Joel and the 'bots attempt to puzzle out what's going on in the unintelligible biker film, The Hellcats (1968). Flashbacks from earlier episodes fill out the host segments.



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Joel and the 'bots make futile attempts to puzzle out what's going on in the unintelligible biker film, The Hellcats (1968). Meanwhile, the 'bots and Joel have bad colds. Joel invents a sign-language translator. Tom Servo writes in his diary about the time (before his voice changed) that he, Joel and Crow tried to re-enact a typical "Star Trek" scene: the recurring one where someone has William Shatner by the throat. Crow flashes back to the time Joel gave a lecture on what floating things are funny and which aren't. Joel remembers the time he put cardboard cut-outs in front of the camera lens. Everyone takes time out to hug. Written by J. Spurlin

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8 December 1990 (USA)  »

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While introducing a flashback scene (from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Crawling Hand (1989)), Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) notes that the incident occurred before his voice changed, a reference to J. Elvis Weinstein, who originally voiced the character, and whose voice we hear in the flashback. See more »


Numerous jokes by Joel and the 'Bots refer to Mr. Adrian's right hand man as director Robert F. Slatzer. Slatzer actually played Mr. Adrian himself. See more »


[first lines]
Joel: [with a bad cold] Hi, everybody, welcome to the Satellite of Love. Uh, we'll be right back.
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References Batman (1966) See more »

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The Hellcats is a pretty funny episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"
1 December 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After watching the original, uncut theatrical version of The Hellcats, I was anxious to watch MST3K's version. Loved many references to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" that Joel and the 'bots threw at the screen. They also point out how pointless many motorcycle scenes as well as those that depict the cycle gang partying and copping a feel on some of the hot ladies are. They also make fun of the leading man, Ross Hagen (who starred in another MST3K victim, The Sidehackers), and the director, Robert Slatzer, who has a role as a drug dealer here. The in-between segments has each of the characters doing a visual diary of their day in the Satellite Of Love complete with flashback scenes provided by Cambot. I loved the one when Joel points out pictures to the 'bots making them guess if it's funny or not. They correctly pick Sally Field as The Flying Nun as not! LOL! Very good episode of "Mystery Science Theter 3000". With the Christmas season coming, I may review Santa Claus Conquers the Martians next. Until then...

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