Those mad scientists are back to take over the world with bad B-movies. The first official cast photo for Netflix’s upcoming reboot of Mystery Science Theater 3000 has revealed the full cast and a premiere date of April 14.
Netflix released the photo on Wednesday morning on its official Facebook page, with the cast looking generally smiley aboard the Satellite of Love.
Jonah Ray will play the worker bee kidnapped by mad scientists Dr. Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day) — daughter of the original Dr. Clayton Forrester — and Son of TV’s Frank (Patton Oswalt) — the son of Dr. Forrester’s assistant, TV’s Frank — to watch B-movies aboard the Satellite of Love. And, of course, there are the infamous bots: Crow T. Robot (the sarcastic one in gold), Tom Servo (the cynical, sensitive one in red), and Gypsy (the one in purple who runs the Satellite of Love’s higher functions).
Based on the cult TV show of the same name that ran from 1988 to 1999 on Comedy Central and the Sci-Fi Channel, the new MST3K will run for 14 episodes on Netflix, keeping to the same format as the beloved original series. Ray’s character will sit in a theater with Crow and Tom and the three of them will riff on bad B-movies while occasionally being interrupted by brief sketches.
The reboot comes after a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign where Joel Hodgson (creator of and actor in the original MST3K) and the rest of his team raised over $6 million to bring the show back before being picked up by Netflix. If anything, this might mark the beginning of the mad scientists’ reign over Earth.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 premieres on Netflix April 14.