It has been less than two weeks since the Kickstarter campaign to bring back the movie-riffing sci-fi show Mystery Science Theater 3000 kicked off and it has already surpassed its $2 million minimum goal - meaning fans will be getting at least three new episodes of the rebooted series starring a new host, a new mad scientist, and new voices for the robot sidekicks.
As the campaign has progressed, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson has been slowly leaking info about what's in store. Last week, he revealed that his pick for the new host was Jonah Ray, current co-host of Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Today, Hodgson announced a few more cast picks.
MST3K has always been as much about the Mads (that's mad scientists, for the uninitiated) as much as it has been about the host and his robot sidekicks. This time around, one of the Mads will be The Guild's Felicia Day, who will play Dr. Clayton Forrester's daughter, Kinga Forrester. Hodgson explained some of his reasons for the choice on the campaign's Kickstarter page:
"I don't remember where I first saw Felicia, but I remember knowing right away that there was something really interesting about her: both the way she looked and the way she behaved. She was beautiful, and yet, so capable of being character-y too: I suppose that makes her 'adorkable.' Anyway, I checked out her seminal webseries, The Guild, and was just delighted. She was like a geek Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show! And then I saw her in Dr. Horrible, and again, I was just so impressed."
Joining Day will be stand-up comedians Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn as Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. The two bots have been with the show since the beginning, but this won't be the first time they've gotten new voices. They both went through two voice actors each during the show's tenure at Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel.
With as much debate as there has been over the years over whether Joel or Mike was the better host, who were the better voices for the bots, and who were the best Mads, there will undoubtedly be heated discussions online about Hodgson's choices for the new cast. He also hinted that there is one more Mad yet to be revealed, so fans can still look forward to one more casting choice to be argued over in the not-too-distant future.
We'll bring you more information on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival when we have it.
Source: Felicia Day