Being a lifelong resident of Minnesota, itís been no small point of pride that Mystery Science Theatre 3000 was born on local cable in the Twin Cities. I have been following the TV show through Comedy Central, and more recently the SciFi channel. In short, I love this show. Which is probably why I was surprised to find myself not enjoying the movie that much.On television, MST3k feels subversive; the premise sets itself up as a reaction to the amazing shit that Hollywood has foisted on us over the years. Mike Nelson is shot into space by his bosses at Gizmonic Institute and forced to watch bad b-movies until he goes insane. His only companions are two robots that were built by the stations previous occupant; they are also the reason that he canít just make the movies stop. As a defense against this evil scheme Mike and the bots make snarky comments at the movie.
This is a game many of us have played over the years, itís no surprise that the show took off since we all seem to be inclined to do it. I think this is why the movie fell apart for me as well. At some level, I was still upset to have paid to see a shitty movie. Whatís worse; a shitty movie in re-release.
As with any comedy so much is subjective, if I remember correctly, the television shows usually had upwards of seven hundred jokes per episode. At some point it just becomes a question of averages, some of it will make you laugh some wonít. Here again, the movie didnít make me laugh as much as the show. It might have been because of the movie in question This Island Earth , or it might have been because the jokes seemed to come at a much less manic pace.Overall youíd be better served by getting some of the tapes of the episodes that Rhino has been putting out. Somehow this great show just didnít survive the translation intact.