Joel and the bots need two million dollars to make new episodes, but what exactly does this KS include? Much like fat cop Mitchell, we clumsily investigate…
Here’s the short version: A Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter just went live. The show that invented mocking of cheesy movies debuted decades ago, and now creator Joel Hodgson is looking for $2,000,000 (minimum) to bring back the series with new episodes, new hosts, old friends, and hopefully prove to stingy television executives that MST3K is worth bringing back. Obviously the crew at LT are huge MST3K fans, but in case you need more explanation, here’s the KS pitch video.
This is all very exciting, and very well timed around MST3K’s newly re-annualized Turkey Day marathon of classic episodes, but this has left me with a ton of unanswered questions. (In the interest of transparency, you should know I’ve already pledged $25.) Here are my biggest concerns:
1. $2 million for three episodes sounds like a lot. As someone experienced with crowdfunding, I know everything costs more than you think it should, and I’m glad that Joel doesn’t appear to be asking for less than is needed just to hit a goal. That way of thinking has hamstrung a number of major KS projects. My bigger concern is that there aren’t many Kickstarters that ever break a million in support, so I hope they aren’t setting their sights too high.
2. Is Joel the only original cast member involved? I couldn’t be the only one who had a moment of “huh” when Crow and Tom didn’t sound like Crow and Tom, and that led me to the bigger realization that seemingly Joel is the only original series worker involved. With Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett busy with their Rifftrax enterprise, I didn’t expect them to be involved, but where were Mary Jo Pehl, Frank Conniff or Trace Beaulieu from Cinematic Titanic – I feel relatively certain that other human in the video was alum Josh Weinstein. It’s great that Joel is spearheading this whole endeavor, but it doesn’t really feel the same, ya know. And just who are the new people Hodgson wants to cast?
3. Is there still room for MST3K in this world? With Rifftrax, over a dozen Cinematic Titanic films, and virtually every episode of MST3K available to stream (legally or not), is there room in this world for MST3K: The Next Generation? I’ll treasure any new chance to see those puppets jabber next to a man in a jumpsuit, but thanks to MST3K’s major impact on pop culture, it seems like everyone mocks movies now, LT included. I’ve been wanting a true rebirth of MST3K since its cancellation over 15 years ago, but now that it’s here, I wonder if they waited too long. I don’t want to blame easy scapegoat/shadowy owner of Best Brains Jim Mallon, but…
All those issues aside, I’m still super jazzed that Joel Hodgson has ended years of speculation of bringing back MST3K, and is finally doing it for real. If you’re a believer too, do as the video says and keep spreading the URL BringBackMST3K.com. Though if you have similar concerns as myself, let’s talk them out in the comments, ok. Just watch out for snakes. (Whew, was worried I’d end this without another reference.)