Review Memoirs: “To Boldly Flee”

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MartialHorror discusses an unpleasant experience.

lol, my mic catches my breathing a bit too well, which is why I cut my gasps for air out in the actual reviews.

Note: I kept spelling….Turl/Terl/Turrell wrong. Didn’t bother to look it up.

FIRST DRAFT

Once upon a time, I enjoyed reviewing these Anniversaries. Whether they were good or not-so-good, it was always fascinating to see what the men, women and props (Handsome Tom) of TGWTG could pull off with little time and virtually no money. Yet the thought of covering the final major anniversary has just been exhausting, as these movies bring out the worst in people.

(I would then do a drawing gag, which will probably be used in another video)

Okay, summarizing the story is going to be a bitch because I will either have to spoil some revelations or sound like a disjointed moron in the process…Hopefully I do both. When Ma Ti fought Malachite at the end of Suburban Knights and was sent into space, this created a black hole of some sort, known as the plot hole. This causes inconsistencies all throughout the Reviewaverse and I want to point out that the examples they use are continuity errors, not plot holes, which is a plot hole! Ma Ti still exists and part of him lives in Spoony, whom he entered- from behind- sometime during the previous film.

Now this is where things get complicated. Congress is passing a bill called SUCKA, Stop the Unstoppable Copyright Killers act, which is a less than subtle jab at radioactive turkeys.

 

  • Yeah, I see through your metaphors Dougie.

 

Because the Nostalgia Critic has broken the laws created by SUCKA, he is placed under house arrest, but Ma Ti continues to haunt him. Now Terl, whom the critic had previously encountered in his Battlefield Earth review, has allied with the champions of SUCKA so the critic has to move quickly. He summons various TGWTG reviewers and they turn his house into a spaceship- just go with it- and he plans on going to the Plot Hole and…I guess, rescue..Ma Ti? But it’s not going to be easy because Terl has allied with Zodd and they are chasing the reviewers down, and they aren’t even safe within their own ship. An imposter has snuck aboard and the reviewers are too stupid to notice how robotic he acts and sounds.

 

  • Sad Panda.

And who is this executor, who wants the powers of the plot hole all for himself? Holy shit that was way too much story, and I haven’t even gotten into the many different subplots that devour so much of the screen-time. “To Boldly Flee” is either epic and convoluted and this movie tends to fall towards convolution. For one, I didn’t understand why they bothered with the Ma Ti subplot. The actor – I’m not going to try to pronounce his name- is no longer with Channel Awesome so there’s not going to be some big ‘return’ there. Plus, I liked the closure of that character in Suburban Knights, so why drag it out? The plot hole could exist without him. While everything starts to tie in nicely near the end, the first few parts were a little disjointed.

-But at least there was a plot and it didn’t feel like they were writing it as they were going along.

 ALTERNATE DRAFT

We then move to footage from the end of the previous movie, where the Nostalgia Critic’s pal Ma Ti dies and the critic is still haunted by it, setting up his character ark. But there is no time for brooding, because now we have to get to the story. It turns out the battle between Malachite and Ma Ti created a hole in space and time…a….plot hole. Duh Dum! Meanwhile., Congress is passing a bill called SUCKA, Stop the Unstoppable Copyright Killers act, which is a less than subtle jab at radioactive turkeys.

  • Yeah, I see through your “metaphors” Dougie.

Meanwhile, Turl, played by the Spooner himself, is pissed off because the Nostalgia Critic gave Battlefield Earth a negative review….and apparently blew up his planet in the process. He works under the mysterious Executor, who…I don’t know. I think he wants the plot hole for himself, but it’s never really explained why. Turl intends to kill the Critic, who has been placed under house arrest due to SUCKA. When NC realizes that Ma Ti is trying to contract him using Spoony, the critic realizes he has to go to the hole and find Ma Ti. So he contacts his fellow reviewers, turns his house into a spaceship and begins the adventure But now Turl, who has made a dastardly alliance with Zodd, is hunting them down.

What follows is legions of subplots. The Nostalgia Chick trying to seduce Todd in the Shadows whose attempting to woo Obscurus Lupa. An impostor has snuck aboard the ship and the critics are too stupid not to notice how emotionless and robotic he acts. But who is he?

