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Mystery Science Theater Turns 20

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the snark-embodied dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 165

RimmerExperience writes "Hard to believe that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is 20 years old. This NY Times article provides a brief synopsis from the humble but inspired beginnings in a Midwest TV studio, to the making of MST3K: The Movie, to what the creators are up to today. It's interesting that the original creators are still involved in MST3K-style riffing in some way. So if you are looking for your traditional Turkey Day fix, plug in your old VHS, tune into BitTorrent or check out their current projects — Riff Trax (Mike Nelson) or Cinematic Titanic (Joel & Trace). Keep circulating the tapes, er, MPEGs."

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The only thing.. (1)

captainzerocool (892024) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723213)

Missing from Riff Trax is the robots and I am not talking about that damn toaster.

Re:The only thing.. (1)

ShadowBlasko (597519) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723301)

Their treatment of Jurassic Park with Weird Al was classic.
Almost as good as Roadhouse!

Re:The only thing.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25724443)

beef

Re:The only thing.. (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723903)

Yeah, but Rifftrax is routinely funnier than Cinematic Titanic, so I'm willing to overlook that Mike and the Bots aren't actually on screen.

HAI! HAIKEEBA! (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723215)

GYMKATA! I'm huge!

Re:HAI! HAIKEEBA! (3, Funny)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723761)

...He tried to kill him with a forklift...

Re:HAI! HAIKEEBA! (1)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724055)

I would personally like to thank you for making me laugh and spit pizza through my nose. I haven't seen Fugitive Alien in a lonnng time.

Gamera - classic (4, Funny)

Corpuscavernosa (996139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723227)

[Hidaka and his Eskimo hosts observe fighter jets pursuing another jet.]

Dr. Hidaka: The war even comes to this Eskimo village. Soon there won't be any peace anywhere.

[Cut to a ship cutting through the ice.]

Joel: There's nothing more tragic than a war in an Eskimo village.

Re:Gamera - classic (2, Funny)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724801)

I don't remember which movie it was, but I recall the opening sequence of an old B&W movie where they showed the a map to let the audience know where the action was taking place. The caption under the map in large, dramatic letters was... "ASIA".

The sarcastic comment was, "Well, that narrows it down."

Quick, before they make it illegal! (1, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723229)

Quickly now children, download them all before they make satire illegal. Wait... my phone's ringing. Hello? What? Oh. Hey guys, I have an announcement to make... Satire is now illegal. The lawyers are calling it a "collection of derivative works" and that it "damages the brand identity". Just kidding. For now. O_o

Re:Quick, before they make it illegal! (1)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724741)

Satire is now illegal. The lawyers are calling it a "collection of derivative works" and that it "damages the brand identity".

The lawyers called back. Satire is not totally illegal, but according to the new "Fairness Doctrine", all satire has to be balanced with equal time to opposing viewpoints.

MST3K seemed nice... at first. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723261)

Then it started gettting creepy. Does anyone else notice that the riffs seem to coincide with things that are happening in your life?

Just too coincidental for me. Especially after smoking weed.

Re:MST3K seemed nice... at first. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723915)

Slashdot's even worse.

How come Goatse links are mysteriously posted on the same days I fist my ass? Why am I always eating Mexican food while CmdrTaco's posting stories? Why is every other story about how somebody's spying on computers?

There's a sprawling conspiracy of fecal-freaks after me, and possbibly you too.

Slap Hardbody (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723265)

Big McLargehuge!

Re:Slap Hardbody (2, Funny)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723353)

Buff Bigblock!

Re:Slap Hardbody (2, Funny)

The Redster! (874352) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723667)

Punch Rockgroin!

Butch Deadlift! (2, Interesting)

FourthAge (1377519) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723959)

Re:Butch Deadlift! (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724847)

Instead of someone's remix, this video [youtube.com] includes 9 minutes worth of clips from that episode.

Re:Slap Hardbody (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723785)

Bob Johnson!

Re:Slap Hardbody (1)

SemiSpook (1382311) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723823)

Thick McRunfast!

