Joel Hodgson

'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' is still a scrappy delight

'Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return' is still a scrappy delight

Born in the far reaches of local television, formed in the soup of primordial basic cable and canceled for the second time in 1999, "Mystery Science Theater 3000" came back to life Friday, resurrected into the 21st-century world of big-time streaming media.

Formerly of KTMA in Minneapolis, Minn., Comedy Central (beginning when it was still Comedy Channel) and the Sci-Fi Channel (later Syfy), it resides now on Netflix, fueled by the collective energy of a dedicated fan base that pledged nearly $6 million in a Kickstarter campaign to produce new episodes.

Put simply, "MST3K" translates the private experience of watching and mocking terrible old movies with...

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