  • I thought it was Sad Panda. Nope, turns out to be Mechakara. Pretty good twist.

Okay, obviously there is way too much story here and it occasionally is difficult to follow if you’re not watching the bulk of the movie at once. I’m not entirely sure if Ma Ti was necessary, especially as the original actor is missing in action. The plot hole thing could’ve worked without that.

ALTERNATE DRAFT 2

The film opens with the ending of Suburban Knights, where we see Ma Ti’s death create a mysterious black hole in space. Paw Dugan picks up on the disturbance and reports it to the Space Research committee, which is comprised of Paw, Joe, that Sci Fi Guy and CR. Plot point 1. Plot point 2, we cut to the Nostalgia Critic and his…pink curtains. The critic is still haunted by the death of Ma Ti and tries to confide in Film Brain, revealing the central love story. Film Brain is clearly in love with the Nostalgia Critic, but the Critic was in love with Ma Ti and has not gotten over his death. Plot point 3, Turrel- obviously played by Noah- is in front of congress, demanding that the critic be arrested for destroying his planet and giving Battlefield Earth a negative review.

 

  • Yeah, if you don’t follow the reviewers on TGWTG, you probably won’t know what’s going on.

 

We learn about the SUCKA bill, a thinly disguised attack on SOPA, which will make it illegal to use copyrighted footage. Plot point 4, SUCKA was drafted by a guy named Lame R Prick, who decides to target the Nostalgia Critic and place him under house arrest. Plot point 5, Linkara is pwned by Mechakara, who locks him away and takes his place. Plot point 6, Spoony shows up at the Critics house, acting awfully strange and it turns out part of Ma Ti exists within him. Plot point 7, Turl’s boss is revealed to be the Executor, who wants to recruit Spoonyone even though they never follow through on this. Aw screw it. Prick and Terl team up, everyone tries to figure whats wrong with Spoony and the Last Angry Geek and Critic discuss important information about naked pictures of Orlando Bloom.

FINAL DRAFT OF PART 1 (there are some changes)

-Hello this is that Creepy Bald Guy- Not Louie CK- and since I critique the critics, why not review their movies. Doesn’t this douchebag have anything else better to do? No. (I could be watching a pointless review of it)

“To Boldly Flee” is the 4th Channel Awesome anniversary events and it has acquired much hype for a few reasons. It’s supposedly the last of these big crossovers and it’s the Nostalgia Critic characters swan song. It’s the final TGWTG project for Spoony before the producers eviscerated and cannibalized him

  • What what?

The intent is to make this the biggest anniversary yet and sure, they succeeded. There is more action, more drama, more reviewers, more effects that are upgraded from what we’re used too seeing in the video review world and the most important of all: there is more homoeroticism. Seriously, if it’s not all the scenes of men sleeping next to each-other, it’s Mickey’s gay porn stache as he wields a vibrator at some dudes.- Sounds like tuesday- The downside is “To Boldly Flee” blurs the line between convolusion and epic, ambitious and pretentious.

I’ve decided the best way to cover everything is reviewing 1 episode at a time, making this a bloated and self important review of a bloated and self important movie. But that’s not to say “To Boldly Flee” is a failure. It’s in its own way, mostly a success, but it’s…complicated. The plot is really cluttered and sometimes confusing, so if you find yourself getting lost. Don’t fret. Just go to the Cinema Snob’s website and read his descriptions of each episode. Then everything will start to make sense.

Here are all the plot points introduced in part 1.

  1. Ma Ti’s death creating a black hole.
  2. Paw Dugan picks up on it and reports it to the Space Research committee.
  3. The Nostalgia Critic is still haunted over Ma Ti’s death. And he has pink curtains.
  4. – There is a love triangle that’s established.
  5. Film Brain is clearly in love with the Critic, but its unrequited as the Critic hasn’t gotten over Ma Ti.
  6. Turrel- obviously played by Noah- wants revenge on the critic for blowing up his planet and giving Battlefield Earth a bad review. Even moreso than previous films, you have to be involved in the TGWTG culture to understand where this comes from.
  7. Congress passes a bill called SUCKA, which makes it illegal to use copyrighted footage. The nostalgia critic is placed under house arrest.
  8. Turrell is working under a mysterious villain known as the Executor, played by Rob Walker.
  9. Linkara is pwned by Mechakara, who takes his place.
  10. Spoony shows up at the Critics house, acting strange.
  11. The Last Angry Geek arrives and we learn that part of Ma Ti’s character is possessing Spoony. Furthermore, the black hole is actually a plot hole.
  12. The Nostalgia Chick visits the critic and the less developed love triangle between her- Todd and Lupa is established.
  13. I won’t spoil the last point, but it shows that Ma Ti actually resents the critic for abandoning him and is in fact, part of the plot hole.

