The Hexfield Viewscreen was a hexagonally-shaped opening on the Satellite of Love's bridge that served as a kind of monitor through which the inhabitants of the SOL could interact with a wide and diverse range of visitors. Often, characters were taken directly from whatever movie they were watching at the moment (Gamera, Jan in the Pan, etc), but were sometimes only loosely related to the film (the Kitten with a Whip, Yakov Smirnoff) and sometimes not at all (rowdy redneck neighbors, the Nelson family, an annoying mother who dialed the wrong number, etc). The Hexfield was activated and deactivated via the blue middle light on the desk control panel. It was only used for external transmissions to the SOL, as the transmission links to Deep 13 and Rocket Number 9 were both projected through Cambot.
The Hexfield Viewscreen is not a part of the current iteration of the Satellite of Love manned by Jonah Heston.
Behind the Scenes
While an ostensible viewscreen, it was actually a small stage area, covered with a dark fabric screen with a various styles of sliding door in front of it; and was often "deactivated" by simply turning off its lighting at the end of a transmission, as some of the early doors closed painfully slow. The HVS was used more frequently during the Comedy Central years, although its use popped up irregularly in the Sci-Fi Channel-era.
|Primary Residents||Joel Robinson • Mike Nelson • Jonah Heston • Crow T. Robot • Gypsy • Cambot • Tom Servo • Magic Voice|
|Minor/Other Residents||Timmy • Mike's Robot • Clayton Forrester (mirror) • TV's Frank (mirror) • Eddie Nelson (Alternate universe) • Nanites • Winston • M. Waverly • Matt Claude Van Damme • Growler|
|Visitors||Nuveena • Enoch • Demon Dogs • Monad • Phantom of Krankor • Ortega • Gypsy (mirror) • Tom Servo (mirror) • Henry Kissinger • Goosio • Mikey the Mike sprite • Glenn Manning • Finnegan • Lydia • Delivery Man • Brain Guy • Pearl Forrester • Professor Bobo|
|Terminology||Hexfield Viewscreen • Rocket Number 9 • Umbilicus • Movie sign • Manipulator arms • Deus ex Machina • Hyper-warp escape ships • Airlock • Whirlpool • Jet Screen • The Tube|
|Locations||Bridge • Theater • Theater hallway • Mike's room • Tom's room • Crow's Room • Joel's room • Kitchen|
|Valeria • J.C. • Gooch • Imperialistic Aliens • Russian SOL • Hugh Beaumont • Gorilla • Mothra • Gamera • Bruce • Custodian of the Seventh Galaxy • Kenny • Helen • Holo-clowns • Winky • John Banner • Amazon Moms • Jan-in-the-Pan • Nelson family • A. Bomb • Clayton Forrester (mirror) • TV's Frank (mirror) • Kitten with a Whip • Lisa Loeb • Ilya Murametz • Yakov Smirnoff • Earl Torgeson • Leonardo da Vinci • Phil the Alien|