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Weekend Discussion Thread: Turkey Day Comes Early

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000 with the 2018 “Turkey Day” Marathon

MST3K Creator Joel Hodgson and Star Jonah Ray Celebrate 30 Years of the Iconic Show with Pre-Holiday Streaming Marathon on Shout! Factory TV

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! With the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiering on Thanksgiving Day exclusively on Netflix, Shout! Factory TV is helping MSTies whet their appetite for cheesy movies with a brand-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Turkey Day” Marathon four days earlier than usual, on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Join series creator Joel Hodgson and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet host Jonah Ray starting at noon eastern/9 a.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 18, as they celebrate thirty years of the iconic cult TV show. The pre-holiday “Turkey Day” marathon will showcase six MST3K episodes, brand-new episode intros featuring Joel and Jonah and a sneak peek at Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet, featuring behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. To help the cast celebrate this momentous milestone in MST3K history, fans are asked to share their favorite “MSTie Memories” from the past thirty years via social media by using the hashtag #MST3KTurkeyDay.

Visit MST3KTurkeyDay.com for info on how to watch the “Turkey Day” marathon and participate in “Turkey Day” festivities during the holiday week.

Continue the Turkey Day festivities on Thursday, Nov. 22, with the launch of Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet on Netflix. Kinga Forrester has unveiled the latest innovation in movie riffing – THE GAUNTLET! Can Jonah Heston, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy – and you! – survive sitting through six cheesy movies in a row? The new season features comedian Jonah Ray as the host (“Jonah Heston”), actress and comedian Felicia Day as the Mad (“Kinga Forrester”), actor and comedian Patton Oswalt as the evil henchman (“Max”), and comedians Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, and Rebecca Hanson as the voices of “Tom Servo,” “Crow T. Robot,” and “Gypsy,” respectively.

For updates on all things Mystery Science Theater 3000, follow @MST3K, @JoelGHodgson and @ShoutFactory on Twitter, “Like” Facebook.com/MST3K on Facebook, and follow @MST3K on Instagram. To keep up to date on all MST3K news, visit MST3K.com

Discuss.

46 Replies to “Weekend Discussion Thread: Turkey Day Comes Early”

  1. jay says:

    Ooooh! Sounds delicious, but I hope they don’t have that jello with the shredded carrots in it that tastes like a lawnmower went past when they were making it, ya know.

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  2. The Great Crowdini says:

    So, it’s binge Season 12 as a Turkey Day marathon, then nothing until next season, whenever that is?

    Hmmm..

    I think I’ll keep my tradition of classic episodes on Thanksgiving, and save the new season in a Tupperware container for later.

       24 likes

  3. The potato, nature’s bouncing Betty!

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  4. JediPeaceFrog says:

    1: It’s sad they have to break tradition and now have MST Turkey day 4 days before Thanksgiving.

    2: It’s sad that Turkey Day MST tradition has now obviously turned into nothing more than a commercial for season 12.

    3: This will be the FIRST time I will skip MST Turkey day in 28 years. But Joel doesn’t seem to care about tradition and his fans that have been with him from day one, he only cares now about monetization.

    4: I will be personally carrying on tradition by watching 6 classic episodes instead of being duped into watching what essentially will be a commercial.

    5: Happy Thanksgiving to all the original KTMA Misties out there who miss when the show was actually funny.

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  5. Yeti of Great Danger says:

    I dunno, hate to be a Grinch, but it doesn’t seem the same. Binge this, hashtag that — not my style at all. And while I’m at it, hey you damn kids get off my lawn. :-(

       18 likes

  6. SteveWithAQ says:

    So instead of six episodes on Thanksgiving week, we get twelve, including six brand new ones, and that’s sad?

    I’m glad my joy isn’t predicated on yours. I’m going to have an amazing Turkey Week.

       26 likes

  7. The Great Crowdini says:

    I expected a Veteran’s Day themed WDT, not an ad.

