I propose that the Mystery Science Theater experiments would have concluded on schedule if Joel hadn’t escaped. His escape necessitated the experiment be restarted because the experimental group had changed. The old data was incompatible with the data coming out of the Mike seqence. Then, Mike escaped into pure energy before his experiments had concluded. He came back, but the whole thing had to be restarted again due to the changes that travel does to a person. And, Mike travelled far and wide. He was a new man. Then, then the SOL crashed down. Then Jonah… You see? If Joel had just stayed put, the experiments would have concluded and nobody else would have to have been kidnapped for science.
It's your fault Joel!