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The Hexfield Viewscreen's first visitor, the strange Valeria from Robot Holocaust.

The Hexfield Viewscreen, sometimes shortened to the Hexfield or abbreviated as the HVS, was a hexagonally-shaped opening on the Satellite of Love's bridge that served as a kind of monitor through which the inhabitants of the SOL could interact with a wide and diverse range of visitors. Often, characters were taken directly from whatever movie they were watching at the moment (Gamera, Jan in the Pan, etc), but were sometimes only loosely related to the film (the Kitten with a Whip, Yakov Smirnoff) and sometimes not at all (rowdy redneck neighbors, the Nelson family, etc). The Hexfield was activated and deactivated via the blue middle light on the desk control panel. It was only used for external transmissions to the SOL, as the transmission links to Deep 13 and Rocket Number 9 were both projected through Cambot.

It is possible the sliding segmented cover was based on the air shaft doors of the spaceship Nostromo from Alien.


The Hexfield Viewscreen as it appeared in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Behind the Scenes

While an ostensible viewscreen, it was actually a small stage area, covered with a dark fabric screen with a various styles of sliding door in front of it; and was often "deactivated" by simply turning off its lighting at the end of a transmission, as some of the early doors closed painfully slow. The HVS was used more frequently during the Comedy Central years, although its use popped up irregularly in the Sci-Fi Channel-era.

The Satellite of Love
Primary Residents Joel RobinsonMike NelsonJonah HestonTom ServoCrow T. RobotGypsyCambotMagic Voice
Minor/Other Residents TimmyMike's RobotClayton Forrester and TV's Frank (mirror)Eddie Nelson (Alternate universe)NanitesWinstonM. WaverlyMatt Claude Van DammeGrowler
Visitors NuveenaEnochDemon DogsMonadPhantom of KrankorOrtegaGypsy (mirror)Tom Servo (mirror)Henry KissingerGoosioMikey the Mike spriteGlenn ManningEarl TorgesonFinneganLydiaDelivery ManBrain Guy
Terminology Hexfield ViewscreenRocket Number 9UmbilicusMovie signManipulator armsDeus ex MachinaHyper-warp escape shipsAirlockWhirlpoolJet ScreenThe Tube
Locations BridgeTheaterTheater hallwayMike's roomTom's roomCrow's RoomJoel's roomKitchen
Hexfield Viewscreen characters edit
ValeriaJ.C.GoochTwo White DevilsRussian SOLHugh BeaumontGorillaMothraGameraBruceCustodian of the Seventh GalaxyKennyHelenHolo-clownsWinkyJohn BannerAmazon MomsJan-in-the-PanNelson familyA. BombClayton Forrester and TV's Frank (mirror)Kitten with a WhipLisa LoebIlya MurametzYakov SmirnoffEarl TorgesonLeonardo da VinciPhil the Alien