Link Tank: How Fans Can Help Save Mystery Science Theater 3000

A Mystery Science Theater 3000 kickstarter, SNL's "Lesbian Period Drama," Nintendo on a possible Switch shortage, and more in today's Link Tank.

MST3K Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix

Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson and Shout! Factory have launched a kickstarter to revive the show after Netflix opted not to renew it.

“From modest beginnings on a local Minneapolis television station in the late 1980s to cable to a live tour, Mystery Science Theater 3000 has proved to be an enduring cult classic. The show—which features a captive audience of one human and several robots riffing on bad movies—was last seen on Netflix for a two-season revival in 2017 and 2018.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier grapples with what being a superhero truly means in Phase 4 of the MCU.

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“‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ It’s the closest thing the Marvel universe has to a mantra. For the Avengers, their superpowers mean they have a duty to preserve justice on Earth, whatever that looks like to them. But gone are the days of Steve Rogers, beholden to the American way; and Tony Stark, capitalist billionaire following his code of justice.”

Read more at Inverse.

SNL’s new skit “Lesbian Period Drama” perfectly captures the cliches and tropes of historical queer romance movies.

“It’s hard out here for a queer woman who loves movies. While representation of queer characters and storylines has exploded on television, thanks to a seemingly endless supply of streaming channels, lesbian and queer representation in film is still limited to a certain type of feature.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

From Batman and Blade to Edna Mode’s rant in The Incredibles, let’s discuss how capes matter to different superheroes.

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“Why do some superheroes wear capes? I think it depends on one thing: purpose. The cape highlights a sort of dynamism. When you open up a comic book, the pages do not move, so the cape is drawn as cloth fluttering around a character to signify that the superhero is a vibrant, spinning dynamo of action and movement.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

As the world slowly opens back up, check out some tips on how to host an at-home movie premiere in time for awards season.

“Awards season is upon us, and big-budget premieres are back in action. The upside of the past year is that more major movie releases are going straight to streaming than ever before, allowing you the chance to host your very own premiere night from the comfort of your own home.”

Read more at Thrillist.

Nintendo is bracing for a Switch shortage as global demands for chips and other essential components increase.

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“The Switch hybrid console has been in high demand ever since it launched, but never more so than over the last year when everyone decided to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons while stuck at home. Now Nintendo is facing up to another problem: sourcing enough components to keep meeting demand.”

Read more at PCMag.