If, like me, you are a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000 the recent news that show creator Joel Hodgson is taking a run at resurrecting the series was incredibly exciting. I immediately clicked over to the KickStarter site, read up on the campaign and then contributed to the funding. Their goal is to completely fund the first full season and go on from there. Oh my yes! As much as I have enjoyed the various offshoots of MST3K (RiffTrax, Cinematic Titanic, etc.) the idea of a return of the original show in a new form is the stuff of fanboy dreams.
Here is Joel's prospectus -
Hello, People of Earth.
Welcome! I'm Joel Hodgson.
Once upon a time, a television series called MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 was born. We debuted on Minneapolis' KTMA, local television, on Thanksgiving Day 1988, as the world was in the final throes of Teddy Ruxpin-mania. That was almost thirty years ago, but for some reason, people still seem to like the show – it’s a mitzvah!
Our show has had a long, strange run. Across a UHF channel, a cable network, cancellation, a feature film, then another cable network, the show lasted for 12 years, two generations of hosts and puppeteers, 2 Emmy nominations and a total of 197 episodes before we got canceled again for good in 1999. Sadly, it was just as Prince predicted.
But maybe that's not where it all ends.
Starting today, we finally get a chance to bring back MST3K.
With your help, we can create a new season of MST3K, prove there's still an audience, and maybe even convince a network to bring us back for more.