MST3K Wiki

Space Mutiny

1,137pages on
this wiki
Thick McRunFast! Buff Drinklots! Dirk Hardpec! Punk Rockgroin! Big McLargeHuge!
  — - Mike & the Bots

820 - Space Mutiny
Air Date November 8, 1997
Movie Director David Winters
Neal Sundstrom
Year 1988
Cast Reb Brown
John Phillip Law
Cameron Mitchell
Cisse Cameron
(as Cissy Cameron)
Graham Clarke
Preceded by 819 - Invasion of the Neptune Men
Followed by 821 - Time Chasers

The Movie



The cast of Space Mutiny

The Southern Sun is a generation ship, or a spacefaring vessel that contains a large number of people, whose mission is to colonize a new world. Its voyage has lasted generations, so many of its inhabitants have been born and will die without ever setting foot on solid ground. This does not please the antagonist, Elijah Kalgan, who conspires with the pirates infesting the nearby Corona Borealis system and the ship’s Chief Engineer MacPhearson. Kalgan hatches a plot to disrupt the Southern Sun’s navigation systems and use the Enforcers, the ship’s police force, to hijack the ship and direct it towards this system. At this point, the inhabitants of the Southern Sun will have no choice but to accept his "generosity".

'Thick McRunFast' in Space Mutiny

Kalgan sabotages a key part of the ship just as an important professor's shuttle is on a landing trajectory. The loss of guidance control causes the ship to explode. The shuttle's pilot, Dave Ryder, is able to escape, but the professor dies in the explosion. This sabotage seals off the flight deck for a number of weeks, which gives Kalgan the opportunity to attempt to wrest control. With the Enforcers in his hand, and with the flight deck out of commission, he holds the entire population of the Southern Sun hostage. Commander Jansen and Captain Devers enlist Ryder’s assistance, aided begrudgingly by Jansen’s daughter Dr. Lea Jansen, to regain control of the ship. [1]

As Mike Nelson says in the DVD intro, "It's kinda hard to figure out what the 'mutiny' really is."


"Hey, how about some sugar for Sting and Dolph here?"

  • A prominent member of the Southern Sun's bridge crew is killed during a bar scene in an apparent attempt to make the plot more interesting. However, she is in the next scene alive and well at her console on the bridge. No mention is made of any twins.
  • The space-battle footage is all lifted from the TV series Battlestar Galactica (1978). [2]
  • Two of Cameron Mitchell's children had bit parts in this movie. His son Chip played the thinly mustached Blake who apologizes for the "scanty" information. His daughter Cammile was the voice of the lead Bellerian, Jennera.
  • Actor James Ryan, who is the object of several jabs by the SOL Crew for his rather well-done (yet vaguely psychotic) performance as one of the two villains, starred in many similarly low-budgeted South African productions like this.
  • The other mutiny leader is played by John Phillip Law, who (like Robert Z'Dar and Joe Estevez) would be in more than one movie experiment during the show's final seasons. Law starred in Diabolik!, the final episode/experiment.
  • Reb Brown and Cisse Cameron are actually married in real-life and were already a wedded couple when Space Mutiny was filmed. Contrary to the SOL crew's jokes, Cameron is actually a few years younger than Brown.
  • Cisse Cameron would later claim that Space Mutiny was intended to be a spoof of science fiction films.

The Episode

Host Segments


Crow's a Bellerian

Opening: Crow and Tom think the encyclopedias that Mike has are a little dated.

Intro: Mike gets more encyclopedias, but the bots complain about missing complaining. In ancient Rome, Pearl, Bobo and Observer are thrown in jail. Their attempts to recover Observer's brain so he can observe them to freedom don't go so good.

Segment One: Mike tries to have tea in peace, but is interrupted by the bots fighting in the Hyper-Warp Escape Pods. Apparently they were in the hold, waiting for them to escape with.

Bobo burns down Rome

Segment Two: Crow's a Bellerian. Or is he? Bobo's escape plan fails. As usual.

Segment Three: In the spirit of the many safety railing-related deaths in the movie, Servo installs railings, in case OSHA stops by. Typical for Servo, he installs them completely at random. Mike is not pleased.

End: Tom is buff, Crow is not, Pearl and Brain Guy escape jail when a guard accidentally gives back Observer's brain, and Bobo burns down Rome. Stinger: David Ryder screams.


  • The The Nine Billion Names of David Ryder was developed from a smaller running gag during 12 to the Moon. The earliest occurrence may have been the second season opener Rocketship X-M, where Lloyd Bridges is spontaneously described as "Dirk Squarejaw", (click here to see the nicknames given to David Ryder).
  • This episode marks the final appearance of the Ancient Rome setting, where the Mads made their escape from imprisonment and Bobo accidentally burns it down.
  • This episode is regarded by many fans to be the best episode of the Sci-Fi era. Its popularity led to it being included in Turkey Day '13.

