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207 - Wild Rebels
0207
Air Date November 17, 1990
MST3K Director Jim Mallon
Running Time 90 min.
Turkey Day(s) November 28, 1991, 2pm
Movie Director William Grefe
Year 1967
Cast Steve Alaimo
Willie Pastrano
John Vella
Bobbie Byers
Preceded by 206 - Ring of Terror
Followed by 208 - Lost Continent


“Here comes the sermon on the Gran Torino.”


The Movie

Synopsis

Freebird!

"Free bird!"

In this fairly-standard biker film, Rod (Alaimo) is a former stock-car racer who aids the police department. He infiltrates the Satan's Angels motorcycle gang to stop a bank robbery by the malevolent trio of bikers bent on terrorizing South Florida. [1]

Information

  • Watch for former boxing champ Willie Pastrano as one of the bad boy bikers.[2]
  • Silent but deadly Fats was played by Jeff Gillen, who also appeared as Santa Claus in A Christmas Story. [3]
  • Shot in 15 days.

The Episode

Host Segments

Gypsyandjoel

Gypsy is depressed

Prologue: Joel shuts down the higher functions of the Satellite of Love so that Gypsy can speak about why she is depressed.

Invention Exchange (Segment One): Gypsy finishes her talk with Joel so he can breathe again, but he's a little out of it, from the lack of oxygen; the Mads demonstrate their Hobby Hogs for children who look up to bikers, and Joel creates 3-D Pizza, based on 3-D chess from Star Trek.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots talk about the intellectuals who rode motorcycles and started gangs. The Algonquin Round Table was known as Satan's Sardonics.

Mst207- Gypsy song

Joel sings Gypsy a song

Segment Three: The SOL crew makes a commercial for Wild Rebels cereal.

Segment Four: Crow and Tom Servo talk about Gypsy's talents, and Joel sings a song to Gypsy in the style of the film...until the other Bots jump him.

Closing (Segment Five): Joel is surprisingly chipper after the movie's dour ending. He cheers the Bots up by helping them make more fun of the movie, resulting in a party. The Mads are confused until Frank figures it out.

Stinger: For some reason, none.

Information

Trivia

  • Tom Servo’s regular head returns. No explanation is given.
  • Joel twice calls the theater the “Mystery Science Theater” – the first and last time he would do that.
  • Gypsy’s second appearance in the theater; about ten minutes into the movie when somebody mentions “Voyage to the Bottom of Sea”.

Callbacks

Obscure References

  • "What's the extra E for?" -Joel, after William Grefe's name comes up in the credits. "The extra E is for extra--" -Crow. "Uh-mm, ixnay!" -Servo.

There was a famous TV ad campaign on New York City cable during the '80s for a phone sex line featuring "watersports". The number was 970-PEEE; their slogan was "The extra 'E' is for extra PEE!"

  • "Silly rabbi. Kicks are for Trids!" -Joel

This phrase is the punchline to an old joke. There are a few different versions, all of which lead to a variation of the Trix cereal advertising slogan "Silly rabbit. Trix are for kids!"

  • Why don't you let the shotgun sing a song?

Paraphrases a lyric from Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who.

  • Doctor Forrester's motorcycle helmet is topped with the skull from a Masters of the Universe "Battle Bones" toy, still painted orange from when it was previously part of a Demon Dog.
  • "They gotta go past the LaBianca place."

Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their house by Charles Manson and his "family" on the second night of their infamous killing spree.

  • "We're booking you for impersonating Trini Lopez."

Trini Lopez is a singer and guitarist; Rod vaguely resembles him.

  • "It's Joe Namath!"

A famous commercial starring Joe Namath starts with a slow pan up his legs.

  • "Very interesting."  "Hogan!"

Mike and Tom are making a call back to two 60s-era shows featuring characters in a Nazi helmet:  Laugh-In and Hogan's Heroes (though Colonel Klink, the character whose catchphrase was "Hogan!", did not wear a helmet).

Video Release

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