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Weekend Discussion Thread: Second best MST Info Source

Alert reader Perry writes:

We all know Satellite News is number 1, but what’s your second-favorite MST-related source? Web site, pressed dead tree, jungle drum network, it’s all fair game.

We love the premise of this, here on our 21st birthday. Have at it!

38 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Second best MST Info Source”

  1. goalieboy82
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    Happy 21st Birthday to Satellite News.

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  2. jay
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    goalieboy82:
    Happy 21st Birthday to Satellite News.

    I second that sentiment. You guys are definitely not Number Two. Ha!

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  3. MonkeyPretzel
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    Happy Anniversary, and thank you so much for the work you do, especially how you kept the fandom going through the “wilderness years”. I still learn new things going through old posts here!

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  4. Joel Lillo
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    Tom’s Temple of MST3K https://www.mst3ktemple.com/ is a place I love to visit from time to time. His history of the show is rife with pictures and information. If you’ve never visited it and have any interest in the history of the show at all, by all means visit it today.

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  5. Brandon Pierce
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    Yeah sorry, no contest. MST3K Temple is the only other site I can think of that matches the quality of Satellite News. No other website or fansite ever came close.

    Mighty Jack’s old website was great for episode reviews though.

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  6. Yeti of Great Danger
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    Happy 21st Birthday to Satellite News! I don’t check many other sites other than SN, but sometimes I’ll use http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Mystery_Science_Theater_3000_Wiki as a reference, such as when I want to look for an episode by decade or subject.

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  7. The Original EricJ
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    People seem to be under the impression this’s THE licensed corporate MST3K site (although why would you post here if you don’t like Rifftrax? ;) ), I don’t think I’ve ever gotten around to looking at the Brains’ own website, not even with Joel H. back in charge of it again–Even Frank pops in here once in a while when there’s a podcast or tour to promote.
    And frankly, with the series off of SciFi for twenty years, and curiosity for the Netflix series now second-generation fandom-by-reputation (“See the series that inspired Rifftrax!”), think it’s our loyalty here that’s still keeping the franchise going.

    Don’t think I’ve had an alternate source since the 90’s Usenet days of rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc (“Aha, see, it is him!”)–And the “Misc” was very important, as thread drift happened often:
    The proverbial Right People Who’d Get It were still posting, and episode discussions were free to launch into academic obscure-trivia round-tables on all subjects.

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  8. Mibbitmaker
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    Happy 21st Birthday, mst3kinfo.com! You are now a man/woman.

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  9. majorjoe23
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    Probably the MST3K Discussion Board (which is a lot less active these days) and the Revival League Facebook page.

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  10. Keith Palmer
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    I don’t know if I have a “number two” choice, but I have found some “my personal take on the show” archives interesting, such as the MST3K Chronocinethon, the Colossal Fan Guide, and the still-ongoing MST3K Project. The already-mentioned MST3K Temple has also caught my attention. As for “dearly departed” Mystery Science Theater sites still in my memory, I’d have to turn to the MSTing community, my back door to becoming interested in the series (which didn’t air on cable up where I live). Unfortunately, writing MSTings eventually seemed to become too much work for everyone just a few years after the series ended (although, to be honest, becoming dissatisfied with MSTings putting down “general fan targets” in passing was a factor in why I was leery to get started with Rifftrax or even Cinematic Titanic, such that I plunged into the revival with a sort of “if I hang back a third time, that might be it” and just perhaps came to enjoy its apparent general amiability with little standard of comparison). I’ve made up a very simple guide linking to the MSTings that were posted to the Usenet newsgroups in memory of the MSTing community, although with the archives mined out I’ve sort of left it to the point of wondering about the possibility of “link rot.”

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  11. Sitting Duck
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    Though it appears to be no longer updated, War of the Colossal MST3K Fan Guide is my favored Number Two resource for our beloved cow town puppet show.

    http://mst3kfanguide.blogspot.com/

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  12. Scott Strong
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    To be honest I’ve never visited another site other than this one and the official site. You guys are simply the best! Thank you for a great 21 years! Here’s hoping for another 21.

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  13. skrag2112
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    Happy 21st birthday MST3Kinfo! You can legally drink now.
    I like annotatedmst.com. It’s a great source for helping you understand some of the more obscure jokes and riffs.

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  14. Joseph Goodman
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    http://forrestcrow.proboards.com has had many threads over the years with good information on MST3K.

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  15. GareChicago
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    Happy Birthday to one of my favorite places to visit! Hey – take a day for yourself.. it’s nice out.. go have Satellite News outside today!

    Gare

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  16. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves
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    Yeah, wow, happy 21st!! Lemme’ buy you a drink!

