It's been about a month now since Mystery Science Theater 3000 returned with new episodes via Netflix, and it's kinda hard to have imagined the relaunch going any better. The cast is fun, the jokes are fast and hilarious, and the response from old and new fans has been almost rapturous. Retooling a classic is difficult, but Joe Hodgson and the MST3K: The Return gang kinda nailed it.
Now that the new episodes are safely out into the world, Netflix is taking advantage of the response to the series by having a little fun with its beloved characters. One of the great things about the show is its inherent metafictional nature, and the idea that the characters are in an almost constant state of breaking the fourth wall. So, you can take that idea and extrapolate it to include the notion that the Jonah's robot friends are also just actors now basking in the glow of their adoring binge-watching public.
To that end, Netflix dropped a series of new promos Thursday featuring Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot essentially getting the run of the streaming giant's headquarters. Naturally, they head into the theater to watch some shows, but they also read YouTube comments about their own show, get their makeup done and, most amusingly, have a sit-down with Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos to discuss their ideas for some new series.
Servo wants to work up a spinoff of the main series called MST3K: Nights ("you have to whisper it when you say it ... cuz it's sexy"), while Crow has a more daring idea in mind. Because "literally people die every day on the sun," he wants to get a documentary crew together and head to the solar surface to see just why it's so darn dangerous. Oh, and they have an idea for another Adam Sandler movie.
You can check out all four videos below. They're each a fun reminder of how well the bots work when they just get to play around, but mostly they just make us wish Netflix would order more episodes already. Oh, and for the record, I would watch the hell out of MST3K: Nights.