For the review of Scooby-Doo, which was intended to be his last, he watches the film with his future and his past self, causing a time paradox that almost unleashes the end of the world.
For the Son of the Mask review, Rachel plays Kim Kardashian and her daughter Evilina.
In the The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl review, after seeing Minus' head grow exponentially, he calls himself 20 minutes in the past to prevent him from seeing such horrid imagery. This doesn't work, so instead he gets himself to write an apology on a sticky note to stick under his desk and read later.
Lampshaded in The Matrix Reloaded, as he sniffs an “unnecessary dual performance” before opening the door and seeing Agent Shmuck (obviously also played by Doug).
In Spy Kids 3D, Malcolm plays the three types of 3D and they're all onscreen talking to each other at the end.
Critic and Ask That Guy being related, if not necessarily close twins.
As they're going through essentially what he did, people thought Critic would get on with the abuse family kids. In Wild Wild West, he interacts with them and sadly tells them that he's sorry, and in Balto he helps the youngest girl cope with the film being mostly made up and gives her a better home with Chester after Aunt Despair abandons her.
In Connecticon 2016, Doug and Tamara talk about a Tumblr post they like about Hyper being the daughter of Aunt Despair and Uncle Lies, and becoming the way she is as a way of coping with the abuse and neglect, and Tamara also retweeted fanart implying that Hyper was a terror child and Despair was useless at looking after her. In Hyper's Q&A video, Hyper finally confirms onscreen that they're her parents, though she doesn't hate them for their abusive behavior, calling them great and crediting their genetics for her personality and looks.
There was fanfiction of Hyper Boner kidnapping Critic for kinks and giggles long before Old vs New: Evil Dead made it canon.
Critic: HE REMEMBERS IT SO YOU DON'T FUCKING HAVE TO! EVEN THOUGH, EVERY FUCKING DAY HE EXISTS, HE WISHES HE DIDN'T HAVE TO! HE WISHES HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THIS BULLSHIT, TO MAKE YOU WATCH AND GET YOU RATINGS!
Also deconstructed in Food Fight, where the only reason Critic did the film at all was because Tamara and Malcolm told him he could get views from it, and his failure at getting money is what causes the breakdown, not the film.
Lampshaded again in "Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel", as he just wants to make a ton of money like the Chipmunks.
Even on this wiki, pages for obscure movies have been created because he reviewed them.
Films seem to appear within weeks on Netflix Watch instantly after he has reviewed them.
The Christmas Tree had a bare-bones page on this wiki, while Wikipedia didn't even have a page for it. After Doug reviewed it, the trope page was a lot larger than before, and a page on Wikipedia was created.
Straw Fan Schmuck's plan against Critic in The Matrix Revolutions is for him to keep reviewing it so people will at least check it out for how horrible it is. And then kill him because he's useless outside reviewing.
Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The Little Mermaid is not English literature as he claims in his review of The King and I (it’s Danish). Particularly bad since he was making fun of how cartoon adaptations get everything wrong. The mistake is even stranger because Doug spent the opening of his Disneycember The Little Mermaid review comparing the book to the movie, so clearly he knew about the country of origin back then.
Even after being told he was incorrect in Disneycember, he STILL refers to Chihiro as "Zen" in his Top 10 Movie Moments video. That's not even close to her assigned name "Sen" in the movie.
In The Top 11 Disney Princess Conspiracy Theories, he thought the area around the church was also called "Notre Dame". He realized the oops not long after the video's release, and hoped people would still get what he meant.
In her review of The Great Wall, Tamara gets Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg confused, using reference pictures of the latter.
Over on the forums, Doug and Rob regretted the He-Man episode for the jockbro homophobic humor, and it wasn't long afterwards that Critic started getting more feminine.
Towards the Batman & Robin review. He said in his Batman: The Animated Series commentary that he doesn't think it's his best review and only makes jokes about it because other people love it so much. He's also got plenty frustrated with the bat credit card joke, even saying in a 2012 interview that it gave him a Twitchy Eye.
Judging by Demo Reel and the real review where Walkers say they don't blame Jake Lloyd for his bad movies, Doug seems to regret the Jingle All the Way episode for how much he mocked the kid.
Doug posted on Facebook (and on a commentary video) that he personally didn't like how the infamous Let's Play of Bart's Nightmare turned out, even before submitting it.
He sounds very embarrassed on the commentary to Cartoon Allstars, mainly because he felt like the Critic was nowhere near his more well-known pathetic characterization and sounded more angry and threatening.
He and Rob apologized for Airborne pretty quick, saying they had meant to trash the lead for being a hypocrite about his pacifism, but it just came off as bashing him for not being manly enough.
In the voiceovered-after-said-episode commentary of "The Review Must Go On", Doug said that he doesn't think that the Timothy Green review is one of his best reviews.
He's also ashamed of Signs, feeling like it only worked because of the aliens conversation and realizing while editing that everyone would call him out for trying too hard to please the "we only want rage" crowd with the Freak-Out, though he seems to have changed his mind a couple years later in the “real thoughts” video when the review got both No Such Thing as Bad Publicity and people coming up to him and saying they used to like the film but now don't.
While he still thinks the review was funny, Doug felt the sketches in the Catwoman review were too disconnected from the review itself.
In a weird example of the backlash coming before the video in audience eyes, at a Youmacon panel Doug was squirming about how bitter and offensive he got in the Reloaded reviews of the anniversary movies, and used the script as scrap paper for a scene in Demo Reel.
