His power apparently lies in his choosing incompetent enemies.
- Crow (on the Prince of Space)

The Movie[]

Main article: Prince of Space (film)


Aliens from the planet Krankor invade Earth. They are opposed by the heroic Prince of Space.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


The wormhole briefly replaces Mike with an alternate reality robot version

Prologue: Crow and Tom's game of "Dog and Bear" gets out of hand.

Segment One: The bots' new game of "Sea Lion and Squirrel" is going much better. Bobo finds a suitable spot to go to the toilet, but it turns out to be a wormhole, through which The Widowmaker and an unwilling Satellite of Love enter to chase after him.

Segment Two: Due to the effects of the wormhole, each member of the SOL is moving at a different temporal speed, which makes conversation problematic, but provides ample chances for the theft of Crow's chicken puppet.

Sylvan Glen

The SOL crew wind up in a sylvan glen

Segment Three: Due to the effects of the wormhole, Mike is replaced with a version from an alternate universe where he is also a robot. What little respect Crow and Tom have for Mike is lost as they can't take the ventriloquist dummy-styled robot seriously.

Segment Four: Due to the effects of the wormhole, Mike and the Bots are transported to a lovely sylvan glen. Tom discovers that he has hay fever. Tired of all the wackiness, Mike just goes for a walk.

Closing (Segment Five): Everything appears to be back to normal, complete with a visit from Krankor, and they're even back around the Earth, but Pearl and Brain Guy have reason to suspect they've traveled back in time to Ancient Rome...

Roman times-0

Pearl and Brain Guy arrive in Roman Times

Stinger: The Phantom of Krankor's trademark laugh.

MST3K cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast


  • Due to Mike being transformed into a robot during one segment, he spends an entire segment of the movie as a robot silhouette, only returning to his normal self after the next commercial break.
  • Ranked 15th in the Top 100 Episodes as chosen by backers of the Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 campaign.

Obscure References[]

  • "I'm in space already, damn!"
A parody of the first line of Prince's song "Housequake": "Sh... shut up already, damn!".
  • "So is this going to be a super violent porn cartoon?"
Crow's riff plays off the perception that most Japanese animation (Anime) is full of scenes heavy with gratuitous sex and violence; particularly those from the late 80's and early 90's.
  • "Okay...two Italian guys dodge mushrooms thrown by a monkey."
Most likely a reference to the video games Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. Mike's ad lib pitch could also be a reference to their creator Shigeru Miyamoto.
  • "I'm Prince... of Space!" "Ah, hoo-hoo!"
Crow is singing in the style of the singer Prince.
  • "Hey! HO-Scale Japan!"
HO scale is the most popular of model railway scales.
  • "Hey look! Up there!" "It's Cheap Trick!"
Riff playing off the fact that the band Cheap Trick were at one point extremely popular in Japan (being referred to as 'The American Beatles' at times).
  • "Surrender Dorothy..."
"Surrender Dorothy" is a famous special effect used in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, which later attained local fame as a graffito in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. As Dorothy and her companions leave the "Wash & Brush Up Co.", the Wicked Witch of the West appears in the sky riding her broomstick, skywriting the words "SURRENDER DOROTHY".
  • "Junior Samples and Business Boy."
Junior Samples was an American comedian best known for his 14-year run as a cast member of the TV show Hee Haw, a variety show featuring country music and humor. Junior's character wears overalls and has a bumbling personality, often stumbling or slow-talking his way through delivery, messing up jokes, and forgetting lines.
  • "Mitch Gaylord."
Mitch Gaylord is an American gymnast, actor, and 1984 Olympic gold medalist. As gymnasts do, he wore tight, stretchy clothing while competing.
  • "We were supposed to meet those Heaven's Gate people here."
Heaven's Gate was an American UFO religion founded in 1974. On March 26, 1997, 39 members of the group participated in a coordinated series of ritual suicides, in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp.
  • Great Hall designed by The Lego Corporation.
Reference to Lego, a toy company that makes interchangeable brick toys.
  • "The Gabe Kaplan brigade."
Gabe Kaplan is a comedian and actor known for his work as the star of the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.
  • "Paging Mr. Herman."
Deep voice sounds similar to one in the movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure. When Pee Wee himself appeared in the movie based on his exploits, his voice was deepened when he said that line.
  • "There goes a narwhal." "Neee!"
Reference to The B-52's song "Rock Lobster".
  • A police car's loudspeaker makes repeated announcements, Servo contributes theme music.
The music accompanies a bus' loudspeaker announcement at the beginning of "We're All Bozos on This Bus" by The Firesign Theatre.
  • "Truman Capote sent to fight Krankor!"
Truman Capote authored In Cold Blood, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and other novels, short stories, and plays. He was heavyset, bespectacled, and somewhat effete.
  • "Ah! Manikata come in!" "I understand you're stuffed with cheese!"
Riff on how Manikata's name sounds similar to Manicotti, an Italian pasta dish in which sleeves of pasta are filled with ricotta cheese and other ingredients.
  • "The aliens have a Young Ones spaceship."
The Young Ones is a British sitcom about a group of students and their surreal misadventures. The remark most likely refers to Vyvyan, the punk rocker of the group, and how the fins on Krankor's ship look kind of like his spiked hairstyle.
  • "Come on, little buddy!"
The boy is wearing a light-colored bucket hat like Gilligan does in Gilligan's Island. The_Skipper, played by Alan Hale, Jr., affectionately calls Gilligan "little buddy" throughout the show.
  • "Please, call me 'the Artist'."
In the midst of a contractual dispute with Warner Bros. in 1993, Prince changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol (known to fans as the "Love Symbol"), and was sometimes referred to as "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince" or simply "the Artist".
  • "Pete Rozelle?"
Pete Rozelle served as the commissioner of the National Football League for nearly thirty years, from January 1960 until his retirement in November 1989.
  • "Oh, the humanity!"
A quote from journalist Herbert Morrison while he witnessed the Hindenberg's fiery destruction on May 6, 1937.
  • "Some people call me the space cowboy..."
From the song "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band.
  • "Bookend Mr. Mooneys!" "Lucille!" "Mrs. Carmichael."
Theodore J. Mooney is a fictional character on the 1960s sitcom The Lucy Show. Mr. Mooney is best remembered for his ill-temper and shouting outbursts at the incompetent "Mrs. Carmichael".
  • "All my rowdy friends!"
From the song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" by country music artist Hank Williams Jr.
  • "It's Mir lumping into a service station."
Mir was a space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001, operated by the Soviet Union and later by Russia. It was the first modular space station and was assembled in orbit from 1986 to 1996.
  • "It's Cecil Fielder!"
Cecil Fielder is a former professional baseball player for Major League Baseball. Fielder was a power hitter in the 1980s and 1990s. He was somewhat heavyset, and during that time players wore tight pants not unlike the monster in the scene.
  • "Dearly beloved/We are gathered here today/To get through this thing called 'life'."
The background noise is reminiscent of the sound playing at the beginning of "Let's Go Crazy" while these lyrics are spoken by Prince.

