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The series will be to the Internet what Entourage was to film.Granted, I haven't actually seen Entourage, but that show does have to do with the film industry itself, right?
Potential Future collaborations for Donnie and his crew.
The show will be almost certainly grounded in reality.
They will do The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie
They will remake Be Kind Rewind.Which would then have them remake REMADE video tapes of movies, thereby leading to an Inception parody.
The letter that DuPre got at the end of the 1st episode will be relevant:
Future parodiesFeel free to add more, fellow tropers.
Donnie will meet Tommy WiseauThe version played by Doug, of course, though meeting the real Tommy Wiseau would certainly be interesting as well.
Quinn is actually on Last Name Basis with everyone.
Donnie has a fear of Mario.
Donnie probably idolizes James Rolfe
The Nostalgia Critic and Donnie DuPre would not get along.
The Head of SWAG is played by...
Rebecca has a Dark Secret she's not telling the others about.Just look at her sad silence when Tacoma reassures her that she's not hurting anyone.
Rebecca and Tacoma will one day portray Nostalgia Chick and Todd in the Shadows.Try looking at these two pairs side by side and tell me they don't look identical.
Tacoma and Rebecca will eventually be used against DonnieWe don't know what happened in the studio after she screamed, and why else would we have three moments in three episodes where he expresses how much he cares about them?
Donnie's (surprisingly tragic) backstory:Warning, the following theory is quite distressing (and quite long).
Seriously, read at your own risk.
Donnie's favourite movie is going to be relevant:
Carl is going to pull a Big Damn Heroes Moment.
Rebecca and Tacoma are going to become an Official Couple.They'd be adorable together, Donnie can't really do much with Tacoma considering he's still trying to make his marriage work, she's protected him, he's protected her (or at least tried) and calling him a "tasty black man" is a little suspect even in context.
Episode 4 will start off with a SWAG movie.It'll be weird if we don't get an Action Prologue after the first three, it'll be a good way to get to know the bad guys a bit more, and Donnie's pretty incapacitated at the moment.
Rebecca is Obfuscating Stupidity.Don't get me wrong, she's still a Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but as shown in the fourth episode, she knows her shit about what the acting industry is like and actually acts decently intelligent in some of her scenes with Tacoma. Perhaps she's acting dumb so she'll be more likely to get roles?
Elissa Hoffman is a replacement for real life actress Elizabeth HartmanOn Facebook, Malcolm was talking to Rachel about needing to watch A Patch Of Blue for the fourth episode. Donnie's favorite film is Blue Badges or Blue Patches, and that's the only film that could fit. The actress who plays the lead Selina, is Elizabeth Hartman (who sounds like Elissa Hoffman), who was plagued with depression, threw herself out of a window in 1987 and reports say she was killed by Hollywood. Something else worth noting is that Hartman's last role was Mrs. Brisby in The Secret of NIMH, one of Doug's favorite films.
Mrs. DuPre is (a version of) Mara WilsonIn episode 3, Mara Wilson cameoed as Donnie's wife during the phone call. Knowing what we know about Donnie after episode 5, I believe that Mrs. DuPre IS Mara and not just a randomly named character (eg Heidi ThurmanDuPre). Of course, this Mara is a different version of the one already established in the Awesomeverse. Mara and Donnie have something major in common: They were world-famous child stars. While filming their own movies (Matilda, Jingle Sells), their mothers die. They soldier on but their coping is on opposite paths. Donnie and Mara are cast in the same movie at some point after the Phantom Menace equivalent is released, fall in love, marry, and have kids. However, Donnie still hasn't gotten over the scars of child stardom and his mother's death. Mara and Donnie drift apart and Mara leaves him as Donnie starts up Demo Reel. Because Mara has no interest in returning to acting regularly, Demo Reel cant be used to rekindle the marriage.
Donnie is a Time LordDon't pretend you didn't see this coming. Why would he look like he just got back from the Amazon if the house he escaped from was in the US? How long were Tacoma, Rebecca, and Quinn out for? I doubt that he could got to Africa and back in that time. Also, he picked up Carl in his TARDIS and that's why he's back at the studio at the end of Blue Patches. And that also explains how he was able to talk to Chester about the Christmas collaboration when he was kidnapped.
Donnie's family blames him for his mother's deathHis dad had to come back from deserting his wife to look after him, and did nothing to stop his child getting abused by complete strangers on the street. Other family members very likely did nothing to help either, so when his fiancee comes along with an unfair pre-nup agreement, they leaped at the chance to exclude him. It would be a darker version of Tacoma's backstory, and you might as well add to the already-Dark and Troubled Past.
