Mystery Science Theater 3000/Season Eight
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.
|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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