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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 19 Red Zone Cuba

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"The Red Zone is for Cuba and un-Cuba only."

Tom Servo: Well, I see the movie has finally thrown up its hands and said "I just don't know."
Crow: I wanna hurt this movie, but I can never hurt it the way it hurt me.
Mike Nelson: Did they even need to GO to Cuba?

Film watched: Red Zone Cuba, with short Speech: Platform Posture and Appearance

One of the few films that actually broke the SOL crew, though the Mads didn't notice due to Forrester having been beaten to a pulp by mobsters before the movie began — and Forrester too busy beating Frank to even notice their "Bouncy Upbeat Song". Sanity Slippage was the only thing saving them from the Despair Event Horizon. Even the Mads descended into madness at the end.


The Segments:

  • It's time for the Satellite of Love Lotto! As in "lotto" numbered balls to read off of. One of the numbers read off is "509", and with over two dozen balls drawn indicating winning is improbable.

Segment 1

  • As Mike and the 'Bots prepare for a thrilling high-stakes game of Bingo, TV's Frank is visited by the mob for a matter of "fifty large" and has Dr. Forrester answer the door. One painful beating later, Dr. F is bodycasted and bedridden.

Segment 2

  • Mike and the 'Bots continue their wealthy ribald while Frank consoles Dr. F over his injuries... and then helps with his horrible posture.

Segment 3

  • Mike is starting to lose it from the movie and thinks he's Carol Channing. Dr. Forrester is sent cards and flowers from many famous people who eagerly wait for his expiration.

Segment 4

  • Poor Mike is slipping further and can't even figure out which celebrity he's impersonating. Faced with his impending end, Dr. F struggles to find the strength to live and eventually does... and then the mob comes back for a second round on him.

Segment 5

  • Mike and the 'Bots recover from the trauma of the movie they watched with a "bouncy upbeat song" of questionable lyrics. Dr. F makes a full recovery, too, though Frank may find himself in a bodycast next as his boss "thanks" him.

The MST3K presentation contains:

  • Groin Attack: When the Doberman gets its legs caught in barbed wire.
    Servo: OH, MY AREA! OW, OW, OWWW
    Crow: Thanks, now I'm barren!
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: When the film has thunderstorm sound effects, Servo remarks "Wow, it's really coming down." When there's a wide shot, Servo reacts, "WAIT A MINUTE! IT'S BEAUTIFUL [OUT]!"
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'm Cherokee Jack!" would be repeated in later episodes. invoked
  • Mock Millionaire: How Mike and the bots are dressed in the first and second host segments, complete with stereotypical rich accents.
  • Mondegreen:
    • Servo mishears part of the movie's Title Theme Tune as "Mundo Penis."
    • There's also Chastain's name; the bots mishear it as "Justine".
    • Crow misheard "his grandparent meant so much to him" as his "green pants".
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The entire theme of "Bouncy Upbeat Song"
    Gypsy: [soloing] Have you ever touched a Post-it Note?
    Have you ever looked at boots?
    Have you ever sat down in a chair?
    Have you ever used a paper clip?
  • Napoleon Delusion: The movie drives Mike to believing he's Carol Channing at one point.
  • Negative Continuity: The episode ends with the entire SOL crew being driven insane by the movie, and with Forrester attempting to kill Frank after being beaten to a pulp no less than twice due to the latter throwing him under the proverbial bus. Everything's back to normal in the next episode.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Crow's scream for the old man falling down the well goes on and on.
    • Dr. Forrester's "I'm dead/I'm not dead" speech.
  • Refuge in Audacity:
    • You'd think Dr. Forrester getting beaten to near-death by a mobster (twice!) wouldn't be funny... You'd think that...
      • The goofy cartoon noises as Forrester gets beaten (and the fact that he's clearly being beaten up by a puppet) help.
  • Running Gag:
  • Sanity Slippage: The ending host segment. Crow's laugh is particularly strained and demented.
  • Shout-Out: Frank bringing Dr. F hard-boiled eggs and nuts while he's in traction is a reference to the beginning of a famous slapstick routine by Laurel and Hardy first used in their short County Hospital in 1932. Given the grief that Stan puts poor Ollie through in that short, Clayton's agonized groan may be one of This Is Gonna Suck...
  • Smoking Hot Sex: At one point Griffin and his two buddies are sitting by the side of the road, smoking cigarettes and looking whimsically. Tom Servo suggests that they just made out.
  • Suspiciously Small Army: They get a lot of jokes out of Coleman Francis's inability to put together a convincing invasion force:
    Mike: There's 80,000 of them and seven of us.
    Servo: Ted, you take Havana.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Why has TV's Frank called up the SOL at the start of the episode?
    TV's Frank: Oh, hi, Mike. Say, have you ever been in deep with the mob for, oh, saaaaaaay... 50 large?


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