Operation Speak Out With Your Geek Out is an initiative to raise awareness of who “geeks” really are, and to destroy some hurtful negative stereotypes, by getting people to talk about the things we enjoy and why we enjoy them, in the hopes that others may learn to appreciate them too.

Mystery Science Theater 3000, which I will refer to as MST 3K, was a quirky sci-fi show from the nineteen-hundred and nineties. The premise of the show was evil scientists on earth sequestered their janitor, Joel, on a satellite and forced him to watch bad movies until he goes mad.

Joel, the eternal optimist, used spare parts around the satellite to build some robot friends so he can have some company. Crow and Tom Servo watch the movies with him. You can see all three of their silhouettes as they watch the movies and make hilarious comments. Gypsy is a car seat and vacuum hose and runs day to day operations of the satellite.

Every episode begins with an invention exchange between Joel and the evil scientists. My favorite invention was a playing card, the eight of Chris Lemmon, son of the very talented Jack Lemmon. After the exchange the “movie sign” would light up. Joel and the robots would then watch a terrible movie like Gamera, Pod People or Beatniks. Beatniks was a movie so awful beatniks refused to be featured in it.

My favorite part of the show was getting some snacks and watching with my brother and our friends Luke and Kevin. Usually we were making so many of our own comments we couldn’t hear what the robots were saying. We also made a habit of renting our own bad movies and giving them the MST 3K treatment. Those are my fondest memories of my high school days. It was a chance to forget about homework and my jerk classmates. Mostly though it was quality time with my geek brother.

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