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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S07 E06: Laserblast

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Terrible name for a laser eye surgery, scares away the customers!

Film watched: Laserblast

Laserblast was featured on MST3K in what would be the last episode of its final season on Comedy Central (before moving to the Sci-Fi Channel). As such, the MST3K episode itself was something of a series finale as the staff wasn't sure it would be saved from cancellation. It also marked the final episode with Trace Beaulieu, who portrayed both longtime nemesis Dr. Forrester and the voice of Crow T. Robot.

The episode is available in the Gizmoplex here.

The Segments:

  • Crow and Servo introduce the "beyond thunderdome" zinger, as a bound and gagged Mike is unable to stop them.

Segment 1

  • Dr. Forrester calls the crew to inform them that the funding for his experiments has been cut and he's moving out of Deep 13 to live with Pearl, so he disconnects the Umbilicus and lets the Satellite of Love fall to its demise in Earth's atmosphere (and adds one more bad movie on top of it) while he packs. The 'Bots are able to activate the rocket thrusters and escape their decaying orbit, though they are without any control as the SOL drifts off into deep space.

Segment 2

  • Crow finds a MONAD satellite and brings it to the bridge. Mike and the 'Bots proceed to mock MONAD with their "imperfect" ribbing before shooting it out the airlock.

Segment 3

  • The SOL is suddenly stopped by a field of Starbabies. One of them gets stuck on the ship, forcing Mike and the 'Bots to begin a celestial diaper change.

Segment 4

  • As they move toward a black hole, Mike, dressed as Captain Janeway, steers the ship back on course. It succeeds, and then Mike gets really creepy.

Segment 5

  • The SOL finally ends its journey at the edge of the universe, leaving Mike and the 'Bots to ascend as points of pure energy. Back in Deep 13, Dr. F finds himself aging rapidly, then bedridden with a monolithic videotape of "The Worst Movie Ever Made", and finally being reborn as a star child. This delights Pearl, much to his chagrin.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • Product Placement: The film features a lot of characters purchasing and drinking Coca-Cola, something that does not go unnoticed by Mike and the Bots.
    Mike: Pepsi gave them big bucks to place Coke in this movie.
  • Regional Riff: The film uses a few bars of what sounds like an Injun Country riff when Billy blows up Chuck's car after the party. Crow is confused:
    Crow: That was Cochise's Charger?
  • Running Gag:
  • Sanity Slippage: Mike dressing as Capt. Janeway. Although s/he saves the S.O.L., s/he indulges herself with some "Proud Mary" afterward, Tina Turner-style.
  • Series Fauxnale: At this point, Comedy Central had canceled their run and they weren't sure about their future so they set this up to be a Series Finale. Fortunately, The Sci-Fi Channel swept in and gave it three more seasons.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "Neil Diamond: Hot August Nights."
    • The final scenes with Dr. F are a parody of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • Road House, which is Mike's standard of bad movies.
    • Star Trek: MONAD, Mike & the 'Bots falling into Trek mode when they take control of the Satellite of Love, and Servo imitating Scotty when he saves the satellite from falling into the atmosphere.
    • Star Trek: Voyager: Mike shows up in one sketch dressed as Captain Janeway. Things somehow drift into him singing "Proud Mary" in the style of Tina Turner.
      Crow: "Tom... just back away slowly... very slowly... now RUN!!"
    • A shot of a beach ball at a pool party leads to a joke about Rover.
    • "Can't we just get beyond Thunderdome?"note 
      • In-Joke: Best Brains had been using that line for years, and in the "finale", they wanted to somehow work it into the show.
    • Shots of the possessed Billy sporting a green face naturally invite references to The Mask.
    • Tom references Ivory Soap's slogan when mentioning his worry over potentially being "99 and 44/100%" pure energy.
      • It could also be a reference to Ronnie Milsap's song "Pure Love", given Tom spends the entire episode making shout-outs to other country music songs. (Of course, that song was itself also referencing Ivory Soap's slogan, so...)
  • Special Effects Failure: In-Universe:
    Mike: Oh no, his car turned into a sedan and crashed and exploded!
  • Straw Critic: The episode ends on a takedown of renowned film critic Leonard Maltin, both vicious and tongue-in-cheek, combing through his Movie Guide and pointing out the various critically acclaimed films given a worse rating than the 2½ stars Maltin gave Laserblast.
    • Maltin was mocked again for his positive review of The Undead, which the show lacerated in Season 8. He was a good sport, though — appearing As Himself in Season 9's Gorgo to help Pearl find a movie that would finally break the SOL's will.
  • Take That!: When Billy's van breaks down, Mike muses, "You know Ford, Fix Or Repair Daily."
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Happens to MONAD.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: In-universe, Mike and the 'Bots seem unsure if Mike London is a man or a woman. They also compare him to Gertrude Stein and "Michael Caine's puffy sister".
    Mike: [as Tony looks inquisitively at London] Are you a woman?
    Crow: [as London] Hmm, you're right, this data proves I'm a woman!
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Invoked:
    Mike: Uh, which Springfield? There's one in every state.
  • Wholesome Cross Dresser: Mike becomes Captain Janeway. While the 'Bots are initially disturbed, they find hir to be confident in command but yet still being feminine — until s/he channels hir inner Tina Turner.

Pearl: Another chance to do it right! Isn't this wonderful, baby?
Star Child Clayton: Oh, poopie.

Van Hippie: Faaaaar out!