Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet (Season 2) (2018)

There are a number of changes in this second iteration of the MST3K Netflix revival that make it even more enjoyable than the first one. Host Jonah Ray seems more comfortable in front of the camera, Felicia Day’s performance is mercifully toned down while henchman Patton Oswalt steals scenes left and right, the movies themselves are somewhat edited down and subsequently easier to digest, and the gang’s jokes are typically strong. My favorite in this season is “Mac and Me,” the infamous “E.T.” rip-off that crassly replaces the Steven Spielberg classic’s power and charm with product placement for McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, but most of the other movies are solid choices as well (with the lone exception of 1982’s “Ator: The Fighting Eagle,” which I simply couldn’t finish).

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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