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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 06 E 22 Angels Revenge

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Film watched: Angels Revenge

The Segments:

  • Crow announces to Mike and Servo that he has amnesia. He suggests Mike to hit him with mallet, which he does. Crow then remembers that it wasn't amnesia but actually the band Ambrosia.

Segment 1

  • Mikes tries to hammer Crow, but he keeps missing. Frank and Dr. Forrester are dressed up as '70s baseball players Tug McGraw (Tim's dad) and Rollie Fingers as their plan to increase ratings for the show. Their next step is to turn Mike and the Bots into the cast of Renegade. The plan is successful at first, but declines when Mike and the Bots turn back to normal.

Segment 2

  • Crow shows off his new script, Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk, much to everyone else's dismay.

Segment 3

  • Mike does his Fonzie impression, but Crow and Servo have none of that. He understands, though.

Segment 4

Segment 5

  • Servo shows off his new invention, the Shame-o-Meter which measures shame in Lawfords. It goes crazy when it measures Frank and Dr. Forrester dressed as tennis players Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.

The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: In a rare instance of this trope appearing in a movie, Neville Brand (who plays Miller) is completely cut out of the version used on MST3K, despite his name being left in the credits.
  • The Alcoholic: The crew have a lot of fun with Peter Lawford's obvious drunkenness.
    Servo: (drunkenly) If you're going to wake me up this early, you better expect me to drink.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Trish seems to believe that the seven are immune to being killed by bullets.
    Trish: (after being shot) Don't worry, a bullet can't kill one of the seven!
    Crow: She is so delusional right now.
  • Blaxploitation Parody: Crow's script for Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk.
  • Brainless Beauty: How the gang portray all the women in the gang (not that they make it difficult to believe).
    Michelle: The question is, what are we going to do about it?
    Crow: And who brought the brain?
  • Call-Back:
  • Central Theme: As Mike said, it's to park far away & run to the scene of the danger.
  • Complexity Addiction: The girls' plan to steal ammunition, after they've just purchased a van, outfitted it with weaponry (including a bazooka) and armor.
    Servo: (puzzled) Can't they just buy ammunition?
  • Creator Backlash. invoked Mildly. Greydon Clark stated, "Some of the stuff those guys did was very funny, some not so much. The same could be said for my film itself." His only real issue was that the television edit excluded Neville Brand and that he didn't see a penny from the renewed notoriety of the film (thanks to the fact the television rights to the film was independently distributed.)
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Dr. Forrester maintains his mustache while dressing as female tennis player Billie Jean King.
  • Dirty Old Man: How Servo portrays Arthur Godfrey.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: When Mike debuts his Fonzie impression, Crow and Servo wisely use extreme measures to discourage him — namely, obliterating him with a cannon, leaving only his scorched leather jacket behind. As they head back to their seats, Mike sadly agrees that they did the right thing.
  • invokedDude, Not Funny!:
    • Mike and the Bots' reaction when Terri and Keiko stray into Ethnic Scrappy territory.
    Mike: This is offending one-celled animals.
    Servo: Kids just love genital mutilation.
  • Excuse Plot: The crew hypothesize that the scene after destroying the drug compound where the ladies are all sitting around in their underwear was the real reason the movie was made.
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe example. The ratings of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are dropping, so Dr. Forrester keeps trying to change the format, by him and TV's Frank pretending to be Tug McGraw and Rollie Fingers or Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, and by turning Mike and the bots into the cast of Renegade.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Those aware of the LaRosa incident will find the "You're fired!" and "You have no humility!" riffs even funnier. invoked
    • Those with knowledge of the falling out between Peter Lawford and Frank Sinatra will get a few more chuckles, too.
    • "It's Dworkin-Fest '78!" is a reference to Andrea Dworkin, who has been accused of being an extreme misandrist.
  • Goldfish Poop Gang: Servo's assessment of The American Right led by Jim Backus.
    Servo: (scoffing) These survivalists couldn't survive a grape embargo!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: invoked Looking at V-Formation Team Shot:
    Mike: Hey, where was Bruce Jenner in this shot?
    Servo: He's the one on the left.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!:
    April: We've got surprise on our side!
    Servo: And we have THESE!
  • In Medias Res:
