Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition (2008) Skepticism (would they be crappy?) was quickly crushed by pure nerd joy (of course they wouldn't!) over the arrival of four never-released episodes of the…
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Mystery Science Theater 3000: 20th Anniversary Edition (2008)

Aye, Robots: Joel with mechanical movie critics Crow and Tom
Aye, Robots: Joel with mechanical movie critics Crow and Tom
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 28, 2008; DVD Release Date: Oct 28, 2008; With: Mike Nelson

Skepticism (would they be crappy?) was quickly crushed by pure nerd joy (of course they wouldn't!) over the arrival of four never-released episodes of the cult TV show in which a very motley crew heckles bad movies. To speak MSTie: None reaches the heady realms of ''Manos: The Hands of Fate,'' but two entries are at the next best level of, say, ''Mitchell'' or the unsung ''Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders.'' The set's ''Werewolf'' (with Joe Estevez and a "''gorilla with a dog mask on'') and ''Future War'' (starring cyborgs, dinosaurs, and an ex-hooker nun) mark the best of Mystery Science Theater 3000. The movies are so curiously horrible as to beg an oral history, and the jeering nails their unique lameness. Warning: Joel appears in only one show, and it's the weakest. But weak MST3K is still sterling TV. A-

Originally posted Oct 24, 2008 Published in issue #1018 Oct 31, 2008 Order article reprints