Re:Slap Hardbody (1)

Captain Fallout (704318) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723997)

Blast Hardcheese!

Re:Slap Hardbody (1)

gregg (42218) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724711)

Dirk Hardpeck

HBO? (1)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723267)

MST3K - ahh, highschool. There was an older show, (on HBO?) I suddenly remember, Where they had comedians sitting on barstools in front of a studio audience, doing much the same - but live. Mostly to old B&W detective stories and mysteries, rather than bad sci-fi/fantasy. Anyone remember the name?

--

Keep One Eye Open on Craiglist.com - Search hundreds of communities from one place with one click [bigattichouse.com]

Re:HBO? (2, Informative)

isfry (101853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723385)

Ah yes I think you are thinking of Mad Movies.

Re:HBO? (1)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723505)

Cheech and Chong did the same thing in "It Came From Hollywood!" as well, specifically to The Giant Mantis (Look out, it's the attack of the 50 foot chicken wing!) and Reefer Madness.

Re:HBO? (1)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723525)

I remember a show called "Mad Movies with the LA Connection" - they did lip sync to old movies and inserted the most absurdly hilarious stories that would mesh with whatever happened in the movie... Picture Casablanca being the story of two people booking a vacation to Atlantic City... That was lol funny, but i was 15 so it has probably lost most of its luster..

Re:HBO? (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723843)

That would've been "Whose Line Is It Anyways?". They actually did a large variety of improv setups, but that was one of them.

Re:HBO? (2, Informative)

somethingwicked (260651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723881)

Actually, I hate to give him this credit, but the earliest example I am aware of doing something in a SOMEWHAT similar vein as MST was Woody Allen's What's Up, Tiger Lily.

(though I am sure someone else will pipe in with something earlier ans no one hit the perfect recipe for this like Joel did)

The facilities! (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723295)

Many of us working in the new music tech company in the old MST3K sound stage are nerd-fans. Crow statuettes abound!

It may have turned 20 (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723335)

...but it has the emotional development of a 13-year old. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Re:It may have turned 20 (2, Funny)

StreetStealth (980200) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723695)

Is that you, Rowsdower?

Re:It may have turned 20 (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724161)

Rowsdowermobile AWAY!

Side note: I have a friend who has the last name "Roscover" and I call him Rowsdower.

Re:It may have turned 20 (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724715)

I quiver at your touch, Larry Csonka.

Re:It may have turned 20 (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725443)

Is that you, Rowsdower?

I miss Toblerone!

What do you want for Christmas? (5, Funny)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723387)

"I want to decide who lives and who dies!"

Re:What do you want for Christmas? (1)

somethingwicked (260651) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723719)

Oh yes, easily my fav MST line ever (and there are so many close competitors...)

***I*** want to decide who posts on Slashdot and who is banished to kuro5hin.

Probably a fate worse than death

Commemorative Box Set (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723389)

Shout! Factory has come out with a Box Set [amazon.com] to mark this occasion, with four new movies and a bunch of extras. I already ordered mine and am thoroughly enjoying Werewolf (1996) complete with Joe Estevez [imdb.com] , Emilio's uncle and Martin Sheen's brother. Oh do they rail him for his B-Rated movies in that classic. That DVD alone is worth this box set!

Re:Commemorative Box Set (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723943)

I think you mean "Werewelf", yaniglotchy... you know, that which runs about on all fours from place to place? Nothing better than a werewolf movie set in the american southwest where the actors are all from eastern europe.

The Sci-Fi channel era had a few Joe Estevez gems. In "Soul Taker" he plays an Angel of Death. Dunno if that one is available on video or not.

Re:Commemorative Box Set (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724043)

I think you mean "Werewelf", yaniglotchy... you know, that which runs about on all fours from place to place? Nothing better than a werewolf movie set in the american southwest where the actors are all from eastern europe.

The Sci-Fi channel era had a few Joe Estevez gems. In "Soul Taker" he plays an Angel of Death. Dunno if that one is available on video or not.

