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"This looks pretty paint-by-numbers." "The background or the plot?"
  — Jonah Heston and Crow T. Robot, on a rather flat panoramic shot.


The movie

Main article: The Land That Time Forgot (film)

A WWI-era German U-boat carrying British and American prisoners runs aground on a lost world of nature, cavemen, and dinosaurs hidden within the polar ice caps. The Germans then begin to colonize and exploit the world for its resources, but the prehistoric denizens they enslave rise up against them.

The episode

Host segments

Prologue: Jonah and the Bots celebrate Gypsy's birthday and Jonah gets the idea to share it with everybody. Gypsy would rather wait until next week so that she doesn't have to share and so Tom gets to celebrate instead.

Segment One: The Invention Exchange. Jonah presents his new magazine, M. Night Shyamalan Living (where every article ends with a twist). Kinga counters with the Elder Pump, which she really has no idea on what to use it for. Jonah reveals that she's been basing all her inventions on various riffs made during past experiments, and Ardy reports some "movie leakage" on his end before sending the experiment through.

Segment Two: Jonah and the Bots dress up as the Germans form the movie and pretend that the SOL is a submarine, but they are attacked by a surprisingly-eloquent space squid who mistakes it for the real thing.

Segment Three: Kinga and Max announce their new fast-food franchise, the Moon 14 Mesozoic Ranch Dinosaur BBQ. The Mads have been hard at work cloning dinosaurs and slaughtering them for human consumption (humans consumed notwithstanding). They also attempt to "rock out" to their jingle, but the marketing campaign hits a small snag when Max forgets to lock the Allosaurus pen.

Segment Four: Crow wonders if he will ever turn into a human like the caveman in the movie wants to. Jonah assures him that it won't happen and Crow thanks him by saying that he'll be there for support if Jonah ever turns into a robot.

Segment Five: Jonah announces his plan to escape the SOL by throwing a message-in-a-bottle, hoping someone reads it and rescues them. Max ends up getting it.

Stinger: A caveman is carried off in the beak of a pterodactyl.

Obscure references

  • "I'm Doug McClure. You may remember me from such movies as..."

A reference to The Simpsons character Troy McClure, a has-been B-movie actor famously voiced by the late Phil Hartman who would always introduce himself by citing his past work. His name was inspired by actors Troy Donahue and Doug McClure. The character was retired from the show in 1998 after Hartman's untimely death.

  • "Burt Reynolds is Sean Connery as Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher!"

A running joke seen early in the episode is "Person as Person playing Person", which is basically looking at a character in the film who resembled three different actors or a media personality and running a joke off of it.

  • "I don't care what they say, I love my Nintendo Virtual Boy."

The Virtual Boy was Nintendo's first foray into 3D video games, best known for its awkward headset design and monochrome red graphics. Released in 1995, it only lasted one year.

  • "Oh no, it's going under The Wall! The Night's Watch will never see this coming!"

In the Song of Ice & Fire novels and its television adaptation Game of Thrones, the kingdoms of Westeros are guarded by a 700-foot tall ice wall, which is manned by soldiers of the Night's Watch.

  • "I've got a shot of something living in a pineapple under the sea."

A reference to the cartoon series "Spongebob Squarepants", in which the titular character lives in a pineapple under the sea.

  • "What do you mean stopped serving breakfast, I can see the eggs!"

A  reference to people arriving at a restaurant (usually fast food locations that only serves breakfast during certain hours) later in the day and demanding breakfast, claiming they can still see the necessary foodstuffs. Scenes like this occur in the movies Falling Down and Big Daddy, but the line "I can see the eggs" doesn't seem to be a specific reference.

  • "Now a regular menu item at the world famous Dino Hotel." "The pride of Lakewood, Colorado!"

The Mesozoic Ranch sketch references the real-world location Best Western Denver Southwest, also known as the Dino Hotel, which is located in Lakewood, Colorado. The hotel underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2012 and now features a dinosaur and natural history museum theme with life-sized fossils. The hotel's owners, Greg Tally and Meredith Tally, are credited as Executive Producers for Season 11, while the hotel itself is credited as "Kickstarter Presenting Backer" as promotional consideration for its contribution to the series.

  • "Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away" "Oh, Okay, Buddy. All Right, just let the Orinoco Flow, all right?"

A reference to the 1988 song "Orinoco Flow" by Irish singer-songwriter and musician Enya. "Tomorrow belongs to me!" Crow is singing a song from the Broadway musical Cabaret,set in pre-World War II Germany and sung from the point of view of a Nazi soldier hopeful for his party's future.

  • "Now that's what I call a rumble in the jungle."

A boxing match between undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman against challenger Muhammad Ali, a former champion, held on October 30, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) is known as "The Rumble in the Jungle," with Ali winning by a knockout in the eighth round.

  • "I didn't kill my wife - I don't care."

Said by Harrison Ford (and retorted by Tommy Lee Jones) in The Fugitive as his character Doctor Richard Kimble is cornered in a dam spillway.

Behind the scenes

MST3K cast

Regular cast

The Skeleton Crew

Guest cast

MST3K crew

Main article: List of MST3K Crew#Season 11

Production

The Moon 14 Mesozoic Ranch Dinosaur BBQ, if oblivious to anyone, is based on Patton Oswalts "KFC's Famous Bowels" and "Black Angus Steak" routines. Not only were their references to products of self indulgence, Oswalt also did vocals.

Goofs

Video releases

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Gallery

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References

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