Prepare for more ridiculous and hilarious riffing on terrible movies, because “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming back (hopefully)! Series creator Joel Hodgson announced this week that he has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to create more episodes of the beloved cult classic show that made fun of some not-so beloved cult films throughout the 1990s.
The show started on KTMA in 1988 in Minneapolis and went on to be cult hits on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel. With the era of DVDs in the 2000s and the rise in popularity of video streaming in the 2010s, the show found new life as fans were able to gain access to the show on more formats. The show was unique in that is mainly showed old, public domain (for the most part) films as silhouettes of the characters appeared at the bottom of the screen and made fun of it. This was before DVD commentary, this was like watching and making fun of bad movies with friends.
It even became a term for riffing on bad movies: Let’s “MST3K” this film!
As someone who came of age in the 1990s, MST3K was my entry into the wonderful and bizarre world of B-movies — and even worse. Every week, my best friend and I would watch the show as they made fun of films like “Attack of the Killer Shrews,” “Mitchell,” “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” and many, many more. I cannot think of a show that helped guide my snarky take on things in popular culture more than Joel, Mike Nelson, and their robot friends Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo on the Satellite of Love.
And if there was ever a show that would rise again from the power of its rabid fanbase, it is “MST3K.” Here is a chart of how much funds raised will produce new episodes:
Putting the power to create more “MST3K” in the hands of the fans rather than a cable network makes sense for a show like this. The the episodes can be shopped to them, as well as air via online and other formats. The power of the fans will decide its fate. Plus, those who donate will receive some pretty awesome bonuses.
The campaign site also offers special messages not only from Joel, but Crow and Servo as well. I would never have guessed they would bring this show back, yet I am almost more excited about this than the new “Star Wars” film.
It is not known who will host (they are looking for a new one) as well as who will voice the robots. Mike Nelson took to Facebook to announce he is not part of the reboot since he is more focused on RiffTrax at this point. Which is a shame, but understandable.
For more information beyond the Kickstarter page, Joel hosted a AMA over on Reddit, so you can find more tidbits over there. And help raise some awareness with the hashtag #BringBackMST3K