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Robot Wars is the 2nd episode of Season 13 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 219th episode overall. It was made available on April 1, 2022 to Kickstarter backers and on May 7, 2022 to Gizmoplex users.

The Movie[]

Main article: Robot Wars (film)

Synopsis[]

In the future, bandits menace large robotic transport vessels. International intrigue ensues.

Edits[]

  • The opening credits have been shortened.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

The "Madvertisements" have different placements between the rough and final cut of the episode.

Rough Cut[]

Prologue: Unsure about what to do following the damage to the Kingadome in the previous episode, Kinga and Max are visited by the mysterious financier Dr. Kabahl. Kabahl gives them instructions.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Jonah presents the Meat Cute - seasonings that give meat the flavor of romantic comedies. Kinga's invention is the Simulator of Love, an immersive experience that recreates the SOL.

Segment Two: Tom and Crow dress up as transport hostesses and gossip. Jonah joins them, first as a hostess, then as Captain Drake.

Segment Three: Jonah presents the 'Bots with the opportunity to live in the planned community 1990s Crystal Vista, where everything is authentic to the 90s!

Sponsor One: Bearmanor Media: Tom Servo admires all of the scripts published by BearManor Media, including Bride of the Monster and The Brute Man. Crow announces the submission of his own script, which sounds awfully similar to This Island Earth.

Sponsor Two: Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): Jonah informs the Bots that because Joey Drew Studios enjoyed their last Bendy commercial so highly, they would be receiving free Bendy merchandise. Tom insists that the correct term for licensed merchandise given out for free is swag. Jonah concurs, recalling the time a Red Hot Chili Peppers roadie offered him some excess t-shirts. Meanwhile, Crow continues his avaricious gloating over the licensed goodies coming his way.

Segment Four: The SOL Crew presents Stump Talk, with instructions on how to live like Stumpy. Max has embraced the lifestyle.

Segment Five: Tom and Crow engage in their own robot war. Kinga and Max prepare for the arrival of Gizmonics technician Emily Connor and the Simulator of Love. Kinga gets an idea.

Sponsor Three: Onyx Path Publishing: Jonah is the GM for a session of They Came from Beneath the Sea. Tom believes the creature they face should be a 90-foot-tall Dolemite.

Final Cut[]

Prologue: Unsure about what to do following the damage to the Kingadome in the previous episode, Kinga and Max are visited by the mysterious financier Dr. Kabahl. Kabahl gives them instructions.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Jonah presents the Meat Cute - seasonings that give meat the flavor of romantic comedies. Kinga's invention is the Simulator of Love, an immersive experience that recreates the SOL.

Madvertisement One: Onyx Path Publishing: Jonah is GM for a session of It Came from Beneath the Sea. Tom thinks the monster they encounter should be a 90-foot tall Dolemite.

Segment Two: Tom and Crow dress up as transport hostesses and gossip. Jonah joins them, first as a hostess, then as Captain Drake.

Madvertisement Two: Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): Jonah tells the Bots that, since Joey Drew Studios liked their previous Bendy ad so much, they'll be getting some free Bendy merch. Tom insists that the correct term is swag.

Segment Three: Jonah presents the 'Bots with the opportunity to live in the planned community 1990s Crystal Vista, where everything is authentic to the 90s!

Segment Four: The SOL Crew presents Stump Talk, with instructions on how to live like Stumpy. Max has embraced the lifestyle.

Madvertisement Three: Bearmanor Media: Tom marvels at all the screenplays Bearmanor Media publishes, including Bride of the Monster and The Brute Man. Crow announces that he's submitted his own screenplay, which sounds suspiciously like This Island Earth.

Segment Five: Tom and Crow engage in their own robot war. Kinga and Max prepare for Gizmonics technician Emily Connor to arrive at the Simulator of Love. Kinga gets an idea.

Stinger: Drake makes an obscene suggestion to Leda. Leda hits him in the face.

