Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back, and on the whole I think I'm happy about that. I last wrote about the show here in 2008, when a cheap DVD of the movie spin-off was finally released, almost a decade after it had been taken off the air. And now, almost a decade after that, series creator Joel Hodgson has assembled a new cast and hurled fourteen new episodes of the show onto Netflix.
Over on MostlyFilm, I've written a piece entitled It's Just A Show, looking back at the history of MST3K and forward to its new incarnation. Meanwhile, over here in the Red Button Bonus Content, I've got the usual playlist of trailers and whatnot that you might expect. But there's a wee problem with that...
Taking the video clips in order:
- A short trailer for Manos: The Hands Of Fate, which freely owns up that it's fan-made. The massively annoying music it's structured around is from the film itself, and is frequently referred to as Torgo's Theme after the inbred massive-legged monster it accompanies.
- Another fan trailer for Manos: The Hands Of Fate, but this one attempts to improve the movie by throwing in all the cliches we've come to expect from modern horror trailers. It doesn't quite work, but that's what makes it so delightful.
- Yeah, this Space Mutiny trailer wants you to think it's official, but those ripple wipes look a little too much like they came from a basic PC video editing package. (Also, its end caption advertising a single screening is a bit of a giveaway.) Still, the line "take this, you space bitch" is one for the ages.
- This Space Mutiny trailer, on the other hand, looks more legit: actually cut properly and foolishly inviting comparisons with Star Wars and Star Trek. Sure, it's all in German, but you can't have everything.
- What we really need, of course, is a trailer with HUGE DECLARATIVE STATEMENTS splashed across it in capital letters, just like they used to in the old days. Happily, Reptilicus can oblige.
- Wait a minute, didn't that MostlyFilm article say that Reptilicus was a Danish-American co-production? Does that mean that there's a Danish version of the film out there too? Well, yes, there is. Can you spot the very subtle thing they've omitted from the Danish Reptilicus trailer?
- As for MST3K itself, there's tons of footage out there on YouTube, some legitimate, some not. The MST3K Official YouTube Channel is packed with all sorts of good legal stuff, from clip montages to entire episodes. But as we're just concentrating on trailers in the playlist, this is the one for MST3K The Movie, in which they give This Island Earth a kicking it doesn't entirely deserve.
- And to bring us up to date, here's the trailer for the all-new MST3K Season 11, now showing on Netflix.