Movies In My Collection #183: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

Let’s return to the not too distant future as Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes its’ long awaited return into our life with a brand new revival:

The revived series, launched in 2017, sees Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day), daughter of Dr. Forrester, operating the moon base named “Moon 13” and attempting to exploit the MST3K brand for commercial domination. With the help of Max (Patton Oswalt), who prefers to be called “TV’s Son of TV’s Frank”, they ensnare Gizmonic employee Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) as their new test subject aboard the Satellite of Love. Hampton Yount, Baron Vaughn, and Rebecca Hanson take on the voice work for Crow, Tom, and Gypsy, respectively.

Now to revive such a beloved classic TV series is such a difficult task and now that you have a whole new cast to riff on the movies, you have to make sure you know exactly what you are doing. It’s just the way it is, you really have to learn how to riff movies and TV shows the right way and not just try to copy what the MST3K crew has done. I know I had that problem too trying to do the Rewatch live postings when I was first putting the site together and it failed miserably.

So, how does the new team fare up?

Well….I will say that it does take a little bit for this to get going. The first episode, Reptilicus, is a little rough around the edges as you can see the new cast coming together and a lot of it does feel a little phoned in and more like, what I said would be something not to do, ripping off the MST3K and Rifftrax format a little bit.

It’s not until the next episode, Cry Wilderness, where they begin to take shape and the cast on the Satellite Of Love finally starts to get in rhythm with each other.

The episode where I think it really gets it finally gets good all around is right around the middle with Avalanche, the fifth episode, that’s where the crew finally starts to get that great chemistry the original MST3K crews had down and the riffs get more and more funnier as it goes on. After that, it’s a ton of fun all around for the majority of the rest of the season.

The overall series is still really fun but it’s midway into the 11 episode run where the show really begins to pick up. Probably the best highlights of the early episodes are Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day playing Max and Kinga Forrester, they brought a lot of great energy and humor to the series and had some of the best laughs from the early episodes.

The voice changes on the robots is a little hard to get through at first but once you’re a few episodes in, you get used to the changes.

Overall, there’s really not more I can say about this Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival that I haven’t already said. The first four episodes are a little rough but they do get progressively better with every episode and it’s the fifth episode on where they really get their mojo going and the show becomes instantly enjoyable after that.

Bottom line, if you’re a MST3K fan, this is definitely going to your thing but I will say, give it a few episodes in and you will enjoy it a lot and even the non MST3K fans should enjoy it just as much and it’ll make them want to keep coming back for more.


Mystery Science Theater 3000

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