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Mister, please, just let me go! I promise won't say anything! I'll do anything, just let me go! Mr. Plinkett: Quiet! I'm making my YouTube Star Wars review!
is a film production company with a channel
and a webzone
that produces a number of films and shorts. It is made up of a small creative team and has made submissions for various film festivals. The group's real
claim to fame are the Mr. Plinkett Reviews
. Created by Mike Stoklasa, who plays Plinkett, the reviews tackle primarily sci-fi films.
In these reviews, Harry S.
Plinkett is an elderly man (he claims in one review to be 119 years old) with Deadpan Snarker
and Serial Killer
tendencies who's been in various marriages where his wives have died under suspicious circumstances (and he routinely kidnaps other women as well).
To date, Plinkett has reviewed:
Plinkett also released a RiffTrax
-style audio commentary
for The Phantom Menace
(for anyone who was willing to watch it again, anyway).
Though Stoklasa has refused to do formal Plinkett Reviews for the original trilogy of Star Wars
films, he did
release an audio commentary
, slightly more serious and analytical than his ersatz-RiffTrax of The Phantom Menace
, for the original Star Wars film
Stoklasa also released a Plinkett-style commentary for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
, where Plinkett presents the film as a noble failure, a well intentioned concept that was ruined though an amazing combination of Shatner's ego (while most reviewers tend to put all the blame on Shatner, Plinkett contends that while it was a major factor, it was far from the only, or even prevailing, one), Executive Meddling
(who demanded unnecessary humor be injected into the script), a WGA strike that prevented a necessary rewrite just before shooting began, a Teamsters strike that held up trucks and forced many exterior shots to be scrapped, ILM pulling out of doing new SFX (they had other things
to do) resulting in sub-par SFX, and a reduced budget.RedLetterMedia has spawned numerous spinoff shows:
- Half in the Bag, a traditional review series featuring Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman discussing new releases. The show is more in the style of Siskel & Ebert, and while the two are supposed to be repairing Plinkett's VCR, they usually spend the whole time drinking beers and reviewing movies. The Plinkett character also appears, played by Rich Evans.
- Best of the Worst. in which various members of the RedLetterMedia studio host a roundtable discussion of three B-Movies.
- Wheel of the Worst: Fan-contributed VHS movies are nailed to a "Wheel of the Worst" and spun. The needle determines which three movies will be suffered—er, viewed by Mike, Jay, Rich and the rest of the crew, and discussed afterward. The "Best" of the videocassettes is spared, while the worst one is destroyed in a violent manner. The execution method is different in each episode. (The wheel itself was thrown in a dumpster in one episode, and returned by the Milwaukee Sanitation Department, to Mike and Rich's dismay, with even more tapes attached to it.)
- Previously Recorded: A video game retrospective and review show with Jack Packard and Rich Evans. In addition, they host Wednesday-night livestreams of various games on Twitch; Jack does a solo stream on Sunday nights, as well.
...now this is where it gets complex, my lovelies...
Their Analysis of the Star Wars Prequels
Criticism of the Star Wars
prequels can normally be written off as easy (as well as being a bit behind the times), but the Phantom Menace
review was widely spread around the internet and was even tweeted about by celebrities such as Damon Lindelof and Simon Pegg. Plinkett's reviews, while often containing borderline dark and tasteless humor, offer many insightful explanations
as to why the prequels pale in comparison to Lucas' original trilogy — and these explanations don't involve Jar-Jar (he's barely mentioned throughout all three reviews).note
Some key critiques of the prequels include:
- How much exposition is given through dialog and talking heads when compared to simple visuals from the original works. (Note how long the discussion of events of extravagant battles that are never shown to the viewer in the establishing shots of Revenge of the Sith are.) Also the fact that despite this, core concepts like who the Trade Federation is and what the original dispute is about are never explained and so nothing really makes sense. He also strongly criticizes the use of supplemental tie in material to explain these story gaps.
- The lack of anything resembling an empathetic everyman character for the audience to relate to (including the complete lack of a central protagonist in Phantom Menace—even ruling out Anakin due to him appearing late in the film and having no real control over what is going on around him). In the Phantom Menace review, Mr. Plinkett gave four separate people the task of describing four characters (Han Solo, C-3PO, Queen Amidala, and Qui-Gon Jinn) without mentioning their appearances or actions — while they each were able to expound greatly on the first two, they all fumbled for words for the prequel characters.note
- The extravagance and over-reliance on special effects and blue-screen filming to create a fantastic world in lieu of actual story. (At one point, Plinkett calls back to a much younger George Lucas, who once said special effects were a means to an end.) Compare with Titanic, a film written by a man as limited in developing his characters as George Lucas, which is arguably the last 'Golden Age' movie made with practical effects and real sets, reserving its CG visuals for special circumstances.note
- The "dissolution of tension" in nearly every scene that should be exciting, mainly because viewers either don't care about or don't understand what's at stake in the scene (e.g. the fight scene with Darth Maul), don't understand what's happening (due to poor storytelling and/or cluttered visuals), or can't project ourselves into the outlandish events that happen (e.g. the overly long light saber duel over an erupting volcano in Revenge Of The Sith).
