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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 09 E 06 The Space Children

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Films watched: Century 21 Calling (short) and The Space Children

The MST3K presentation has examples of:

  • And There Was Much Rejoicing:
    All: (as crowd) Yaaay!
    Crow: Are you sure he's dead, now?
    Mike: (as paramedic): Oyah.
    All: Yaaay!
  • Ash Face: Happens to Mike as the result of a botched model rocket launch.
  • Berserk Button: During Century 21 Calling Mike is upset about the fees for touch-tone phone service despite the universal adoption of the technology.
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  • Call-Back: The Reel Life vs Real Life Music pops up, but this time during the Jackie Coogan Summer ensemble showcase.
  • Canada, Eh?: Mike and the 'bots conjecture that the blob overlooks Canada in its attempt at forced disarmament, leaving the world quaking under a Canadian hegemony.
  • Creepy Child: "We're the Children of the Damned you've heard so much about."
  • Fan Disservice: Crow works out his trauma by hosting a Jackie Coogan fashion show, displaying sketches of the man in increasingly skimpier outfits.
    Mike: C'mon Crow! Okay, so Coogan wore some goofy outfits in this movie, but can't we leave him with a modicum of dignity?
    Crow: No! No we can't, Mike. I'm hurting, I've got to lash out, and we're going to see this thing through to the end! Next card! Here's the ultradignified Coogan getting a teensie bit naughty, in this French-cut thong singlet...
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  • Mind Rape: In the film.
    Crow: This is the exact moment he became Uncle Fester.
    Servo: And lo, he put his head in a vice, and slept on a bed of nails.
  • Mondegreen: Dr. Wahrman is interpreted as "Dr. Woman" and paired off against Colonel Manley.
    • Mike and the bots also hear "phone the depot" as "phone the Devil".
      • Because the soldiers in the movie pronounce it DEH-po, which may be common in the military (and "devil" is about the closest-sounding word), but American civilians know it as DEE-po.
    • One that immediately follows but isn't picked up by the riffers is the order to "Phone Eagle Point," sounds more like "Evil Point."
  • Parental Neglect: Several riffs exploit this, like when the kids insist they heard something.
    Ann Brewster: Children, will you just stop it?!
    Crow: [as Ann] Stop trying to form a bond with us! We had you! Isn't that enough?
  • Poor Communication Kills: Mike and the 'bots build a model rocket, but it fails to launch. When Mike goes over to check on it:
    Mike: Now remember, don't turn it on until I say!
    Servo: (offscreen) What, turn it on?
    Mike: No, don't turn it on!
    Servo: (offscreen) Okay!
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  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: In Century 21 Calling.
  • Running Gag:
    • Budweiser jokes off of Bud's name. The best part is that, according to Mighty Jack's MST3K fan site, the kid who played Bud Brewster later married into the Heineken beer fortune.
    • Servo mentioning that the beach must be "where the children playeee-yay-yay-yay-yay!", in reference to Cat Stevens, along with Crow telling him to knock it off in various languages.
    • The crew also get a lot of mileage from The Professor behaving like a drunken jerk.
    • Plus there's the fact that after Pearl's attempt at videoconferencing, all Mike and the bots' riffing has a distinct echo to it.
    • Diets of hot dogs.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During "Century 21 Calling", some stock music from William Loose and Emil Cadkin plays. Crow observes: "Ren and Stimpy music!"
    • Crow sings a line from Hole's bleak anti-materialism hit "Doll Parts" to the tune of the jazzy musical finish of "Century 21 Calling":
    Crow: (singing) Somedayyy you'll ache like I ache...!
  • Special Guest: The Blob From Heaven shows up on the SoL to convince Mike and the 'bots to get rid of their nuclear stockpiles. Turns out Servo kept a "neutron device" under his bed as a deterrent against "Uh... Well, you guys."
  • Swiss Cheese Security:
    Crow: Russian agents stealthily approach the checkpoint, see the "Stop" signs, and turn away defeated.
  • Take That!: When we're shown the blank, lifeless look on Joe's face when his son finds him dead in his chairnote :
    (monotone) "...I just watched Gilligan's Island."
  • X Called; They Want Their Y Back: On seeing the title for Century 21 Calling, Mike remarks "They want their little gold jacket back."


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