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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S06 E21: The Beast of Yucca Flats

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Ah, Abbott and Costello meet the Beast of Yucca Flats.
-Wish it was the Breast of Yucca Flats.

"This movie stops at nothing - and stays there."

Film watched: The Beast of Yucca Flats, with shorts Money Talks! and Progress Island U.S.A.

The Segments:

  • Mike and the 'Bots are putting up wallpaper on the SOL bridge. Gypsy freaks out when she sees the new style.

Segment 1

  • Dr. Forrester announces "Proposition Deep 13", his newest cinematic campaign to break Mike into submission. Mike puts up a brave argument, but his resistance is crushed when he learns that Coleman Francis is directing today's experiment.

Segment 2

  • A gang of college kids interrupts the crew's quiet time with their loud partying. Crow tries to join in until Servo scares them off by imitating a police siren.

Segment 3

  • As Mike tries to read in peace, Crow repeatedly nags him. He REALLY wants to know if it's 11:30 yet.

Segment 4

  • In order to curb the ongoing rise of bad movies, Crow creates the "Film Anti-Preservation Society" to help encourage their destruction and save future generations from the agony of having to watch such horrible rubbish.

Segment 5

  • After Crow and Servo read a letter, Mike emerges and declares the crew's victory over Proposition Deep 13. Dr. F is so demoralized by his loss that his only response is to repeatedly slap Frank while the credits roll.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Money Talks! contains the following tropes:

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Progress Island U.S.A contains the following tropes:

  • Call-Back: "That nose wheel feels mushy."
  • Crossing the Line Twice: invoked
    • "Fun times at Guantánamo!"
      • Also counts as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, given that MST3K went off the air long before Guantanamo Bay gained a new notoriety.
    • "A rich culture and heritage..." "Which we bulldozed in order to build more skyscrapers."
    • "Puerto Rico has been praised for the beauty of her landscape..." "And sacked and pillaged many many times."
    • "Spinal injuries are popular on the island as well."
    • Over the image of a Union Carbide facility, the narrator states that "Nearly two billion dollars has been invested in plants and facilities." Tom adds, "And millions poisoned!" This is in reference to the Bhopal disaster, in which a tank containing methyl isocyanate ruptured, killing thousands and injuring over half a million more.
    • Dude, Not Funny!: In a subversion, Mike does take offense at Crow saying Ponce was the sight of many muggings. Meanwhile, Servo groans when Crow stated Judy Garland's death destroyed Puerto Rico's pharmaceutical industry.invoked
    • They conclude the short by stating "We would like to apologize to all the people of Puerto Rico we did not offend." In other words, we apologize only to those people who knew we were just kidding.
  • Double Take: Mike has a verbal one in this exchange:
    Narrator: Building into the clean blue skies, the island is on the move.
    Mike: Hawaii?
    Crow: No, an island.
    Mike: Wha-?
  • Ear Worm: The bots can't help but dance and hum along to the peppy The '70s music.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Occurs throughout the riffing.
    Narrator: An American democracy.
    Servo: ...would be really great.
    Narrator: A wealth of historic grandeur and beauty.
    Servo: ...does not exist here.
    Narrator: Modern hospitals.
    Servo: ...are not here.
    Narrator: Luxury hotels.
    Crow: ...are desperately needed.
    Narrator: Progress can be seen everywhere.
    Mike: places other than this.
  • Here We Go Again!: Since the short film opens and ends roughly the same way (with a fast-paced montage, followed by a narrator), Mike and the bots wonder why the short's starting over.
  • Running Gag: Mike, Crow and Tom shouting in unison whenever the Latin jazz/funk soundtrack reaches a final-sounding cadence.
    "A CENTURY AGO!"note 
  • Shout-Out:
    • During footage of Casa Blanca, Tom notes the similarity between the soundtrack and the guitar riff from Simon & Garfunkel's arrangement of "Scarborough Fair", and starts singing "Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme..."
    • At the sight of iron smelting, Crow exclaims, "Then KISS came to town!"
  • Take That!:
    • Mike and the Bots make a Running Gag of contradicting the narrator's overly triumphalist rambling ("There's something for everyone..." " flights out!"), building up to the final joke:
      Narrator: The Spaniards called it "Puerto Rico".
      Servo: Because they couldn't think of anything else.
      Narrator: Today, we call it...
      Crow: Cheap Labor Ville!
      Narrator: "Progress Island, U.S.A.".
      Servo: Because we have no regard for history, culture, or tradition.
    • A subtler one when Crow chuckles, "Another fun friend!" when a Texaco sign is displayed.
  • With Lyrics: Servo sings with the bouncy commercial-jingle music. "Strawberries, marshmallows, tinfoil and fudge and some dingle-balls hanging from trees..."

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of The Beast of Yucca Flats contains the following tropes: