The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon Returns TODAY, starting @ 12pm ET! PLUS: What Joel is thankful for this year.
5 months ago
– Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 11:30:34 PM
Dear MST3K Revival League,
Joel here, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! (And of course, by "Happy Thanksgiving", what I really mean is "Happy Turkey Day!") Turkey Day has such an important place in the history of Mystery Science Theater that I really wanted to make sure we sent out an update today, and also a reminder of one of our most important annual traditions…
TODAY: The Annual MST3K Turkey Day Marathon!
I don't know what your plans are today, but you know, it wouldn't be a real Turkey Day without our annual MST3K marathon, where we reheat some of our favorite old cinematic turkeys and carve them up together.
This year, I'm happy to have some company to host the marathon: I'll be joined by the wonderful Jonah Ray (Jonah Heston) and Felicia Day (Kinga Forrester), who will help me (Joel Hodgson) introduce six classic cheesy MST3K episodes.
Also, in between movies, I hope you'll join us as we "count our blessings" by recounting some highlights from the past year, which brought new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the first time in almost 20 years. It's truly a "Turkey Day Miracle," and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than by spending it with all of you backers who made it possible. So yeah, I hope you'll join us.
You can join us right here, starting at 12pm ET / 9am PT!
Also, while you're here, I thought maybe I could take another minute to share a little bit more about what I'm thankful for this year – because if you're reading this, my friend, I owe it all to you.
5 Big Reasons to be Thankful
1. We got to make new episodes. The most wonderful thing that happened this year, of course, is that Mystery Science Theater 3000 returned – thanks to you! – with fourteen new episodes on Netflix.
And you know, if that's all that had happened, it would have been enough. But...
2. We got a really great response. What's been just as wonderful is how much everyone seems to be digging the new episodes. A few weeks ago, Business Insider reported that – based on reviewer and audience data from Rotten Tomatoes – Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return is actually the highest-rated original show on Netflix!
Anyway, the really positive response is also why…
3. We got to take MST3K on the road! Along with Jonah, Hampton, Rebecca, Grant and Tim, I had the chance to be part of this summer's "Watch Out For Snakes" live tour, which gave us the chance to riff both an old favorite (Eegah!) and our new super-secret mystery movie (Argoman the Fantastic Superman).
Now, even though we got to perform 36 shows in 26 cities, and meet about 40,000 MSTies, I know we didn't make it to cities near all of you. But the good news is, we had so much fun – and got such good feedback – that we're already starting to figure out plans, and are hoping to do another tour next summer or fall!
Also, I know I haven't had a lot of updates for you since the tour, because we've really been focused on discussions with Netflix, and thinking a lot about the future of Mystery Science Theater – but…
4. We've been working on a new MST3K experiment. I wanted to tell you that our team here at Alternaversal spent a lot of September and October working on a really neat concept for the MST3K comic books, which should be out next year as a 6-book mini-series through our friends at Dark Horse Comics.
I'll have more to share about that as we get a little farther into production, but I want to give you a heads up now: the comic will not be a comic book version of Jonah and the Bots riffing on a movie. All you have to do is think about it for a minute to realize that wouldn't make a very good comic series. Instead, Kinga and Max have found a new use for their liquid media "Kingachrome" technology, which puts Jonah and the bots in a situation that I think will be a lot more interesting -- and will give us a chance to experiment with how riffing works outside of the world of video, and inside the world of comics.
I'm proud of what we're putting together, and hope that next Turkey Day, we'll all be able to celebrate the new ways in which the Mystery Science alternaverse has continued to grow. Speaking of which…
5. Next year is our 30th anniversary! One last thing I should point out about next year, is that 2018 is actually the 30th anniversary of MST3K! I just want to take a moment to admit how cool it is, and how grateful I am, that our show is still alive after 30 years!
Now, before I wrap up, I know some of you still have some questions about the final round of Kickstarter rewards. I don't want to make today's update too long, and I also know that a lot of those details only concern some of you, so I've asked Ivan to send another update next week to answer all of your remaining questions. Until then, just know that we're working hard to make sure we solve any remaining issues, and to make sure you're all satisfied, and get everything we promised you during the Kickstarter.
As for today: Turkey Day has always been an important part of Mystery Science Theater, and now that it's been two whole years since our Kickstarter, a year since we finished shooting a new season of MST3K, and seven months since new episodes debuted on Netflix, it seems like a good time to survey the last two years, and to ask ourselves if joining together to bring back Mystery Science Theater was a successful experiment.
I think it was, and I hope you do too.
This year – and every year – I'm so thankful to you, to the whole Revival League, and to MSTies everywhere. We have one of the best communities in the world, and I'm thankful for you, and for your ongoing belief in MST3K.
As you know, we simply couldn't have gotten here without you.
I hope you'll join us, starting at noon ET, for this year's Turkey Day Marathon.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
IMPORTANT: Confirm your current shipping address for rewards by SATURDAY, SEPT 30, at 11:59 PM!!!
7 months ago
– Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 10:39:13 PM
Dear MST3K Revival League,
Just a quick housekeeping announcement for anyone still waiting for rewards:
We're about to start boxing and packing up all of the remaining Kickstarter rewards* so that we can ship them out at the beginning of November.
(*The one exception, as Joel said in the last update, is the coffee table book, which we're still writing and designing -- we expect that to be delivered sometime in early 2018.)
We want everyone to get their rewards at the same time, so we're sending all of the remaining rewards out when we've finished packing all of them -- which means our warehouse will basically spend all of October packing up rewards for shipping.
But here's what that means right now:
If you need to update your shipping address in BackerKit, you have just over 48 hours – until Saturday, Sept 30, at 11:59pm – to make the change.
In the next few hours, you should receive an email from BackerKit reminding you that this is your last chance to edit your address before we start shipping out rewards.
Please note: this does not mean the rewards are shipping out in the next 48 hours! It means that this is the final deadline to change your address so we can start packing up 35,000+ boxes to ship. You will receive the rewards at the beginning of November, and we'll send another update to let you know when all rewards have been put in the mail, as well as tracking numbers for your packages.
But, if you'll be living at a different address by the first week of November – or will be out of town and need the rewards sent somewhere else for safekeeping – please be sure to use the link in the email and let us know before the deadline.
If we don't have the correct address on Sunday morning, it's likely that your final rewards will be sent to the current address we have on file right now, and we can't promise that we'll be able to replace rewards that get lost or stolen.
So, PLEASE confirm your address!
(And yes, if you're getting a coffee table book, you'll get one more chance to update your address before we ship those out, early next year. Right now, we just need the confirmed address to send out everything else you're waiting for.)
As always: if you've got questions, please be sure to ask our Backer Support team by emailing email@example.com. Do not post your questions in the comments here, because we can't promise the support team will see them or be able to respond.
We're looking forward to getting all of the the remaining rewards packed, shipped and into your hands. Thanks for your help, and for confirming your address!