- Reusing imagery and concepts from the original trilogy without understanding why such scenes worked on their own in the first place. (In the Attack of the Clones review, Plinkett compares Leia's desperation at losing Han Solo to Boba Fett at the end of The Empire Strikes Back — and the audience's emotional investment in those events — to Amidala's weak retort at failing to capture Count Dooku.)
While there are a few overly-nerdy jabs at continuity and nitpicking at illogical story elements, much of the commentary is given from a filmmaker's point of view, which made the reviews enlightening for numerous viewers. A number of Star Wars
fans disliked the approach — and one fan even wrote a 117-page rebuttal of the Phantom Menace
review (which Plinkett scoffed at
). The style of the Star Wars
reviews (and the reviews which followed those) are similar in style to his earlier Star Trek
movie reviews (though those reviews nitpicked even more, mostly about details and inconsistencies between the movies and the show).
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Mr. Plinkett's Reviews give examples of:
- Abusive Parents: In the commentary for the History of Plinkett Documentary, Plinkett reveals that his father used to hit him. At least according to Plinkett.
- AcCENT Upon the Wrong SylLABle: It's very common for Mr. Plinkett to mispronounce certain words, such as "prota-gonist" and "anal-sis."
- Accidental Innuendo: Conversed In-Universe. He points out in his Titanic review that a lot of the dialogue sounds sexual out of context.
- Accidental Misnaming:
- He jokingly calls Jango Fett "Boba" in the Episode II review. Some viewers took the joke at face value and thought that he seriously couldn't see the difference.
- Also Ewan McDonald instead of McGregor, and William Shakesman/Shatner/Shakespeare.
- Senator Paul McCartney's hearings on Soviet spies were a milestone in U.S. history.note
- Rose McGowan plays Kate Winslet.
- Affably Evil: Plinkett gives off an air of this at first glance, what with his insightful criticisms and snarky quips... that is until his insanity and horrible actions start to slip through...
- Aborted Arc: Plinkett being apprehended by the police. It happens at the end of his Phantom Menace review, it's mentioned that he's "in the clink" in the Attack of the Clones preview, and then it's never mentioned again.
"Stay back, coppers, I'm packin' heat!"
- The preview of his Episode II review seems to suggest that the ghost of Johnny Cash magically & inexplicably broke him out of jail.
- It's also weird how Mr. Plinkett gets feedback from other people about describing characters from the old and new prequels instead of them fleeing in horror or being kidnapped.
- Alternate DVD Commentary: Mr. Plinkett and the Half in the Bag characters had made audio commentaries, which can be seen on the site's Bandcamp.
- An Aesop: Plinkett dispenses several of these over the course of reviewing the prequel trilogy, but at the end of the Revenge of the Sith review, and as the very last line of the review proper, he distills everything he's said into a single sentence:
Plinkett: And in the end, all the computers in the world can't generate the most basic thing that a movie needs: an emotional connection with the audience.
- The Alcoholic: You'd need a drink, too, if you had to review these movies.
"Maybe It's time for another vodka gimlet... [trips over furniture] GW'OOH FCK!"
- All Is Well That Ends Well: Following his duel with Nadine, subsequent hospital stay, and near-assassination, Plinkett cheerfully returns home to...microwave his cat.
- All There in the Manual: Plinkett abhors this trope, or at least despises the fact that fans so often invoke it to explain away the all but incomprehensible plot and setting of the Star Wars prequels:
- Alternate DVD Commentary: Mr. Plinkett's Phantom Commentary.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe: Plinkett claims that Cop Dog was originally meant to be a dark psychological thriller directed by Todd Solondz.
- Like Chuck Sonnenberg, he's taken aback when he learns that Captain Janeway hasn't been imprisoned by now.
- Qui-Gon Jinn is a drunkard, and wanted to sleep with Shmi Skywalker.
- Anakin's a megalomaniacal psycho from the very start, and getting burned and put in a robot suit is just a formality.
- Any given part of Palpatine's plan could have been easily foiled if the Jedi weren't a bunch of disorganized hippies.
- Jar-Jar Binks was inspired by Tara Reid on a bender.
- Padawans are raised in a creepy, cult-like environment where they lose all their free will.
- The Old Republic is composed entirely of asexuals. The only person in the universe getting any action is Jimmy Smits! (Not counting Palpatine, who gets aroused by hatred, and Shmi who was making out with the Force)
- The maid in Baby's Day Out is the baby's real mother, and Mrs. Cotwell is into servant sex.
- The kid in Cop Dog is a jibbering lunatic.
- They don't call him "Kid Fisto" 'cause he's into chicks, if you know what I mean.
- Really, he sees a closeted gay subtext in nearly everyone. Anakin and Obi-Wan, Indiana Jones and Mac, Chekhov and Sulu, Scotty and Keesner, himself and George Lucas....
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Invoked in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review where Plinkett states that the scene where Mutt uses a snake as a rope to get Indy out of quicksand couldn't happen since the snake would get ripped in half.
Mr. Plinkett: I don't know, it just doesn't seem realistic to me. Now go ahead and post comments about how people have used snakes as ropes for years in the Amazon or whatever, you fuckin assho-
- Ambiguously Gay: Mr Plinkett himself. Apparently, he made out with George Lucas and he compliments William Shatner's "merkin"note in the Star Trek the... Star Trek review.
