It’s about time I posted about this. We’ve been watching several episodes a week (usually just before bed) and having a total riot. Mystery Science Theater 3000. If only the DVDs Rev. Don sent up months ago would have worked on my old crappy DVD player, I would have known the joys of MST3K so much sooner.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988â€“1999), usually abbreviated MST3K, is an American cult television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson featuring a man and his robot sidekicks who are trapped on a satellite in space and forced to watch particularly bad movies. (wiki)
Basically it’s “just a show” various details changed over the years as it ballooned in popularity – from a UHF channel show in the Twin Cities to airing on the Space Network and feature films (imdb). It’s a man and his robot friends watching old B movies, mostly sci-fi (a pre-requisite for the Space Network) and just commenting out loud… saying all the things you’re thinking in your head about how much the movie sucks.
As other msties will confide, the show is a clearinghouse of astute cultural observations derrived from the amazing stupidity and innocence of bad film makers. The commentary by humans Joel and Mike and robots Tom and Crow reflect the collective laugh that is burried in so many of us when we watch awful film. (fan site)
It’s witty, snarky, makes references you sometimes have to be pretty keen (or totally geeky) to get. Seeing as how there’s no hockey (only crappy reality series’ that I may get TOO hooked on if I don’t be careful) it’s a great time to grab some episodes of shows like these and just have a ball.