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Satellite of Love - Doggy-bone shaped satellite seen on the science fiction spoof series MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 /COM/1989-96/SCI/1997-1999.

Satellite of Love - MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000

The Satellite of Love (SOL) is the involuntary home of Joel Robinson who was kidnapped by mad scientists Dr. Clayton Forrester and Dr. Laurence Erhardt (a.k.a. "The Mads") and placed in orbit around earth to watch very bad movies. Later in the series, a guy named TV Frank replaced Dr. Erhardt as Forrester's partner in crime.

Mad Scientists - Erhardt asb Forrester - MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
Erhardt and Forrester

TV Frank and Dr. Forrester - MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
TV Frank and Dr. Forrester

To alleviate his boredom Joel built a variety of robotic friends from spare parts found in the satellite to keep him company, including robots Crow, Tom Servo, Gypsy, Cambot. Also on board was a unseen voice named Magic Voice.

One of the main features of the Satellite of Love was The Mystery Science 3000 Theater, a large room that contained a projection screen where bad science fiction movies were shown. The movies were part of an experiment to see if a person would go mad watching such media.

To stave off insanity, Joel and his friends, who are seen in silhouette at the bottom right-hand of the screen, would regularly mock the movies with off-screen commentary.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - Godzilla

Eventually, Joel escaped his captivity with the help of Gypsy. To continue their bizarre cinematic experiment,  the Mad Scientists kidnapped Mike Nelson, who happened to be in the employ of Dr. Forrester at the time.  

At the end of season 10, the Satellite of Love fell from orbit and crash-landed near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mike and his friends survived the ordeal and moved into an apartment where they continued to watch awful sci-fi movies. 

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