Is every prophecy a run-on sentence? I'm asking for a friend.
- Tom Servo, on the opening narration

Ator, the Fighting Eagle is the 6th and final episode of the twelfth season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 217th episode overall. It premiered on November 22, 2018.

The Movie[]

Main article: Ator, the Fighting Eagle (film)

In the precursor to Cave Dwellers, the brawny warrior Ator must assume his destiny and bring an end to the evil Spider Cult.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

Prologue: With The Gauntlet almost over, Kinga and Max toast to both a successful season and to their fathers' legacy while Synthia delivers the Kingachrome song to Dr. Erhardt. Meanwhile, Jonah awaits the last movie with the confidence that his secret plan will save them and the world from bad movies forever.

Segment One: Jonah's Invention Exchange presents the Swiss Army Cheese, allowing one to always be prepared for any kind of cheese emergency. Kinga's invention is the Totino's Pizza Roll Popper, firing tiny pizza rolls into your mouth with high velocity of flavor. In the final moments before Movie Sign, Tom and Crow ask Jonah to avenge them should they fall in this movie.

Segment Two: Jonah and Crow imitate Ator's training sequence from the movie, with Tom heckling them.

Segment Three: Kiog the bear cub from the movie has somehow gotten onto the Satellite of Love. Max brings the cub down to Moon 13 to be his "new best friend", but Kinga has him immediately put into Dr. St. Phibes' care, ignoring Max's protests. This leads to Max's heartfelt (but short) song of goodbye "There's a Cut on My Hand and a Pain in My Heart".

Segment Four: The Gauntlet is over and Kinga is ready to take over Earth with her ultimate weapon: a live tour of really bad movies that everybody (including Jonah and the Bots) will be forced to watch as her spaceship travels from city to city. After taking a moment to berate the audience about how worthless their lives are, Kinga and Max load the last canister into the movie vault and trigger Jonah's trap. The Mads are thrown into a hidden theater in Moon 13 and are forced to watch the same bad movies to which they had subjected Jonah and the Bots, while the SOL crew rides back to Earth for the tour to the sounds of "Your Horrible Show (Your Show Stinks)".

Stinger: Griba tells Ator to spread his legs, then kicks him in the groin.


Obscure References[]

  • "Gomez Addams is Genghis Khan."
Gomez Addams is the mustachioed patriarch of The Addams Family. During Cave Dwellers, the crew had nicknamed Ator's sidekick Thong "Gomez" due a similar resemblance.
  • "I need to get this white paint off my head before Pepe le Pew gets here."
The skunk Pepe le Pew is one of the classic Looney Tunes animated characters. In most of his cartoons, a female black cat would somehow get a stripe of white paint down her back, thus making her look like a skunk and attracting unwanted amorous attention from Pepe.
  • "And now you know... the rest of the story."
Closing catchphrase of radio broadcaster Paul Harvey.
  • "They're gonna require a shrubbery."
From the comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which King Arthur must appease the Knights Who Say Ni with a shrubbery.

Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

Regular Cast

Guest Cast

MST3K Crew[]

Full Crew


  • According to puppeteer Grant Baciocco, a scene was planned for the final Host Segment in which M. Waverly would appear at Moon 13. It was not filmed due to technical problems.[1]


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