In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of Riffing
Robert G. Weiner, Shelley E. Barba
McFarland, Mar 4, 2011 - Performing Arts - 277 pages
The award-winning television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988-1999) has been described as "the smartest, funniest show in America," and forever changed the way we watch movies. The series featured a human host and a pair of robotic puppets who, while being subjected to some of the worst films ever made, provided ongoing hilarious and insightful commentary in a style popularly known as "riffing." These essays represent the first full-length scholarly analysis of Mystery Science Theater 3000--MST3K--which blossomed from humble beginnings as a Minnesota public-access television show into a cultural phenomenon on two major cable networks. The book includes interviews with series creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Kevin Murphy and Trace Beaulieu.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This collection of essays regarding Mystery Science Theater 3000 manages to pull off something I would have thought impossible. It made MST3K seem boring. The articles written are far too academic for the subject matter, as if they were meant to appear in scholarly journals. There are a few exceptions, the interviews with the cast and crew are fun and interesting, but mostly these articles are just dull. As Joel and the bots would say, "It stinks!"
Review: In the Peanut Gallery with Mystery Science Theater 3000: Essays on Film, Fandom, Technology and the Culture of RiffingUser Review - meredith ann - Goodreads
as a newer fan of mst3k (a little less than 2 years), i knew i wouldn't get all the references in this book nor would i have seen all the episodes. still, i wanted to read it. some of the essays were ... Read full review
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