Memorable Quotes[]

[The opening title of the movie shows: Prince of Space.]
Mike: I'm in space already! Damn!
[The children's family is discussing an exploration mission to space while eating dinner.]
Mother: The first cosmic exploration rocket will be launched from this base.
Crow: ...the dining room?
[The TV shows an obvious toy spaceship while a voice blares through the set.]
Spaceship: Attention, people of Earth! Attention, people of Earth! This is Krankor Exploration Force speaking!
Crow: Crank whore?
Spaceship: Do not be alarmed! Stand by for an important message! Stand by for an important message!
Servo [as TV Advert. announcer]: Veterans cannot be turned down!
. . .
Crow [as Mickey]: That's a toy I wouldn't mind having! I like it very much!
[After Phantom's announcement, the movie cuts to a newspaper printing press.]
Crow [as Headline]: Krankor: Nothing to Worry About.
Mike [as Headline]: Truman Capote Sent to Fight Krankor.
[Tom Servo makes an observation of what the alien ship's periscope looks like.]
Tom : Ah!...The Stanley Cup has invaded Earth!
[Camera focuses on the alien ship's 'periscope'.]
Crow [as periscope]: I am the lemon zester of destruction!
Crow: A rare Godzilla-free day.
[We hear a barking dog running past]
Tom [As dog, with Japanese accent]: Rufforu! Bow-a-wow!
[A police car drives past in the same direction]
MikeAfter that dog!
[Krankor's henchmen blaze away at Prince of Space, who ducks out of the way despite having repeatedly claimed he's immune to their weapons.]
Crow [as Prince of Space]: Your guns are useless, but scare the crap outta me anyway.
. . .
[The Prince of Space leaps and bounds daintily out of the way of the weapon fire.]
Crow [as Prince of Space]: I have no powers, but I can skip reasonably well!
[Prince of Space's and the Krankorians' spaceships trade cheesy beam weapon effects.]
Mike: An exchange of deadly negative scratches!
[In an abandoned building, Phantom threatens some children to flush out the Prince.]
Phantom: Listen! Show yourself! Otherwise, we're going to kill some di— [movie skip] —ren!
Mike: "Kill some diffren"?
Servo: "Diffren"?
Prince: I hear you! Come in here! I'm waiting for you! Leave the children alone!
Crow: You hear that, Jerry Seinfeld?
[A Japanese Air Force pilot reports to his CO.]
CO: Ah, Captain Manikata. Come in, please.
Mike [as CO]: I understand you're stuffed with cheese.
[Manikata suddenly loses control of his plane.]
Manikata: My instruments....My instruments have gone haywire!.
Mike [as Manikata]: My violin!...My tuba!! Gone haywire!!.
[The colonel back at the air base tries desperately to keep in contact with Manikata.]
Colonel: Manikata!? What's the matter!?
[Shot of Krankor's spaceship flying towards the viewer.]
Crow [as Manikata]: THIS!!!...THIS IS THE MATTER!!!
[Manikata cries in terror as Krankor's ship nears his plane.]
Manikata: A dragon ship!! A BLACK DRAGON!!
Colonel: What?!
Mike [Indignantly]: ....What do you mean "What?!"
[The Prince of Space's ship narrowly dodges an attack, obviously being held by wires.]
Mike [as Prince of Space]: Swing me over there, trusty string!
[The chicken-men's spaceship, which looks rather chicken-ey itself, flies about, terrorizing the people in the street.]
Crow [as Phantom]: Set whole fryers to stun!
Mike: The upper half of a Hopper painting.
Servo [as Citizen]: Oh! A giant roast chicken!
Crow [as Citizen]: It is brown on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside!
Mike [as Citizen]: It is not fermented, pickled, or raw! Run!
Servo [as Citizen]: Ohhhhh!
Crow [as Phantom]: Potatoes or stuffing?!
[The scientists are forced to sit before Krankor in "The Great Hall."]
Krankor: I am honored to find myself in the company of five of the most advanced minds of Earth! Please makes yourselves comfortable!
Tom [as Krankor]: Until they arrive...
[The Phantom witnesses Prince of Space invading his headquarters.]
Phantom: What a fool!
Servo [as Phantom]: He has defeated us numerous times, what makes him think he can do it again?
Crow[on the Prince of Space] His power apparently lies in his choosing incompetent enemies.
Wally: Mr. Tannen! Hey, Mr. Tannen!
Mike [as Wally]: Get out of my wine!

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