That’s 13 fucking plot points within the first video. Do you know how many Kickassia had? 3. Mollassia is a micro nation, the critic wishes to take over it, the critic recruits reviewers and Spoony is repressing his insano side. Do you know how many Surbuban Knights had?

  • I don’t remember. I don’t even recall what the plot was, really.

But I could forgive the fact they spend the full 40 minutes setting up the story, even though the next video is also dedicated to building up the actual plot. My issue is simple, too much screen-time goes to non-reviewers. Now I’m going to be fair, I thought the acting by all of them was good, they were far more interesting than tthey were Suburban Knights. But while I like Prick, I’d rather see Jew Wario doing Goerge Takei.

  • That came out…oh who am I kidding? That came out exactly as I intended it.

These side characters were an improvement, but I watch this anniversaries for the reviewers, not them.I also felt that a lot in the script wasn’t necessary. The scene where the Executor and Turrel discuss converting Spoonyone? Pointless, as neither of them ever interact with him. The SUCKA storyline? Honestly, it sort of dissipates around part 3. Even Ma Ti doesn’t feel very relevant here. I personally thought he had proper closure in the last movie and since Bargo doesn’t make a grand return- what he shot during Suburban Knights doesn’t count- there won’t even be a great pay-off. The plot hole was enough of a story. I just felt like they could’ve slashed so much of this down in the editing room. Some scenes go on for too long. Other gags just don’t work, like Prick unable to turn on the computer and the story could’ve been condensed without losing its flavor. To be fair, Part 1 is where all of To Boldly Flee’s flaws seem to rest. It does get better?

The direction is…solid, but we’re missing an element that was present in Kickassia. I loved how on paper, it was a farce, but it was staged, shot, edited and scored like it was a badass epic. This made the action and drama rather comical. But this time, it seems like it wants to be legitimately dramatic and edgy. When the critic is sad, it’s not really funny. It does occasionally become awesome though, thanks to the stellar camerawork and an the kickass score. The ending is especially intense. Furthermore, there were a handful of golden comedic moments. I did like a lot of the interactions. But in a 40 minute video, a handful is not enough. If 15 minutes or so was cut out, I probably would’ve liked it a lot more. but while I didn’t fully enjoy myself, I was interested in seeing how the movie would play out

But screw plot and direction! What about the reviewers themselves? I shall end each video of this review- which will probably be around 3 parts- covering various members of the cast. I shall critique them based on how well they did throughout the entire feature, not just the episodes I covered.

So lets start with the Space Research committee. It’s headed by Paw who starts off relevant, but once they get into space, is pretty much only there to be Jesu Otaku’s chew toy. He struggles with the more serious, expositiony dialogue, which unfortunately he has a lot of early on. But with the exception of this moment where it looks like he’s corpsing, he does well with his more comedic lines and reactions. That Science Guy only appears in the first part, and he didn’t really leave an impression on me either way.

  • I always get him confused with Nash for some reason.

 

Angry Joe is underused although there are times when he gets to be the focus in an action scene or drive the story a little bit. He’s primarily just there, but while many have taken issue with his abilities as a reviewer, his mugging and dialogue delivery cracks me up. He’s perfect for these events. So even though he doesn’t have a whole lot of material to work with, he still is able to stand out.

I was disappointed that CR didn’t have more moments dedicated to him. Like Suburban Knights, the newly introduced reviewers don’t seem to get any more screen-time than the rest, which is another thing I liked more about Kickassia. He does great when it comes to delivering the serious and funny parts. I just wanted more of him.

