Film watched: Gorgo
Before DVD and Digital releases, this experiment only aired twice on its premiere day. It was taken down from rotation due to copyright disputes.
The episode is available on Shout! Factory TV here.
- Crow's nesting an egg for a Spix's macaw. He soon gains another egg.
- Crow fires hot lead at weasels trying eat the eggs. Meanwhile, Pearl is in Los Angeles with film critic Leonard Maltin to present today's experiment, Gorgo. He says that the film sent two of his assistant editors to the hospital.
- Mike and the Bots stage a production of Waiting for Gorgot.
- Mike tries to play Trivial Pursuit: William Sylvester Edition with Crow and Servo, but they don't care.
- The Nanites set up a circus with live animals, carnival games and acrobats (and Nate the Clown). Mike drops some quarters, which wreaks havoc on the circus (and Nate the Clown).
- Crow and Servo are in hot water with the mob over their planned line of Gorgo erotic calendars when they can't find a single woman in today's film. Mike points out two; one in Nara Island, another during Mama Gorgo's rampage. Pearl and Maltin are shocked as the film seemingly had no serious effect on Mike or the 'Bots. For a worse film, Maltin suggests one with Mickey Rourke, and teams up with Pearl for future experiments.
The MST3K presentation contains examples of:
- Accidental Misnaming:
- Big "SHUT UP!": Tom makes Mama Gorgo give one as she's roaring when the obnoxious reporter gives one navel-gazing monologue too many.
- British Teeth: Mike quips that Gorgo has the best teeth in England.
- To The Touch of Satan:Crow: Hi, I'm Gorgo — but I'm not Mormo of the thousand-faced moon.
- To the Gamera movies:Crow: Go play on Gamera's back, kid, I'm not into it.
- Mike wants to play Trivial Pursuit: William Sylvester Edition, based on the 2001: A Space Odyssey actor's presence in this movie, as well as Devil Doll and Riding With Death. The 'Bots can't be bothered.
- To The Touch of Satan:
- The Cameo: Entertainment Tonight critic Leonard Maltin appears to advise Pearl on what bad movies to show Mike and the bots. He recommends this; while he confesses to liking it himself (having given it an above-average rating in his movie guide), it supposedly put two of his assistant editors into intensive care.
- Celebrity Resemblance:
- Comically Small Bribe: Maltin agrees to help Pearl because she promised him a light lunch at Skybar (actually just an appetizer). She later threatens to downgrade it to a small decaf at Starbucks.
- Contemplate Our Navels: A reporter repeatedly gives speeches of this nature during the film's climax, much to Mike and the Bots' annoyance.Crow: WOULD YOU DIE?!
- Continuity Nod: Maltin's appearance, as well as referencing the rather favorable review he gave it, is also a call-back to a pair of bits in the earlier Laserblast and The Undead episodes. In Laserblast, Mike and the 'bots read out the various critically-acclaimed films ranked worse or no better than Laserblast's 2½ stars (like The Name of the Rose, Seven Samurai, etc.). In The Undead (given a full three stars in Maltin's Video Guide), Tom has Mike dress up as Maltin so he can freak out at him.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Crow and Mike's conversation about Crow getting a nest built on his head:Mike: See, what I don't understand is how you didn't notice them actually building a nest.
Crow: Well, I was aware of some activity, Mike, but ::tch:: it's the top of my head! I suppose you know everything that's going on on the top of your head at all times?
Mike: (Beat) I guess not...
- Eiffel Tower Effect:
- Empathy Doll Shot: The movie plays it straight. But then...Mike: (as the shot cuts to tanks) Now tanks are brought in to roll over the doll!
- Inherently Funny Words: "Dorkin."
- Loan Shark: Crow and Tom borrowed money from "a New Jersey firm, rough-looking guys in late-model cars" to finance their "hunks and babes of Gorgo" calendars. Bad idea.Crow: Right! Now, there's the problem: save our lives.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: This time, Mike inadvertently brings chaos to the Nanites' circus (and Nate the Clown) by dropping his two bits directly on the counter, causing death and destruction and freeing the caged nanoscopic animals. As a bit of Fridge Horror, this is the last episode where the Nanites appear, and they're never mentioned again.
- One-Sided Arm-Wrestling: A bored-looking Bobo easily tosses around Brain Guy.
- Scotireland: Some of the riffs are based on Scottish stereotypes, despite the setting being explicitly an Irish island. Played for Laughs, the joke being that they know Samuel Beckett is Irish as well as what he looks like but somehow can't tell Scotland and Ireland apart.
- Separated by a Common Language: During Mama Gorgo's rampage, Servo sarcastically remarks that some of the people will be put "in hospital", perhaps even having come "from university".note
- Shameless Self-Promoter: Maltin's cameo presents him as such, trying to talk up his video guides.
- Brain Guy wears a backwards baseball cap like Sylvester Stallone in arm-wrestling trucker movie Over the Top.
- "Thunderbore." "Voyage to the Bottom of the Yawn." "The Abysmal." "Driving Miss Dummy."Mike: Wait... That... really doesn't work at all.
Mike: No, it really fails on a whole lot of levels.
Crow: ...Well, I try, Mike.
- When the boat is being rocked by the volcanic eruption at the start of the film:Crow: Mike, Servo? For what it's worth, my heart will go on.
- "And now the rest of the movie is the Kray Brothers looting London."
- "This is how My Giant ends."
- The Smurfette Principle: Discussed in light of its absence: Crow and Tom decide to sell a calendar with a lineup of the women in today's movie, but they can't find any — Mike and Cambot help uncover two, but they're just extras in crowd scenes.
- Take That!: For a worse movie, Leonard Maltin suggests something with Mickey Rourke or Eric Roberts. Combining the two gets The Pope of Greenwich Village, which (as of 2009) Maltin gave three stars.
- Visible Boom Mic: A rare example — at 9 minutes in, Servo says "Hey, Mike Nelson!" and Mike says "Hey, Tom Servo!" When Mike turns his head you can see his microphone sticking out in front of his mouth.