Greetings, tournamenteers! When last we spoke, the Turkey Day Tournament Final had taken flight in an unthinkable battle between those two towering titans of MST3K, I Accuse My Parents and Pod People. Pod People emerged the victor, although things were neck and neck for awhile there.
There are no losers in MST3K, however, and I Accuse My Parents will be represented on this year’s Turkey Day marathon along with Pod People and the top three episodes by your votes and comments, plus one “wildcard” entry from the second round, just to keep things spicy.
But don’t assume you know these six episodes are all that’s going to happen this year — we have some surprises up our collective sleeve yet. This year’s marathon starts bright and early at 9am ET/6am PT, led by MST3K LIVE host Emily Marsh, along with Tom Servo (Conor McGiffin), Crow (Nate Begle), and GPC/MegaSynthia (Yvonne Freese), and featuring appearances by Joel, Jonah Ray and Rebecca Hanson (the OG Synthia Forrester). You can catch the event on a vast array of streaming services — including Shout Factory TV, Pluto TV, Twitch, and the MST3K YouTube Channel — and of course, right here on MST3K.org, where the cool kids hang out. If this all seems like a lot to remember, don’t worry, I’ll be back next week to remind you.
Which brings me to a community question: This Thanksgiving will be an unusual one for most of us, given the ongoing public health crisis (rhymes with Persona Gyrus), and its necessary impediments to travel and large social gatherings. So, besides the obvious (HUNGRILY DEVOURING EVERY SECOND OF THE MST3K TURKEY DAY MARATHON!!), what are your Thanksgiving plans?
Will you be holed up at home, by yourself, or with your family or pod? Are you cooking a turkey or nah? Are you for or against cranberry sauce that retains the shape of the can it came in? Is it true that turkeys contain enough l-tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving, um, butt? (Science says no, but I’m sticking with Crow on this one.) Got any beloved recipes to share? Seriously, if you’ve got recipes, I want your recipes.