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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 13 Jack Frost

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...could eat no... frost.

Film watched: Morozko aka Jack Frost

The last of the four Russo-Finnish films featured on the show. This is notable for being the Trope Namer for The Freelance Shame Squad, coined by Crow to describe a group of villagers in the movie who always show up in time to laugh at wicked stepsister Marfushka.

The Segments:

  • Mike, as Lord of the Dance, performs alongside with Crow and Servo to an audience of Gypsy.

Segment 1

  • Bobo and Brain Guy contact the SOL, as Pearl's dropping off the Space Children. The two disagree on who is the leader and the list of tasks Pearl left, which leads Mike brought down as mediator. He tricks Brain Guy into taking his place in today's experiment, but sees through it by Movie Sign.

Segment 2

  • Crow brings in Yakov Smirnoff to help them on today's movie, but he's no expert.

Segment 3

  • Crow announces to Mike and Servo that he's a bear. Meanwhile, Bobo and Brian Guy bond with each other by complaining about Pearl. Crow keeps being a bear in the theater, but changes back.

Segment 4

  • Crow hires a better expert for the film than Yakov Smirnoff, Earl Torgeson, after several associations between him and Rocky IV, but he's no help.

Segment 5

  • Servo is "adowable and pwecious", which confuses Mike and Crow. Over beer, Bobo and Brain Guy drunkenly argue about the best ape movie, forcing Mike to come down to the planet to pick. Pearl returns and ends the argument.


The MST3K presentation contains examples of:

  • Alan Smithee: In-Universe, Mike posits that every name in the credits is Russian for this.
  • All the Good Men Are Gay:
    Mike: Every time I meet a man he's either gay or a bear.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, Servo dubs Nastenka as, "One of the greatest criminal masterminds of the 20th century," but doesn't really elaborate. He also referred to her having a "conniving face" and being "maliciously cute."
  • Bait-and-Switch: In the last host segment, Pearl arrives and says, "What the hell...?!" You think she's going to berate Bobo and Brain Guy for drinking on the job (not to mention bringing Mike down), but all she's objecting to is their argument that either Any Which Way You Can or Every Which Way But Loose is the best ape movie.
  • Bat Deduction: Crow's reasoning starts with (naturally) assuming that the obvious touchstone for Soviet culture and Russian folklore is a behind-the-scenes understanding of Rocky IV, and of course who better to talk about Rocky IV than the band who composed its iconic theme song "Eye of the Tiger" — specifically their drummer, who didn't join the band until years later. The chain of bad assumptions somehow results in the Satellite getting a butcher named Earl Torgeson from Sanford, Maine to talk about Russian folklore. Earl doesn't notice they're there and hangs up without saying anything about Russia, Folklore, or even meat.
  • Becoming the Mask: Crow puts on his bear costume and insists he's a bear. He then eats half of Servo and buries the other half for later. Servo's not pleased. (Servo would get his revenge on Crow!Bear three episodes later.)
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: invoked The bear cubs picking up and running off with gigantic mushrooms are never explained, but Mike and the bots quit riffing and just chuckle at the overly cute sight.
  • Call-Back:
    • "Am I Kirok?"
    • "I thought I was Dale."
  • Call-Forward: Possibly unintentionally, but Mike chides Crow for taking his bear simulations too far and mentions that it happens with some frequency. Three episodes later, we see it again.
  • "Cavemen vs. Astronauts" Debate / Fandom Rivalry: Bobo argues with Observer with which is the better ape movie: Every Which Way but Loose (Observer's choice) or its sequel Any Which Way You Can (Bobo's preference). Pearl settles matters with Dunston Checks In (though it's only resolved because Pearl says so).
  • Failed a Spot Check: Pearl threatens Mike, not noticing that he's standing right behind her.
  • Happy Ever After
    Mike: Yeah, until the Mushroom Guy moved in...
  • Incredibly Lame Pun
    Bear Ivan: Nastenka! What's the matter?
    Crow: (as Ivan) Am I un-bear-able?
    • Later:
      Crow: (As a cat sits next to a spider web) How do you like my web site?
      Mike: (Groans)
  • Mind Screw: Since they didn't have any knowledge of the original Russian stories blended together to form the plot, let alone enough familiarity to tell what was changed or exaggerated for the sake of humour and what wasn't, this was what Mike and the Bots' considered the film to be. Not that the scripters of the dub seemed to have any greater clue. (Calling Baba Yaga "The Hunchback Fairy"? Really?)
    Crow: So, the premise of this movie is that everyone is just nuttier than all get-out?
  • No Pronunciation Guide
    Crow: [during the credits] Oh, N-hykhnekh!
  • Owls Ask "Who?": Parodied as a quick riff when a close-up of an owl appears on-screen.
    Tom Servo: What! Uh, I mean, when! Who! I'm sorry — who!
  • Poor Man's Substitute: Invoked in one of the host segments; Crow wanted to get insight about the film, but the only person available is a sausage wholesaler who doesn't seem to be aware of their presence.
  • Right Behind Me: Except Pearl is so evil she isn't even put off by it — and is more interested in getting a brewsky anyway.
  • Russian Reversal: Well, naturally, since Yakov Smirnoff (okay, a Smirnoff look-alike, but whatever) makes an appearance in one of the host segments.
  • Shirtless Scene: Mike as the Lord of the Dance.
  • Shout-Out
    • One to Duck Soup when the dog comes barking out of its kennel:
    Crow: Now, back into Harpo's chest!
    Mike: (as Father Mushroom) Hey-oh, day-oh, Tom Bombadil-o!

    Mike: (as Father Mushroom keeps popping in and out of invisibility) Frodo gets drunk and screws with the neighbors.
    • When a group of women run away from a bear-headed Ivan, Mike says that the film's going to go into slow motion with Barber's "Adagio for Strings" as a soundtrack.
    • After Wicked Stepmother slaps Mafusha.
    Crow: It's Mrs. Creosote!
    Tom Servo: I didn't know there were that many land mines left in Narnia.
    • At the start of one scene, a roasted pig is shown on the table. Tom immediately laments: "Babe!! (sobbing)"
    Tom Servo: On Wilbur, on Gordy, on Babe!
    • Oklahoma!: "Oh what a beautiful (gibberish Russian), oh what a beautiful (gibberish Russian)..."
    • Grateful Dead: "I thought Jerry Garcia was 'Father Mushroom'."
    • "Paul Williams!"
    • When Ivan is turned into a bear:
    Ivan!Crow: Dammit Puck, this time you've gone too far!.
  • This Is Gonna Suck
    Mike: ...So the first plot point involves knitting socks. I think we're in for quite a ride, guys!
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: (When a rooster crows several times) Tom: "Boy, Peter must be going around denying everybody today!"
  • Waxing Lyrical: When Ivan asks Nastenka to forgive him, Tom puts the lyrics to "Take on Me" in his mouth.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: invoked The crew has quite a lot of fun with these jokes when Father Mushroom shows up.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • This is Servo's reaction after Nastenka convinces the Rosy Fingered Dawn to go back below the horizon so she can finish knitting her stockings and avoid punishment from her stepmother.
      Servo: Eh, the world's thrown into chaos, earthquakes, floods... but that's fine, you knit your sock.
    • Crow pre-emptively calls out Jack Frost as he's out frosting things and begins to approach Nastenka.
      Crow: Don't frost her, you big-!
  • Wicked Stepmother: Servo joins in on the Lampshade Hanging.
    Ivan: You must have a very wicked stepmother.
    Servo: (as Nastenka) Yep, standard issue.


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