Not yet, though I have it on VHS and watch it regularly. It also has Robert Z'Dar (OH Z'NO!) also of Future War fame--you know, the catcher's mitt with eyes [youtube.com] ? I think I nearly urinated myself 8 times during Soul Taker.

"You'll never get the smell of Hardee's out of that car."

"Where does that guy even keep all his acorns?"

Re:Commemorative Box Set (2, Interesting)

Knara (9377) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724197)

Yeah, some of the SciFi channel eps I consider to be the pinnacle of Best Brains production, mostly because once Joel was out the way, the jokes got edgier and the skits finally strayed from the (classic, but wearing at the edges) Deep 13 stuff. (though the latter was more due to moving to SciFi I guess).

In any event, the tone of the humor on SciFi was much more to my liking than the frequently relatively "safer" humor of the Comedy Central days. I often explain it as being: Joel was a father figure to the bots, having created them. Mike is "one of the guys".

Re:Commemorative Box Set (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725429)

Yeah, some of the SciFi channel eps I consider to be the pinnacle of Best Brains production, mostly because once Joel was out the way, the jokes got edgier and the skits finally strayed from the (classic, but wearing at the edges) Deep 13 stuff. (though the latter was more due to moving to SciFi I guess).

I don't know - I thought the constant changes of locale in early season 8 had potential, but the more their settings settled down the more stagnant it got, IMO.

Mind you, I'm not gonna argue that the Deep 13 days were perfect - or better, even - except they did have Trace up through the end of season 7 and his was a tough act to follow.

And I Read... (0)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724029)

Commemorative Bot Sex.

Very apropos to MST3k.

Re:Commemorative Box Set (5, Interesting)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724891)

True stories:

  • Kieth Bilderbeck, the composer of Wereworlf (or Arizona Werewolf as it was called in production) is a friend of mine and is quite proud of his contribution.
  • I have worked on a few shows with Steve Kempster, who, before becoming Trevor Rabin's recording engineer among other more notable credits, recorded the end credit song for Space Mutiny. I once asked him about it and he nearly demanded that I never mention it again.
  • A few editors I worked with recently on High School Musical 3 had credits as assistants on Alien from LA. At the time they knew it was kindof goofy, but they really appreciated the director's vision and thought it was very Terry Gilliam-esque.

I love this town! It's easy to ridicule these films, and I love MST, but the really interesting stories are from how these films get made in the first place, and the fact that people often pour their hearts into the work, and they themselves may be very talented but other factors simply doom the thing.

Not to defend Golan-Globus of course. The last few Rhino box sets had interviews with actual cast and crew from some of the films on the DVD, and I really treasure these, as it gives me some perspective on my job. It's like a hacker reading about the Tech Model Railroad Club.

Sorry it's OT, just thought I'd share.

My Two Favorites (1)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723409)

"Attack of The Eye Creatures" and the TV premiere of the ninja show "The Master".

I know Joel got off the ship by stranding Mike, but did Mike ever make it off the satellite of love?

Re:My Two Favorites (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723487)

Yes, in the very last episode of season 10. Mike and the bots are brought to a fiery crash landing due to a malfunction of Pearl Forrester' joystick. They survive and end up watching the very first bad movie ever riffed by MST3K.

Re:My Two Favorites (2, Interesting)

NeuroManson (214835) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723589)

Actually the movie in question was The Crawling Eye. And it was the first movie watched by J&TB when MST3K made its way into Cable TV.

Attack of The The Eye Creatures (not a typo, look at the movie title card) was in the latter half of season 4, MST3K's heyday.

I still miss Turkey Day to this date, I didn't have cable TV (back in the late 80s/early 90s, it was difficult to get new service if you didn't own your home, and even if you DID have cable, there was only a 20% chance they carried The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central), so I was only able to watch an episode of it while visiting a friends house. Being able to download everything helped immensely.