That’s the space research committee and since I brought him up earlier, I’ll talk a little bit about Jew Wario. He spends the bulk of the movie doing Goerge Takei impersonations, which are very well done. Like Joe, he only occasionally has something relevant to do and spends most of the time just being there. But also like Joe, I think the guy is naturally amusing. He lightens up the mood when it becomes a bit too somber too, so he’s the comic relief of a movie that’s supposed to be a comedy. Odd.

This was my least favorite performance from Film Brain. His primary purpose is to anchor the Nostalgia Critic’s character development. He actually does have a fair amount of impact on the plot, but his personality is too stiff to pull off the drama and he just didn’t get many very funny moments. He’s the guy who the more talented people play off of. He made me laugh more in the previous films. I guess you can make an argument that he was intended to be a heart of the movie, although true to continuity, Luke is his rival in that regard.

Speaking of which, Luke never really made me laugh and his acting is fairly rigid. That pretty much sums it up. But I actually liked how he was in a way, the second main protagonist. The film uses him to explore its themes and I thought he did better than Film Brain when it came to his more emotional moments.

Finally, the Last Angry Geek was awesome. He can make toilet humor sound sophisticated. This is really just an extended cameo and he doesn’t interact with a lot of the reviewers, but God damn I want to see more of him.

But everybody wants to know what I think about Dougie Doug retiring the Nostalgia Critic character.

– Seriously, I review Resident Evil 5 or The Cold Light of Day and 90% of the comments I get are about this. So I figure in honor of that, I’d let you vote to see if I re-review him or not. Just check the link in my description for the poll and the rules that come with it.

  • So I’ve stated my feelings. You don’t have to agree, I’m not saying my opinion is better than yours I am just saying my opinion is better than yours. Next time we’ll cover at least episodes 2,3 and maybe 4. I hope you enjoy and.

 PART 2

In the previous video, I explained why I thought the first episode was disappointing. But don’t worry, Episode 2 is a vast improvement, although granted, reducing the running time by half is bound to do that. The plot in general starts to develop more smoothly. He learn that the black hole is actually a plot hole, which causes inconsistencies throughout the world. although I want to point out that the examples they use are more akin to continuity errors than plot holes.

Which is kind of a plot hole. Man, I am such an amazing critic.

But more importantly, the reviewers dominate the vast majority of the screen-time. It’s less about their real life friends, relatives and counterparts and more about…them. Because they amuse me, I spent the bulk of the video being amused. They blend drama, action and comedy much better and unlike the previous episode, the script is intended to be funny while the direction is often dead seriousBut there are still really cool moments that stand out, from Zodd’s badass introduction to the Reviewers Assembling. The music, camerawork and editing blend together perfectly. This was the first episode where I noticed how on the nose a lot of these references are, which raises the question of what is the difference between homage and ripping off.

 

-I’ll tell you. If you like it, it’s homage. If you don’t its a rip-off.

I’d rate this episode a 7/10. Episode 3 is actually even better. It’s narrative is more relaxed. Instead of focusing on the plot, it becomes more about the characters although yes, some of their actions do effect the story. What’s awesome is that everyone has a moment where they are allowed to shine. Even Marzgurl gets a line that isn’t bland exposition. It definitely has more drama than the previous two parts, but it’s much more moving this time around. I was surprised that the weaker love triangle between Nostalgia Chick, Todd and Lupa didn’t totally suck, and these more introspective moments are broken up with bits of comedy. Plus, there’s much more homo-eroticism.

My only complaint is this joke: They did it well, but didn’t I hear something similar in “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”? If this is a reference, it should be noted that I don’t see the point of referencing jokes from other comedies in your comedy. But maybe it’s a coincidence. Or accidental plagiarism.

Still, 9/10. It was great.

I have a love-hate relationship with Episode 4. On one hand, it has some of the best gags. I liked the reactionary humor. There’s a lot of goofy facial expressions that just clicked. This is where the special effects really come into play and I’ve always found it odd trying to critique these kinds of visuals.

  • The effects are technically bad, but they’re also the most advanced I’ve ever seen in anything involving video reviewers. They’re impressive considering the limited resources. I liked the interiors of the ship too. Very Star Trek-y. They break new ground here and that’s really what matters.