Donnie had an affair, ruining his marriageIt's fairly obvious to everyone that he flirts a lot, and judging by pre-nup talk, their relationship was always rocky. So he needed some affection, got drunk and slept with someone (his reaction after seeing Egoraptor on the other bed instead of Uncle Yo suggests this has happened before), ruining her faith in him. She gives him money so he can do whatever he wants - innuendo slightly intended - without bothering her, and has no patience for "I love you"s.
If Demo Reel ends, it's not because of the fanbase, but because of writer's blockDoug (the actual Doug) seemed to be struggling with what to write next, so that could probably mean some sort of symbolic connection to why he might stop doing Demo Reel.
Neither Doug Walker nor Donnie was hallucinating in The Review Must Go OnWhen Doug talked to the Critic, he really was talking to him. The Nostalgia Critic had gotten tired of guarding the Plot Hole, and used its powers to send messages to both Donnie and to Doug in the real world, trying to force his creator to write him out of the Hole and give him his show back. He wanted Demo Reel out of the way, to make sure that his show became Doug's number one priority. (Note that the ways he contacts them is similar to the way Ma-Ti contacted the Critic in To Boldly Flee, with the repeated messages, the voices in their heads, and the general feeling of having something they had to do
Donnie will pop up in the Life of Timothy Green Review.We already know that the Nostalgia Critic wants to kill Demo Reel...but I don't think Donnie is so eager to die just yet...I think that in the end, Doug Walker will make room for Demo Reel once a month, or just "when its done." This could lead to a running gag where Donnie tries to derail NC to make more room for DR.
Something went too wrong in the Plot HoleJust last month, Critic was helping Harvey Finevoice getting over his anger towards Linkara, and now he's willing to have Doug go through a breakdown to get himself back in the limelight. An Atop the Fourth Wall villain poisoned his mind, and made him forget that he hated his job for years.
The Critic (being basically a god now) will offer Donnie a Happy Ending...Donnie will refuse.Okay, this theory actually has some practical reasoning behind it: Doug is in an awkward position. He already broke his base once, and trying to pull the Author's Saving Throw of the century. And the forums are making it quite clear that there are still plenty of people out there who want more Demo Reel, so Doug can't risk alienating those people, thus he MUST continue Demo Reel in some form. But, how to do this if Donnie was just the Critic the whole time? Simple: Donnie manifests himself through his will to continue existing, and the critic, trying to get him out of the way, offers him an independent existence as a major film director...but Donnie realizes that it would all be meaningless to just have it all handed to him. So, instead, the Critic "sets him free." He becomes an independent entity, free to continue Demo Reel, no longer as a mere extension of the Critic, no longer bound by unrealistic expectations to try to be something he's not. And, from there, DR continues as a once-every-few-months thing.
Demo Reel was always planned to be a short aside.Writer! Doug was established as another level of fiction in To Boldly Flee with the story bleeding into his world, and the other producers shown also play exaggerated versions of themselves. Therefore what his creative struggles and motives are don't necessarily have any connection to the real Doug Walker. Further backing that up is that frankly, it was over. The characters had resolved all their interpersonal issues and come to terms with their lives; it would have been a completely different kind of story. The bitterness and infighting were what drove the drama and humor, with everyone a big happy group there was nothing to do but watch a group of friends make the genuinely best movies they can, which would get old really fast.
Demo Reel may return with Douchie in purgatory as Donnie.If Doug even needs another Nostalgia Critic hiatus we might get a second season of Demo Reel, but this time The Reveal would be that Donnie is actually Douchie McNitpick learning a lesson about being a filmmaker. Would probably only happen if Doug's fandom, represented by Douchie, grows up, or if Doug wants to try to teach them a lesson about what filmmakers have to go through.
The Review Must Go On isn't a triumphant return at allI thought it was odd that Doug chose to use "The Review Must Go On" instead of Sad Panda's "Hello I'm the Nostalgia Critic" song or something more upbeat and happy. "The Review Must Go On" was used at the end of the Critic's Moulin Rouge! review. It was funny and epic but ultimately a pretty sad song, about how the Critic is tired and exhausted of his reviews, one of many foreshadowing moments leading up to the end of the Nostalgia Critic in To Boldly Flee a few months later. It was used in reference to the use of the song "The Show Must Go On" in Moulin Rouge!, where Satine resolves to put on a charade, all the while knowing that she's dying. The original song, by Queen, despite sounding epic and uplifting, is actually about Freddie Mercury's struggle to keep performing despite dying of AIDS. The line "my make-up may be flaking / but my smile still stays on" is a reference to Mercury's use of makeup to conceal from the public the fact that he was seriously ill. He almost wasn't able to record the song because he was so debilitated. If that's not a thinly-veiled hint that perhaps Doug isn't happy about canceling Demo Reel, a show he said he'd been wanting to do since 2008, and going back to the Nostalgia Critic, a character he said he was over and done with, and is perhaps putting on a brave face for fans while he's hurting on the inside … it sure seems that way.
