Saturday, November 3, 2012

Doug Walker: Bad career move or freak accident?

I would really, really like to think it's the latter, but unfortunately it's not looking good... Look closely at the scores.

0.11 stars worse than the Bart's Nightmare clusterfuck even Retsupurae made fun of. The video Doug ended up APOLOGIZING FOR. Ouch ouch OUCH.

Yeah, one can say his Nostalgia Critic gig took a bit of time to really take off, but to be perfectly honest with you even the very early NC episodes were a lot better than this IMO. Considering how unimpressed I was with the anniversary specials as a whole, I'm starting to think the guy's a one-trick pony. A genius at that one trick, sure, but beyond that...


  1. I'm curious to know what you thought of To Boldly Flee, since I thought it was pretty average in terms of anniversaries (with reference overload).

    As for Demo Reel, well...I can't really place my finger on why I didn't like it as much as the early Nostalgia Critics, perhaps it had to do with the fact that I'm not that big of a Dark Knight fan personally so a lot of those jokes end up being hit or miss for me. Doug seemed to be suffering the Family Guy problem where the writing team thinks references to movies constitute a joke and therefore chucking in as many references as possible leads to good comedy.

    1. I already had a subtle jab at To Boldly Flee in one of my LP videos, maybe it was a little bit too subtle? My big complaint was that, reference overload, with too little actual humor (which was, for my money, mostly provided by Zod and Terl). Family Guy syndrome, couldn't have said it better myself.

    2. South Park does that, but to the extreme as well. It seems that the only actually FUNNY animated sitcoms are The Simpsons and Futurama (although The Simpsons isn't brilliant nowadays it's still better than Family Guy, but it was still an absolute masterpiece back in the 1990s). So yeah, it seems that people think that cultural references can be substituted for, you know, COMEDY.

    3. American Dad is all right for what it is...

  2. Interesting, I'm not too impressed with Demo Reel or the anniversary specials either. What is your opinion on Bum Reviews and Ask That Guy with Glasses?

  3. The Nostalgia Critic was a good critic, in that he had clear passion and knowledgable about film, and could articulate it well. His out of character specials, including some of his favorites, or why he liked certain unpopular films, were very interesting. Unfortunately, as a comedian or actor he never made me laugh, so future projects that over his criticism have no appeal to me.