In the A.I. commentary, Doug at least realizes that he was being far too mean to TMZ fans (despite still feeling that way) in “The Top 11 South Park Episodes” and didn't really like that section anyway. He also calls the AI episode one of the cruelest things he's ever done.
He's talked in commentaries note if you can remember which ones... about regretting quite a few post-Kickassia reviews like “Pound Puppies” and “Pebble And The Penguin”, feeling like they dragged. This is a big reason why Cerebus Syndrome started to creep in a bit later starting with “My Pet Monster” onwards, as he liked actually acting and it gave him a creative boost.
In the Man of Steel commentary, Doug regrets it for how one-sided and straw he made the episode, with Joe agreeing that if he'd been allowed to put across his own argument it would have been fairer.
The Critic review of the fourth Transformers movie was so ranty and mean-spirited that Doug did a video right after, apologizing and explaining while he is really sad about the film, he's trying hard to think you're not an awful person if you saw it and sticking to his 'like what you like' mantra.
To a lesser extent, Rachel couldn't stand being the Wicked Witch, as Tamara says she came home and said "I am never letting them do that to me again". In a similar way, Tamara didn't like the sketch where she played a stripper in ''The Haunted Mansion", also saying on twitter that switching the genders of stripper and director would have been more fun.
Creator Breakdown: "The Review Must Go On" both invoked it in-universe and is an example of the trope itself. The Critic tells Doug that he wasn't really ready to end the show, he just got burned out from doing an episode every week alongside convention appearances, anniversary specials, and his normal day-to-day life. This turns out to be false and gaslighting on Critic's part as the special was actually the result of a lot of bitterness towards the fans. Doug admitted on his commentary that Rob had to rewrite a lot of it because it was even nastier and filled with plot errors, and "Donnie = Critic" was only because they were so tired of demands to bring Critic back.
As he said a lot of times at cons, the Critic came from a mini-breakdown when he was in his early twenties and just wanted to stop adulting so watched all of his old nostalgic shows, and wanted to create a character that was angry at his childhood.
In the Labyrinth behind the scenes, Tamara calls the abusive mother character her favorite, mostly because the outfit is so comfortable. Doug feels the same, saying on Facebook he was “addicted” to both the parental characters.
Jim's favorite costume that he's made is the Furiosa one, as it was the most rewarding and Tamara loved it so much.
Tamara also went major fangirl squee when she got to dress up like Furiosa, Rey and Wonder Woman in their respective clipless episodes.
Other faves include the Devil (for Malcolm) because he's so cool, Santa Christ for Rob because he's both hammy and bitchy, Devil Boner for Doug because he always drew that kind of character as a teenager and Hyper for Tamara because she's so shittily fun. Doug and Rob also love the Chart Guys, to the point where they have to make themselves stop using them so much.
The Danza: Critic is only one of Doug's characters to share his name.
Dawson Casting: Ma-Ti is fourteen, Bhargav is in his twenties. Seeing as how he's raped Ask That Guy (after nearly getting raped himself) and had a threesome with the Chick and MarzGurl, this is probably for the best. It helps that Captain Planet was written in the 90s so realistically, he should have aged by now, and the character may very well be a delusional Indian guy anyway.
Thirty+ Doug is playing his teenage self in Scooby-Doo. Luckily Doug's already pretty young-looking, so it doesn't come off as too stupid. Doesn't work quite so well in the infamous dick-talking sketch in the Sailor Moon review though.
Tamara will often play kids (including Critic as a child) as because she's short and baggy clothes will cover her bust, she can pull it off.
It didn't work out quite so well for Rachel, as she explains in Unlimited Beers that CA didn't have much experience with finding/cobbling together women's clothing, and to his frustration all Doug could find was "sexy little girl" costumes.
The Turbo commentary reveals the outside scenes were done when it was 94 (later 98) degrees weather. Skin-tight suit, heavy helmet, lots of flailing and dancing... Rob was scared Doug would suffer health-wise but had to let him do multiple takes anyway (because Doug was complaining about the tie looking wrong), and Doug did indeed have to fix the costume so he could breathe.
Too Kinky to Torture variant. Doug really was getting hit in the groin for The Wicker Man (2006) torture scene. Variant because he was excited about getting his balls hit, requested a second take, only wore a bit of protection to shut concern up, and in the commentary says if he's not able to have kids then so be it.
In the "Other Titanic Movie", according to the commentary, Doug put clothespins on his scrotum just so he could wibble at himself for a few moments.
The Christmas Story 2 drink made in the beginning of said review really was tasted by the CinemaSins guy and Doug (but not swallowed) and they both nearly throw up into the sink.
Accidentally in The Shining, as Rachel admits in the commentary that she really was scared during filming and Doug apologizes for it.
In the 2014 Anime Midwest panel, Doug admitted that he only did Sharknado because Michaud wanted him to pander to the base.
It was also Michaud's idea for Critic to review his own movies for the post-To Boldly Flee tribute DVD. Doug himself has a bit of Creator Backlash towards them (the reviews of the movies, he's proud of the specials themselves).
To even Malcolm's sadness, "an executive decision" was made to only limit behind the scenes videos to "big" reviews. Also a case of Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things, as their viewership really enjoyed them for more insight or Doug and co just talking with each other, but they apparently didn't get enough attention.
