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Episode guide: 913- Quest of the Delta Knights









Movie: (1993) In medieval times, a young boy comes under the protection of a wizard, and they plot against a malevolent ruler.

First shown: 9/26/98
Opening: Crow’s in the shop, but the loaner Crow has a radio!
Intro: Worried about a lack of results in her experiment, Pearl trades places with Mike!
Host segment 1: Pearl completes her observations, while Mike, Bobo and Observer enjoy a guy’s night
Host segment 2: The Sir Thomas “Neville” Servo Consort of the Middle Ages Just After the Plague Singers performs an ancient Air on a Delta Knight
Host segment 3: Leonardo Da Vinci visits, and he’s a good fella
End: The bots mourn the loss of Pearl; the annual Delta Knights pancake breakfast is a success
Stinger: Even his co-star is embarrassed by Mr. “I’m Comeeeng!!”
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (206 votes, average: 4.19 out of 5)


• A pretty good but not great final episode of the penultimate season, complete with a switcheroo in the theater, more workmen coming and going as they please, another choral treat from Sir Thomas, an almost TOO goofy movie and solid riffing throughout.
• Paul’s thoughts on this one are here.
• This episode is not yet available on DVD.
• Of course, the highlight of this ep is Pearl taking a turn in the theater, where she seems a little more Mary Jo-ish than Pearl-ish. But I think it works better that way. I’m not sure sustaining the Pearl character AND doing a good job riffing could really be pulled off. Yes, Mike did it with Eddie, but even that wore thin after a bit.
• I love the loaner Crow sketch. It may be one of my all-time favorites. Maybe it’s because that’s pretty much how my car runs.
• In the Intro segment, Servo says “No movie, no Mike.” I think he meant that the other way ’round. That was the best take they had? Or did nobody notice?
• Nice callback: “My boat.” a reference to a classic bad movie moment from “Waterworld,” referenced in episode 808- The She Creature.
• One drawback of this movie choice is that we get a rare foray into attempted comedy here, especially the scenes with Richard Kind. As expected, the riffing suffers a bit during these moments. Indeed, the whole movie really doesn’t seem to take itself very seriously, pretty much a prerequisite for a great episode.
• Self referential riff: “Later at Castle Forrester…”
• Several LOTR references: Legolas, Bombadil and Gollum.
• The medeival aire (words and lyrics by Kevin) is lots of fun. By the way, you can hear more of the “dirty” song at the end on the “Clowns in the Sky 2” CD.
• Also: Somebody put boobs on one of the Tom Servos! Yikes!
• Bill, in full James Gandolfini mode, is terrific as a mobbed up Leonardo Da Vinci in segment 3. He really sells it. One of the better hexfield viewscreen visits of the later years.
• Obscure reference: “Timothy? Where on Earth did you go?”
• Patrick is again a workman visiting the SOL. This time he’s “Eggs,” the pain leakage repairman. Always nice to see the big clown hammer make an appearance.
• For the pancake breakfast scene, the cast and crew pretty much called every relative and friend willing to be on camera. It holds the record as the segment with the most number of people. In addition to Paul, they were: Benjamin Bakken, Andrea Jackson DuCane, Ari Hoptman, Katie Johnson, Mikey Johnson, Anne Kleinschmidt, Joe Kleinschmidt, Marie Kleinschmidt, Rick Kleinschmidt, Edna McKeever, Tom McKeever, Rachel Mertz, Dara Moskowitz, Kathleen M. Murphy, Sandy Oian, Gerald A. Pehl, Nick Prueher, David Rudrud, Tom Schufman, Krista Skogland, Lorin Skogland, Anna Stonehouse, Dan Tanz and Marshall Tebben.
• Cast and crew roundup: Nobody who worked on this movie worked on any other MSTed movie.
• CreditsWatch: Directed by Mike. Intern Nick Prueher would be back one more time in season 10 but this was intern Dan Tanz’ last episode.
• Fave riff: Sit outside and pet our millipedes! Honorable mention: Well, the movie lost me. It lost me and it’s trotting off without me.

