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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 06 The Undead

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Film watched: The Undead

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of this movie contains examples of:

  • Batty Lip Burbling: During the lengthy and involved STAYYY!! climactic final choice, right in the middle of Diane-or-Helene's big speech:
    Diane/Helene: I must have help... [sobs] but it can come from none of thee. If I die while here, dozens more beyond that veil of death...
    Servo: [as Diana/Helene] What I'm saying is *bbbilboblbldldy*
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  • Brain Bleach
    Servo: You know, Smolkin's naked sometimes, Mike.
    Mike: ...Oh, damn you, Servo.
  • But Wait, There's More!: When Satan appears in the graveyard, and people line up to sell their souls to him:
    Servo: If you pledge your soul, you'll get a Satan tote bag.
  • Call-Forward: Sort of — Bobo sings the first few bars of "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" over and over while making his midnight snack. The next episode, Terror from the Year 5000 has the Observers doing their best Ink Spots impression with "When I Held Your Brain in My Arms".
  • Continuity Nod:
  • Damned by Faint Praise: When the Observers are looking over the results of the IQ tests given to the cast
    Observer: The one called "Gypsy" did rather well. 80th Percentile among robots of her kind, of which there is only one.
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  • Flashback Stares: The 'bots insist that Mike provides a COMPLETE recap of events up to and before his employment at Deep 13 — unfortunately, they send him back too far (complete with Kubrick Stare.)
    Mike: Never figured out why they fired me... hmm. Ah, yeah... I was late a lot, there was that... quite a bit, actually... showed up that one time from that kegger — I was all stinky, I hadn't showered... punched that guy from accounting that one time...
    Tom: [nervous] Th-this isn't helping, Mike...
    Mike: Someone really had it out for me, though... think I know who it was too... Oh, yeah...
    Crow: M-Mike, honey... you're... you're scaring us...
  • Genius Bonus: Bobo stacking boxes to find a reward is a reference to Sultan the chimpanzee, one of the early success stories in measuring problem-solving and learning capacity in apes. invoked
    Bobo: HEY! Where's the banana?
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  • Got Me Doing It: The constant mispronunciation of "Pendragon" eventually spread to Crow. His reaction was so natural it's hard to tell if he did that intentionally.
    Crow: If I were starting a pyramid scheme, I'd start with PENdra-gun. Dragon.
  • Ho Yay: Invoked by Mike when PENdra-gun is describing his encounter with Quintis:
    Pendragon: Oddly he spoke. Oddly he looked upon me.
    Mike: Oddly did I feel down there.
  • The Imp: During the final segment, Crow dons an imp costume and pretends to be the imp from the film, which consists mainly of cackling and periodically exclaiming, "I'm an imp!".
  • Insistent Terminology: Servo insists it's Pen-DRAGon, as opposed to PENdra-gun, or Pendra-GON. (He's right.)
  • Male Gaze: They eat it up when Livia is introduced with a slow pan up her body. And as Helene walks onscreen in her dress that draws your eye to a certain location:
    Servo: Showcasing: Breasts!
  • Nightmare Fuel: invoked Crow's reaction upon seeing the cackling imp is the Trope Namer.
    "That’s some good old-fashioned nightmare fuel."
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Power Incontinence: Livia, a witch from the film, escapes into the SoL, but is unable to control her powers and winds up transformed into a bottle of bleach. (She does make Crow scream in terror when she briefly turns into Pearl.)
  • Running GSTAY!!!!ag
  • Shout-Out:
  • Simpleton Voice: Mike and Crow affect these upon finding out that Tom proved himself intelligent enough to join the Observers.
  • Strange-Syntax Speaker: One of the knights goes a little farther in his broken Ye Olde Englishe. Mike takes full advantage when he gets jumped.
    Mike: Me help! Attacked I'm being! Hitting me stop you must! God dear bleeding am I! Break my leg think I did you!
  • Stylistic Suck: Digger Smolkin's standards album in Segment 4, where every song is disrupted by his corpse/rat/filth Verbal Tic. To the tune of "Send In The Clowns":
    Smolkin: Isn't it rats? Aren't we a corpse? Losing my coffin this time of the filth~
  • Take That!:
    • Servo has Mike put on Leonard Maltin-esque glasses and fake beard and then read a Humiliation Conga statement in Maltin's voice so that Servo can yell at him as retaliation for giving The Undead three stars in his Video Guide.
    • A younger Mike having been a big fan of the music of Shaun Cassidy is treated as a shameful admission by everyone but Mike.
    • And then there's this little bit...
      Witch: Wake the Emperor of Hell.
      Crow: You know Michael Eisner?
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Crow has this reaction upon seeing Roger Corman's name in the credits.
    Crow: Well, that's it, we're doomed.
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Mocked thoroughly whenever it appears, for instance:
    Servo: [as knight pulling Smolkin over] Pullest thy vehicle to the curb and showest me thy driver's license and registration. Did thou knowest how fast thou was driving?
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: Once again, Mike opens himself up for mockery by revealing yet another snippet of his dorky '80s lifestyle when he pulls out his record collection:
    Mike: Yeah, I told you guys, I thought Digger Smolkin sounded familiar, so I dug out this old album I bought at a garage sale the same time I bought my beloved copy of Shaun Cassidy's Wasp.
    Servo: Mike, every single reference to your past paints an ever-darker picture of a damaged, lonely little man.
    [Beat]
    Mike: ...Ahh, says you. Do you want to hear Digger Smolkin or not?
    Servo: Are you kidding? Slap that on there, you wonderful man!
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Nobody's impressed with Pendragon stabbing Livia, satanic Evil Sorceress or not.
    Mike: And our brave knight stabs an unarmed woman! Way to go, Pendra-GON.



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