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Funny: Mark Does Stuff
  • The Tolkien reviews where Mark plays off how Tolkien originally wrote The Hobbit as a bedtime story for his kids. His portrayal of Christopher Tolkien (ie, the guy we have to thank for The Silmarillion and The Children of Húrin being published) as a slightly bratty and overly curious kid is hysterical.
  • The article on the final chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring, about how all the problems in it could be solved if the Fellowship included a Sassy Gay Friend, demonstrated with numerous pictures of himself making various facial expressions, and also wearing a tuxedo t-shirt.
  • From the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reviews: Mark has a habit for unknowingly anticipating the future, so when he made a few comments about how it would be so cute if Buffy and Faith became girlfriends or mentioned in early season 4 that he really latches onto any sign of a gay character in a work, there was some sniggering. But the high point was definitely in the review for Something Blue, literally one episode from Tara's introduction, when he goes off on this tangent about how much he identifies with Willow's heartbreak:
    ...I refuse to be judged for projecting my big ol’ gay life all over you Willow. I don’t even care that you’re straight, you are my big ol’ gay best friend and this is all I want from you and I would buy you the best tub of ice cream so we could sit and talk about how we don’t give a shit about sugar content and how all boys are silly and then we would sob each other to sleep, and this is clearly the greatest sentence I have ever composed in the history of Mark Watches, and if you disagree with this, then you are oppressing the wonderful and beautiful friendship that I have with Willow, and you don’t want to be a goddamn bigot, do you? No? You better not.
    • The levels of unpreparedness are off the charts!!
  • Starting in 2012, he started making videos of him reading horrible books and fanfic for every thousand dollars the fans raised for his favorite charity. First up is Atlas Shrugged, with highlights including his automatically associating the word "bum" with "butt," and pausing during the sex scene to ask if this is really how straight people have sex, "because stop it now."
  • Seanan McGuire posting a photo of herself holding a copy of Feed and a picture of a nun (thanks to "hahaha" becoming "ununun" in rot13) with a condescending trollface.
  • Mark referring to backstabbing in Dragon Age as "buttstabbing"
  • Mark's reaction to the end of the first Wham Episode of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
    "I don't know how to deal with that... {stops video} I am upset... What did I just watch? I'm gonna go moooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrn!"
  • While reading Countdown, he learns a character is in prison, says "He's fucking in prison!", then realizes how that sounded.
  • Mark falling off his chair in shock and bouncing back up again in responce to a Wham moment in Dollhouse episode "the public eye".
  • Spilling water on himself in his surprise while reading chapter eight of Wild Magic.
  • A poster compares Emperor Ozorne to Tony Soprano for being a horrible person who nonetheless loves animals. Tamora Pierce replies "Woke up this mornin, got myself an empire."
  • Mark's video of reading Fifty Shades Of Gray has a few absolutely amazing moments where the awkwardness of the writing makes him cover his face in embarrasment, followed by him falling out of his chair.
  • His reaction to Caligula's performance as Dawn in I, Claudius. Throughout the whole thing, you can see him screaming in his head "What in god's name am I looking at?"
  • Protector of the Small opens up with a character called Wyldon explaining all the reasons women can't be warriors. Mark goes through each one, explaining just how wrong it is, before finally coming up to this reply for why she wouldn't let her other warriors "killed on some dark night".
    Right, so the very men you claim are better than women and stronger and the best material for knights die and you blame it on the woman? WHY ARE THEY BEING KILLED ANYWAY IF THEY’RE SO GREAT? What possible fucking scenario are you thinking about? That “some dark night,” someone will surprise Kel with a box of chocolates and she’ll just sit down and cry about her feelings while all her companions are slaughtered because she can’t use her arms and shoulders?
  • It took Mark three episodes to realise that Mandy had disappeared from The West Wing.
  • The video for the first episode of Pushing Daisies has him completely freaking out every 30 seconds or so.
    • The story of how he started watching the series. For years it was on his list of things he wouldn't watch, as he knew too much about it. Then one of his friends asked exactly what he knew, and it turned out he was under the impression it was a show about a circus that traveled to parallel universes in a hot air balloon, which as far as anyone can tell is a show that has never actually existed (though some of the fans now want to see it).
  • The Running Gag of calling the Philosopher's Stone the Sorceror's Stone in Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Watch the video for episode 16 of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and you get to see him clap his hands over his mouth simultaneously with Maria Ross, and not even notice.