Re:My Two Favorites (2, Informative)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723693)

Yes, in the very last episode of season 10. Mike and the bots are brought to a fiery crash landing due to a malfunction of Pearl Forrester' joystick. They survive and end up watching the very first bad movie ever riffed by MST3K.

ever riffed by MST3K on cable... important distinction...

But, of course, not many people saw the KTMA run, so really The Crawling Eye is where most of us remember the show starting...

This being the 20th anniversary of the show, I really wish they'd finally dig out some copies of those first couple of KTMA episodes and release 'em. Those are the only episodes in the entire run that aren't available online.

Re:My Two Favorites (2, Informative)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723849)

At a recent convention, a lot of the MST3k alumn met and showed the pilot episode(complete with Beeper, the precursor to Tom Servo). Its on DAPCENTRAL(dapcentral.org), you should give it a gander, but keep in mind that it pretty rough around the edges.

Re:My Two Favorites (1)

Knara (9377) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723967)

I remember watching the first runs of the KTMA episodes for MST3k and finding them funny. (I was quite young).

In recent years I searched and obtained some KTMA episodes through the MST3k DAP, and man... they were not very good.

Writing scripts starting on comedy central was a very good idea.

Re:My Two Favorites (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724689)

But, of course, not many people saw the KTMA run, so really The Crawling Eye is where most of us remember the show starting...

Last I heard, the first few episodes of the KTMA season were still MIA, with possibly the only existing copies residing in Jim Mallon's Best Brains vault.

I know from the KTMA dubs I've seen not to expect much, but it sure would be nice for historical completeness if those first few episodes were somehow leaked onto the internet for distribution...

Re:My Two Favorites (2, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723513)

"Attack of The Eye Creatures" and the TV premiere of the ninja show "The Master".

I know Joel got off the ship by stranding Mike, but did Mike ever make it off the satellite of love?

SPOILER ALERT!

In Danger:Diabolik [mst3kinfo.com] , the very last episode, they do make it back to earth in a crash landing. The funniest part is Tom Servo blowing up all the extra Tom Servos they've accumulated over the years. At the end, the three share a one-bedroom apartment and settle into eat popcorn and--you guessed it--riff on a cheesy movie on TV. Speculation: Someone told me that that was the first movie they had ever riffed before but I can't verify it and I don't think that's true with the KTMA episodes.

Re:My Two Favorites (1)

mike3k (574665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724477)

Actually it's "Attack of the The Eye Creatures". Yes, "the" actually appears twice on the title screen.

ATTACK of the THE EYE CREATURES! (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725213)

Actually it's "Attack of the The Eye Creatures". Yes, "the" actually appears twice on the title screen.

They just didn't care.

Written just for us.. (1)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723451)

Looks like Cinematic Titanic is still bringing the can't help but laugh out loud funny... Favorite clip in the trailers is when they cut to a shot of one of those giant '50's control panel and a voice says "Now THERE's a switch!"

MST3K.. What a perfect blend of the stupidest and most esoteric humor... like Futurama back when IT was funny.

Re:Written just for us.. (4, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723773)

like Futurama back when IT was funny.

So, today, in other words. Cause Futurama is still funny.

Re:Written just for us.. (2, Insightful)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723991)

Futurama is still funny...

...and Dave Matthews TOTALLY Rocks... I'm with you dude!

oh, and Indy 4... Well that's just a story that HAD to be told!

Yeah... i'm not usually confrontational, but you're gonna need to open your doe eyes and let in some harsh reality... World hoarding stereotypical jews and bisexual tentacle monsters are just hollow reminders of Jurassic Bark and Godfellas. Most of us would agree you can tell the difference between passion for the writing and "wow you mean i can still get a check for that?"

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724221)

It made me laugh. If it wasn't funny to you (and I agree BWABB was crap, but Bender's Big Score and Bender's Game were classic material), that's fine, but the show is as funny as it EVER was. Just because you don't enjoy it, doesn't mean tons and tons of fans don't.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724473)

Bender's Big Score and Bender's Game were classic material

Bender's Big Score REFERENCED a lot of classic material... big difference, haven't seen BBG yet, not the superfan you are i guess...

