Friday, July 25

Dr. Forrester & Dr. Wily Will Rule My World.

I gotta tell you, this week is shaping up to be nothing short of a soggy nerd dream for yours truly. After the release of the genre-defining The Dark Knight, I now get an early peek at the Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary DVD Collection, to be released in October.

It''s beautiful. Now that I think about it, I'm positive that this is what was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. If I were Jules, I wouldn't have given it up to Honey Bunny, either.

It's hard for me to believe that a show like MST3K is turning 20 this year, mainly due to the fact that it only went off the air four years ago (in rerun form). I've always placed MST3K right next to The Simpsons when it came to the greatest comedy television of all-time, and in a lot of arguable ways, it surpassed the animated series. Even though I have all of the episodes on tape, I will buy whatever they decide to sell me in that beautiful tin case, for old time's sake.

Finally today, I present to you the first trailer of the all-new Mega Man 9 game. If you're familiar with the incredible Mega Man franchise, you'll know that the first 6 installments were released for the Nintendo Entertainment System from 1987 to 1993. Mega Man 7 was released for the Super Nintendo in 1995, and Mega Man 8 came out for the Playstation in 1997.

Ten years later, the Capcom team has finally put the wraps on Mega Man 9. Take a look.

Yes, you just saw that, and yes, that's the new Mega Man game. For the Nintendo Entertainment System. Here, check out the cover artwork!

This is one of the coolest and more unprecedented video game stories I've heard in years, and I commend the Capcom folks for embracing the Mega Man nostalgia and creating a brand new 8-bit adventure. Wow; what a week.

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend. More new stuff next week.

I think I shall put that on my Christmas list...MST3K, not Mega Man. Although Scott may enjoy that.

We are very close to getting started on our video game room. Apparently all the painting I am doing is in preparation for rearranging shelving. Scott is even looking into an arcade cabinet system. Sweetness.

I'm so jealous right now, I could spit. In fact, I just did, right onto a stack of important documents.
I go to this site called and saw that they will be selling t-shirts with the box art for Mega Man 9. Once it's up there, I'm totally getting one. I'll send you a link when it's available if you want.

I was going to get this for the Wii, but now I think I'm going to download it for the Xbox Live Arcade for the achievements.
Rad. Thanks!

The marketing brilliance is stunning. The Capcom crew realized who their Mega Man audience was (total retrogamers), and went straight for them in the best way they knew how. With any luck, this will be the start of a whole new subgenre of 'new' retrogames.
Note To Self: No more Mega Man stuff.

Freaking ever.

I love the brings back a lot of memories, and it made me laugh out loud. I think I have several photos of you with that same hair style and look on your face. Funny stuff.
I think every photo of him from that time had that look on his face. Such a joyful lad he was.
It was one of the coolest days of my entire life, but I wasn't much for camera mugging, even aboard the Satellite Of Love.
What is the anniversary set selling for and how can I rig the upcoming CDP contest that will give out a copy?
You're going to have to sleep with me, Will. That's how Caveman pulled it off.

From what I can see, the DVD set is selling for 50 bucks, and should be released in October (Turkey Day!). The entire MST3K cast (seriously everyone) is doing a 20th Anniversary Panel at Comic-Con this year, where they will announce what all is in the collection.
I know that Thanksgiving is in November, by the way, it's just that the anniversary of the show....nevermind.
Self-professed 'MST3K junkie' Patton Oswalt is hosting that panel, by the way.
Perfect, it will come out just in time for my birthday!
The entire MST3K cast (seriously everyone) is doing a 20th Anniversary Panel at Comic-Con this year, where they will announce what all is in the collection.

Really?!? Mike and Joel in the same place, at the same time! And this doesn't rend the fabric of the universe from sheer force of awesome, how? Ohmygosh - just looking at the guest lineup for this year I'd have sold a vital organ to afford the trip just for the chance to see a handful of those people.

The anniversary set will be added to my Christmas list. Actually, it'll probably be the only thing on there...
If you recall episode 1001: Soultaker, Mike and Joel were on the Satellite of Love at the same time (Joel flew back up to fix a self-destruct mechanism on the SOL to save Mike's life).

It was a classic episode. Mike asked Joel if he could rescue him and take him back to Earth, and Joel said that he didn't really want to, and that was it.

It also referenced the massive 'Joel vs. Mike' feud by having Mike lament to Servo about how much cooler Joel was than him because he was running a Hot Fish shop in Osseo, Wisconsin. Servo settles everything once and for all by saying, "Don't compare yourself, Mike. It ain't healthy."

God, I love that show.
For whatever reason I don't remember that episode at all.
Soultaker was the Season 10 premiere (on the Sci-Fi channel), and I think it aired in April of 1999. Perhaps you were no longer watching it at that point or something. TV's Frank also makes a return appearance in this episode. The entire thing is available on YouTube, and it's totally worth your time.
I will be purchasing mine first thing in October.

God knows I can't afford to "win" another CDP contest..
Doesn't Soultaker have a Sheen or an Estevez in it?
God knows I can't afford to "win" another CDP contest..

Don't act like you didn't enjoy it.
Joe Estevez! And Robert Z'Dar!

CAVEMAN - The CDP will fully reimburse your for any resulting medical expenses.
Mike and Joel in the same room is not surprising. There were never any hard feelings between the two of them. Joel left the show largely because of a dispute with producer Jim Mallon over the direction Best Brains would go in.
Z'Dar is a real last name? I'm totally changing my last name to that.

Emily Z'Dar, Destroyer of Nations!
WILL - On, there's an interview with Jim Mallon on the eve of the 20th Anniversary Panel. This is Mallon's first MST3K-related interview in over a decade; well worth a read for the hardcore fan.

EMILY - Dude has a face like a catcher's mitt.
Kneel before...Z'Dar?
I wish I could make it to San Diego this weekend. I would totally try to get in Ray Bradbury's pants. that weird of me?
All hail Z'Dar!
Emily Z'Dar...

I love it!!!!
I actually bought a $1.99 DVD of Future War with the Z'Dar after watching the MST3K episode countless times. I think I came across it at Menards or Farm & Fleet or someplace like that. Hearing about the 20th Anniversary Collection is great news. I am so looking forward to wasting literal days catching up on those episodes
WALLROCK - Crazily enough, Future War will be included in the MST3K 20th Anniversary Collection! Long live Z'Dar!

Also, I did the same thing with Jack Frost. If you can believe it, our 5th Grade class was shown Jack Frost the day before Christmas vacation in 1992 as a treat. Years later, I fell in love with the MST3K version, and eventually found an original copy of the VHS version at a Family Video in 2007.

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