Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) definitely cracks the top 10, if not the top 5 fandoms I geek out about. Apparently, the way I sing the Robot Roll Call is humorous, as my husband has pointed out. Maybe one day I will record this ridiculous for you, but for now, I give you Tom Servo Fall Casual Cosplay!
A little background for those not familiar with MST3K. The show premiered on KTMA in Minneapolis, Minnesota on November 24, 1988. It aired six seasons on The Comedy Channel/Comedy Central until its cancellation in 1997. Then the Sci-Fi Channel (which is now Syfy - which I refuse to pronounce as Sci-Fi and call it Sif-fee) for three more seasons that lasted until August 1999. The premise is simple: a man (first Joel, then Mike) and two robots (Servo and Crow - though the Satellite of Love also contains two other bots: Cambot and Gypsy) are trapped on a satellite and forced to watch bad movies, which they riff to make bearable.
Tom Servo (first voiced by J. Elvis Weinstein, though most associate Servo with Kevin Murphy) is the red robot made from the following items: gumball machine (Carousel Executive Snack Dispenser), a "Money Lover Barrel" coin bank, a toy car engine block, and a bowl-shaped hovercraft skirt (which happens to be a Halloween "Boo Bowl", and arms made from a pair of small white ventriloquist's dummy hands and springs. An additional Servo was made for the screening portions of the show and painted black, so that the film would not be projected through it (as would be the case with the transparent head of the red Servo). The original concept for Servo was a bot named Beeper (yes – like the Muppet he only spoke in beeps). He was completely silver with rubber arms and funnel-shaped shoulders. After the pilot episode the Beeper was renamed 'Servo' after a vending machine called the Servotron and revamped to his iconic look.
Servo is highly intellectual yet sensitive. He can be somewhat arrogant or even be rattled enough to let his temper show. He occasionally can be thoughtful and sweet, but we do love his rude wit the most. Especially when he teams up with Crow (voiced first by Trace Beaulieu - who also portrayed Dr. Forrester - then by Bill Corbett) to mess / prank with the resident human (again Joel or Mike). And in the end the thing about the bots is they can be very unpredictable or impulsive, as demonstrated by Servo: “I'm the wind, baby!” Servo likes to dress up, sing, has the tendency to be a ladies man, but also can turn certain situations dark. What else can you expect from years aboard a satellite watching the world's worst movies?
Here are a few clips to understand what I mean:
And now for the segment you have been waiting for: how I turned one of my favorite bots into an everyday fall casual cosplay look.
I actually owned a striped dress (but you could easily do this with a stripped skirts, pants, or leggings). I layered the dress with a long sleeved white shirt and layered that with a red tank. Then I added a red felt cloche hat, black tights, and boots. I kept this simple, but you could easily add a necklace or bracelets to match Servo's silver attributes.
A few personalities of Servo: Goofball, Annoyed, Series, and Charming portrayed in up-close portraits
Now, hopefully I will not be kidnapped by a Forrester today, though I would not mind a day watching bad movies with my favorite golden bot, Mr. Crow. T. Robot. "We've got movie sign!"