Quotes & References

A reference to the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, and currently team president of the Miami Heat, known for his severely slicked back hairstyle.
  • "Special effects by Industrial Light and Morons."
A reference to George Lucas' special effects house Industrial Light & Magic, pointing out further what a complete rip-off of Star Wars that whole sequence is (granted, the footage is pulled from the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series which Lucas later sued when he saw the notable similarities).
  • "Sting, Debbie Reynolds, and God."
Gordon Matthew Thomas "Sting" Sumner is a musician with a slender build and close cropped light colored hair who the Captain Devers character somewhat resembled. Debbie Reynolds is a an American actress with pixie-ish features whose hair is often blonde. Historically depictions of God were often of an older, bearded man similar to how the Commander Jansen character appeared in the film.
  • "Have you signed Sherri's Birthday card?"
Running gag throughout the movie as if they were passing around a birthday card in an office for all to sign.
  • "John Waters!"
John Waters is a thinly-mustached filmmaker who first made a name for himself with intentionally offensive movies such as Pink Flamingos and later created such mainstream ventures as Hairspray.
  • "Drank too much Surge!"
Surge was a heavily caffeinated soft drink marketed by the Coca-Cola Company during the late 1990s.
  • "Death by snicker-snag!"
Snicker-snagging is a playground stunt where a bully pins his victim and dangles saliva over his face.
  • "Without Metrecal, this would not be possible."
Metrecal was a diet product introduced in 1960 and intended as a meal replacement.
  • "Mother Angelica Aerobics!"
Mother Angelica is a nun who founded the Eternal Word Television Network, a cable network specializing in Catholic-oriented programming.
  • "You've got mail!"
America Online was a popular online service in the 90s which provided dial up internet access. The America Online client software used then would announce that users had email by displaying an open mailbox and playing a "You've got mail!" sound.
  • "Oh Gopher, are you lost?"
Burl "Gopher" Smith was the yeoman-purser on The Love Boat. Gopher was played by Fred Grandy, who would go on to represent Iowa in Congress following the series.
  • "This is less subtle than an Annie Sprinkle performance piece!"
Annie Sprinkle is a performance artist known for the bizarre sexual content of her work.
  • "Bennigan's, 1985!"
Bennigan's is a chain of Irish pub themed restaurants that was established in 1976. By the mid 1980s Bennigan's became known as a mid range fern bar.
  • "She's got an armadillo in her trousers!"
A line from the 1984 movie This Is Spinal Tap.
  • "It's Kevorkian."
A doctor in the "Deep Freeze" area of the spaceship is surrounded by dead bodies wearing underwear and wrapped in plastic. He resembles the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the American doctor known for his use of assisted suicide.
  • "God I love Pac-Man."
Commander Calgon is staring at a video monitor that is pulsating light. Crow's quote was made to suggest that Commander Calgon is actually playing a game of Pac Man, a video game created in Japan in 1980.
  • "Whaddya' got for me Rick Astley."
Mike is noting that the crew member who's accessing the computer resembles 1980's pop singer Rick Astley.
Crow makes this reference because as the automatic sliding door opens, it makes a noise much like the crack of a whip.  This is heard in the opening soundtrack to the famed 1960s television show, Rawhide (TV series).
  • "Hey, how about some sugar for Sting and Dolph here?"
Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor with a large muscular build and blonde hair who played a number of roles in action films - including Rocky IV and Masters of the Universe.
  • "Stupid Buddhist monk. The Vietnam war has been over for hundreds of years."
Two "Enforcers" are chasing the protagonists down a staircase and have to climb over a burning body when Mike Nelson makes the above comment. This is in reference to the act of self immolation, which was practiced by Buddhist monks in Vietnam as an act of protest against the US occupation and war in Vietnam during the 1960s.
  • "Not since the Fuzzy Zoeller-Lee Trevino collision of 1974 has there been such a horrible golf cart accident."
Both Fuzzy Zoeller and Lee Trevino were professional golfers throughout the 1970s.
  • "Push on, mighty Cushman!"
Cushman is a manufacturer of vehicles for industrial and personal use, such as street sweepers and three-wheelers.
  • "The Honeymooners!"
The explosions of the Pirate fleet upon missile impact reminded Tom Servo of the fireworks seen as part of the opening titles of the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners, starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.
  • "They woke up The Oak Ridge Boys!"
The Oak Ridge Boys are a country music quartet, famous for their 1981 hit "Elvira".
  • "Sounds like Kitaro fell asleep on his keyboard."
Kitarō (aka Masanori Takahashi) is a Japanese keyboardist, regarded by many as a pioneer in the New Age music movement.
  • "A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
One of King Richard's famous quotes from Shakespeare's play Richard III, in which Richard is typically portrayed as limping and/or walking with the aid of a cane.
  • "Ho ho, ho!'
  • Finally, Christmas comes to Santa."
  • "Mrs. Kringle and I have an understanding."
  • "Wanna see me shake like a bowl full of jelly?"
  • "Someone DID leave a cookie out for me!"
  • "I am a right jolly old elf."
  • "Let me just check you twice, dear."
These are various references to the commander of the Southern Sun, who bears some resemblance to Santa Claus. Some of these riffs make reference to Clement Clarke Moore's poem Twas the Night Before Christmas.
  • "So, this takes place at the Anheuser-Busch brewery...?"
Anheuser-Busch is a major brewer of beers founded by Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch in the 1860s. Anheuser-Busch breweries have been used for films that needed an industrial setting for some scenes - such as V and Robocop 2.
  • "Into a nice sitz bath."
A sitz bath is a form of hydrotherapy, which uses water to relive pains and ailments.
  • "Recommended by top breeders."
This was the tagline used by the makers of Pedigree dog food until 2007.
  • "Any second, Lea's gonna jump on her Big Wheel and give chase."
The Big Wheel was a children's tricycle, popular in the mid-1970s into the 1980s. In 2003, the Big Wheel was re-introduced to the American marketplace under new ownership.
  • "He made a bomb out of soap and Paco Rabanne."
Paco Rabanne is a perfume made by the Spanish fashion designer of the same name.
  • "Graphics by Kenner."
Kenner was an American manufacturer of toys (primarily action figures) whose heyday came during the late 1970s until the mid-1980s.

Video Releases

  • Commerically released on DVD by Rhino in November 2003 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 4, a 4-DVD set with Hamlet, Girl in Gold Boots, and Overdrawn at the Memory Bank, the DVD was later pulled in January 2010 due to Rhino no longer obtaining the rights to distribute Mst3k.
    • The DVD features an intro by Mike Nelson, specifically taped for the release.

External links

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki