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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 08 E 16 Prince Of Space

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Hey, I'm in space already! Damn!

Film watched: Prince of Space

"The movie was made bearable only by the fact that we ate sushi for lunch. Also, Krankor and company's droopy crotch areas made me have to close my eyes so I missed a good deal of the movie."
- Bridget Jones

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation has examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: At one point late in the film, Phantom tells his underlings, "Take a four hour break." Mike and the bots chuckle at this uncharacteristically funny line of dialogue.
  • All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles, Apparently, the men at the beginning watch ultra-violent porn cartoons. Later, ultra-violent porn comics are mentioned.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Pearl Forrester's explanation as to why she's chasing Professor Bobo into the wormhole.
  • Artistic License – Sports: A mild case - the crew responds to the line "It's the Commissioner!" with "Pete Rozelle?" At the time the film was released (1959), the NFL commissioner would've been Rozelle's predecessor, Bert Bell (Rozelle took over in 1960). At the time of the MST3K episode's airing (1997), Rozelle had long since been succeeded as commissioner by Paul Tagliabue (He'd also been dead for a year).
  • Bizarro Episode, both In-Universe and out: The SOL spends the episode traveling through a Negative Space Wedgie, resulting in such weirdness as Mike being retconned into a ventriloquist puppet robot, the characters being knocked into separate timeframes while trying to have a conversation, and the Satellite's bridge spontaneously morphing into a "sylvan glen".
    • The "sylvan glen" sketch is notable as being the only outdoor shot in the show's entire ten-year run. And for those curious, it was the corporate park behind the studio.
  • Brain Bleach: Mike and the 'bots don't react well to Japanese penises perfectly outlined in costumes that apparently the actors had to go commando in.
    Mike: (disgusted) What gets into some civilizations?!
    • Undies were apparently not a huge thing for the Japanese back then, so it's less "had to" and more "why bother?"
      Mike: Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe! Chafe!
  • Butterfly of Doom: Pearl refers to this when she explains to Observer why they're following Bobo into the wormhole. (To make sure he doesn't un-invent slot machines, for one thing.)
  • Cliffhanger: "Welcome... to Roman Times!" "Guards, seize them!" (dramatic sting)
  • Continuity Nod: "We are Ken!"
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Bot!Mike whines that Servo and Crow normally respect him as the leader. Crow's response?
    "Sorry, Mike, I only take orders from Willie Tyler and Lester!"
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  • Ending Fatigue: Mocked: invoked After Phantom orders his minions to shoot at the Prince for the hundredth time...
    Crow: Come on, the movie's over. Let's just... let's just get out of here.
  • GASP: Servo gives a loud, startled one when Puppet!Mike turns into Human!Mike during the commercial break.
  • Just Shoot Him: The aliens plan to kill the scientists near the end of the film, by putting them in capsules one at a time and launching them into space.
    Crow: Wouldn't it be cheaper and quicker to just bludgeon them right there?
  • It Will Never Catch On:
    Mike (as Japanese man): Okay, two Italian guys dodge mushrooms thrown by a monkey.
    Servo (as Japanese children): I dunno.
  • Musical Gag: Two of them: When the camera zooms in on a house, Mike hums the theme to Leave It to Beaver, and later when the camera pans up an office building, Crow hums The Bob Newhart Show theme.
  • Oh, the Humanity!:
    Mike: "Oh, the inanity!"
    Crow: "Oh the Japanity!"
  • The Oner: One of the skits has Mike and the Bots doing one long take with their personal clocks set about three seconds part. That they held it together and kept to the time dilation is a thing of wonder.
  • Pan and Scan: The movie was shot in widescreen, but the MST presentation was in the usual 4:3. As a result, certain scenes have characters completely off-screen, resulting in Crow asking, "Who's talking??"
  • Parrot Exposition: This episode is the Former Trope Namer (Prince Of Space Sir). See right below for how annoying this trope was to Mike and the 'bots.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Oh, for crying out — EACH! OF! YOU! WILL! ENTER! A! SPACE! CAPSULE!!!"
  • Race Name Basis: When the Dictator of Krankor appears on the Satellite at the end, Mike introduces him as "my wife, Krankor?" Aside from the obvious joke (Krankor is not Mike's wife in this or any other universe), Krankor is the name of the planet the invaders are from. (He's also not the Phantom of Krankor the Phantom Dictator of Krankor, cool as either might sound, but rather Phantom, Dictator of Krankor — as in his name is Phantom.)
  • Running Gag:
    • "We like it very much!"
    • Many jokes about Prince.
    Mike: (as Prince) Just call me 'The Artist'!
    • Clucking whenever the villains are on-screen.
    • Constantly noting the incompetence of the villains.
      Crow: We've filled our pants, SIR!
      Servo: Ready.... mince! Mince! Mince! Mince! Mince! Mince!
    • Variations on The Prince's declaration of "Your weapons have no effect on me!"
    • Exclamations of "Oh!"/"Prince of Space!" from the kidnapped world leaders in the climax.
  • Shout-Out:
    • At the beginning, the camera zooms in on a house. Mike hums the Leave It to Beaver theme.
    • Similarly, a few scenes later the camera pans up a building, prompting Crow to hum The Bob Newhart Show theme.
  • Shown Their Work: The writers did a good job of having Servo early and Crow late - paying close attention to the dialog, viewers can see how the conversation would have gone in real time. (Gypsy blurts out all her lines at once.)
  • Special Effects Failure: Invoked as needed. Of a Forced Perspective shot which is meant to be Krankor jumping up to the rooftop next to Prince of Space:
    Mike: [as Krankor] I'll throw my doll at you!
  • Special Guest: The Phantom of Krankor visits the ship as part of a prank by Mike.
  • Story Arc: The beginning of the "Roman Times" arc. The rest of the season will be spent time-traveling in one form or another.
  • Time Travel: The wormhole eventually deposits everyone above Earth in the heyday of ancient Rome.
  • "Teeny Weenie Away!"
  • Unexplained Recovery: After a commercial break, Robot!Mike suddenly becomes human again and Servo yells out in surprise. His explanation?
  • Worth It: Mike is at one point turned into a small robot puppet with an antennae sticking out of his head. Despite Mike trying to save the day with Applied Phlebotinum (which is cribbed word for word from a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode), the robots can't help but laugh.
    Mike!Robot: Come on, you guys are going to get annihilated and stuff!
    Crow: Oh, I don't care! It's Worth It just to see you like this!


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