MST3K, the cult movie-riffing series that inspired a million bad movie fans, is returning soon via Netflix, but that’s not even the biggest news the show has to offer.
Two of the show’s first three episodes, long thought to have been lost forever, “Invaders From The Deep” and “Revenge Of The Mysterions From Mars,”have recently been recovered!
In his announcement of this minor miracle of video archaeology, series creator Joel Hodgson doesn’t mention Best Brains co-founder Jim Mallon, who fan theory holds has been holding on to the tapes all this time. Instead, he simply says, “I actually thought we had discovered copies of these episodes at one point during the Kickstarter last year, and I was really excited that I’d be able to finally share them with you. And then it turned out that we hadn’t found them, and it was a real bummer. But then, earlier this year, a few final boxes turned up. And there they were: the very first episodes of MST3K ever made.”
Hodgson goes on to say that re-watching the episodes nearly 30 years later was a bit rough, but that ”seeing them now, I’m so proud we took the leap of faith and tried it.” The episodes are now available to anyone whose Kickstarter rewards included “Classic MST3K Bonus Episodes,” and you can find them by logging in to your VHX account and going to the “Classic Episodes” section. Hodgson also adds that he took some notes on the new-old episodes, and will share them sometime this week.