|“||Send them a movie. Something hurtful. Something lancing....searing....excruciating....something English.||”|
|— Pearl Forrester|
|“||Sorry I killed you, Mike.||”|
|— Crow T. Robot|
Dr. Paul Steiner (Bryant Haliday) and Dr. Christopher Mitchell (Ronald Allen) work on a projection device that enables them to transmit any object within a few miles of the machine. While they find the device works with inanimate objects, the living creatures they use it on always die. When Dr. Patricia Hill (Mary Peach) arrives, she helps them fix the error, making Steiner think the problem has been solved. Meanwhile, Dr. Blanchard (Norman Wooland), Steiner's boss and head of the institute he works for, is being blackmailed by Mr. Latham (Derrick De Marney), who wants credit for Steiner's discovery. He forces Blanchard to demand Steiner to give a premature presentation to Professor Lembach (Gerard Heinz).
Steiner, Mitchell, and Hill feel they are ready to present, but at the event, Blanchard secretly sabotages the machine with acid, causing an explosion. The funding for Steiner's project is rescinded.
Mitchell later discovers that the device has been tampered with. Steiner goes to Blanchard's house, where Lembach and Latham are having dinner. He presents the men with the evidence that his machine was deliberately tampered with, and Lembach allows him to have another chance. Steiner decides to try to project himself to Lembach's house, and, with help from his secretary, Sheila (Tracey Crisp), he begins the procedure.
Right then, Mitchell and Hill return to the laboratory. The two try to convince Sheila to stop the projection, but as she is inexperienced with the device, she instead ends up projecting Steiner to somewhere else. He ends up at a construction site, where a band of thieves are attempting to break into a furrier's. It is learned that an error in the projection has given Steiner the ability to kill people by touching them, and has mutilated one half of his body. Steiner kills the criminals, and then enters a store, where he steals a pair of rubber gloves and a coat. He then breaks into the institute, where he finds Latham and kills him. He also destroys the building's power supply, alerting Hill and Mitchell that something is wrong. By this time, Inspector Davis (Derek Farr) has discovered the bodies of the criminals and is determined to stop Steiner.
Sheila is kidnapped by Steiner, who interrogates her in her apartment. She reveals that it was Blanchard and Latham who plotted against him, angering Steiner. Before leaving, Steiner sets Sheila's apartment on fire with her inside and goes to ambush Blanchard in his home. Sheila survives the fire.
When Blanchard returns home, he is killed by Steiner. Meanwhile, Davis has examined Latham's body and realizes that the electric marks left on Latham were the same as the criminals at the construction site. Steiner shows up at Hill's house, where he finds her and Mitchell. Steiner demands that they tell him where he can find more electricity, which he now needs to survive. Hill and Mitchell try to convince him to return to the laboratory so they can try reversing the projection, but Steiner rebuffs them and leaves toward a power plant.
Davis, Hill, and Mitchell find him at the power plant. Davis tries to kill Steiner but bullets do not harm him. Dr. Hill again tries to persuade Steiner to return to the laboratory. Steiner is eventually convinced, and goes with them. When they arrive at the lab, Steiner tricks everyone and begins destroying things. With the laboratory on fire and the projection device wildly out of control, Steiner is hit by the projection device's laser, causing him to disappear as the fire rages on.
- London's Battersea Power Station, most famous for appearing on the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals, can be seen in this film.
- As noted on the official website at the time, this was the first experiment in which the monster was named "Paul". Subsequent instances of this would include Experiments #904 (Werewolf) and #1007 (Track of the Moon Beast).
Opening: The Satellite of Love has exited the wormhole, and is back orbiting the Earth, present day. Mike shows off his latest Shatner impersonation. Tom can't handle (what he thinks is) another parallel Earth.
Segment 2: Crow and Tom have invented a "projecting machine" which they use to "project" Mike’s most precious possessions, including his class ring, his St. Blaise medal from his grandma to protect his throat and love letters from Denise that she wrote right before she died. Mike suspects that the device actually destroying his possessions and tricks the Bots into "projecting" Tom's autographed photo of Shirley Jones.
Segment 3: Mike is on the phone with Lembach. He tries to convince Lembach to stay a little longer. He bribes him with pie and a trip to Shenanigans. Lembach is staying!
Meanwhile, in Castle Forrester, Pearl learns more about her family history. Apparently odd experiments run in the family.
Segment 4: Crow’s experiments in "projectedness-itivity" have given him the Touch of Death, and he accidentally kills Mike, forcing the bots to drag Mike into the theater. Luckily, Crow resuscitates him by shaking his hand.
Segment 5: It's Grant Day! Tom and Crow compete for funding from Mike’s new foundation, Michael J Nelson, the foundation. Tom asks for $50, but can't remember if he got distilled water or not and the project is denied. Crow wins the $50 for his project: "to buy two new leaf blowers and a hat".
In Castle Forrester, Pearl has (after a gentle reminder by Brain Guy and Bobo) rediscovered her mission: taking over the world.
Stinger: Lembach is staying! And there is much rejoicing!
- On the debut airing of this episode, the audio of Mike & the Bots in the theater was overly echo-y. This was a technical error due to changes in the show's audio mixing capabilities. It would be fixed when the episode reaired several months later.
- "Faberge presents!"
- "The incredible, edible Earth!"
