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Fun with Ripoffs and Sues: Rika Liveblogs Gyro: Dark Chronicles!
arcadiarika

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Stage 1: New Divide
(looks to see if the Prayer Warriors parody is updated yet)

...because, hey, I want to see if I jumped the gu—

(it's deleted)

MOTHERFUCKER!

(then is notified that I might as well consider the series dead)

...point there. I mean, it's highly likely that Thomas would not return to Fanfiction.net, and the dual liveblog, the "parody", and the now-deleted A Light in the Forest: The Legend of Holly Boy are just wastes of space...

:/

So what the hell should I liveblog now? I mean, I can't very well do Lightspeed Rescue, as much as I fucking love the series...I'd have to wait for Saban Brands to either A) release the season on DVD or B) wait for it to show up on Nicktoons. As for Super Sentai Vs. Power Rangers, that, too, might be deleted if it's ever revealed that Spike's the son of Kimberly.

...which actually bothers the shit out of me, because Sean Akizuki made great strides to fuck with Super Sentai/Power Rangers canon before, so why stop then?

...so what to do—

(looks over at So Bad It's Horrible and glances onto "Fan Film")

Holy shit, something that may take Sonichu's place as Worst Fan-Created Sonic Story EVAR?

(looks to see that I have viewers)

Oh, hi, everyone!

As you guys know, there are some fandoms that are infamous for their Copy Cat Sues and formulatic plots. Sometimes replacing the latter with author filibusters about his/her life. And sometimes, you have stories, films, what-have-you that have the creator not only doing those things, but they don't take criticism well.

And considering that I became "famous" for "flaming" a series when I critiqued the shit out of it (81+ fucking chapters!), I've decided to move onto greener pastures.

First, tell me, kids, have you heard of this before? A fan decides to make a story using Sonic the Hedgehog as its basis, becoming uncreative in the process. His story is so unpopular, as well as his characters—overly-powerful ones with a particular annoying one as his main—that he doesn't take criticism all that well. Also, the characters have recolored sprites/pictures.

If you think I'm talking about Sonichu, well, you're wrong. The story I'll be covering is a fanfilm made by one GyroHedgie453. Claiming to be GRIMDARK, well...the fact that it's in So Bad It's Horrible should tell you all there needs to know.

And the reason why I decided to liveblog this fanfilm? One, it's short; two, out of Bile Fucking Fascination.

And so, from the batshit insane mind that brought you so many titles comes...

Gyro: Dark Chronicles.

Let's dive into the madness with...

Episode 1: Start of the First Adventure

We get our opening, which is the characters...standing there. In plain background. And if that wasn't bad enough, the theme song is...oh, dear God...

"Crawling". Yes. Fucking "Crawling".

If you don't know what the hell the song is, "Crawling" is a song performed by Linkin Park. You may have heard it in emo-based fan films, stuff that mocks the emos, and the like. (If you haven't heard of this song, congratulations!)

Now, as for me...there was a time where I liked the song. Not because I was emo, I thought it sounded cool. But now, I just fucking hate it. You can practically feel the Wangst in the lyrics, and while the music itself is fairly decent...oh, God. And the memes related to this song? It doesn't help at all.

"CRAWLING IN MY SKIIIIIIIIIIN/THESE WOUNDS, THEY WILL NOT HEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!1"

Excuse me while I throw up. (does so)

(a few minutes later...)

Okay, now I'm back. And if there are people who like the song, you're entitled to your opinion.

That being said, I actually do like Linkin Park, and that's because, to me, they've improved over time. Hell, even the comparisons between them and the Harry Potter series actually does fit, the one about how they've matured as time goes on. If Hybrid Theory is their Sorceror's Stone (their beginnings) and Meteora their Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkaban (their continuing establishments), then Minutes to Midnight would be their Goblet of Fire (absolute game-changers). And I will admit to liking their work from Minutes to Midnight on, because it got rid of the wangst and focused on deeper meanings.

...and I do apologize for going on and on about a criticism for a fucking song. Keep in mind that "Crawling" is basically the theme for the series, so...to give it the dignity it most certainly doesn't deserve...I'm going to replace it with the ass-kicking "New Divide".

Expect me to replace "Crawling" with a different "theme song" every day.

Speaking of the opening credits, we get the title: "Gyro: The Dark Chronicles". With four copycat Sues "posing". Already do I see Sonic and Rouge the Bat being repainted. And possibly Knuckles. (Forgive me, I haven't really played the Sonic series, and the only knowledge I have of them are browsing through Wikis, playing with the characters on We Are Our Avatars, and the like.)

