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Created by Joel Hodgson & Team MST3K

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Want to grab any of our Kickstarter-exclusive rewards before they disappear forever? If it's listed below, you've still got time to pre-order now! PLEASE NOTE: The physical rewards below will not ship until at least July 2022. Digital rewards will be distributed as soon as they are ready.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

TONIGHT at 8pm ET / 5pm PT: LIVE PREMIERE of EPISODE 1301 in the GIZMOPLEX!
7 months ago – Mon, Mar 07, 2022 at 11:55:22 PM

Dear Backers,

Last May – less than 10 months ago – we finished a Kickstarter campaign to #MakeMoreMST3K and #BuildTheGizmoplex. 

Tonight at 8pm ET / 5pm PT,  thanks to you, we will premiere the first new episode of Season 13 – Santo in the Treasure of Dracula – live in the Gizmoplex, exclusively for backers! 

If your Kickstarter rewards included any Gizmoplex Member Pass – included with almost all pledge levels at EXPERIMENT 35 and above, and as an add-on reward – you should have received an email this week with your Gizmoplex reward codes.

And, if you've followed the instructions in our last backer update (or this handy guide) to redeem your Gizmoplex Event Pass, you're now ready to tune in at 8pm ET / 5pm PT for the premiere.

 You can join the broadcast on gizmoplex.com right here. 

If you didn't get your code, or still need help, start here:

If you've got any OTHER questions, check our full Gizmoplex Help Desk.

Finally, please remember:

If you can't attend the premiere livestream tonight, or can't get your pass to work, don't worry! After the livestream ends, you'll can watch it anytime you want!

That should be everything, so grab some movie snacks, settle into the best seat in the house, and we'll #SeeYouInTheGizmoplex at 8pm ET / 5pm tonight!

Your Friends,

Team MST3K

IMPORTANT: How to activate your GIZMOPLEX MEMBER PASS before Friday's Premiere!
7 months ago – Thu, Mar 03, 2022 at 09:48:56 PM

Dear Gizmoplex Founding Backers:

With the SEASON 13 BACKER PREMIERE now just a few days away, today's backer update is more important than most, because it will explain how to activate your GIZMOPLEX MEMBER PASSES in advance of Friday's live event.

While finalizing the instructions, we discovered a few ways that we could make your pass easier to activate and use, so we've spent an extra 24 hours doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make this as simple as possible. For anyone who worried when their pass didn't arrive yesterday, we apologize for the delay, and appreciate your patience.

And now... let's get to the details you've been waiting for.

Over the next 24 hours, all backers who pledged for GIZMOPLEX MEMBER PASSES will receive email notifications from BackerKit letting you know that your pass has been added to your digital rewards.

When your notification arrives, follow the link in your email to access a full list of your digital rewards on BackerKit.  Once you do, you'll see that your Gizmoplex Member Pass actually consists of TWO digital reward codes: 

1. A Gizmoplex EVENT PASS, which gives you access to all of the livestream premieres and special events included with your membership, and...

2. A Gizmoplex VAULT PICKS membership, which gives you on-demand streaming access to a rotating collection of six classic episodes each month, based on each month's Gizmoplex theme.

Be sure to redeem BOTH reward codes by following each link, and connecting each reward to your gizmoplex.com account.

If you've claimed MST3K digital episodes on VHX in the past, be sure to use the same email address you used when claiming those episodes, so that all of your MST3K collection will be available in a single account.

Once both Gizmoplex reward codes have been redeemed, you should see your Gizmoplex EVENT PASS and Gizmoplex VAULT PICKS appear in a list of all of your MST3K "purchases": 

 
Need more help? Check out these step-by-step guides:

THREE WAYS TO ACCESS THE GIZMOPLEX

Now that you've activated your Gizmoplex Member Pass, let's talk about what you can do with it. Moving forward, you'll be able to use the Gizmoplex in three forms:

 1. The Gizmoplex.com 

Starting now, you can always access your Gizmoplex account, video collection, and live events with any web browser by going to gizmoplex.com, which has now replaced our old site at mst3k.vhx.tv, and which should feel familiar if you've used Netflix, Hulu, or other video streaming platforms: 

 2. The Gizmoplex APPS 

Thanks to our Kickstarter campaign, we've also been able to work with the team at Vimeo OTT / VHX to develop custom MST3K GIZMOPLEX APPS that you can download to access the Gizmoplex directly on other popular devices. 

