Critics from the cult comedy show take pot shots at last year’s Netflix phenomenon.
If you’ve been excited about the reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000, you aren’t alone: To celebrate the new season’s debut yesterday, Netflix let the show’s wisecracking trio take aim at its own hit series from last year, Stranger Things. While the video is sadly only a few minutes, it packs in all the observational comedy you’ve missed from your favorite damned-to-watch critical crew of Joel, Crow and Tom Servo.
Slapping around an 80s-throwback show is a great fit for MST3K, which started in 1988 on Comedy Central. It was cancelled and brought back on the Sci-Fi Channel before getting the final axe in 1999. But a crowdsourced revival in 2015 brought the series back on pop culture’s radar at the perfect time for content-hungry streaming sources to plant some nostalgia in front of viewers.
Accordingly, Netflix snatched it up last July, and the new season, titled Mystery Science Theater: The Return, is live on Netflix. Just don’t expect more riffs on modern popular films or series: The revival has stuck to its roots to pillory bad, bad movies from the 50s, 60s and 70s.