Mystery Science Theater 3000: WARRIOR OF THE LOST WORLD
April 13, 2016 1:56 AM - Season 5, Episode 1 - Subscribe

In the future Donand Pleasance has taken over the world as we all knew he would, and it's up to a gravelly-voice drifter and THE MOST ANNOYING TALKING MOTORCYCLE to save it, because the world sucks. Story is that director David Worth was shown the poster art and told to make a movie to go with it. This is the first of two appearances by Donald Pleasance on MST; the second is 903 THE PUMAMAN. This is the episode with "the Paper Chase guy," the Robitussin riff, Servo/Kevin Murphy's riffing on every face in a rapid pan of extras, and the inimitable Megaweapon, voiced of course by Mike. Many fans divide the show into "Joel era" and "Mike era" episodes, but I think the show is as usefully divided at this episode, where that Mike-era feel starts to appear. There are just 12 Joel episodes left. YouTube (1h32m) Premiered July 24, 1993.

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Directed and written by David Worth. Starring Robert "Paper Chase guy" Ginty, Persis "Lt. Ilia" Khambatta, Donald "Blofeld" Pleasence and Megaweapon as himself.

Interesting fact: despite being one of the more recent MST movies, all three of its main stars are deceased as of 2016. Director David Worth is still around though and boy, has he ever made a pile of bad movies, including Kickboxer and Shark Attack 3: Megalodon. But he keeps himself busy and that's what we like to see. Rock on, Worth!
posted by JHarris (11 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Paper Chase Guy isn't his legal name? Who knew? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
posted by hobgadling at 5:49 AM on April 13, 2016 [2 favorites]

Oh, man. That talking motorcycle. The highlight is the brawl with the post-apocalyptic mohawk ninjas next to that van. I like that part.
posted by valkane at 6:41 AM on April 13, 2016

I showed this episode to in-laws who knew the Paper Chase series but who refused to believe that Motorcycle Antihero Guy was in it. I guess that, as he aged, he just got Gintier and Gintier to the point of transcending Gintiness itself.
posted by CheesesOfBrazil at 7:20 AM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure I see there as being a clear era division here. To me, the show kind of feels like:

Primoridal (KTMA - Season 1)
Early (Season 2 - 3)
Mid period (Season 4 - 6)
Late period (Season 7 - 10)

I know that doesn't precisely overlap with cast changes.
posted by Chrysostom at 7:46 AM on April 13, 2016

Yeah, I never really thought of this as a divider. My system is usually:

Josh: K-1
Frank+Joel: 2-Mitchell
Frank+Mike: Brain that wouldn't die-6
Busy with the movie: 7
Scifi: 8-10
posted by hobgadling at 8:39 AM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

Fifteen or so years after seeing this, my husband and I can still crack each other up by singing the theme from Sanford and Son and then yelling out, "Grady! The Paper Chase guy is here!"
posted by holborne at 12:27 PM on April 13, 2016 [1 favorite]

I've mentioned this before, but for about half an hour back in 2001 my husband and I were going to give our unborn son the middle name of "Megaweapon".

He chickened out though.
posted by Lucinda at 5:00 AM on April 14, 2016 [5 favorites]

For me the dividing line has never been Joel/Mike but rather Frank/no Frank. It just wasn't the same without him.
posted by orrnyereg at 6:41 AM on April 14, 2016 [4 favorites]

Anyway, as I hope is obvious by now, we're having a showing of this episode tonight (Thursday), at, 9 PM Eastern time. Bring snacks, this is a good one.

For more (a little outdated) information on our club showings, go check out the Club FAQ whydoncha.
posted by JHarris at 10:51 AM on April 14, 2016

[21:08:38] valkane: He's proved his Worth!!!
posted by valkane at 6:09 PM on April 14, 2016 [1 favorite]

[21:08:38] valkane: He's proved his Worth!!!

Do we have unfavorites on this site?
posted by hobgadling at 7:52 AM on April 15, 2016 [1 favorite]

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