Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee is lured to the dark side of the moon by third-generation mad scientist Kinga Forrester and her flunky, Max. He is sat in ...
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In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.
Michael J. Nelson,
When Joel Robinson is shot into space and forced to watch bad movies while mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieau) and his crony, TV's Frank (Frank Conniff), monitor his mind,... See full summary »
Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee is lured to the dark side of the moon by third-generation mad scientist Kinga Forrester and her flunky, Max. He is sat in front of cheesy movies with his robot buddies and forced to tortuously watch bad movies in their entirety as these mad scientists study the effects on his mind.
I went into this reboot totally ready for a new take, and then... by the end of episode 3 it was clear to me that "the return" was not enjoyable, to the extent that I found it odd that nobody in the relatively large creative team came forward to say, "hey,this isn't working."
I think maybe the biggest problem with this reboot is that it tries too hard in every respect. The jokes are too many, the script too deliberate, and the editing just rams it all together. There is very little, if anything, about this reboot that has an off-the-cuff feel, and this self-awareness is actually annoying. This might sound strange, but it's like a Broadway play where the actors aren't actually funny, they are ACTING at being funny. The same goes for the scripts... it all lacks a sense of authenticity in the humor and feels contrived, even when the jokes work.
The next problem is the dynamics of the group. It's often hard to tell who is saying what. And where the jokes are often piled on top of each other, there is no sense of unique characterization, let alone chemistry.
The writing isn't terrible, but it seems to be written by people who might be funny in other situations, yet are not cut out for this type of observational snarky-ness.
I was truly ready for a new MST3k adventure, but this felt like a misfire. In hindsight, I think the best option would have been to either use a different creative team altogether, with people who have been shown to thrive at impromptu observations, or just bring back the original cast and crew. All in all, I really think this turned out to be an inorganic and unmemorable recipe.
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