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913 - Quest of the Delta Knights
0913
Air Date September 26, 1998
Movie Director James Dodson
Year 1993
Cast David Warner, Corbin Allred, David Kriegel
Preceded by 912 - The Screaming Skull
Followed by 1001 - Soultaker


The Movie

Synopsis

Deltaknightmovie

Quest of the Delta Knights

This action-adventure/comedy takes place in a world where the 15th century finds Europe still caught in the grip of the Dark Ages. A young boy named Tee (Allred) is sold into slavery and bought by the beggar Baydool (Warner), who takes him on as an apprentice. When Baydool realizes that Tee is the subject of a prophecy, he reveals himself as one of the Delta Knights, a secret order dedicated to helping humanity. Trained by Baydool, Tee also becomes a Delta Knight and joins forces with a ne'er-do-well painter named Leonardo (from the small town of Vinci) and a tavern girl, Thena. Pursued by Lord Vultare (again, Warner), minion of the wicked Mannerjay, they set out on a quest to find the lost treasures of Archimedes.[1]

Information

  • Actress Brigid Conley-Walsh who plays Thena is still an active actress today despite her appearance in this movie. Today, she's known better as Brigid Brannagh, having appeared in "C.S.I." and a starring role in Lifetime's "Army Wives."
  • A large portion of this movie was filmed at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Black Point, Novato, California. Performers from the Faire were employed as extras in various scenes throughout. Exterior scenes of Archimedes' storehouse were filmed at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California. Exterior scenes of the prison were filmed at Petaluma Adobe State Park, Petaluma, California. Some interior scenes of the Mannerjay's palace were filmed at the Scottish Rite Temple, Oakland, California.

The Episode

Deltaknightshost

Pearl switches with Mike

Host Segments

  • Opening Scene: Crow gets some hail damage, so Gypsy repairs him and gives Mike and Tom an old AMC Crow as a loaner. He runs a little rich, but has a killer radio.
  • Segment One: Gypsy puts some seal coat on Crow, so he returns. Gypsy needs the loaner back because some guy's crow got totalled by a semi. Pearl is upset over Mike's lack of misery, so she tests the experiment by switching places: She goes into the theatre, while Mike goes down to the castle.
  • Segment Two: The 'bots love Pearl because she gave them a mint in the theater. She checks on the castle and finds Mike, Observer, and Bobo drinking longnecks. She switches places back over the 'bots objections; they are very mad when Mike returns.
  • Deltaknighthost2

    A group of Tom Servos perform "Air on a Delta Knight"

    Segment Three: A group of Servos perform the madrigal Air on a Delta Knight. They take control and sing a naughty song when movie sign sounds.
  • Segment Four: Leonardo da Vinci visits on the Hexfield to tell the crew that his portrayal in the movie is way off base. Tom keeps asking questions and he evades them; Mike has to tell Tom to stop asking what Leonardo does.
  • Segment Five: The 'bots miss Pearl; Mike tries to comfort them. Down in the castle, the Delta Knights have booked it for their pancake breakfasts. That's all they do now, pancake breakfasts. They make enough money for next year's pancake breakfast. One of them throws hard candy and hurts a lot of people.
  • Stinger: It's the 'I'm cominnnnnngggggg!' guy.

Information

Obscure References

  • "Witchiepoo cracks down on Pufnstuf!"

A reference to the 1970s children's TV show H.R. Pufnstuf.

  • "Joan Blondell!"

Joan Blondell was a popular actress during the 1930s.

  • "Robert Bork takes a constitutional!"

Robert Bork was a controversial conservative judge who was nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, but voted down in Congress.

  • "Now I'm going to attach Rosey Grier's head to your shoulder."

A reference to the 1972 movie The Thing with Two Heads in which the head of an older Caucasian man (played by Ray Milland) was grafted onto the shoulder of an athletic African-American (played by former professional football player Rosey Grier).

  • "Hey, a wheat penny!"