The long list of people in reboot who are attracted to him but want to hurt him at the same time is a nod/Take That! to his stereotypical Periphery Demographic (which isn't so periphery anymore).
Rachel gets to be the Meta Girl in The Shining, telling Critic – and echoing a lot of confused fandom – that he was meant to be nicer when he came back but has become really cruel.
The beginning of The Dark Knight Returns crossover is not exactly ambiguous when post-TBF!Critic lampshades that if he came back from the Plot Hole the majority would lose all respect for him.
In “Ghost Dad”, Tamara says, "I thought I'd like [Critic] better dead”. Just because he was nicer and happier then, a whole lot of people agree. Including Doug. note he says he wanted Critic dead for longer
“The Uncanny Valley” review is full of it There's too many to list, but just a few include admitting that he's only destroying the anthology because it doesn't involve him and that he did the same to Demo Reel, that TBF was the Magnum Opus and this anthology was just Doug crawling into a tired corner, and ending it with two hope spots about how he needs to be fixed but can't because he needs the money he gets from bitching at things.
MikeJ muttering in “Ghost Rider 2” that Critic's re-reviewed about ten movies he's done first, but he'll just ignore that. It's both a fandom complaint and something Mike's brought up quite a few times on twitter.
In “Forest Warrior”, he explicitly refers to his pre-reboot self as “the old me”, and his revival version as “the new me”, in reference to the often-not-positive Fan Nickname of NuCritic.
Aside from continuing what Doug said in the commentary about Donnie = Critic being a massive Ass Pull (“it's hard to buy this was the intention the whole time when you literally spent twenty minutes saying this wasn't the intention”), “The Review Must Go On” has a fair amount, like saying how it's filmed like a Serious Business horror movie, how the Demo Reel gang are way too okay with fading into nothing and how the Creator tells Donnie that Critic will be more understanding but he just got meaner (aside from editorials).
The “truthful preview” at the start of Planet of the Apes is filled with them, including a Freeze-Frame Bonus of a dead Ask That Guy being passive aggressive, lampshading how can he be so annoying but still get a load of famous people to do stuff for him, and mocking that it's just white privilege that he's popular.
Fan Nickname: NuCritic for the episodes produced after The Review Must Go On.
Satan's nickname to the fandom is 'Mr. Zebub', after Critic called him that in one episode. It sort of stuck as an Affectionate Nickname.
Doug's father, Barney, is mostly known as "Papa Walker".
The “sweater family” for the couple consisting of an abusive, oblivious yellow-jumper-wearing father; an aged purple-jumper-wearing, coke-addicted, chain-smoking, alcoholic mother; and their poor kids. Uncle Lies often gets named Uncle ATG (or occasionally the portmanteau Uncle Ask That Lies) because the two characters have been confirmed by Doug to be the same. Or Daddy Ask That Guy by people who like to sin.
It's a little more complicated than usual because memory issues and self-admitted bitter, but since comeback (he was firmly addicted to back/story and Character Development before), Doug can't seem to make up his mind if Critic's nicer, worse or not even a character anymore, whether he expects and wants people to be offended by him or just thinks they're overly sensitive and letting themselves get hurt, or if there's several story arcs going at the same time because he wants to go even darker or there's very little continuity now because he can't take Critic anywhere after To Boldly Flee finished his main plotline. Note this is just what he says at cons or in commentaries, what he consistently puts in the episodes is adifferentvery self-awarestory.
While Hyper's always played like a Tragic Villain stalker, both Doug and Tamara go between she's meant to be like that and has a lot of bad qualities who Critic is allowed to hate (Doug even reassured Erica that she was only inspiration for the good parts, and has talked about the harassment aspect not being entirely fictional), or that she's meant to be a nice lovable Affectionate Parody of fangirls. The latter only happens every now and then though, and it's mostly the former whenever she's talked about.
He Also Did: Jim's the Photoshop artist for the sketches, did the stop-motion intro for the 2013 Nostalgiaween and does also the current title cards for Doug's videos.
The Critic himself: The Nostalgia Critic is a character; Doug Walker is the actual person, although as evident by the reviews and comments regarding Disney's "Doug" series the Critic's first name is also Doug.
Everyone who thought that Critic was still having job issues and was getting more depressed over the course of 2012 was validated when the big Scooby-Doo rant came. And after validation arrived the sad, as it was a huge Tear Jerker.
When it was announced that he would do a review of the Uncanny Valley movie, fans assumed/hoped that he would go easy on Dark Side Of The Internet because with producers talking about genuine threats sent to them, Doug would look like a complete prick making fun of that, especially when he's got a lot of fandom issues himself. Sure enough, when Allison talks about the abuse she's received, he's too depressed to do any mocking.
Irony as She Is Cast: During the review of TheKingAndI, there is a Parody Commercial for Russell Crowe (played by Walker), and Shakira (played by Rachel Tietz) performing songs from said musical. They give rather tone-deaf performances, but Walker and Tietz are both very talented singers.
Leslie Nielsen Syndrome: Rachel and Malcolm started on Demo Reel, a show that placed more importance on drama than comedy, but "do what they're told" on Critic and ham it up in whatever skits they're given.
