Mystery Science Theatre 3000

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (1996)

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Mike, Tom Servo and Crow watch the movie This Island Earth and it ends with the two scientists, Cal and Ruth, making it back to Earth with the help of the alien from Metaluna, Exeter. Cal and Ruth leave Exeter's ship before it runs out of fuel in a biplane. Exeter dies of a wound caused by a stowaway alien from Metaluna and the ship crashes in the ocean. After the movie, the evil Dr. Forrester feels confident that Mike's sanity has been crushed after watching this B movie... but Mike is, as always, okay and perfectly sane.

Alex

Continuity mistake: When Mike first enters the theatre, he's wearing his exercise clothes, shorts and a college t-shirt. But when the film later breaks and Mike leaves the theatre, he's wearing his blue jumpsuit.

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Trivia: In one scene, you see Crow pick up a chainsaw from Tom's bedroom. You never see him do anything with it after that. This is beacause Grammercy, a small company owned by Paramount, who also put this movie in theaters, took out two scenes. They were the one who told them to put in segments like that to make some kind of a story, but in the end, they took out two or three, completely killing the story they wanted in the first place. Originally, Crow was going to cut through the SoL like he did in one of the first segments.

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Question: This applies to the TV series as well as the Movie. How are the "watching the movie" segments filmed? Are they literally sitting in front of a large screen? In some of the TV episodes, Joel/Mike is seen pointing to something on the screen. And do they film each segment as one, or is it cut into different takes?

Gary O'Reilly

Chosen answer: They sit in front of a big screen -- or rather Joel or Mike sat. The puppeteers crouch down below the row of seats and hold up special black puppets to project the silhouettes. They did do takes for segments of the movies. I imagine it would be painful for the puppeteers to crouch for 90 minutes!

Carl Fink

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