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Volume 60 http://www.msties.com/ January 2002
Formerly The MSTies Anonymous Newsletter: News for the Obscure Convergence


In This Issue

From the Poobah
"Top 25 List of MST3K" by Trakeslin@aol.com
"Jenny For Your Thoughts" by jenny@msties.com
MST3K Schedules
Classifieds 3000
How You Can Contribute!

From the Poobah

In a move that comes as a welcome surprise to us MSTies, the Sci-Fi Channel has opted to renew its contract with Best Brains, Inc. and will continue reruns through January, 2003. Fire up those VCRs for Saturday mornings at 9 AM Eastern Time!

Yours truly has been invited to present my paper from SOL Post 59, "MST3K and You," at the Southwestern/Texas Popular Culture Association Annual Meeting next month in Albuquerque. Yes, in the magical, far-away place where the sun is always shining and the air smells like warm root beer and the towels are oh-so-fluffy... where the shriners and the lepers play their ukuleles all day long and anyone on the street will gladly shave your back for a nickel, I'll be among a select few to make a presentation on how MST3K has had an impact upon our collective culture. So drop on by the Hilton (not the world-famous Albuquerque Holiday Inn, sadly) in the middle of next month if you're in the area and join your fellow MSTies in celebrating the series at this academic summit. Huzzah!

If you have a disstertation or a brain fart about MST3K -- or anything inbetween -- I'd be more than happy to publish it in the SOL Post for all the members to read. So get to writing!

With a new semester beginning at CSU, MSTies Anonymous of Colorado is beginning its spring series of episode screenings in the Lory Student Center. Be sure to check the list below and see exactly which episodes are on deck.

"Top 25 List of MST3K" by Trakeslin@aol.com

I have recently come to embrace the joys and pleasures offered from Mystery Science Theater 3000 during this past year. I find some of my greatest joys in my favorite episodes. In the sprit of giving and sharing, which is what the holiday season is all about (from what they tell me), I would like to offer my list of what I believe is the best 25 ever episodes made. I will admit that I still have not seen half of Season 6, any of the KTMA shows, and 15 episodes from Seasons 8-10. But thanks to some of the many generous tape trading web sites, I shall soon see all of these episodes and after I do, I may make some changes to this list. However, I find these shows to be extremely insightful and relaxing to a troubled mind. I challenge everyone to offer his or her own top 25 or top ten lists. Should I take some shows off my list? Should I add more to them? Would you put mine in a different order? Please share your knowledge and opinions. This new MSTie is very excited to learn from experienced fans.

  1. 703 Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell One of the first non-Rhino movies I saw and I laughed my... well you know what I laughed off. (I've got to keep this appropriate for younger eyes.)
  2. 813 Jack Frost After this show I always ask girls to “Please, take on me.”
  3. 1001 Soultaker It had the return of Joel and much laughter.
  4. 519 Outlaw After seeing this one, I can see why they got the Peabody award. Yea MST3K!
  5. 820 Space Mutiny Wow those South Africans can really make a stinky movie. Good thing Mike and the 'Bots saved it.
  6. 811 Parts: The Clonus Horror This movie has a whole new meaning now that we really can clone people.
  7. 301 Cave Dwellers My favorite Joel show.
  8. 204 Catalina Caper I loved this show so much that I spent part of my honeymoon in Catalina.
  9. 907 Hobgoblins The Brains show why porn directors should just stay with what they do best.
  10. 501 Warrior of the Lost World It was nice to see the girl from the first Star Trek movie with some hair on her head. Now if only she could get a better choice in men.
  11. 521 Santa Claus An instant Christmas classic!
  12. 403 City Limits Before Sex in the City, Kim Cattrall would entertain us MSTies.
  13. 1013 Diabolik The last show definitely ended with a bang. But why was Mike so excited about white, unbleached rice?
  14. 111 Moon Zero Two One of the few shows from season one that made my list.
  15. 422 Day the Earth Froze Where is the Sampo? And what is it? I still don’t know.
  16. 516 Alien from L.A. Oh Kathy, oh Kathy, my wild Irish lassie.
  17. 212 Godzilla vs. Megalon It had the great Godzilla vs. the 'Bots.
  18. 705 Escape 2000 You must leave the Bronx, now more than ever. You could not get me to ever live in New York after I saw this movie. Sept. 11th also influenced me a little.
  19. 502 Hercules Still the best one of all the Hercules movies heckled.
  20. 413 Manhunt in Space It had the amazing Winky. With a name like that, why wouldn’t all the babes would follow him around day and night?
  21. 910 Final Sacrifice It's fresh from Canada, with the ripe smell of back bacon. Pretty cool, eh?
  22. 417 Crash of the Moons Rocky strikes again!
  23. 307 Daddy-O I love an aggressive blonde chick that knows how to drive.
  24. 109 Project Moonbase It's just another typical 50’s movie that portrays all women as marriage hungry beings who are willing to give up all worldly success to cook and clean for their family. I’ve always wondered how a 90’s version of this film would end.
  25. 704 Incredible Melting Man Any movie that portrays the violent death of Bill Gates has my appreciation.

"Jenny For Your Thoughts" by jenny@msties.com

I’m a robot, coco-cako. Well not really, but I play one on TV. As many you might know, some of my friends and I are making a TV show called Mega Ultra Supper Troopers. On it, I play a nurse and also a robot. But I’m getting ahead myself. I should tell how this happened and how it has changed my life.

