The Lazer Collection is a series of videos by Dominic Fera (site here) which do all they can to drive the Shoop Da Whoopmeme into the ground, dig it up, drive it back into the ground, and lazer it. The format is a disjointed series of shorts, each of which inevitably end with a lazer being fired from someone or something.Currently a (shoop da) five-parter: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 5. He wanted to stop at three episodes, but when requests for a fourth part got on his nerves he made Part 4: a short, scribble-y parody with the subtext "Stop asking for more episodes". Nonetheless, he decided to continue with a Part 5, with an ominous "To Be Continued" at the end. There's a trailer for a seventh part, yet there's no sixth part, announcing that it will end/begin in summer of 2014. Also includes the short "A Lazer".
Catchphrase Interruptus: An overeager Aladdin-like guy constantly interrupts Doctor Octogonapus's Catch Phrase as he tries to come up with his first wish (after summoning Doctor Octogonapus from a magic lamp), leading to a very angry Octogonapus lazering him with extreme prejudice, instead of with glee.
Cerebus Syndrome: The first two videos are completely disjointed shorts, each of which end in a lazer. The third video is a random series of shorts, each ending with a lazer, which are tied together by Detective Randal's quest as he discovers the truth behind the random lazer deaths, and struggles with his dark past and destiny.
Partially averted: The disjointed segments are still very silly in nature.
Double Subversion: All the videos include some shorts which seem to subvert a perfect opportunity for a lazer, only for one to come from a completely different source (usually Doctor Octogonapus). The Doctor Octogonapus thing itself gets subverted in one short, where he shows up to lazer someone, only for that guy to beat him up… and then lazer him. Quadruple subversion?
Later on, another character attempts and fails while talking to Randal over the radio.
Randal also falls several stories to land on the pavement with his back. He's fine. His tentacles cushioned his fall.
Genie in a Bottle: Subverted every time. First off, it's never a real genie (the only genie in the series is the "Genie with a dirty mind"), and they're never actually there to grant 3 wishes. Their real purpose is always to fire my lazer BLAAAAAH!
Gross-Up Close-Up: There is a scene in LC3 where we get a close up of Randal's partner's face. It ain't pretty.
Never Trust a Trailer: The end of the trailer for the Lazer Collection 5 strongly insinuated that Randal would play a huge role. However… he dies within the first minute after his father accidentally vaporizes the upper half of his body.
It also showed a short that isn't in the Lazer Collection 5.
Not the Fall That Kills You: After Octogonapus drops Randal off the building, he hits the ground with a very loud bang and even cracks the ground. He gets back up four seconds later.
This may be justified by Randall's heritage, however…
The fifth Lazer Collection includes a skit where a guy commits suicide by jumping off a building. After a long, overly-excited rant from a random person witnessing it, the guy gets up and Lazers the other one in the face.
One Jim Limit: Invoked in LC4, and is replaced with the name Steve.
"Oh shit, I already used 'Jim.'"
Omniscient Council of Vagueness: From what little we've seen of it, the Council of Shoop has all the trappings of one at the very least. Dr. Octagonapus gets fired from it by Shoop after accidentally killing Randal, who was part of their plans.
Pure Energy: The Lazers. Detective Randal asks whether the energy traces on the lazered bodies are electric or solar or something. Nope — Just. Pure. Energy.
Ironically, it might be the only piece of fiction in which the words "pure energy" make any sense. The lazers are just concussive blasts of light and heat — the most basic or "pure" forms of waste energy in a given system.
The riff comes from the song "Hell Above The Water" by Curve, and can be listened to here.
Rule of Three: Almost played straight in the second collection, with Dr. Octogonapus appearing to blast people three skits in a row, only for the third to end with him being punched out and lazered.
Played with in part 5, with a boy opening his father's briefcase and getting lazered, his sister opening the same briefcase and getting lazered, and then his mother opening the briefcase and…not being lazered. Instead, she finds love letters to another woman and running out on her husband…who then gets lazered by the briefcase.
And the giant robot who's head opens up to reveal Doctor Octagonapus, who fires his lazer. In the third one, the giant robot accidentally kills someone, leading to Octagonapus running like hell.
Subverted Trope: As mentioned above, the first part of part 2 subverts the entire point of the series by not firin' a lazer. And the 5th brings back some more partial Cerebus Syndrome, as sort of a double subversion.
Part 5 has 2 consecutive skits without a lazer.
Also, in every video except the first, if the original Shoop Da Whoop picture shows up, you can be assured that there will be no lazers.
Shoop Da Whoop: "IMMA FIRIN MAH—*Colin Mochrie appears in his mouth with dramatic music*
Shoop Da Whoop: "IMMA FIRIN a mediocre employee."
Shoop Da Whoop: "IMMA FIRINyou! Doctor Octagonapus!"
Take That, Us: The "The Reason You Suck" Speech is aimed just as much at himself, since the fifth and sixth episodes were made at his own request. We may be mindlessly gobbling it up and asking for more, but he's guilty of agreeing to and perpetuating it.
There's also a Part Five. The joke is that, now, anyone who tells him to make a new one is torn to shreds by people yelling, "DO YOU WANTANOTHER PART 4?!" with the subcontext of, "letting him make one when he FEELS like it."