While I can't comment yet on watching the rest of the season I can say that the first episode is a great start that seems to carry on the legacy of the show into a new era. One huge upgrade for the new season of MST3K is that it is now shot in 16x9 aspect ratio. With the original 90's show it was filmed in the 4x3 TV aspect ratio which cut off the sides of the films. The aspect ratio coupled with the low res quality of the original TV shows was always part of the charm of the original show and I wondered if the switch to HD would detract from the campy flavor of MST3K? Watching the the first episode of the show in crisp HD was better than I thought and the hand crafted feel of the sets, puppets and ships really works.
Jonah, Hampton, Barron, Felica & Patton do a great job as the new cast and they feel at home on the show while brining something new to it. The only thing I am still getting used to with the new show is separating the voices of Jonah, Tom Servo and Crow as sometimes they really sound like each other. With Joel, Mike and the bots their voices were so distinct that it was easy to tell the difference between them but the new actors are taking some time to hear separate in my mind when they riff.
I never thought we'd get a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and after excitedly backing it and now seeing the show I couldn't be happier. The new season on Netflix should bring the show to an entirely new audience and I hope it gains enough popularity to get renewed for a second season because that's something the world needs.
You can watch the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 right now on Netflix.