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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 07 E 03 Deathstalker And The Warriors

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Film watched: Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell

"We're still fighting bravely for our vague goal!"
Crow T. Robot.

It is available to stream here.

The Segments:

Prologue
  • Crow has started an active lifestyle and has grown himself a fine head of hair. It gets icky when he starts showing off his new implants.

Segment 1

  • Pearl is sick, and Dr. Forrester is sick of her and her constant demands. Mike and the 'Bots act out a sketch as annoying fast food clerks to further agonize him.
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Segment 2

  • The 'Bots have put on a Renaissance Festival for Mike and are gouging out his wallet with overpriced attractions and colorful Medieval insults.

Segment 3

  • The Renaissance Festival resumes, but it comes to an end when the 'Bots run out of things for Mike to waste his money on.

Segment 4

  • Pearl is still sick and begging for relief. While Dr. Forrester slips away for a moment, Crow reads to her from her favorite romance novel.

Segment 5

  • Servo forges a ring of power for Mike to wear as he reads a letter. Dr. Forrester has prepared a glass of poisoned milk to deal with the intolerably-sick Pearl... by chugging it himself.

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The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Joked about by the MST crew, when the title screen appears Mike wonders where the umlaut is.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    Servo: "I just don't believe an arch-nemesis who's 5'8" and bald"
    • The Pumaman would have the ~5'8" and bald Donald Pleasence as the arch-nemesis Kobras two seasons later.
  • Made of Explodium: The crew giggles when Troxartas explodes after getting stabbed.
    Crow: What?
    Servo: O-kay.
    Crow: Apparently he eats jellied gasoline on toast every morning.
  • Memetic Mutation: "You always were a good judge of men, Deathstalker" became an oft-repeated riff in future eps and RiffTrax. invoked
  • Mills and Boon Prose: Crow treats Pearl to a meandering, disjointed reading of a trashy romance novel.
  • Nausea Fuel: Deathstalker's smugness at the end is enough for Servo. invoked
    Deathstalker: You once told me it's not easy being a princess. It's not easy being a hero, either.
    Servo: Never before has an entire medieval city thrown up at the same moment!
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Crow wonders how long the accents at the start of the movie will last. They end up getting dropped within the next line of dialogue.
    Crow: [as Deathstalker, with a thick Dixie accent, as the first princess mounts his horse] I knewest thou would come around!
  • Overly Long Gag: A delirious Pearl calling Dr. Forrester's name: "Claaaaaaaaaaayyyyytooooonnnnn!!!"
  • Renaissance Fair: They're overpriced, condescending, and all-around disappointing, based on the King Vitaman Renaissance Festival the 'Bots put on, but Mike's never been to one and is only too happy to get the full experience of being fleeced and insulted.
    Mike: Oh, right! You're hurling medieval insults at me. Well, lay on, ratcatcher! [hearty stage laugh]
    Crow: Ah, yeah, right. Well, come on, King Urinal.
  • Ring of Power: Servo smiths a few in the final segment. The first one doesn't quite work, but after a quick zap back in the forge, it works all too well, summoning a balrog from Khazad-dûm. Once he's sure it's properly in-the-darkness binding them, Tom's back to work on seven more for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone.
  • Running Gag:
    • Many about how Nicias the wizard looks like he stepped out of a Lord of the Rings book.
    • As well as the supporting cast looking like members of '80s rock bands ("He came from somewhere back in her long ago...") dropped into a RenFair.
    • The numerous jokes about the bat wings on the warriors' helmets. Squeak! Squeak!
    • And the incessant potato jokes when Deathstalker's girlfriend is onscreen (see The Stinger below).
  • Say My Name: "Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton! Clayton!"
    Pearl: ...You're killing me, Clayton!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The poisoned milk scene at the end is lifted from Alfred Hitchcock's film Suspicion.
    • There are numerous shout-outs to The Lord of the Rings, including the closing sketch where Servo attempts to forge a Ring of Power for Mike. Keep in mind this was several years before the movies came out.
  • Sick Episode: Pearl has an intestinal parasite and is making Clayton suffer along with her.
  • Sissy Villain: Invoked. Troxartas' bitchy behavior, hammy delivery, and skort evoke this reaction from Mike and the 'bots.
    Troxartas: So... I've found my lost bride at last.
    Crow: [as Elizena] Oh, you're a guy!
    Elizena: You're...
    [Troxartas pulls down his scarf]
    Servo: [as Troxartas] Priscilla! Queen of the desert.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-Universe, Mike calls it, "One of the most ambitiously bad movies we've ever done," while he and the bots get a lot of laughs throughout the film from it.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": When the opening credits show "John Allen Nelson" in a faux-Old English font:
    Mike: Relson? What kinda name is Relson?
    Servo: "Nelson", it's "Nelson".
    Mike: That's one of the most clearly printed "R"s I've ever seen!
  • Stylistic Suck: The RenFest during Segments 2 and 3 is terrible, incredibly overpriced and full of bored out-of-character performers and a dead camel, but Mike can't get enough, and the 'Bots take him for all he's worth.
  • Take That!: The host segments really take apart RenFests.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Deathstalker seems to enjoy being tied down by the female Dragon a little bit too much, and Crow calls him out on it.
    Crow: His "area" is mocking us!!
  • Viewer Name Confusion: In-universe. The character's name is Troxartas, not "Trucks Artist".
    Servo: Can you paint my van?
    Mike: It's Trucksartas, SUNDAY at the Metrodome!
    Crow: [as Deathstalker] Trucks artist! Good! I was thinking maybe the cover of Mars Hotel on my van.
  • Waking Non Sequitur: A subversion. After Crow reads to Pearl, she tells Clayton about it, but he assumes it's just the medication talking.
    Pearl: [half-asleep] There was a small golden man reading to me from a dirty book.



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