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Helloooooooo devoted Turkey Day companions! Yesterday we saw Hobgoblins tackle The Day the Earth Froze, and Hobgoblins has scrappily taken a narrow lead. Voting is open until 11am tomorrow though, so it’s still anyone’s game.
Also, the voting for the first quarterfinal match has concluded, and I Accuse My Parents beat out Eegah to advance to the semifinal!
Together we are inching ever closer to your top ranked experiment, and I have my suspicions about what it will be (do you?). Today’s battle unfolds between Pod People and The Sinister Urge; will Officer Kline stand up against Trumpy’s extremely dull magical powers? You decide!
Hello and welcome to day 18 of your Turkey Day Tournament! Yesterday kicked off the quarterfinals with Eegah versus I Accuse My Parents, and tragic Jimmy Wilson has the edge over creepy Arch Hall, Sr. as of now.
Before we leap into today’s pair-up, I have a couple of quick housekeeping notes: first, because we are actually looking for six episodes to run on Turkey Day, we will be pulling two episodes from the quarterfinals (that’s the round we’re in now!) to include in the marathon. These two episodes will be decided based on number of votes and comments, so even if your favorite episodes don’t advance in this round, if they’re popular enough, they may still squeak through.
Secondly, the final votes for round 2 will be closing out tonight, so tomorrow I’ll share the actual bracket as it currently stands for all the visualization nerds to enjoy!
Which brings us to our latest and most perplexing battle yet. Today’s match-up pits the Russo-Finnish epic The Day the Earth Froze against the Southern California epic Hobgoblins. Votes away!
Greetings, Turkey Day denizens! Today we have a question for you, and we’re hoping you’ll be down to collaborate with us as we plan your favorite MST3K-themed holiday. We’d like you to cast your memories back, way back: Do you remember the awkwardness of your very first Turkey Day marathon?
To be clear, this is not a rhetorical question! We really want to hear what your first MSTified Turkey Day experience was like. Did any particular episode stand out? Better yet, did you have a favorite riff? Best of all, do you have a holiday photo from that era (or are you willing to stage a historical reenactment of your first Turkey Day marathon today, because we’ll accept a photo of that too)?
Share your memories in comments below — or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got a picture to share — and we may refer to your submissions during this year’s Turkey Day marathon! Yes, Turkey Day stardom may be yours! And thanks again for all your support and enthusiasm for this year’s Turkey Day.
As we enter the quarterfinals, the voting period will be squishing down to a brief two days per match-up, so now is the time to pay attention! Round 3 is also making for some curious pairings, as today’s between Eegah and I Accuse My Parents. Both of these are huge favorites, and interestingly, they are consecutive episodes — Eegah was the sixth episode of season five, and I Accuse My Parents was the seventh episode — which really highlights how darn GOOD season five was.
Greetings, Turkey Day devotees! I hope you all had lovely weekends. Did you get to watch the Puppet Camp livestream on Friday, featuring the two new shorts? That was a wild time. Don’t fret if you missed it, you can watch the whole show right here on MST3K.org until Saturday at midnight ET.
Let’s do a little catch-up here just in case you missed the Saturday and Sunday matches. On Saturday, we saw The Sinister Urge face off against Gunslinger. The Sinister Urge holds the lead as of today, and voting closes tomorrow. On Sunday, Horrors of Spider Island took on Future War, and the race is extremely close at this point, but you’ve got until Wednesday to make your choice known. (All polls, both open and closed, can be seen on our Polls Central page, if you’ve lost track of where things stand.)
On to today’s battle! You didn’t for a moment believe we’d spare you Joe Don Baker’s surly face during this experience, did you? We’ve saved the meatiest for the last competition of round 2: it’s Night of the Blood Beast vs Final Justice. Get on your dancing bikini and weigh in below.
Hello tenacious MSTies! It’s day 14 of our Turkey Day Tournament and I’ve got your competitors for today (and as always, if you’ve fallen behind, do check out Polls Central to catch up on battles you may have missed!).
Today’s match up features round 1 winner (and Ed Wood masterpiece) The Sinister Urge against the second Beverly Garland effort of this tournament, Gunslinger. Let’s drink a laaaaaaht and get on with the voting!
Happy Friday, Turkey Day electorate! I must say, yesterday’s vote was a bit of a surprise for me. Classic favorite The Day the Earth Froze faced off against Quest of the Delta Knights and I genuinely expected the latter to be crushed by the power of SAMPO. However, these two valiant competitors held to a 50/50 split for a good part of the day! The Day the Earth Froze has since pulled into the lead, but voting remains open for a couple days yet, so we will see if the race remains close.
Before I get to today’s vote, I want to remind you all that the closing event to our MIGIZI fundraiser is TONIGHT, and it’s totally free, so do show up for it as it’s going to be great. Check out that poster! (You can click on it to make it bigger!)
All right, on to the battle for today. Round 1 winner and super-popular Pod People confronts the wildly underrated The Girl in Lovers Lane. Cast your vote below, and we hope to see you tonight! Wear your yellow dress, you know, the one with the ruffles on it.
Today’s match-up features two episodes starring somewhat hapless heroes on legendary journeys. I’m going to tell y’all something that will probably make you lose all respect for me, but: I unabashedly love Quest of the Delta Knights. I would probably happily watch it even unriffed. It’s just so perfectly terrible and great! And it wasn’t available to stream for a long time.
That said, The Day the Earth Froze is a tough competitor, so I am prepared for this to be a total rout. If it inspires even one of you to go watch Quest of the Delta Knights who hasn’t seen it before, I will consider this battle a success.
Welcome back to the continuing saga of the Turkey Day Tournament! Yesterday we saw round 1 winner Devil Fish face off against a very difficult competitor in fan favorite I Accuse My Parents, and young Jimmy Wilson has opened a commanding lead against electricians everywhere.
On to today’s battle! The Touch of Satan may have easily overcome its round 1 challenger, but today’s fighter could prove a more difficult opponent. Satan faces off against Hobgoblins, and while we like to use fun conflict-laden gameday language around here, the truth is these two movies would almost certainly be bros, enjoying each other’s company for an evening’s entertainment at Club Scum.
Nevertheless, you have to choose! Cast your vote below.