On the other hand, it also contains some of the most annoying moments and the editing is uneven.I love the chaotic nature of this episode, where everything is going wrong for all sides really quickly. It provides lots of comedic tension, but many scenes seriously needed to be cut down. The action in the Dredd sequence is pretty good, showcasing some cool effects, but that whole segment could’ve been chopped in half. Same with Phelous’s overlong death. And once again, why are they cosplaying again? This time it has nothing to do with the rest of the story.

  • So I liked how the episode was edited as a whole, but not in parts? I’d say it’s a 7/10.What about episode 5?

Episode 5 is a bit of a step down. It’s much slower than the previous 2 entries, although at least it is more tolerable than the first one. It pays a little more attention to the Mechakara subplot, the corruption of the Cinema Snob and Film Brain’s failed attempts at seducing the Critic. The first segment of this episode didn’t interest me all that much, but it does start becoming funny again during the second half. Then there’s Film Brain exploring Spoony’s mind which provides some of the most…bizarre imagery in the whole feature. I did really like the Manos scene. The lighting and lack of music creates a chilling atmosphere and the Executor’s speech is rather thought provoking. As a whole, this episode is…okay, but probably the most forgettable. 6/10

– So now let’s talk about the reviewers. Let’s start with…8-bit Mickey.

8-Bit Mickey’s most important moment comes in Part 2 when he confronts Lame R. Prick and sadly, he just becomes one of the crew members after that. Luckily, he does consistently deliver a funny line or two per episode so I suppose fans will be pleased. What is unique about Mickey is how he doesn’t really wink at the camera when delivering jokes. What I mean is when Joe or Jew participate in a gag, you can tell that they are obviously trying to be funny due to their mugging, how they say their lines, etc. Mickey is a little more subtle and with the exception of a few scenes, like when he’s being all twitchy, Mickey is fairly grounded with his delivery. It comes across as more natural. He can say or do something amusing but also play it straight too. I’m not saying that he’s better than the others, it’s a matter of preference and I’m cool with all styles as long as they make me laugh.

-Let’s move on to the other love triangle.

The Nostalgia Chick maintains a healthy stream of importance throughout the whole project, even though her primary purpose revolves around the love triangle. This is the first time in any of the anniversaries where Lindsey actually showcases a personality without cosplaying as another character. She stood out when she did her Sarah Palin and Arwen impersonations, but as herself, she was sort of bland. Just watch at her earlier scenes in Kickassia, where it really looks like she is either stoned or in dire need of coffee. But here, she’s more lively and entertaining. When she’s brainwashed by Mechakara, she is rather robotic though.

  • And no, being robotic in the story is not an excuse for being robotic in the movie.

 

I can’t tell if Todd in the Shadows has improved since Suburban Knights or if it only seems that way because he’s allowed to do more. He isn’t as relevant as the Nostalgia Chick but plays his part well. The joke is that he’s supposed to be the dark, mysterious, low key, cool guy but…he’s not. He pulls this act off well and I liked how he could be both deadpan and animated at once.

Now I know Obscurus Lupa has gotten better. While she was acceptable in Suburban Knights, Lupa’s acting has always been uneven to me, which really only bothered me in crossovers. She’s clearly meant to be deadpan and it works when she’s reviewing stuff, but that level of deadpan is hard to maintain. Sometimes you can come across as boring, in which you try to overcompensate and boring evolves into full blown bad acting. Luckily, for “To Boldly Flee” she has either mastered it or Doug directed her so efficiently that she never comes across as bland or annoying. She uses deadpan as its meant to be used. Good job!

  • But this is one I am sad about. I thought Phelous was excellent in Kickassia and Suburban Knights.

But I could not stand him in “To Boldly Flee”. To be fair, it’s not all his fault. His running gag is his red shirt, so he has the tendency to die. It’s amusing at first, but they beat this gag into you so much that you start praying he doesn’t come back to life. It’s also not introduced until like part 4 which was way too late. He barely even registers before that. Also, was it just me or was he written as incompetent, whereas he was the man of reason in…well Kickassia, at least. As for for his actual performance, it seems like he jacked up the snarkiness to unlikable levels. Every line is accompanied by a rolling of the eyes, or he sounds like this, and then he will probably get killed.

