Rejoice, ye sci-fi fan boys and comic book nerds, for Joel Hodgson of MST3K has returned with a new series: Cinematic Titanic. As every freak and geek who was watching cable television during the mid 1990s remembers, Mystery Science Theater 3000 was a two hour long television show that featured creator Joel Hodgson as Joel Robinson as a space agency janitor who was shot into space only to be forced to endure endless viewings of the worst B movies that his torturers could find.
In the original Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel and his robot friends, Tom Servo and Crow, suffered through one B-film after another, surviving only by their ability to poke fun at the low production values, poor acting and ludicrous plot lines. The majority of the show simply featured the film itself with silouettes of Tom and company sitting down in the right hand corner of the screen hamming it up. Despite the fact that the cult TV show inspired a whole generation of snarky teenagers to improvise commentary of their own in countless budget movie theaters, MST3K worked its way into the hearts of millions, and the show was sorely missed when it was canceled in 1999. With Cinematic Titanic, Joel Hodson and the gang are back…for the most part.
In 2007, Joel Hodson returned with Tracy Beaulieu, Mary Jo Pehl and others to create Cinematic Titanic, a brand new show based on the same premise as Mystery Science Theater 3000. While Cinematic Titanic records their shows for DVD sales and digital download, they are primarily a live performance company that travels the United States and performs their silhouetted routine live in front of an actual screen with a film being projected in real time.