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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.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay / Dude Looks Like a Lady: Troxartas' bitchy behavior and his 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.
  • Annoying Patient: Pearl.
  • As Himself: Or rather, the Warriors from Hell as themselves.
  • Author Appeal: MST3k's ripping on RenFests.
  • Burger Fool: In the opening sequence the Satellite crew pretend to run a business like this (while Pearl is incessantly calling his name behind him and demanding to know what is taking so long) in order to drive Dr. Clayton Forrester nuts.
    • As a bonus, Tom and Crow are wearing name tags of other members of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew: Tom's says "Paul" (Chaplin), and Crow's says "Mary-Jo" (Pehl).
  • Callbacks:
  • Call-Forward: When Deathstalker blows his cover by showing the princess's sister a stick (which he had pretended was a knife):
    Mike (using Vadinho's voice): "Get him men, he kicked Tony!"
  • Cassandra Truth: After Crow reads to Pearl.
    Pearl: [half-asleep] There was a small golden man reading to me from a dirty book.
  • Credits Gag: Features singing some of the "Safety Dance" song.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: After Carissa turns down his advances, there is this dialogue:
    Servo: Guess I'll be boxing the clown, tonight.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the very first host segment, Dr. Forrester tried to strangle himself to get away from Pearl. Later, in a parody of Suspicion, Clayton drinks the poisoned milk himself rather than listen to Pearl whine.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar
    • Troxartas shouting "RISE!"
      Servo: Oh, not that kind of rise.
    • Crow reading to Pearl.
      Crow: [monotonously] Yielding petals of womanhood...
  • Heävy Mëtal Ümlaut: Joked about by the MST crew, when the title screen appears Mike wonders where the umlaut is.
  • In-Joke: The fast food badge Crow wears is Mary Jo [Pehl] while Servo wears a Paul [Chaplin] badge.
  • I Heard That As: Troxartas, not "Trucks Artist".
    Servo: Can you paint my van?
    Mike: It's Troxartas, SUNDAY at the Metrodome!
    Crow: (As Deathstalker) Trucks Artist! Good! I was thinking maybe the cover of Mars Hotel on my van.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Overly Long Gag: Claaaaaaaaaaayyyyytooooonnnnn!!!
  • Running Gags: Many of them are about how Nicias the wizard looks like he stepped out of The Lord of the Rings book.
    • The numerous jokes about the bat wings on the warriors' helmets. Squeak! Squeak!
    • And the incessant potato jokes when Deathstalker's girlfriend is on screen (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!"
    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 is suffering from ailment and making Clayton suffer along with her.
  • 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":
    (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!
    (And Deathstalker gets called "Relson" through the rest of the experiment.)
    • Considering that Mike very well knows what the word "Nelson" should look like, this might be a case of It's Personal.
  • Take That!: The host segments really take apart RenFests.


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