Help Bring Back MST3K

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Killer Shrews was the first Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode I saw. I was 8 years old and had stayed up late to watch TV on our new satellite network. I'd never seen anything like it in my life and was immediately hooked. We had a feed from the east coast so everything we watched aired 3 hours earlier than it normally would which forced me to get up before 6 AM on Saturdays to record new episodes on VHS (I spent a lot of my allowance on blank tapes back then). Though it's been off the air for a while now, MST3K has never stopped being relevant. Now Joel Hodgson has taken to Kickstarter to bring it back again and I strongly encourage you to contribute.

MST3K has been cancelled before. After seven seasons, Comedy Central canned it in 1996. It was picked up shortly thereafter by the Sci-Fi channel and ran until 1999. I was a member of the MST3K info club and an active contributor on the "Caption This" board on the Sci-Fi Channel's website. Throughout all those years, I was amazed at how active the fan community was. Even when the show had disappeared from TV, the community kept it alive; trading tapes, introducing it to new people and always ready to support new projects from the show's cast and crew. 

The traditions of MST3K have spread quite a bit from the barely known television show I remembered. Mike Nelson's RiffTrax has played a big part in that with shows in large theaters and an extensive library of riffs on modern movies. In recent years we have been blessed with the return of the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon, the most sacred Thanksgiving tradition ever. The National Geographic Channel ran a few segments riffed by Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. 

There is something really magical about MST3K. It is one of the few things I loved as a kid that actually got better with age. With the success of the Kickstarter campaign, I'm feeling that same excitement I had when I learned that my favorite show was coming to the Sci-Fi channel. I know it can be hard to accept that some things have changed, but that's always been the case for MST3K. I was sad when Bill Corbett replaced Trace Beaulieu as the voice of Crow T. Robot but I grew to love him as well. I have no doubt that I will grow to love the new cast, especially with the unbelievably lucky Felicia Day as the new Mad. 

While the Kickstarter has already raised enough money for 3 episodes, they still need help raising enough for a full 12. As of this post, they have raised $2.7 million with an ultimate goal of $5.5 million. With your help, we can get them there. Spread the word however you can, watch some old episodes and get ready for another Turkey Day Marathon.