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Firesign Theatre's most successful production was this Gag Dub homage to the Republic Film Serials of the 1930-50's. The villainous Lightning Bug schemes to conquer the Earth with Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, and only the J-Men -- a dedicated team of tight-assed straights...err, straight-jawed men-in-tights -- can stop him!

This movie contains the following tropes:

  • Brainwashed: The Lightning Bug attempts to brainwash the people of Earth with transistor radios and rock & roll broadcasts, but is successfully countered by schmaltzy music from the Military Underground Sugared Airwaves Command (M.U.S.A.C.). He then resorts to hashish gas.
  • Canis Latinicus: The motto of the J-Men is U Cannabis Smokem.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: Lampshaded at the end, when a montage reveals that all the J-Men apparently killed during the movie escaped from their predicaments.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Spy Swatter is being tortured by Those Wacky Nazis.

 Evil Nazi: "Welcome to the Hot Hitler Disco, where the beat never Gestopos. If we can't spring some info from you, we'll make you listen to Donna Summer all winter, until you fall."

Spy Swatter: "Anything but that, fiend!"

 "I'm going to have you wrapped in the U.S flag and burned personally by the President, in high-octane American gasoline!"

 (An informer is making a secret call to J-Men headquarters when the Lightning Bug bursts in on him)

The Bug: "Ah-HAH! Making personal calls on MY line!"

(The Bug zaps him with his ray-pistol. On the other end of the line, smoke pours from the phone held by the Chief)

The Chief: "Hello? Operator? Listen, we were cut off in the midst of a hot tip. I want to make sure we weren't charged for that call."

 The Bug: "Turn it up! More juice, Bruce!"

Mook: "But you're mad -- the Moon is being destroyed!"

The Bug: "You don't know good music when you hear it!"

(Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies)

The Bug: "That's what I call getting stoned!"

  • Fun with Acronyms: The rock & roll invasion is fought by the combined forces of the F.C.C. (Federal Culture Control), KRAP Radio, and M.U.S.A.C. (Military Underground Sugared Airwaves Command). Meanwhile wimpy security guard Billy Batchit becomes 'The Caped Madman' by uttering the magic word "SH-BOOM!", enabling him to take on all the vices of a J-Man of the Secret Service: S for Sneaky, H for Hateful, B for Bigotted, O for Obnoxious, another O for Double-Obnoxious, and M for Mean!
  • Film Serial: Clips from Undersea Kingdom (1936), S.O.S. Coast Guard (1937), The Fighting Devil Dogs (1938), The Mysterious Doctor Satan (1940), The Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), Spy Smasher (1942), Secret Service in Darkest Africa (1943), Captain America (1944), The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), The Crimson Ghost (1946), Radar Men from the Moon (1952), and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952).
  • Groin Attack

 Lone Star: (singing) "I'm a super copper on a super chopper! There's no job too dangerous or small for me! I'm the pro-tec-torrr..." (leaps a canyon on his motorcycle and lands hard on the other side) "Uuuugh!!! Owww I forgot my protector..."

 Caped Madman: "Dirty towelheads!"

Arab troops: "Wait, we're on your side! We're with the U.N!"

Caped Madman: "U.N., hey? I'll show your what we think of you One Worlders!" (machine-guns them In the Back)

  • Ho Yay: Spy Swatter and Captain Duran

 Spy Swatter: "Drugs are being smuggled out of your country by a hooded hood called the Lightning Bug."

Captain Duran: "It's true; some of our troops have even been growing marijuana in window boxes!"

Official: "Gentlemen, this is you realise how butch you two look together?"

  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Everyone makes these.
  • Jet Pack: Rocket Jock mutters constantly about the problems of using an atomic-powered jetpack -- such as the worry that his tailor has forgotten the lead-lining, the need to hit his springboard in order to launch himself into the air, sore arches whenever he lands, his shoes getting set on fire, and the risk of drowning inside his full-face helmet should he get airsick.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Any foreigner in the movie.
  • Killer Robot/Tin Can Robot: R2ScrewU

 Rocket Jock: "Uh-oh, an enraged water heater!"

  • Loud of War: Taken Up to Eleven where the evil Lightning Bug's rock and roll runs cars off the road, destroys buildings and eventually the Moon after he cranks up his stereo too loud.
  • Master of Disguise: Used to explain why the Lightning Bug looks like half a dozen completely different villains.
  • Mr. Exposition: In order to frame the rather incoherent story, creators Philip Proctor and Peter Bergman play the Chief of the J-Men and his bumbling sidekick Agent Barton. The scenes are Deliberately Monochrome to match the rest of the footage.
  • The Men in Black: The J-Men, though they appear not to know it.

 Barton: "That kook said something about aliens being behind the whole thing."

The Chief: "Aliens? Suuure. Listen, Mexicans and Canadians are always a problem. Next thing you know they're going to be blaming it on little guys in shiny suits from Outer Space!"

 "ARRGH! You sadistic bastard, you crushed my skull!"


"Moonbase has been destroyed, taking the Lightning Bug and all his henchman with it, and New York City has been wiped off the face of the Earth. A double victory!"


"The air assault against the dope fiends will be led by our flying ace in the hole; yes, we're putting our Duke up! He knows how to handle any John or Jane who's driving around with a roach in their roadster. And our rock & roll attacks will be co-ordinated by our new Commissioner of Culture -- Puke Earwax! He knows the Bug's pirate radio station can be hidden in the innocent looking farmhouse, the suspiciously innocuous orphanage, the inconspicuous summerhouse. And as a last resort we'll defoliate every forest and park, incinerate every private garden, balcony and window box, to ensure that this marijuana menace will never take root here again!"

  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Admiral Ballzy accidentally destroys a skyscraper while demonstrating the deadly effects of rock & roll music.
  • The Power of Rock: Rock broadcasts from the Lightning Bug's moonbase are powerful enough to cause cars to crash, buildings to collapse, and record moguls to commit suicide. Finally the moon itself is destroyed when the Lightning Bug cranks up his hi-fi too loud.
  • Red Alert


 Juicy Winters: "This kind of music could get me pregnant."

  • Spinning Paper: The Herald Exaggerator.
  • Stock Footage: The oft-used scene from the 1933 Italian movie Deluge -- where New York City gets swamped by a tidal wave -- makes one more appearance.
  • Stoner Flick: Yes, the Bug's into drugs! After his rock & roll invasion fails, the Lightning Bug decides to import hash oil to corrupt America, eventually launching a huge hash missile at Lost Los Angeles. Fortunately Rocket Jock disregards his personal feelings about the city and destroys the missile, getting a faceful of hash smoke in the process.

 Rocket Jock: "Makes me feel like I'm flyyyyiiiiiiiing!!!"

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