 

So yeah, Phelous didn’t work for me this time around. But we’ll cut this review off here and continue in a few days in MartialHorror time, so that’s like a few weeks for you.

PART 3

  • Hello this is that Creepy Bald Guy and we are still reviewing To Boldly Flee. So while the film started off weak, it got better, peeking with 3 but since then, has begun to run out of steam.

Episode 6 moves the Mechakara subplot from the back to the front of the story. It has its moments and one scene is just way too easy to make fun of. The Snob is on his knees in front of the Executor and says, in which he responds good, good.- It reminds me why I critique the critics in the first place. While it contains some spectacular make-up effects and has the shortest running time, it was also slow and I wasn’t really invested (in what was going on). The action falls flat because it’s so sluggish when compared to what we’ve seen before and will see in subsequent parts, even though yes, I know what is being parodied. I did like watching Jew Wario get shirtless and poke Mechakara with a phallic symbol though.

– That was slightly less gayer than what I intended. 5/10. average.

Episode 7 is the weirdest part in the entire saga. Yes, even weirder than naked Spoony. As a whole, it’s much darker than the previous videos, but it also contains some of my favorite comedic moments. Oancitizen’s lecture to Luke about film is an incredibly inspired and inspiring scene. It was the perfect counterpart to the Executor’s speech in Part 5. Then…get this, there is a musical number. What’s even stranger is that it’s done to be a distraction, and the song is titled “I’m a distraction” and the bad guy whom they are trying to distract is the one who suggests they sing that.- I’m confused, let me check the Snob’s website. Okay, now it makes sense. Mixed in this is plenty of wacky action and high octane special effects. Part 7 isn’t a laugh riot, but I thought they did very well with the drama and spectacle. I’d give it…I guess a 7/10, probably the most ambitious episode to date. But not the best.

  • But what will happen to the Nostalgia Critic? Will he find closure with Ma Ti’s? Or will he end up with Film Brain? Or will it be the end of the Nostalgia Critic…well, I guess the latter is a foregone conclusion in retrospect…let’s talk about the reviewers.

First, props to Rob Walker for his bang on impersonation of the Emperor from Star Wars. I liked how he could be menacing, charming and bumbling all at once. Easily his strongest performance.

The Cinema Snob begins as Luke’s mentor but finds himself being swayed by the Executor’s logic, eventually pledging himself to…snickers, the ways of the dicks. Anyway, Brad is the best actor…again…shocking. But I noticed something new upon second viewing. Is it just me or is Brad playing the Snob as if the Snob was playing Brad? Despite his development, the Snob’s personality isn’t as cynical or snarky as it is in his reviews and he actually smiles quite often. Whether this was intentional or not, Brad is still the best when it comes to delivering his lines, so no complaints here. Oh this is the part where I’d show a clip, but I’ve already shown 2 so…you just get me

Bennet the Sage has psychic powers, but there’s a catch. He really doesn’t have psychic powers. I’ve noticed two personas from Sage in these events. -One is a psychotic, rapist, murderer Daddy?- and the other is Sage wanting to be taken seriously, but is too much of a clown and fails epically at everything he does. I never thought he pulled off the former. It always seemed too desperate, but he is perfect when it comes to the latter. He tends to rely on his reactions, whether it’s using body language, facial expressions, dialogue or even just noises. Every joke he’s involved in cracked me up.

I wanted more OanCitizen. Like the Last Angry Geek, OanCitizen merely has an extended cameo but he steals every scene he’s in. If the Last Angry Geek was Obi-Wan, then Oan is Yoda, acting as a mentor towards Luke after the Snob goes to the darkside. He reminds me of a Shakespearian performer with his hand motions and dialogue delivery, but he makes it comical. Can’t wait to review you.

Jesu-Otaku starts off solid, exuding charm and range, doing a solid job considering I never thought of her as a quote on quote, actress. Then this happens. (sad face). Well that doesn’t get old fast. She is playing Edward from Cowboy Bebop, a loud, obnoxious genius and she makes that character seem subtle by comparison. It’s just too over-the-top for my taste, so whenever she spoke, I wanted to kill myself.

  • Because that’s easier than just hitting the stop button.

