History Series / GarthMarenghisDarkplace

13th Nov '16 2:12:54 PM marcoasalazarm
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* VanityProject: InUniverse, the whole show is Garth Marengi's.
7th Nov '16 8:52:58 AM chopshop
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* CharacterShilling: It'd be easier to list the times Rick Dagless ''isn't'' being shilled to the audience. In the final episode a line from the Padre seems to suggest that he's a better person than '''[[UpToEleven GOD]]'''.


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* ContemplateOurNavels: Garth, and by extension Rick, does this ''a lot''. Each episode ends with a long, rambling monologue from Rick about some vague philosophical idea relating to what happened.


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* CreatorKiller: It's implied that ''Darkplace'' was this for Todd Rivers; its noted that he hasn't gotten much work since and his interview segments imply he's become an alcoholic. [[invoked]]
* CreepyTwins: Garth admits in the third episode that he was scared his own twin daughters would be this. Naturally he still finds a way to make it about himself being amazing, claiming that they only avoided this trope because of his good parenting.


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* HeirClubForMen: Parodied. Garth complains during the third episode about only having daughters and his wife going through menapause, robbing him of a male "heir". His bizarre obsession with having a son bleeds through into that episode's obvious wish fulfillment regarding sons.


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* SerialKiller: It's strongly implied that Dean Learner is secretly a serial killer of some sort and very likely murdered [[spoiler: Madeline Wool]].


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* ShellShockedVeteran: [[ExaggeratedTrope All three]] of the main male cast are given backstories of being veterans of war. Bonus points for Dag and Sanchez's backstories not even making sense; Rick claims they fought in [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], but they're British and Britain wasn't involved in the Vietnam War.


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* UnusualEuphemism: Thorton Reed is prone to making a lot of these. "My ass is grass and he's got a lawnmower dig?"


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* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: The doctors rarely seem to solve problems with anything other than guns, fistfights, or fire.
6th Nov '16 4:34:18 PM chopshop
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* AskingAStupidQuestion: After [[spoiler: Renwick]] violently explodes into a mess of gore, Rick stupidly asks "are you okay?".

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* AskingAStupidQuestion: AskAStupidQuestion: After [[spoiler: Renwick]] violently explodes into a mess of gore, Rick stupidly asks "are you okay?".



* {{DVD Commentary}}: Done by Garth, Dean and Todd. It quickly becomes evident that Todd has never actually watched the show and only vaguely remembers filming his scenes. He's not impressed by it. They also (loudly) eat toffees and drink beer during the commentary.

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* {{DVD Commentary}}: Done by Garth, Dean and Todd. It quickly becomes evident that Todd has never actually watched the show and only vaguely remembers filming his scenes. He's not impressed by it. They also (loudly) eat toffees and drink beer during the commentary. [[invoked]]


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* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** Watch closely near the end of the first episode and you'll see a fake gravestone next to Rick and Thorton [[StryofoamRocks wobble from the wind]]. Shortly after, as Rick is walking away, one can see Thorton groping Liz's behind while "comforting" her.
** At several points you can see extras in the background moving or standing in amusingly stiff ways in order to hit their marks.
6th Nov '16 4:23:11 PM chopshop
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* AskingAStupidQuestion: After [[spoiler: Renwick]] violently explodes into a mess of gore, Rick stupidly asks "are you okay?".



* BoomerangBigot / FemaleMisogynist: Due to Garth's chauvinistic writing Liz often makes vaguely sexist comments towards herself, such as thanking the men for taking away her psychic powers and criticizing herself for basically expecting respect from them.



* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Todd Rivers is a classically trained actor who obviously doesn't think much of the show, which explains why his lines are so often poorly done or dubbed over. The guy playing the Temp may also be one, as he's clearly a far better actor than all the others.



* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe, Garth lets his personal life and personal issues inform the scripts more than he perhaps should.

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* CreatorBacklash: In-universe, it's strongly hinted that Todd Rivers knows full well how terrible the show is, unlike Garth and Dean who seem to be in total denial. The DVD commentary indicates that he never bothered to actually watch the show and when he finally sees it he's obviously unimpressed.
* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe, Garth lets his personal life and personal issues inform the scripts more than he perhaps should.



