"Asylum? They do those knock-off movies, right?" "Yeah. This must their version of Waterworld: Wawaworld."
- Tom Servo and Jonah Heston

Atlantic Rim is the 2nd episode of the twelfth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 213th episode overall. It premiered on November 22, 2018.

The Movie[]

Main article: Atlantic Rim (film)

Giant robots fight a sea monster. The robots' pilots clash with each other and their superior officers.


  • Released in 2013, Atlantic Rim is the first 21st century film riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: A mysterious intruder breaks into the Gizmonic Institute and causes several explosions, then takes off in a spaceship.

Segment One: Jonah and the Bots barely have time to rest in the Gauntlet, and yet they still have to do the Invention Exchange. Jonah, with help from Growler, shows off the Inflatable Air-Dancer Organ. Max counters with Supposi-Stories, making it even easier to sit down with a good book.

Segment Two: Kinga demands another catchy monster-themed song like last season's "Every Country Has a Monster", so Jonah and the Bots attempt to appease her with the off-kilter "Get in Your Mech".

Segment Three: Jonah, Tom, and Crow act like military frat-boys at a party and share anecdotes.

Segment Four: Jonah pours out a drink for all the people who died in the movie. He's definitely going to need a lot more wine. The Gauntlet continues with Lords of the Deep!

Stinger: Red half-drunkenly describes the monster battle.


  • Just before initial movie sign, the crew is singing "A Patrick Swayze Christmas" on the Air-Dancer Organ.
  • Max: "It stinks! And not in the joke way!" (makes "OK sign" with his fingers) (Pod People)

Obscure References[]

  • Hadley -"You got something to tell me?"Gypsy - "Bruce Willis was dead the whole time, sir."
Gypsy is describing the twist ending to the film The Sixth Sense.
  • "Meanwhile, in Metal Gear Solid 5!"
The hilly backdrop of the Naval Base brings to mind the setting of the video game Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which took place in the rocky and mountainous terrain of Afghanistan in 1984.
  • "New sub, who dis?"
A variation on the internet meme "New phone, who dis?", usually used as a way to avoid a conversation (by pretending that you're the new owner of a phone and just got that phone number).
  • "Go, Go Dour Rangers!"
Reference to the Power Rangers TV series, whose original theme song was comprised only of the words "Go, Go Power Rangers!" Power Rangers is also well-known for showing its heroes piloting giant robots against giant monsters as in this film.
  • "Starting Neon Genesis Evangelion process! Preparing to inject robot with my puberty, sir!"
Neon Genesis Evangelion is an anime series from the 1990s also about using giant robots to fight giant monsters. It was meant as a deconstruction of earlier such anime series, among other things showing how traumatic it would actually be to put adolescents in control of such machines in life-or-death situations (Crow mispronounces "Evangelion" with a soft G).
  • Hadley - "The whole world's about to find out about Project: Armada!"Jonah - "Featuring Herman Menderchuck!"
"Rod Torfulson's Armada featuring Herman Menderchuck" is the name of a garage band featured in several sketches on the TV comedy show The Kids in the Hall.
  • "Heh heh! Fire! Fire! Fire!"
Crow is quoting the catchphrase of Beavis from the show Beavis and Butthead. Beavis is a pyromaniac and gets excited by the sight of fire.
  • "You like super heroes?" "Like Fartman?"
Fartman is a parodic super hero played by radio and TV personality Howard Stern.
  • "Strong men also cry!"
A quote from the title character of the movie The Big Lebowski.
  • "It's actually Beren-STAIN Bears! Not Beren-STEEN!"
The Berenstain Bears is a long-running series of childrens' books originally written by Stan and Jan Berenstain about a family of anthropomorphic bears. In an example of the phenomenon known as The Mandela Effect, some people insist that they remember the books that they had as children showed the name spelled as BerenSTEIN.
  • "Bazooka Joe and the gang: all grown up and handling national security!"
Bazooka Joe is the long-running mascot for Bazooka bubble gum, which includes a short comic strip of the character and his friends in with each stick. Joe's easily identifiable by the eye patch he always wears, like one of the characters in the film.
  • "Transmorphers: Less than Meets the Eye!"
Transmorphers is a "mockbuster" from The Asylum (the studio that also made Atlantic Rim) that takes its premise from the Transformers series (about robots who change into cars, planes and other things) and whose catchphrase is "More than meets the eye."
  • "Beast Wars!"
The name of the second TV iteration of the Transformers series, in which the robots transformed themselves into animals.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

  • Justin Roiland - Gizmonic Institute Emergency Announcer

MST3K Crew[]

Full Crew


  • During the livestream premiere event of episode 1304, Jonah Ray mentioned that he asked Joel Hodgson to pick a different movie to riff during the early stages of writing for Atlantic Rim.


Video Releases[]