If you've been missing Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever since it went off the air, you're in luck. Longtime fans of the movie-riffing series know that its original star Joel Hodgson left the show in 1993, when it was at the height of popularity. Mike Nelson, the head writer for the series, took over and it lasted another six years before finally going off the air in 1999. Almost ten years later, Joel and most of the original crew including Trace Beaulieu (Crow), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo), Frank Conniff (TV's Frank) and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester) have returned in the form of Cinematic Titanic, and it's awesome.

The show doesn't air online or on any channel (yet), but you can order the newly available pilot episode The Oozing Skull from their website. The gang doesn't build gizmos or robots this time (unfortunately), but they do appear onscreen in silhouette and riff on movies. It's great just to hear everyone together again, even if we do miss terribly the characters of Tom Servo, Crow, and the Satellite of Love.

There's no theme song introduction this time that explains what the show is all about, but there is the Time Tube. At the end of every episode, the gang puts its review in a massive steel torpedo which is meant to preserve 500 bad movies for over 5,000 years. Meaning if future generations ever do invent time travel, they're going to come back and and wipe most of us out just for subjecting them to this unbearable torture. Joel, if that becomes the premise of your next endeavor, at least tip your hat to us.


Mike Nelson's own RiffTrax offers a similar movie-riffing experience, which is audio-only and features him movie-riffing on popular films with guest hosts. We won't be having a Titanic Riffing head-to-head battle just yet. But wait for it.