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Let me slip into something more...confusing.
- Crow


Beyond Atlantis is the 3rd episode of Season 13 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the 220th episode overall. It was made available on April 29, 2022 to Kickstarter backers and on May 8, 2022 to Gizmoplex users.

The Movie[]

Main article: Beyond Atlantis (film)

Synopsis[]

Treasure seekers find a mysterious island.

Edits[]

  • The sequence at the cockfight has been shortened, as well as East Eddie's massage.
  • A shot of Kathy approaching the bar in the casino has been removed.
  • An underwater sequence with several Artarians before Logan and Vic's first SCUBA exploration has been cut, as has a scene of the two men diving.
  • Another extended underwater sequence of Artarians before Vic and Logan meet Syrene has been shortened.
  • A sequence of the Artarians cutting the ship's anchor cable then attacking and killing Vic's first mate has been removed, as has the subsequent funeral scene.
  • A sequence of Syrene gathering pearls has been cut. A subsequent sequence of her leading Vic and Tony to more pearls has been shortened.
  • Another sequence of Syrene gathering pearls with Vic and Logan has been cut.
  • The sequence of Logan and Kathy frolicking in the water as Syrene observes them has been shortened.
  • A sequence of Logan becoming incapacitated while diving (leaving Vic and Syrene to dive alone) has been cut. The subsequent sequence of Syrene seducing Vic underwater has been shortened.
  • A scene of East Eddie killing an Artarians (and Kathy's shocked reaction) before setting the explosives has been cut.
  • The sequence of the fight on the beach between the pearl expedition and the Artarians has been shortened, as has Vic's fight with the Artarian.
  • Kathy's fight with Syrene has been shortened.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]

A different set of "Madvertisements" were used in the final cut of the episode.

Rough Cut[]

Prologue: Max and Kinga describe the new Simulator of Love, which has its own versions of Crow, Tom, and GPC. Tom and Crow are attempting to use ASMR to relax, but GPC disrupts the process. Emily Connor then introduces herself to the Mads and informs them that the Simulator is fully installed and ready for use. The Deep Hurting shuttle leaves without Emily, stranding her in the Simulator. Tom sings the theme song.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Emily interacts with Tom and Crow. Kinga presents Plantsodyne, a toothpaste for plants, because they've developed a houseplant with teeth. Emily presents Mech Hands, a pair of giant mechanical hands that she had installed in the simulator.

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Solve word problems the East Eddie way

Sponsor One: (Repeat from Experiment #1302) Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): Jonah tells the Bots that, since Joey Drew Studios liked their previous Bendy ad so much, they'll be getting some free Bendy merch. Tom insists that the correct term is "swag".

Segment Two: Emily tutors the 'Bots on how to be amoral and intimidating using the East Eddie SAT Prep Guide, 70s Dirtbag Edition. Crow is a natural.

Sponsor Two: (Repeat from Experiment #1302) BearManor Media: Tom marvels at all the screenplays BearManor Media publishes, including Bride of the Monster and The Brute Man. Crow announces that he's submitted his own screenplay, which sounds suspiciously like This Island Earth.

Segment Three: Crow hosts the game show Milk & Honey, in which Emily and Tom try to guess a secret word to win pearls and avoid the Crab Pit.

Segment Four: Jonah checks in on Emily via the Jet Screen.

Segment Five: The SOL hosts Eddie Con in which the Eddies from all directions gather and schmooze.

Sponsor Three: (Repeat from Experiment #1302) Onyx Path Publishing: Jonah is GM for a session of It Came from Beneath the Sea. Tom thinks the monster they encounter should be a 90-foot tall Dolemite.

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"It's not an isthmus." "Hannukah?"

Segment Six: Emily introduces the song "Mother Crabber", which features the debut appearance of the smaller and more lightweight GPC 2. Max loves the song and begins free-styling, but Kinga does not see the appeal.

