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Scenery Gorn: In The Disaster Movies Of Roland Emmerich when she's not being able to hide her worry about Critic, we get to discover a lovely shot of Chicago sickly green and completely destroyed.
Schedule Slip: She tries to put out one video a month but because of school and large amounts of traveling, can't always.
Now that her documentary is done, she's assured people that she's back to making regular weekly videos. She seems to have kept her word this time. She's even doing (usually) more than one episode a week now.
She went on another hiatus in 2013, due to being hired to work on a project pertaining to Pokémon. The hiatus ended in January 2014.
Science Is Bad: The Chick has learned this by the time of The Craft, complaining to the Makeover Fairy that it's got them nowhere. Of course magic proves unhelpful too...
Even though the Chick is now definitely a totally separate character, Lindsay's made no secret that she thinks she's a horrible actress. (In the Jem review, the Chick even says so.) She doesn't even like being called an actress.
While she's not exactly going to win any awards soon, the general opinion is that she's much better at acting than she thinks she is. It takes talent to create a three-dimensional and funny persona who is totally different from yourself.
She also released a short film she did when she was fourteen and mocked the hell out of it in her newly added subtitles.
When she does her directing lessons in Xanadu, the image says "brought to you by the USC school of pretentious indoctrination".
Nella is the one who writes a lot of her character getting abused, including all the jokes about her makeover in the Grease review.
Elisa is a big Gargoyles fan and wrote the segment where the Chick took the piss out of it in the "Top Eleven Villainesses".
She rants about how when it comes to Disney Direct-to-Video films they're "bad by design" in the Enchanted Christmas review.
Grease 2 is so awful that it actually makes her say a few good things about the first one. Also, there's this "pitch session":
Chick: Yeah, Grease 2, it's gonna be big. Nella: This time we're gonna switch the genders. What if it's the guy who gets made over into the sexy hoodlum? Chick: And we already had an Australian... the British! They're all nerds, they're all prudes, let's make the foreigner a nerd! Nella: Sandy was a prude, let's make him a nerd! Chick: Nobody gets pregnant, we've already done that. Ooh, let's have a guy trick a girl into having sex. Nella: Characters actually having sex, yeah! We already did that with the cop-out pregnancy sub-plot, too much of a downer, let's have them allude to it! A lot! And sing about it. Chick: Prom! Ooh, we've already done that. How about a luau? Nella: What about the guy? What makes him cool? What vehicle do we sing about? No, can't do the car, that was in the first movie. Boats! Chick: No no no, not boats, motorcycles! Nella: But they have a song about the car in the first movie... Chick: Well they sing in this one too, but in this one the girl sings it. Man, motorcycles are hot!
The "Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels" and the "Top Five LEAST Awful Disney Sequels" proved... tough for her to deal with.
Shaggy Dog Story: The Dark Nella Saga. Nella's still abused, Dr. Tease and The Makeover Fairy are still evil and the Chick is still a horrible person. And we wouldn't have it any other way. At least Dark Nella didn't destroy the world, so that's a plus.
With regards to proper Real Person Fic, she said she views Doug and Noah as basically her asexual big brothers. But that's not going to stop the fangirls, especially not when they flirt for fun like the whole site does.
Ship Tease: Lots of it for Chick / Nella and Chick / Critic.
Other mentions suggest that the Critic and the Chick have something going on between them, but it's weird and self-loathing. Naturally.
They even manage this when one half of the pairing is dead. In Matilda, Mara thought the best way to break the Critic would be to attack the Chick, and even though the Chick squirms around with an "he isn't my ally!", she can't hide the fact that she misses him.
Show, Don't Tell: Being a film student, she gets really irritated by movies that don't listen to this advice. Xanadu was the most blatant example.
Shown Their Work: Perhaps fittingly, she knows a lot about revolutions, slavery note as she probably should, considering Nella , wars and just general disasters.
She's very knowledgeable about early animation (not just Disney), which she puts to great use in the NChick shorts.
Sister Jesus Mary Joseph of our Perpetual Guilt (aka Nella) is quick to point out the problems with the depiction of nuns in the two Sister Act films, namely the difference between nuns (cloistered prayer) and sisters (service to the needy, poor, in need of education etc).
Sincerity Mode: Done to tear-jerking effect (even she was visibly on the verge of tears) in her review of TLC. Lindsay comes out of her goofy, messed up, uncaring character and discusses how much Left Eye Lopez inspired her and how alcoholism is a disease like any other.
