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YMMV / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 03 E 17 Viking Women And The Sea Serpent

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Iowa State University no longer has a copy of the un-riffed version of the short, so some of their history classes have taken to showing the MST3K riff when covering the 50's. It should be noted that there is a copy of the full, non-MST3K version of the short on YouTube (and has been for over a decade).
  • Fair for Its Day: The short is a borderline case. The late 40s and early 50s were a time when women were being aggressively pushed to go back into the home and forget about work, so in a sense encouraging girls to go to college, even if the purpose was to study home economics, was progressive; by the same token the short aggressively pushing the storyline that a job was only something for a girl to have until she could find a man was perfectly in keeping with the social pressures of the day. The riffing does not hold back the MST3K cast and writers' opinion of the more domesticity-enforcing aspects of the short.
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  • Fan Nickname: "Todd" for Ottar, the token Viking guy.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: During the short at the beginning of the film, Joel and the Bots make multiple comments suggesting one of the girls or someone else intends to shoot up the school. Needless to say, these jokes don't fly as well since Columbine, and in particular other more recent shootings such as Sandy Hook.


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