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The second official MST3k convention occurred in 1996. Much of the convention was filmed for posterity (see below).

The keynote session featured the entire cast and writing staff, including the departing Trace Beaulieu. It featured a few cheerful but confusing comments from Sci-Fi Channel executive Barry Schulman and a wonderful farewell video of classic Trace moments.

Also seated at the table was new writer Bill Corbett. At the time, BBI refused to confirm rumors that Bill had been chosen to take over the role of Crow.

The celebrity panel included (at last!) Kim Cattrall (featured in Experiment #403 City Limits), Russell Johnson (The Professor from "Gilligan's Island" and co-star of This Island Earth) and Rex Reason (co-star of This Island Earth).


Notes

  • The subtitle "Electric Boogaloo" is taken from the 1984 film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, the sequel to a popular breakdancing movie from earlier that year. The phrase "Electric Boogaloo" originally referred to a funk-oriented dance style, but has since come to be associated with the phenomenon of unnecessary film sequels.
  • At one session, scenes that had been cut from MST3K: The Movie were shown. It may be the only time the Dave (Gruber) Allen version of the MST3K theme song, including lyrics, was ever heard in its entirety in a public setting.
  • Also shown was a rough cut of a short, Assignment: Venezuela, that was to be included on the then-planned CD-ROM.
  • At another session, Mike Nelson defeated a number of lucky MSTies in the video game Doom, while Mary Jo Pehl and Bridget Jones took another lucky group shopping at the Mall of America.
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