Lying Creator: Doug said pretty often (before comeback but regardless) that he would never review The Lorax because Lindsay covered everything. By the end of The Swan Princess, guess what he's reviewing? Doug both explained and made himself look worse in the Lorax commentary, saying he had only pretended to praise her for getting through it because he was retiring Critic, he was actually sad he couldn't do it himself and now that Critic had to come back, he could.
When asked about the Dark Nella Saga at a con, Doug went on to talk about how he did storylines, just fairly short, not so involved ones. Come To Boldly Flee and it turns out that Critic had been having a three year storyline about his Character Development, which Doug could then discuss now that it had been made obvious.
Post reboot, fans have noticed a trend. When Doug at a con talks about how nice Critic is now, he's actually usually filming/helping a video (The Guyver, Monster Mash and Welshy's farewell) where Critic is being epically called out on being a bigger douche since his return.
While Doug has apparently committed himself to doing Critic for the rest of his life (The Review Must Go On commentary), he's made it known that his masterpiece was meant to be Demo Reel. He'd been wanting to do it since 2008, talked in a 2012 con about how he wanted Critic over with so he could get on with it, and outright complains in The Shining commentary that things are only successful when he's in the Critic outfit; if he did the same thing in the Donnie hat he'd get threats. In the Resident Evil LP bloopers he admits he's still bitter.
In “Boss Mabel”, even Rob talks about it, saying that even with their own fandom, they can put a lot of time and effort into something and fans “will just be like give us the crap”.
On a more minor scale, he really likes his first big sketch special with Teddy Ruxpin and is saddened that it doesn't get many views.
In Doug and Rob's commentary of "The OTHER Animated Titanic Movie", Rob mentioned that Doug attached clothespins to his scrotum in order to shoot the crying scene.
Discussed but avoided in Osmosis Jones/the behind the scenes, as at the end Doug (who just came back from Finland and caught con plague) hope he didn't look really pale, teary eyed and have lines under his eyes when he shot his footage because then people will think he's being clever (trying to look like Bill Murray in the film) when he's really just wanting to pass out.
In "Unlimited Beers", Tamara admits she didn't like the original Face/Off plot (neither did Rachel), as she knew that even though Doug wrote the fighting as a joke because she and Rach are best friends, the fandom would think that was what she was really like and hate her. She eventually told Doug and he understood in the end.
He's gone on several times what a ridiculous Ass Pull The Review Must Go On was, even saying so in the commentary.
One of Us: As evident in the editorial "Why is Loki So Hot?", where he reads word-for-word this wiki's definition of The Woobie and is surprised that he is listed as well (although as a Jerkass Woobie instead of a regular one).
In The Cat in the Hat commentary, Doug mentions that he has read the Heartwarming page for the Nostalgia Critic and was pretty confused over people being charmed by Critic/Evilina.
Rachel is a huge fan of the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, and has reportedly geeked out with Rob about it. In the real thoughts on Devil, Doug crowed that she probably knew more Tolkein stuff than any dude who would call her a fake geek girl for not knowing much else nerd things.
Postscript Season: To Boldly Flee and the Scooby-Doo review wrapped up his issues, gave him a happy ending where he atoned for everything he had done wrong and the former was seen as such a big deal that everyone had to sign an agreement not to give spoilers. Four months later he came back and his issues were unwrapped all over again.
Promoted Fanboy: Animator Andrew Kaiko, who did 3 Nostalgia Critic fanimations on Youtube a la Markiplier fanimations, et al, was hired to create the 45-second-long Pinky and the Brain sequence at the end of The Purge review. He later recreated the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles logo into the "Thirty-Something Nerdy Critics" intro for the review of Michael Bay's TMNT.
In the military re-enacting scene from Pixels, Malcolm is wearing General Anesthetic's jacket with all the buttons. On twitter, they joked that the soldier he was playing really was one of the General's men.
When Malcolm and Tamara are scientists hiring hot people in Fantastic Four (2005) review, sheets used (the plothole and the weapon, specifically) in To Boldly Flee are plastered on the wall behind them.
In The Phantom of the Opera (2004) review, the Belle dress actually gets worn by a woman (Tamara), after Malcolm wore it in Demo Reel and Doug wore it in the “What's With All The Princess Hate” title card.
For "Old vs New: Evil Dead", the Pop Quiz Hotshot Miss Stockholm handcuffs get turned into Hyper's favorite chains for Critic.
Reality Subtext: Critic "realizing" in Catwoman review that he shouldn't be refusing female attention gets off-putting when you find out there's quiteabit of con footage of Doug trying to refuse sexual requests from women but having to submit anyway.
The only reason AI exists and is so humiliatingly mean-spirited (which Doug admits in commentary) was because TMZ asked the Fan Hater rant on the YouTube upload to be taken off.
The opening of The Last Airbender has Doug being known for ripping movies apart, but leaving for other things, leaving fandom bitter about him supposedly leaving them when they need him to keep on bashing movies. Does it even need to be said about how the joke mirrors reality?
The ending of "The Worst Christmas Special EVER" can be seen as Doug trying to make up (making an effort) for all those vlogs where he frustrated Rob, treating Rachel and Malcolm badly enough that the tagline for the Behind The Scenes video for The Shining compared him to Kubrick jerkass, and insulting his dad in the Eight Crazy Nights filming by calling him an old man who shouldn't be listened to.
One that doesn't even try to disguise itself is any Demo Reel mention. Every time it comes up it's never portrayed as Critic remembering another life (which makes sense because it wasn't) and 100% as Doug being upset that his new show didn't take off.
