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A Web sit-com that updates approximately once a month starring the cast and crew of LoadingReadyRun as exaggerated versions of themselves in their everyday lives doing odd odd geeky things in geeky ways.Season 1 had a plot about an artist scorned and a myriad of sub plots. Episodes ranged from 13 to almost 20 minutes long. They also got on the Jay Leno show.Season 2 and Season 3 have shorter episodes and no overarching plot but the characterizations are still the same and they maintain continuity.Recently got its own Spin-Off, Friday Nights, based around the group's love of Magic: The Gathering and is sponsored by Wizards of the Coast.
This Web Original contains examples of:
Actually Pretty Funny: Geoff says this almost verbatim after being kicked in the balls by Paul's ball-kicking robot.
Adorkable: Kathleen finds Graham's roleplaying past "adorable" and later gets into it herself. Most of the crew count to some degree or another.
Adult Fear: Kathleen's suggestion for Halloween decorations is the entire summary of the UN Summit on climate change.
Book Ends: The first episode of Friday Nights starts off almost instantly with Paul asking how to play Magic: the Gathering, with Jer running into the room out of nowhere to help out, much to Graham's confusion. The season finale ends similarly, only difference being that Paul asks how to draft.
Comedic Sociopathy: The huge creepy doll Tally made for Graham as James' Secret Santa present, as Graham is terrified by it.
Convenience Store Gift Shopping: A very specific kind in Santa Secrets, where everybody except James and Morgan buys everybody else a Magic: The Gathering booster pack. Hilariously, Morgan's gift, the only one which was bought from a convenience store, was the only gift which was appreciated by its recipient (James).
Curb-Stomp Battle: When the crew gets back into Magic, we get a montage of Jer, Graham, Matt, and James trying to play against Alex.
Alex: Swing for 37...
Alex: And I mill your whole deck...
Alex: Six makes ten poison counters...
Alex: Now you can't cast spells, ever.
Cute Kitten: Subverted. Kathleen's plan to make money of her cats didn't work out. They are still cute.
Credits Gag: Occasionally, such as with "Sir James von Landlord" in "The Arms Race", and Kathleen as "Anchor-Wrangling Technician" in "Sickness", both referencing events from the episode.
Alex: Hey James, you wanna play Bros Twisting Bros?
James: (backs away) Is this another trick question?
Least Common Skintone: The smear campaign in Season One claims that the Runners are racist because they're all white. Which is true, but that's because they a)live in Canada, and b)live in a very white city, and c)are based in and mostly met in what Graham describes as "the whitest neighbourhood".
Lower Deck Episode: "The Bee Team" mainly stars Tally, Kate, and Cameron (the latter having not even appeared in the series yet and the former two only appearing occasionally as minor roles) while the rest of the crew is away. The only main crew members to actually appear are Graham, James, and Matt, and Matt doesn't even have any lines.
Mistaken for Gay: Graham, apparently: in "Street", he explains that Matt won't give him a lift anywhere in his car, because when he does, people mistake them for a gay couple. He uses the same rationale for why he won't take Morgan to the hospital anymore.
Nerds Are Sexy: Pretty much played straight. Almost all are in stable relationships. It helps that their partners are often just as nerdy as they are.
Offscreen Teleportation: Played for Laughs when Paul crosses the room, presents a slideshow in a labcoat and goggles, then reappears next to Kathleen in his normal clothing with no transition or explanation.
Reappears in "Pony Time" and similar videos where Paul's manic energy allows him to shatter physical laws.
Tim really had to leave the group, though it was to get married, not due to realizing how terrible they were.
During a LRRcast, Graham revealed that the episode probably most based on real life was "The Gay Chicken". Virtually everything in that episode really happened at some point, with the exception of Tally being led to believe that "gay chicken" was Bill's D&D character. Including how Bill eventually won.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Paul and Graham respectively; Graham, while not completely sane, is much more down-to-earth than Paul, who is very separated from reality.
Other pairs that form during the course of the first season: Kathleen and Jer, Morgan and Bill, Matt and James. Only the last one transitions into future seasons, as Morgan and Bill stop appearing and Kathleen and Jer don't interact nearly as much.
Scooby Stack: At the beginning of "The Gay Chicken", Kathleen, Alex and Kathleen's cat do it to prove that there is no room in Graham's house for another guest.
Later, in "The Bee Team", this is done by Tally, Kate, Cameron, and Dale to check on the moonbase to see if the bees are dead.
Serial Escalation: Alex's sleight of hand in "It's Magic" starts out realistic (using real card tricks), then gets increasingly ridiculous until he is somehow able to replace his entire MtG deck with a red one.
Graham: I need you to be straight with me. Is magic real, and are you a wizard.
Graham: Well, you still cheated at Magic. The game.
Alex:(reading a book; all cards have vanished from the table) Did I?
James pulls some similar maneuvers in his conversation with Jer about the spending limit, opening a large pile of boosters and sending a text message to Matt, each in the space of a few seconds while the camera is pointed at Jer.
Seven Minute Lull: During the gang's fight in the episode Street where we get this interesting line from
Matt: "And just because Rodamus Prime got the matrix of leadership doesn't make him the best leader they've ever had!"
Stylistic Suck: Graham Stark himself mentions on the DVD commentary that the LoadingReadyRun of the commodoreHUSTLE universe seems to be mostly comprised of fart, poop and ball kick jokes with added pelvic thrusts. Probably also doubles as self-deprecation.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Type 2, this is the nature of 95% of James and Matt's interactions with each other to the point where James threatens to kill Matt for visiting his home and Matt haunting James's nightmares.