    “Which MST3k character would you trust to have your back in combat?”

    Megaweapon. Nuff said

    Or for folks with a touch of the dark:

    “Which MST3k character would likely encounter friendly fire?”

    Troy McGreggor. There’s no way losing the canteen wouldn’t end in fisticuffs or bloodshed.

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  8. pete_plums_drivers_license says:

    JediPeaceFrog:
    1:It’s sad they have to break tradition and now have MST Turkey day 4 days before Thanksgiving.

    2:It’s sad that Turkey Day MST tradition has now obviously turned into nothing more than a commercial for season 12.

    3:This will be the FIRST time I will skip MST Turkey day in 28 years.But Joel doesn’t seem to care about tradition and his fans that have been with him from day one, he only cares now about monetization.

    4:I will be personally carrying on tradition by watching 6 classic episodes instead of being duped into watching what essentially will be a commercial.

    5:Happy Thanksgiving to all the original KTMA Misties out there who miss when the show was actually funny.

    Sigh.

    Jed, ol’ buddy, we have no idea how much pull the entire MST canon has with Shout Factory. Thus we have only our own suspicions as to who told whom that Turkey Day would come four days early.

    And speaking as one who started taping with the first showing of Magic Voyage of Sinbad, and who completed his collection of the entire series almost ten years ago (with the happy, recent addition of K01 and K02), and who just last night started in with my SO on our dozenth viewing of ‘It Conquered the World,” waiting breathlessly for that magic moment when Peter Graves comes home and the lamp’s on in the living room, I am personally thrilled that this flake-fest is still around in any form.

    In particular, whoever is guiding this caravan across the wasteland has somehow managed to get the attention of people of a newer group, those far too young to get thirty-year-old jokes about fifty-year-old cereal commercials. I can only stand by the side of the road, simultaneously tugging my forelock and giving ’em a big golf clap as they pass.

    Lighten.

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  9. littleaimishboy says:

    The Great Crowdini:
    I expected a Veteran’s Day themed WDT,not an ad.

    “Which MST3k character would you trust to have your back in combat?”

    Three-headed fire-breathing dragon for me!

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  10. Hey, there’s no tradition like a new tradition!

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  11. THE GAUNTLET! Can Jonah Heston, Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy – and you! – survive sitting through six cheesy movies in a row?

    So, either it was just the name attached to the Turkey Day Marathon, or S12 will be continuing Joel’s old-man-on-Facebook idea that “Everything on Netflix must be Binged.”

    The Great Crowdini:
    I expected a Veteran’s Day themed WDT,not an ad.

    Yeah, this seems like it pretty much comes under the category of NEWS. Satellite News, don’tcha know.

    pete_plums_drivers_license: Sigh.
    Jed, ol’ buddy,
    Lighten.

    …JEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDD!!
    (Seriously, is this guy Google-bombing every mention of “Netflix” that shows up on the site? He never shows up any other time.)

    Okay, Bart, where was that “Block” hack you were talking about?…It helps when we have the actual real trolls, who were bounced by the Mods at various points.

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  12. michaelkz says:

    Sean McDonnell:
    Hey, there’s no tradition like a new tradition!

    IF there’s a season 13 that is.

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  13. I’ll take EricJ a million times over JediPeaceFrog. Now that is one vile dude.

       11 likes

  14. michaelkz says:

    Sometimes people do have other stuff to do on Thanksgiving Day, even MSTies. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with running a Turkey Day marathon on the Sunday before the holiday. I’ll definitely have a chance to check it out then.

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  15. Mibbitmaker says:

    It’s definitely easier to watch on a day where I’m not over with family in the middle of it. I did think the Sunday before would likely be an option, not the only option, but it increasingly looks like just the one time.

    Thinking it was just an option, I’d already planned my own viewing as watching the official Sunday showing of the marathon, then do my own on Thanksgiving. Easier working around visiting, and I could throw in a KTMA and season 11 in the mix. And I’m planning to watch the first s.12 episode as if it were a premier episode. Fun that way.

