Mystery Science Theater 3000

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Season 3, Ep 21, Aired 12/21/91
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  • Episode Description
  • Movie Plot: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Santa is abducted by Martians to bring joy to Mars. Intro: The 'bots make their Christmas lists. Segment One: Dr Forrester and TV's Frank present the Wish Squisher. Joel and the 'bots present their own misfit toys Segment Two: The crew performs "A Patrick Swayze Christmas" Segment Three: Joel looks through his Christmas movie collection. Segment Four: Joel and the 'bots read their christmas essays with horrible results until Gypsy gives hers. Segment Five: Joel gives the 'bots presents. Frank pawns Dr. Forrester's Rolex to buy him a watchband. Stinger:moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lynn-Anne Freise

  • Tom Wedor

  • Craig Tollifson

  • Bob Schrad

  • Christopher Whiting

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • No, that's the Children's Television Workshop!

    By Lazlo25, Jun 17, 2009

  • Christmas is in danger after aliens kidnap Santa. No, really. Aliens kidnap Santa. Well, it beats the Yule Log...

    By Lokar, Jul 23, 2006

  • I haven't seen many episodes of MST3K, but I think this one is definitely the funniest.

    By mysteryfan427, Oct 18, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Kimar: Something is wrong with our children. Tom Servo: On Saturn 3. Kimar: They eat not. They sleep not. Crow: They are not. Kimar: Their only interest is watching meaningless Earth programs on the video. Joel: (as Chochem) Are there any other kind! Haha, but I digress. Chochem: What time of year is it now? Kimar: It is the middle of Septober. Tom Servo: Oh, time for Septoberfest!

    • Kimar: Voldar will be back. Tom: In Dial M For Martian.

    • News Announcer: Here is another UFO bulletin... Joel: I'm high!

    • (a shot of New York is seen) Kimar: We're over a city of some kind. Joel: The Big Apple. Tom: Des Moines? Oh.

    • Santa: Let's close up shop! Joel: We could still make it to Happy Hour!

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode is on the special TV DVD 'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Essentials,' along with Manos: The Hands of Fate.

    Trivia (3)

    • Crow writes his own Christmas carol 'Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas', convincing Joel and Tom to sing along with him.  After the song is over Joel takes Crow aside to reprimand the bot for his rather gruff song.

    • During the entire episode, Crow has a red nose a la Rudolph and Tom's dome is a snow globe.

    • In the opening credits of SCCM, they misspell costume and say "custume design". Crow points this out.

    Allusions (2)

    • Tom: Go play with your Golden Globe award...that we bought for you. This joke line said by Tom(as Momar to Girmar) is a reference to the 1982 Golden Globe that Pia Zadora, who played Girmar, won for "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture" for Butterfly. There is a great deal of controversy concerning this win: firstly, it was not Pia Zadora's first movie(this film was made 18 years earlier); Secondly, it is argued that the award was "bought" for her. Zadora's husband at the time, Meshulam Riklis, gave an expensive party and luncheon to voting members before they had voted; Thirdly, the movie was not technically released in time for Zadora to be eligible that year. All of this may not have been as much of a problem, if she had produced a good performance. However, the performance gained Ms. Zadora the 1982 Razzie Award for "Worst Actress". These types of reviews combined with the genuine talent she "beat", such as Kathleen Turner for Body Heat, have led it to be generally accepted that it was not a fair competition.

    • Rosebud: When we see a very cheesy circular image of the North Pole with snow falling, Tom, Crow, and Joel croak out "Rosebud...Rosebud..." as a reference to Charles Foster Kane's last words (and sled!) in the classic movie Citizen Kane.

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