I hate to say it but the same thing happened with the loss of Joel, they just didn't have the right chemistry...I warmed up to mike with rifftrax...but I still think Joel was better.
Best MST3k episodes to me are:
Fugitive Alien (part 1 and 2)
MST3k is right up there for me with Joe Bobs Drive Thru and USA up all night with Gilbert Gottfried as far as having a perfect nerd movie night.
I hope Blue and everyone are having a good thanksgiving. Hard to believe I've been coming to this site since 1998....man...