Final Cut[]

Prologue: Max and Kinga describe the new Simulator of Love, which has its own versions of Crow, Tom, and GPC. Tom and Crow are attempting to use ASMR to relax, but GPC disrupts the process. Emily Connor then introduces herself to the Mads and informs them that the Simulator is fully installed and ready for use. The Deep Hurting shuttle leaves without Emily, stranding her in the Simulator. Tom sings the theme song.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Emily interacts with Tom and Crow. Kinga presents Plantsodyne, a toothpaste for plants, because they've developed a houseplant with teeth. Emily presents Mech Hands, a pair of giant mechanical hands that she had installed in the simulator.

Madvertisement One: Bendy (from Joey Drew Studios): The plush Bendy has arrived from Joey Drew Studios, along with a Bendy drawstring bag. It disturbs Jonah, and Tom and Crow dispute on how to distribute their licensed goods.

Segment Two: Emily tutors the 'Bots on how to be amoral and intimidating using the East Eddie SAT Prep Guide, 70s Dirtbag Edition. Crow is a natural.

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Fun times at EddieCon

Madvertisement Two: BearManor Media: Tom Servo and Crow are too preoccupied with organizing Crow's Laserdisc collection. This leaves Jonah to recite the ad material given by BearManor Media leadenly.

Segment Three: Crow hosts the game show Milk & Honey, in which Emily and Tom try to guess a secret word to win pearls and avoid the Crab Pit.

Segment Four: Jonah checks in on Emily via the Jet Screen.

Segment Five: The SOL hosts Eddie Con in which the Eddies from all directions gather and schmooze.

Madvertisement Three: Onyx Path Publishing: Jonah and Crow list some of the aquatic monsters in They Came From Beneath The Sea. Tom appears to be getting into it with what appears to be a razor-wielding octopus costume. However, he insists that it's his typical nighttime outfit and that any resemblance to the RPG is just coincidental.

Segment Six: Emily introduces the song "Mother Crabber", which features the debut appearance of the smaller and more lightweight GPC 2. Max loves the song and begins free-styling, but Kinga does not see the appeal.

Stinger: "What happened?" "Some mother grabber set a trap."

Obscure References[]