Sorry for being so argumentative... www.bringbackfuturama.com is a really nice site and you must have put a lot of work into it. I can understand why you need to believe.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724551)

Sorry for being so argumentative... www.bringbackfuturama.com is a really nice site and you must have put a lot of work into it. I can understand why you need to believe.

Huh? How fucking impossible is it to believe that I legitimately enjoy it, not out of desperation, but because I like it? Are you that stuck on yourself that you think just because you don't like something, no one else does?

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724783)

I think the issue is that just because you enjoy it, doesn't make it good. I can enjoy the fuck out of eating a big sack of Doritos, but that doesn't make it fine cuisine.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725009)

I disagree. There is no such thing as an objective measurement for art, so we can't ever really say that something is "good" or "bad". Since Futurama is meant to entertain, I hold that as long as even one person enjoys it, it can't be said to be "bad". The strongest statement that can be made is "I didn't enjoy this". This applies to all entertainment, and is why it's ludicrous to make claims like "you're wrong that this thing is good". There's no basis for such a statement.

I'd like there to be an objective measurement for art, but there just isn't, and acting as if there is ignores the unfortunate reality.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724815)

How fucking impossible is it to believe that I legitimately enjoy it

Really? Two comments and you're dropping the f-bomb and <i>'s about a TV show on a Slashdot story about a different TV show? Listen, it's gonna be ok! Go outside and enjoy the real world. You gotta chill the fuck out man! You got shotgun and killing spree written all over your future, dude...

Wow.

..but seriously, new Futurama totally sucks.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725037)

Go figure: I get a little bit irritated when people start personally attacking me. If you wanted the discussion to remain calm, blame yourself, because you're the one who started using personal attacks.

Re:Written just for us.. (1)

mpitcavage (655718) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725261)

This has been really fun... You know we were talking about a TV show, right? America just elected a black man to the office of President and so far he has received over 500 death threats... Yeah, somehow he's still way more mellow than you.

Rethink your definition of personal attack, and while you're at it rethink your priorities as a human being, k?

This started as funny, but that last comment turned my stomach. I'm out.

--
Signatures are for pussies

It's been replaced for me (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723519)

Semi-OT I know, but if you haven't seen "Whatever, Martha!", make a point of looking it up. Martha Stewart's daughter and a friend of hers sit and watch old tapes of the Martha Stewart show and make snarky comments - it reminds me exactly of MST3K - think MST3K meets Martha Stewart. It's a scream!

"Who frames labels in a linen closet?"
"Some flamer framed them."

"How does she keep a straight face?"
"She's thinking how much fun it will be to scream at the crew when the segment's over."

etc.

Re:It's been replaced for me (1)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724771)

Semi-OT I know, but if you haven't seen "Whatever, Martha!", make a point of looking it up. Martha Stewart's daughter and a friend of hers sit and watch old tapes of the Martha Stewart show and make snarky comments - it reminds me exactly of MST3K - think MST3K meets Martha Stewart.

Is this the "recommend shows inspired by MST3K" section of the thread?

If so, I endorse tracking down some digital copies of "Cheap Seats", which ran for a few seasons on ESPN Classics. The premise: tape librarians Randy and Jason Sklar make fun of sports footage. The footage in question leans heavily towards "Wide World Of Sports" and spelling bee coverage, so the show was enjoyable even to non-jocks.

Mike & The Bots even made a guest appearance in one episode, riffing on the Sklars as they riff on footage of an 'International Breaking Competition'.

Prince of Space all (3, Insightful)

aredubya74 (266988) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723531)

Yes, even better than Manos. Manos is more horrible to behold, but Prince of Space is funny from start to finish, and hits every key sci-fi demo - B&W, bad SFX, awkward costuming, dubbed from Japanese to some weird form of Brooklyn tough guy accent ("I like it VERY MUCH!"), great callbacks (Krankor's laugh, "your weapons are useless against me", bumbling scientists). It was a cinematic goldmine, ably plundered by Mike and the Bots.