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  16. Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    pete_plums_drivers_license: those far too young to get thirty-year-old jokes about fifty-year-old cereal commercials

    yeah, I hate to say it… but… this ain’t the early 90s anymore.

    hell, I love the original MST3K to death and yet at least a third of the jokes are pop culture references to celebs I’ve never heard of and old TV shows that never mattered (I’m 32 btw)

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  17. duke of puddles says:

    go ahead and hate on me but i’m going to pull out a six pack of ‘old school’ MST3k on Turkey Day (2 ktma’s, 2 comedy centrals and 2 scifi)
    i don’t have anything against the new run, i just feel that the show ended with ‘Diabolik’ and haven’t really felt that compelled to try and find the new show.
    not that anyone asked.

    and in response to the ‘Veteran’s Day’ WDT:
    Mitchell! if anyone was built to be a ‘human shield’ it’s JDB.

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  18. mst3kme says:

    Terry:

    That misses the point.

    You’re supposed to enjoy MST3K, not cherrypick dated or obscure references.

    BTW, I’m older than you.

    Terry the Sensitive Knight: yeah, I hate to say it… but… this ain’t the early 90s anymore.

    hell, I love the original MST3K to death and yet at least a third of the jokes are pop culture references to celebs I’ve never heard of and old TV shows that never mattered (I’m 32 btw)

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  19. SteveWithAQ says:

    duke of puddles:
    go ahead and hate on me but i’m going to pull out a six pack of ‘old school’ MST3k on Turkey Day (2 ktma’s, 2 comedy centrals and 2 scifi)
    i don’t have anything against the new run, i just feel that the show ended with ‘Diabolik’ and haven’t really felt that compelled to try and find the new show.
    not that anyone asked.

    No hating. The only rule of Turkey Day/Week is Enjoy MST.
    Or to paraphrase completely out of context, “You keep Turkey Day in your way, and let me keep it in mine!”

    and in response to the ‘Veteran’s Day’ WDT:
    Mitchell! if anyone was built to be a ‘human shield’ it’s JDB.

    Have to disagree with you there. Everyone around Mitchell died, except for Linda Evans, and she suffered a fate worse than death. I’m going with Commando Cody – if something clearly kills us, he just re-edits reality so we escaped just before the crash/explosion/whatever.

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  20. Laura says:

    I’ll be helping making egg rolls on Thanksgiving so this is perfect for me! No having to scroll back through the stream to see what I missed so I can watch it later. ;)

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  21. Wow, if JPF is considered a spammer worse than EricJ, I can only imagine how you folks hate on me.

    But I’m with him — this isn’t your father’s MST3K, and that’s fine for all you kids (anyone under 40) as it should be (youth must be served). I have my original recipe and if folks like New Coke there’s no accounting for taste (although you can demand an audit).

    As I said elsewhere on this site, I’ll take a look at an episode of the new season mostly for morbid curiosity, but NOT on the MST3K holy of holies day, when I’ll be watching some classics (right now wife and I are in our fourth or fifth go around of the entire run, and are near the end of Season Four. I’ll have to look to see but I suspect our marathon will be the tail end of that and the beginning of Season Five).

    I’m going to guess that future you (not me, I won’t be here) will look back at the reboot the same way “Disenchanted” looks to those of us who are fans of Matt Groening: namely, the talent just isn’t there anymore, that ship has sailed, nothing to see here, move along. But it was SUCH a great run while it lasted.

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  22. The Great Crowdini:
    So, it’s binge Season 12 as a Turkey Day marathon, then nothing until next season, whenever that is?

    That’s the Cookie-Jar price of stream-bingeing seasons by the sitting: Stuff your greedy face now, for tomorrow may never come…

    Mike “ex-genius” Kelley:
    Wow, if JPF is considered a spammer worse than EricJ, I can only imagine how you folks hate on me.

