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Title: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 29, 2020, 10:32:22 AM
Believe it.

https://news.avclub.com/exclusive-mystery-science-theater-3000-returns-for-soc-1843156549
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on April 29, 2020, 11:35:26 AM
I'm jazzed. The live show cast is fantastic and Emily has good riffing-chops.

Something I haven't seen anyone bring up is that since they're riffing over an old MST3K episode, that means they can technically riff ON an old MST3K episode, which has interesting implications.

I just hope the show is made available in some physical or downloadable format after.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on April 29, 2020, 12:15:14 PM
Missed the last tour, but did think the touring cast of the first 2 tours was better then the Netflix cast. But riffing a riff...seems like that should only be done by the original riffers if at all. Will give it a shot though.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 29, 2020, 04:49:53 PM
I just hope the show is made available in some physical or downloadable format after.

Yeah, 6am Monday morning when I start at 7:30 is a bit rough.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on April 29, 2020, 05:14:40 PM
Not that big a tine difference for me (just a different U.S. time zone), but I do wish it was on Saturday. Going to try and record it, but being on Pluto and the Twitch channel, maybe they'll repeat it a few times
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 29, 2020, 05:31:52 PM
I hope so, but I'd happily buy it too
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 02, 2020, 03:24:28 PM
I expect we're going to get some 'future of this show' announcement during this...but might be wrong.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 02, 2020, 11:41:55 PM
There is supposed to be an online Q&A after with Mary Jo, Felicia Day, and the gal who played Cynthia, which would be a good place to slip such an announcement.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 03, 2020, 03:11:46 PM
So technical difficulties and then no riffing of the riffing just watching to start.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 03, 2020, 03:13:26 PM
An explanation of who Emily is supposed to be would have been nice as well.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: eegah on May 03, 2020, 03:19:52 PM
Watching on Pluto TV. I like how we can hear them chat during the breaks. Are there commercials on other platforms?
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 03, 2020, 03:26:07 PM
Yes...commercial breaks on Twitch as well.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: eegah on May 03, 2020, 03:27:22 PM
Commercial free here, baby! Woo!
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Darth Geek on May 03, 2020, 03:44:05 PM
So...they're just not really saying very much.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: MrTorso on May 03, 2020, 03:46:45 PM
So...they're just not really saying very much.

I am hoping they leave it up on youtube long enough for me to grab it and I'll watch it later. Don't have the time at the moment to sit in front of the stream.

What I did see..... well I think I will be watching the regular Moon Zero Two at some point soon....
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Edward J Grug III on May 03, 2020, 04:52:32 PM
They are about to do a short riff.

The riff-a-long was fun enough. My son watched it with me - his first MST3K episode.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Iron Curtain on May 03, 2020, 04:56:00 PM
You know how some things are great ideas but badly executed? This social-distancing riff-a-long was the opposite: a counterintuitive-sounding idea that actually worked wonders! All of the riffing (including the riffing on top of riffing) was natural and not manufactured, they weren't trying to fill up every bit of empty space like on the Netflix shows, and the only complaint I have is with that lame "moonsplaining" host segment. I'd give this event a 9.5 out of 10!
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 03, 2020, 05:25:48 PM
Well, it was an attempt at doing something different. Like the voices of tour Tom and tour Crow a lot more than Netflix Tom and Crow. But wasn't much to it really- new riffs far in between and few-like early KTMA.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 03, 2020, 06:11:50 PM
It was fun watching the live crew react to an old episode, but only a handful of the new riffs really landed for me.   In the after show zoom session they kind of explained the reasoning for doing it this way, they just didn't have the time to write an entire new riff, and the KTMA episodes had lots of empty space for them to get in new riffs.

Man, that was one super short short.

The after show "party" was great, loads of great guests.

Oh, and I guess on Pluto there were commercial breaks?  I was watching on YouTube and during the breaks they were all talking to each other.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 03, 2020, 06:30:33 PM
I got the impression we weren't supposed to be hearing the bits during the commercials, but it was neat to hear.

