- Joel, Tom, Crow

"Oh, I don't know... we always just called him Paper Chase guy."
- Megaweapon

The Movie[]

Main article: Warrior of the Lost World (film)


A mysterious loner with a talking motorcycle helps a group of rebels topple an oppressive regime in a post-apocalyptic dystopia.

The Episode[]

Host Segments[]


The Square Master

Prologue: Servo gets to do the formal welcome speech on behalf of the Satellite of Love crew, but Crow is bound and determined to ruin it. Segment One (Invention Exchange): The Mads have created the Square Master, a special exercise mat which maximizes potential; Joel and the Bots have Bittersweet Hearts, candy hearts (which also function as easy-to-chew antacids) for adults. They feature phrases that can be difficult to communicate, like "Get Out", "You’ll Do", "Like A Brother" and "It’s Blue".

MST3k 501 host segment

Joel turns Crow and Tom into slot cars

Segment Two: Joel turns Crow and Servo into a giant slot car set. Crow rules the road, but Servo has some major design flaws. Segment Three: In a Steve Allen-inspired sketch, we see what the apocalypse would be like if the Warrior of the Lost World hadn't got his driving permit yet and was forced to save the world in the back of his mom's Vista Cruiser station wagon. Segment Four: Joel and the Bots discuss what outrageous things they'd do after the apocalypse.


The Warrior of the Lost World tries to get his permit

Segment Five: The Bots lament the loss of Megaweapon, but a phone call from their hero puts them at ease. Joel reads a letter from a couple of kids whose dad "claims to have paid ‘good’ money to have seen many of the movies you ‘rip’ on." The letter's author also enclosed a picture of a MST3K themed cake made by Hy-Vee (a midwestern grocery store chain) for her brother's 11th birthday. The Mads enjoy an active lifestyle thanks to the Square Master. Stinger: The Paper Chase Guy checks out Persis Khambatta.

MST3K cast[]

Regular cast

Guest cast



  • "Ator? Tong?" (Cave Dwellers)
  • "Old Time bus driver Billy Slater." (Junior Rodeo Daredevils)
  • "He hit Little Jake." (The Side Hackers)
  • "Killed your father, I did." (Mr. B Natural)

Running Gags[]

  • Actor Robert Ginty is frequently referred to as "the Paper Chase guy". Ginty had co-starred in the TV adaptation of the 1973 film The Paper Chase (which is about law students) that aired on CBS during the 1978-79 season. He had not been in the film. The series was cancelled after one season, but was popular when it was rerun on PBS. The series was revived by the cable channel Showtime in 1983 and ran for an additional 3 seasons, but Ginty was not part of the cast.

Obscure References[]

  • "Yarbles and Yarlblockers!"

Quoted by the Geeks, this is a throwback to Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.

  • "Hey! Hangar 18!"

A callback to the KTMA era when Joel and the bots riffed Hangar 18.

  • "Music by Hawkwind!"

Hawkwind is a British progressive rock band. Crow then proceeds to name several other prog-rock/new wave/synth pop bands from the time period.

  • "Warrior of the Lost World (much better than the) Finder of the Lost Loves..."

Sung to the tune of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by progressive rock band Yes. The reference to Finder of Lost Loves is a callback to Space Travelers, where Crow repeatedly confused James Franciscus for Tony Franciosa.

  • "Tova Borgnine! NO!"

Tova Borgnine was the wife of Ernest Borgnine (who later appeared in Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders). She was a regular on the QVC home shopping network selling her own line of cosmetics.

  • "Tom Cruise! Days of Thunder!"

Days of Thunder is a 1990 movie in which Cruise stars as a NASCAR driver.

  • "The High Plains Loser!"

High Plains Drifter is a 1973 Western film starring Clint Eastwood.

  • "Hey, where you goin'?" "Nowhere in particular." "Man, I wish I was you."

A snippet of dialogue from the opening Then Came Bronson, a short-lived TV series from 1969-1970. It was about a nomadic motorcyclist.

  • "It's on this straightaway that Fittipalldi should be able to gain some ground on the leaders."

