There is good news, and then there is great news. The return of beloved bastion of sci-fi geekery, Mystery Science Theater 3000, of course, falls closer to the “great news” side of things—especially with the original trio already having signed on.
National Geographic is behind the return, having announced that they’ll feature the MST3K trio on their airwaves for a brand new, three-part special airing—of all days—on April 1. If it’s not a complete joke to begin with, the show, dubbed Total Riff Off, will feature the format of the classic Sci-Fi Channel show. As NatGeo’s website describes:
“On April 1st, the guys from "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and RiffTrax are adding their very own commentary to classic National Geographic Channel programs, featuring excerpts from "Honey Badgers," "Unlikely Animal Friends," "Man v. Monster," "Swamp Men," "Alpha Dogs," and more!”
So, to summarize: Internet gold in its purest form.
An interesting time for a return, too, considering that the show’s been off the air since it was canceled in 1999. So, for the uninitiated, MST3K features the adventures of janitor Joel Robinson and his robot sidekicks, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot. Those adventures, as you may have guessed, take place primarily in front of a movie screen playing terrible B-movies.
NatGeo will air the special April 1, so be sure to tune in. Until then, though, you’ve got about a decade’s worth of geeky popular culture to catch up on. Here, start with this:
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