Slut Shaming: Has it as a Berserk Button but also plays it straight, doing the same thing as Critic by freely flinging around insults like "slut" and "whore". The character has been established as a massive hypocrite though, so it's safe to say it's part of the humor.
Lampshaded and Played for Laughs in Sister Act, where the Chick defeats Nella's catholic guilt by asking her how her sex life (which the Chick knows she has) is going.
Small Name, Big Ego: A very tongue-in-cheek invoked example. Hercomic persona opens two of the "Thanks For The Feedback" segments with the self-important introduction "Hi, I'm Lindsay, star of such internet phenomena as 'The Nostalgia Chick'". The real Lindsay is nothing like this and actually seems to feel undeserving of the "small" fame she has.
Small Reference Pools: According to one fool in the comment section for the Jem review, Hannah Montana isn't mainstream so the Chick shouldn't use it a reference. Oh, if only that person was connected to the web, then they could look it up. Wait a minute...
In her behind-the-scenes video, Lindsay expresses concern that her video on nostalgic baby dolls wouldn't get as many views as the others. (Ironically, it's considered one of her funniest.)
Although she hates Love Never Dies like a typical phangirl, "Beneath A Moonless Sky" is the funniest shit ever.
She admits that Showgirls, Battlefield Earth and Crossroads are badly done but enjoyable, while From Justin To Kelly is "the cinematic equivalent of watching someone slooowly scrape the burnt part off the toast. And failing."
Brother Bear was on the "meh" side of okay. And Todd and Lindsay say this is the best that most Disney sequels can hope for, Todd falling asleep through half of them.
Song of the South's main flaw isn't racism as much being so deathly dull that the Chick falls asleep twice while she's trying to make fun of it.
Much like Song of the South and racism, the animal cruelty scenes in The Adventures of Milo and Otis are really the only things worth talking about because the rest of the film is so dull.
Unlike the no-effort-given sequel which ends up invokedSo Bad, It's Good, Sister Act is frustrating because it tries, fails and just ends up being harmless.
Soft Water: She points how Pocahontas (and her raccoon and hummingbird) jumping from a cliff into a lake and still surviving isn't really possible.
Something Completely Different: The NChick shorts. They're still in-character and funny, but they're less cynical comedy and more bringing attention to some really influential early animation.
"Thanks For The Feedback", where there's no review and it's looking at the characters "behind the scenes".
City of Angels and Youve Got Mail were both a bit like her version of the Critic's "Old vs New", with her comparing the movies to the ones they were based off.
"Nostalgic Baby Dolls" looked at dolls marketed at girls, in a way that was filled with literal Dead Baby Comedy.
Apparently this can be a bad thing. Elisa explained the "TLC review taken down" controversy as Lindsay feeling like it was too different from her shows usual tone.
Soprano and Gravel: Parodied with the Nostalgia Duo's gender war song. Doug gets raspier to try and be all manly and Lindsay makes her voice thinner to sound stereotypically girly. Just adds to the hammy fun.
Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Even though they're both played for creepy comedy and you're not supposed to root for either of them, can you imagine Todd taping Lupa to a chair and still being told by fans he'd get her in the end?
Stating the Simple Solution: In Showgirls, when a guy complains about his girlfriend being pregnant, she bluntly says he could push her down the stairs and hope for the best.
Stepford Smiler: Apparently her life-without-Critic husband is this. When the girls go, he bursts into tears and when the baby starts crying again, he yells at it to shut up.
Sting: In Sister Act, when the Chick realizes Nella's trying to kill her with catholic guilt.
Stock Scream: She uses the Goofy scream when the prince in Dragonheart falls off a building with a silly look on his face.
Story Arc: Three. Her decision not to just do "girly" stuff anymore (which ended up being more about the power dynamics between her and the Critic), the Nella abuse getting worse which lead to the Dark Nella Saga, and her Sanity Slippage obsession over Todd.
Strawman Has a Point: In-universe. While you're meant to sympathize with Rob Lowe's mother and wife, she wants to strangle them for being jobless leeches while he's being a messiah lawyer.
The Chick: Ah, Hugh Jackman. All the women want him, and at least twenty-five percent of the men. And the other seventy-five percent want him, at least a little.
Stylistic Suck: The Chick and Elisa's scene with bad blocking in the Film/Xanadu review.