  • "Looks like Derek and Clive are calling"
Derek and Clive are characters played by Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in several notoriously vulgar comedy sketches, some of which were recorded and released on albums.
  • "And also starring John Mary Kate!"
Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen (also known as The Olsen Twins) first appeared as babies on the popular sitcom Full House, then starred in a number of popular direct-to-video features and films.
  • "I haven't thought of Lenore since that bleak December..."
Referring to the Edgar Allan Poe poem "The Raven". Lenore is the deceased lover of the narrator.
  • "Weekend at Bernie's 3: Havana Nights."
Weekend at Bernie's is a black comedy film in which two insurance company employees attempt to convince people through various shenanigans that their recently deceased boss is still alive. A sequel was also produced. The film Havana Nights is a re-imagining of Dirty Dancing set in Cuba on the cusp of the Cuban Revolution.
  • "Mike Brady's lost weekend."
Mike Brady is the family patriarch on the sitcom The Brady Bunch. Later in the series, he had curly hair very similar to that sported by Logan and Vic. The role was played by Robert Reed. The term "lost weekend" typically refers to a period of time that is consumed by substance abuse, as exemplified by the 1945 feature film of that name.
  • "The Island of Dr. Matt Groening..."
The Island of Doctor Moreau is a science-fiction story by H.G. Wells about an amoral scientist who combines humans with animals. It has had several film adaptations. Matt Groening is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell and the TV series The Simpsons and Futurama. His characters typically have large round eyes.
  • "My friend Ja Rule told me the Fyre Fest would be here."
The Fyre Festival was an island-based music festival that was notoriously plagued by logistical problems.
  • "Here I come to save the daaaaay!"
The actor bears some resemblance to comedian and actor Andy Kaufman, who sometimes lip-synced to the voice of Mighty Mouse as that character's theme song played on a record on stage.
  • "I killed them all. Not just the crab men, but the crab women and crab children, too!"
A reference to a scene from the Star Wars film Attack of the Clones in which Anakin Skywalker confesses to Padme Amidala that he had slaughtered an entire village of Tuskens in retribution for the death of his mother. This was an early indicator of his descent to the Dark Side.
  • "Hey, look, it's Ecco the Dolphin!"
Ecco the Dolphin is a Sega video game character, notable for the difficult puzzle games released on the Sega Genesis.
  • "Let me welcome you, on behalf of my people, to our island of Artari." "We've been here for 2600 years."
The island's name resembles that of Atari, the maker of the Atari 2600 video game console of the late 1970s and early 1980s,
  • "I drew this, see? That's Forge, that's Magneto, and they're fighting without shirts!"
Forge and Magneto are characters in the X-Men franchise from Marvel Comics.
  • "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story... Incomprehensible."
The Midnight Society were the storytellers and framing devices of the Nickelodeon horror anthology TV series Are You Afraid Of The Dark?. The phrase was used to segue into story of the episode.
  • "Brooke Shields and Brooke Shields in The Grey Lagoon."
Brooke Shields is a model and actress whose career began when she was a child. The Blue Lagoon is a 1980 movie adapted from the 1908 novel of the same name. In it, Shields co-stars with Christopher Atkins in a story about a boy and a girl experiencing their sexual awakening on a deserted island with no societal or parental supervision. Shields' performance "won" her the Worst Actress Awards for the Stinkers Bad Movies Awards and the Golden Raspberry Awards. The practice of listing the same performer twice in a film's advertising was popularized by the 1961 Disney film The Parent Trap, in which Hayley Mills plays identical twins.
  • "Botticelli's Death of Venus."
The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli which features the Roman goddess of love standing on a giant scallop shell, having arrived on shore after being birthed fully mature and nude, though holding a lock of her hair in front of her pelvic area.


Behind the Scenes[]

MST3K Cast[]

MST3K Crew[]

Production[]

  • This episode was first shown as part of a livestream event that was exclusively available to those who had backed the Kickstarter at a certain level. This livestream did not include the credits for the show or a Stinger.
  • The livestream also included several segments of paid promotional content, which consisted of Pearl and Synthia prompting Jonah and the 'Bots to advertise various companies that had sponsored the Kickstarter. This practice is not entirely without precedent (see Pizza 'N' Pasta).
  • This episode is the first performance of Conor McGiffin as Tom Servo, Kelsey Ann Brady as Crow, and Yvonne Freese as GPC in an official in-continuity experiment.
  • Tom Servo previously wore the razor octopus costume he sports in the third Madvertisement in Experiment #1205.

Callbacks[]

  • "Can't we get beyond Atlantis?" (Laserblast)
  • "BANG!" (Cry Wilderness)
  • When speaking to Emily, Jonah mentions that test subjects have historically never stuck together, indirectly referencing Joel's refusal to rescue Mike from the Satellite of Love in Experiment #1001, as well as the competition between Jonah and Joel during the 30th Anniversary Tour.
  • The chattering teeth on the carnivorous plant may be a call-forward to the opening credits of Munchie, the film in the next experiment.

Running Gags[]

  • Cathy's frequent wardrobe changes.
  • The difficulty in telling Vic and Logan apart.

Goofs[]

  • Emily notes to Jonah that he has endured 20 experiments. By the time of Experiment #1303, Jonah had been the subject of 22 experiments.
    • Jonah has seemingly forgotten his outsmarting of the Mads at the end of Experiment #1206.
  • During the final Host Segment, Max raps "Fred MacMurray starred in Flubber". Fred MacMurray starred in the films The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber, both of which feature the substance called "flubber", but the star of the film Flubber was Robin Williams.

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References[]

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