163 Replies to “Episode guide: 913- Quest of the Delta Knights”

  1. schippers says:

    #146 – Although typically with micro-budgeted crap like this movie, the producers have only enough scratch to pay for a few days’ worth of the “name” star’s presence (that SEEMS to have been the case with Ms. Hussey). It seems like Warner could have been charging AT LEAST as much as her around the time this movie was made, but who can say besides their agents. So, I submit that his dual role remains a puzzling sorta-mystery.


  2. schippers says:

    People are saying Brigid Conley Walsh is some sort of super-hottie. Tastes are tastes, of course, and there is no accounting for them, but I will submit that a VICIOUS pushup bra is likely unduly coloring the admirer’s perceptions.


  3. littleaimishboy says:

    [Scene: David Warner’s agent’s office]
    DAVID WARNER [Standing up]: Well, I don’t know … let me take a walk around the block and think it over. [Exit]
    DW [Thinking]: ” ‘… in which David Warner demonstrates his supreme mastery of characterization by playing both the evil archvillain and his nemesis, the heroic (etc etc)’ “.
    DW [Aloud]: YES! Yes, I’ll do it!!!” [Hurries back to agent’s office]

    (This is purely a hypothetical recreation, based upon having known a lot of actors.)


  4. thequietman says:

    Well, since David Warner’s duel role remains a mystery, I would like to say how much I liked the ending segment at the pancake breakfast. I wonder how many of those ‘extras’ realized they were gaining a little bit of immortality by volunteering to sit at a table, eat pancakes and listen to a guy in an ape suit cry out “Will somebody PLEASE pass the syrup?!”

    Incidentally, was ribbing of parades another ‘thing’ from the CC era that the Brains were trying to allude to for their new Sci-Fi audience? The kicker “and in celebration, hard candy for everyone!” gives me that impression.

    And finally, besides ‘wizard whiz’ there’s another riff from that scene that no one’s highlighted yet. When the slave dealer sneaks up to repossess Jonathan “Tee”lor Thomas, he reaches behind his back and Crow panics:
    “What’s he pulling out?! HELP!”


  5. Ralph C says:

    David Warner was also the voice of The Lobe, a Freakazoid villain.


  6. jjb3k says:

    I don’t know what it is about this episode, but I always zone out after about thirty minutes. Maybe it’s the dull, poorly lit, earth-toned movie full of crappy acting and no discernible plot. Maybe it’s the riffing, which isn’t exactly phenomenal this time out. Maybe it’s Mary Jo’s more low-key delivery in the first theater segment. Or maybe it’s a perfect storm of all these elements, combining to bore the hell out of me every single time.

    This isn’t one I watch very often, is what I’m implying.


  7. “I have a good life. Thank you.”

    And Season 9 comes to an end. . .

    What a strange season. It contains some incredible highs (Final Sacrifice, Werewolf, Hobgoblins) as well as some so-so, good-not-great episodes (Deadly Bees, Screaming Skull, etc). Quest of the Delta Knights is one that I used to love, consider one of their best of the season/Sci-Fi years, but upon recent rewatch I gotta say that it too is only “good-not-great.”

    This movie is more or less a comedy making it harder for the Brains to make fun of (in my opinion). Some segments feature Mike and the Bots just groaning at what’s happening on screen (like the scene with Richard Kind). Sure, it’s got some memorable moments, like the pee throwing and the “I’M COMMEEEEENG!” guy (not to mention Princess Dough has Risen) but overall the episode doesn’t quite approach greatness. Even double David Warner can’t save this one…

    Oliva Hussey: I like her in Bob Clark’s classic Black Christmas and also Brian Trenchard-Smith’s less-classic-but-fun Turkey Shoot (aka Escape 2000, but not the Escape 2000 that MSTies are familiar with), and hey, she was Norma Bates in Psycho IV and was in the TV adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, not to mention she played Juliet in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, which I’m sure some of you saw in your high school literature/English class (that’s where I saw it; teacher had to fast forward through the brief nudity). Sure, her role in QOTDK is pretty small, but what I’m getting at is, WHY WAS SHE IN THIS MOVIE? WHO DID SHE OWE MONEY/A FAVOR TO??