- We should also remember that he's a deranged, psychotic, senile old man who's frequently drunk, so make what you will of his occasional hilarious offhand comments.
- Anything But That!: ...Except for the bagpipes.
- Angrish: several minor occasions scattered throughout the series, usually with The Scary Voice, but the best example would have to be when confronted with the asspull of Yoda telling Obiwan how to talk to Force Specters.
And then Yoda tells Obiwan that he should talk to Qui-Gon's ghost! (Laugh Track
plays) WHAT THE FUCK?! No-one-evermentionedanyoneeverdevertime 'bout talkin' to ghosts!!!!!!"
- Anything That Moves: Hookers, claims he raped the Millennium Falcon...and his cat.
- He also fucks sharks for breakfast.
- Arc Words: The entire quote by George Lucas, constantly repeated in the reviews of all three prequels: "And again, it's like poetry, it's sort of, they rhyme. Every stanza kind of rhymes with the last one. Hopefully it'll work."
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking:
Mr. Plinkett: I don't think I've ever seen a movie like this, with mind rape, child slave labor, guy getting impaled on a spike and then pulling it through his own guts, horrific scenes of death, close-ups of Marina Sirtis...
- He even does a positive example of this, listing two really important good things cultures with technology has before listing something far less important.
Mr. Plinkett: Plus they (savage cultures without technology) don't got things like antibiotics, indoor plumbing, or Taco Bell.
- Elsa Schneider's List of Transgressions include "Nazi, Whore, Liar, Woman."
- He complains about the recent trend of Star Trek movies all being revenge films. "I'm filled with so much hate I don't know what to do with it! Usually I turn it into murder. Or complaining at the Post Office about the price of stamps."
- As Himself: "Man In A Black Cloak"
- Author Appeal: Mr. Plinkett isn't the only foul-mouthed sociopathic elderly person Stoklasa's created, ie. Recipe for Disaster.
- Mike is a fan of the famous jazz artist (and Plinkett's contemporary) Frank Sinatra, to the point that virtually every review has featured Rat Pack-era music. Often, the lyrics double as jabs at George Lucas, as well.
- Ax-Crazy: He's killed several of his ex-girlfriends and wives, several Koreans, and now needs to go because his cat isn't going to milk itself.
- Bait and Switch: In the Episode 3 review, he talks about the "funniest scene in movie history". He goes through the part when Vader arises in detail, and shows the moment as... Yoda telling Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost.
- Bait-and-Switch Comment: "Fuckin' Ray Charles could have seen that coming...and he doesn't even know anything about Star Wars!
- Another good one from the same review, where he rants about how reviews have called the movie better because it's Darker and Edgier
IS DARK! And doctor says that's bad! ...I don't know why he thinks he knows so much about interior decorating though (Rim Shot
and a picture of a leather stool)
- Avatar ushered in a new age of 3-D film-making.note
- Chalks up the misfire of Star Trek V to an issue of ego. "James Doohan's ego was out of contr—!!...wait."
- Better by a Different Name: In a variation, he says the latest Star Trek actually is better if you think of it as a Star Wars movie instead of a Star Trek movie. He also says that it's a better SW film than the prequels.
- Big Bad: George Lucas fills this role in the Plinkett Reviews continuity if you count Revenge of Nadine as part of it.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At the end of the Phantom Menace review, he says that the part where a floating pizza roll told him to go murder his wife was really strange. Plinkett himself states he doesn't understand how it fit into The Phantom Menace either. (But he thought it made a good point.)
- Continued in the conclusion of his Titanic review, Plinkett ends up rambling about how James Cameron was very inaccurate. He goes on to mention how he actually crashed the ship because another talking pizza roll talked him into it, the ship was unmanned as Plinkett's mother was having sex with the captain at the time, aliens caused the ship to snap in two, his father died hiding in a suitcase, and the whole thing was covered up out of embarrassment.
- Big "Shut Up!": "Fred Thompson, shut yer trap! SHUT UP! Let her go look for her baby, she'd probably've found it by now. You haven't gotten shit done!"
- Gives one to Rick McCallum during a later use of the "its so dense" line. "SHUTYOURFUCKINGFACE!"
- He berates George Lucas' "It's like poetry" line once or twice, but eventually gives up and mutters, "Okay, yeah, we get it. Thank you."
- Big "WHAT?!": His discovery of the Revenge of the Sith dvd inside his Baby's Day Out case.
Picard: No, there's a chance we could hit the dish, it's charged with antiprotons. We could destroy half the ship!
(cut to Picard unloading a phaser at the dish)
- Palpatine, after Plinkett preempts his demands for more reviews by linking him to a gay porn video.
Palpatine: I was not going to ask for a review of THAT!
- And Palpatine again after answering his cell phone:
"Hello? The Phantom Menace in 3-D? WHAAAAAT?"
- Big Word Shout: Picard's magically teleporting photo album. You know what that spells: LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZYYYYYYYYYYYYY
- Bizarro Episode: ''Recipe for Disaster!'', the replacement video for Baby's Day Out because FOX wouldn't let him upload the review to YouTube.
- Black Comedy Rape: Each of the Star Wars reviews have lines about "the Force" being used on women. Another running gag is a reference to the pinball table scene from The Accused.
