67. “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh…”

The episode:Revenge of the Creature,” ep. 801

The riff: Sullenly intoned by Tom as the captured Creature from the Black Lagoon morosely kneels in his underwater enclosure.

The explanation: It’s a quote from “Hamlet”–more accurately, the beginning of Hamlet’s first soliloquy in Act 1, Scene 2. At this point he is distraught over his father’s death and mother’s re-marriage, and laments that suicide is frowned upon by the higher power. It’s just typical MST3k writing–applying Shakespearean quotations to black and white movie monsters.

Novelty factor: I don’t know Shakespeare nearly well enough to actually recognize specific quotations (although a few readers of this blog will), but when you hear the way Tom speaks the line, it’s pretty clear he’s probably quoting The Bard from the context.

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2 thoughts on “67. “Oh, that this too, too sullied flesh…”

  1. Most sources say Solid Flesh, Not sullied. But Hamlet is it. Thank you so much for putting up KB as Hamlet and not that Mel Gibson joke.

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