Mystery Science Theater 3000 to become an online series?

If you haven't watched Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), then you haven't enjoyed the wisecracks of a man and his sarcastic robots about the terrible movies they're forced to watch. The crew at MST3K made such grade-Z fare as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians rollicking good fun. The show aired its last segment in 1999. But Santa may be back on Earth with a present for us.

According to Wired,

This spring [creator Joel] Hodgson is hoping to start a new online incarnation of the show, one that will feature a fresh (and as-yet-unannounced) host and cameos from many MST3K alumni.

Even the hope of a new show is great for fans, including Time magazine, which named it one of the 100 best television shows of all time. MST3K is about a man trapped on a space station and subjected to psychological experiments; the man (initially Joel Hodgson, later Michael J. Nelson) keeps himself sane by building robot pals and making snarky comments on the onscreen action. That's the setup, anyway. The real joy of the thing was watching really clever people make amazing wisecracks about some of the worst movies ever made. The show was always funny; an Internet incarnation -- or any kind of comeback, actually -- would be welcomed.

Of course, if you've been missing MST3K, you can always find Rifftrax (led by Nelson) and its friendly rival Cinematic Titanic (headed by Hodgson) still putting in the same kind of work. While Rifftrax is an audio-only track that you purchase and play along to movies such as Starship Troopers, Cinematic Titanic stuck with the classics such as The Oozing Skull before it went on hiatus in 2013.

Then there are the parodies. Back in 1992, fan Ryan K. Johnson and friends made their own version of MST3K and parodied Highlander II and Star Trek V (we highly recommend Star Trek V). Their version, originally recorded on VHS, is now available on DVD. Another group, known as Mystery Spatula Theater, also did their own version of Fantastic Four (1994) and Dungeons & Dragons, among others.

Have yet to bathe in the hilarity that is MST3K? Here's a random episode. Bathe away: 

Via io9.

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