Awkward, known also as The Awkward Compilation, is a self-proclaimed "love letter to pop culture" — a video series about the trials and tribulations of an awkward group of Asian-Canadian university students trying to find their own happy endings and getting in each others' way in the process. Geeky humour, occasional randomness, and the odd spontaneous musical number ensue. Prepare to laugh until you pee a little.Lester and Alex are housemates and friends. One day Lester walks in on Alex making time with his hand and a video of Lester on the toilet, and it becomes apparent that Alex's feelings for him are a little more than "friendly". In fact, a little more like "stalkerish and obsessive". And by "a little" I mean "exactly". This makes things rough for everyone involved when Lester meets Steph...Meanwhile their friend Kevin has a problem. See, Kevin likes this girl in his class, but he's not really sure how to let her know. After all, they've only met online. Moreover, she already has a romantic interest, and he's a bit of a douchebag. Luck is not on his side, but he's not one to quit without trying.Written, directed by, and starring Lester Calleja and Alex Chung. Also featuring a bunch of people they know, pretty much playing themselves. Takes place predominantly in and around Lester's house and York University campus.It spans six main segments and two interludes (three if you count the post-series retrospective). The Heroic Melon Collective website provides links to each installation and their YouTube channel has a convenient playlist. Go forth and binge. After all, it Needs More Love.A second season (Awkward Again) is impending. Check out the first season retrospective/second season teaser here.Not to be confused with the MTV series Awkward.This series provides examples of:
Aborted Arc: Lester recognizing Ernie's name was supposed to go somewhere, but was left unexplained when his actor bailed.
Action Girl: Steph hands Alex's ass to him in Awkward 6. Of course he's already done a Heel-Face Turn at this point, but better late than never, right?
Adorkable: Mostly Lester (especially in pre-series scenes), also Kevin, and at times even Alex.
Almost Kiss: Lester and Alex in Awkward 5. It's uncomfortable for them, unlucky bystander Kevin, the viewer...
Book Ends: The first half of Awkward 1 and the last scene of Awkward 6 include the same dialogue at the same table, with the roles and context changed.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Teacher said, uh, make variety with camera angles. Like I wanna make a high shot, y'know, low shot... cumshot..."
Break the Cutie: Alex isn't your typical "cutie", but he's thoroughly woobified after his fight with Lester at the end of Awkward 5 nonetheless. He gets better.
Butt Monkey: Alex, to the point that it's a vicious cycle and he's addicted to it. Woah.
Catapult Nightmare: Alex wakes up screaming... minus the 'waking up' part. Kevin is appropriately freaked out. Lester likewise wakes up screaming after dreaming of Alex watching him sleep while muttering creepily. Kevin is again freaked out, but this time it's mutual.
Caught with Your Pants Down: Lester walking in on Alex is what kicks off everything. Flipped with Alex walking in on Lester at the start of the Christmas installment, though it's much milder and immediately dismissed.
Cerebus Retcon: Alex reading Twilight was supposed to be a one-off joke, but it ended up becoming integral to his characterization.
Cerebus Syndrome: What starts as pure grossout humour turns very dramatic by Awkward 5.
Chekhov's Gun: My Sassy Girl can be seen next to the video camera on Alex's shelf in Awkward 2.
Dexter holds a Pokeball while doing tai chi. He later uses it to take out Jermaine.
Groin Attack: Awkward 2 has two in quick succession; first Alex on Lester as part of a staged fight — "How could I forget? It's like a cat tried to suck my dick." — then Henry takes a run at Kevin in a truly eyewatering Crowning Moment of Awesome.
Henry: I'LL SHOW YOU GLASSES FUCK MOTHERFUCKER! *KICK* YEAAAAHH!!!
Lester: I fucking hate surprises. *Beat* I'm kidding.
Kevin: It's a surprise.
Alex: Lester hates surprises.
Lester: Yeah, I do.
Kick the Dog: Alex telling Lester to give up on Steph because "everybody knows you're just going to mess it up like last time".
We only hear the story secondhand, but apparently Ernie dumps Karen, calling her "worthless". What a dick!
Lampshaded Double Entendre: In Awkward 1, "Little Bow Wow... yeah, I hate that little guy." "He's not all little, if you know what I mean." And later in Awkward 4, "I'm gonna go all Doctor Manhattan on everybody and just walk around naked with my dong hanging out and explode people — if you know what I mean."
Love Dodecahedron: Alex lusts after Lester, who wants none of it. Lester likes Steph, and maybe it's mutual. And Jermaine thinks he and Steph have something going on... but she doesn't even know who he is.
P.O.V. Sequel: Sort of. Awkward 4 has two scenes from Awkward 3 redone from the perspective of a character who was out of the room at the time, witnessing the previously shown scene on surveilance, and Awkward 5 has a scene from Awkward 2 from the perspective of a character the audience didn't even know was there.
Power Trio: Lester, Alex, and Kevin. Especially evident toward the end.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Henry and Ernie's departure from the project following Awkward 4 resulted in their characters' disappearances and the appearance of some similar character types — Henry (the therapist) is replaced with Dexter (the sage), and Ernie (the douche) with Jermaine (the mega-douche).
Throw It In: Kevin's 'permanent laxative' ramblings were intended to be a blooper, but got included to explain why the scene went nowhere after Ernie left the project and had to be written out. More generally, the entire post-credits kitchen handycam scene from Awkward 1 was entirely adlibbed, pieced together from around 10 minutes of footage, and nearly left on the cutting room floor for being too gross.
Title Drop: The last word in the series proper, courtesy of the ever observant Kevin.
Lester: When times get tough and I don't know what to do, I think to myself... what would Link do?
Write Who You Know: With the exceptions of Alex and Jermaine, almost all of the characters are to some degree based on the person playing them. Especially notable is the case of Steph, whose character was inspired by her long before she had the role.