underrated aspects of Mystery Science Theater 3000′s aesthetic
starfields designed with no regard for the laws of perspective
building sets on the other side of the viewscreen
the mads always being shot at a high angle
the way sometimes a theater shot is badly composited and you can see the edge of the cardboard standee they used for the theater seats (almost always the right edge for some reason)
the shitty tvs that always appeared whenever footage from the movie was necessary outside the theater
shooting everything in one take, damn the consequences
panning shots that make this an especially stupid thing to do
the way crow’s eyes being glued together mean they occasionally drift across his face and make him look like a flounder
the constraints of the television medium leading to really abrupt cuts to commercial during theater segments
terrible taste in fonts leading to frequent uses of arial, courier, and what looks like some kind of proto-impact in on-screen text
relatedly, the info club address popping up on screen seemingly at random during theater segments
using complicated optical effects to make jim the plant and jan-in-the-pan look like actual disembodied heads despite the fact that the competence involved is surprising in the context of all their other nonsense
Help get Mystery Science Theater 3000′s “Gypsy” renamed!
Hey folks. I’ve been informed that today is International Rromani Day, and I thought I’d inform you of a small thing you can do in its honor.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a cult comedy show from the 90s in which a guy and some robots make fun of bad movies. One of the robots was named “Gypsy”, an unfortunate fact that will unfortunately go unchanged when the show comes back April 14th, after almost two decades off the air.
The good news is that this is probably out of ignorance, not malice. Series creator Joel Hodgson has changed a lot about Gypsy for the revival–specifically, she’s no longer voiced by a man doing comedy falsetto, but instead a female comic named Rebecca Hanson. He’s also changed her personality, feeling it’s unfortunate that the show’s only lady lead for its first seven seasons was defined primarily by being dumb.
It’s clear to me that Hogdson is open to changing things for social justice reasons–he just needs a push.
On Sunday, April 9th, Joel Hodgson will be hosting a live video Q&A about the Mystery Science Theater 3000 relaunch. He’s accepting questions at firstname.lastname@example.org until 12pm US Pacific / 3pm US Eastern time on Sunday.
I believe that, if enough of us write in informing him that G*psy is a racial slur, and that the name should be changed, he will take action in future seasons.
I know there are bigger issues to solve, but this might be the best chance we get to make our voices heard on this specific issue, and the timing couldn’t be better.