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Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 10 E 11 Horrors Of Spider Island

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Film watched: Horrors of Spider Island

The Segments:

  • Crow is running an opinion column in the newspaper. His column is a little lacking in actual opinions, but Servo doesn't seem to mind.

Segment 1

  • Pearl is annoyed that she has to pay $50 a year for Bobo's ape license, so she's moved Castle Forrester out to the suburbs where it only costs $10. Brain Guy questions the financial benefit since it cost her millions of dollars just to move the castle in the first place.

Segment 2

  • Somehow, Mike has ended up in a giant spider web that has been weaved on the SOL bridge.

Segment 3

  • Mike imitates Gary from the movie and has the Mads audition for a spot on Broadway.

Segment 4

  • The crew wonders if crashing on a desert island causes one to become languid, helpless, and sex-starved (and to also murmur a lot). They decide to test the theory by crashing the SOL.

Segment 5

  • Mike claims that he's turning into a spider monster. Crow and Servo don't believe him, but it's okay as Mike just wants to make a braunschweiger melt with them. Pearl calls from a truck stop as she's in the middle of moving Castle Forrester back to the mountains. As it turns out, the suburbs won't let her throw her trash out the window and she doesn't like that.


The Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation contains these tropes:

  • All Animals (And Machines) Are Dogs: Bobo, Crow, and Servo all get caught up in a 'chain bark' just before the movie begins.
  • Artistic License – Geography:
    Servo: From Los Angeles, they fly to New York to go to Singapore.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Mocked by Mike and the bots during the skinny-dipping scene. The girls were meant to be nude in-universe, but since the actresses were wearing Nude-Colored Clothing, it had this effect.
    Crow: (As the girls) We're nude and we have no nipples and we're uniformly colored!
  • Brawn Hilda: At one point, Mike gives Babs a deep voice, saying, "Hey, try yourself a she-male, pal." (How that got past the censors is amazing.)
    • Earlier, Babs is described as being a fullback for the Detroit Lions.
  • Call-Back: When Mike and the bots are joking about the scientist being caught in a web "in the midst of a cheerleading routine", Crow mentions "MRxL." note 
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  • Casual Danger Dialog: Related to Plot Armor, when the plane is on fire and crashing at a 90 degree angle, Crow yells, "Does this mean drink service is over?"
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Alluded to:
    "Hairy palms! Mother was right!"
    • During the auditions:
      Crow: He's supported by a generous donation from the Onan Organization and the Chub Group.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The bots invoke this when Mike gets trapped in a giant spider web on the SOL bridge.
  • Fanservice: Referenced when one of the women removes her top:
    Servo: Ah, the movie reveals its true purpose.

    Crow: I'm Curr V. Voluptuous!
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When one of the dancers takes down the "No Smoking" sign and sits on it, Servo sighs, "Lucky sign!"
  • Hand Wave: Why couldn't Observer simply use his omnipotent powers to move the castle?
    Observer: I'm not that omnipotent, Pearl!
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Joe.
    Crow: Hah. He saw an air molecule that respects women.
  • Historical In-Joke: When the girls try and fail to flag down a passing cruise ship, Mike remarks "Damn Californian, never helps anyone!" The Californian was a ship that was in the vicinity of the Titanic when it sank but didn't render aid for reasons that remain vague. May also count as a Genius Bonus.
  • Ho Yay: Invoked: The Sexophone music in the film causes Crow and Servo to come onto Mike, who rebuff their advances.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: During one of the cat fights, Crow notes that usually you have to go online to find this sort of thing, namely "Naked Wrestling Giantesses dot com".
  • Ironic Echo: Mike and the bots tend to dramatically proclaim "THE HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND!"—shifting the emphasis between horrors and spider — whenever the movie ratchets up the Fanservice. Likely inspired by the ominous way the title is read out in the movie itself during its own title card (and, as it happens, many times in the trailer).
    • This is also a Call-Back (way back) to Manos: The Hands of Fate, where Joel and the Bots spent the first half of the movie doing the same dramatic title drops whenever nothing was happening onscreen (which, again, was pretty much the first half of the movie... And maybe a good deal of the second half, too).
  • Lame Pun Reaction:
    Gary: There you are, Georgia.
    Servo: Just north of Florida.
    Mike: D'oh!
  • Minsky Pickup: At the start of Bobo's dance audition.
  • Never My Fault: After Gary inexplicably blames his kissing another woman on the heat.
    Servo: "Yes, I've been unfaithful, but it was like 87 degrees."
    Crow: "It's also kinda windy. That, too. And high humidity..."
    Servo: "You see, if it was in the low '70s, I would never have jammed my tongue down her throat."
  • Plot Armor: When the plane hits the water at a 90 degree angle and explodes, Servo sarcastically quips, "I'm sure they're all fine."
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: When Pearl tells Observer that he could have teleported the castle instead of an arduous and expensive move, he huffs, "I'm not that omnipotent, Pearl!"
  • Raging Stiffie: When one dancer is nearly nude dancing for the promoter, Crow quips, "Try crossing your legs now, pal!" Earlier, Mike has film Mike thinking, "Suppress it! Suppress it!"
  • Remember the New Guy?: Lampshaded as being a rare location variety.
    Crow: Oh, right! The quicksand! Remember?
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Pearl spent several million dollars to move the castle in order to save $40 a year on Bobo's ape license. And then had to move it back because she couldn't be bothered to leave her trash out on the curb like a normal person.
  • Running Gag: Twice during the film, Tom Servo faints from the fanservice/cat fights.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the movie abruptly stops and flashes "THE END" at Mike and the bots:
    Servo: (annoyed) So, you wanna end your movie that way, huh? Okay, get bent! We're outta here.
    • At one point during the "climax", Crow decides to go take a break. "It's been ten years, I think I'm owed one..."
  • Shout-Out:
    Servo: (confused about Spider-Gary's abilities) So, is he strong?
  • Show Some Leg: When Mike-As-Gary asks Pearl to show him some leg, she obliges - by having Observer rip it off and teleport it to him. Mike is less than amused.
  • Something Completely Different: Unlike season 8 when Pearl and co. were always changing locations, Castle Forrester was always in the same place until this episode, when it abruptly moved to a suburban neighborhood. The reason? The mountaintop where it used to be had the gall to charge Pearl $50 for an ape license. However, by episode's end Castle Forrester was back on the mountain, since Pearl discovered she couldn't throw her trash out the window.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Referenced; the film often plays jazzy music during what's supposed to be a horror or action sequence.
    Mike: (chuckles) You know, the Dukes of Dixieland also did the Psycho soundtrack.
    • Earlier, the skinnydipping scene is accompanied by what sounds like a busy '50s stock piece.
      Servo: Ah yes, the hustle and bustle of city life.
  • Take That!: One of the women in the film is from Minnesota, so Mike and the bots make many Self-Deprecation jokes about it, including referencing the passive-aggressive Minnesota Nice.
    Crow: Their leader is a huge, bald Nazi!
  • The Talk: Pearl gives one to Bobo after he discovers some condoms but mistakes them for balloons. She does this off-camera, telling Mike and the Bots they're too young for it. We can't hear what Pearl says, but Bobo makes Squick noises.
  • Technology Marches On: A series-long running gag about how huge cars were 50+ years ago.
    Crow: Hey, that guy took his boat on land!
  • Too Much Information: As the women relax on the porch and the man walks by them:
    Servo: (as the guy) "Hehehe. I'm impotent."


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