This Thursday, A.D. November 27, 2013 12:42 AM   Subscribe

The time: Thursday at noon US Eastern time, 9 AM US Pacific, for approximately nine hours (maybe more, if special features are planned).
The place: Joel Hodgson's website, www.mst3kturkeyday.com.
The other place: our own chat server, chat.metafilter.com.
The reason: to watch a guy in space and his two wisecracking robots mock terrible movies.

As we discussed in the recent Turkey Day thread, many years ago it was a tradition for Comedy Central to show a marathon of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes on Thanksgiving Day. And this year, the 25th anniversary of the show's premiere on KTMA television in Minnesota, Joel Hodgson is resurrecting this most turkulous tradition by hosting a live stream of six episodes on the website listed above, chosen by fans responding to the call for suggestions on his Twitter feed.

Since there are lots of MSTies on Metafilter, I suggested in that thread that we meet in Chat at the appointed time and watch the stream together. Of course we'll be leaving and joining back in periodically throughout, I imagine, it being a Big Family Day and all. But if you have some spare moments this year, why don't you join us celebrating Thanksgiving in the most appropriate manner -- by watching eye-peelingly bad movies.
posted by JHarris to MetaFilter-Related at 12:42 AM (71 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

this is a beautiful thing. beautiful. See y'all tomorrow.
posted by angrycat at 2:27 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


This sounds like a cool idea. I'll try to be there. Thanksgiving is always a Huge Family Day for us, so I'll probably catch the ending at most.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:07 AM on November 27, 2013


Not having a Big Family for Big Family Day, I will be there in my red jumpsuit with my special parts (mostly my special Green Bean Casserole made with Cream of Broccoli Soup instead of Mushroom), ready to point out any really bad puns they have neglected to include in their mockery. I may already be square, but I'll be there.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:14 AM on November 27, 2013


Exciting! Thanks for this MeTa, I missed the original post.

I'll be able to join in early for a while, and then my cat Torgo will take care of the place while I'm away.
posted by Room 641-A at 4:41 AM on November 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Does this have anything at all with a plan to launch a single mefite and two robots into space because I have a couple of suggestions.
posted by elizardbits at 5:35 AM on November 27, 2013 [9 favorites]


Is this something I would have to have a poorly-constructed space station and a hapless minion to understand?
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:58 AM on November 27, 2013 [4 favorites]


I wonder what percentage of people who watch MST3K do so whilst high.
posted by theredpen at 6:12 AM on November 27, 2013


That's not how watching Mystery Science Theater should be. It should be secret and shameful and leathery and dirty.
posted by cog_nate at 6:16 AM on November 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


You know who else will be full of meat? GAMERA.
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:28 AM on November 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Can someone email me if they do Space Mutiny?
posted by griphus at 6:59 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is a great use of the chat room. Just fair warning that if something is going screwy, we may be a little slow on the draw getting it repaired, so make sure you drop a note to the contact form (and/or find us on IM) because that will be the fastest way to get someone.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 7:21 AM on November 27, 2013


Oh this is gonna be a blast!
posted by inturnaround at 7:25 AM on November 27, 2013


I wonder what percentage of people who watch MST3K do so whilst high.

The winter term of my freshman year, my drug-doing-maybe-dealing roommate who thought he was leading me astray, another guy, and I would get high before watching old MST3K VHS tapes most weeknights. However, before this could happen, my roommate, fearful that he was ruining my life, made sure that I had done all of my homework.

Perhaps not coincidentally, I had a 4.0 grade point average that term.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 7:26 AM on November 27, 2013 [14 favorites]


MEFITE ROLL CALL
posted by The Whelk at 7:33 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


inturnaround! (I'M HUGE)
posted by inturnaround at 7:34 AM on November 27, 2013


But, but, I need to listen to Alice's Restaurant at Noon on Thursday.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 7:48 AM on November 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


And then Mathowie's Community Blog at 12:30, yes.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:57 AM on November 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


I'm dying to find out what episodes Joel has picked.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:03 AM on November 27, 2013


At a time like this I always ask myself "What would Mitchell do?"
posted by octobersurprise at 8:06 AM on November 27, 2013


Can we prove he's not actually Hoyt Axton?
posted by The Whelk at 8:13 AM on November 27, 2013


Can we all be issued free sock accounts with MST3K pseudonyms? Make it happen, mods.