But I can see why people would think differently. You might find her characterization to be adorable and fun. And while yeah, I’m playing up my disdain for comedic purposes myself, I did like both her and the others reactions to her wackiness when they’re explaining the dream amplifier. So you’re either going to love or hate JesuOtaku in “To Boldly Flee”. Sad Panda follows the same logic, but for different reasons.

  • I’ve seen the entire movie twice, and the first time around, I thought Sad Panda was the worst actor.

I mean, I kept wondering if Mechakara was only there for misdirection because Sad Panda was even more robotic and emotionless. Upon my second viewing, I began to realize that he’s just taken deadpan to its most extreme. He’s so freakishly dry that other deadpan snarkers like Phelous or Lupa look lively and happy in comparison. Sometimes it really does work and he’ll have some great moments, such as when he starts randomly passing around pain killers or this. Other times though his delivery is just too wooden, although maybe that was the intention. Or perhaps it’s because English is a second language for him.

 

  • Although let me get this out of the way. His English is better than my French, and English. Now to be fair, I’m not familiar with Sad Panda’s work outside of his songs. Maybe I just don’t ‘get it’.

But even if I am missing the point, I still thought he worked a lot of the time. I’d personally say he’s uneven, but you probably will either like or dislike him. Which leaves us, Linky-poo.

 

Fans of Linkara might be saddened that the character of Linky-poo doesn’t appear much. In his place is Mechakara, Linkara’s psychotic robot double. I’ve always felt that Linkara was good when it came to delivering dialogue, but his facial expressions were rather robotic. So it only seems natural that he should play a robot and it works. The big joke is that despite how obvious he is, nobody seems to figure out that it’s not Linkara who is with them. Maybe they all were too busy suspecting Sad Panda too? I like how Mechakara is portrayed as a legitimate threat, whereas Turl, Zodd and even the Executor are too silly to be taken seriously. The jokes involving him tend to surround the other reviews stupidity for not catching on. I thought the character was interesting and Linky-poo did good. It was smart to have Linkara absent while Mechakara was around, as it helps balance the screen-time.

 

  • So that’s that. I’ve covered all reviewers except Spoony and the Critic, whom I felt should belong in the last video of this review. We shall also discuss the last episode and my final summations. My name is MartialHorror and I’m here to tell you- FUCK I FORGOT MARZGURL.

Marzgurl was never that great of an actress or comedian, although the fact that she can memorize her lines and not totally bore me automatically makes her better than…well, me. She doesn’t do much but deliver the bland, exposition lines that could’ve been written for anyone, but she does get a cool action scene with Angry Joe in episode 7 and in terms of her impact on the story, I like how she’s one of the only competent members in the crew. She does fine, but doesn’t particularly stick out very often. So bye.
PART 4

(remember to put snob movie in background)

  • Hello and welcome to the 4th episode of my To Boldly Flee Review. Don’t worry, it’s almost over.

As as a whole, To Boldly Flee has been rather erratic when it comes to quality, ranging from weak, to amazing, to average. But the 8th episode is also the final episode, so hopefully it’s a good one. But don’t worry, even though I’m critiquing the ending, I will spoil anything…except that the Nostalgia Critic dies. Anyway, it showcases some of its coolest effects, the story goes into heavy meta territory, there’s a great mystery cameo although it’s pretty easy to tell who it’s going to be.

  • I thought it was Lord Kat.

It’s more emotional than funny, but despite being over 40 minutes long, I was really happy with it. There was never a misfired scene. I always felt what it wanted me to feel and it was perfectly paced. I’m probably going to get some shit for this, but I’m giving it a 10/10. Everything “To Boldly Flee” was building up too came together for this final moment and it made the clunkier parts worth it. A perfect ending to an imperfect movie.

But how would I sum up To Boldly Flee in general? I think fans of TGWTG will enjoy it while detractors won’t.

 

  • Yes, this entire review was building up to that. You guys must be pissed.