Critic's constant need for money in the reboot, from telling Tamara he needs her for views to having a breakdown over not getting a reward for sitting through Food Fight, is less subtext from Doug and more like dropping an anvil, as he admitted in a stream that the Plot Hole got him three months of debt, and he's only doing cartoon vlogs every day because watching them on his own “isn't cost-effective”.
Watching post-comeback v-logs, convention panels and drives, you'll notice that Critic and Doug both developed Weight Woe, Hates Being Touched and lampshaded Sanity Slippage right about the same time. For the weight thing, Doug admitted later on that he wasn't eating at all in December 2013, so that might explain why he's so bitchy in Eight Crazy Nights when film!Sandler has a six pack and real!Sandler is shown with a belly in a beach picture.
Critic's younger self in the Scooby-Doo review was based off of what Doug was like as a teenager.
"the subtext rapidly becoming text" of the reboot was alluded to in Doug's interview with Lindsay, where he agrees that fiction writing is more telling of a person’s emotions and inner workings than documentaries/memoirs, and admits that he identifies with that more and more as times goes on.
While it mostly character-angst explosion despite being improvised, Doug admitted later that the Scooby-Doo opening rant had some basis in how he actually felt about his lack of social life and the need for ratings.
The Hyper Fangirl is based on Doug's real fangirls, particularly ones that he meets at cons. In the behind the scenes of The Lorax review, Rob brought up how this was mean-spirited. In the BTS of Jupiter Ascending, the apparent (even she uses that word, and Doug later again talks about being an uncomfortable Chick Magnet for a lot of women) inspiration for Hyper tries to sneak up on Doug after saying “I promise I'm not into the harassment stuff, or am I...” and he outright tells her to “stay back”. In Love Letters, he openly says she's based off women who have creeped him out. And in a Fan World panel he did with James, he told the audience some fucked up experiences he's had with creepy fans.
In-universe, Evilina was sent to Texas because the Devil wanted her to grow up a bit. Out of universe it's because Rachel had left the show to live in California.
The reason why he doesn't mock the Dark Side Of The Internet part of The Uncanny Valley from Allison's part on. She got real rape threats and death threats sent to her house by Spoony's fans who blamed her for his firing, and Doug would have looked terrible (and hypocritical, considering his own stalkers) whining in-character if he hadn't gone serious.
In the Bridge to TerabithiaSin City joke, Critic is only Marv because in his favorite characters list, Doug thought Marv was attractive and related to his worthlessness.
For a mundane example, if Doug has started watching a popular show (Avatar, Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, Daredevil) then references to it will surely seep into Critic writing. “Are Kids Shows Now Better Than Ever” abandoned subtext. It's pure Gushing About Shows You Like regarding all the vlogged cartoons he's watched, praising them for showing different sexualities and mental issues in easy ways that kids and adults can relate to.
Critic's talking in "Why Do We Love Zombies" about "You come to grips that you live in a world that is always trying to get you. You can never fully be safe, you can never fully let your guard down." came up again in Doug's second hottest women list, where he was defending Ignorance Is Bliss because "when you're not aware of so much danger and so much judgment you're just kinda naturally happy, not thinking about all these things that can come after you or things that might hurt you and you're just going through life enjoying it."
When asked about the inspiration for the demonic ending for “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”, Doug essentially just said he really is that nuts and really does love Christmas to that violent degree.
In The Cat in the Hat, a bad joke breaks Critic and he wanders off, and later on he hits Evilina for not much reason. Twofer, as that same joke made Rob snap and choke Doug, shouting that he can't do this any more.
At the beginning of “Why Lie About Santa”, Critic gets upset because kids watch him and they shouldn't be. Apparently this isn't something just made up, Doug said in a Gravity Falls v-log that he's met ten-year-olds at cons who watch his stuff and feels really bad.
In Animecon 2015 Doug admitted (even saying this wasn't a joke) that when he was younger he had a DVD of commercials to help him feel better and calm him down, and he did the first commercials special because he was feeling that anxiety again.
He said in a Momocon 2015 interview that writing the reviews (the non-review parts to be exact) can help him find out and come to terms with who he is as a person.
In general, Doug talking in a Finland con about how learning about yourself through media can be better therapy than actual therapy (but as he was quick to point out, nothing wrong with actual therapy, just different methods work for different people) explains a lot regarding how personally offended Critic can get if he thinks anyone is dismissing the medium. This comes up in-universe during Christmas with the Kranks, with Critic confirming he started the show to try and deal with his abuse issues.
In Osmosis Jones, Tamara-Joy says that Inside Out has changed and helped lives. In both Sibling Rivalry and Disneycember, Doug has talked about how much he struggles to acknowledge that he and others are allowed to be sad, and that the film has helped him with that.
Joked about in the Pixels behind the scenes, where Barney as military guy is yelling at Doug as Sandler, and Malcolm thinks that's how Doug gets told off at home, and Doug says it brings back memories.
Joked about in Mamma Mia!, as while Critic “isn't a wedding expert”, Doug's married, and he would rather have what the film thinks is the day before the wedding than the actual RL stress that it is.
In the Fury Road commentary, Malcolm says that he's seen a lot of MRA men, mostly at cons, and drew from that to play one of the meninists.