Slab Bulkhead, Bridge Largemeat, Punt Speedchunk, Butch Deadlift, Bold Bigflank

ROWSDOWERRRRRR
posted by Think_Long at 8:48 AM on November 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Beef Stronghuge or GTFO
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:48 AM on November 27, 2013


Big McLargehuge.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 AM on November 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Hugh J. O'Mg
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 8:57 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Gentle stranger with pecs like melons and knees of fringe
posted by Think_Long at 8:58 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh Z'no!
posted by The Whelk at 8:58 AM on November 27, 2013


The…kiss-way to the promised land?
posted by Z. Aurelius Fraught at 9:16 AM on November 27, 2013


ROWSDOWERRRRRR

Ahem, there's already MetaFilter's own zap rowsdower.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:18 AM on November 27, 2013


Pogo_Fuzzybutt: But, but, I need to listen to Alice's Restaurant at Noon on Thursday.

cortex: And then Mathowie's Community Blog at 12:30, yes.

And somewhere in there, just sit back and browse through the links.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:21 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


A traitorous Frenchman! Who would've thought?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:22 AM on November 27, 2013


Can we all be issued free sock accounts with MST3K pseudonyms? Make it happen, mods.

BOB JOHNSON.
posted by entropicamericana at 9:38 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'll take The Elusive Robert Denby.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:40 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hi, I'm Bob Evil!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:03 AM on November 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


ROCK CLIMBING
(is my sock)
posted by angrycat at 10:54 AM on November 27, 2013


WE LIKE IT VERY MUCH
posted by Rangeboy at 11:43 AM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Expressing individualism is just plain wrong.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:06 PM on November 27, 2013


Sorry, I'm planning to spend the afternoon blowing up the Hitler building.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 4:04 PM on November 27, 2013


JUST STOP SAYING 25 YEARS OKAY???? JUST STOP IT.
posted by JanetLand at 4:11 PM on November 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's it. Instead of a turkey tomorrow, I'm serving Sandy Franks.
posted by octobersurprise at 4:23 PM on November 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Just fair warning that if something is going screwy, we may be a little slow on the draw getting it repaired, so make sure you drop a note to the contact form (and/or find us on IM) because that will be the fastest way to get someone.

Got it! Thanks again for the chat room, we'll try not to get hamdinger wrappers all over the place.
posted by JHarris at 5:36 PM on November 27, 2013


I'm going to be surrounded by family all day but will try and stop by.
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:15 PM on November 27, 2013


This will not end msty.
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:31 PM on November 27, 2013


Oh man, I am so there for all of this.

DEEEEEP HURTING!
posted by tzikeh at 8:46 PM on November 27, 2013


I picked the perfect week to buy a computer that can stream video to my television. Awesome.
posted by davejay at 12:34 AM on November 28, 2013


About five hours until it begins.

The stream page seems to be at http://www.mst3kturkeyday.com/mst3k/marathon.html, which is also where www.mst3kturkeyday.com leads. Unfortunately for some of us, it says only US and Canada streams, boo.

The page can also be loaded on YouTube directly at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_jrJCRlItM.
posted by JHarris at 3:52 AM on November 28, 2013 [2 favorites]


You guys you can still make it to the chatroom in time for Mitchell.
posted by Dr. Zira at 5:08 PM on November 28, 2013


For whoever that was in chat that expressed interest in my Torgo Death March ringtone: link (7.0M zip). Bonus ringtone: the dance music from Creeping Terror. The unlooped originals are included. Not that you can really tell the difference, I think they were made by looping a clip in the first place, but they are longer.
posted by cj_ at 5:34 PM on November 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Well, that was fun.

Thanks for hanging with me, everyone. Sorry about the nap midway through, and about having to bail before the last movie for dinner... but wow, that was great!
posted by hippybear at 6:20 PM on November 28, 2013


You missed Mitchell!
posted by Dr. Zira at 6:50 PM on November 28, 2013


Thanks for watching and joining in the chat everyone!
posted by JHarris at 6:56 PM on November 28, 2013


There's no way I could watch MST and IRC at the same time, but I do like knowing there are MST3K heads around here. Warm fuzzy glow for everyone.
posted by bleep-blop at 7:02 PM on November 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Aw, man! I missed Mitchell?!
posted by palomar at 7:31 PM on November 28, 2013


I had to bail when Werewolf started, so what ran after that?
posted by palomar at 8:00 PM on November 28, 2013


I've never seen Mitchell before -- it was AWESOME!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 8:52 PM on November 28, 2013


After Werewolf was Cave Dwellers, and then The Last Spirit, and then Mitchell.

