Friday, October 21, 2022

For MST3K/RiffTrax fans only

If, like me, you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, you're probably also a fan of RiffTrax. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, well, MSTies such as me just shake our heads at how unfortunate you are to have missed out on this.

If you're not familiar, there was a TV show back in the 1990s called Mystery Science Theater 3000. The premise is that mad scientists sent a janitor into space to watch bad movies in a scheme to take over the world. He built two robots as companions, and they watched the moves together, humorously commenting throughout the film. The whole thing was simply a reason to show bad movies and poke fun at them.

And, MST3K did exactly that for ten full seasons on three different networks. Later, it was brought back by Netflix for two more seasons. And, currently, it's in its 13th season, with this one financed by a Kickstarter campaign. Yes, I contributed.

After MST3K was canceled, the three main cast members that made fun of the movies -- which by then were Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett -- got back into riffing on movies with The Film Crew (for four movies) and finally RiffTrax (which continues today).

And with that background -- more than you wanted to know, to be sure -- here is the main thing: RiffTrax has an app! Yes, there is an app for Roku and Fire TV platforms. You can watch some RiffTrax content, in addition to content you purchased. And, if you have a subscription, you can watch it all.

Yes, I'm trying it out. It's $6/month, and I'll do that for a while. Maybe I'll watch everything they have. Maybe not. I've enjoyed everything they've done, but that's not really a surprise. I loved MST3K and love RiffTrax.

If you're a MSTie, or think you might want to become one, then the RiffTrax app is something you should consider adding to your Streaming Life.

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