In the Alvin And The Chipmunks real thoughts, they talk about the Aw Girls and had concerns that they were stereotyping all women, but like with Hyper, Doug gives examples of how they really do exist, though obviously he's nicer about it (as it doesn't involve harassment) and knows they're allowed distracting junk food movies.
The last five minutes of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" are about living in Trump world and how about you need anger and the will to fight, but you also need to be kind. He even references it in the first rant, saying we'd be goose-stepping our way to work if we didn't have anger.
The "executives mess up the movie and the artist gets all the blame" message in Cool World takes another meaning when remembering how often Doug gets Misblamed for Channel Awesome's shady treatment of producers.
Jason and Jori are married, and are happier than their AI/Demo Reel counterparts.
Barney Walker is Doug and Rob's father.
Recycled Script: The Pearl Harbor skits were heavily... based on the missing Demo Reel episode of Transformers, but with the sympathy reversed. Donnie was treated as the bad guy for wanting to pander to Transformers fans, and his handsy sexuality is never questioned. Michael Bay is the well-meaning second-coming and there's plenty of Queer People Are Funny. Tacoma and Rebecca refused to go along with sexist and racist portrayals, but Tina A and Dawg are just sexist and racist parodies.
Schedule Slip: Understandably so, they took a break off early access in Vessel and anything other than Critic for two weeks because of the death of Mrs Walker. Doug said in the The Haunting real thoughts that he just felt too drained to do anything.
Serendipity Writes the Plot: According to the commentary for The Star Wars Holiday Special review, Santa Christ only exists because the copy of the special Doug got abruptly ended in the middle of Leia's song, and he needed a gag to mask that. That, and Rob wanted a bigger on-screen presence in the reviews.
In The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lava Girl, he gets terrified from a scene (the terror seems to come from the fact that it's a pretty wooden movie in general and said scene shocked him) and calls himself twenty minutes in the past to try and change his past self's mind.
Played for unnerving horror in The Shining, as he hallucinates a bar along with Dominic the Bartender, and uses him like a sounding board.
Schmuck and Critic are both played by Doug and talk a lot to each other in Matrix Month. Ends up somewhat confusing, as Schmuck turns out to be a fake and played by another actor, and considering how heavy on lampshading the episodes were, it's notably never mentioned why there had to be Acting for Two.
In Jurassic World, he plays both the JP sequels and an abuse victim who can't stop coming back.
In Fan World, when asked what's it like to play different characters, Doug talks about how when he was younger, he couldn't get friends round because they wanted to have lives, so would just do everything himself.
in her review of Back To The Future II, future Tamara (who is onscreen with present Tamara) tells her past self that she doesn't need to wear a turtleneck because little boys in the comments are shitty.
Trolling Creator: All the hyping build-up to Critic heroically saving the Avatar franchise comes to nothing in the actual review. Sokka and Katara realize they've got the wrong person, he keeps running away, Amon bends out “what's left of” his talent, Doug manages to slam him in-universe, the “only one show” speech doesn't work and it's Aang who saves the day.
Both Doug and Tamara shared a picture of Critic and Hyper Fangirl about to kiss a day before the Princess Diaries 2 review, telling people to get excited. (The fact that most people were terrified of Stalking Is Love being a thing probably helped with views.) It turns out in the episode that while Critic is a shallow manchild who just wants stereotypical manly things and money, any chance of an relationship would be in HF's deluded brain. Even the actual Almost Kiss had Critic stiff and expressionless, while she was delighted and about to cop a feel.
Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey came out, Doug in both Critic and his real reviews has been teasing a review of it. Said teasing usually revolves around some kind of fanservice, whether it's saying he'll take his clothes off, or him and Malcolm wanting Tamara to be the Ana.
In the vlog of Rising Tides Crashing Skies, Doug used this for good when he admitted that "When Does A Joke Go Too Far" was lulling his MRA fans with Political Correctness Gone Mad, and then pulling the rug out from under them with Mad Max: Fury Road.
In the real thoughts of Scooby Doo movies, Doug brings up that the first one was meant to be the Critic finale, and Rob thinks that when they did the second, they should have spread the rumor that they were quitting again.
For a while, Tamara said she was going to create a series called "Tamara's Seen" because comments kept acting like she'd never seen anything. When it came around, it was a Bait and Switch where the title is one movie she's watched (like The Phantom Menace) but she describes the plot of another movie (like Beauty and the Beast).
Downplayed by Tamara a week before "Old vs New: Evil Dead", as she made it look like Hyper Boner were having problems. Turns out they were having their first fight, but weren't even thinking of breaking up.
Troubled Production: In the Hocus Pocus behind the scenes, Doug complains that whoever doesn't want him to review the movie is trying to get their way, as he's not well, the weather sucks, and they have to spend time trying to unlock a door that shut on its own.
Downplayed for Phantom of the Opera, as while the planning took six months and the shoot was over twenty hours, the only problem was Doug booking an hour for a couple of Rob/Hyper lines. He excuses it with he's had zero sleep, so he's going to make a couple of mistakes.
In Fan World, Doug talked about a cloud hanging over making the Ghostbusters review because he and his female friends were getting so much hate for even saying positive things about the movie, to the point where he asked Tamara and Malcolm if he should scrap it. They said no and the review (which did both sides are bad, but mostly mocked the misogyny and realized how important it was to girls) had a mostly positive reception.
