The original vision for Mystery Science Theater 3000 (or MST3K as it’s commonly abbreviated) was for the show to run indefinitely, with rotating hosts, Mads and puppeteers. Big business had other ideas, and the show has had to bounce around networks to chase its dream. There was the long and successful run at Comedy Central, followed by the short stay at the Sci-Fi Channel, and then for a long time nothing until the rise of streaming services hungry for any type of content.
In 2017 MST3K found a cozy new home on Netflix, seemingly for good. The streamer had a reputation for buying as much content as possible. This, however, was before Netflix dropped the other shoe and revealed it loves cancelling shows just as much as making them. The revival received just two seasons there.
Ever since, the production has resumed its nomadic wandering, looking for another place to live. But series creator Joel Hodgson has a new idea…why not just build their own home? Behold the diabolical Gizmoplex: a miraculous invention from the minds at Gizmonic that allows evil scientists to torment millions of hapless viewers with the worst movies known to man, on THEIR schedule!
It’s gonna require cash to make a reality, and that’s why Hodgson and Shout Factory have launched a new Kickstarter to fund the Gizmoplex. The goal is pretty huge at two million dollars, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s this crew. The campaign launched mere hours ago and is already very close to its first mil, and may have already broken that point by the time you read this.
“I hope you’ll join us again to write MST3K’s next chapter: to prove that we can #MakeMoreMST3K without depending on a network to keep us alive, and to #BuildTheGizmoplex, a unique online theater where MST3K can continue to grow,” says Hodgson. The rewards from your pledge won’t hold much in way of tangible items, this being for a service from the cloud, but the money you give will count toward a Gizmoplex subscription — the higher the tier, the more months you get.
The Kickstarter will remain open the next thirty days. Hop to it! These guys can’t take over the world without you!