If you're a sci-fi geek, a bad movie fiend, a comedy nerd, or a combination of all three, you're probably also a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. For eleven glorious seasons MST3K brought the world of terrible cinema into the living rooms of unsuspecting earthlings worldwide and turned the act of watching bad movies into an art form.
Since the show left the air the impact of Mystery Science Theater is still being felt, and in these uneasy times, when we could all use a laugh, it seems like MST3K is needed more than ever. But what can we do about it? The show was cancelled years ago, right?
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT! You can chip in and help resurrect the Satellite of Love from the television scrap heap! Joel Hodgson, the creator and original host of Mystery Science Theater, is running a Kickstarter campaign to bring the show back with new hosts and a new roster of movies ripe for the riffing. How cool is that?
In the first 24 hours of the campaign Joel raised enough money to produce three new episodes of the show. As the contributions increase they'll be able to increase the number of episodes. The dream is to have TWELVE NEW EPISODES of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the world to love.
They've just announced most of the new cast members:
- Jonah Ray will be the new host on the Satellite of Love
- Felicia Day will be one of the new Mads (brilliant casting)
- Hampton Yount will be the voice of Crow T. Robot
- Baron Vaughn will be the voice of Tom Servo
They still haven't announced the final Mad, but so far the casting has been perfect. There's only 18 days left to raise the funds for a full 12 episodes, so swing by Kickstarter page and do your part! THE SATELLITE OF LOVE NEEDS YOU!
In other news...
Thanksgiving means many different things to people, but for the ones that couldn't give a crap about football there's the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon! The crew of the Satellite of Love started this tradition in 1991, and for years their marathons of terrible movies were the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving meals.
Joel Hodgson brought the Turkey Day tradition back a couple of years ago, and this year's marathon should be extra special since the Kickstarter campaign is underway. They haven't announced the lineup of classic MST3K episodes they'll be running, but it'd be hilarious even if they just drew the shows out of a hat. You can't go wrong with MST3K!
The whole shebang will be screening at bringbackmst3k.com starting at 11a.m. CST on Thanksgiving Day. Don't miss hte hilarity!