 Starting right now, the new MST3K GIZMOPLEX APPS are available to download and use on the following platforms: 

Each of these apps will allow you to login and stream any videos in your personal collection, and to attend Gizmoplex livestream events. 

Please note: Roku and Amazon do not allow us to rent or sell videos and event tickets through their apps. If you are using the Roku or Amazon FireTV apps, please use the gizmoplex.com website to activate your reward codes, and to browse, rent and buy additional videos for your personal collection.  Once you do, you'll be able to access it all from within the app.

3. The Gizmoplex VIRTUAL THEATER 

And finally, there's the GIZMOPLEX VIRTUAL THEATER, which we've been developing and testing non-stop since last summer.  As we explained during the Kickstarter, the Gizmoplex Virtual Theater is not a brand-new video streaming service. Instead, it's a much more visual, MST3K-flavored, enhanced user interface that adds a lot of features we felt were missing from VHX – and, in turn, the gizmoplex.com website. 

Through the Gizmoplex Virtual Theater, you'll be able to browse and stream your Gizmoplex video collection, attend live events, interact with our cast and other backers, and explore each floor of the Gizmoplex for yourself.

The Gizmoplex Virtual Theater is still undergoing beta testing, but is just about ready to start welcoming visitors. To ensure a smooth(er) launch...

We will be inviting all backers to join the Virtual Theater beta test over the next 4-6 weeks, in the order that you pledged. 

If you were among the first 1000 backers to make a pledge during the #MakeMoreMST3K Kickstarter, or if you've already volunteered to participate in the beta test, you'll receive an invitation to start testing the Gizmoplex Virtual Theater within the next week.

We'll give you a more in-depth live tour this Friday night after the premiere, but here's a little taste of what's waiting for you: 

However you choose to access the Gizmoplex, you'll always be able to use your account to stream your personal MST3K video collection, and – as long as you have an active Gizmoplex Member Pass – to attend livestream events and premieres. 

If you can’t be at the events, you’ll also be able to watch a recording of each event, while your Member Pass is active. If you’d rather not attend or watch the premiere events, you have the option to stream each of the new episodes and shorts individually as we release them.

Also: please remember that if you ever experience technical problems with the Gizmoplex Virtual Theater, you can still access all of your Gizmoplex content and live events using gizmoplex.com or the Gizmoplex apps, so that you won't miss anything.

Still have questions? Here are a few more answers: 

What Happens Next?

Starting today, we will begin a GIZMOPLEX "SOFT LAUNCH" for the next two months.  

As promised, we'll start premiering new episodes and holding special livestream events... but we'll also continue doing a lot of experimenting with different options, add a lot of additional features to the Virtual Theater, and might even refine some aspects of the first few episodes after you see them.

Until May 6, 2022, only BACKERS and PRE-ORDER MEMBERS will have access to the new episodes and shorts we release, as well as our special livestream events, and the Gizmoplex Virtual Theater.

Then, at the beginning of May, we plan to open the Gizmoplex to EVERYONE with a "World Premiere" of the first three episodes of Season 13 – which you'll see first over the next two months. But, before we invite everyone else to visit the Gizmoplex, we need your help to test everything out, and smooth out the rough edges.

How to Help During the Soft Launch

To put things in perspective, our Kickstarter launched on April 7, 2021, and ended on May 7, 2021. That's less than ten months ago. And in those ten months, we've accomplished an incredible amount:

  • We've written and shot 13 NEW EPISODES and 12 NEW SHORTS.
  • We've planned more than a dozen special LIVESTREAM EVENTS.
  • We've redesigned and relaunched our VHX site at gizmoplex.com.
  • We've launched GIZMOPLEX APPS to bring MST3K to six platforms.
  • We've developed a VIRTUAL THEATER with a team of just 2-3 people.
  • We've designed and started manufacturing all of your rewards.

