The Movie[]

Main article: No Retreat, No Surrender (film)

A troubled young karate student takes on bullies and the Russian mob.

The Show[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: Joel Robinson sings an acoustic version of the theme song and introduces the 'Bots and Emily Crenshaw during the Robot Roll Call. GPC emerges from Gypsy. Crow appears on a pogo stick. Puppet versions of Pearl and Synthia then introduce their clone Mega-Synthia, who menaces Joel before announcing Movie Sign.

Host Segment One: Ringmaster Tom Servo introduces an animal act. GPC plays a lion. Safety Inspector Crow demands that all dangerous acts be discontinued. The 'Bots then sing about how safe the circus will now be.

Host Segment Two: Crow performs a strong man act. While lifting a heavy barbell, he loses control of his internal muscles and eliminates on stage. Some of his "waste" takes the form of merchandise from the show. Joel then announces an intermission.

Host Segment Three: GPC prepares to perform her fire-eating act, but Saftey Inspector Crow stops the proceedings once again. Once Emily reveals that she is standing by with a fire extinguisher, the act continues.

Host Segment Four: Crow rides a unicycle but loses control and annoys Mega-Synthia.

Host Segment Five: The cast gathers on stage but soon notice that Joel is missing. Emily rushes off to find him while Mega-Synthia reads a plaque that Joel has apparently left. Joel's voice reads the plaque, and Mega-Synthia realizes that the show will need a new host. She prepares to recruit Emily. The cast then takes a curtain call.


Obscure References[]

  • "Seattle Community Theater presents: The 'Beat it' video."

The music video for the Michael Jackson song "Beat It" depicts a fight between rival street toughs. The character RJ resembles Jackson slightly.

  • "Well, pee-wee..." "Well, Francis...heh-heh!"

Francis is the heavyset antagonist in the 1985 comedy-adventure film Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. The spoiled son of a wealthy man, Francis arranges for the theft of Pee-Wee Herman's bicycle after Pee-Wee refuses to sell it to him.

  • "Oh, man, it worked! I'm gonna pray to Jayne Mansfield now!"

Jayne Mansfield was a voluptuous blonde actress who starred in films during the 1950s and 60s.

  • "I've never seen a robot go through all five Kübler-Ross stages of grief before."

The five stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance - were identified by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying.

  • "Robots can't be TV hosts! What do you think this is, Today's Special?"

The childrens' television program Today's Special featured a mannequin character who came to life when a magic hat was placed on his head.

Behind the Scenes[]


MST3K Crew[]


  • With 41 performances, No Retreat, No Surrender has the distinction of being the most frequently riffed movie used in a MST3K live tour (to date).


Home Video Releases[]