Mystery Science Theater 3000/Season Eight

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Season Eight
Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Season Premiere February 1, 1997
Season Finale December 6, 1997
Episode Count 22 + 3 specials
Notable Episodes 8x20 - Space Mutiny
8x21 - Time Chasers
8x22 - Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
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Season Eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiered on February 1, 1997. Following the series' cancellation by Comedy Central, fans initiated a then unprecidented campaign to save the program, which included taking out full-page advertisements in Variety. Their attempts succeeded when Sci-Fi Channel picked up the series beginning with this season. The chief difference between this season and the previous is that the show was required to only do episodes on movies which fit into the network's broad definition of science fiction, which included horror and fantasy.

Mike and the Bots return from their state of pure energy after many decades to once again watch bad movies on the Satellite of Love. Pearl Forrester, who emerges from a state of cryogenic sleep, remains their chief antagonist. She is aided by Professor Bobo from Earth (which is now ruled by apes) and Observer (otherwise known as Brain Guy), a man from a race of beings who carry their brains in jars. Professor Bobo was played by Kevin Murphy (the voice of Tom Servo) and Brain Guy was played by Bill Corbett (the new voice of Crow). In addition to these new "Mads," Gypsy's puppeteering was handed over to Patrick Brantseg when Jim Mallon left mid-season.

Sci-Fi Channel's one request of the show was an ongoing story arc between episodes. In this season, Mike and the Bots travel throughout the galaxy with Pearl in hot pursuit. A running theme in the show from this point on is Mike randomly blowing up planets when he attempts to solve a problem.

Before the show debuted, Sci-Fi Channel held an event called "MST3K - The Home Game" on January 25, 1997. It allowed viewers at home to submit one-liners and their own riffs while viewing a movie on Sci-Fi. Their quotes would then be displayed on the screen. The movie shown for this special was "The Day The World Ended." Sci-Fi also continued the Thanksgiving day tradition and aired a mini-marathon of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on November 27-28.

Episodes

# # Title Airdate
SP4 SP The Day the World Ended January 25, 1997
150 1 Revenge of the Creature February 1, 1997
151 2 The Leech Woman February 8, 1997
152 3 The Mole People February 15, 1997
153 4 The Deadly Mantis February 22, 1997
154 5 The Thing That Couldn't Die March 1, 1997
155 6 The Undead March 8, 1997
156 7 Terror from the Year 5000 March 15, 1997
157 8 The She Creature April 5, 1997
158 9 I Was a Teenage Werewolf April 19, 1997
159 10 The Giant Spider Invasion May 31, 1997
160 11 Parts: The Clonus Horror June 7, 1997
161 12 The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies June 14, 1997
162 13 Jack Frost July 12, 1997
163 14 Riding with Death July 19, 1997
SP5 SP The Making of MST3K August 1, 1997
164 15 Agent for H.A.R.M. August 2, 1997
165 16 Prince of Space August 16, 1997
SP6 SP First Annual Summer Blockbuster Review September 2, 1997
166 17 Horror of Party Beach September 6, 1997
167 18 Devil Doll October 4, 1997
168 19 Invasion of the Neptune Men October 11, 1997
169 20 Space Mutiny November 7, 1997
170 21 Time Chasers November 22, 1997
171 22 Overdrawn at the Memory Bank December 6, 1997


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