How Will The MST3k Revival Impact The Fans?

How Will The MST3k Revival Impact The Fans?

So many fanbases turn toxic, but this one has stayed fun and welcoming.
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The beloved 90s TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be returning thanks to Netflix on April 14th.

The key to the show's success has always been its small but devoted fanbase. In the old days, its popularity grew as people recorded the show on VHS and shared it with friends. The credits even featured the phrase "keep circulating the tapes," until they were forced to remove it to avoid encouraging piracy. While Netflix deserves credit for picking the show up, MST3k's return after all these years is primarily due to its incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.

What distinguishes MSTies (yep, there's a name) from most fanbases is just how friendly they are, online and off. The show has always spread from person-to-person, created a sense of community among fans. When debates do arise, as they will in any fanbase, they are fairly amicable. Back when IMDb had its forums, the MST3k message board was one of the only active parts of the site not consumed by negatively and insults.

The Netflix revival is a major change for the show, but I hope the fanbase stays the same. We're all protective of the things we love, but I'd love to see longtime MSTies welcoming new fans who will undoubtedly be brought in by the reboot. If the show's fanbase can remain as welcoming and laid-back as it always has been, it will be truly unique.

Fanbases that grow large enough will typically try to decide what a "true fan" really is. The fanbase becomes fractured and discussion turns toxic. Fans will find a multitude of issues to argue over, and the smallest controversies become heated. You may still love the work itself, but it's best to tread carefully among many of its other fans.

Star Wars, with one of the biggest fanbases in the world, is unfortunately a great example of this. Some people will insist that a true fan must like every single movie with Star Wars in the title. Most fans hold the original trilogy in high regard, but others swear by the prequels. Some people like the original six, but hate what Disney has done with the franchise. There are also those that may love The Force Awakens or Rogue One, but hate the other. Being a Star Wars fan is still fun, but opinionated discussions can bring out the worst in people.

There's nothing wrong with having an opinion, even a strong opinion. However, problems arise when arguments get personal. Instead of celebrating their common interests, fans often end up insulting one another's intelligence. I may personally hate the Star Wars prequels, but I'm willing to bet there's a nuclear physicist somewhere in the world who loves them.

Maybe division and bitterness are just symptoms of people trying to form groups. However, I like to think that MSTies can roll with the changes and stay the friendly, welcoming group they've always been. The fanbase has so far treated anyone who enjoys the show as a true fan, and I hope it stays that way.

If you're interested, you can find 20 classic episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 streaming on Netflix right now, and over 40 episodes on Hulu.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Shows And Movies We Loved As Kids And What Those People Are Doing Now

I wanted to know what some of my favor actors and actresses are up to now.

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I was scrolling through Netflix the other day and came across the movie "Spy Kids." Now I don't know about you guys but I LOVE this movie and was very excited when I saw it. Obviously, I watched it, and the second and the third cause what else would you do on a weekend? It got me thinking I wonder what some of our favorite movie/show characters are doing now and what their life is like.

Alexa Vega also is known as Carmen Cortez in "Spy Kids" is now 30 years old and doing great! Alexa is married to...wait for it: Carlos PenaVega. You might be thinking who even is that. If you watched "Big Time Rush" it's Carlos from BTR!! They got married in the year 2014 and they have a baby boy together named Ocean and they just posted on their Instagram they are expecting another baby boy.

Next, on our list, we have Jonathan Lipnicki also known for some great movies like "The Little Vampire" and "Stuart Little," He is now 28 years old and you can now find him on some television shows such as "Family Tools" and "Worst Cooks in America."

Danielle Fishel was known as Topanga Lawrence on "Boy Meets World" and later "Girl Meets World." You could catch her on Disney Channel in those shows. She is 37 years old and now she is married to Jensen Karp. Ben Savage, also known as our beloved Cory Matthews on "Boy Meets World" and "Girl Meets World," is now 38 years old. One of the quotes that have stuck with me is:

"A lot of the problems teenagers go through, it's better for them to go through them on their own. If you always have a crutch, you don't learn anything."

Daniel Radcliffe also is known as "Harry Potter" (favorite movie ) is now 29 years old. If you have never seen these movies I recommend them to anyone, and if you don't like them.. well, we are done talking. Anywho he is in the upcoming animation movie "Playmobil: The Movie."

Emma Watson also is known as the gorgeous and smart Hermione Granger now at 29 years old. Something you might not know is that her alma mater is Brown University. Emma is in a movie coming out December 25th, 2019 called "Little Women."

Robert Pattinson or how a lot of people know him as Edward Cullins from the "Twilight" series is now 32 years old and is in the upcoming movies "Waiting for the Barbarians" (2020) and "The Devil All The Time" (2020).

Taylor Lautner (I will always be Team Jacob and we can forever argue about it ) is known as Jacob Black in the "Twilight" series but you might also remember him from the movie "Abduction" in 2011 and the movie "Sharkboy and Lavagirl" in 2005, "Grown Ups 2" in 2013, another good one was "Cheaper By The Dozen 2" in 2005 and I could go on and on talking about him. Taylor is now 27 years old and in a few shows such as "Scream Queens" and "My Wife and Kids."

Anna Kendrick also from the "Twilight" series but also from "Pitch Perfect" known as Beca is now 33 years old and working on an upcoming movie "Noelle" coming November 2019

Rebel Wilson in the movie "Pitch Perfect" known as Fat Amy. A fun little tidbit, when the movie came out I changed my twitter name to "Fat Hannah"... and now that I think about it I was a stupid kid and why would I do that to myself. Anyway, Rebel is known for her funny personality and she is in an upcoming movie "The Hustle" May 10th, 2019 with fellow actress Anne Hathaway.

These are just a few of some of the actors and actresses from some of my favorite movies I have watched over the years and wondered what they were doing now with their lives.

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