Playing: Contra 3: The Alien Wars
Eating: Toaster Strudels
I saw the first revival episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3,000," (via Netflix) and loved it.
Like the "Beavis & Butthead" revival a few years back, (and sadly short lived) it was very true to the original, wasn't overdone at all, and yet also a bit modernized, but not too much.
There's even a few riffs, and nods to the old show for MISTIE fans to spot. Even a humorous "song" segment in the first new episode which kinda feels like something you'd see in the old one. But don't worry the show doesn't just rely on nostalgia, and has some nice new things, as well.
The new characters during the skits seem amusing, (I like the "Bonehead" minions the MADs have) Jonah's seems to be a good replacement for Joel, & Mike too, as he's quite similar to them, but also at the same time has his own unique quirky style.
Crow & Tom are still the same loveable crazy puppet robots. They seem a bit upgraded though, like Crow's arms work a bit better, and Tom can be seen hovering high occasionally. I like how Gypsy has a new female voice now, as looking back her old gruff "man trying to sound female" voice was a li'l annoying. Judging by the intro the always offscreen (due to being the "camera" on the SOL) Cambot has a new look, which seems traditional as he used to have his design changed almost every season.
The "special effects" during host bits seem upgraded too, but luckily still look very cheap. I like how the "door sequence" between the host bits, and movie are now stop-motion animated like an old movie.
As for the movie itself "Reptilicus" was probably the best B-movie choice for the first episode, and provided plenty of good riff fodder for Jonah, and the robots.
I'm sure a few older fans will cringe at the riff referencing Twitter, and be all like "the old show wasn't like that!" Go rewatch it, the original show was full of (outdated) '80s & '90s pop-culture references, & topical things. So a few modern day references aren't going to kill anybody, you should really just relax. It's just a show.
Overall, I feel if you're going to revive the old show, best to do it right, and this does a great job from what I've seen so far. As a "MYSTIE" fan sense childhood, it's great to see this show, like seeing an old friend again.
What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below.
PS: Also a few months ago, I finally got a mini "NES Classic Edition," and it's awesome. I wasn't even really bothered by the short controller cord, like most critics were, but they should've at least made it as long as the Wii/WiiU Classic controllers you plug in the Wii-motes.
Speaking of which, my GameCube-style Wii/WiiU "Classic" controller works surprisingly well with it too. (The Home button even works as a reset button to take me back to the main menu.) The games do indeed look better picture quality then Virtual Console, and the save points come in handy. Be sure to Google the 10-live code for "Super C," (doesn't use the same code as the first Contra) which is probably one of my favorite games on there out of the ones I never played before. (As for ones I already have played before, SMB3, Balloon Fight, Excitebike, Zelda 2, Castlevania, and Bubble Bobble will always be faves.)