    Back to the MST episode: the Host Segments are okay, not that great overall. HS#1 is completely “meh” (just ask your girlfriend) and HS#2 with the singing Servo’s is something that they’re done before and done better. HS#3 is the only winner in my book; Bill really nails the Soprano-ish nature of Leonardo da Vinci. The opening segment with Mike has some nice quotes (see the top of this post) but I don’t really care for Pearl’s presence in the theater to start the movie. It’s novel, I guess, but once again it feels like something they’ve done before (which they had) and were more successful at. The closing bit with the pancake breakfast is decent and acceptable. “Hey kid, you gonna finish those? Let me give ya a hand there.”

    Up at post #125 back in 2010, I ranked season 9 in list form and now I look at it and wonder what I was smoking back then (probably the same stuff I’m smoking right now; don’t judge! It’s the weekend!). Now that I’ve seen Gorgo, here’s an updated ranking of Season 9 eps from me to you. Enjoy:

    #910 The Final Sacrifice
    #907 Hobgoblins
    #904 Werewolf
    #902 The Phantom Planet
    #903 The PumaMan
    #909 Gorgo
    #913 Quest of the Delta Knights
    #908 Touch of Satan
    #906 The Space Children
    #912 The Screaming Skull
    #911 Devil Fish
    #901 The Projected Man
    #905 The Deadly Bees

    Quest of the Delta RIFFS:

    Servo: “Paaaaackeeers!”

    Crow: “Here now, have some angel dust.”

    movie: “That’s a fine name.”
    Servo: “If you’re gay.” ——I’m not a “sensitive viewer” but I got to admit that this riff made my ears perk up. Could not imagine the guys performing a riff similar to this on Rifftrax today and even less so could I imagine it going over well. Seems a little mean-spirited. By comparison, the later riff by Crow as Tee saying “Look, I’m probably gay,” works because it’s not using the term in a disparaging way, just as a mere statement of fact.

    Mike: “Wow, they had Ethan Hawkes too.”

    Servo: “He studied at the Royal Academy of Dan Cortese.”

    Mike: “Put a sock in it, Legolas.”

    -Quest of the Delta Knights is no Deathstalker, that’s for sure.

    I give it 3 out of 5 pee throws.

    :shock: :shock: :shock:


  8. pondoscp says:

    “I’m comeeeeng” is a lame voice over! Watching this again, it’s clear that no one is actually saying this line! That line makes me want to smack this movie lol
    Wait a minute, there’s a female Servo that was duplicated floating around the SOL? Crazy….


  9. Captain Cab says:

    I’m watching this episode right now, first time in years and I have always LOVED Pearl in the theater! Mary Jo doesn’t miss a beat and it’s much better than Eddie in Time Chasers (which I just watched again last week). Also love how Crow and Servo come to adore her like kids. “You gave us a mint!”

    Maybe it’s because of my generation, but something about movies from 80s and 90s that make better episodes sometimes in opinion. I love how this movie is a weird mix between general bland medieval fantasy and bizarre pseudo-modern, atomic age technology in a very similar way to Cave Dwellers. Good riffs, good skits, other than that……



  10. JCC says:

    @17, @77 – I know it’s old, but I think you guys are overthinking this a bit. Besides the Servo Academy Singers which is damn near a remake I THINK (can’t speak myself for Best Brains reasonings/motivations) it was usually pure coincidence when something like the examples you guys mention happened again later on. Maybe their memories were jogged when writing The Episode Guide, but it always seemed to me that BBI usually moved on and forgot about a lot of their own material instantly once they were done producing the shows. It was their form of PTSD, IMO.

    @152 – I’m not really a fan, but those have to be real. She built her 25 year career on that deep cleavage so you would think that said apocryphal bra company would want that known because then everyone would run out to buy this pushup bra after seeing the results.


  11. Dr. Erickson says:

    “No whorin’ while I’m gone.”


  12. schippers says:

    #160 – Well, a quick Google Image search confirms your theory. I stand cantilevered.


  13. Bombastic Biscuit Boy says:

    “David Warner, you are under arrest by order of David Warner!”


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