    It might be worth a decent attempt, once in a while.

    Mike “ex-genius” Kelley: But I’m with him — this isn’t your father’s MST3K, and that’s fine for all you kids (anyone under 40) as it should be (youth must be served).I have my original recipe and if folks like New Coke there’s no accounting for taste (although you can demand an audit).

    Well, A) Jeeedddd is a Fakey-Provocateur troll (otherwise he’d be posting about anything else),
    and
    B) You DO know that we still have New Coke around, just that it became the new flavor of Diet Coke, around the time Bill Cosby started doing the commercials for it? (The real Diet Coke, not those new color-flavors where they put red pepper and ginger and turpentine and battery acid into the mix…Seriously, they’re still selling those??)
    I’m more of a classic Coke Zero fan, m’self, and can appreciate the classic flavor remarketed.

    As for Disenchanted, Groening pretty much narcissistically flipped off all of television (and most of humanity) by the time he started doing Futurama, so the fact that he can’t raise enough enthusiasm to scrape his old act back together ten years later doesn’t surprise some folk–Matt, just shut up and don’t take my money.
    Joel Hodgson, however, seems to have most of his old licks for strange movies and movie-related host-segs on instinct, even if he tends to bend over backwards a bit for What the New Kids (especially the SciFi generation) With Their Netflix-Binges Want. Can’t blame him for being nervous.

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  23. Lawgiver says:

    michaelkz:
    Sometimes people do have other stuff to do on Thanksgiving Day, even MSTies. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with running a Turkey Day marathon on the Sunday before the holiday. I’ll definitely have a chance to check it out then.

    Gotta agree with this. Family takes precedence, and some families just don’t appreciate the show.

    Hell, some people on this board don’t even seem to appreciate the show, going by some of the comments.

       20 likes

  24. TorgosPizzaNJ says:

    Without Jack Perkins, it’s just not the same…

       5 likes

  25. InvaderPet says:

    I just want to say that if Miles O’Keefe doesn’t guest star in the Ator episode, that’s gonna be a huge letdown…

       3 likes

  26. littleaimishboy says:

    InvaderPet:
    I just want to say that if Miles O’Keefe doesn’t guest star in the Ator episode, that’s gonna be a huge letdown…

    For sure. In fact, it would be miles o’ letdown.

       10 likes

  27. bartcow says:

    Hmm. I actually like things. Silly me.

    But I do confess to missing the good old days, too. Like, who decided that paved roads, eradicating smallpox, and giving women the right to vote were good ideas? :)

    It’s no longer the 90s. We no longer tape episodes on VHS. Most of my music is in a box the size of a Bible instead of on two giant bookcase-type shelves. A lot of pop culture has happened in 20 years. Millennials aren’t ruining everything, despite what breathless “news” reports will tell you.

    It’s just a show. Relax.

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  28. I have no problem with the day (I, too, generally miss most of the Turkey Day marathons due to family stuff), but the selection is honestly pretty dull. Space Mutiny, again? Manos? Pod People? Pumaman? Why not go for something a bit more interesting, something that isn’t as well known? Ah well….

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  29. trennerdios says:

    Mike “ex-genius” Kelley: Wow, if JPF is considered a spammer worse than EricJ, I can only imagine how you folks hate on me.

    I find all three of you to be the triumvirate of “Old Men Yelling at Clouds”. You’re all intolerable and make this place less fun. It’s probably the biggest reason why the MST3K subreddit is much more friendly and enjoyable. You still get decent critical discussion, but it lacks the “get off my lawn” attitude, and the trolls all get downvoted.

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  30. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    “It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey”

    Oddly enough, the 1951 short “A Day of Thanksgiving,” riffed by Josh Way, disputes this very claim.