But, even with all of that work done, there's a lot left to do. And even though this is MST3K's thirteenth season, it's also our first season as an independent, self-distributed television series. That means there's a lot that we're still figuring out, and will continue to learn as we go. While we do, here's how you can help:

  •  Do your best to "just relax" if things go wrong. Over the next year, things won't always be perfect or 100% final, because we are making things as we go.  We ask for your patience and understanding. 
  •  Remember that this is a work in progress. We're showing you what we're working on before it's finished. The Virtual Theater will evolve a lot between now and the end of the year. We still have a lot of additional features planned, including integration with Scener to support private watch parties.
  •  Your suggestions and feedback are invaluable.  As we work to make something new, we want you to be part of the process. For those of you who want to be involved, we'll be seeking your input on what features and enhancements to focus on. Starting today, you can find a new area for discussing the Gizmoplex over on the MST3K forums.
  •  Please remember to be kind, considerate and respectful. We have a very small team, and everyone involved is working hard to build something great for you – so when you weigh in, please keep an open mind, ask questions, and offer constructive feedback.

And... that should be it for today! Again, our most sincere thanks for your patience and excitement throughout this process. 

Keep an eye on your email, activate your Gizmoplex Member Passes, and get ready for our backer-exclusive PREMIERE OF SEASON 13, this Friday – March 4 – at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

We'll see you at the Gizmoplex!

Your Friends,

Ivan & Team MST3K

MST3K Set Wrap Update: February 2022
7 months ago – Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 01:51:46 AM

In This Update

  •  Production: That's a wrap on Season 13!
  •  Photos: Behind the scenes of our final shoot
  •  Meet the Team: Kirk Thatcher, Writer

Helloooooo Backers!

Lesley and Ivan back again with this weekend's promised behind-the-scenes production update, and – as we said – things have been going non-stop for the last several weeks. We are now officially wrapped on production for Season 13, and today we've got a ton of first-look photos for you. But first, two very important reminders:

 1.  This Friday A.D. – that's March 4, 2022, at 5pm PT / 8pm ET – all backers with Gizmoplex Member Passes are invited to the "members only" livestream premiere of our first new episode of Season 13, Santo in the Treasure of Dracula! 

2. Tomorrow, you will receive another backer update providing ALL of the information you'll need for Friday's premiere, including a guide to activating your Gizmoplex Member Passes, instructions for tuning into the premiere, and a simple way to make sure your pass is activated and ready for Friday's screening on the viewing device of your choice!

And now that we've got that out of the way, let's get you up to speed on what's been happening with production and post-production on the new episodes, shall we?

PRODUCTION NEWS

JOEL'S NEW EPISODES: During the first week of our final production block in Philadelphia, we shot all of the riffs and host segments for both of Joel's new episodes as host…. And yes, it was just as incredible to see him back on the SOL as you're hoping. Luckily for everyone involved, the jumpsuit still fits. 

The red jumpsuit is back.
Jonah (Director) and Matt McGinnis (Producer) watch as Joel reclaims the SOL bridge; Matt tracks the script as Joel riffs one of our new shorts.
It's been awhile.

MST-3D: We also shot our first-ever 3D host segment, which you'll see in October when we premiere our first ever Halloween special, in spooktacular Kingavision 3D! (And if you hate 3D, or didn't order a pair of Kingavision 3D glasses, don't worry: the episode will also be available to watch in standard, old-fashioned 2D.)
 

Matt McGinnis checks playback and consults with "Johnny 3D" (3D specialist) while directing our first-ever 3D host segment!

THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Once Joel's two new episodes wrapped, we tackled our most ambitious episode to date: the Season 13 "Holiday Special Finale" featuring Joel, Jonah, and new MST3K host Emily. The host segments posed some especially interesting new challenges, but you'll have to wait until December to find out more.

This looks strange…
Seasons' Greetings from your friendly (co) hosts.

KICKSTARTER REWARD VIDEOS: With Joel finally back in the jumpsuit, we also finished shooting the final batch of "personalized video" Kickstarter rewards. For backers waiting on a personal video from the SOL, or from one of the bots, stay tuned: those are now in post-production, and we're hoping to finish and send all of them by early May.

Prepping the slate for a Kickstarter reward video.