Seconded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25723727)

my personal fave.

Re:Prince of Space all (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724739)

"your weapon is useless but scares the hell out of me!"

What? (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725297)

Yes, even better than Manos. Manos is more horrible to behold, but Prince of Space is funny from start to finish

What's that? What did you say?

(Ah, literal translation of Japanese idioms...)

My favorite was at the end, when Phantom is sending the scientists to their overly-elaborate deaths...

"Each of you will board a space capsule."
"What?"
Servo: "Oh, for crying out loud... EACH OF YOU WILL BOARD A SPACE CAPSULE!"

Of course, "I'll throw my doll at you!" was great, too...

Re:Prince of Space all (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725341)

In deciding the best MST3K ep ever, there is only one name to know. Greatness, thy name is Mitchell, the long flabby arm of the law! Butter, alcoholism, and incompetence never produced a more entertaining member of the law enforcement profession.

Oblig... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723577)

Push the button, Frank.

Re:Oblig... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723731)

Push the button, Frank.

Thank you!

(In retrospect, I like Larry better than Frank.)

Re:Oblig... (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724273)

I think "Who's the better evil sidekick" is even worse than "Who's the better host." As far as nerdy debates, I mean.

(Mike is funnier.)

Re:Oblig... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724931)

I think "Who's the better evil sidekick" is even worse than "Who's the better host." As far as nerdy debates, I mean.

<shrug> I'm not interested in trying to tell people what to think about the matter, really. I just think Larry (and Josh, in general) seems to be a bit underrated IMO.

Plus I wanted to make it clear, in case people didn't get it, that I was saying "Thank You" as a reference to the first-season catch-phrase, rather than thanking Notquitecajun for his post. :)

P.S.: YOUR MOTHER FLOSSES IN HELL! GAAAAAAAA!

DIY (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723633)

I still like sitting down and making fun of a movie with friends a lot more than watching another group of friends do it.

whoah (1)

einer (459199) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723689)

Something I loved from my childhood is 20 years old.... am I old?

How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K Eps? (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723723)

My votes are for:

  • Mitchell
  • Skydivers
  • The Brain that Wouldn't Die ("Jan in the Pan")
  • The Wild World of Batwomen
  • The Beginning of the End
  • Teenagers in Outer Space

myke

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

FourthAge (1377519) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723821)

Seconded. Since I already see a mention of "Prince of Space" above, I suggest:

  • Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
    Which might actually have been a pretty good sci-fi film if it had made the slightest bit of sense.
  • Puma Man
    Worst. Superhero. Ever.

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

psychicninja (1150351) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724001)

Missing Option: "Danger, Death Ray"

Bapa-dapa-da-da

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724291)

Agent for HARM and Secret Agent Super Dragon were better than Death Ray, IMO.

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724147)

Tough one. Here are my nominations that haven't been mentioned:
- The Cave Dwellers
- The Mole People
- Manos The Hands of Fate

And let's not leave out some classic short films:
- Mr B Natural
- Hired!
- A Date With Your Family

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724383)

And let's not leave out some classic short films:
- Mr B Natural
- Hired!
- A Date With Your Family

Great riffs to be found in all of these!

Mr B: You can bet I was in the garden with Mr. & Mrs. Adam!
Crow: You were the snake...
Mr B: Knew your father, I did!
Joel: Hey, you leave my father out of this!

Tom Servo: Hired part II, laid off!

Tom Servo: A date with your family, the Woody Allen Story!
Mike: I like my family as a friend!

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724509)

"Uhuh.. that's nice.. MOOOOMMMMM!"

"Mom.. Dad, tell me you heard that!?

"You better listen to him Buzz!" Or I'll kill you!

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724189)

Thank you for mentioning "Teenagers". The only way I'd watch that without it having riffs is... WITH TORTURE!!!!

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724401)

"The Sidehackers": "Side hacking is the thing to do, where it doesn't hurt to have a low IQ!"

