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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 17 The Sword And The Dragon

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Mike: When one sword meets an incorrigible dragon!

Film watched: The Sword and the Dragon

As you can guess, despite having quite a lot of good special effects for the late-1950s, this movie was prime riffing material for MST3K. Among other things, the riffing often centered on the fact that the movie "came from Finland," despite being a Russian-made movie. Like a previous Russian-made-otherwise film that appeared on the show, the changes were likely made to avoid mentions of Russia during the height of the Cold War... but it doesn't change how goofy the whole thing was.


The Segments:

  • Tom Servo hosts the first (and last) game of Dungeons & Dragons in the Satellite of Love.

Segment 1

  • Dr. Forrester and Frank have just gotten new neighbors... girls! Desperate to impress, they ask Mike and the 'Bots to entertain them. They put on a topical satirical revue, Supercalafragalistic-expialawacky!!!, which proves entertaining to everybody but the girls.

Segment 2

Segment 3

  • Gypsy is making a tablecloth with help from the local forest critters, as portrayed by Mike, Servo, and Crow.

Segment 4

  • Ilya from the movie contacts the S.O.L. and reveals that he is now working at a pancake house. He is beaming with pride for his work until Crow suggests serving ham on the side instead of bacon, and then he loses it.

Segment 5

  • Gypsy offers her review of Supercalafragalistic-expialawacky!!!, which commends Mike for his talent but considers Servo as the weakest part. Thinking the girls will be back for a date, the Mads are loafing around Deep 13 until the phone rings and they panic.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Artistic License: Tom Servo's Dungeons & Dragons session is ludicrously truncated; Servo never explains the rules or character abilities to his players, and decrees the outcome of a combat encounter via Game Master Fiat rather than dice rolls. Most likely due to a combination of time compression and Rule of Funny.
  • Disney Creatures of the Farce: Gypsy parodies the scene where Ilya's wife sings as forest creatures help her create a magic tablecloth, with the help of Mike & the 'Bots. Gypsy bails on the sketch early because it's too weird for her.
  • Feghoot: "A Joke By Ingmar Bergman". Roughly four-and-a-half minutes long, slow as molasses, all for the sake of the punchline:
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    Crow: [as Sokolnichek] Father!
    Servo: [as Ilya] Yes, son?
    Crow: I want to kill you!
    Servo: Mother...!
    Mike: Okay, stop now.note 
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  • Heel–Face Turn: After Falcon learns Ilya is his dad, he immediately switches sides, w/o shock, angst, or any assessment on how cool it is to be a Tugar or how crappy it is to be Russo-Finnish.
    Mike: The kid's loyalty turns on a dime!
  • Ho Yay, Invoked:
    Crow: It may be the wine, Lars, but you're a pretty man...
    Tom: Sven, no! Don't! You mustn't!
  • Hot-Blooded: One sketch parodies Ilya's hot-tempered, quick-to-insult nature in the film by showing that he throws his entire self into whatever he does, be it defending his homeland from rampaging hordes or working at a dinky pancake house. When Crow tries to request some honey-baked ham slices in place of a bacon side, Ilya pulls out his sword ready to run the little guy through until Mike gives him a quest just to placate him.
    Ilya: That is a SUBSTITUTION, spawn of the DEVIL!
    Crow: Well, now, hey, hold on there —
    Ilya: NO ONE, not even a TUGAR, shall order OFF THE MENU!
    Mike: Hey, yo, Ilya! Yo, Muromets!
    Ilya: What?!
    Mike: Hey, c'mon, you're, you're Ilya Muromets! Defender of the realm! I mean, accept this challenge — prove to us that you could bring ham!
    Ilya: Yes... yes, yes, I will gather my strength, and I shall go FORTH, and I shall go to the back and I shall request HAM! For it is HAM that I seek! HAM! HAM!
    Crow: Good luck!
    Ilya: [bellowing at the top of his lungs] HAAAAAAAMMMMM!
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
    Crow: When you're out of slits, you're out of pier.note 
  • Killer Game Master: Servo, apparently.
  • Large Ham: Kevin Murphy's performance as Ilya during one host sketch. Bonus points for him hamming it up about ham.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Ilya reveals himself to Falcon, who was raised by Khali.
    Ilya: I am your father.
    Crow: Great; my dad's Burl Ives.
  • Million Mook March: Called out by Crow during one of the wide shots of the Tugar army on the move.
    Crow: Now that's what I call a horde!
  • Mondegreen: Servo hears and repeats Durbar's name as "Dove Bar" during the movie's 2nd act.
  • Nerds Are Virgins: The opening and closing segments with Forrester and TV's Frank meeting the girls from Deep 12 revolve around this trope.
  • Overly Long Gag / Deliberately Monochrome / "Shaggy Dog" Story: "A Joke By Ingmar Bergman"
  • Shout-Out:
  • Take That!: "Supercalifragilistic-expialawacky" can best be summed up by Mike's second stanza:
    Mike: [singing, dressed as Uncle Sam] I'm the government, I'm the government, I'm filled with bloat and perks! I'm the government, I'm the government — I'm the reason nothing works!
  • The Trope Formerly Known as X: The episode came out after Prince changed his name. No prizes for guessing what was referenced in one riff.
    Subject: Oh radiant prince!
    Servo: That's 'The Artist Formerly Known as Radiant Prince.'


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