Among coin collectors, the term "wheat penny" refers to pennies minted between 1909 and 1958.

  • "Never ask Bootsy Collins if you can borrow a coat."

Bootsy Collins is a funk musician known for his flamboyant style of dress.

  • "He came *this* close to being Leonardo da Gary, Indiana."

Gary is a city in northwestern Indiana, known for both its high crime rates and being Michael Jackson's hometown, as well as the subject of the eponymous song in the musical "The Music Man".

  • [ "It's a map of England!" ] "...Dan and John Ford Coley!"

England Dan and John Ford Coley were a soft rock duo best known for their 1976 hit "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight".

  • [ "How is it coming, O Great One?" ]  "Do you ever get back to Edmonton?"

Wayne Gretzky, whose nickname was "The Great One", played for the Edmonton Oilers

  • "Jimmy Carter was in office."

Jimmy Carter (1924- ; full name James Earl Carter, Jr.) was the 39th President of the United States (from 1977-81).

  • "Touched down in the land of the Delta Knights!"

The original lyric, "Touched down in the land of the Delta Blues," comes from Marc Cohn's 1990 gospel-like hit "Walking in Memphis." The song was covered in 1996 by Cher.

  • "Packers!"

Refers to the NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. Also a call back to a running joke in The Giant Spider Invasion.

  • "Well, better than Quest of the Delta Burkes, I suppose."

A former Miss Florida, actress Delta Burke (1965- ) is best known for her role as Suzanne Sugerbaker on the sit-com Designing Women (1986-93). 

Singer/songwriter (1947- ). While Allman has had some success as a solo act (with 1977's Playin' Up a Storm being his most successful album), he is better known as the lead singer/organist/songwriter for the Allman Brothers Band, which was founded by his brother Duane. Their biggest hit was 1973's Rambling Man.

  • "Dagnabbit, Lukie!"

The whole village has a sort of Ozarks/hillbilly feel to it and the sit-com The Real McCoys (1957-63), from which this line comes, featured the original "hillbillies move out west" plot, years before The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-71). The McCoys moved from West Viginia out to Cal-i-for-ni-ay and the show usually centered on Granda Amos (Walter Brennan), who always poked his nose into other folks' business.

  • "This just sounds like a movie that should have Matthew Broderick in it."

Actor Matthew Broderick (1962- ) made his feature film debut in 1983's WarGames. He has since appears in dozens of films, quite often (but not always) in light, whimsical roles (inspiring Crow's comment). Notable films include Ladyhawke (1985) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) 

  • "Oh, the lead singer for Canned Heat."

The Los Angeles blues-rock group Canned Heat was formed in 1966 by blues historians and record collectors Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson and Bob "The Bear" Hite, with the large Hite as lead singer. Their hits included "On the Road Again" (1968), "Goin' Up the Country" (1968) and "Let's Work Together" (1970).

  • "Ashley Wilkes is comin' a-callin'."

The character of Ashley Wilkes (played by Leslie Howard) appears in the 1939 classic film Gone With the Wind (based on Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel).

  • "Next up, Pippi Longstocking."

The character of Pippi Longstocking first appeared in the Swedish 1945 children's book Pippi Longstocking, written by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi was a gawky, red-headed and extremely athletic (strong enough to lift horses above her head) young girl.

  • "Yeah, yo quiero Taco Bell..."

In 1998, fast-food chain Taco Bell introduced to its ads Dinky the Chihuahua. This funny looking little dog would show up wherever a Taco Bell foodstuff was being consumed and utter, with a computer generated mouth, "Yo quiero Taco Bell." 

  • "He's the lost member of ZZ Top."

The Southern blues-rock band ZZ Top was formed in 1970 in Houston, Texas. The trio (made up of Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill) were first noticed nationally with their third album, Tres Hombres (1973), which gave them their first Top Ten hit, "La Grange." 

  • "Now, I'm going to attach Rosey Grier's head to your shoulder."

Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier (1932- ) was an All-Pro defensive tackle for American football teams including the Los Angeles Rams and the New York. Grier acted for a while, with his most infamous role, mentioned here, being The Thing with Two Heads (1972) in which Grier, a black man, has the head of a white bigot (Ray Milland) attached to his shoulder.

  • "And during the day, I'm a Stevie Nicks impersonator."

Stevie Nicks (1948- ) was a key member of the rock group Fleetwood Mac. The singer/songwriter recorded her first album, Buckingham-Nicks in 1973 with her friend and sometimes lover Lindsey Buckingham.

  • "Halt, Sir Dan of Blocker!"
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Actor Dan Blocker (1928-72) didn't do a lot of work before his untimely death after surgery, but he is forever immortalized for his role as "Hoss" Cartwright, one of the sons on the classic Western series "Bonanza" (1959-73). 
  • "Master Bojangles!"

Refers to the song "Mister Bojangles," about a man who just dance and dance no matter how bad things get. Written and originally recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968, he was inspired when he met a street singer named Bojangles in a New Orleans drunk tank.

  • "Bring in 'da noise, bring in 'da funk."

Conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe, the musical Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk opened off-Broadway in 1995 to rave reviews.

Memorable Quotes

Crow: Well, better than "Quest of the Delta Burke", I suppose
Narrator: Many years ago, terror stalked the land, making life harsh, unfair, and treacherous.
Crow: Jimmy Carter was in office.
[David Warner appears.]
Crow [as David Warner]: [apologetic] In it for the money, folks.
[As wizard Baydool drags Travis ("Tee") away from the slave market crowd and into his shack, he tries to get him to talk.]
Baydool: ¿Como te llamas?
Servo [as Tee]: Yeah, yo quiero Taco Bell, whatever.
. . .
Baydool: Comment vous-appelez vous?
Crow [as Tee]: Je m'appelle… Bite Me!
[Afraid of Baydool, Tee runs out the door.]
Pearl [as Tee]: I'll see if Bombadil has a place to crash.
Tee: I was taught that those who I respect, who are wise, I should call "master".
Crow [as Tee]: Right, Mr. Bater?
[Baydool scares off an intruder by throwing the contents of his chamber pot at him.]
Pearl: Ew, wizard whiz!
Crow: Drain the wizard!
[Tee stops Baydool just as a hammer falls from a roof in front of them.]
Servo [as Tee]: Please, hammer, don't hurt 'im!
[Lord Vultare has an audience with the Mannerjay while slaves fan her.]
Servo [as Slave]: Do you want me to oscillate, Ma'am?
. . .
Lord Vultare: We've rounded up a number of suspects.
Crow [as Vultare]: …including Kevin Spacey.
Lord Vultare: I'm certain some of them are spies for the Order.
Mannerjay: What of the map?
Lord Vultare: No word. It seems…
Pearl [as Vultare]: …chilly in here. Could you turn down your guy?
[Baydool shows Tee some blow darts.]
Baydool: These will put anyone to sleep in no time.
Crow: They're tiny James Michener books!
[After another attack by Vultare's thugs ends in failure.]
Tom: The Vikings in this movie don't vike very well.
[Tee, Leonardo and Thena set off on horseback after a confusing scene of exposition.]
Servo: Well, this movie has lost me. It's lost me and it's trotting off without me.
[After Tee and Leonardo are recaptured by the forest Prince, a noisy, loony henchman drops out of the trees in belated pursuit.]
Loony Henchman: I'm com-iiiing!
Mike [as The Prince]: Put a sock in it, Legolas!
Tee: When in doubt, rest.
Crow: You are full of crap beyond your years, kid.
[Tee sets up an explosive device at the mouth of the Storehouse.]
Servo: Tee pities the fool who gets in his way.
[Vultare is reading what appears to be Archimedes' plans for his high-tech weapon.]
Servo [as Vultare]: Enjoy much scientific pleasure with magnificent operation.

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