A pair of egg references- Faberge eggs are jewel-encrusted and highly valuable. The second is play on the advertising slogan "The incredible, edible egg".
- "Is this 'The Rite of Spring?' Should we be rioting right now?"
The opening percussion in the movie's soundtrack is similar to that of Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring; which caused a riot when it premiered in May 1913. Reasons for inciting the riot remain unclear, but it was possibly due to the chaotic dissonance the score is known for irritating much of the audience at the time.
- "Are we not blokes?"
A reference to Devo's debut album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, which was itself a reference to The Island of Dr. Moreau. "Are we not men?" was a rhetorical question used to reinforce the laws of the Beast Folk.
- "Is she breastfeeding him?! Who is she, Tori Amos?!"
- "Smell the glove!"
- "He's the English Harvey Dent!"
Harvey Dent is the real name of the Batman villain Two-Face, who the Projected Man resembles.
- "High Plains Matron!"
- "Oh Warriors, come out and PLAY-AY!!!"
This is a line from the 1979 movie The Warriors.
- "You ugly little dummy!"
- "Like Cris Collinsworth?"
Cris Collinsworth is a sports broadcaster and former NFL player who was the wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals during the 80's
- "Big man, pig man! Ha ha, charade you are!"
This music lyric comes from the song "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" from the 1977 Pink Floyd album Animals. The song is refereed to several times during the scenes at Battersea Power Station, probably inspired by the fact that the cover of Animals features a photo of the power station (with a pig floating between its spires).
- [Pearl complains to Brain Guy about the mysterious whispering in the castle.]
- Observer: Well, it's not me, Pearl! I'm sensing the presence of several disembodied souls… [increasingly melodramatically] wandering these dark halls in search of surcease, an end to their endless night… a howl of quiet desperation… towards an indifferent universe. Nepenthe! Nepenthe!
- Pearl: You are so gay.
- Observer: I could be wrong.
- [Steiner turns on the projecting machine, making numerous high-pitched sci-fi noises]
- Man: What's he doing?
- Crow: Oh, he's just doing his patented incredibly-annoying sound effect routine!
- [Dr. Hill narrowly avoids colliding with a car outside a laboratory]
- Dr. Hill: You better watch where you're going!
- Dr. Mitchell: Pretty you may be!
- [A security guard approaches the woman's car and murmurs something]
- Crow [as Guard]: Uh, he said "Pretty you may be!", ma'am. I'm not sure what he meant!
- . . .
- [Dr. Hill drives away]
- Servo: Uh... driving she may be!
- [Dr. Hill is parking her car]
- Crow: Ah parking! What a great way to establish character and create tension!
- [The car's engine makes odd noises]
- Mike: An exhaust system she may need!
- [British scientists Steiner and Mitchell are about to project Dr. Hill's dematerialized watch. All three are dressed in white lab coats and wearing space-age protective goggles.]
- Prof. Steiner: Laser Preheat!
- Dr. Mitchell: Laser Pre-Heat… in!
- Crow [as Prof. Steiner]: Grease and flour cake pans!
- Prof. Steiner: Laser Emission Relay.
- Dr. Mitchell: Laser Emission Relay… on!
- Servo [as Prof. Steiner]: Bottom falling out of… plot! Movie… sucks!
- Mike: Are we not blokes?
- Prof. Steiner: Relay One.
- Dr. Mitchell: Relay One… in!
- Servo [as Prof. Steiner]: Really dumb scene… end!
- [Virtually identical re-creation of projection scene.]
- Crow: Yes! It's the same thing you've seen before! Only it's... happening again!
- [A thief goes looking for his accomplice Gloria.]
- Thief: Gloria?
- Mike [as Thief]: G-L-O-R-I-A?
- Thief: Gloria!
- Servo [as Thief]: In excelsis Deo!
- Thief: Gloria!
- Crow [as Thief]: I hear they got your number.
- [Police are investigating Latham's murder.]
- Inspector Davis: Can I get on?
- Servo: [as Dr. Mitchel] Well, he's dead, but knock yourself out.
- [The movie ends with Paul destroying the laboratory, and eventually himself with the projection laser]
- Crow: Well, this is kind of an ambiguous ending. Is this film horrible or did it merely suck?
- Servo: Yeah! Now that I have seen it, do I want to kick a dog or a cat?
- Crow: Do I want the director just killed or should he be tortured first?
- Mike: Crow!
- . . .
- [The last shot of the movie shows the screen covered in flames.]
- Crow: Ah, so the movie and all the actors in it roast in Hell!!
- [Mike and the 'bots cheer loudly]
- Commercially released on DVD by Shout Factory in February 2009 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 30, a 4-DVD set with The Black Scorpion, Outlaw, and It Lives by Night.
|preceded by: Season 8||MST3K Season 9||followed by: Season 10|
|901||The Projected Man||1998-03-14||906||The Space Children||1998-06-13||911||Devil Fish||1998-08-15|
|902||The Phantom Planet||1998-03-21||907||Hobgoblins||1998-06-27||912||The Screaming Skull||1998-08-29|
|903||The Pumaman||1998-04-04||908||The Touch of Satan||1998-07-11||913||Quest of the Delta Knights||1998-09-26|
|905||The Deadly Bees||1998-05-09||910||The Final Sacrifice||1998-07-25|