The famous Despair Event Horizon in Scooby-Doo was only meant to be two lines. Doug wanted more drama for the Critic's finale, so he improvised, partly from his own feelings about Critic not letting him have any sort of social life outside of work, as he confessed a few months later at Kollisioncon.
In the first showdown between the Crtitic and the Nerd, it's revealed in outtakes that the line "That's the fuckest thing I've ever heard, shit mop" was originally going to be "That's the fuckin' weirdest thing I've ever heard, shit moth", but Doug flubbed the line and decided he liked it that way.
Much of the Earthbender rant in The Last Airbender review was improvised according to the commentary.
Subverted in “The Worst Christmas Special EVER”. Rachel, Rob and Doug's dad all look surprised at Doug turning the camera on them, making people think his gushing on them/their thoughts on Christmas was improvised, but it was revealed behind the scenes that Doug had just told them to be shocked and start off not knowing what to say.
According to the Christmas With The Kranks behind the scenes, it was Rob's idea before the Harry Potter video that Doug should wear the red tie (Doug already had white shirt and blazer), and Doug liked the professional-casual combo so much that he kept it.
Type Casting: Rachel gets fanservicey stereotypes of women, and apart from the devil, Malcolm gets pathetic characters. Acknowledged by Doug in the Turbo commentary.
Doug: That seems to be the running thing. Whenever I write something for Rachel, she just acts crazy. Whenever I write something for Malcolm, he is just somebody's bitch."
Critic's Smart Ball line in Les Misérables (2012), "wouldn't that technically be Père Noël?", was only dubbed in because Doug note information comes from the 2013 charity drive after the Les Misérables bloopers were shown had noticed Kyle was annoyed by having to go the Viewers Are Morons route and wanted to piss him off more.
Seeing Doug/Critic hug Rachel, Jim and Malcolm in "The Worst Christmas Special EVER" and tell them how awesome they're doing is pretty uncomfortable knowing that this was the episode after she announced thatshe was leaving because she didn't want to be in TGWTG anymore. The undermining was made fun of in TMNT Christmas where Critic makes a sappy speech about the true meaning of Christmas while Tamara gets gored by Zombie Malcolm.
It also doesn't help that there was a take where Doug forgot Rachel's name and just called her "her", and was annoyed by her quoting A Christmas Carol.
For Turbo, Critic's flailing around in the Power Rangers costume and helmet becomes less funny and more agitating when Rob tells Doug off in the commentary for putting his life at risk: it was during a Chicago heatwave, Doug couldn't actually breathe at first in the helmet, and he demanded retakes because his tie was annoying him.
It's really hard watching Bridge to Terabithia and all the Leslie jokes (from her looks to her imagination to being too perfect) when you know that the author had written the book to cope with her son's friend (the inspiration for Leslie) dying from a lightning strike and said son worked on the movie.
This video is still a good farewell, but Doug at Alcon dismissed Too Soon complaints about him making a joke about Ebert's death, reasoning he'd made the guy's favorite tribute so he could get a free pass. That takes the shine off a little.invoked
Linkara added to the Sailor Moon drama by revealing that Doug hadn't even bothered to do research on the consent laws or lesbians/cousins, and he (Lewis) had to tell him about those on the plane home from ConBravo.
In Mad Max: Fury Road, while the MRA bashing still works and they're still the one to get the most venom, the Hardy fangirl mocking becomes more mean-spirited after this post.
The Grinch review had the whole ending being “it's okay if people don't like the thing you do”, but years later note even the commentary a few months later had Doug be nice to people who enjoyed the movie, in The Cat in the Hat real review, Doug complain-rants about how anyone can like that movie and Rob claps him, saying not to care about the hate comments they'll get. (Doug even brings the moral of the episode up.)
Word of God: In her Hyper con video, Tamara forgot to record Hyper squeeing over a Totoro plush and saying she's seen that film while Tamara hasn't, and being joyful about "dicks loving [her]". Tam specified both canon.
What Could Have Been: There were several movies, that the Critic was scheduled to review, but no videos were made for various reasons.
There was originally going to be an Old vs. New of The War of the Worlds, but it was held up due to the controversy with The Room. Eventually it was dropped, because Walker found both movies too underwhelming and overrated to compare.
Drop Zone was dropped and replaced with Ernest Scared Stupid, because the Critic decided to take the opportunity of spending the whole October of 2010 talking about horror movies.
Walker wanted to review Matilda because he hates it so much (It was #3 on "Doug's Top 10 Movies He Hates But Everyone Else Loves"), but so much backlash from his audience caused him to scrap the review. The later cameo appear of THE Mara Wilson, and her subsequent appearances in more Channel Awesome videos, have made up for the loss.
According to the premium area commentary of Batman & Robin, the episode could have had Critic restrained in a straitjacket with a mental home green screen behind him.
After the disastrous reaction to Let's Play Bart's Nightmare, the review of James and the Giant Peach was supposed to open with an argument between the Critic and Douchey McNitpick, which would basically have been a massive Take That! against those who complained. Doug was talked out of it by others, who persuaded him that in the best case it would look like he didn't understand why the video was so disliked, and in the worst-case (and probably more likely) scenario he would wind up destroying his fanbase overnight.
The Follow That Bird review was originally meant to be a straight forward Nostalgia Critic episode — until Doug watched it to get ready for the review and realized he couldn't make fun of it. He wound up writing in Chester A. Bum to take over the review after the Critic broke down, and the review itself became 5 minutes long!
