Good evening. Unless, of course, it is day where you are, to which I say “Turn off your computer, walk away, and then come back tonight so my greeting can be received in its proper context.” Truly, it’s the least you can do.
Is it evening now? You may want to check outside the nearest window. It is? Good.
My name is Jim Vorel. Welcome to my “365” project blog, MST3k Riff-a-Day. After watching a number of friends attempt “366” projects last year with varying degrees of success (that leap day is a bitch), I began to wonder what sort of daily blog would suit me best. I didn’t want to do something I’d seen plastered all over the internet before. There are, after all, dozens if not hundreds of “beer a day” blogs, and there are certainly blogs devoted to Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well. But if there’s already a blog out there that takes an in-depth look into individual obscure riffs from the cult-classic show each day, well, then I apologize to the guy I’m ripping off.
What I aim to attempt here is a daily deconstruction of a single joke from Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you don’t know what the show is, I recommend you visit the “What is MST3k?” page.
If you have seen the show before, though, then you would likely understand why a blog like this could be helpful. The writers of MST3k came from varied backgrounds and possessed an absolutely ridiculous panoramic grasp of pop culture. Their riffs on bad movies contain references to sports, advanced science, literature, advertisements, music, and of course other movies in equal aplomb.
This inevitably tends to confuse people. I readily admit that I don’t understand many, many of the riffs that are spaced out over almost 200 episodes of the show. I figure that in doing this blog and committing myself to the internet research, I’ll learn a lot as well. And ultimately, isn’t that why we usually undertake these projects?
And I even picked a non-leap year.
What do you think, sirs?