In the final hours of the Kickstarter to raise money for a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, I was still going back and forth whether I wanted to contribute. Big announcements of who'd be playing the characters, writing them, and even guest-starring might only have sharpened suspicions that with the "sixties and seventies television" I seem to associate "Joel's references" with that much further in the past, everything would revolve around "fandom"-type references, and that, for me alone, that would just seem like a succession of cheap shots and other forms of group-think. However, I'd happened by luck on a pointer to an interview where Joel Hodgson seemed to have said the right things over again, and after distracting myself for quite a while that evening by editing some old audio and video tracks together, and even thinking a bit about what might amount to "cowering in fear," I put in money for the "download-only" option. It wouldn't be something sitting on my shelf, and having noticed comments about the downloads not including copy-protection might even have left me wondering if maybe, just maybe, muting out certain "riffs" could be a last resort (even if that might seem clumsier than slicing bits of text out of a particular MSTing I thought had much more good than aggravating in it). With that said, of course, I still want to "trust in Joel." A lot of other people did, to the extent that not only did the Kickstarter raise enough money for the twelve episodes he had held out as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there's going to be a "holiday special" and an extra bonus episode after that.