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km73

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« Reply #520 on: 03-08-2013 12:02 »

* * Hello and Welcome to 10-Months-Later Theater * *

Good find.  Everybody loves MST3k, and the only way to improve upon that formula would be to pick the most depressing episodes from that quality series!  I laughcried!

Shut up baby, I knowit!

Regarding the list, all I have to ask is: so evil wins, Grandpa Borgnine?

I killed that fat barkeep?




winna

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« Reply #521 on: 05-28-2013 08:02 »

These new episodes are great! :D
tyraniak

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« Reply #522 on: 04-22-2014 21:51 »

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/mst3k-oral-history/

This is a really good read
DrThunder88

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« Reply #523 on: 01-07-2015 06:19 »

For the MSTie who has everything.
JoshTheater

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« Reply #524 on: 11-11-2015 05:03 »

Bring Back MST3K
DrThunder88

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« Reply #525 on: 11-11-2015 06:24 »

In an Entertainment Weekly article Joel talks about a new host, new mad scientist, and new voices for Crow and Servo.  One of the biggest missteps of the old series was re-voicing Crow with Bill Corbett instead of just coming up with a new robot companion.  They didn't re-cast Joel Robinson, T.V.'s Frank, or Dr. Forrester, they replaced them with new characters.  I like Bill Corbett and love Crow, but even if Bill Corbett was as good as Trace Beaulieu at portraying Crow (I contend he wasn't, though he had worse circumstances in which to do it) he would still be different enough to warrant a different character.

I guess if they're doing a total reboot with no continuity to the previous show, re-voicing the established robots would be fine, but I still feel like they should be retired.
tyraniak

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« Reply #526 on: 11-30-2015 23:52 »

http://www.avclub.com/article/patton-oswalt-tvs-son-tvs-frank-new-mystery-scienc-229058

Excellent casting choice
DrThunder88

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« Reply #527 on: 12-01-2015 06:52 »

"TV's Patton" does seem to fit the bill.  He definitely looks the part, and I don't remember him ever playing a lead character, so second banana to the villain is right up his alley.

I also recently saw a clip from Turkey Day 2015 in which Servo and what might be his new voice made an appearance.  I am not impressed.  He's definitely going for a Kevin-style Servo character, which I liked, but his voice has all the charisma and dynamic range of a Josh-style Servo, which is awful.  I do like that the actor wasn't trying to duplicate either voice, that would have been a mistake.

And speaking of disappointing robot voices, I also saw some YouTube clips from TD 2014 where Trace and Josh were voicing the bots.  Josh was characteristically disappointing, but Trace was unusually lackluster.  One of the conceits of the segments was that Joel had been screwing with their voices.  I'm sure the 18 year lapse in playing the character didn't help, but neither did the fact that the bots weren't being puppeteered by the actors.  The New Servo appeared to be driven by the guy doing the voice, which made the plastic gumball machine-fireplug with trains on his hoverskirt appear far more lifelike.

In short, the humans are fine.  They can't screw the human casting up unless they bring back Mary-Jo Pehl.  The danger lies in the robots.
Scrappylive

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« Reply #528 on: 12-05-2015 02:39 »
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I'm lazy. Somebody tell me where this is going to be "airing" and when.

Have the announced what they will be riffing? New stuff, old stuff, old old stuff? All of the above?
JoshTheater

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« Reply #529 on: 12-05-2015 17:22 »
« Last Edit on: 12-05-2015 17:25 »

They're going to be producing the first several episodes (however many end up getting funding, currently that's 6 but could be as many as 12) entirely on their own without studio backing, and downloads of the episodes will be available for purchase online, as is my understanding. One of the reward incentives (I believe for $25) is the ability to watch a live stream of them shooting the first episode.

The plan is to use these self-made episodes to shop the series around to actual networks or services. No announcements yet about anything else you said. They're not even out of the funding stage just yet so it's going to be quite a while until we see the results of it.
DrThunder88

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« Reply #530 on: 11-29-2021 14:56 »

My wife took me to see the MST3K Live show when it came to town last week. While it was nice to drop off the baby with her grandma for a few hours, I can't say the show itself was worth the price of admission.  The choice of film was good.  I'd never heard of Making Contact, but seeing the work of Roland Emmerich before he got into disaster porn is a bit like looking at the work of Ed Wood before he got into regular porn.  The cast touted it as every 80s movie combined, which is apt, since it seems to borrow imagery from ET, the Goonies, and Poltergeist, to name a few.

The hosts are really where the show falls short.  I have unfairly and inconsistently argued that a puppeteered character should just be replaced when the original puppeteer is no longer playing the role.  While I never cared for Bill Corbett's Crow (while simultaneously accepting Kevin Murphy as the real Servo), I will at least admit there was some chemistry on the SoL.  Not so in the Time Bubble, unfortunately.  The newest Crow puppeteer was replaced by his understudy, which may have contributed to the mishmash of bland, indistinct personalities trying to zhuzh up the performance by any means necessary.  I think the best example of this is the over-reliance on singing and the perfectly bland musical theater voices everyone exhibited.  Servo was the only original character with a good singing voice, which was one of his signature traits.  Mega-Cynthia, the Mad in the live show storyline, was very much the Jar-Jar Binks of the show: the closest thing to an actual, original character, but an exhaustingly annoying trainwreck every time she appeared.  The actress clearly took inspiration from 90s Jim Carrey and mixed it with just a hint of Tina Fey as any of the Tina Fey-like characters Tina Fey is known for playing.

The writing was okay.  I'd put it on par with some episodes of the show.  Not the great episodes, mind you, but it was consistent with some of the KTMA stuff.  At one point they stopped the film, which has some explanation from Mega-Cynthia, but I knew right away why it really happened.  The writers had pitched too many jokes for a two-second shot, and rather than pick the best one (or because there wasn't a best one), they elected to use them all. There was a missed opportunity for a Pod People reference early on, and I wonder if a "Trumpy" joke was considered to be too controversial in a post-2020 world.

The show's best attribute has to be that it seems to have been made with equal parts love and cashing in on an established IP.  Any of my criticisms could be summed up by saying "it's fanfictiony", which I can't really say is an insult.  I just don't know if it's worth the price for floor seats.
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