MSTie’s Rejoice! Joel Hodgson is Bringing Back Mystery Science Theatre 3000!


MSTie’s Rejoice! Joel Hodgson is bringing back Mystery Science Theatre 3000!

One day, in the not too distant past, I was perusing my Twitter and was stopped in my tracks by a tweet from Joel Hodgson. “It’s kind of a MSTie Christmas,” it said, “or Holiday” with a link to a kickstarter and the hashtag #bringbackMST3K

Am I dreaming? Is he bringing back MST3K??? The answer is a resounding yes!!!! That show with the guy stranded in space on the Satellite of Love, with robot friends he built himself, being tortured with cheesy movies (the worst they can find – la la la) by Mad Scientists at Gizmonic Institute was coming back?? My original thought was that he was shopping the show to an online network, maybe with new wraparounds.

As a MSTie (fan of the show) myself, the news is even better than I had hoped. Joel explained that he wanted to revive the show with an all new original human(ish?) cast and the old bots – Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy and CamBot (voiced by new actors). To do so, he started a Kickstarter with the first goal of $2 million, which would ensure 3 episodes, but an aggressive goal of $5.5 million would assure a full season of 12 episodes. He also has stated that if he can raise more, he would like to do the show in front a live audience.

Fans around the world responded and in less than a few days, the first level goal of $2 million was met. That means we are guaranteed at least 3 episodes. The Internet was abuzz with the number one question on every MSTies mind – who will be the next human subject, following in the footsteps of Joel Robinson and Mike Nelson? On Monday 11/16, Joel revealed the answer. Jonah Ray, stand-up comic, host of the Meltdown Show on Comedy Central, and Nerdist Podcast (and many other ventures). Joel couldn’t have made a better choice, Jonah is truly ONE OF US! As a fan of the Nerdist Podcast, I have heard him quote, discuss and mention MST3K on a regular basis. This is no bullshit – it’s the real thing.

Jonah’s character is Jonah Heston – wonder if that has anything to do with Planet of the Apes?? My guess is yes.

I cried a little too, for Jonah. Next, we need to know who the Mad Scientist(s) will be? Why do I, and so many MSTies around the world, welcome this news? Why do we love the show so much? The show was smart, interesting, exciting at times, and it let us know that we weren’t the only ones that liked cheesy sci-fi, giant monsters, juvenile delinquents, second-rate secret agents, and magic.

When we watched MST3K, we were together with people just like us. We got the jokes and we thought it was amazing that there were other people who were just like us. This was in the dark times, before the internet, so the show was a way to connect with like-minded people. This was the time when Thanksgiving wasn’t a day for parades, or football, or even food. It was the Turkey Day Marathon – 24 hours of MST3K, which we faithfully recorded. And I still have every one of those VHS tapes in my basement.

Each show ended with the message ‘Keep Circulating The Tapes”, reminding us to show it to others, to have them join our crazy little cult. And we did – a lot. And now, for MSTies everywhere – “the Master IS pleased.”

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And keep circulating the URL!!!!

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Sharon grew up in, and continues to live in suburban Philadelphia and has been a music and comedy fan forever, cutting her teeth musically on Bowie. Monty Python and other British comedies were her earliest passion - the Goodies, Young Ones, Fawty Towers, on and on. She was a regular at the Comedy Factory Outlet in Philadelphia and once did 20 minutes onstage with Harry Anderson. Right now she's loving @midnight for a daily TV fix of comedy (and nerds).

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  1. Badger1225

    November 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I’m looking forward to it.

  2. ArtFriend

    November 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I am going to do a MST3K+1 and that is 1 better than theirs.  So suck it Joel!

  3. max_beta

    November 22, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Jonah Ray as the new host is cool, but the robot voices should at least kind of sound like they did. This is like putting out a muppet movie and the voice of Kermit is just some guy.

  4. sharadoc

    November 22, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    max_beta Well, they did survive changing Tom Servo rrom J Elvis Weinstein to Kevin Murphy early on, then switching Crow from Trace Beaulieu to Tom Corbett after 7 seasons. What’s most important is faithfulness to the character’s personality. But then again, robots can be reprogrammed,  so anything is possible.