With rifftrax the mst3k need is pretty much met for me I feel like I don't really need a new MST3K with an unknown cast. I always skipped the parts that weren't the movie anyway.
I loved MST3k back in the Joel days but the quality quickly fell off after he left and by the time the mads bailed it was nearly unwatchable.
I'm pretty excited about the idea of a new cast if Trace and Frank Coniff weren't available.
It's funny because I'm the complete opposite in regards to Joel vs Mike. Was also never a fan of the invention exchange. Did like the mads though.
It was an unfortunate situation they were in near the end. They couldn't really afford anything new, in regards to movies, and most of the old had been done. Which is why Rifftrax works so well.
But I will never wish that this endeavor ill. Though I do wonder if they try for another season if it will be successful.