       2 likes

  31. TorgosPizzaNJ says:

    trennerdios: I find all three of you to be the triumvirate of “Old Men Yelling at Clouds”.You’re all intolerable and make this place less fun. It’s probably the biggest reason why the MST3K subreddit is much more friendly and enjoyable. You still get decent critical discussion, but it lacks the “get off my lawn” attitude, and the trolls all get downvoted.

    GET A HAIRCUT, HIPPIE!”

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  32. touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    “It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey”
    Oddly enough, the 1951 short “A Day of Thanksgiving,” riffed by Josh Way, disputes this very claim.

    And besides, that’s how Charlie Brown served it.

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  33. mando3b says:

    Writing seriously here–not going try to be funny, no Yosemite Sam eruptions (“BOHHHH, you varmint, whaddaya mean you don’t like the Sci Fi episodes?!?”), not going to snark at the usual sitting ducks. I just don’t get it. I’ve never gotten it. We’re talking a quirky cult-fave comedy on cable TV and the net that 90% of the populace doesn’t even know exists. It’s been canceled and resurrected twice. 10 seasons is a long time for any TV show, much less 12 and counting (we hope). 13 and counting if we include Season 0 on KMTA. We who care ought to be grateful that somebody else cares enough to keep it going all this time. All of us who post on this site have a fat library of home-made VHS tapes and a shelf full of DVDs, not to mention access to Netflix and other websites that offer MST eps. We can watch an indefinite number of episodes of our own choice every night of the week–and probably do. What difference does it make whether or not Shout! TV even has a Turkey Day marathon at all? Much less when exactly it is and what episodes they choose to show? Meanwhile, it is exactly the same show, Seasons 0-12. There will now be 217 episodes. In each one, one humanoid host and two robot puppets make fun of a bad movie. In each and every case, the movie gets exactly what it deserves. There’s a lot to choose from, more than enough for all tastes. Watch what you like, don’t watch what you don’t like, and just accept the fact that other people’s tastes are going to be different. It’s a great big world out there–there’s room enough for all of us. So, I get why not everyone has the same approach to MST that I do. I just have never, ever gotten why it always becomes anger, a sense of personal betrayal, a Manichean battle between good and evil.

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  34. mst3kme says:

    Jonathan M.:

    Shout Factory TV has been having a MST3K marathon all month.

    https://m.twitch.tv/shoutfactorytv

    Jonathan Miller:
    I have no problem with the day (I, too, generally miss most of the Turkey Day marathons due to family stuff), but the selection is honestly pretty dull. Space Mutiny, again? Manos? Pod People? Pumaman? Why not go for something a bit more interesting, something that isn’t as well known? Ah well….

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  35. mst3kme says:

    Touches:

    Rifftrax mocked this short as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFqz2j779W8

    touches no one’s life, then leaves:
    “It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey”

    Oddly enough, the 1951 short “A Day of Thanksgiving,” riffed by Josh Way, disputes this very claim.

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  36. bartcow says:

    mando3b:
    Writing seriously here–not going try to be funny, no Yosemite Sam eruptions (“BOHHHH, you varmint, whaddaya mean you don’t like the Sci Fi episodes?!?”), not going to snark at the usual sitting ducks. I just don’t get it. I’ve never gotten it. We’re talking a quirky cult-fave comedy on cable TV and the net that 90% of the populace doesn’t even know exists. It’s been canceled and resurrected twice. 10 seasons is a long time for any TV show, much less 12 and counting (we hope). 13 and counting if we include Season 0 on KMTA. We who care ought to be grateful that somebody else cares enough to keep it going all this time. All of us who post on this site have a fat library of home-made VHS tapes and a shelf full of DVDs, not to mention access to Netflix and other websites that offer MST eps. We can watch an indefinite number of episodes of our own choice every night of the week–and probably do. What difference does it make whether or not Shout! TV even has a Turkey Day marathon at all? Much less when exactly it is and what episodes they choose to show? Meanwhile, it is exactly the same show, Seasons 0-12. There will now be 217 episodes. In each one, one humanoid host and two robot puppets make fun of a bad movie. In each and every case, the movie gets exactly what it deserves. There’s a lot to choose from, more than enough for all tastes. Watch what you like, don’t watch what you don’t like, and just accept the fact that other people’s tastes are going to be different. It’s a great big world out there–there’s room enough for all of us. So, I get why not everyone has the same approach to MST that I do. I just have never, ever gotten why it always becomes anger, a sense of personal betrayal, a Manichean battle between good and evil.

