|“||HE TRIED TO KILL ME WITH A FORKLIFT!!
- Joel and the Bots
- Main article: Fugitive Alien (film)
Ken, an alien warrior with superhuman abilities known as a Star Wolf, joins the crew of the starship Bacchus 3 after seeing the cruelty of his own people. He must earn his new comrades' trust as they undertake dangerous missions. He also encounters people from his past who may reveal his secret.
Prologue: Joel starts up a farm by dressing up the Bots. They aren't too happy.
Segment Two: Joel and the Bots throw a Fugitive Alien-based hat party that ends up making fun of the Mads.
Segment Three: Joel wants to reenact a scene from the film with himself as a crazed Captain Joe.
Segment Four: Joel uses Syd Field's Screenplay Model to attempt to explain the plot of Fugitive Alien.
Segment Five: Joel explains what all the new buttons on his jumpsuit do, a viewer attempts to guess the "cool thing" from many episodes back, and the Mads prepare Jack Perkins for his final fate.
Stinger: Captain Joe is sensitive to Ken's needs, "AHAHAHAHA....you’re STUCK HERE!"
- Joel Hodgson - Joel Robinson
- Trace Beaulieu - Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester
- Kevin Murphy - Tom Servo
- Frank Conniff - TV's Frank
- Jim Mallon - Gypsy
- Alexandra Carr - Magic Voice
- Crow and Servo's song "He tried to kill me with a forklift!", sung to the theme music of the film, has since become one of MST3K's most memorable lines. Servo sang it again later in Star Force: Fugitive Alien II.
- A notable instrumental (actually part of the original Japanese theme for the show, Seishun no Tabidachi and used notably for the Forklift Song) is introduced during the "two Kens" sketch before it's even used in the movie.
- Reference is made in this episode to the movie Marooned, which became one of the experiments for the following season (under its alternate title of Space Travelers).
- Escape Velocity: In the 1996 space trading and combat video game from Ambrosia Software, there is an easter egg that allows a player to unlock a sound byte of the forklift song, as well as a special weapon that fires a forklift.
- This episode aired twefth during Turkey Day '91.
- The console monitor in Deep 13 changes with this episode, switching from a purple monitor with a bright yellow Gizmonic G on it, to a gray one with an embedded raised Gizmonic G on the back.
- "Third planet from the sun shall be called…Earth" (Women of the Prehistoric Planet)
- a reference to the "geometric nucleus" (Cave Dwellers)
- "It was after the…Robot Holocaust"
- "I was in Time of the Apes!"
- "…and a good friend" (Rocketship X-M)
- "Trumpy, you’re stinky!" (Pod People)
- "Hi-keeba!" (Women of the Prehistoric Planet)
- "Hey, like the Wild Rebels!"
- "This must be the [fill in the blank]…I’ve heard them talk about…so much…lately?" (Gamera)
- "Rock climbing, Joel." (Lost Continent).
- “Chili peppers burn my gut.” (The Side Hackers)
- "Then Joyce Carol Oates will be out to read from her wondrous new work of fiction, her first novel in well over a month."
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates is known for being very prolific for a "literary" writer, publishing over 40 novels and many other short stories and essays.
- "It's Heckraiser!"
The bald-headed villain of the movie looks rather like the villain of the Hellraiser horror film series (note that the character is actually named "Pinhead," however).
- "Don't smoke."
A reference to an anti-smoking commercial in which Yul Brynner, who died of lung cancer, urged people to not smoke from beyond the grave. Both the villain and Yul Brynner are bald and have gravelly voices.
- "He's in more trouble than Hudson Hawk at the box office!"
Hudson Hawk is a 1991 action comedy that under-performed at the box office. It stars Bruce Willis (who also co-wrote). Due to bad reviews and word of mouth, the movie lost a significant amount of money end helped to ensure that the TriStar Pictures sale/merger with Columbia occurred.
- "It's the Geometric Nucleus!"
The plot of Cave Dwellers revolves around a "Geometric Nucleus".
- "I know what to do. I'll sneak out of here disguised as Chad Everett."
- "I'm sorry, I was thinking of the eighth hole at Torrey Pines."
Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego is considered one of the best and most scenic courses in the country, no mean feat for a city-owned facility.
- "Monty Python's Flying Circussss!"
Crow makes fun of the background music, which has a similar style to the opening theme song from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The quote is from the opening animation sequence.
- "Rocky!" "AGAIN?" - Crow T. Robot
Crow says "again" in a high-pitched voice, mimicking Rocky the flying squirrel from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
- "Killdozer! Clint Walker, NO!!!"
- "He's my mother! He's my sister! He's my mother and my sister!"
A parody of a line from the movie Chinatown.
- "Tell me spirit, are these shadows of things that must be or which might be?"
- "It's the twenty-seven 8x10 color glossy pictures with the circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one."
This is a line from popular midwestern folk artist Arlo Guthrie's song, "Alice's Restauraunt". The glossy photos in question were supposedly taken of the "scene of the crime" where Arlo and his friends had dumped a half a ton of garbage, and were "to be used as evidence against [them]."
- "Everybody run, Tammy's got a gun."
- "Thank you, sir, may I have another?"
- "Ygor, quit playing that."
The background music is very similar to the eerie music Ygor (Bela Lugosi) plays with his horn in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). Ygor uses the horn to issue murderous commands to Frankenstein's monster from a distance.
- "Top of the world, ma."
A quote from the end of the James Cagney movie White Heat.
- "Hey, Chris Walken's playing Russian roulette!"
A reference to a scene in the movie The Deer Hunter.
- "Rita!" "Meter maid!"
- "When I talk to Ken I touch myself."
- "What manner of man are you, who can summon flame without flint or tinder?"
A quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail , asked of Tim the Enchanter.
- "I can't kill the man I love!" "Then kill the one you're with."
- "This ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around."
Joel is quoting the Talking Heads song "Life During Wartime".
- "Let me introduce myself." "I'm a man of wealth and taste."
A reference to the lyrics in "Template:E" by The Rolling Stones.
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout! Factory in July 2012 as part of Volume XXIV, a 4-disc set along with Star Force: Fugitive Alien II, The Sword and the Dragon, and Samson vs. the Vampire Women.
- The DVD includes an introduction by August Ragone and MST Hour wraps.
- Available for rent or purchase on Amazon's streaming service.
|preceded by: Season 2||MST3K Season 3||followed by: Season 4|
|1991 - 1992|
|301||Cave Dwellers||1991-06-01||309||The Amazing Colossal Man||1991-08-03||317||The Saga of the Viking Women...||1991-10-26|
|302||Gamera||1991-06-08||310||Fugitive Alien||1991-08-17||318||Star Force: Fugitive Alien II||1991-11-16|
|303||Pod People||1991-06-15||311||It Conquered the World||1991-08-24||319||War of the Colossal Beast||1991-11-30|
|304||Gamera vs Barugon||1991-06-22||312||Gamera vs Guiron||1991-09-07||320||The Unearthly||1991-12-14|
|305||Stranded in Space||1991-06-29||313||Earth vs the Spider||1991-09-14||321||Santa Claus Conquers/Martians||1991-12-21|
|306||Time of the Apes||1991-07-13||314||Mighty Jack||1991-09-21||322||Master Ninja I||1992-01-11|
|307||Daddy-O (episode)||1991-07-20||315||Teenage Cave Man||1991-11-09||323||The Castle of Fu Manchu||1992-01-18|
|308||Gamera vs Gaos||1991-07-27||316||Gamera vs Zigra||1991-10-19||324||Master Ninja II||1992-01-25|