It’s interesting, you know? Whereas what I like about Hampton’s Crow is all in the BIG BRASH LOUD RAMBUNCTIOUS “I’M GOING TO FIGHT ERRYTHING AND ERRYONE” moments, what I like about Baron’s Crow is in those smaller, subtler moments of character work that serve to establish his character as being more inflated and cerebral and what-have-ya.
Case in point, there was the one piece of fan art in Season 11 that had Baron’s Servo saying that he was obviously thinking up another brilliant scheme.
That’s not to say that I don’t love it when Baron’s Servo is a big ham, because I can just point to his host segments in Santo in the Treasure of Dracula in which he yells “SILENCE!!!” for SCIENCE!!! and has those wrestling niceties for Crow, BROTHERRRRRRRRRRRR! And then there’s that great moment where an irate Servo chases Jonah with a urinal cake during the Invention Exchange for Lords of the Deep.
Point being, while Baron’s Servo is different from J. Elvis Weinstein’s sly seen-it-all-twice Servo and Kevin Murphy’s bombastic self-assured Servo, it feels very much like it’s within the overall continuity of the character, and honestly? I’ve been loving Baron’s work.
I like that Baron is able to infuse the character with a nerdy charm, like when he’s making video game references such as humming the Legend of Zelda secret tune during Avalanche or dramatically announcing “Scorpion vs. Sub-Zero… FIGHT!” in Wizards of the Lost Kingdom I (and continuing that trend with the “Ermac wins… BABALITY!” reference in Robot Wars).
As @ArtCrow mentioned, Baron made “Concepts” an all-timer of a host segment, and as @FlyingSquid noted, his game has been off the charts for Season 13. And I can’t wait to see how he keeps elevating and improving his performance!
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Tom Servo is my fave bot because of his lovely voice and my perception that he’s the smart one in the group (sorry Jonah). Seasons 11 and 12 are where I started really getting more regularly into MST3K in that I was actually watching consecutive episodes rather than skipping around and watching random stuff. So, in a sense, Baron was my first regular Ton Servo - though I’d already developed a TS preference, Baron definitely helped solidify him as my most fave bot.
I would like to see some competetive ASMR (???) between Baron and Conor though. Maybe in a short?
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