So who are the characters? What kinds of "dark chronicles" will our heroes face? Let's find out.

...also, the opening credits is a slideshow. Forgot to mention that. But that, coupled with the repainted characters, does not show a good sign of quality.

After the credits, we see Gyro speaking to Not!Rouge, now renamed "Sabrina". The voice acting here is just...I want to say non-existent, but...it's like someone ran through the lines through a computer and called it good. And you can barely make out what they are trying to say.

Gyro states that the future will be threatened by someone named "Zero", and he wonders what they will need to do in order to stop him. Wait, we don't get to see what our heroes were like before all this? No...character development or anything, no establishing character moments?

Okay, then, I guess we're really skipping to the action! God...say what you will about My Little Eye, but that film? Even though that cut to the necessary bits, we do get to see establishing character moments from the leads at the beginning.

(And keep in mind that I loved the film.)

Sabrina tells Gyro that they'll need to find his...hideout, I guess. And Gyro gets...shot at, I guess. We only get a little "KA-POW!"-looking thing coming out of Gyro's body, and a very dull "EEEEEEEEEEE!". I would presume to be the sound effects.

Sabrina sees Zero, asking him about what he did. Good God, the acting...I hate to really say this, but Keanu Reeves, Tommy Wiseau, and even Jennifer fucking Yen would be able to pull more convincing performances than this literal (and digital) boredom.

...though how hilarious would it be if Keanu, Wiseau, and Jennifer did team up? That would be a whirlwind of bad acting galore.

Anyway, Zero...who is Not!Shadow, says...something, and he orders Ooze to "take care of them". So he...flips himself and Sabrina over, and they both...land on the ground.

Okay, question. How in the hell would Ooze be able to lift himself up along with Sabrina? Unless if he jumped up with her and threw her down...

Turns out that Zero would not be able to unlock his true potential, unless if he gets his sis, who can act as a power amplifier. Okay, how in the hell would that work? Why is she a power amplifier for this guy?

And, in fact? In a well-written story, that would be a big reveal, of how Zero would target his own sis. Here, not only is it stated ahead of time, but it was revealed right in front of Gyro. Our hero.

Dude, congratuations. One minute and some-odd seconds in, you're the first one to be subjected to this. The filmmaker, too.

So after the dumbass reveal, the screen goes dark. I would presume that the film itself gave up.

But nope. Zero manages to capture Sabrina. I am not kidding, some-fucking-how, he managed to overpower Gyro and get her. Okay, how is Sabrina even related to Zero, if she's his brother? In fact, how did he even get her? How did he overpower Gyro? What, did the shooting knock him out or some shit?

...fucking plot holes.

Sabrina wakes up, wondering where she is. Zero answers that she's in his base. Then we get one of the biggest fuck-ups in the entire damn series: after she vows that Gyro will get him, Zero states that he himself would never find the base.

(headdesks)

Okay, yes, even the filmmaker admits to fucking that up. But come on. Pay attention to your damn characters!

This part ends with Zero declaring that he won. Calling it now: in the end, he doesn't win.

One part down, four to go! Will Gyro manage to defeat Zero? Why is he taken down like a damn punk? And will Zero not become so fucking stupid?

All these questions and more will be answered on the next liveblogging of Gyro: Dark Chronicles!
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CRAAAWWWWWWWLING IIINNN MY SKIIIN

I like Linkin Park too, but I understand why others might not, especially when it's used for someone's questionable Fan Film. This... doesn't sound like a good one.
BearyScary 13th Jul 12
I think Gyro is knocked out when Zero was talking about his sister. That's what I took from that scene.
Psyga315 13th Jul 12
Zero here is actually a palette swap of Shadow, not Knuckles. Meanwhile, the gray guy (who is apparently named Ooze?) is Chaos.
Mezzopiano 13th Jul 12
@ Beary: Indeed. And, as kinda-sorta mentioned above, it really doesn't help that some of the old-school Linkin Park songs (not just "Crawling", but..."Somewhere I Belong", "Numb", "Runaway"—not to be confused with the Kanye West song of the same name, and the actually-okay "Breaking the Habit") were used in so many AMVs/videos. Granted, some of them aren't as memetic as "Crawling", but still.

@ Psyga: That does make sense.

@ Mezzopiano: Oh. I do apologize, it's been fixed. And I only guessed the character's name being Ooze because, at times, the Microsoft Sam voice acting isn't entirely clear.
arcadiarika 14th Jul 12
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