Hello again Geeklings! How was everyone’s long weekend? Super fun I hope! Yours truly scoped out Casa Loma’s Beauty and the Beast exhibit of costumes, music and fun. So many little girls dressed as princesses and so many old folks like me singing along to the music. More on that when we get closer to the film’s release date…
Today though, I heard some news that almost made me jump out of my chair here at my desk. I will confess here and now that I am part of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival League. What the heck is that? some of you are no doubt wondering. I’ve mentioned my love affair with this show before, but let me bring y’all back up to speed. See, I’m what you call a MSTie (pronounced ‘Misty’), which is the term for fans of the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. This show ran for 10 seasons through the 1990s on various networks, and the premise is that every week a poor dude (first Joel, then Mike) stuck on a space station has to watch a really bad movie as part of an experiment from a nefarious mad scientist. The mad wants to take over the world you see, and is trying to find that one truly awful film that will drive humanity insane and therefore leave us open for conquering. Devious!
And these movies run the gamut from cheaply made Sci Fi from the 50’s to cheesy made-for-TV-movies to outlandish 80s ridiculousness with costumes you have to see to believe. There are A LOT of ‘bad’ movies out there.
BUT our hero has a trick up his sleeve. He’s not alone on the station; he’s got robot pals (ROBOT ROLL CALL! CAMBOT! GYPSY! TOM SERVO! CROOOOOOOW!), and two of them watch the movies with him and they all just make fun of the film the whole time. They’re sarcastic, insightful and mocking, and though some films are painful to watch they always have a riff or two for every scene. All the joking around helps everybody stay sane and thwart the mad’s evil scheme. Score one (0r 197, as that’s how many episodes they made) for the good guys.
The show hasn’t aired since 1999, but it still has a very strong fan following, which was proven back in 2015 when they rallied around a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back! The campaign was a record-setter, and we’re getting 14 new episodes on Netflix. They have a new guy stuck in space, named Jonah, the bots are back (voiced by new actors) and we have new mads (including one of my heroes, Felicia Day).
And it’s official. IT’S BACK APRIL 14TH! THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!
So, with all the encouragement I can muster, check it out! We’ve got episodes in our catalogue you can borrow, and you can watch full episodes and clips on their official YouTube channel. Where to start? Well, while many MSTies feel that Manos: The Hands of Fate is the best episode (and how that movie was made is a story in and of itself), my personal favorite is The Final Sacrifice. It was made in Manitoba, it often makes top 10 MST3K episode lists, and while the whole episode is solid on the jokes, the ones about Canada are near and dear.
I also like the Hercules movies. Nobody wears any pants!
See you all on the Satellite of Love, and until next time, End of Line.