    • Then in episode 29 he does a "thinker" pose at the same time as Ed.
    • In episode 40 he tempts the preparedness gods by saying he thinks he knows what will happen next, and is prepared for once. Then Hohenheim shoves his hand into Izumi's gut and he shouts "I lied! I'm not, I'm not!"
    • His description of Ed's taste in cars: "It looked like a Hot Wheel threw up."
    • He ships Alex/Sig Curtis. They sparkled at each other.
  • In chapter 14 of Squire he has to deal in quick succession with Raoul in a loincloth and unsheathed sword, Buri in his bed, and Joren's death.
  • His complete brain shutdown at just the first sentence of The Android's Dream.
  • Being introduced to the idea of chocolate pasta during chapter 3 of Untold. He reacts like this has altered his entire view of the world.
  • From chapter 3 of Trickster's Choice, one word: Cockpot.
  • His reaction to the Mood Whiplash opening credits in "Twenty Five".
  • The epic war with the desk light while watching "Drinking the Kool-Aid."
  • While watching Cress Williams' first appearance on Veronica Mars, Mark struggles to remember where he's seen him before...while wearing a Dillon Panthers shirt.
  • The Heroic BSOD while reading about Sarai running away in Trickster's Queen.
    • And in the comments, Tamora's response was to say 'Mark, my dear, oh, you just say the prettiest things!"
  • The Ford of Whispering Snapes from Chapter 13 of Dealing with Dragons.
  • His reaction to Sam's death in season 2 of Supernatural: "He's on other boxes!"
    • Having to deal with a case of Right Through the Wall while watching "It's a Terrible Life."
    • His written reaction to one of the more gruesome scenes from "My Bloody Valentine".
    THAT ENTIRE DINER SEQUENCE THAT MADE ME WANT TO EJECT OFF MY COUCH AND INTO SPACE
  • Speculating that Terry Pratchett created Discworld just because he came up with the "Big Bang" pun and wanted to put it somewhere.
    • Also, when he realizes the full implications of the series' name;
    Mark: It's literally a flat disc, oh my god.
    • His struggling to comprehend the setup of Great A'Tuin, the four elephants, and the Disc, finally just saying he needs to see a picture.
    • His epic three minute long freak out over the "horse d'oeuvres" pun in The Light Fantastic.
    • When he realizes that plot the plot of Equal Rites is about the world's first female wizard.
    Mark: Its a pun. THE TITLE IS A PUN!
    • He continually brings this fact up for the next five videos.
    • His complete inability to read the name of the town Bad Ass without giggling.
  • The Epic Fail of trying to figure out the narrator of "Not the End."
  • Tamora Pierce making a Suspiciously Specific Denial when Mark reads a parallel into Terrier that she hadn't intended.
  • John Scalzi's inscription in Mark's copy of The Android's Dream, after finding out Mark hadn't actually read it yet.
    Dear Mark: AHHH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • In Part 14 of Terrier, Mark wrecks a very serious scene by saying "I slapped her house."
  • In Part 9 of Bloodhound, Mark tells a misogynistic character that "It's 2014, already." then remembers that the book is set in (kind of) The Dark Ages.
  • After being surprised at how good-looking William Shatner was in his prime, the reaction whenever Kirk gets mad is "I'll pretty you to death!"
    Kirk: Lang, over there, look for survivors.
    Mark: You're dead.
    Kirk: Kelowitz, that way.
    Mark: You're dead too.
    Kirk: O'Hurlihy, stick with me.
    Mark: But you're dead.
    • In "Tomorrow Is Yesterday" he wants Kirk and Sulu interrupted every five minutes, forcing Spock to beam the person aboard, until there's forty or so people crammed into the transporter room. "Hire me to write TV shows. This is what you'll get."
    • While watching "Space Seed," he finds the name Khan familiar but can't place it. He's figured it out by the next video, and reveals that a DVD of The Wrath of Khan is sitting directly across from him as he watches the episodes.
    • His declaring "The City on the Edge of Forever" to be "very Harlan Ellison" upon seeing his credit, which is absolutely hilarious if you know anything about Ellison's own opinion on it.
  • All his videos for the goofy filler episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena. By the last one he's understandably asking, "Am I still on planet Earth?"
  • On his Twitter, he mistakenly said he would be reading Pyramids after finishing Sourcery. The result was numerous Discworld fans having an existential crisis and wondering if they just imagined another book between those two.

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