Come on, internet, if we can help a random dude on Kickstarter make potato salad, we can TOTALLY make another season of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” happen.
Cult favorite MST3K is hoping to follow in the footsteps of “Veronica Mars,” “Reading Rainbow” and “Super Troopers” by launching a Kickstarter campaign to revive the show for up to 12 new episodes.
I don’t know how you can exist on the internet and not know what this show is, but just in case you don’t, MST3K was about a guy (Joel in the early years, Mike later on) who was stranded in outer space with a bunch of captive robots and forced to watch terrible B movies. To stay sane, the gang made mocking commentary about the films, inspiring an entire generation to sarcastically live-tweet pop culture at every opportunity.
”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.
Fifteen years later, creator Joel Hodgson is convinced the show can live on through the power of the internet. “If we team up with the fans to get the show up and running again, it’ll prove there’s a real audience. And then I bet it’ll be a lot easier to find those open-minded executives to support the show, so we can send MST3K back into the wild.”
After less than a day, the Kickstarter has raised more than $370,000 of their $2 million minimum goal. Ultimately they want to raise at least $5.5 million to make a full 12-episode season.
If you want an idea of what a new season of movie mockery could have in store for us, check out the best “Twilight” jokes from Rifftrax, a spinoff from the same comedians where you could download commentary to play over Netflix movies:
I need new MST3K in my life, you guys. The possibilities are just too good. Let’s do this.