Elisa: I think I'm going to stand up now...because I like it better...here! Nostalgia Chick: You know, it's my dream that you would stay in one place when you say your lines. Elisa: Dreams die. Nostalgia Chick: What does that even mean? Elisa:Exactly.
Nostalgia Chick: Dr. Tease! Where's Dr. Block? Dr. Tease: She's...not in space! (later) Nostalgia Chick: Where's Dr. Block? Dr. Tease: ...Not orbiting a distant star!
In Grease 2, the Chick does this a lot. No, she's not horny. No, she doesn't like a guy whose face she has never seen!
The same thing comes up in "Top Ten Songs About Sex (From Musicals)", which she did because it's about nostalgic music, and nostalgia is what she does. Nothing whatsoever to do with a musician who hides his face and rejects her advances, the ungrateful bastard.
Chick: And if it's not like I've ever held my small animal up in the Circle Of Life pose... oh, like you haven't.
Surprise Incest: The original plot of the first "Thanks For The Feedback" was apparently going to be a Shout-Out to Luke and Leia from Star Wars, with Chick and Critic going all the way and then finding out they were related.
Surprisingly Improved Sequel: In-universe. She readily admits to disliking the original Cinderella because the characters are so boring, so enjoys Cinderella III for retconning personality traits into the leads, the animation actually pretty decent and showing off self-aware humor.
Like Critic, she thinks The Rescuers is deathly dull and its sequel awesome. So much so that it shouldn't even be given the indignity of going on a "least worst" list.
Take That: She enjoys her (mostly affectionate) potshots at Disney. The Song of the South review has her thanking them for making themselves such an easy target.
Her At The NChick Labs video has an extended one to the people who keep trotting out the (long-removed) "Rape Rap" video as proof of what a terrible person (and feminist) she is. It very much feels like a very long "Shut The Fuck Up."
"Thanks For The Feedback: Wii Fit" is a Take That at all the people who judge her appearance far more than they do for the Critic.
In her review of "The Fifth Element", DoucheyMcNitpick complains why she does movies other than girly ones, bitches about her definition of MacGuffins and says he's still going to masturbate to her picture later on. Triple-whammy!
The end credits for the "Top 11 Villainesses" has a bit of a rant about Christopher Nolan's Batman films for being a sausagefest and showing off his daddy issues.
Subverted with The Fox and the Hound. In her Thumbelina review, she showed the poster when she said Disney was in the pits, making people think she didn't like the film. It turns out that she loves it for how dark and subtle it is.
Take That, Critics!: Following the uproar over alleged "flaunting" of her breasts in To Boldly Flee, Lindsey tweeted that her next review would be conducted while wearing a burqua. True to her word, she did. note Enter Elisa in a corset and Nella dressed as Power Girl. Team Chick obeys the letter of the law, if not the spirit!
(Regarding Aladdin And The King Of Thieves) "Oh, Genie, you and your pop culture references. Anti-reference joke brigade, prepare to feel a wrath far greater than any Internet reviewer could come up with."
*NSYNC's Christmas song videos: "Enjoy our one camera setup and internet reviewer-grade green screen!"
Teens Are Monsters: Like the Critic, she had a bad time at high school. Unlike the Critic, however, whenever there's a flashback her teenage self will act like an utter brat too.
Halved in the "Top Five Least Awful Disney Sequels":
Chick: Why only five? 'Cos I- I can't.
Trivially Obvious: In the Showgirls review, she calls her crew "a crack team of... humans".
Tropes Are Not Bad: Although there's a lot of movies she reviews are way too light, gloss over history or are pretty dumb fairy tales, she understands that fantasy and wanting everything to be sweet and Disney-like aren't bad things.
Disney gets "weird" when it tries to depict "other cultures". And yes, she said that last bit in air quotes.
A surprising exception would be the infamous Song of the South, whose reputation for racism she feels is mostly hype. She felt that the only reason people remember the film's unfortunate portrayal of black people, even though it's not nearly as bad as in contemporary films like Gone with the Wind, is because a) that's the only thing there is to remember about an otherwise boring movie, and b) Disney brought it upon itself by treating it as an Old Shame for thirty years rather than admitting that some of their films had racist undertones.
She's creeped out by all the pedo-style undertones of the witches in Hocus Pocus.
Chick: Yaay, Russia was awesome! For the obscenely wealthy!
