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Mystery Science Theater 3000

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Unknown Jun 08, 1991 on Comedy Central
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Episode Summary


The crew watches the first of the Gamera movies. Joel presents an endless salad bar container while Frank has problems with his bird cage vacuum. Tom also sings his famous song, 'Tibby, Oh Tibby.'

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  • "We believe in Gamera!"

    Children singing anything is pretty scary. Children singing pep rally cheers to a giant fighting turtle will have you scurrying for the nearest mental institution.

    Here begins the saga of Gamera, 'friend to all children' and addition to the good-guy monster pantheon along with Godzilla. It also marks the debut appearance of Ken, a little boy who wears school uniform shorts and speaks in an impossibly cutesy voice.

    He torments the robots no end. In addition to the general ineptness of his character, the squeaky voice ruins your ability to think about the story, so that the whole thing feels like a cartoon for preschoolers.

    Anyway, Gamera saves the day and Ken will return to haunt the dreams of the Satellite crew.

    Gamera: not much of a monster, not much of a movie.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At one point during the film, Crow makes a bad joke. ('And this is the tanks I get!') Joel rips one of his arms off, hits him with it, and throws it across the theater. Later, when Crow baitingly asks Joel if the giant Z-Plan rocket reminds him of anything, Joel rips his other arm off. Tom starts to sing the MST3K theme and Joel hits him as well. Then he throws the arm away. This is an unusually violent display on Joel's part.

  • QUOTES (18)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode is on Disc One of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 XXI: MST3K vs. Gamera DVD set. Extras include the original Japanese trailer for the movie, the wraps for the Mystery Science Theater Hour version of the episode, and 'So Happy Together: A Look Back At MST3K & Gamera,' a documentary describing the show's relationship with the movie series.

    • This movie was used locally in the KTMA season as episode K05.


    • The Omen:
      Throughout the film, Joel and the 'Bots make numerous references to Damien from The Omen whenever Kenny is the focus of attention. This is because the boy has unhealthy obsessions, given unrestricted access to military and scientific facilities, and everyone listens to what he says despite his young age.

    • Blade Runner:
      When a van with a megaphone drives down a street ordering everyone to evacuate the city, Tom says, "Live the good life in the off-world colonies!" This is a reference to an advertising blimp in the movie Blade Runner. This is a common reference in several episodes.