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On 'SNL,' the Rock shocks mad scientists with sick invention

Commentary: Mad scientists try to outdo each other with evil inventions. The Rock appalls them all with something so depraved that they want to call the police.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Sick. Truly sick. But a winner?

SNL/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

What is it with mad scientists in movies?

They cackle away. They want to destroy the world. But their inventions are often instant modes of extermination, rather than creations of absolute cruelty.

On "Saturday Night Live," we saw the International Mad Scientists Society's annual competition to find the most evil invention of all.

There was a shrink ray. There was the freeze ray. There was a lot of oohing and cackling. Then along came Roy, aka Dwayne Johnson, aka the Rock.

An unassuming sort, he's taken to heart the "evil" aspect of the competition. He's invented a child-molesting robot.

"It's powered by solar rechargeable fuel cells," he explains, "and costs pennies to manufacture. And it can, theoretically, molest twice as many children as a human molester in, quite frankly, half the time."

You might think that the other mad scientists would admire Roy's descent into utter depravity. But no. He's a little surprised that there doesn't seem universal admiration for his creativity.

Roy explains that Webster's Dictionary defines evil as "profoundly immoral." It's as if they've been letting the evil side down with their silly little freeze rays.

"Benito Mussolini used to feed people castor oil until they literally died of diarrhea," says Roy. "That's got to be where the goalposts are, right?"

The mad scientists' mouths are open and frozen.

"I think someone should call the police," finally raves one of the mad scientists.

Roy tries to reason with them, appeal to their darker senses. And then the skit takes an unedifying direction that you may not expect, so I won't spoil it.

Next time you go to a superhero movie, please consider how anodyne so many of the bad guys are. Do they really need to step up their games a little?