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Wonderful! Vaguely noble, yet dangerously insidious!
- Jonah Heston


Gamera vs Jiger is the 7th episode of Season 13 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 224th episode overall. It premiered on July 22, 2022.

The Movie[]

Main article: Gamera vs Jiger (film)

Synopsis[]

Gamera battles Jiger, a female monster intent on destroying Expo '70, a world's fair.

Edits[]

  • Unlike most films used on the show, no edits were made to Gamera vs Jiger. This was part of Alternaversal Pictures' agreement with the license holder.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Pearl and Kinga have a tender moment in which Pearl expresses how proud she is of her granddaughter.

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Segment One (Invention Exchange): Jonah reads a book to Tom and Crow which allows the reader to select their own escapade. They quickly die. For the Invention Exchange, Jonah and the 'Bots present The Telegraph, a polygraph machine that detects when people are lying about what TV shows they've seen. Kinga and Max present the Plasmanator, a kitchen appliance that converts anything into "delicious" plasma.

Segment Two: Jonah and the 'Bots promote the Expo Expo, an exposition of expositions.

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Segment Three: Tom teaches the others how to perfect an unplaceable accent, like Susan in the movie.

Segment Four: Still practicing their accents, GPC and Crow impress Tom with their skill. Jonah has rocks in his mouth.

Segment Five: Dr. Donna St. Phibes arrives and examines the SOL crew's X-Rays.

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Segment Six: Jonah and the 'Bots throw an Irish wake for Jiger. Kinga puts Max in charge while she prepares to leave to spend some quality time with Pearl.

Stinger: Susan expresses her distaste for Gamera.

Obscure References[]

  • "We're just reading one of those books where you get to choose whatever kind of particular adventure you want to go on."
Jonah makes a veiled reference to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series which pioneered a fad for books for young readers throughout the 1980s, where the reader makes decisions for the book's main character.
  • "We love you, Jiger!"
Lyrics from the song "Spider" by the band They Might Be Giants from their 1992 album Apollo 18.
  • "Buy my book! Buy my book!"
A reference to an episode of the animated TV comedy The Critic, in which the titular character demonstrates a talking cardboard cutout with his voice and likeness (prolonged exposure to which motivated a bookstore manager to shoot himself).

Callbacks[]

  • "Gamera? I could go for some turtle meat." (Gamera vs Guiron)
  • "I know, I know... My test subjects are nice, but they're not Mike..."
  • "I have to run, it's time to feed the giant brain!" (The Brain)
  • "Watch out for snakes." (Eegah)
  • Bang! (Cry Wilderness)

Running Gags[]

  • Susan's insatiable bloodlust.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

MST3K Crew[]

Production[]

  • Rebecca Hanson only appeared as Synthia in the Madvertisements during the Premiere.

The Premiere[]

Like all episodes of Season 13, a live-streamed Premiere Event was held for Episode #1307. It has a runtime of 3 hours and 9 minutes (including prelude, Madvertisements, and intermission).

The episode was interrupted for the following Madvertisements (the same ones used in the Premiere for Experiment #1304):

  • Onyx Path Publishing: Tom's character handles a nasty monster encounter by providing talk therapy.
  • Bearmanor Media: Tom Servo wishes to have his memoirs transcribed by Jonah and submitted to BearManor.
  • Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): Tom and Crow have purchased a large amount of Bendy merchandise using Max's credit card. Jonah is not pleased.

Following the episode there was a discussion hosted by Matt McGinnis and featuring Jonah Ray and writers Kennedy Allen, Ross Bryant, and Lesley Kinzel.

Video Releases[]

Gallery[]

References[]


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