* DawsonCasting: InUniverse Thornton Reed is pretty obviously supposed to be older than the rest of the cast, but Dean Learner looks to be a bit younger than Garth and Todd.
* DelayedReaction: Dean Learner and the extras often miss their cues or forget lines, resulting in awkward pauses in response to events. For example, at one point Dean answers a phone but forgets to say goodbye before setting it down, causing him to sheepishly splutter out a goodbye to the already hung up phone.



* DisproportionateRetribution: Learner mentions that, during filming, he violently backhanded one of the child actors for [[CantTakeCriticism criticizing the show's writing]].



** The Temp is obviously being played by an American man, but a poorly written speech claims that he's from Bermuda.



* {{Hammerspace}}: Garth's poor direction and editing leads to characters often gaining objects from nowhere or randomly losing things they had in previous shots. At one point Thorton is holding a shovel only to have it wordlessly replaced with a cup in the next shot.
* HeManWomanHater: Garth has some pretty obvious problems with women and it bleeds through to the ''Darkplace'' characters, who often make chauvinistic comments totally out of the blue.



* NoKillLikeOverkill: After [[spoiler:Renwick's (somehow reintact) corpse reanimates]], Dag shoots it several times with his revolver, while Reed starts opens up with his shotgun, before taking a [[KillItWithFire flamethrower to the body]].

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* NoKillLikeOverkill: After [[spoiler:Renwick's (somehow reintact) corpse reanimates]], Dag shoots it several times with his revolver, while Reed starts opens up with his shotgun, before taking a [[KillItWithFire flamethrower to the body]].


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* NoOSHACompliance: Dean Learner notes that two techies died making the fifth episode because the initial mist effect used produced mist that turned out to be poisonous. Garth and Dean also admit that the cat used in the first episode was accidentally killed during filming.


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* OneSteveLimit: Amusingly averted; Rick names both his biological son "Skipper" then later names the eyeball monster baby the same thing, having to note which one he's referring to a few times. The end of the episode reveals that both were named after Garth's deceased dog, Skipper.


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* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: As befitting an obvious GaryStu, the story bends over backwards to make Rick Dagless be in the right. The Chef is an AssholeVictim for making misogynistic comments to Liz and slapping her tray out of her hand, but Dagless does the exact same thing seconds beforehand and is depicted as being entirely in the right. [[invoked]]


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* {{Retcon}}: Rick shoots Renwick's mother dead when she gets between him and [[spoiler: Renwick's reanimated corpse]]. Than during the denounment a hastily dubbed in line claims he merely gave her a minor injury, obviously to keep Rick/Garth from looking bad.


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* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Garth's obviously trying his best with his acting, playing everything as dramatically as he can. It doesn't work. Also, the guy playing the Temp is a pretty good actor who is clearly struggling to make his terrible dialogue sound good. [[invoked]]


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* WouldHurtAChild: Dean Learner remarks, in a distressingly off-handed manner, that he violently struck one of the child actors who appeared in the show, hard enough to leave a visible bruise. It was photographed and it's strongly hinted to have contributed to the cancellation of ''Darkplace''.
18th Aug '16 1:03:09 PM Tre
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In the UK the series ran on Creator/ChannelFour. In America, the series first ran on the SciFiChannel, then moved to Creator/AdultSwim. Currently can be seen on Creator/{{Hulu}}.

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In the UK the series ran on Creator/ChannelFour. In America, the series first ran on the SciFiChannel, [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]], then moved to Creator/AdultSwim. Currently can be seen on Creator/{{Hulu}}.
18th Jul '16 6:06:42 PM mlsmithca
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8th Jul '16 6:32:04 AM Kitchen90
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* PuttingTheMedicInComedic: The TV show is a downplayed example. Although the show isn't a comedy about doctors, the situations that the doctors get into (such as monster invasion) are strange enough to be hilarious.
21st May '16 5:38:43 PM AkenRah
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Security Guard: I FORGOT TO FLUSH!
21st May '16 5:37:53 PM AkenRah
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Also grossly over done for instance:
Security Guard [exits the restroom]: AHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO
Patient[being engulfed by the green fog]: Whats wrong?

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Also grossly over done for instance:
Security Guard [exits the restroom]: AHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO
Patient[being engulfed by the green fog]: Whats wrong?
21st May '16 5:33:23 PM AkenRah
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Also grossly over done for instance:
Security Guard [exits the restroom]: AHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOO
Patient[being engulfed by the green fog]: Whats wrong?
Security Guard: I FORGOT TO FLUSH!
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