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An Evening with MST3K's Cinematic Titanic

We don't get much here in Reno, though every once in a while we get lucky enough to catch something special. Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been touring around the country recently with their new venture Cinematic Titanic.

The evening's film was the fantassssstic Rattlers and the audience eagerly awaited to relive some part of their childhood--thirties for the most of the audience--in the form of a terrible seventies horror film. A herpetologist is called out to the desert when reports of snack attacks are becoming too frequent for the small town sheriff who expects about 2-3 calls a day.

Enter Dr. Tom Parkinson who, to his dismay finds out he has to work with a woman! ("She doesn't even have a safari jacket") The two scour the desert ("I drew the place on the map where those two kids died") and come upon an even military plot to release chemicals into an old cave. The snakes are now exposed to the nerve gas and... well, you don't care about the terrible movie. But you do want to know if Mystery Science Theater 3000 is as good as you remember. And trust me, they are.

The people that made talking during a movie acceptable, Mystery Science Theater 3000 may have been off the air for a few years, but they are still as sharp as a scythe. The comic timing is still perfect and the audience's applause was so loud they had to occasionally skip a joke.Who can I call to get this back on the air?

Whether you like old Servo, or new Servo, the dozens of jokes delivered at a gatling-gun pace will make everyone smile. If you're worried about the comedy being dated, don't. References range from the Tea Party to Betty White and everything in between. Hodgson, Beaulieu, Coniff, Weinstein, and Mary Jo Pehl are still at the top of their game, fielding a winner here tonight.

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