"Wild Rebels": "Wild Rebels Cereal! Crunchy Oat Rods! Pouring milk on them is like shooting off a gun!"

"Attack of the giant leaches": "They filmed this in Corman's swimming pool, apparently."

"The Killer Shrews, with junior Rodeo daredevils": "So, are the shrews and the dogs friends?"

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

Deus.1.01 (946808) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724577)

*Zombie Nightmare
*The one with the warmup about kids being run over by trains.(why don't they look)

and my personal favorite.

*the prince of space(which is dubbed from japaneese to english)

I really would like a ressurection of this concept with focus on the hollywood blockbusters these last 10 years.

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

MacBrave (247640) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724813)

* Warrior of the Lost World

"MegaWeapon"

Pumaman! (1)

choseph (1024971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724851)

Pumaman would have to be on that poll. Something about being able to fly when you get the powers of a puma...from a magic belt...awesome.

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

NotWorkSafe (891638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725157)

I'm going with Mitchell. That and Eegah are the only ones I liked enough to buy the DVD.

Re:How about a "Slashdot Poll" of Favorite MST3K E (1)

robkore (251928) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725363)

Cave Dwellers is my personal favorite...

"How much Keeffe is in this movie?"
"Miles O'Keeffe!"

or

"Quick--run with me, friend, towards the danger!"

Our invention is actually woven into today's post. (1)

phrackwulf (589741) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723831)

It's so evil, so insidious, and it all culminates in.. DEEP HURTING! DEEEEEEPPP HURTING!

died at 11 (4, Insightful)

Deanalator (806515) | more than 5 years ago | (#25723887)

MST3k didn't turn 20, it died at 11.

The Simpsons recently turned 20, and Meet the Press just turned 61.

Re:died at 11 (5, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724807)

MST3k didn't turn 20, it died at 11.

The Simpsons recently turned 20

Yeah, but it died at 8.

Re:died at 11 (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725219)

God, I wish I had mod points for you.

The Internet gets its purpose . . . (1)

Thrull (1200785) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724125)

. . . by enabling the spread of MST3K with no further VHS deterioration. It's frightening for me to think that there are episodes out there I would never be able to see except for that one guy who held onto his VHS copy. Some of the early episodes only played ONCE. Plus, there are all the episodes they can't ever market again thanks to angry rights-holders. What an abused series it was . . .

Not the first (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25724223)

TFA seems to imply that this was something unique. However, I remember the old Thicke of the Night (Alan Thicke's late night talk show, from back when everybody had one in the early 80's), had a regular bit where about 4 or 5 comedians got together and did the same thing. The only real difference was that it was only a few minutes instead of the duration of an entire B movie. Well...that and nobody was pretending to be a robot.

Since I'm probably the only person still alive who witnessed this, I guess it's safe to claim that Joel and friends invented the concept.

Mod me down, but... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25724835)

Mod me down for saying this, but I dislike MST3K. I won't go into whether it's funny - that's for everyone to find out for themselves -, but the show's made it MUCH more difficult to find copies of certain movies if you do NOT want someone else commenting on them.

MST3K can be fun, but sometimes, I want to make fun of bad movies on my own, too...

MST - Killed because people can't handle the truth (1)

Cooker (322848) | more than 5 years ago | (#25725087)

MST should still be on the air.

The Sci-Fi channel bought the rights, had the show on for a few years and then apparently grew uncomfortable with the fact that technological improvements always make old sci-fi movies look hilarious. And so they killed it. I guess they couldn't stand to have a great show continue to ridicule their current programming.

Interestingly, they have been adamant about defending the trademark of the show they killed:
http://www.mst3kinfo.com/?p=55

"In its filing, Best Brains Inc., which owns the âoeMystery Science Theater 3000â trademark, claims âoeMr. Sinus,â which was previously known as âoeMr. Sinus Theater 3000â and in which Pollet, Egerton and Erler sit in the cinemaâ(TM)s front row, poking fun at bad movies, is infringing on its trademark.

The show has run since September 2002, and regularly sells out."

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