    Mike: That... was a long flashback.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet:
    Servo: It's gorgeous out here. A little too gorgeous.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Subverted despite Crow's insistence to Mike: "I can't believe it—I, Crow T. Robot, have amnesia. I can't remember you, I can't remember Cambot...." Eventually he realizes that what he actually had was Ambrosia. (He then begins singing, "Make a wish, baby!" prompting the others to hit him over the head just to make him stop.)
  • Late to the Realization: A good chunk of the way through the movie, Crow realizes:
    Crow: "Hey... This is a lot like Charlie's Angels!"
    Servo: "Yeah!"
  • Lecherous Licking: When the Amazon Brigade resort to this on a mook to get him to let down his guard, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew are less than thrilled.
    Crow: They're eating his brain!
  • Male Gaze: Early in the movie, we get a shot straight up a ladder as a woman is climbing it, and Crow quips "Hey, you're giving away the plot!"
  • Mondegreen:
    Angel: The turret gun's ready!
    Mike: The turd gun?! Whatta ya need one of those for??
  • Nausea Fuel: Invoked, as Mike and the Bots barf when one of the characters takes off his shirt. Then the whole bit with the Lecherous Licking of villainous ears in that beach scene.
  • Promotion to Parent: Michelle had one of these regarding Bobby. We think.
    Michelle: He won't even tell me who beat him up. The doctor said he was on drugs.
    Crow (as Michelle): How am I related to him, again?
  • Race Lift: Mike is uncomfortable being the lead in a Blaxploitation film; Crow thinks he's the Don Cornelius of The '90s.
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: "Chocolate Jones..." is a Blaxploitation version of this.
  • Recycled Script: Invoked, as Mike notes that Crow's Chocolate Jones and the Temple of Funk is just a Blaxploitation Earth Vs. Soup.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Invoked by a weary Crow.
    Crow: You know, I'm starting to root for the drug dealers.
  • Running Gag: "Should I shine my love?"
    • The ladies' airheadedness. ("It's anonymous!")
    • Jack Palance impersonations abound.
    • The older actors' embarrassing turns in this awful movie, culminating in Servo's invention of the Shame-ometer (or Sha-mom-eter).
      Mike: (watching Jim Backus as a rather kooky white supremacist) Now I appreciate the quiet dignity of Pat Buttram's performance.
      Crow: I-I'm just going to look away until the "funny part" is over.
  • Self-Parody: The bots' decisive action to end Mike's Fonzie impression is a callback to how his Steve Urkel impression took over all the host segments in San Francisco International.
  • The '70s: Apparently, the Mads think 70's pop culture will improve the show's ratings. It actually does, but the effect wears off, and the ratings return to being lower than reruns of The Duck Factory. All of the host segments have something to do with The Seventies.
    • During the end credits of Angel's Revenge, Mike and the bots ponder who invented the '70's.
  • Share the Male Pain: After the Groin Attack on Sticks, the crew reacts appropriately.
    Servo: That hurt me!
  • Shout-Out: Crow's "You know, this is so timely, because angels are real, real popular" could be referencing the obvious series the movie is ripping off but given the year this episode aired, it could very well be referencing another series about angels that had recently debuted.
  • Society Marches On: Aaron Spelling sold his house back in 2009 for $150M. It's currently for sale at $200M.invoked
  • Something Person: "This looks like a job for Girl Woman!"
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Invoked during the upbeat "Shine Your Love" number:
    Crow: (as a depressed gambler) "I lost twenty thousand dollars!"
  • Standard Establishing Spaceship Shot: Aaron Spelling's big-tacular house is given one of these, although we cut away before it can go on too long. It still shakes up the eyecatch as it rumbles past.
  • Stock Sound Effects: Lampshaded.
    Servo: Okay, sound by Hanna-Barbera, fine.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Tom Servo's Shame-O-Meter, which measured the embarrassment of talented and/or well-known actors appearing in a bad movie in Lawfords, after Peter Lawford's uninspired turn in Angels Revenge. Forrester and TV's Frank practically break the machine dressing as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    Crow: All right, y'know what? I'm just giving in, and looking at the breasts.
    Mike: No, don't...
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: "Do those brightly lit, tight-white-jumpsuit-clad, deeply décolletaged women have anything to do with this?"
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: invoked At the end of the experiment, the Mads dress up as tennis players in order to stay topical and current.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Invoked by Crow: "I bet 'where's my cocaine?' was heard a lot on this film."
  • With Lyrics: To the action music, as Trish sprints to Peter Lawford's hilltop mansion: "Running, and running, and running, and really really running, and running, and running, and running, yes, she's running...."