It was a lot of fun. Not bad for something they threw together in a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: eegah on May 03, 2020, 06:34:17 PM
It was fun watching the live crew react to an old episode, but only a handful of the new riffs really landed for me.
Same for me.

Man, that was one super short short.
No kidding. Blink and you could miss it.

Oh, and I guess on Pluto there were commercial breaks?  I was watching on YouTube and during the breaks they were all talking to each other.
No, it was the same as YouTube. I had to switch over about halfway through because Pluto locked up on me.

I can't remember exactly when it was, but at some point in the past during a MST3K-related show (Turkey Day or something), Pluto didn't have commercials during breaks when other platforms did. When I heard the talking during the breaks this time, I thought it might be like that again. They sure didn't seem to act like they knew they were being heard by the audience.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 03, 2020, 10:45:34 PM
For those that missed it/wanna see it again:

https://www.youtube.com/v/1ZXMttOWzLY
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: losingmydignity on May 04, 2020, 06:57:26 AM
Does anyone know how long they'll keep it up on youtube? Don't have time to watch until the weekend.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 04, 2020, 07:59:36 AM
My educated guess is they'll keep it up indefinitely like the annotated MST3K episodes they host.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Iron Curtain on May 04, 2020, 10:06:59 AM
My educated guess is they'll keep it up indefinitely like the annotated MST3K episodes they host.

To add to that, they'll keep it up as long as they have the license to the rights of the movie "Moon Zero Two" (unless that movie is in the public domain, that is).
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: MrTorso on May 04, 2020, 10:32:07 AM
Does anyone know how long they'll keep it up on youtube? Don't have time to watch until the weekend.

4K Downloader is your friend. Free to use can download most You Tube videos.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 04, 2020, 10:36:41 AM
I second 4K downloader. Great and extremely easy to use. Free version works fine without rxtreme limits, but I use it so much I sprung for the paid version last year.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: losingmydignity on May 06, 2020, 07:40:27 AM
Thanks guys, might have time and energy to watch tomorrow. I hope
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 08, 2020, 11:17:14 AM
...and the KTMA episodes had lots of empty space for them to get in new riffs...
This was a Season 1 episode.
Only KTMA episodes to ever see an official release of any kind were the first 2 that were thought lost but Joel released for free to Kickstarter backers. And you can count the number of riffs on those using your fingers.
Still would love to see some of those KTMA episodes get an official release, but it took maybe half a season before the riffing really picked up to a still slow but more normal pace.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: Pak-Man on May 08, 2020, 01:25:54 PM
You can pretty much track the spike in quality to when they decided to appoint Mike as head writer. I don't think it's the Mike part that was important, so much as the head writer part. The writing wasn't as structured before he came  on board.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 08, 2020, 01:41:17 PM
Pretty sure KTMA riffs were all improvised and only thing written was the host segments. J. Elvis leaving was supposedly in part due to
not liking going from the improv riffing at KTMA to the scripted riffing that started in Season 1. He must have come around though as his career since leaving has been in script writing and he took on the Mike type head writer role for Cinematic Titanic.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: losingmydignity on May 11, 2020, 08:08:17 AM
Wow, I watched this and it was really fun. I find Season One eps hard to get through and I never had finished Moon Zero Two. I liked the spirit of the whole thing. The scripted countdowns gave it a nice "loose" feel and the whole enterprise, as weird as it was (it is a weird time for us all) had a more MST vibe than all of Season 11 and 12 combined. I was deeply moved too at one point.

Took me a while to ease into it because so much  was going on and my eyes kept being drawn to Emiy's reactions (more interesting than the film I must say). I think she'll be a great host if they go for another season. And always great to see Joel.
Title: Re: Covid 19 Social Distancing Meta Episode this Sunday!
Post by: wihogfan on May 11, 2020, 10:27:27 AM
I was hoping for more riffing, but yeah, Emily's reactions were great and as a host she would bring back the midwestern vibe that was missing in Seasons 11 and 12. Could definitely see her as host.