    Well said. I don’t prefer different eras over others; I prefer different episodes over others. I really like Fugitive Alien, but struggle to get through Time of the Apes. Gunslinger is a favorite, but I couldn’t tell you anything about Last of the Wild Horses. And so on and so on.

    And as far as marathons? I’ll put them on to have in the background because they’re fun; not because I don’t already have all the DVDs and access to YouTube and have no other choices. The marathons, to me, are designed for newcomers or the casually familiar in an effort to entice viewers to the new episodes (this was always my take during the CC years as well). So they’re not curated with me in mind. That’s great. I’d rather the show get some new fans to share the experience with.

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  37. bartcow says:

    trennerdios: I find all three of you to be the triumvirate of “Old Men Yelling at Clouds”.You’re all intolerable and make this place less fun. It’s probably the biggest reason why the MST3K subreddit is much more friendly and enjoyable. You still get decent critical discussion, but it lacks the “get off my lawn” attitude, and the trolls all get downvoted.

    Is the subReddit just called MST3K? It sounds wonderful. I love the curating that Sampo and Erhardt do here, but the comment boards are beginning to bore me. And my blood pressure could use a break.

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  38. mst3kme says:

    bartcow:

    Don’t let the trolls make you leave.

    Sorry about your blood pressure.

    Try this. (It’s timely, too.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHONGTquHSk

    bartcow: Is the subReddit just called MST3K? It sounds wonderful. I love the curating that Sampo and Erhardt do here, but the comment boards are beginning to bore me. And my blood pressure could use a break.

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  39. mst3kme:
    bartcow:
    Don’t let the trolls make you leave.

    …Don’t live up to your screenname, man.

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  40. touches no one's life, then leaves says:

    bartcow: the comment boards are beginning to bore me. And my blood pressure could use a break.

    Have you considered opening your heart to Apathy? Apathy has no plan for your life whatsoever, so there’s no pressure…

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  41. Terry the Sensitive Knight says:

    mst3kme:
    Terry:

    That misses the point.

    You’re supposed to enjoy MST3K, not cherrypick dated or obscure references.

    BTW, I’m older than you.

    I don’t think I’m missing the point at all. The simple fact of the matter is that almost 20 years have passed since MST3K went off the air and they can’t keep making the same tired jokes about obscure pop culture from the 70s and expect the same amount of laughs. For example, Pod People is one of my favorite episodes and to this day I have still never seen “McCloud”(invoked in a famous running gag), the name makes me think of Star Fox more than anything…

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  42. mst3kme says:

    Terry:

    Try IMDb or Wikipedia.

    Terry the Sensitive Knight: I don’t think I’m missing the point at all. The simple fact of the matter is that almost 20 years have passed since MST3K went off the air and they can’t keep making the same tired jokes about obscure pop culture from the 70s and expect the same amount of laughs. For example, Pod People is one of my favorite episodes and to this day I have still never seen “McCloud”(invoked in a famous running gag), the name makes me think of Star Fox more than anything…

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  43. SmudgyTheBootblack:
    I’ll take EricJ a million times over JediPeaceFrog. Now that is one vile dude.

    For the record I didn’t call out Jedi for criticizing the new MST3k, that’s fine unless you just repeat yourself ad nauseam, but for his bats*** insane instagram account. I’m a conservative man, but jeez, that guy is off the rails.

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  44. Greg S says:

    Well, 4 episodes in. So far, meh……

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  45. Johnny Drama says:

    It was a great selection this year

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