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YMMV / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 04 E 24 Manos The Hands Of Fate

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  • Fridge Brilliance: The movie was so bad that Crow and Servo were reduced to crying wrecks. It was apparently so rough that even the Mads felt bad for sending it up to the Satellite. Considering their goal, you'd think that the Mads should have achieved victory in finding the worst movie of all time. However, their goal was to drive Joel to the Despair Event Horizon, and considering Joel refused to be bothered and had to step up more to his Team Dad role to comfort the bots, the Mads still failed in their mission.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • At one point in the movie, the Master threatens to kill Torgo because of his failure. Joel and the bots play this as the Master firing Torgo. One says, "You can't kill me, I quit!" which, you know, the suicide thing.
    • During the closing credits, Crow wonders of John Reynolds, who played Torgo, "Do you think he's proud of this role?" The attention the episode brought to the film revealed that Reynolds was actually a very disturbed man who abused various drugs and committed suicide shortly after filming wrapped.
    • In addition to all that, early in the film, Joel comments, "Every frame of this film looks like someone's last known photograph." Given that Reynolds committed suicide after filming, and other photos of him are hard to come by, one could say every frame of this film are Reynolds' last known photographs.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Joel and the bots muse about the actor who plays Torgo's acting career after the film, if he'd be typecast as "Torgo". John Reynolds committed suicide shortly after the production was finished.
    • Made somewhat less harsh by the other cast members saying they thought Reynolds would have loved the episode.
  • Ho Yay:
    • The bots invoke this between the policemen.
      Crow: "Think we should try some of that kissin', Bert?"
    • Also in the short preceding the film:
      Mr. Warren: The first thing Harry drilled into me—
      Crow: "—was Harry!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the movie, Torgo is replaced by Mike as caretaker. In the host segments, who plays Torgo? Mike Nelson! Also, who replaced Joel? Mike!
    • Bob Guidry has said that following the rough premiere night, Hal Warren observed, "You know, maybe if we took it back and re-dubbed the dialogue, we could market it as a comedy."
    • During one segment, where Joel and the bots are making fun of Torgo's knee disfigurement by explaining how they have various and utterly ridiculous disfigurements, Joel mentions his face is completely normal, but has no nose. Not even holes. Fast forward over a decade, and a certain Harry Potter villain can be described just like that!
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  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: A favorite choice for people's all-time favorite episode, but none of the show's crew think that highly of it, noting that they were all thrown off their game by just how fascinatingly incompetent the film was and couldn't do their best work. This was a big part of what led Rifftrax to later do their own version.
  • Special Effect Failure: The "part 2" on the Hired! title screen is very clearly superimposed by Best Brains. It might not have been noticeable during the original broadcast, but it's very clear on the DVD/VOD release.


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