|403 - City Limits|
|Air Date||June 20, 1992|
|Movie Director||Aaron Lipstadt|
|Cast||John Stockwell, Darrell Larson, Rae Dawn Chong, James Earl Jones, Kim Cattrall, Robby Benson|
|Preceded by||402 - The Giant Gila Monster|
|Followed by||404 - Teenagers from Outer Space|
Long version: Fifteen years from now the world is lit by widely spaced 40 watt light bulbs and populated by people who wear weird clothes. In this dystopia, your hero cowboy guy (with a cow skull helmet) ends up a pawn in a battle between biker gangs led by the foppier brother of Alex DeLarge from Clockwork Orange and the Hell's Kitchen guy's cousin. Meanwhile Kim Cattrall and Robbie Benson attempt to exploit the gangs for commercial profit.
'What commerce?' you ask, seeing how it's after the apocalypse and all. Well, repeat to yourself 'it's just a show, and I should really just relax.'
Anyway, Robbie Benson's shady business (the Sunya corporation) that is selling who-knows-what to who-knows-who comes under attack once cow-skull guy convinces the assorted biker types to team up with an embarrassed James 'I needed to pay the rent' Earl Jones in a finale that will shock and surprise amnesiacs and people who have just arrived on planet earth.Short version: According to this movie, only the stupid will survive the apocalypse.
Dean Devlin, who went on to co-write and produce blockbuster films such as Independence Day, plays the character Ernie in this movie. Acclaimed and later respected character actors Tony Plana (Ugly Betty", "Miami Vice") and John Diehl ("Miami Vice", "The Shield") also have small supporting roles.
"Sunya" is Sanskrit for "emptiness".
Segment One (Invention Exchange): Tom Servo's head is full of ping-pong balls, and he has somehow acquired Crow's eyes. Joel shows off his Mr. Meat & Potato Head toys. The Mads demo Pop Star Tupperware - currently featuring Morrissey.
Segment Two: Deeply smitten, Crow sings a tuneless ode to Kim Cattrall, appropriately titled "Oh, Kim Cattrall!". With the help of Joel, Tom Servo, and Gypsy, Crow them attempts to re-enact a sequence from Cattrall's 1987 film Mannequin, with predictably shambolic results.
Segment Three: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent comic book superheroes.
Segment Four: Tom, Crow, and Joel invent even more superheroes.
Segment Five: Joel and the bots try to play the City Limits trivia game, but they can’t remember anything about the movie. They read some letters instead. In Deep 13, the Mads have had it with Morrissey.
Stinger: Remote-controlled airplane attack!
Obscure References Edit
- "I'm Max Keller."
A callback to Master Ninja.
- "So like, do you think you could get your dad to sign my 'Big Bambu' album?"
"Big Bambu" was a "comedy" album by Cheech and Chong.
- "Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series T.H.E. Cat.
- "...I'm Charlton Heston for Contel..."
A reference to an ad campaign in which Heston endorsed Continental Telephone.
- "Burger Chef! He's incrediburgible!"
- "It's the BART system!"
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the official name of the San Francisco subway system.
- "I'm dead now!"
A reference to an anti-smoking PSA that actor Yul Brynner filmed shortly before his death from lung cancer and had aired posthumously, in which he said "I'm dead now. Don't smoke."
- "I don't care what you do/Just take me with you!"
Tom is quoting the Prince song "Take Me With U".
- "It's the New Power Generation!"
The New Power Generation was the name of Prince's backup band in the early 1990s.
- "Gary Busey sold it to me."
Actor Gary Busey suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident in the late 1980s.
- "Then Came Boredom!"
A reference to the short-lived TV series Then Came Bronson.
- "Now it's 'American Hot Wax'!"
- "Look Smithers, I'm Davey Crockett!"
Tom is quoting Mr. Burns in the Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror II".
- "Jim Henson's Flying Leatherneck Babies!"
- "He's humming the Roger Ramjet song!"
Roger Ramjet was a 1960s Saturday-morning satirical cartoon about a comedic superhero. The song in question is set to the tune of Yankee Doodle Dandy.
- "Sing it! It worked for Mel Tillis."
Mel Tillis is a famous country singer who spoke with a stutter due to a case of malaria he caught when he was sixteen.
- "Stalag 90210"
- "When I grew up and went to school, there were certain teachers who would shoot the children..."
- Morrissey: Michael J. Nelson
When Kim Cattrall appeared at ConventioCon ExpoFest-A-Rama 2: Electric Bugaloo in 1996, she shared this story: “I was in my hotel room and was channel surfing. And what do I hear but my own name being sung by a small golden man. And it just went on like that. I yelled for my boyfriend to come in and see this. We were just in shock. A few minutes later, one of my lesser accomplishments came on: ‘City Limits.’ I called my publicity agent and asked him if Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a real show. He said yes. I called my florist and had an odd request: to send a bouquet of flowers to a Crow T. Robot.” 
|preceded by: Season 3||MST3K Season 4||followed by: Season 5|
|1992 - 1993|
|401||Space Travelers||1992-06-06||409||The Indestructible Man||1992-08-15||417||Crash of Moons||1992-11-28|
|402||The Giant Gila Monster||1992-06-13||410||Hercules Against the Moon Men||1992-08-22||418||Attack of the the Eye Creatures||1992-12-05|
|403||City Limits||1992-06-20||411||The Magic Sword||1992-08-29||419||The Rebel Set||1992-12-12|
|404||Teenagers from Outer Space||1992-06-27||412||Hercules and the Captive Women||1992-09-12||420||The Human Duplicators||1992-12-26|
|405||Being from Another Planet||1992-07-24||413||Manhunt in Space||1992-09-19||421||Monster A-Go Go||1993-01-09|
|406||Attack of the Giant Leeches||1992-07-18||414||Tormented||1992-09-26||422||The Day the Earth Froze||1993-01-16|
|407||The Killer Shrews||1992-07-25||415||The Beatniks||1992-11-25||423||Bride of the Monster||1993-01-23|
|408||Hercules Unchained||1992-08-01||416||Fire Maidens of Outer Space||1992-11-16||424||Manos: The Hands of Fate||1993-01-30|