I missed the first one though!
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 8:54 PM on November 28, 2013


(Although between this and Godfather Parts I and II, my eyeballs nearly fell out)
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 8:56 PM on November 28, 2013


The full roster was: Space Mutiny, I Accuse My Parents, Werewolf, Cave Dwellers, The Final Sacrifice, and Mitchell. And then, Joel's final present-day goodbye reminded us to have a Patrick Swayze Christmas (and we saw Servo and Crow sitting down at the table with Joel for Thanksgiving dinner), and then they ran the Patrick Swayze Christmas sketch/song, and that was the end.

So good, you guys. I had such a great time, even though I had to miss Final Sacrifice to go eat turkey. I hope they do this again in future. I mean, I can watch episodes on disc or file if I want to, but there's something about having a bunch programmed by someone else just flowing into my house.
posted by theatro at 8:57 PM on November 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


Why is Werewolf so perfect? We watched in our own separate MST3K marathon despite the fact that I've seen it 9 thousand times.
posted by The Whelk at 9:11 PM on November 28, 2013


Since I'm the only MSTie in the house, I paused the live stream and let everyone else watch football. That's not how live streams work I guess. Here's hoping someone grabbed the thing and will put it up in its entirety at some point.
posted by ob1quixote at 9:32 PM on November 28, 2013


The Whelk, you are so right. I mean...it has almost everything. The uncannily-Martin-Sheen-voiced Joe Estevez, the baggy editing, the accents, the flat-affect female lead, the janky special effects--plus, in the host segments, the "Where O Werewolf" girl group song PLUS Mike turning into a werecrow, all topped off by the spectacular final-credits song medley that never fails to cheer me up. TUSK!
posted by theatro at 6:36 AM on November 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


I don't know, I'm not supposed to talk to people who aren't in the movie.
posted by The Whelk at 7:17 AM on November 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wasn't John Saxon in this movie?
posted by Chrysostom at 11:35 AM on November 29, 2013


ROWSDOWER!
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 11:44 AM on November 29, 2013


If you think you know what a sampo is, write it down on a piece of paper, throw it away and try not to think about it. You'll be glad you did.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:24 PM on November 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


it was a tremendous amount of fun watching that with everyone. It's gotten me to wondering if there's any way to set up a private MeFi MST3K streaming internet channel?
posted by JHarris at 2:42 AM on November 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Somebody in the mefightclub irc channel used to stream mst3k occasionally using livestream. I'm not sure what goes into it from the streamer's end, but I think it's free? The connected clients get an ad every now and then. You of course need to have the video to stream it to their site in the first place, and the bandwidth to do so reliably. It has a built in chat system so it wouldn't clog the existing chat.

There might be better solutions than livestream as this was about a year ago, but it worked well enough.
posted by cj_ at 12:06 PM on November 30, 2013


Complete Turkey Day 2013 Live stream including promos, while it lasts.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:36 AM on December 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


MCMikeNamara, that is one heart-warming stoner story. Serious good guy Greg stuff. Even the part where you weren't sure if he was dealing.

Meanwhile I stonedly let me brother in law take three separate one hitter tokes the other day without assessing his tolerance level and descended him into the spins and subsequent unconsciousness at the ripe old age of thirty something
posted by lordaych at 1:30 PM on December 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


By "complete," ob1quixote means only the non-movie bits.
posted by JHarris at 1:58 PM on December 2, 2013


Is it? Rats. I admit to not checking it carefully. It was linked from the MST3k Facebook page. I really wanted to see it in all its glory. I guess though that one could watch the bumpers then stream the movies piecemeal, which is better than nothing.
posted by ob1quixote at 7:12 PM on December 2, 2013


And I thought Mike's politics were bad, they have nothing on his opinions about the Replacements!
posted by entropicamericana at 7:48 AM on December 5, 2013


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