THAT'S A WRAP: Now that we've wrapped on production – shooting more than 2000 script pages worth of new riffs, episodes, shorts, and Gizmoplex extras – it's full speed ahead into post-production, where we're just finishing up the final edits for Friday's premiere of Santo in the Treasure of Dracula. We're also still hard at work planning the last details for our first "Backer Exclusive" premiere livestream, and preparing your Gizmoplex passes, MST3K apps, Kickstarter rewards, and much, much more.

But for today, let's just enjoy some more photos from set, huh?

Conor McGiffin, professional ray of sunshine; Servo prepares to go where no bot has gone before.
Yvonne Freese was on hand doing double duty as GPC2 *and* Puppet Wrangler; F. Woods Stevens (Prop Master), Yvonne, and Sarah Mitchell (On Set Costumer) help Crow get ready for an overnight trip.
We know, we know, you really just want to see the snacks... but no raisin snails to be found on the east coast; The stage was FREEZING and we went through a lot of these; We call it the Satellite of Love for a reason.
Emily and the bots consider their options for post-Season 13 vacation plans.
What's happening here? As usual: wrong answers only, please.
The whole gang unmasks – BRIEFLY – for a group photo at wrap.
Goodnight, sweet Servo.

COMMUNITY NEWS

You’re never lonely when you’ve got the MST3K forums! Join up here and sample a few delicious threads from the last few weeks:

MEET THE TEAM

In each update, we’re introducing you to another member of the MST3K team. This week, it's...

Kirk Thatcher, Writer

1. In a sentence or two, what do you do on MST3K? I am a member of the writer’s room and write riffs with the writing team and some of the interstitial comedy segments.

2. What do you love most about your job? Being in such a great, smart writer’s room, laughing a lot and marveling at everyone’s quick thinking and humor. As a bonus, I get to work with my pal, Jonah Ray, and make new friends, all from my home in my pajamas.

3. Tell us a fun fact about you. I own a 32 year old Macaw named Max who I have had for 31 and a half years and I still have all of my fingers. He laughs and swears just like me… and it’s adorable, unlike when I do it.

4. Do you have some other favorite projects you’ve worked on, if people want to see more of your work and support you?

Yes. I directed and co wrote the Disney+ Halloween Special "Muppets Haunted Mansion," and created, directed and wrote most of the episodes of the Netflix series, "The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell.” Spooky comedies with creatures are my wheelhouse!

Want more Kirk? Check out his website (Kirkrthatcher.com), or follow him on Instagram (@kirkrthatcher) and Twitter (@kirkthatcher).

That’s it for today's production update, but we'll remind you one more time:

Look for another update tomorrow with all of the details you'll need to activate your Gizmoplex Member Pass and attend the livestream of our season premiere on Friday night!

And, as always, please join us on the dedicated forum thread with your questions and feedback!

Your Correspondents,

Ivan & Lesley

ONE WEEK 'TIL LAUNCH! New production update this weekend. Gizmoplex Member Passes coming on Monday!
7 months ago – Sat, Feb 26, 2022 at 04:19:13 AM

Greetings, Dear Backers!

As you've probably guessed from the lack of updates over the past few weeks, our entire team has been in a frenzy wrapping up production on Season 13, focusing on post-production for the entire season, keeping all of your rewards moving through production, and preparing for one of the biggest milestones of this Kickstarter:

 Next Friday A.D. – that's March 4, 2022, at 5pm PT / 8pm ET – all backers with Gizmoplex Member Passes are invited to the "members only" livestream premiere of our first new episode of Season 13, Santo in the Treasure of Dracula! 

Now, we know you have a ton of questions that need answers before then, and we promise: we're going to answer all of them at the beginning of next week. We'll tell you how to make sure your Gizmoplex pass has been activated, your apps have been downloaded, and that you're ready for our first big Season 13 premiere on Friday night.

This weekend, you'll get a much longer production update, chock-full of behind-the-scenes photos taken over the last few weeks, as we finished production on the last few episodes of Season 13. We had a lot of fun on set for this final round, so we're excited to share those photos with you.

But here's the really important part:

On Monday, you will receive another backer update providing ALL of the information you'll need for next Friday's premiere, including instructions for activating your Gizmoplex Member Passes, a guide explaining how to tune into the premiere, and a simple way to make sure your pass is activated and ready for the premiere on the viewing device of your choice!