All the characters in Demo Reel were real - though Dead To Begin With.They were actually the souls of dead people who had many misfortunes and made a lot of wrong choices in their lives. For them, the purgatory was their chance to redeem themselves by dealing with their suffering and making the choices they should have made in life. In reality, Tacoma never did reveal his father’s criminal connections or win the Pulitzer Prize. Instead, he become a member of his father’s gang and eventually died in prison, of a drug overdose, or of fatal injuries in a violent conflict with a rival gang or the police. In purgatory, he finally made the right choice and fulfilled his dreams of becoming a good screenwriter. Rebecca’s Rape as Backstory, failure at finding any long-time jobs, and constant accusations of being stupid originally had a much more severe effect on her self-confidence and mental health. She sank into a deep and long depression that eventually made her take her own life. In this world, she got a much more positive outlook on life, realizing that it is possible-no matter how difficult it may be- to enjoy the good things life has to offer, even if you encounter huge setbacks. Quinn was a member of the IRA who, after some tragic incident, left the organization and didn’t want to ever be associated with it again. He started drinking to deal with the pain, slipping into alcoholism, which eventually led to his death. He is ashamed of his past and wants to forget that he was ever a part of such an organization. It’s pretty much canon that Carl was a member of the East-German Secret Police, and that he has killed and tortured several people and animals in the line of duty, giving him a lot of things he would have to redeem himself for. He has also been shown to regret at least some of these actions, making this even more likely. It’s even possible that he briefly realized that he was in a purgatory when he thought he was going to die in “Wreck It Ralph VS Angry Birds”…
I will go down with my shipmates, a lifetime of killing all creatures, great and small finally atoned for.The SWAG-members who left the organization in disgust originally stayed on until the bitter end, probably ending up in jail. Here, they made the right choice and jumped ship before it was too late. Fabrizio’s stay in purgatory made him a lot friendlier, though he will still remain there until he gets off this whole mobster-thing. When Donnie’s friends disappeared without a trace one by one, they were actually released from the purgatory and allowed to pass on, letting their souls finally be at peace. But they all decided to return for one final goodbye before they actually ascended, to give Donnie some closure. They now knew their true nature, which made them appreciate the times they had together even more. They were also happy for Donnie, who wasn't actually dead and therefore could return to the world of the living. Finally becoming the popular entertainer he always wanted to be.
Tax SeasonDemo Reel was operational for roughly six months, half a fiscal year. Demo Reel was cancelled right around tax season, likely after Christmas when Chanel Awesome was looking over its financials and filing their taxes, looking at the profits from Demo Reel and the cost of new actors, a studio, new equipment, etc. and comparing it to previous years and the money generated from Nostalgia Critic episodes. Considering Doug was posting with excitement about Demo Reel cameos from Lewis and Lindsay for the future and upcoming episodes merely two weeks before the cancellation, it seems likely that this was a decision made very quickly and for business reasons, not solely for creative reasons.
The real Nostalgia Critic didn't browbeat The Writer into cancelling Demo Reel.The Nostalgia Critic that appeared was the personification of The Writer's desire to bring him back. That was no more The Nostalgia Critic than Head!Six was Six in Battlestar Galactica.
Tocama and Rebecca symbolize struggling independent writers and actors in general, thus giving Critic a better insight to what they go through while he criticized them
Critic found out about Doug wanting to do Demo Reel since 2008 and went crazyThinking you had Daddy's attention for years, but realizing that he was planning another big character all that time? One who is a complete Take That to how you acted, even? Then it makes somewhat more sense why Demo Reel is the only new show he forced Doug to give up, why he acted so psychotically, why he had a Self-Serving Memory that made him forget that he loathed his job, and why he accused Donnie of being a Replacement Goldfish when Chester's recent cynicism and Ask That Guy's new patheticness make them more suitable targets.
The Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Live Review directly precedes Demo Reel
The sketches in the new Critic episodes are sub-contracted to the Demo Reel characters.
If the show had gone onto more seasons, Rebecca would have gone down the director road.Her actress issues were pretty deep-rooted, and sexism in Hollywood isn't exactly going to go away any time soon. She had great fun telling what Tacoma what the Blue Patches sequel should be like, and while she gave a great performance too, the film was destroyed and nobody else will see it. Plus, excuse for more her/Donnie interaction, which was always nice.