The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
In the not too distant future, mad scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester fires one of his temps...in a rocket ship into space. The scientist's plan is to subject him to bad movies in an effort to find the one that he will unleash upon the world. The temp uses spare parts he finds around the satellite he's trapped on to build robots to pilot the ship and sit in on the movies with him.
- First appearance of Frank Conniff as TV's Frank.
- First episode with Kevin Murphy as the voice of Tom Servo
Mystery Science Theater 3000, or MST3K, is a comedy series that ran for eleven seasons and spawned one theatrical movie. The premise of the series features a hapless everyman trapped on board a spaceship called the Satellite of Love by a mad scientist. For companionship, the original host, Joel Robinson (played by series creator Joel Hodgson) built some robots to keep him company, including Tom Servo, Crow T. Robot, Gypsy, and Cambot. Joel eventually left the series, his character escaping the Satellite of Love at the end of the Season 6 episode "Mitchell." In his place, the scientists sent up Mike Nelson (played by Michael J. Nelson) to continue their experiments.
The premise of these experiments, and of the show itself, is to force the test subject Joel/Mike along with the robots Tom and Crow into watching the worst movies ever made. Each episode is devoted to a single film, sometimes preceded by a short, and as the film plays, Joel/Mike and the robots can be seen in silhouette at the bottom of the screen, cracking jokes to turn otherwise near-unwatchable movies into comedy. Occasionally, the trio will leave the theater for a quick bout of sketch comedy that more often than not further lampoons the movie of the episode before returning to the theater.
MST3K first aired for one season as a cable access series on KTMA, a Minnesota television station. The series was picked up by Comedy Central, which also allotted a significant budget increase for more elaborate sets and puppets. After six seasons on Comedy Central, the series was dropped by the network and picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel, which kept the show on the air for another four. In between the Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel eras, the series saw a theatrical film incarnation in which Mike and the robots were subjected to This Island Earth.