The Movie[]

Main article: SST- Death Flight (film)


On its maiden flight, America's first supersonic transport runs into deadly danger in the sky and may never get to land. The plane is populated with characters played by Barbara Anderson, Bert Convy, Peter Graves, Lorne Greene, Tina Louise, George Maharis, Burgess Meredith, Doug McClure, Martin Milner, Robert Reed, Susan Strasberg, Billy Crystal, John de Lancie, and Regis Philbin.

As Crow quips, "There are more stars in this movie than a two hour episode of 'Love Boat Goes to Fantasy Island'".

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Cold Open:Joel and the bots sing "Has-Been Actors".

Prologue: Dr. Forrester is back from Vegas, and he's brought lots of strange presents for Dr. Erhardt, including this weeks movie. For no particular reason, Joel performs a spit-take.

Segment One: Joel tries to disprove the theory that robots can't feel physical pain by administering electrical shocks to Tom Servo. (Servo: "You can fill my head with gummi bears and I won't talk!")

Segment Two: Gypsy has a cold, which makes her voice sexy and seductive. She does a Marilyn Monroe impression for a very puzzled Joel. Turns out it was Tom throwing his voice.

Segment Three: It's limbo-mania on the Satellite of Love! Joel, Crow and Gypsy participate while Servo sings "The Banana Boat Song."

Segment Four: Servo and Crow read fan mail from "the babes." Servo invites viewers to write in with their favorite pizza toppings, much to Joel's chagrin.[1]

Obscure References[]

  • "When does the part come when William Shatner looks out on the wing and sees the monster?"
Referencing a scene from The Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet".

Behind the scenes[]

MST3K cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast

  • Kevin Murphy - Puppet Operation and Voices
  • Faye Burkholder - Gypsy (Tom's thrown voice)

MST3K crew[]

  • Camera - Kevin Murphy
  • Art Director - Joel Hodgson
  • Lighting - Kevin Murphy
  • Production Assistant - Alex Carr
  • Color Consultant - Lisa Erickson



  • Portions of the theater segments were included on The MST Scrapbook tape.
  • This episode marks the first time the crew of the SOL read letters from viewers (as opposed to listening to phone calls).
  • The prologue with the Mads was later reworked into the prologue of Episode #105 - The Corpse Vanishes.
  • A jump cut occurs between two scenes in the movie, during which it appears that the film stopped and then restarted. This causes Servo to suddenly fall off his chair and Joel says "Whoa! Turbulence!" Riffing film defects became quite common after that.
  • Puppet characters were not specifically credited during Season K, with all of them listed under "Puppet Operation and Voices", so it is unclear whether MST3K make-up artist Faye Burkholder operated Gypsy's puppet or simply provided her Servo-thrown voice. Kevin Murphy is also credited, so he may have puppeted Gypsy in scenes where both she and Servo appear.