Holy crap! First Star Trek is returning to TV, and now they’re planning to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000? Do you have any idea of how happy this makes me?
Mystery Science Theater 3000, for those who are unaware, was a low-budget series created by comedian Joel Hodgson in 1988. It started on a local Minneapolis station until it was eventually picked up by the Comedy Channel (which would later become Comedy Central), then moved to the SciFi Channel, before it was cancelled in 1997. It followed mild-mannered janitor Joel Robinson (Hodgson), and later Mike Nelson, who was shot up into space by his mad scientist employers as part of an experiment: he was forced to watch the worst movies ever made to see how long it would take to drive him crazy. He and his robot friends Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo would make hilarious comments throughout the movies to try and keep their sanity.
Of course, to bring the series back, they do require funding. To that end, Joel Hodgson has started a Kickstarter page. The goal is $2 million by December 12th, and as of this writing, it is currently at $968,805. Click the link above if you’d like to pitch in. I know I’m definitely going to as soon as I get my next paycheck.