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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 01 Night Of The Blood Beast

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Films watched: Once Upon A Honeymoon (short) and Night of the Blood Beast

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Once Upon A Honeymoon contains examples of:

  • Camp Gay: The angel was already flamboyant, but the riffing makes him out to be this.
    Crow: Honey, is that a gay man on the Johnsons' roof?
    Servo: Should we get a gay man for our roof, honey?
    • Elton John and Charles Nelson Reilly references abound as well.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: The angel's passing similarity to Charles Nelson Reilly is all the license Crow needs to do endless imitations of the guy.note 
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  • Fake Static: When the couple is pitching its completed song to the boss, Servo acts as if the office's speakerphone is going in and out, preventing them from hearing it.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Let's see... What rhymes with 'blue balls'?" How in the world did that get past censors? (Though Comedy Central had just as ribald material on some of its other shows at the time, possibly explaining the pass. However apparently it didn't pass the censors at Comet TVnote : when this episode aired some of the lines in the short, such as the "Blue Balls" line, got muted out.)
    • You also have this:
      Mike: (as Jeffrey) What would Liberace do? (beat) Well, better not do that.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: A few riffs point out the angels are more concerned with a married couple wanting to go on their honeymoon instead of, say, world peace.
  • Mundane Wish:
    Wife: (singing) I wish the faucets wouldn't drip all day!
    Crow: Aim high, sister!
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Describing the bedroom's final redesign.
    Servo: Yeah, sort of a western-y gingham-y Oriental Danish Modern-esque Prairie School sort of thing, huh?
  • Pun: "Oh no, angel dust!"
    • Incredibly Lame Pun: As the angel disentangles himself from the TV antenna:
      Servo: Hey, now they'll get immaculate reception! (*snort*) Sorry.
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  • Reality Warper: The crew give the wife this power.
    Mike: (as Jeffrey) I CAN'T STOP SMILING. IT'S HELL!
  • Shout-Out:
    Mike: (in the voice of The Wicked Witch of the West) Poppies! (this comes after the angel on the roof sprinkles dust, triggering the wife's fantasy about having a better kitchen)
    Mike: (singing in the voice of Paul Rodgers) It's all part of my kitchen fantasy... (this comes at the end of the wife's imagined kitchen sequence)
  • What Were They Selling Again?: Pearl acknowledges that the point of this short wasn't clear. Servo comments on it in the end.
    "Wait a minute, what the hell was that about, anyway?"note 
    • The following (non-Turkey Day) host segment did hint that they did know what the short was about.
  • What Would X Do?: "What would Liberace do? ...Hmm, better not do that."


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Night Of The Blood Beast contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Stuffing.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Potato.
  • Call-Back: One riff references The Beast of Yucca Flats.
  • Continuity Nod: Pearl's pissed off Frank's no longer around, referencing back to her debut when she and Frank were close friends (while the former was cold to Forrester.)
    • Pearl addresses Crow as "Art", referencing a letter a viewer once wrote to the S.O.L., not knowing Joel calling Crow "Art Crow" was a The Honeymooners reference.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Pearl uses Dr. Forrester’s full name (“Clayton Deborah Susan Forrester!”) while forcing him to apologise.
  • Last Note Nightmare: Help, the conductor is having a seizure!
  • Mister Seahorse: Averted, much to Crow's distress.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Both versions of the episode see Pearl moving into Deep 13 and becoming a major character.
  • Obfuscating Disability: Not "disability" as such, but Crow pretends to get pregnant because he thinks people bend over backwards to give pregnant women whatever they want and he's sick of them having all the attention to themselves.
    Crow: Okay, okay, I'm not pregnant! HEY, everybody, I'm not pregnant! That means I don't get a big free ride! "Oh, my ankles are swollen! My back hurts! Carry me, I'm pregnant! Carry me!" Well, I want a cut of the action too, dammit! ... Who wouldn't wanna be pregnant, huh? Who wouldn't want to be a big load on the rest of the world? "Hey, everybody, I'm Queen of the World because I'm pregnant!" Then the whole world is supposed to bend over and smooch your ever-widening ass!
    Mike: CROW! Crow, Crow, Crow...
    Crow: Well, when is it my turn? When is it Crow T. Robot's turn? (*sobs*)
  • Oddly Small Organization: They frequently mention about how NASA seems to be composed of 3 guys and a woman.
  • Planet of Steves: "Steve—Steve and I have something to tell you."
    "Steve One, you go that way! Steve Two, come with me!"
    "This has 'Steve' written all over it!"
    *offscreen crash is heard* "Steve?"
    "Oh, Steve's name is John!"
  • Running Gag:
    • The remarks of how Johnny is always "so dead."
    • The blond photographer being unintelligent.
    • The Blood Beast being like a fiance meeting hostile in-laws.
    • The aforementioned Steve jokes.
    • Mike and the 'Bots making parrot noises whenever the Beast is talking.
    • Referring to the alien babies as shrimp ("Get the cocktail sauce...").
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Monty Python's Flying Circus: "They mean to win Wimbledon."
    • "Hello? We're just looking for an honest man." when one of the Steves holds up a lantern. Greek philosopher Diogenes the Cynic, a contemporary and critic of Plato, used carry a lantern through Athens by daylight, and when asked what he was doing, he said he was looking for an honest man. (He also said he never found one).
    • "Kramer! I love him."
    • "Barney's been in a fire!"
    • "Come back here you var-mink!"
  • Take That!: The Turkey Day version has Satan mention he has the cast of Friends as new clients.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: The MST3K version first aired as the grand finale of Comedy Central's traditional "Turkey Day" marathoninvoked, with host segments that tied into the framing sequences shot for the rest of the marathon (featuring Dr. Forrester and Pearl dealing with the guest characters the now-absent Frank invited for Thanksgiving dinner). Future airings had a completely different set of host segments, which still established the changes for the seventh season (i.e. Pearl Forrester moving into Deep 13).


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