    I don’t “go” anyplace else; sometimes a DuckDuckGo search for some MST3K item takes me to the MST3KWikia, but this is my home. I think I discovered you guys maybe five years ago and I really love the community.

    Thanks, Sampo & Erhardt, for all you guys do!

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  17. Mmmmm….imdb.

    I start looking up both cast members and crew on MST’ed movies, especially from the late Fifties and early Sixties, and I am gone for DAYS. It’s a nice insight in how things work in the world of desperately-underfunded movies and the people who badly want to be in them. Peggy Moffitt from “Girls’ Town,” Rod Lauren from “Crawling Hand,” and my Spirit Person, Lanell Cado from “Red Zone Cuba” and the naughty version of “Beast of Yucca Flats”-I really like it when the people in these things are more than faceless, two-dimensional blobs [insert obligatory joke about the cast of Ring of Terror].

    My all-time Number One IMDB Barn Find was Shawn Levy, Jim Batten the Spaghetti Thrower in “Zombie Nightmare.” He goes from “1987’s World’s Most Punchable Face” to “Mr. Levy, Sir.”

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  18. Professor Gunther
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    Mighty Jack’s MST3K Review! It’s no longer updated, and I miss it very much; in fact, I was just headed there to check something out when I saw this discussion thread.

    Happy 21st Anniversary, Satellite News! — Hope you’re well, Mighty Jack!

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  19. Ro-man, aka one of several possible Steves
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    But there was no input file specified.

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  20. Endoplasmic Reticulum
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    Not sure if this really counts, but I enjoy “eternally optimistic reviews” on youtube. Her contribution to mstidom is “month of mst3k”, which was actually a lot more than a month, but included topics like “ten worst movies on mst3k” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYmyW7gpAG8) and “ten not so bad on mst3k”. I think her comments are insightful. She does not rate “Manos” as the worst, that (dis-)honor goes to “Castle of Fu Manchu.” I have to say I agree.

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  21. Okay, the 21st comment about your 21st birthday…

    Yeah, like others here I never visited any other sites (even when the show was running — was there even an internet back then? ). It’s pretty cool that this site has continued strong and stayed around long enough for the revival, when others clearly did not.

    While I have zero interest in Rifftrax (and even the reboot leaves me sort of cold) it’s nice this site still exists and is updated. May it live another 21 years!

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  22. IR5
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    I’ve always liked:

    http://www.mst3kinfo.com/daddyo/index.html

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  23. Torgover
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    Happy 21st Birthday, Satellite News! Now you can drink some alcohol, legally!

    My 2nd favorite MST3K site is GizmonicTemp’s site. He hasn’t updated it in a couple years, but it has a lot of cool info, like what the riffs per minute are of each pre-revival MST3K. http://www.magicmarkerweb.com/mst3kreview/main.htm

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  24. Endoplasmic Reticulum
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    Torgover:
    Happy 21st Birthday, Satellite News!Now you can drink some alcohol, legally!

    My 2nd favorite MST3K site is GizmonicTemp’s site.He hasn’t updated it in a couple years, but it has a lot of cool info, like what the riffs per minute are of each pre-revival MST3K. http://www.magicmarkerweb.com/mst3kreview/main.htm

    I went there and it said “Page best viewed with browser at least 1024 pixels wide.” Drat, I’m going to have to upgrade my 640×480 VGA monitor.

    But seriously folks …

    Andrew’s site has a rating of all episodes. Another is https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/03/ranking-every-mst3k-episode-from-worst-to-best.html?p=1. Somebody with too much time on his hands could put together a meta-ranking, some sort of average of several lists. This will require some thought on how to merge rankings that aren’t the same length (Paste’s list has season 11, while Andrew does not.) I think I know just the doofus for the job.

    So if you haven’t already, post any source that has an MST episode ranking.

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  25. Lawgiver
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    I sometimes use the MST wiki, http://mst3k.wikia.com – usually for searching certain things that are a little harder to search on this site.

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  26. bartcow
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    I still treasure my well-worn, dog-eared copy of the ACEG, and in my fantasy world, there’s a version with seasons K-10 that exists in a lovely, leather bound edition. Until then, I come here to read the archived Sci-Fi writeups.

    There’s no other mst3k resource that I check daily besides this one.

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  27. mando3b
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    Happy Birthday, Satellite News, and thanks for all you do! I am part of that generation that rides along the Information Super Highway with trainer wheels; even Crow knew more in 1994 than I do now. I found this site and I’m staying right here, thank you very much! (Although I will check out the ones you all have highly recommended.) Like bartcow, I treasure my ACEG, which I always keep close at hand by my favorite sofa. And like Endoplasmic Reticulum (!?! Can you even say that??), I like some of the stuff you can find on YouTube: the 10-15min highlights of episodes, the various lists, etc., and the Paste Magazine ranking of episodes. I never completely agree with any of the lists and rankings, though! My guess is that none of you do, either.