So yeah, I have many disagreements with Doug and Rob’s writing theories. They cram way too much story into the script, there’s a lot of downtime and some debatably bad running gags. But even when I didn’t care for a certain reviewers performance- Phelous- I did feel that in the long run, all of them had enough to do. Plus, you can see the filmmakers love of film..and reviewing film in every scene. It just needed to restrain itself more. Regardless, everyone can agree that it is the most technologically accomplished anniversary and the music is awesome. In the end, it’s not intended to be a movie. It’s intended to be a celebration of video reviewing or more specifically, a celebration of TGWTG. Or more specifically, a celebration of the actual That Guy with the Glasses. No, the figurative…literal TGWTG…No, him! Maybe it’s an ego trip, but as someone who has followed Dougie Diggle Dougs so long, I was content.

 

  • So if you add all these ratings together and divide them by 8, you get 6.9375. We’ll just say 7/10. Better than Suburban Knights. Not as good as Kickassia.Good, but nothing spectacular. I’d say endure the 1st part, but if you reach the 4th and you’re not digging it, then maybe To Boldly Flee is not for you.
  • Now let’s move on to the reviewers!

 

Like Linkara, fans of Spoony will be dismayed to learn that Spoony himself spends the majority of the film unconscious, even though he’s one of the most important characters. I suppose it is disappointing that one of the last memories we will have of Spoony on TGWTG is of him exposing himself to Film Brain.

 

  • But to be fair, that would probably be the way I’d wanna go out too.

Spoony holds the key to communicating with Ma Ti and we learn through Spoony’s mind, what Ma Ti plans to do. But just because Spoony himself is incapacitated, that doesn’t mean Noah isn’t around. Noah spends the majority of his screen-time playing Turl, which initially frightened me.

 

  • I’ve never cared for the character and most of his jokes weren’t working for me in Part 1.

But as time went on, I began to really like him. Spoony is very hammy in this role, but unlike…let’s say his performance in Kickassia where his delivery is intentionally bad for comedic purposes- Spoony’s acting is actually really good. He has some of the most difficult dialogue to work with, but sells it brilliantly and his gestures, crazy eyes and high pitched voice all contributed to making him hilarious. I think I ended up liking Spoony more as Turl than I did as Dr. Insano.

 

  • Quitting/being fired from TGWTG won’t probably effect his video reviewing career in the long run. It might even help. But I will miss his appearances in this events.

 

DELETED SCENE: It’s kind of awkward at the end when they’re wondering whether Spoony made it, even moreso during the group hug. But then again, I presumed that they cut out the part where the producers castrated him in retribution. (smiles)

 

As for the Nostalgia Critic himself, I’d like to break his performance down in honor of him retiring the character, but there isn’t a whole lot I can say about him. He’s still…dougy doug. His brand of humor hasn’t changed since the last movie, using goofy facial expressions and giving himself some of the best lines. and his sudden serious moments are well done but if you don’t like him in his reviews or the previous events, you won’t care for him here. I will say this though, “To Boldly Flee” dedicates more screen-time to him than ever before. In the Year 1 Brawl, he shared it with the Nerd. In “Kickassia”, he was just as much the antagonist as he was the protagonist. In Suburban Knights, he was the main charatcer but he rarely had any scenes just for himself. Everyone was always there. “To Boldly Flee” has more moments where the Nostalgia Critic is alone, contemplating about himself and what he has to do. And he develops too. You’ll either be pleased with this or not, but being as I think Doug is a good performer, I had no complaints.

 

Zodd is Turl’s superior and while he’s less silly, he also appears to be more incompetent than his fellow villain. The two baddies have a lot of chemistry with each-other and their bantering provides the best moments in the film. My only complaint with Doug Walker Texas Ranger ironically has nothing to do with either of his characters. It seemed like he was voicing all of the henchman and he doesn’t do much to disguise his voice. Would it have really killed him to get some other voices? I mean, it would’ve been funny if you had various members of Team Four Star lend their talents to voice the henchies. Doug doesn’t do bad here, it’s just too obvious that it’s Doug.

 

– So we’re finally finished. I feel like I can never complain about a 40 minute review again. My name is MartialHorror and…I did your Mom. But more importantly, I am finally done with these movies.

 


 


  • James

    Hey MH. Considering I'm one of few people on this earth who doesn't have a youtube account, I wanted to contact you some other way.
    I've seen the majority of your videos and I think they're pretty cool. Looking forward to the Snob Movie and Zero Punctuation review the most!

    Was just wondering what your opinions were of "Demo Reel"? (Doug's new side project)

    Thanks, James