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The Experiment by TravisTheGeek The Experiment by TravisTheGeek
Alt art of one of my favorite TV shows of all time: Mystery Science Theater 3000. This was a lot of fun to do, especially redesigning the bots.

This is also another case of me returning to an idea I had about a year ago. This time, I actually got a fair bit along on the original before dropping it. It was drawn, scanned in, and had at least partial flats done. I might have to post the original some time and compare the two versions to see how far I've come in the past year.
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:iconfractiouslemon:
FractiousLemon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
This is both an awesome and heartbreaking realistic look at the underlying horror we we laughing off for years.
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SanatanaSociety Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist
Awesome fan art of one of my favorite shows. Great job, bud! :clap:
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kev1000 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
I like this interpretation! Nice!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  Professional
Thanks!
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BrakCartman Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015
I can totally picture Mike being gagged and bound like in a Clockwork Orange forced to watch all those bad movies. Although I'm sure his mouth would be forcibly shut so he couldn't tell jokes to keep himself sane.
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lionandwolfe Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap......:nuu:
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Drakkenmensch Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
At this point the rock climbing movie would be a relief to poor Mike.
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KT-JadeBlaze Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the experiment escalated quickly!  Good work!  :)
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FezzyPumpkin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
now all we need is a even more mess up theory to go with this and we'll have a pure nightmare fuel for generations! :D
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Cyberguy64 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My theory is that that's Joel's brain in Servo.
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Dr-Syn Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Joel's corpse doesnt look like it was lobotomized.

Maybe it's Erdhardt, or Pearl. Or maybe just some synthetic brain Joel whipped up out of hamdingers.
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FezzyPumpkin Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
well done...
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Slendercell-2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Artist
it's beautiful
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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Slendercell-2 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Artist
np
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:iconspottyskunk:
spottyskunk Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconctdsnark:
ctdsnark Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool...it's ANOTHER mirror universe!

(a concept they might've explored had the show stayed on longer)
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:iconlesimmons:
LESimmons Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
So this is what happens when I don't repeat to myself "It's just a show, I should really just relax". O_O;
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:iconfezzypumpkin:
FezzyPumpkin Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
every time i think about any show for too long i realize something truly horrifying if i don't say it's just a show but i worry too much
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional
Indeed!
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Scharb Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
talk about DEEEEEEP HURTING
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
The deepest!
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isaned Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For some reason, I see this, and my mind plays back the alternate ending to Army of Darkness where everything's destroyed and he yells "Oh God! No! No! I slept too long!!!!"
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Ha. I have to say, that's a new take on it I haven't heard yet. Very interesting.
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Matttowler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whoa that's dark. And poor Joel! But I love it!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Pity not the dead. This is the only way he could ever truly be free!!!

lol, seriously, thanks!
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MadQueenAlthea Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Long time MST3K fan. Let me add my voice to the throng of appreciative fans. Fabulous and dark in the very best way! I'm sure Joel and Mike are very glad we receive so much amusement from their suffering. HA! :) 
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Thanks! Indeed, it was a pleasure to suffer beside them.
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empressaurora Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"So why don't we all just bow down.../now./"

Love it!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
"No, no. That was really more of a curtsey then a bow."

Ha! The bit with Servo speaking in tongues always makes me chuckle.
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GeriSue Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
This is AMAZING! Thank you for the dark twist.
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Thank YOU!
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orion777 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
very cool!!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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JMShearer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Looks like they've been sending movies that really are just plain bad.
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional
"You guys watch Jo Don Baker movies?" :D
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
GAAAH!  Just noticed the surgical scar on Frank #47 up there!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional
:D
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
This picture actually makes me uncomfortable; that's how well it conveys Mike and Joel's true plight. 

Those are especially specially sinister reworks of the bot designs.  Gypsy reminds me of Glados, and Crow should be voiced by Ben Cumberbatch!
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional
Ah, yes. It just goes to show you how important the "It's just a show; I should really just relax" rule is. lol

Good call on the bots. Gladdos really is kind of a "dark Gypsy" when you really thing about it. I never thought of Cumberbatch as Crow, but now that you mention it, I really, really like the idea!
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capheind Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Brilliant! I am watching MST3K #104, Women Of The Prehistoric Planet right now :)
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional
Nice. I'm hoping to marathon the Christmas episodes sometime this next week.
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capheind Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
t remember to include the Rifftrax christmas shorts, and the Cinematic Titanic version of Santa Claus Vs. The Martians. 
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TravisTheGeek Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional
Oh yes! Lot's of good stuff to go through. You know, I don't think I've seen the CT take on Santa Claus Vs. The Martians; just the MST3K and recent RiffTrax version.
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NikorasuYuki Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
I hope you realize that seeing this has severely wrenched my heart asunder and the only reason I'm liking it is because the art is too damn good not to...keep up the good work, but I'll never forgive you for this.
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wlart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is sick and wrong. And... awesome.

I suppose someone had to do it.

Planetary made Monster Island a sad reality. This kind of Pop Art isn't unwelcome, just tread carefully. MST3k was my generation's escapism at its finest. We were all up there with Joel (not so much with Mike).

Anyway, I do like this, you did well. It just sorta made me sad inside to see it this way.
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cassuduh Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
We need a mirror! What does the hardcore version of Cambot look like??
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:jawdrop: Boy, the 'Bots don't look like themselves, anymore!
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jarelkortan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013
very interesting take on it. And the bots redesign is awesome.
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Emgee78 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Wow, hardcore!Crow!
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