Crow is imitating Jackie Stewart, famous for calling auto races on TV.

  • "Watch out for the squibs!"

A squib is a type of explosive charge used to simulate gunshots in movies.

  • "Mr. Busey, look out!"

Actor Gary Busey suffered severe head injuries in a motorcycle accident in the late 1980s.

  • "And now, Edie Sedgwick goes on the road!"

Edie Sedgwick, who appeared in several films directed by Andy Warhol, was severely burned in 1966 after falling asleep with a lit cigarette.

  • "Oh, no—cops!"

Joel is imitating the criminal Simpsons character Snake.

  • "Retsyn?"

Retsyn was a sparkling ingredient mentioned in advertisements for Certs during the 1990s.

  • "Stiv Bators?!"

Stiv Bators was the lead singer of the punk band The Dead Boys.

  • "Richard Hell?!"

Richard Hell was also a punk pioneer.

  • "Coma, coma, coma, coma, coma Caligula!"

A parody of the Culture Club song "Karma Chameleon" and reference to Roman emperor Caligula.

  • "It's Bicycle Repairman!"

"Bicycle Repairman" was a sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus about a town full of Supermen where the local superhero was a bicycle repairman.

  • "He's got Laurie Anderson in there!"

Laurie Anderson is a soft-spoken musician and performance artist. She has short, dark, slightly spiky hair.

  • "...and the new movie by Louis Malle."

Louis Malle was a French film director; he directed the 1992 film Damage.

  • "Sure, we all do!"

A quote from International Correspondence Schools commercials featuring Sally Struthers, which was preceded by the line "Do you want to make more money?".

  • "Was the prop man Jim Stafford?" "I really don't like spiders and snakes!"

Country singer/actor Jim Stafford recorded the novelty song "Spiders and Snakes" in the mid-1970s.

  • "We're a rocker arm assembly, and we don't like dirt!"

Taken from the lyrics to the Mobil gas "Rocker Arm Assembly" song.

  • "It's no party." "It's no disco."

A play on the Talking Heads song "Life During Wartime".

  • "I'm the guy with the snake on my face!"

Quoted from Harry, The Guy With A Snake On My Face - an adult novelties store owner played by John Candy on SCTV.

  • "This is like a really weird production of The Bacchae."

The Bacchae is a Greek tragedy about the god Dionysus.

  • "Now they're in Cabrini Green!"

Cabrini Green was a (now-demolished) Chicago public housing project infamous for crime, poverty and gang violence.

  • "Video Killed the Radio Star!"

The armed guards with the shades slightly resemble the band members of The Buggles, who were known for the hit song Servo mentioned.

  • "It's the Forbin Project!"

A reference to the 1970 sci-fi movie Colossus: The Forbin Project.

  • "This is starting to look more and more like an Obsession ad."

A reference to commercials for Calvin Klein's fragrance Obsession, which were frequently mocked for their art film-like pretentiousness.

  • "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."

From the spoken-word intro to the Prince song "Let's Go Crazy".

Missing in Action was a 1984 action movie starring Chuck Norris. Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States. He is known for being amiable and unassuming.

  • "Jimmy Carter IS The Enforcer!"

The Enforcer, released in 1976, was the third film in the Dirty Harry series, starring Clint Eastwood.

  • "Yeah feel some malaise, sucka!"

A reference to Jimmy Carter's infamous "malaise speech," made on July 15, 1979 (although he never actually used that term during the speech).

  • "Here are TWO unsuccessful insurance salesmen."

A reference to a skit from Monty Python's Flying Circus in which two unsuccessful encyclopedia salesmen are thrown from a tall building.

  • "Jerry Mahoney! Knucklehead Smiff! Oh the ventriloquy!"

In reference to the two dummies falling from the tower: Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff were two famous dummies used by ventriloquist Paul Winchell in the 1950s and 1960s. "Oh the ventriloquy!" is most likely a riff on the famous "Oh the humanity!" line uttered by radio journalist Herbert Morrison during his eyewitness broadcast of the Hindenburg disaster in 1937.