"Haha. Rape jokes. I love 'em!"
(on Picard disobeying orders) "In fact, Picard's orders get violated more often than Councilor Troi."
"Remember in Nemesis
when Riker fought that alien for mind-raping his wife? I don't know why he did that, you'd think he'd want to give the guy a fifty dollar bill!"
- Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word: He originally tried to extort money from his viewers by claiming it was for his grandkids' ear medicine.
- Bland-Name Product: Parodied in the Episode III Review Epilogue when Nadine meets Emperor Palpatine.
Nadine: What do you want, man-in-a-black-cloak-who-is-not-a-trademarked-character-of-Lucas-Limited?
Palpatine: I see you know my name.
- Book Dumb: "I ain't never read one a 'dem Star Wars books, or any books in general for that matter!"
- "The only things I've ever read is the directions to my fleshlight."
- "I mean, even when Cop and a Half half-assed it, it was still three-quarters cop! ..Wait, gotta check my math on that. [cue montage of charts and calculations] —Yeah I'm right."
- Brain Bleach: Mr. Plinkett advocates drinking the real deal to make all memories of the prequels go away.
"Fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away, fuck the pain away..."
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Classic Star Trek images are as identifiable and well-known as, like, the McDonald’s logo, Santa Claus, Superman, and dog crap."
- The Dog Who Saved Christmas, The Dog Who Ruined Christmas, The Dog Who Got Shot Out Back for Ruining Christmas...
- "Star Trek V is what they call a 'train wreck': good intentions gone horribly wrong.
have good intentions: To move people, cargo, hobos
, et cetera..."
- "I'm all for recycling things. Glass, paper, people..."
- Breathless Non Sequitur: So, so many. Particularly among Plinkett's digressions about his past victims.
- Breakout Character: There's a reason this page is 99% about Mr. Plinkett despite being a page for all of Red Letter Media's productions.
- Broken Aesop:
- Just relocate the fuckin' people, ok? It's what we did to the Indians on Earth, and look how that turned out! We have so many wonderful casinos.
- Plinkett argues at length that the Star Wars prequels retroactively have this effect on much of The Empire Strikes Back. In the latter, The Reveal that the "great warrior" and master of the Force, Yoda, should turn out to be a small, physically unintimidating creature was intended to illustrate that the Force had an ephemeral quality that went beyond the physical. By contrast, in the prequel trilogy, where the same small, unintimidating creature has to engage in physical combat despite severe handicaps, the implied Aesop is much more cynical. That the DVD Special Features have George Lucas on record explaining that he did this based on the oh-so-flimsy logic that, in Lucas' words, "everyone's looking forward" to seeing Yoda fight because "we haven't seen him do that yet" didn't help matters either.
- Broken Bird: Nadine the Hooker seems to have become one, as the trailer for the Episode III review shows her heading to Plinkett's house to kill him and apparently being insane herself.
- Buffy Speak: "Every character is dumb! But who's the dumbdest? Let's find out..."
- Mmm, pizza rolls. They're hot, and pizza-y.
- "Pass the Vicodins. No wait, we need Ambiens. ...well, we sure need somethingens."
- Cane Fu: His duel with Nadine.
- Caption Humor: "7 Metric Tons?!?!?!?!?"
- Card-Carrying Villain / Obviously Evil: The reason Plinkett likes Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith.
- Cats Are Mean: His theory for why there aren't more direct-to-DVD movies featuring cats instead of dogs.
- Catch Phrase: "Oh? ...Oh! ...Ohhhh..."
- I'll get deeper into that later..."
- ...So let's dive right in! (*cut to someone drowning/falling to their death*) Huh huh huhhh.
- WHAMMO! SHABOOMZ! BLAMMO!
- And then the dumbest thing ever happens...
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: "[movie title] is the worst thing since [whatever].
- "Now I've anal-yzed this scene with a team of scientists/engineers/perverts/from the Hair Club for Men/cheerleaders/dead people/two experts on the field of love, porn star Joslyn James and Tiger Woods/etc."
- "You might not have noticed [some visual element of the movie he's discussing] — but your brain did."
- (says something shocking) "Anyway..."
- Caustic Critic: Mr. Plinkett criticizes a lot of the movies he reviews. It's deconstructed because he is not a very nice person outside his reviews either.
- Child Hater: Zigzagged. While Plinkett claims in the Episode I review that "nobody likes little kids, especially little kids who can't act," the Indiana Jones review repeatedly shows that he has a bit of a soft spot for "sexy Indian children."
- Cluster F-Bomb: Plinkett is fond of these.
- Comically Missing the Point: After condensing his reviews of dog-themed kid's movies into one unintelligible, mumbling cacophony, Plinkett concludes that it was a horrible idea:
"I totally forgot to include Karate Dog and Santa Paws!"
- Country Matters: Uses this word twice to date, once to describe Jar Jar Binks, once to describe Rose's mother in the Titanic review.
- Cozy Catastrophe: Points out that the reason it's hard to care about the Clone Wars in the prequel trilogy is that it never really seems to affect anything. Aside from the war being mainly between equally disposable robots and clones, Coruscant, where most of the focus is, is still just as lively and active in the third movie (when the war's been going on for quite a while) was it was in the first.
