|913 - Quest of the Delta Knights|
|Air Date||September 26, 1998|
|MST3K Director||Michael J Nelson|
|Movie Director||James Dodson|
|Cast|| David Warner|
|Preceded by||912 - The Screaming Skull|
|Followed by||1001 - Soultaker|
|“||Well, better than "Quest of the Delta Burke", I suppose||”|
SynopsisThis action-adventure/comedy takes place in a world where the 15th century finds Europe still in 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.
- 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.
- Prologue: 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 totaled by a semi. Pearl is upset over Mike's lack of misery, so she tests the experiment by switching places: She goes into the theater, 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.
- 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.
- This episode features Pearl Forrester's only appearance in the theater in a regular episode. (She also visits in the 1st Annual Summer Blockbuster Review.) She riffed the first movie segment with Crow and Tom as an experiment while Mike was in Castle Forrester with Observer and Bobo. Later, she returns to the theater while Mike & the Bots are watching the end credits.
- The interaction between Pearl and the robots is an obvious take on the trope of the "cool relative or babysitter" that let's you stay up past bedtime and allows you junk food.
- "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 its high crime rates and for 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!"
- "Well, better than Quest of the Delta Burkes, I suppose."
- "Gregg Allman for sale, here!"
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 village has a 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).
- "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'."
- "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 Dinky the Chihuahua to its ads. The little dog would show up wherever a Taco Bell foodstuff was being consumed and utter "Yo quiero Taco Bell" (which translates to "I want Taco Bell") with a computer generated mouth and a voice provided by actor Carlos Alazraqui.
- "He's the lost member of ZZ Top."
The Southern blues-rock band ZZ Top was formed in 1970 in Houston, Texas. They are known for their long beards and omnipresent sunglasses and hats.
- "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!"
- "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."
- 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.
|preceded by: Season 8||MST3K Season 9||followed by: Season 10|
|901||The Projected Man||1998-03-14||906||The Space Children||1998-06-13||911||Devil Fish||1998-08-15|
|902||The Phantom Planet||1998-03-21||907||Hobgoblins||1998-06-27||912||The Screaming Skull||1998-08-29|
|903||The Pumaman||1998-04-04||908||The Touch of Satan||1998-07-11||913||Quest of the Delta Knights||1998-09-26|
|905||The Deadly Bees||1998-05-09||910||The Final Sacrifice||1998-07-25|