  • "Kill da wabbit..."

A line sung by Elmer Fudd to the tune of Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" in the 1957 cartoon What's Opera, Doc?. Its use in the helicopter chase scene is a nod to Apocalypse Now in which a fleet of helicopters plays "Ride of the Valkyries" on loudspeaker while attacking.

A term formed from a combination of the words "stagnation" and "inflation", often used to describe the US's economic situation during the Carter administration.

  • "Looks kinda like Any Which Way But Loose." "Or Any Which Way You Can."

A reference to Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can, two comedy films starring Clint Eastwood. At the end of Every Which Way But Loose, Eastwood fights another man in a sequence shot with similarly jerky hand-held camera cinematography. Warrior of the Lost World director David Worth was also the Director of Photography for Any Which Way You Can

  • "It's Ike and Tina!"

Ike and Tina Turner were an R&B duo in the 60s and 70s. They were married and it later became known that Ike was physically abusive to her. The woman in the fight scene has wild hair resembling Tina's.

  • "Don't you have to get to the Under the Rainbow set?"

Under the Rainbow was a 1981 movie musical centered the Munchkin auditions for the 1938 film The Wizard of Oz. The cast included a large number of little person actors, including Billy Barty.

  • "He's beating up Julian Bond!"

At the time of this episode's production, Julian Bond was known as a long-time civil rights activist who co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center. He later served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010.

  • "Cleopatra Jones!"

Cleopatra Jones was a 1973 blaxploitation movie. It stars Tamara Dobson as Jones, a tall African-American woman with a large afro.

  • "Got some Divine on me!"

A background performer in the scene resembles the late female impersonator Divine.

  • "Here at DeVry Institute..."

DeVry Institute, now known as DeVry University, is a nationwide chain of adult-education centers that advertised on television.

  • "Oh sick, he's turning her into Charlie Callas!"

Charlie Callas was a popular comedian during the 1970s who was known for nervously chattering and making odd noises as part of his act.

  • "What are we fighting for?" "Don't tell me, I don't give a damn, next stop is Vietnam"

Lines from the anti-war song "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish.

  • "That guy's buying lunch at the automat."

An automat was a type of self-service restaurant that was popular during the first half of the 20th century.

  • "Benazir Bhutto!"

Benazir Bhutto was the first female prime minister of Pakistan.

  • "My friends call me Tania!"

"Tania" was the name Patty Hearst was given by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

  • "Shot your father, I did."

Callback to Mr. B Natural.

  • "Sprockets!"

"Sprockets" was a recurring Saturday Night Live sketch in which Mike Myers played a German talk show host whose aesthetic was inspired by German expressionism.

  • "Have you ever worked with Killdozer?"

"Killdozer!" is a short story by Theodore Sturgeon about a bulldozer that develops a violent mind of its own. In 1974, it was adapted as a made-for-TV movie.

  • "Oh, man, he's just been shot by the Split Enz!"

Split Enz were a pop/new-wave band from New Zealand, perhaps best known in the USA for their song/video "I Got You". The band wore colorful goofy outfits, and "artsy" hair and makeup. Lead singer Tim Finn is also mentioned in passing in The She-Creature.

  • "That Girl forever. Marlo! Marlo! Oh Donald!"

That Girl was a 1960s sitcom starring Marlo Thomas. She frequently called out "Oh Donald!", the name of her boyfriend. The Omega logo resembles the shape of Marlo's flip hairstyle.

  • Crow briefly references the title I Accuse My Parents despite it having yet to be featured at the time.
  • "Any fruit to declare?" "ANY FRUIT TO DECLARE?!"

At the time the episode aired, California was in the middle of another medfly crisis, leading to forceful quarantines of fruit out of infected areas.

  • ...and the bad fathers that love them, today on Donahue!"

Donahue was a popular daytime TV talk show that ran from 1970-1996, hosted by Phil Donahue. It often featured sensationalist topics, including abusive relationships. Donahue has been married to Marlo Thomas since 1980.

Video releases[]

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