The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix in April. I know you know this. One of the bots returning, that I didn’t mention in my episode list, is Gypsy. Gypsy is the only female to occupy the Satellite of Love during the run of MST3K and her sweetness was always a counterpoint to the shenanigans and goings-on of the boys. Gypsy’s infrequent presence in skits only got better over the years, but she was still in the series far less than I would have liked.
In an update to Kickstarter backers, Joel Hodgson assured everyone that Gypsy would be back and then addressed some concerns fans had about the bot. There were three main questions: Why was Gypsy underused? Why was Gypsy a dimwit? And then:
“Why was Gypsy voiced by a man?
There was one other problem, too. Over the years, I started to feel a little self-conscious that our “slightly dim” character was a female, but voiced by a man. Think about that for second. It sounds kind of weird when I say it, doesn’t it? And honestly, there was no good reason why she had to be voiced by a man, other than, “That’s just the way we did it back then.”
So, when we started making plans to bring back Mystery Science Theater, I became pretty invested in casting a woman to take on the new, fuller role of Gypsy. I wanted to find a performer who had the comedic chops and sense of self to embellish and build on what we already know about Gypsy, but also to take on new ideas from the creative team and writers. Just as important, I wanted someone I knew would be confident enough to “hang in there” and be part of the ensemble with Jonah and Baron and Hampton. And, of course, I wanted to find someone who was a fan of the show, and who I knew would help us care for it.”
Meet the new voice of Gypsy, Rebecca Hanson! Not only will she portray the beloved vacuum cleaner bot, but Hanson plays one of Kinga’s (Felicia Day) minions AND is a show writer. Whattaya think, sirs?
We move on to Rifftrax now, which has Michael J. Nelson (Mike Nelson), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) still riffing movies together. The trio has another Kickstarter this year. Last year was The Crappening and this year is unimaginatively called Rifftrax Live ‘17.
Call me, guys. I have names for things for days. How about Rifftrax Live: The Summer of Samurai. OR JUST “THE SUMMERAI”??? SEE?
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