With 12 days left on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign, a new cast member has been revealed! Consumate character actor Patton Oswalt has been announced as the next evil henchman, TV’s Son of TV’s Frank. For those who are not avid fans of the B movie-riffing television show that ran from 1988 until its cancellation in 1999, TV’s Frank was the henchman to Mad Scientist Dr. Clayton Forrester. It seems family ties are strong in this reboot/continuation, since it has already been announced that Felicia Day is to play Dr. Forrester’s daughter, Kinga Forrester.
Patton Oswalt has graced TV screens in various roles on numerous TV shows. Most notably, he was Spence Olchin, the nerd on King of Queens. In the cinematic universe, he played the voice of Remy the rat in Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille. Of Oswalt, MST3K creator Joel Hodgson said on his Kickstarter page, “I realized right away he was a kindred spirit, and damn funny, too”. Besides Oswalt and Day, Jonah Ray has been announced as the host of the show, with Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn voicing the robots Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo. Hodgson has also voiced the hope that MST3K alumni will appear in some of the episodes. He’s extended an invitation to everyone from the original cast to come back either as a cameo or to be a part of the creative team.
Although nothing is completely set in stone until the campaign is over, it is looking more and more certain that a full 12 episode run is going to be made, leaving plenty of space for cameos and guest stars. There are 12 days left for fans to donate to the Kickstarter crowd funding, and already more than $3.3 million has been raised, which means six episodes are all but guaranteed. $5.5 million is needed for the full 12. The new series will appear as webisodes, according to Hodgson.
There have been some complaints that the actors and comedians attached to the relaunch are too well-known, in contrast to the relative nobodies who populated the original cast. It makes sense, though. Fans are more likely to donate money if they can get behind the case. So that begs the questions, willOswalt make a good henchman? Will he fit in well with the rest of the revealed cast members? Can any of them live up to the hype that is surrounding this project? Only time will tell.