Frank's attitude): Oh, right, blame the victim.
    Servo: Captain Sensitive on the job here.
  • Running Gag:
    • Repeatedly shouting out to Adam West and Batman (1966), naturally.
    • In particular, Adam is still mad that he didn't get a cameo in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman movie. "Let's make a Batman movie and not call Adam West!"
    • Mocking the trying-too-hard hard rock soundtrack, especially Jon Mikl Thor (Tony)'s band Thor.
    • When Captain Churchman yells "HEY!" at subordinate Detective Sorrell as he leaves, Mike and the bots repeatedly say "HEY!" in unrelated situations for the next minute.
    • In one scene, Jim throws some leftover spaghetti at his mom before leaving the house. This causes Mike and the bots to bring it up a couple more times, such as, "Threw some meat loaf at my mom this morning."
  • Shout-Out: They go heavy on the riffing on/roasting of Adam West and Batman (1966):
  • Theme Tune Cameo: When Churchman is introduced, Mike hums, "Dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah..."
  • Two Words: I Can't Count: After Dr. Forrester sends Mike and the Bots a "voodoo kit", he tells them "In two words, en-joy!"
  • Warm Water Whiz: As mentioned above, Mike and the Bots use a voodoo doll to mess with Dr. Forrester. It culminates when they stick the doll's hand in a bowl of water, causing Dr. F to wet himself when he's in the middle of introducing the film.

[Voodoo chanting followed by] "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR"!

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