Mystery Science Theater 3000 taught a whole generation of bad movie fans how to riff on their favorite turkeys, launching many a night of drunken movie heckling and more than a few comedy careers. Eighteen years after MST3K aired its last episode, the series is coming back to Netflix for a new 14-episode Kickstarter-supported run. Jonah Ray takes over host duties from previous space janitors Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson, while Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt hop aboard as the mad scientists tormenting Jonah and his robot friends - by sending them terrible movies to watch in their outer space prison.
With the new cast in place, fans just want to know what cheesy movies Day and Oswalt will be beaming up to Jonah, Crow T. Robot, Tom Servo and the gang. Netflix and creator Joel Hodgson have been tight-lipped about the roster of B-movies set to be skewered by the new gang of snark-meisters, but now thanks to the just-released first trailer we have at least one title to look forward to.
Though Joel Hodgson would not divulge the titles to be featured on MST3K the revival, he did at one point indicate that the show would break with its tradition of mostly tackling very old movies to go after some flicks from more recent decades. However, the only title teased in the new trailer (see above) is actually a movie from 1961, the Danish-American monster movie Reptilicus. The trailer also gives us a look at the new cast in action, while spotlighting the show's quaint and adorable "home-made" look.
Hodgson promised that the MST3K revival would stick very close to the look and feel of the original show and that certainly seems to be the case from the trailer. Fans of the old MST3K will get a straight shot of nostalgia from looking at the charmingly DIY sets and special effects.
The new cast-members certainly seem to have the show's wacky, public-access spirit down, at least going by the brief glimpse afforded here. Looking like a slimmed-down Dan Harmon, Nerdist podcaster Jonah Ray has the right frumpy quality to follow in the footsteps of Hodgson (Mike Nelson was funny as well, but had more of a straight-laced leading-man thing going for him).
At the end of the day though, the success or failure of the new MST3K will depend on the riffing. With writers as talented as Elliott Kalan, Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland and Dana Gould lined up, one anticipates that the jokes will be flying fast and furious and the majority of them will land. The one title we now know is set to be skewered, Reptilicus, seems like primo Mystery Science Theater 3000 material. After that, we'll see what other movies get the business from Jonah and the Bots.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival debuts on Netflix on April 14th, 2017.
Source: Netflix US & Canada