"In regards to today's movie, I'm just going to say...rock climbing."
  — Dr. Clayton Forrester

The movie

Main article: Lost Continent (film)

An expedition sent to retrieve a rocket that went missing over the South Pacific discovers a plateau inhabited by prehistoric creatures.

The episode

Host segments


Mobile Treadmill

Prologue: Joel gives the Bots a locker room pep talk before the movie.

Invention Exchange: The Mads introduce "Rock Climbing", Frank demonstrates a mobile treadmill, and Joel doesn't have time to show his invention. When he refuses to go into the theater, he gets a shock to the shammies.

Segment Two: Joel and the Bots tell jokes before "Hugh Beaumont" drops by for a visit, where he reveals he's actually one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Segment Three: The SOL crew does a sketch, "The Explorers" (a Quinn Martin production), in which Joel plays a condescending explorer. The Bots refuse to support the White Male Reality.


Hugh Beaumont (played by Michael J. Nelson) stops by

Segment Four: Joel and the Bots spot a Cool Thing. They encourage the viewers to send in suggestions as to what the Cool Thing really is.

Segment Five: The SOL crew analyzes the movie, and come to the conclusion that Robert L. Lippert really liked padding, Tom Servo presents casting facts, and Crow gets a bit off base about the director. Joel reads a letter, and the Mads assert that they won, although they probably didn't.

Stinger: A cranky explorer by the fire with the party's doc.

Obscure references

  • "The Incredible Mr. Lippert."
A take on the 1964 film The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The riff would later be used as the title of a Ballyhoo Motion Pictures documentary on the career of Robert L. Lippert.
  • "Hey we landed on a witch! Maybe the film will be in color from this point."
Refers to the beginning of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The film begins in sepia tone. However, after Dorothy's farmhouse is carried away by the tornado and falls on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the film is in color.
  • Maybe there was hand soap in the hydraulic fluid
A reference to one of many implausible plot twists in the TV-star studded KTMA season disaster flick SST- Death Flight.
  • "Joel, why are we watching this dull mountain climbing sequence?" "Well, because it's there."
A reference to a quote attributed to explorer George Mallory, his answer to the question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?": "Because it's there."
  • "A brontosaurus in Africa?" "Shhh!"
Crow and Joel quote a recurring joke from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, replacing the word tiger with brontosaurus.
  • They're looking for the Batcave.
A reference to the film's lead Cesar Romero appearing as The Joker in the Batman television show of the 1960s (starring Adam West), whose portrayal of the iconic villain bore a mustache due to Romero's refusal to shave his off and thus had the white makeup applied over it.

Behind the scenes

MST3K cast

Regular cast

Guest cast

MST3K crew


  • Joel finally gets to demonstrate his invention in the next episode.
  • The Cool Thing is not revealed until next season's Fugitive Alien.
  • During the opening credits, Joel and the Bots joke about the similarity between the names of producer Sigmund Neufeld and director Sam Newfield. The two men were in fact brothers - Newfield had changed his name when he became a director.[1]
  • The SOL crew immediately identify the reused footage from Rocketship X-M at the start for the rocket launch; but they don't appear to remember that they likewise saw the footage of the dinosaurs prior in Robot Monster. This movie was the source of the footage for that movie.
  • "Rock climbing" became a recurring joke on this show after this episode, as shorthand for a particularly brutal part of a movie.



Video releases





  1. Fast Worker: The Films of Sam Newfield
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