- Creepy Basement: The most memorable and frightening scenes take place in Harry's creepy, dilapidated basement; contents include a plastic bin, several piles of various debris, a refrigerator containing flesh eating cockroaches, more than one human skeleton, one or more living victims to be occasionally tormented by Plinkett, and a Titanic promotional popcorn tub.
- Credits Gag: (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) had some good moments but overall it was pretty disappointing That's the end thanks for checking out my review!
- Damned by Faint Praise: The things he likes best about Revenge of the Sith are things that aren't in Revenge of the Sith.
- Plinkett says that Baby's Day Out is in fact what it says it is, about a baby out loose in the city. The one positive about the movie.
- Finally, the only kid in this film that talks dies. And all of 'em die. These are positive changes.
- beat] um... I guess I liked it when Anakin got burned. I liked it when it was over!So, what else did I like? [
- Before complaining some more about Crystal Skull, I thought it'd be fair to point out some of the things I liked about the film. Don't worry, this won't take long.
- Titanic aimed for the middle. And it hit the target perfectly.
- Decided By One Vote: Where did the Star Trek franchise go horribly wrong? [Why hello, Generations.] Now, I ain't sayin' no one in particular is to blame... [Unrelated publicity video of Rick Berman]
- Delicious Distraction: Subverted and combined with Squick of the highest order. Plinkett is at one point comparing the Filler in the Star Wars prequels to the filler in Twinkies, when he suddenly goes "Mmmm...I like to fuck my cat..."
- Demonic Possession: During his Avatar review he mentioned experiencing one once.
- Department of Redundancy Department: "Qui-Gon Jin and Obi-Wan Kenobi should have been combined to form a new character, called Obi-Wan Kenobi."
- Discriminate and Switch "Even Ray Charles could have seen that one coming. And he doesn't know anything about Star Wars."
- "In this new situation, without the Indians, Picard's suddenly willing to defy orders and risk everything to save white peop— I-I MEAN, save people he's grown attached to!"
- "Anakin's just sitting there like a retard! —oh, can I still say retard? Anakin is just sitting there like an exceptional individual."
- "Who's this dog's trainer, Michael Vick? (Didja get that joke? It's because Michael Vick would often throw passes that would go well ahead of the intended receiver...)"
- "What were these people smoking? Cigarettes? (warning: smoking these may cause you to make a lousy Indiana Jones film).
- "Once again, drug 'em out of retirement for one last shot at embarrassment." [cue images of Brett Farve and Michael Jordan] "—hey, how'd these sports images get into my review?
- The supermassive black hole should not be confused with a supermassive black ho. ...Y'know. (beat) Which is a large tool I use to garden with." (Star Trek V)
- Don't Explain the Joke: "That must be why they call him Qui-gon Gin. 'cuz he's always drinkin' gin.
- "So Yoda might be a powerful Jedi, but wise he is not. (Get it? I—I did like a Yoda thing?)
- "Maybe he should download a program into his brain about child care." (That was a Matrix joke! Didya get it?!)
- The Cop Dog is suffering from "post-partner depression. Geddit? I SAID GEDDIT?
- Although Plinkett also subverted this: His attempts to save time by giving the description of four different films at once are acknowledged as a bad idea not because his speech was incomprehensible, but because he forgot two films he wanted to describe. He then discusses six films at once.
- Double Entendre: "What red blooded male wouldn't want to dock his canoe in Natalie's port, man? (Rim Shot)
- How about a night in Megan's foxhole?
- Hey, baby. Looks like you're a Trill. Maybe I can put my worm inside you, huh huh huhh.
- Maybe Anakin was spending too much time in Obi-Wan's outer rim.
- "Take 'er to warp speed! (But don't forget to vulcanize your nacelle.)"
- "Chris' Pine Tree"
- "Hey, Anna. I wanna spy on your pie. (beat) I mean, I wanna translate into Russian. ..meh I dunno, that's all I got."
- Kate's heart will go on, but Leo's hard-on will go on.
- Let us all take a minute of silence for the two "That's what she said" girls.
- Why does Kirk randomly battle a Cat Girl in Star Trek V? Because Shatner feels Kirk always needs a scene where he gets a pussy wet.
- Driven to Suicide: His second wife killed herself in a bathtub out of guilt for stealing Plinkett's money. Yep.
- Drone of Dread: One can be heard near the end of the Baby's Day Out review, as the sheer number of plot holes and inconsistencies begin to overwhelm Plinkett and drive him over the edge.
- Drop the Cow: He usually cuts a segment short really abruptly (like in mid-sentence) if his picking on a point is beginning to ramble.
- Dump Months: Coined the phrase "fuck you, it's January!" to mock the low standards for movies released during that month.
- Early Installment Weirdness : Back in 2005, Mike Stoklasa did a precursor videos to his Star Wars reviews, called the United States of Noooo!!! which explored what he considered to be the Jumping the Shark Dethroning Moment Of Suck of Star Wars, namely, the scene when Darth Vader utters a Big "NO!" after Palpatine tells him Padmé is dead. While rather funny, the video is also a very ordinary talk-to-the-camera video, without the antics that made Plinkett's reviews famous. Stoklasa's uncannily good imitation of Palpatine's voice can already be heard in this video.
