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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 01 Revenge Of The Creature

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Film watched: Revenge of the Creature

This episode marked several changes. It was the first episode aired on the Sci-Fi Channel, the first to have Bill Corbett play Crow, and ushered in an era of of episode-to-episode serialization as mandated by their new SF overlords.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble:
    Bobo: Your movie this week is Revenge of the Creature. It is a see-QUELL to Creature from the Black Lagoon.
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  • Accidental Misnaming: Crow keeps forgetting Mike's name.
  • All There in the Manual: Bobo and company's headquarters went unnamed on-screen, but was called "Deep Ape" by the crew.
  • Ascended Fanon: invoked Deep Ape is never referred to by that name on the show, but the Brains were so taken with the Fan Nickname that they started calling it that behind the scenes as well.
  • Avenging the Villain: Pearl vows to keep the experiments going in memory of her son Clayton... who she killed.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Peanut, even for an ape.
  • Continuity Nod: When the "music supervision" credit comes up and some familiar-sounding organ music is heard:
    Servo: Pfft...yeah, great supervision: "Gimme a needle-drop on some This Island Earth music."
  • Cue Card Pause: In the opening segment, Mike sees that the SOL is about to crash into a planet:
    Crow: Well, you could pull that emergency brake cord right up there...
    Mike: [pulls cord, making the ship shudder violently to a halt]
    Crow: ...but don't do that, because you might drop the tranny right out of the middle... well, NOBODY ASKED YOU TO COME BACK HERE!
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  • Developing Doomed Characters: Lampshaded by Mike:
    Mike: [almost an hour into the movie] Ladies and gentlemen - the Revenge has finally begun!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: For the Sci-Fi Channel era, the concept of Pearl in pursuit of the SOL in her VW Microbus isn't there yet (although it's mentioned in the theme song), and Bill Corbett's stiff puppeting performance as Crow (who, Corbett later joked, had apparently "suffered a stroke" during the 500-year interval) is a little awkward to see.
    • According to the Guide, Corbett was trying to do an impression of Trace Beaulieu's Crow. After a few episodes, they told him to just use his natural voice.
      • ....and Bobo appears somewhat intelligent, scholarly, and the head of Deep Ape, often scolding his goofball sidekick, Dr. Peanut.
  • Explosive Breeder: The Nanites. Crow tells Mike he "won two at a county fair a while back", and there are now "enough to populate several small planets".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Servo's reaction upon learning of Mike's descendants'... tastes in sexual partners.
    Servo: I'm locking up my sock monkey, that's for sure.
  • Happy Ending Override: Baby Forrester grew up to be a jerk and Pearl killed him.
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  • Hello, Nurse!: Invoked as the Creature's reaction to Lori Nelson in her underwear:
    Crow: Okay, I think I'm over her now. AY, CHIHUAHUA!
  • I Am Not Weasel: Professor Bobo, a mountain gorilla, takes great offense to Servo calling him "Mr. Orangutan".
  • Insistent Terminology:
    Peanut: ... and I'm Peanut!
    Bobo: Doctor Peanut! [*smack*]
  • Interspecies Romance: Apes rule the world because of many marriages between humans and apes. Much to Mike's irritation, each case involved a descendant of his.
  • It Will Never Catch On: "This guy is bad. This is his first and last movie."
  • Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: The stock sound effect is heard almost immediately as the movie begins; Mike recognizes it as the call of "the ooh-ooh-ah-ah creature."
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Crow completely forgets who Mike is, while remembering Servo and Gypsy. (Though the concept of the experiments is also lost on him.)
  • Laugh with Me!: Pearl with the apes at the episode's end.
  • My Beloved Smother: Literally, as Pearl killed Clayton by smothering him with a pillow.
  • Noodle Incident: Crow won the original two Nanites at a fair.
  • Offing the Offspring: Pearl smothered Clayton.
  • Oh, the Humanity!: During the movie:
    Servo: Oh, the tepidity.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: When the SOL crew and Bobo first encounter each other via the monitors. It even continues across a commercial break.
  • Reset Button: The season 7 finale, Laserblast, ended with Mike, Tom, Crow, and Gypsy turning into pure energy and exiting the SOL. However, since the show got picked up again, they had to come back to the ship and revert to their original forms.
  • Running Gag: The Creature feels the need to snap an alligator in half to impress people.
    • Clete's repeated declarations of his own handsomeness.
    • The Long List of celebrities supposedly appearing in "A Tributary to the Upper Amazon".
      Crow: ... with Edna St. Vincent Millay and Topo Gi-
  • Sanity Slippage / Fridge Horror: Crow got bored of being pure energy almost immediately and stayed on the SOL alone most of the time for 500 years.
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  • Society Marches On: In the opening segment, Crow is reading George magazine, which was shuttered in 2001.
  • Something Completely Different: Seemingly, at first. Mike and the 'bots return to the Satellite after 500 years separately journeying the cosmos after transforming into pure energy at the edge of the universe in Laserblast. After establishing that Earth has been conquered by apes in the meantime, it's seemingly back to business as usual as Doctor Zaius Expy Professor Bobo sends them a movie as decreed by the Lawgiver... revealed, at the end of the episode, to be none other than Pearl Forrester.
    • Season 8 begins the show's Sci-Fi Channel tenure. Among the more noticeable changes: an ongoing arc, at least for this season, in the form of Pearl chasing the SOL across time and space, rather than simply holding them captive in stationary orbit over Earth — with recurring supporting characters in the form of the apes, Observers, pod aliens, space children, and ancient Romans. Best Brains chafed under the restriction and were glad to largely return to the old formula the following season, simply swapping out Deep 13 for Castle Forrester, but the conceit did provide some very funny episodes and a very strange combination of villains for the show's final seasons (until The Return) who might never have been conceived otherwise.
  • Spoiler Opening: Starting with this episode, the show has a new theme song that gives away that Pearl is the new Big Bad (which is supposed to be revealed during the final host segment), and that the show will involve her chasing the SOL through space (which won't happen for another 3 episodes).
  • Story Arc: The beginning of the Deep Ape arc.
  • Take Over the World: Crow says the Nanites' ultimate goal is universal domination. Mike doesn't seem to care. Given that they can be decimated by eyebrow mites or accidentally dropping spare change on them, he may have good cause not to.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Averted. Crow is delighted they're going to actually see a movie. Mike has to remind him that's what they did for years 500 years ago.
  • Time Skip: It's been over 500 years since the last episode.
  • Waxing Lyrical: When Bobo informs the SOL crew that they're now in the year 2525.
    Servo: 2525??! Is man still alive?
    Gypsy: Did woman survive?
    Crow: Can you pick your son, pick your daughter too, from the bottom of a long glass tube?
  • Wham Episode: Mike and the bots are back in the SOL. 500 years have gone by on Earth while they were gone and humanity has been entirely replaced by sentient apes. And Pearl Forrester is the new Big Bad.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: On learning of Mike's descendants', er, "taste" in partners.
    Crow: Mike, I think I speak for all of us when I say: GOOD ONE, NELSON!
    Servo: I'm locking up my sock monkey, that's for sure.


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