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Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Mystery Science Theater 3000 is popularly known as MST3k, with fans, like me, known as MSTies.  As far as I know, I'm the only one in Hawaii who still watches this 2-hour cult-classic, now on Netflix with new programs.  Keep in mind, though, that in 2007, Time magazine named it one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.

Why is MST3k so obscure?  Joel Hodgson initiated the effort on KTMA in Minneapolis in 1988.  It was picked up by The Comedy Channel, and then the Sci-Fi Channel from 1997 to 1999.  Hardly anyone tunes in to those stations.  After an absence of nearly two decades, Hodgson led a crowdfunded revival on 14 April 2017, which Netflix will provide for 14  episodes, bringing the total to 211 worst films of all time.  Here is a top ten for people with a lot of time to spare.

That's the premise, every program involves the watching of the worst sci-fi (and other) movies ever made by a marooned human in outer space with two wise-cracking robots, a lovable dino-bot, Gypsy, the lone female character in space who plays mother, and a fourth.    Almost everything is a big joke, especially Tom Servo, the gumball machine (left), and Crow T. Robot, with  Crow an acronym for Cybernetic Remotely Operated Woman (a play on words, for Crow is a male) and "T." for "The."

If you need to ask why they are isolated on this spacecraft, and what the human eats, then you miss the point of the whole endeavor.  Hey, not only is this a TV show, it is also absurd buffoonery.  What makes this experience so entertaining is the patter of comments thrown out by these two bots.  Here are a few clips:
So if you now want to watch MST3k, you will need to subscribe to Netflix....

...or go to You Tube and find a gold mine of historical humor embedded as Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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