- Easily Forgiven: Nadine waves the white flag in her Revenge video. Unfortunately for Plinkett, it seems he's made an even worse enemy...
- E = MC Hammer: Plinkett when calculating how much movies suck:
Plinkett: Ok, I gotta add in the puppy factor, plus two... times square root of pi... 56 point 92 point 986, multiplied by the factor of puppy, added to the compound equation... and then equals—
- Eight Deadly Words: In The Phantom Menace review, Plinkett remarks in regards to the plot, "why in fuck's name should we care at all? I don't care about any of these characers."
- Epic Fail: Once compared ruining the Star Wars saga to ruining mashed potatoes.
- Escapist Character: Makes a case in his Crystal Skull review that Indiana Jones is designed to be this, so making him older dillutes this element.
- Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Believes they are "the worst thing ever made by a human."
- Evil Cripple: The official Plinkett promo image features him in a powerchair. He moves about normally in the videos, so it may just not be used in his house.
- Making it even more strange and ominous is that the official drawings of Plinkett show him with his right leg severed off.
- "Now that's just crazy talk. George Lucas didn't ruin my childhood, fucking polio did."
- The end of the 3rd Star Wars review also has his basement prisoner calling him "El diablo en una silla de ruedas" (The devil in a wheelchair)
- Evil Laugh: There's his usual 'huh-huh-huh' when he finds something humorous, but he gives one hell of an unsettling laugh in his most recent Star Trek review.
"I know a black hoe
once tried to scramble my brains (Shows picture of a well followed by a scream) but don't worry...everything turned out well
...huh huh huh (Scary Voice) HA HA HA HA HA!!"
- Evil Sounds Deep: Harry's voice is fairly deep anyway but will drop a few octaves and gain a flavor of reverb when he gets angry.
"You're going to watch it! You understand?! LOOK AT ME!! YOU'RE GONNA WATCH IIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!"
- The Faceless: Mr. Plinkett's face actually has been seen in several instances, both in illustrations and in a still photo from one of the Star Trek reviews. Throughout the Star Wars material, however, Mr. Plinkett seems to be abiding by this trope; we see only his first person perspective while he wanders through his basement and captures women.
- Averted in the Revenge of Nadine video.
- The trailer for his Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review reveals that there are in fact two Plinketts, and the one we've seen is not the one who does the reviews. No it doesn't make any sense, did you think it was supposed to?
- Fake-Out Opening: During the commentary on the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens, the examination begins with a rough fan film, confusing Plinkett.
Plinkett: This is the trailer for the new Star Wars film? Jesus, it looks amazing!
- Fan Nickname: Cate Blanchett's impressive turn as Ivanna Spankov.
- TV Show Picard—we'll call him Larry.
- Fanservice/Toplessness from the Back: The inclusion in his Avatar review of the iconic shot of Rose from Titanic dropping her robe to show her butt to the audience. May also apply to his sex puns (with accompanying sexy pictures) for Megan Fox, Natalie Portman and Chris Pine.
- Filler: Arguably the Baby's Day Out review and Cop Dog review to some fans, as no one would really care much about these movies and would rather see Plinkett review another important Blockbuster. These shorter reviews would tease the audience for the next major review.
- Flanderization: Plinkett says that the Star Trek remake took minor character traits from all the original crew members and ELECTRIFIED them, to make the characters more interesting.
- Also applies to Plinkett himself; in the earlier reviews his penchant for murder is just hinted at with a few offhand comments, while in the later reviews we actually see him tormenting his victims and his serial-killer tendencies are mentioned much more often and become much more central to his character.
- For Want of a Nail: Reviewing Star Trek (2009) creates an alternate timeline where Plinkett's cat is still alive. Cue the chaos.
"Bambi's alive in this timeline! ...Only, now she's my first cat. I'm so confused
- Foreshadowing: "DON'T TRY TO ESCAPE LIKE THE OTHER ONE!" He says near the end of the Episode II review to the two girls making the Puzzles.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: Plinkett tears into Episode I for this happening at the climax. Well, not him so much as selected clips of Lucas and co. looking less than comfortable about having done this and not being able to change it so late in production.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: Parodied in Plinkett's occasional youtube updates where Palpatine harasses him into making reviews, although these mostly exist so he can show off his impressive Ian McDiarmid impression.
- The 108 page rebuttal to the TPM review is, however, astoundingly real.
- Franchise Killer: Plinkett blames the Dominion War for creating a rapid burnout and causing the temporary death of Star Trek.
- Freudian Excuse: Plinkett's serial killer tendencies make a lot more sense the more we learn about his past. His father died on the Titanic when he was six, and Plinkett has a history of mental illness. Not to mention that he's senile.
- Freudian Slip: "I'm sure they cleared it with PETI.'
- "Now, onto the excrement!'
- The Importence of Darth Vader.
- Fun with Acronyms: Home Infant Comedy Injury. (Or "hickey".)
- Functional Addict: Soon you will learn to appreciate blow.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: In his review of The Phantom Menace when a plot hole so enrages him he begins to wonder if someone was screwing with his meds, leading to an... interesting scene in which he repeats "Who's fucking with my medicine?!" while he scoops several Pizza Rolls into a paper envelope before slurring "What's wrong with me?!" and blacking out.
