Kinga Clayton Forrester is the new "Mad" in Joel Hodgson's revival season of MST3K. She appeared (in character) in the video accompanying the Kickstarter campaign's eighth update portrayed by Felicia Day. She is shown to be in control by the way she bosses everyone around, including Joel and new host, Jonah Heston (who she refers to as a "big stack of flapjacks").
Kinga is the daughter of Dr. Clayton Forrester and the granddaughter of Pearl Forrester. She is in command of Moon 13, a research station on the dark side of the Moon that serves as their lair. Her main assistant is Max (who wants to be known as "TV's Son of TV's Frank"), and she is also occasionally aided by Synthia, a clone of her grandmother Pearl. She also controls a team of minions known as the Skeleton Crew, making her at least more effective in attracting followers than her forebears. Her main area of expertise appears to be chemistry (developing "Kingachrome Liquid Television", a liquid capable of delivering media), as opposed to her father, who was primarily an engineer and biologist. She likely attended Gizmonic Institute, because she almost always greets Jonah with an Invention Exchange, a traditional Gizmonic greeting.
Unlike Clayton and Pearl, Kinga does not seem to want to rule the world. Kinga's main motivation for her evil experiments appears to be focused on the profits she can stand to make. In addition to resuming her father's work in hopes of selling the show to Disney, she has also dabbled in multiple money-making ventures (via the Invention Exchanges) and has been known to attempt to cajole investors into putting money towards her work. However, she has yet to see any sort of monetary success from her actions.
Kinga's brand of "madness" is a bit different than that of her father and grandmother. While her father and grandmother were more traditionally mad, Kinga is more of an overbearing boss, constantly micromanaging, caring little for anyone else around her, readily demeaning and denigrating her lackeys, and having little originality, given her practice of stealing ideas for invention exchanges from Jonah (and in the case of the Mexican jumping bean-bag chair, Joel).
Kinga displays some capacity for affection and sensitivity. Her fondness for Neville Laroy seems genuine, and her tormenting of Jonah is based more on expediency than any personal animus towards him.
Behind the scenes
- Felicia Day has apparently been a fan of the show since she was young and saw Joel Hodgson at a convention and "went up to get a picture with him because I wanted to rub it in my brother Ryon's face". This encounter inspired Joel to ask her to join the show.
- In developing the character, Joel Hodgson stated that the character needed to be able to be "both comedic and threatening... and if possible, both at the same time", "formidable woman in the Forrester family line", needed to have red hair since he "always felt the Forrester clan were from Scandinavian backgrounds" and "should be someone who could be threatening, and could have moments of true irrational rage". Joel met Felicia at the Salt Lake ComicCon and made an inquiry via Twitter as to whether she would be interested in joining the show. Her answer was, Yes pleassssssssss@sse".
- According to Joel Hodgson, the inspiration for Kinga came from the Dragon Queen character from the 1975 Chinese superhero movie Infra-Man, combined with Lucille Ball. Joel also stated that it has not been determined who Kinga's mother is, but the show is prepared to explore the question in future seasons.
- ↑ http://www.cnet.com/news/felicia-day-joins-new-cast-of-mystery-science-theater-3000/
- ↑ Felicia Day announces she's joining the cast of MST3K revival
- ↑ Kickstarter update #8: Meet The Next Mad, Crow & Servo of MST3K
- ↑ http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/1248685-nine-things-need-know-new-mst3k#/slide/1
|Principal||Dr. Clayton Forrester • Dr. Laurence Erhardt • TV's Frank • Pearl Forrester • Professor Bobo • Brain Guy • Kinga Forrester • Max|
|Secondary||Gerry and Sylvia • Dr. Peanut • The Observers • Synthia • Ardy • Skeleton Crew|
|Mirror Universe||Mike Nelson • Crow T. Robot • Tom Servo • Gypsy|
|Locations||Gizmonic Institute • Deep 13 • Deep Ape • The Widowmaker • Ancient Rome • Castle Forrester • Moon 13|