They REALLY got carried away after the (perceived?) love for the monster song from Reptilicus. There are so many musical bits. And nobody has the singing chops of Kevin Murphy, either.
I like Gypsy's new voice. It's not as charming as Jim Mallon's rendition but as it's own thing it's a nice change. Jim's voice was funny but it could get annoying in big doses, whereas the new voice lets Gypsy participate in more skits and get in on the riffs. If I had to choose one I'd pick Jim for nostalgia's sake.
I'd be fine with new fake Gypsy if they had made her a different color and given her a different name. That ain't Gypsy.I like Gypsy's new voice. It's not as charming as Jim Mallon's rendition but as it's own thing it's a nice change. Jim's voice was funny but it could get annoying in big doses, whereas the new voice lets Gypsy participate in more skits and get in on the riffs. If I had to choose one I'd pick Jim for nostalgia's sake.
I feel that having musical numbers in the theater where they mute the movie to sing the song kinda violates the rules of the show. This happened last season during Starcrash, too. Overall, I thought this season was much stronger than last year's, and I think they did a much better job establishing a rapport between Jonah and the bots.
I rarely found them actually funny, but I think they did a lot for the pacing, especially when they were doing one of these "bad in a bland way" films. MST3K always had a sort of variety show charm to it which makes it great to relax to, and the cast segments dividing up the movie plays a big part in that, especially when they were directly referencing the movie. Even if they're not always funny I appreciate them and I love the practical effects if nothing else. Just started season 12 though so I have no idea how annoying those musical numbers are.I never was a fan of the skits in any of MST3K, sometimes I'd chuckle or enjoy a joke or two but they never were a selling point for me so I skip these ones, too.
The Crow guy is...okay. But the other two really don't have the presence to compete with Joel, Mike, Weinstein and Murphy. And boy howdy do I loathe the anti-humor produced by Felicia Day. She ruins every scene she's in. One of the skits from The Beast of Hollow Mountain had me exploding with laughter at first, but then she showed up, and it felt so forced that it sucked all the humor out of it. And somehow, they've really managed to ruin Gypsy, which takes a lot of effort. A part of me wonders if they changed Gypsy's voice to avoid angering troons who would (threaten to) kill themselves at the thought of an audience laughing at a silly man-doing-a-lady's-voice scenario. And the constant easy layup references to mainstream video games is incredibly patronizing.Oh boy , more shit I won’t see just because I don’t really find the cast that funny.
One of my favorite riffs is in Carnival Magic after Markov tells the story about his murdered family. "We never found the talking chimp that did it."I was generally amused by the host segments back in the days of Joel/Mike and The Bots but every segment featuring Day and Oswalt they come off very much like deer caught in the headlights and those segments are all miss as in "hit or"
The new crew aren't quite up to par with the previous crews but they at least started clicking together better as Season One went on, and the film selection helped. A particular favorite of the feculent gems was Carnival Magic, which was as good as another other movie MST3K did which had originally sat in storage for ages before being found again...so, "The Dead Talk Back" and..."Carnival Magic".
The grubby film and talking monkey that only grumbled and said unfunny things and the main character, Markov, being a Marty-Stu style fount of wisdom and super-competence, ingredients for a perfect target film for MST3K in any era.
(Markov trying to give Alex the talking chimpanzee a hospital-bed pep-talk after he was poisoned)
MARKOV: I can't stop death.
(Crow): Thank you. Finally, Markov's admitting something he can't do.
MARKOV: If you die-
(Jonah): I don't want to tell Markov how to do his job, but now would be a pretty good time for some carnival magic.
It's that very special sort of self-published fiction written by someone who only seems to have a passing acquaintance with the concept of a "novel" and "writing". It's absolutely nonsensical and drifts off into all sorts of odd little observations. The executive with a Western obsession who kept referring to himself as "The Sheriff of 64 Squares", that the building apparently had a chess theme in it's design and there was a space laid out with tables for playing in the lobby and noting that some prankish souls would occasionally smuggle in...checkers. Among other details, the main character keeps referring to himself as "I, Titus Uno, Certified Public Accountant, Forensic Certified Public Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant-" more than once.The magical world of Forensic Accounting comes to life as Titus Uno, Certified Public Accountant, Forensic Certified Public Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant along with the other 3 members of his Forensic Certified Public Accountant Team: Drew Samson, Dena Hope, and Veronica Jackson try to catch the "cat burglar terrorist" of the 64-SQUARES skyscraper building and help 64-SQUARES reconstruct the financial statements.