One of the post-To Boldly Flee tributes was going to be the “Top 11 Worst NC Episodes”, but someone smart realized Doug apologizing for fifty minutes wouldn't be an enjoyable experience, and made him do the “Top 11 Worst NC-Reviewed Movies” instead.
The sexual harrassment Running Gag in "Dawn Of The Commercials" could have been worse, as Doug wanted Rachel to fondle him at the end of their bit and Jim said "So you're going to be on your knees touching Doug".
As stated at the end of Face/Off, the original review was going to double as a big farewell video to Rachel (with story that tied into the reviewing parts) while also introducing the new actress, but Doug deleted it by accident. So the retake ended up being more review, less skits and Rachel having to send in footage from California.
As this commentary elaborates, the plot would have had Tamara switching faces with Rachel in an attempt to get on the show. After the two women switch faces constantly, the Critic & Malcolm would then send Rachel to California mistaking her for Tamara and end up hiring Tamara to be Rachel's replacement. This version of the review would eventually be filmed and included in the 2015 The Awesoming bundle of videos on Vimeo, with Barney Walker playing the role of Rachel!
The Wicker Man (2006) review commentary reveals that Spoony was originally set to appear in The Shining video, but the review was running too long so his role was cut.
He also says here that Rachel was going to leave just after Catwoman, but her moving plans fell through. Also, if she had wanted to stay, the Straw Fan she played in "Top 11 South Park Episodes" would have come back as Critic's hyper fangirl stalker.
To the dismay of male-loving fans everywhere, the Chick/Critic The Rocky Horror Picture Show crossover with Doug singing in fetish gear will probably never happen. After Critic came back, Lindsay tweeted that it would exist in the future, but Doug shot it down at Almacon 2014 saying he wouldn't be able to cope with it. Although he raised hopes again in a 2016 con where he mused about wanting to do an old vs new of Rocky Horror Picture Show vs the Laverne Cox one.
The After Earth review was going to have the Critic be unaware that Will Smith wrote the script to the movie until he reads the credits. The Critic would then begin to feel betrayed and launch into a breakdown like Will's in "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse". Doug backed out however because he didn't feel comfortable using such a tragic scene for the basis of a joke.
As stated by Rob in The Lorax commentary, everyone offended by Hyper Fangirl should count their blessings; she was a lot nastier in the original script draft, and “Tamara saved Doug from his own vile mean spirited-ness”. Plus, she had at least two more prominent roles in following reviews.
JonTron did agree to cameo in the Foodfight review in reference to the fact that he reviewed the film already shortly before the Critic released his review. However, he got busy, though eventually did cameo for the opening of the 2014 Halloween reviews.
In the BTS of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, Doug talks about recreating the original Face/Off review for the 2015 DVD, and because they couldn't get Rachel, and Rob dropped out (because as he makes very clear, he's much less into crossdressing than Doug), Barney is acting as her instead.
In an example that Doug totally admits was hot weather getting to his brain, he and Rob apparently wanted to make a fifteen minute long sketch about a sequel to Willow, thinking it would be the funniest thing ever. Then they realized, not so much.
There were apparently three different endings shot to the Christmas Story II review, which might explain why it swerves so hard into "Critic was wrong to tell his unapologetic stalker off" territory note despite Doug saying that he was right after Critic's speech.
In The Monster Squad review, Doug was wanting to bring back other characters aside from Analyst 1, with examples being Quinn as the cool kid and the Devil as the black kid, but thought it'd be easier to have the premise be “acting like boys and not being very good at it” instead of a load of continuity.
Doug was originally going to get Hyper in for The Purge, but felt like the episode was overloaded enough and the Hyper>Critic Story Arc should have its own episode.
In the commentary for Mad Max: Fury Road, and when Critic is trying to get away from the fanboys, Doug mentions he thought about doing this in an actual cemetery instead of green-screen, but realized that would be a good way to get kicked out.
The Hocus Pocus review was originally going to be filmed outside, but Doug said that the weather was bad and he/others weren't feeling well, so they had to green-screen instead.
In a minor example for Christmas With The Kranks, Doug was thinking of accentuating his weight loss even more by getting baggier jeans for his 2007 self, but it'd be too much work switching constantly.
The review of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was going to be a crossover with Chris Stuckmann, but Chris had to cancel at the last minute due to schedule conflicts (one would likely rather spend time with loved ones during the holidays, admittedly). Doug quickly called Brad Jones to come over and do the crossover with him instead, which worked swimmingly due to Brad pulling off an impressive Han Solo!
In the Alvin And The Chipmunks real thoughts (released a week before she passed), Doug admits he was going to have his mom as one of the Aw Girls (because she's obsessed with 'cute'), but decided against it because she couldn't have joined in the big dance number.
In the real thoughts of Freddy vs Jason, Doug said he asked Michaud what would he be allowed to do, that or Van Helsing. Michaud said it was up to him and Doug chose the former, a choice he he was proud of because it hit a million in a week.
At Fan World, Malcolm and Doug talk about how Malcolm was originally going to play Patty in Ghostbusters, but Malcolm's friend KJ is genderfluid (identifies as both male and female) so both thought they would be better and not just cis guy in drag.
Word of Gay: In The Lorax commentary, because they're using wedding glasses, Doug pronounced the analysts as a couple and that Black Willy Wonka is really committed to his role.