The Movie

Synopsis

Main article: Phantom from Space (film)

An alien with the power of invisibility menaces Santa Monica, California.

The Show

Callbacks

  • "Height-" "-No one can say."

A frequently used line on MST3K, this refers to the film Citizen Kane and the narration regarding the unknown cost of Kane's extravagant mansion Xanadu.

Running Jokes

Quotes & References

  • "I've looked at crap from both side now. From win and lose, and still somehow..."

Frank is paraphrasing lyrics from the song "Both Sides, Now" by Joni Mitchell.

  • re: the film's title "Andrew Lloyd Webber and Elon Musk, together for the first time."

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is a musical theater composer. One of his best-known works is his stage adaptation of the novel The Phantom of the Opera. Elon Musk is a wealthy tycoon who has invested in developing a civilian outer space tourism program.

  • "When K-Pop came to town."

K-Pop is a term for Korean popular music. It's supporters can be enthusiastic to a degree that verges on fanaticism.

  • "White warning." "The Proud Boys are in town!"

The Proud Boys is a group of right-wing political activists. They have frequently been associated with politicians and causes that advocate White Supremacy and/or White Nationalism. At the time of this livestream, many members of the Proud Boys had been implicated in the violent insurgency that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021.

  • "Nice day for a white warning."

This refers to the refrain from the song "White Wedding" by Billy Idol.

  • "All traces of the unidentified object gone." "It got a show on Quibi!"

Quibi (short for "quick bites") was an mobile device-based streaming entertainment service that debuted in 2020. It featured short-form TV shows, with episodes that did not exceed 10 minutes in length. Quibi was unsuccessful and shut down within a year of its launch.

  • "What's your vector, Victor?"

A line from the comedy film Airplane!.

  • "It's the SiriusXM Philip Glass station!"

SiriusXM is a satellite radio service that offers stations that play music exclusively from one genre or artist. Philip Glass is a composer know for his avant-garde and minimalist compositions.

  • "What, is R2-D2 a DJ now?"

R2-D2 is a robot character from the Star Wars science fiction franchise. He communicates with electronic beeps and whistles.

  • "This man, he just kept coming at us. It was awful." "Who?" "Ron Jeremy."

Ron Jeremy is an adult film actor known for the large size of his genitals. In 2020, he was charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault allegedly committed over a period of 16 years.

  • "Barney Miller wasn't as good back then..."

Barney Miller is a TV sitcom about police detectives in a dilapidated New York City precinct. It ran from 1975 to 1982.

  • "Was he in the Revolutionary War?"

The 1875 painting "The Spirit of '76" (also known as "Yankee Doodle") by Archibald Willard depicts a fife player (whose head is bandaged due to an injury) and 2 drummers on a battlefield during the American Revolutionary War.

  • "All right, let's start at the beginning..." "With the Prequels."

This may be a reference to the Star Wars film franchise, in which three prequel films were released after the first trilogy. Some other popular franchises have also had prequels, including Planet of the Apes.

  • "Welcome to CSI: Bad Lighting Investigation."

The CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) prefix refers to several popular police procedural TV series. Most of the spin-off shows are identified by their locale (e.g. CSI: Miami) rather than their specialty. Frank may be conflating CSI with the Law & Order franchise, which includes series dedicated to investigating specific types of crimes (e.g. Law & Order: SVU).

Behind-the-scenes

  • The livestream of Phantom from Space was the third performance by The Mads of 2021.
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Mystery Science Theater 3000 makeup artist Crist Ballas.
  • The livestream was produced by Chris Gersbeck.
  • The Mads were joined by Bill Corbett for a Q&A session after the movie.
  • The program was preceded by and hour and ten minutes of vintage movie trailers and promotional films for theater snack bars.
  • At the end of the show it was announced that the next event would be a third Night of Shorts scheduled to take place on April 13th, 2021.

Video Release

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