The New 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Fires Away at 'Stranger Things'

Friday, 14 April 2017 - 9:20PM
Netflix
Stranger Things
Friday, 14 April 2017 - 9:20PM
The New 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Fires Away at 'Stranger Things'
Netflix
Netflix has just released their revival of the classic movie-riffing show Mystery Science Theater 3000, which ran through the late '80s and the entire '90s before the end of its run. So to promote said revival, they've released a self-deprecating, short video (slightly shorter than their movie-length episodes) riffing on Netflix giant Stranger Things.

For those who don't know, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a show about a man stuck aboard a satellite (who's now played by Jonah Ray) who's forced to watch bad movies alongside his two robots, Tom Servo (Baron Vaughn) and Crow (Hampton Yount), while they make fun of them the entire time. After a brief shot of Ray and the two bots freaking out at the "new movie" alarm, you get an updated version of all the numbered doors and vaults opening up to the theater. Everyone sits down in their seats, someone shouts "Sometimes truth is Stranger than... Things?" And then the fun begins:



While new Stranger Things is still several months away, the show has stayed impressively relevant as people still toss the word "Demogorgon" around (it came from Dungeons & Dragons, but that's not what most people are quoting). And this isn't the first time Netflix used the show to help boost another original of theirs, having pulled the same stunt back in January to promote Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters cartoon.

Perhaps because they're all owned by the same company anyway, the show itself is keeping a good sense of humor about the ad. Crow and Tom Servo aren't known to be kind to their targets, and they certainly were not kind to David "mashed potato sculpture" Harbour in the video, Stranger Things is taking it in stride. The video was posted on the show's official Twitter, with the caption "You can tease us all you want, @MST3K, we know you love us."

But if you were hesitant to get into the new Mystery Science Theater, this seems like a return to form. Beyond the fact that they're riffing a modern Netflix show instead of old, terrible movie, it seems like a near-perfect update of MST3K. And the actual reboot does indeed feature old, terrible movies instead of more Stranger Things, so don't worry about them changing their preferred prey. What the clip doesn't show are the villains, played by Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day, who will be forcing the new crew to watch bad movies up in their satellite.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is currently available on Netflix. Stranger Things season 2 will come out Halloween 2017.

Via: io9
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