Recap / Mystery Science Theater 3000 S 02 E 08 Lost Continent
Lost Continent? I've lost my keys once, but that's ridiculous!

Film watched: Lost Continent

Robert Lippert also served as a producer on several other films featured on the show including Rocketship X-M, Radar Secret Service, and Jungle Goddess (sometimes credited as a "presenter").

The Segments:

  • Joel gives a pep talk to the Bots in anticipation for this week's experiment.

Segment 1
  • Frank shows his invention, a moving treadmill, a stationary stairmaster and floating rowing machine. Dr. Forrester, excited for rock climbing, sends Joel to the theater before he had a chance to present. In the theater, Crow and Servo are waiting for him.

Segment 2
  • Hugh Beaumont, in a house shaped spaceship, tells Joel and the Bots that he will bring forth the apocalypse, and for them to cut the movie some slack.

Segment 3
  • Joel, Crow and Servo present The Explorers, about a white explorer in a strange land. Things go awry as Joel goes out of character to exposit about the message of the sketch.

Segment 4
  • Joel and the Bots are amazed by the cool thing. Dr. Forrester is not, but Frank is.

Segment 5
  • Joel, Servo and Crow, channeling their inner cinema geeks, give tidbits about the cast and crew of Lost Continent. The Mads are distraught over the failure of rock climbing, especially Dr. Forrester.

The MST3K treatment provides examples of:

  • Achievements in Ignorance: In his quest to create self-powered, mobile versions of common step and rowing exercise machines, Frank manages to... reverse-engineer the staircase and the rowboat. He's quite proud of this.
  • Boredom Montage Boredom Or rather, EXCRUCIATING PAIN montage
  • Call-Back:
    • Jungle Goddess had a similar "tropical rain forest" setting, and this becomes a running gag.
    • There's also a reference to Bela Lugosi in The Phantom Creeps short which aired with Ring of Terror.
    • Speaking of Ring of Terror, the opening of the film features a gate, so Joel and the bots complain that they've seen this already.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Twice during the scene where the sergeant interrupts Cesar Romero's date, they say to make sure to wear a "Jimmy Hat," a slang term for a condom.
  • Hypocritical Humor: As the bots are freaking out over more rock climbing.
    Joel: C'mon. Hey you guys, calm down. Hey, it's only a movie, we can handle it, okay?
    Servo: Okay, I guess you're right.
  • Mighty Whitey: Subverted. Joel tries to do another skit about the "Superior White Man In Africa" (similar to "My White Goddess" from Jungle Goddess), but the bots refuse to cooperate. The sketch degenerates into Joel's character explaining the Unfortunate Implications of You No Take Candle before swerving into the last act of a murder mystery on a flimsy pretext (Quinn Martin never made a jungle flick.)
  • Not So Stoic: 51 minutes in, during one of the rock climbing sequences, the usually-composed Joel starts shouting at the screen after getting Tom and Crow to stop doing such an act.
    Joel: Who are you, where are we, can we get a frame of reference or something, please?!
  • invoked Padding
    Crow: This film makes Shoah look like a two-reeler.note 
  • Running Gag
    • "Did you ever fly/crash/die in one of these things?"
    • "I always said I was never going to die in a plane, but now I'm very excited about it."
    • "I can see my house from here!"
    • When the rocket is flying through the sky in the beginning: "Jane, stop this crazy thing!"
    • (matter-of-factly) "Rock climbing."
  • Something Completely Different:
    • This is one of the few, if only, MST episodes where Joel doesn't get to do the invention exchange (much to his annoyance).
    • Also, Joel's jumpsuit is light turquoise instead of his usual red.
  • Take Our Word for It: Inverted; we never see the "cool thing" and they never describe it more elaborately than "cool!", but it became the subject of a write-in contest where viewers could come up with their own ideas.
    Finally revealed by the cast at the end of the episode with Fugitive Alien: it's Mexican stoplight candy.
  • The Unseen: The "Cool Thing".