Obscure References[]

  • "We love you, Spider!" "I promise not to kill you."
Lyrics from the song "Spider" by the band They Might Be Giants from their 1992 album Apollo 18.
  • "Use a spoon. It'll hurt more."
Referring to a line spoken by the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham (played by Alan Rickman) in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
  • "Secret tunnel!"
A reference to the animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. In the episode. "The Cave of Two Lovers," a group of traveling, care-free minstrels sing a song of the same name.
  • "Please clap."
At a campaign event during the primary season for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Republican candidate Jeb Bush (son of former President George H.W. Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush) was recorded asking an audience (presumably supporters) to applaud for him. This was interpreted as indicative of a lack of voter enthusiasm for Bush, and he did not win his party's nomination.
  • "Do it, Rockapella!"
Rockapella is an a cappella group originally formed in New York City in 1986. They gained their greatest national renown from performing on the PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, in which the host and final contestant would close each episode by saying this line.
  • "About six quibis."
Quibi, abbreviated from "quick bites", was a short-lived streaming service whose content was all made to be a few minutes long. It was meant to be streamed while a viewer was out and about, and to be picked up and put down easily because of the short run times.
  • ”Recruit teenagers with attitude.”
Part of a quote used in the original opening credits to the popular 1993 TV series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The actual quote in that sequence, spoken by Zordon, is: “Alpha, Rita’s escaped! Recruit a team of teenagers with attitude!”
  • "At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within this basement? Yeah, right."
Referring to a segment from the 1996 Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield" in which Superintendent Chalmers responds incredulously to Principal Skinner's claim that a fire in the next room is actually the Aurora Borealis. It has since become a popular meme.
  • "We'll steal a Thunderbird and drive off a cliff!"
At the conclusion of the 1991 film Thelma & Louise, the female protagonists drive their car off a cliff rather than surrender to police.
  • "Los Locos kick your ass!"
In the movie Short Circuit 2, the naive robot Johnny Five is taken in by the New York City street gang Los Locos, who teach him how to steal car stereos. This is a line from the gang's chant.
  • "And his challenger, the gumball wizard! The poet laureate of punches! The littlest Megadeus!"
"Megadeus" was the technical name for the titular giant robot in the anime series The Big O.

Callbacks[]

Running Gags[]

  • Grunting the name "Rooney!" whenever that character's name is mentioned. This could be a reference to the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off in which Bueller's friend Cameron (impersonating a classmate's father over the phone) berates their school's principal Edward Rooney.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

MST3K Crew[]

Production[]

  • This episode was first shown as part of a livestream event that was exclusively available to those who had backed the Kickstarter at a certain level. This livestream did not include the credits for the show or a Stinger.
  • The livestream also included several segments of paid promotional content, which consisted of Pearl and Synthia prompting Jonah and the 'Bots to advertise various companies that had sponsored the Kickstarter. This practice is not entirely without precedent (see Pizza 'N' Pasta).
  • Mary Jo Pehl only appears as Pearl during the sponsored content segments.
  • The livestream took place on April Fool's Day, and included a reference to white dot, a technical glitch from the livestream of Episode 1301.
  • Emily Connor, a character created for the live shows, makes her first appearance in MST3K proper.
  • First appearance of Dr. Kabahl.
  • This is the first episode directed by Jonah Ray. He would later direct all of the episodes in Season 13 hosted solely by Joel Hodgson and Emily Marsh, as well as half of the episode hosted by himself.
  • Jonah's "Mean Jonah" costume from the previous episode makes a return appearance.
  • Some instances of profanity in the film were muted. The word "bastard" was considered acceptable for viewers, but "asshole" was not.
  • When piloting the Deep Hurting shuttle, Rebecca Hanson wears a different wig as Synthia than she usually wears. This was presumably meant to give her a more mullet-y/trucker-y appearance, given the task at hand.

Goofs[]

  • In Host Segment Three, Jonah says "Do it, Rockapella!". Electronic music then starts playing. As their name would indicate, Rockapella is an a capella vocal group that did not use any instruments or synthesizers, so they would not have produced the type of music heard. It is unclear if that's part of the joke.

Video Releases[]

Gallery[]

References[]

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