- And again in his Attack of the Clones review upon seeing the prop from Star Trek that has red lights moving back and forth in one of the The Last Starfighter clips and then seeing PKE meters being used in another movie.
"Do those guys have PKE meters? Am I going insane?! MY BRAIN IS COLLAPSING IN ON ITSELF-okay, back to the review."
- Finally, in Revenge of the Sith, he has an almost pitiful breakdown as he realises just how much of the film refers back to the original trilogy.
"Oh god, all I hear is Star Wars inside my brain! Someone help me!"
- Guide Dang It. Plinkett has no use for anything but what is presented in the source material.
- Gushing About Sequels You Like: "I love Empire so much I [bleep] it."
- Guilty Pleasure: He considers the 2009 Star Trek film this. Also his granddaughter, Crystal.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Stop feeding us this pig slop! I'm only half-pig.
- Handicapped Badass: An evil version in Mr. Plinkett. Despite having one amputated leg, he is at least able to kidnap several women and fight his way through numerous police officers at the end of his Phantom Menace review (despite being shot at least once)
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Harry explains the somewhat tacked-on nature of the Spock/Uhura romance as a case of the NotGays wherein the director draws undue time away from the plot in order to establish that a character is in fact heterosexual. He then goes on to show how other characters have a case of the NotGays and begins to refer to it as the disease the director seems to think it is.
- Points out how it's also done in dog movies.
- Hearing Voices
- Hero Antagonist: Nadine.
- Hopeless With Tech: It's a wonder Plinkett can put together a review. He still thinks "digital downloads" involve stuffing money in the disk drive until movies come out..
- Hurricane of Puns: Via some clever quote mining with Titanic.
- Hypocritical Humor: A Running Gag, such as him confusing World War One with the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Nazi invasion of France with the French Revolution.
"Geez, you stupid people need to learn your history right."
- "This film is racist against Chinamen!"
- "Babies are fragile! This kind of disgusting, misleading and irresponsible film should've never been made! Now to talk about my favorite scene: The one where Baby Bink is trapped in a gorilla cage and nearly Eaten Alive..."
- "Can't they leave this sex stuff out of a kid's movie? I mean, kids have up until they're eight to start havin' sex, leave 'em with those precious few years of innocence, for God's sake!'
- "What kind of an idiot would take the time to review a children's movie, anyways? You must be a real stupid asshole."
- Generations and Crystal Skull convinces Plinkett that it's time for retirement, and he Rolls Into the Sunset for good. —Wait, who's gonna review The Matrix, Twilight, and Red Tails? "Shit, I ain't even close to done yet!!"
- "Hey, anyone see the keys to my red Lamborghini?" (It Makes Sense in Context.)
- After several shot-by-shot comparisons of Titanic with previous films based around the ship, Plinkett confesses that it's too much to sort out; he's too busy for this. He then continues to play an endless stream of camera shots cribbed by James Cameron and stitched back together, talking over them for a solid five minutes.
- "George Lucas is kinda mocking the civil rights movement and the memory of Dr. Martin Luther Jones."
- After slamming Lucas for selling out and using the prequels to sell merchandise, Plinkett takes a time out to promote the "Kodak Printer Challenge".
- Idiot Ball: Another pet peeve of Plinkett, such as Padme being transferred to be "processed", even though the villains not knowing what happened to the Jedis and the fact she's central to their entire plans.
- Idiot Plot: Discussed in the Star Wars reviews. Contends that if any of the characters had exercised even the tiniest amount of common sense in the prequels, Palpatine's plans would have been easily thwarted and Anakin wouldn't have become Darth Vader.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Ends up breaking his TV.
- Inherently Funny Words: "Pantaloons".
- Incest Is Relative: Dubbed the 2009 Star Trek a "guilty pleasure" - much like his pole-dancing granddaughter, Crystal.
- Informed Ability: Plinkett loves pointing these out, such as Anakin's alleged pilot skills.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: ♪ COOOME WITH ME...AN' YOU'LL BE...IN A WOOOOOORLD OF PURE IMAGINAAASHUUN... ♪
- Is This Thing Still On?: Pausing during the Baby's Day Out review to phone-order sex toys (using Rick Berman's credit card), unaware that he has left the mic on.
- Joisey: Plinkett lives in Atlantic City, and pronounces "Joisey" in that way.
- In his Star Wars: Episode III review, he also refers to the Cedar Lane Theater in Teaneck. This is, in fact, a real theater in Northern New Jersey, that's sadly closed down.
- Jump Scare: Allusions to the murder of Mrs. Plinkett are often followed by an abrupt scream and split-second cut to a crash site or a blood-covered bathtub.
- Jump the Shark: Lampshaded and Discussed In-Universe. Palpatine tells Plinkett to stop jumping the shark, and Plinkett responses thus:
- Juxtaposition Gag: One of their more effective ways of showing contradictions or any comparsions.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Ruthlessly deconstructed, especially in the case Phantom Menace-era Anakin.
"Kids' imaginations don't work that way!"
- Knight of Cerebus: The entire Nadine arc was essentially this done to the Plinkett Reviews (with judicious use of Snap Back at the end, of course).