Okay to begin with, I need to explain our show a bit. It is a parody of Power Rangers, but so much more. Mainly a group of superheroes transform to battle monster and other creature. The creature for this show was going be a robot: a robot made out of cardboard, spray-pained sliver and with the word ‘refrigerate’ on the side of it. My friend James made it and it looks as good as the robot from “Santa Claus Conquers the Martins.” Since James made it, he wore the costume and named it “Refrigeration 2000.” We deiced to keep the robot as a bad guy. Well, by the third episode or so we needed the robot and him to be in same scene. First, Jeff was going to be the robot, but he needed to be in the scene, too. I tried on the outfit as a joke, when a discovery was made. My arms fit in the long plastic tubs. (That is, to a point.)

Being a robot was neat. Though I did have trouble seeing out of the eyepieces, standing up, and shaking the robot head, it was a fun experience. Now that I was the robot I could name it. I thought “Refrigeration 2000” was a good name, but it didn’t exactly roll of the tongue with ease. First, the obvious names like Rusty came to me. Then it hit me: Skippy. Yes, Skippy the Robot. Why Skippy? Well, I was watching “Family Ties” and two things struck me. One, Mallory was kind of mean and should have gone out on one date with Skippy. Two, Skippy was a strange, yet good name for a robot.

So how has my life changed? Not much different expect that now I feel differently towards my fellow robots. I often wonder what Data or Kyten would be like on a date. I’m more understanding toward Vicky of “Small Wonder.” I’m wondering if Crow and Tom would accept me as robot brethren. Knowing C-3PO and R2-D2 are the Bert and Ernie of the robot world. I'm finding Robby the Robot (from Forbidden Planet) kind of cute. And finally, love towards the Tin Man who only wanted a heart. I’m not sure how much more my life will change later when I become Skippy the Robot. I do know that whatever happens, I know what it’s like to be a human and a robot.

MST3K Schedules

Sci-Fi Channel
{All times are Eastern and tentative}
01/19/02 - 9:00 am - 0913 Quest of the Delta Knights
01/29/02 - 9:00 am - 0811 Parts: the Clonus Horror
02/02/02 - 9:00 am - 1003 Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders
02/09/02 - 9:00 am - 0816 Prince of Space
02/16/02 - 9:00 am - 1002 Girl in Gold Boots
02/23/02 - 9:00 am - 0911 Devil Fish
03/02/02 - 9:00 am - 1004 Future War
03/09/02 - 9:00 am - 0907 Hobgoblins
03/16/02 - 9:00 am - 1006 Boggy Creek II
03/23/02 - 9:00 am - 1008 Final Justice
03/30/02 - 9:00 am - 0821 Time Chasers

Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO
{All times are Mountain and tentative, in the LSC Senate Chambers.}
01/18/02 - 7:00 pm - 0410 Hercules Against the Moon Men
01/25/02 - 7:00 pm - 0202 Sidehackers
02/01/02 - 7:00 pm - 0307 Daddy-O
02/08/02 - 7:00 pm - 0611 Last of the Wild Horses
02/15/02 - 7:00 pm - 0201 Rocketship X-M
02/22/02 - 7:00 pm - MST3K MONSTER II: THE QUICKENING
0302 Gamera
0904 Werewolf
03/01/02 - 7:00 pm - 0803 Mole People
03/08/02 - 7:00 pm - 0612 Starfighters
03/22/02 - 7:00 pm - 0403 City Limits
Our second collection of MST3K short films!
04/05/02 - 7:00 pm - 0306 Time of the Apes
04/12/02 - 7:00 pm - 0415 Beatniks
04/19/02 - 7:00 pm - 0604 Zombie Nightmare
04/26/02 - 7:00 pm - MST3K OMEGA
0512 Mitchell
1013 Diabolik
05/03/02 - 7:00 pm - 0706 Laserblast

Classifieds 3000

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How You Can Contribute!

Members of MSTies Anonymous are always invited to contribute MST-related articles to this newsletter, plug their MST3K activities/sites/etc. in the Classifieds 3000, or even start up a regular column of their own! Stuck for ideas on what to write about? Try the following...

#(8)o Biography of a Brain
#(8)o MST ASCII art
#(8)o Short MSTings of a Usenet posts
#(8)o Any episode/season review
#(8)o 'Bot building experiences
#(8)o MST event experiences
#(8)o Turn your favorite newspaper article into your own about MST
#(8)o Gateway Con
#(8)o Tape trading trials and tribulations
#(8)o MST site development hell
#(8)o Old series war tales

The SOL Post is published each month on the 15th, so all items to be published are due on the 14th. Write early, and write often! Huzzah!


All material written by club members in this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the staff of MSTies Anonymous. Endorsement of above publicized activities not operated by MSTies Anonymous should not be implied. Published material is subject to editing only for spelling, grammar, clarity, and formatting; other changes are not made without express written consent of the author.

Events presented by MSTies Anonymous of Colorado may be sponsored by one or more of the following campus groups: the Associated Students of Colorado State University, the Association for Student Activity Programming, and/or the Panhellenic Council (long story).

Mystery Science Theater 3000, its characters and situations are copyright 2001 Best Brains, Inc. This publication is not meant to infringe on any copyrights held by Best Brains, the Sci-Fi Channel, or their employees.

"Gizmonics" and all related elements are copyright and trademark Joel Hodgson. This publication is not meant to infringe on any copyrights held by him, so please do not sue us.

© 2002 MSTies Anonymous
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