What’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 without a mad scientist to torture our protagonists with bad movies? It’s a Satellite of Bad, that’s what. Luckily for us, geek superstar Felicia Day will be around to save/ruin the day.
Day will be playing Kinga Forrester, the daughter of mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. She seems keen to put Tom Servo and Crow back to work. And to order the crew around. And to order massages from said crew.
As Day posted to Twitter, "Yes it’s true, I am going to play Dr Forrester’s daughter on new @MST3K! Will terrorize the hell outta @jonahray!"
Creator Joel Hodgson writes on his Kickstarter page, “The first thing I realized about Kinga was that she needed to have red hair….The other thing I knew was that the next Mad should be someone who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage.” That would be Day, who Hodgman describes as “a geek Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”
Considering Day’s work in both The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, this is a terrific casting decision. Day can play light and bright with ease. As for the rage, well, that would come easily to most actresses, including Day. However, I'm not certain that she'll be playing a scientist. From what we can see on the Kickstarter page's video (the Nov. 23 update), it seems she's more like a mad productivity expert.
The Satellite of Love has been depowered since 1999, when MST3K left the airwaves. But thanks to a successful Kickstarter project, it will once again see the return of our favorite snarky robots, Tom Servo and Crow, plus funnyman Jonah Ray.
In addition, Hodgson has announced Hampton Yount will likely be voicing Crow and Baron Vaughn will be voicing Tom Servo.
The Kickstarter campaign is still running, and at the time of writing, MST3K will produce three episodes. But if you give Hodgson another $800,000, he'll give us three more. Reach into your wallets, people. These gags don't write themselves.