Finished the Gauntlet on Friday, in terms of "fun factor", and ability to rematch them, I'd place them in this order:
The Day Time Stopped / Mac & Me definitely had the most laughs/best jokes
Ator & Killer Fish were mid range- had some good jokes but not quite ads hilarious as the top 2
Atlantic Rim (it had a few good jokes, but the film was just so bad)/ Lords of the Deep -I may just have been tired, but I actually fell asleep on this one.
As for the story of the MST3K show itself, I understand it doesn't want to take itself too seriously, the jokes are where the heart is, and the fact that Jonah's return from seeming death was barely hinted upon was fine. The end was a little odd though. The lack of guest star appearances was a little disappointing after mark Hamill and Jerry Seinfeld last season. It was nice to see J. Elvis Weinstein again(Though he had been on Cinematic Titanic a few times), but where do they go from here? I *assumed* that with only 6 episodes, we might get 6 or 7 more in Spring of 2019? (since Netflix new MO seems to be splitting up it's seasons), but...now I'm not so sure. I just hope we get more however.
It's odd because I've tried to watch the Rifftrax version of Ator a few times on Amazon Prime and never made it through. In fact I'm noticing now that between MST3K,Rifftrax, & CN, they've done a few of the same films over. It would be nice to get a critical comparison of which version was the best. I think all 3 have done Manos, but I hate that film so much, I cant bring myself to watch it ever again. Also- I never knew that Season 3's Cave Dwellers was actually the sequel to Ator! I'll have to go back and rewatch that now.
There are no more good TV Shows, only ones that haven't disappointed me yet.