Before we start, I think I should admit something. I never really watched Mystery Science Theater 3000.
In fact, before this reboot of the series, I had only seen one episode called Devil Fish on YouTube a few years back. That was it. I liked it but it didn’t make any real impact on me so I forgot about it.
When I heard about Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return I remembered the Devil Fish episode and thought to myself “Oh yeah, that was funny. I’ll check out the new one when it comes out”.
So while a collection of the original series is available on Netflix, at the time of writing I have only seen this version, but I might watch it later on.
For that reason, I’m going to judge Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return solely on its own merits and not compare it to its predecessor. On top of that, as someone who had only seen one of the old episodes, consider this an outsiders opinion and review.
Ok, now that’s out of the way, why the hell did I not watch this series sooner?
Pop culture references? Check. Meta humour? Check. Likeable if not lovable robots and human host? Check.
If I had to sum this show up in one word, it would be charming. Everyone in this show, even the so-called villains are oddly charming in their own way, which makes the show a joy to watch.
While comedy is subjective, I personally enjoy Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return‘s sense of humour. If you enjoy sarcasm and fourth wall jokes, then you are going do have a good time with this show.
I thought that the show was simply going to be Johan and the bots mocking cheesy films, but there is something of a running plot line near the end of the season. I won’t spoil it for you, but I didn’t see it coming.
To be honest, there is one thing about this show that I dislike, the ad breaks. This season was made for Netflix, so I don’t understand why there are so many ad breaks. It ruins the flow of the show for me. The only reason I can see for this is that it is a reference to the original. However, this is a personal issue, don’t hold it against Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a silly but fun show to binge then might I suggest Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. Oozing with charm and wit, it’s 90 minutes of good old fashioned laughs. I highly recommend it.