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Monday, June 27, 2011

450 - First Impressions On Suburban Knight - The First (Five?) Parts

EDIT - OCTOBER 2011
As promised, the three impressions videos have been taken down and the three posts on this blog have been replaced with text iterations... or at least, that was the intent. Unfortunately, I can't find the other scripts for the five parts, so you're going to have to settle for Part 1. If I find the other parts, they will be posted on this post, after the break. The other two posts will have other material posted on there to make up for the gap.

Just a word of warning; the following pieces are based largely on first viewings and does not necessarily reflect my overall thoughts on the project. If you want that, you can read my review here. Also, the material might be a bit "crude" for some people's tastes, so discretion is advised. With that said, enjoy the show.



PART 1
Hey, folks. Apologies in advance for the muffled sound. I am presently recording this audio on my netbook and using a cheap-ass dollar store microphone. I'm presently some place else at the moment and so I have to work with that I have here. In any case, I just though I chime in my first impressions and thoughts on the first episode of the TGWTG 3rd Year Anniversary miniseries, Suburban Knights. I know I said I was going to wait until the series conclusion to put together a review, but this isn't so much a review as it is some initial impressions. No doubt what I think now is going to differ from when I review the whole thing in its entirety... and with the advent of technology that allows me to hook up my computer to my DVD recording device through S-video, I will be able to record all the chapters and then find the time to watch it all in one shot and then formulate a final review from there. In the meantime, I thought I should just form some initial shots on each chapter of the series. So...

So I'm going to start by focusing on a single scene, where the Nostalgia critic is addressing the rest of the TGWTG crew about the whole quest for a gauntlet that is supposed to bring them riches... funny, I thought that was what the Blip ad revenue was for, but whatever... anyway, they're listening to him yap, and yap, and yap... and then when Critic turns around, they're all gone.

That one bit and also another bit towards end when they're trying to line up for the trailer gave me a bit of a chuckle and as a result, this is already a huge leap above last year's Kickassia, which was the closest thing to a comedic black hole as you were going to get. I had considered this to be a creative black hole, but then the Angry Video Game Nerd's ROB episode was released earlier this year and... the less said about that abomination, the better.

So this first chapter of Suburban Knights, the miniseries that was delayed a whole month or so to touch up on the video, is a pretty standard run of the mill set-up episode and for the most part, there isn't really a whole lot to complain about... well, okay, I kinda wish Doug would tone down the overacting a bit; it just doesn't suit him all that well and generally exposes his below-par acting abilities. I'm none too fond of the subplot involving FilmBrain's deluded Critic fetish which is downridely disturbing and very, very close to reaching pedophilic behavior... and yes, that term is appropriate in this context considering Mr. Walker has decided to dress up as an elf boy for the remainder of this miniseries. Yes, I know it's supposed to be Link, but I'm not going to call him that. I'm going to call him elf boy. And there was that one sigment where there were showing two cars driving by a road and the footage seemed like it was actually sped up a notch for some reason. I really don't understand what that contributes but it's something that really caught my eye the first time watching it.

Other than that, I generally thought this is quite a bit of an improvement over Kickassia's opening chapter, which was about as funny and entertaining as watching. What little of the story was actually presented seems kind of interesting and is far better than the lame plot of conquering a micronation that only a few people know about. And there's no site to report these things before the project is released, so the moment isn't spoiled. We have a clear antagonist; a wandering man who apparently hates technology - as evident in his rather decent monologue opposite the obnoxiously annoying 90s stereotype - and apparently has the ability to kill people and destroy things using special effects ripped from Detonation Films... well, it's a step up over whatever the fuck they were using in Kickassia, so whatever. I'll take it.

But yeah, we have a clear antagonist, but we're not sure of his motives yet, but they obviously can't be good, which should be rather obvious to anyone with common sense... I hope... We also get introduced to the cast of characters as each gets their moment to show off their costume and what have you. Is it a whole lot of character development? Of course not, but it is, at least, something for the non-TGWTG viewer to grab on to. And I'll be honest; I like the idea of these guys dressing up and acting like the fantasy character they've chosen to dress up as. It mixes things up a bit and hopefully will lead to a more diverse cast of characters than what was featured in Kickassia, which were generally a whole bunch of people I neither knew nor cared about. As long as they don't act like themselves, I think it should be an interesting little series, if nothing else.

So, at least in that regard, Suburban Knights has met my low expectations and I thought it was a good waste of thirty minutes. Not great, not epic, but it's a step up. Does that mean the rest of the series will be just as good? Well, that remains to be seen... but the first chapter is promising enough. Let's just hope it's not for naught.

By the way, Cinema Snob Brad Jones dressed up as Indiana Jones... that was cute.

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