What made the whole experience so awesome was not just that I was there with two of my favorite people on Earth (although that helped) but that we were all there together. There was not a single person in that audience who got dragged because it was their boyfriend's turn to pick the movie. We all wanted to be there. This was something all of us had been waiting for. No one was bored or disappointed. Strangers complimented each other's themed tee-shirts. I was going to bring Servo, but he had a slight accident on the car ride up and had to stay laying down in the backseat. I did, however, wear my silver Servo necklace (Ian loves me). If I'd had time, I would have made a sheer white Manos Bride costume.
And when the lights went down, something magical happened. Not a single cell phone screen lit up. No one's "Firework" ringtone went off. And it stayed that way for the entire movie. Think about the last time that happened. I can't.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has always done what few other shows have--it makes the audience a direct part of the show. Joel/Mike opened the show by welcoming everybody--not a live studio audience, but everyone watching at home as though you were there in the studio with him. You were part of the experiment, and that tradition continued last night most notably during the "Welcome Home Norman" short, which is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen. Our homecoming hero, Norman, does nothing but groan the entire time, so after the short, Kevin invited us to give a big ol' Norman catchphrase.
Obviously, we were watching a simulcast. We were not in the Nashville audience. Mike, Bill and Kevin couldn't hear us. But we all did it anyways because it was part of the experience. And normally I hate when people clap at movies, but this time, I didn't mind, and clapped heartily and often. We hooted and hollered and stomped with laughter. And no one that night left unsatisfied.