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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 08 The She Creature

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Film watched: The She-Creature

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains examples of these tropes:

  • Alien Autopsy: In the opening segment, the alien Observers are about to dissect Bobo and Pearl. Bobo is first in line.
  • Amusing Injuries: Bobo sustains these after falling from orbit.
  • Blatant Lies: Pearl swears to not send a bad movie ever again if the SOL crew helps her and Bobo escape. In the middle of a screaming match with the other Observers (and Bobo) while holding a brain hostage (don't ask):
    Pearl: (gestures for everyone to shut up, which they do; turns to the camera; nonchalantly) Mike, I accidentally lied, your movie today is She-Creature. (everyone resumes yelling)
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  • Call-Back: The movie being about an actual hypnotist gives the crew ample opportunity to belt out "SLEEEEEEP!!"
  • Creepy Doll: Crow creates Tickle Me Carlo Lombardi, because what kid wouldn't want a fun friend like the pudgy, wide-eyed, mustachioed stage hypnotist of the movie? "And I made him sticky, so he's even more fun!"
  • Dull Surprise: Mike reads Lance Fuller's book on acting and takes up the Lance Fuller method: avoiding eye contact, mumbling lines, and a complete lack of emotional range, or indeed any emotions beyond "at most a mild show of petulant incredulity."
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: Pearl uses the classic "I got a sick man in here" ploy on the Observers, complete with rapping on the invisible force field "bars" with a cup. An invisible man. That the Observers created with their minds. Yes, they fall for it.
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  • Last of His Kind: Brain Guy becomes the last of the Observers in this episode... at least until The Deadly Bees reveals that his brethren spent the intervening years (which were technically in the future) reconstituting themselves.
  • Literal Genie: Inverted. It's precisely Mike's inexact wording that lets the Nanites interpret it as a Deadly Euphemism.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Planet Number 2 for Mike, as his ordering the Nanites to make a distraction in an attempt to help Pearl and Prof. Bobo, and later asking the Nanites to stop the Observers from preventing their escape, results in the destruction of the Observers' home planet. Also the Trope Namer:
    Servo: Mike, you blew up another planet! What is your deal?!
    Mike: I just asked them to take care of a little problem!
    Crow: And they did! Here comes Mike, Destroyer of Worlds!
    Servo: Oh, god of fire and vengeance — stay away from me!
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  • No One Should Survive That: Pearl and Bobo live through being at ground zero for the destruction of another planet, and manage to bring one of the Observers along for the ride. Bobo also somehow survives atmospheric reentry. But it's just a show.invoked
  • Poor Communication Kills: This time Mike destroys a planet because the Literal Genie Nanites take his vague request to distract the Observers as permission to go hog-wild and blow it up.
  • Running Gag: "SLEEEEEEEEEEP!!!"
  • Shout-Out: Donald Duck has the Ring of Power!
  • Sick Captive Scam: Successfully used by Pearl, despite being alone in the invisible force field the Observers have her trapped in. While the other Observers are distracted, Pearl lures the remaining Observer (the future Brain Guy!) into the force field by telling him "Your friend Observer created an invisible man with his mind and put him in here with me." When the Brain Guy gets close, Pearl takes his brain and holds it hostage, standing off the other Observers while threatening to stab it with a hairpin.
  • Some Kind of Force Field: The Observers have Pearl trapped in one as she awaits her Alien Autopsy.
  • Story Arc: The Observers' arc ends with the destruction of their planet and Observer (the one played by Bill Corbett) joining Pearl and Bobo to have his revenge on Mike.
  • The Stinger: The last non-movie stinger: Bobo groaning in pain after falling from the Widowmaker onto the planet below.
  • We Need a Distraction: Pearl begs the SOL crew to distract the Observers before they dissect Bobo. At Mike's request, the nanites disable the tractor beam holding the SOL trapped above the Observer's home planet... then destroy the planet at his vaguely-worded request to "take care of a little problem."



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