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  28. Muskrat Suzie
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    Happy birthday!!! I’ve been here most of those 21 years and this is definitely the best MST site. The Annotated MST is also good and I love my autographed copy of the ACEG. Here’s hoping to at least 21 more years!!

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  29. Chuck Thompson
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    Twitter. Twitter posts by Bill Corbett, Frank, Jonah, etc.

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  30. Johnny Drama
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    I check out the ForrestCrow boards from time to time. The various Facebook groups are hit and miss; but I saw some love for Robot vs Aztec Mummy there the other day!
    I loved the MSTieCast, but they appeared to have folded. Right before they were to review season 11.
    The podcast It’s Just A Show has filled in that gap for me. They review episodes of MST3K, and the hosts hail from Canada and Newfoundland, so it’s a fresh perspective.

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  31. GizmonicTemp
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    Thanks to all who have mentioned “Andrew’s MST3K Review Site”. It totally escaped me that “Project: Riff”, which gave birth to my site, celebrated its 10-year anniversary of completion in February. Ahhhh.
    I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “Mighty Jack’s MST3K Review” site which greatly inspired my awards system.

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  32. littleaimishboy
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    Endoplasmic Reticulum:
    Not sure if this really counts, but I enjoy “eternally optimistic reviews” on youtube. Her contribution to mstidom is “month of mst3k”,which was actually a lot more than a month, but included topics like “ten worst movies on mst3k” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYmyW7gpAG8) and “ten not so bad on mst3k”.I think her comments are insightful. She does not rate “Manos” as the worst, that (dis-)honor goes to “Castle of Fu Manchu.” I have to say I agree.

    Good stuff. I am going to bookmark it to quote whenever some ignoramus starts spouting off about how “Joel-era” episodes were but gentle, twinkling-eyed expressions of nurturing love and support for the movie in the episode.

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  33. GR Robertson
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    Its always been this site for me since discovering the show in 2002 while on a visit to the US. This year we had Rifftrax and The Mads in the UK but its still too small to be a cult as yet.

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  34. trennerdios
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    Only other one I use is the subreddit, r/mst3k. This site is definitely #1 for MST3K news and information, but the subreddit has a wonderful lack of “get off my lawn” types.

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  35. Umm! These Are Good Hot Dogs!
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    Nothing personal against Joel or Evan, the webmaster, but the official MST3k site has little content besides some cutesy “looking back” moments and a merchandise shop. Basically what Jim “Cha-ching” Mallon was doing. I look over yonder for any updates on the progress of season 12 and it’s always the same bare bones stuff. I know Joel and company don’t mean for the site to come across that way, but alas, only here can I get my fix.

    Beyond that I would agree that MST3K temple is excellent. That guy is the very model of a super-fan incarnate.

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  36. Endoplasmic Reticulum
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    Another site is http://www.club-mst3k.com/. Notable for having links to every episode, including the bootleg ones. Every day there is a “watch it together” suggestion. One a week better matches my free time, but I might someday have a free evening and not otherwise be able to decide which episode to watch. Some commentary, but less focused. And nothing like the WDT.

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  37. Johnny Drama
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    littleaimishboy: Good stuff.I am going to bookmark it to quote whenever some ignoramus starts spouting off about how “Joel-era” episodes were but gentle, twinkling-eyed expressions of nurturing love and support for the movie in the episode.

    Nothing quite matches the level of vitriol that came from Crow after being in the SOL by himself for 500 years. That’s king bitter, right there. The difference in the attitude in the Sci-Fi era is not so much how the movies were treated, but how the characters treated each other.

    And while this YouTube page is interesting, top ten lists made by those who haven’t seen every episode are funny to me. Lists are always subjective, but when you haven’t even seen every episode, well, your list becomes a bit skewed. Still, it’s fun when people do stuff like this.

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  38. majorjoe23
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    Umm! These Are Good Hot Dogs!:
    Nothing personal against Joel or Evan, the webmaster, but the official MST3k site has little content besides some cutesy “looking back” moments and a merchandise shop. Basically what Jim “Cha-ching” Mallon was doing. I look over yonder for any updates on the progress of season 12 and it’s always the same bare bones stuff. I know Joel and company don’t mean for the site to come across that way, but alas, only here can I get my fix.

    Beyond that I would agree that MST3K temple is excellent. That guy is the very model of a super-fan incarnate.

    While the blog is disappointing, it’s worth mentioning that the official site does have 27 episodes available to stream for free, usually adding two a month. That’s not bad.

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