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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S08 E01: 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 Segments:

  • After having spent 500 years at the edge of the universe, Mike Nelson, Tom Servo, and Gypsy find themselves inexplicably drawn back into the Satellite of Love. Crow, having gotten bored of being pure energy in five minutes, has spent all his free time renovating the SOL. He doesn't seem to remember Mike.

Segment 1

  • As Mike and the 'Bots try to figure out where and when they are, they land in the orbit of a planet where apes have evolved from men. The head ape scientist, Professor Bobo, takes interest in his new guests and declares that in accordance with Ape Law, Mike and the 'Bots must watch really bad movies.

Segment 2

  • Mike and Servo are trying to repair the damaged SOL. Crow introduces them to the Nanites, who despite their omnipotence in running the SOL don't do anything without work orders.

Segment 3

  • The SOL gets a new visitor: an angry alien who demands to speak with Servo about an important matter.

Segment 4

  • Crow shows off his new espresso machine. Mike tries to jog Crow's memory of him, but the robot still acts as if Mike is a total stranger.

Segment 5

  • Mike learns to his horror that all his descendants married apes, resulting in the current ape-ruled Earth. The crew are then introduced to the apes' Lawgiver... Pearl Forrester, still alive thanks to some reasonably-priced cryogenic freezing. Dr. Forrester is long-gone, and Pearl has promised him on his deathbed that so long as she lives, the bad movies will never end for Mike.

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle:
    Bobo: Your movie this week is Revenge of the Creature. It is a see-QUELL to Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  • 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. However, viewers will note that Bobo's acting like his usual later self; he's just scholarly in comparison to the rest of his fellow apes.
  • 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".
  • Happy Ending Override: Baby Forrester grew up to be a jerk and Pearl killed him.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: 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. He's also completely forgotten about the experiments.
  • 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.
    • Tom's adventures at the edge of the universe.
  • 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 feeling 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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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 was before the time they offhandedly blew up a planet.
  • 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 on 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.