Please be patient until Monday: we'll make sure you don't miss anything.

We wish we could share all of those details today, but we literally finished shooting less than a week ago, and we're all working around the clock to make sure the first episode of Season 13 will be ready in time for next week's livestream premiere, so we'll need this weekend to finish a few last details.

In the meantime, we are beyond grateful for your patience as we prepare to enter the next stage of this grand experiment, and we thank you again for your continued support and enthusiasm.

Your Pals,

Ivan, Lesley, & Team MST3K

MST3K Weekly Update: Jan. 24-28, 2022
8 months ago – Tue, Feb 01, 2022 at 11:20:33 PM

Helloooooo backers!

We have a shorter-than-usual update this week – er, last week – because we have so much going on here as we simultaneously prepare for our final round of filming. Plus we are also putting the finishing touches on your rewards, continuing beta testing on the Gizmoplex, and so many other things.

That said, we didn’t want to leave you hanging, so here’s a very quick rundown of what we have on our collective plates over the next couple weeks.

What's Happening with KICKSTARTER REWARDS?

We had our second VIRTUAL SET VISIT this weekend.

  • If you missed it, you can still access it at the same URL, and it will be added to your VHX / Gizmoplex collection this week.
  • If your rewards include the Virtual Set Visit and you didn't get any of the emails with the link or instructions for viewing and participating, you'll find them on BackerKit, with your DIGITAL REWARDS.
  • Not sure how to access your digital rewards? Read this. 

We will be adding the "20 CLASSIC SHORTS" bonus reward to VHX shortly.

  • This reward is available to all backers at Experiment 85, as well as everyone at Experiment 150 and up, and anyone who got a #MakeMoreMST3K episode pack as an Add-On Reward.
  • The shorts should be added to your existing episode collection on VHX within the next 24-48 hours.

We are packing up and shipping all of the OVERSTOCK REWARDS to our fulfillment warehouse to prepare to start packing them with your other rewards.

  • The one exception is the overstock COFFEE TABLE BOOKS, which we'll pack and ship ourselves – direct to each backer – to make sure we're able to track them for you.

We are calculating SHIPPING CHARGES for your orders + will collect them soon.

  • We're doing our best to make sure we don't over or undercharge anyone – which is a lot more complex than you might think, given all of the variables.
  • We'll keep you posted, but hope to start collecting for shipping in mid-to-late February, so that we can ship rewards around early April.
     

What's Happening with the GIZMOPLEX?

The BETA TESTING continues!

  • Additional features and bug fixes are being added 1-2 times per week.
  • We're about to expand the test to an additional round of volunteers.
  • We know there's a lot of interest, and we appreciate your patience.     
  • If you signed up for beta testing and we're able to invite you to participate in this next round, you'll get an email in the next 24 hours asking you to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. Once we get your signed agreement, you'll get instructions for how to join the beta test!
  • The truth is that we're also viewing the first 6-8 weeks after we launch the Gizmoplex as a "public beta" just for backers, before we open the Gizmoplex to the rest of the world – so you'll all get a chance to be part of that.

Our new MST3K streaming apps are almost ready to launch!

  • The apps we promised – for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Google TV, Roku and FireTV – are now going through their final testing stage, and are being submitted to each platform for approval this week.
  • Unless there's a huge, unexpected complication, we expect them to be available before the end of February, so that you'll be able to use them to livestream the Season 13 Premiere on March 4.
  • We'll share more details on the apps, and how to download them, as soon as they're available for you to use!

We're preparing our first round of GIZMOPLEX LIVE EVENTS!

  • As we've mentioned in a few previous updates, we're also working out some exciting plans for the  that we'll be hosting throughout the year.
  • As part of that, we're actually shooting a lot of additional exclusive content when we get back to set in a few weeks, to help make those events even more special.
  • We don't want to spoil any of the surprises, but you'll find out more about what we've got planned in the coming weeks.
     

As you can see, there’s a lot going on, so we appreciate your patience with this briefer-than-usual note. You may not get another update until the final shoot is up and running, but the good news is, we’ll have lots of juicy new photos and info to share then.

Got questions? There’s a dedicated forum thread for that.

Thanks much, friends.

Your correspondents,

Lesley + Ivan