Discussed in her review of Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, which she doesn't see as possessing much in the way of anything resembling artistic merit. To her, the difference between Coal Black and a film like Blazing Saddles that also relies heavily on racial humor is that Saddles uses it in a satirical manner to make a point about race relations, while in Coal Black the jokes are more about laughing at black people ("they're so poor and uneducated, that's hilarious!"), up to and including gags about slavery, something that she just found to be messed up rather than funny.
In her review of Showgirls. "Because movie viewers are stupid and can't deduce success or failure based on what's been shown onscreen, we have Molly dictate from the sidelines whether or not Nomi is succeeding."
She will, from time to time, use a couple of archetypal moronic viewers (Joanne and Cleatus) as an example of the Lowest Common Denominator that most studios aim at. She'll point out stupid stuff in movies that probably exists to cater to their limited intellect, and comment on concepts that might be too difficult for them to grasp (such as humanity being of little real importance in her review of Men In Black).
During her Showgirls review, she asks why anyone would want to watch the film for any reason other than seeing some boobies◊. She also uses the birds in place of a Censor Box when the women show their... tractsof land.
During her Labyrinth review, whenever anyone mispronounces Hoggle's name (a Running Gag in the movie), the word "Gag" runs across the screen to the first measure of horns from "Spanish Flea" as Lindsay points at it.
Vitriolic Best Buds: She wonders why Wolverine even hung around with the other X-Men, seeing as how he also disagreed with them. Angrily so.
Lindsay: Why don't you bathe and get a job? You skin's starting to turn transparent. Douchey: Yeah well, go back to reviewing girly stuff! You still do that, right? Lindsey: Basement-dwelling manchild. Douchey: Joke's on you! I'm still gonna masturbate to your picture tonight! Lindsay: Virgin. Douchey:'WHOOOOOOORRRRRRE!!!!
"Sleepless In Seattle vs. When Harry Met Sally" for two reasons. 1) Establishing that the Chick is batshit crazy. (Todd might be prone to ambitiously misfiringGrand Romantic Gestures, but he doesn't kidnap Lupa to make her love him.) 2) Her love for Todd is like Meg Ryan's plot in Sleepless In Seattle, something she's made up and a symptom of some kind of depression in her life.
What Did I Do Last Night?: The Chick and Nella ended up doing something involving bunnies after they passed out from the Drinking Game they played while watching Disney's Hercules. Also, they're wearing lipstick that they weren't before, and there's a strange guy in the kitchen.
Nothing really happened, it was just The Makeover Fairy fucking with them.
[Note: The strange guy is the same guy playing Lord MacGuffin, and is one of the "actors" in the Showgirls review]
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: This was how they had their cake and ate it too with the Dark Nella Saga. Make the Chick's flaws and issues blatantly obvious, but it wasn't really Nella herself talking (Dark Nella was a clone who blew herself up) so nobody had to become a nice/better person.
Holds a glass of dark-looking wine in the second part of her "Dreamworks Vs. Disney" review.
Again, she's drinking wine (as well as wearing a elegant dress and reading an intellectual book) when goofy bad-movie fan Obscurus Lupa picks her as "someone classier" to review the B-movie Honor And Glory with.
Xenafication: Discussed in the Ever After review with how every Cinderella type movie tries to make the main character more active. Mentioned in a good way when she discusses how Cinderella III had to retcanon traits in her that weren't there in the original and does it pretty well.
X-Pac Heat: In-Universe. Discussed in the Enders Game episode, where Lindsay referred to it as "Chick-fil-A Syndrome" in reference to the then-recent controversy surrounding the fast-food chain. In this case, she was referring to how, even though many sci-fi fans will agree that Ender's Game is one of the greatest science fiction novels of the last several decades, they will often refuse to purchase it new due to its author Orson Scott Card's outspoken anti-gay viewpoints and generally right-wing politics.
You Bastard: "These landmarks don't have anything to do with the characters or the story, they're just a cheap marketing ploy to get your ass into the theater because you want to see buildings you know get destroyed, you sadistic fuck."
At the end of "The Top Ten Worst Disney Sequels", she holds a special place of contempt for parents who sit their kids down in front of the movies and act like it's no problem, because it's sending the message to Disney that this shit gets liked.
In Ask That Guy 61, Ask That Guy mentions that he's been living with "that woman who looks suspiciously like the Makeover Fairy" as a Shout-Out to Suburban Knights. He of course goes off with a hammer to make sure she's dead.
Your Cheating Heart: She lets out an involuntary "aww" when hearing Meg's "saved her boyfriend and he left her" backstory.