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: A list of various fictional protagonists... and Kevin Bacon.
- Plinketts list of types of New Media includes "the zoo".
- Baby's Day Out as the modern-day take on The Three Stooges: There's the slightly smarter one that's in charge, there's the dumb one, and lastly the guy that was in The Matrix. Whaaaaa?
- In a visual twist on this, when showing how a protagonist "often gets the girl in the end as icing on the cake", he shows four clips of pairs kissing... last of which is Charlie hugging Willy Wonka.
- Likewise, James Cameron's fifth wife is a Na'vi.
- A very telling comparison of Indiana Jones' adversaries and their on-screen crimes. Spalko's dossier says, "Patriot, Hero of Socialist Labor."
- In his Cop Dog review he names a series of dog based children's film titles. One of these is Ghost Dog.
- In the Episode III review, Plinkett mentions how a long, uncut entirely computer-generated shot is no longer impressive, since entire movies are made by computers without real actors these days. As examples, he shows The Incredibles, Toy Story, and Transformers.
- Laugh Track: Employed sarcastically during the Prequel reviews, such as when Yoda tells Obi-Wan to talk to Qui-Gon's ghost (preceded by a "WhaaaaAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaat the FUCK?!?!" from Plinkett.)
- Leitmotif: Many of Pinkett's lists are narrated over the song "Oranges"
- Letting the Air out of the Band: Mike loves this.
- Lighter and Softer: One of Plinkett's complaints about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Indy only murders one enemy, and even Plinkett is confused about how the enemy died (why would the poison dart be poisoned on the wrong side?)
- Little Stowaway: Little Plinkett stowed away on the Titanic in a suitcase, inadvertently dooming the ship.
- Long List: Those directors who are exempted from his advice to follow the traditional story arc in films: The Coen Brothers, David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Lars von Trier, David Cronenberg, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Wes Anderson, Sam Peckinpah, Terry Gilliam, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, and Jim Jarmusch.
- He lists off the current competition for movies, such as Video on Demand, Mobile Video, Netflix, Netflix Watch Now, Satellite Radio, Digital Cable, HD Cable, Blue Ray Player, Redbox, Internet Porno, Amazon.com, Amazon.com Watch Now, Amazon.com Watch Instantly, Amazon.com Watch Spontaneously, iTunes, podcasts, iPhones, Online Web Series, iMax Theater, Internet Porno, Video Games, Wii, X-Box, PlayStation, video games you play live, Facebook, Facebook for Mobile Phones, HD Flip Video Camera Videos, HD Flip Video Camera Video Web Series, HD Flip Video Camera Video Interactive Web Series Uploaded to Facebook via iPhone Mobile App, 3D Movies, YouTube, Vloggers, Vlogs, Hulu, Streaming Video, and the Zoo.
- His list of film adaptations, remakes, and sequels in the last 5 years.
- Madness Mantra: Fuck the pain away. Fuck the pain away. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY. FUCK THE PAIN AWAY.
- Malaproper: Related to the trope below, he does this with names. Thus we have Boba Fett instead of Jango Fett, Queen Armadillo, Ewan McDonald, Kate McGowan, Cliff Huxtable, General Grievance, William Shakesman/Shatner, et cetera.
- Malicious Misnaming: Of disliked (and hated) Star Wars characters are given this treatment; for example, characters like Queen Amidala, Count Dooku, and General Grievous are called "Amig-dahlen", "Doh-koo", and "Grievance" respectively.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Mike can imitate virtually any Lucasfilm character.
- The Merch: Parodied in his plugs for real-world RLM merchandise.
"We've got Half in the Bag
pint glasses, dvds, posters, stickers, shot glasses
, t-shirts, baby bibs, babies...
- Metaphorgotten: Lots. "But when it gets going the story starts to suck, like someone pulling a thread out of a sweater until the sweater eventually sucks."
- Mis-blamed: In-Universe. He points out that Lucas gets the majority of the flak for the prequel trilogy, but that things still could've been better if someone, anyone, had the courage to stand up during production and tell him that his ideas were terrible.
- Misanthrope Supreme: "Fuck kids! Fuck the elderly! Fuck families! Fuck everyone!" [shows photo of Earth]
- Moment Killer: Nadine's heartfelt speech at Plinkett's bedside.
- Mommy Issues: In the Episode III review, Plinkett mentions that he once threw a psychologist out a window for asking about his "dear mother."
"Bury them under the floorboards, Harry. No one has to know. It'll be our little secret."
- Mood Whiplash: Whenever Plinkett's other hobbies come up out of nowhere in the middle of a detailed analysis.
- One of Plinkett's complains about the Trilogy, specifically noted in the Sith review, when he says the opening leaps between comedy, slapstick, dismemberment, and drama indiscriminately.
- Plinkett spends the first half of his Titanic review, talking about what makes it good, saying it might be his favorite film. Then near the end of Part 1, he says "So let me, tell you why it SUCKS."
- Multiple-Choice Past: Plinkett, who always seems to have a different recollection about his youth (which contradicts all of the other recollections).
- Negative Continuity
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: His descriptions of how his wives, girlfriends, prostitutes and Koreans came to their untimely ends is hilarious in its terror.
- No, Except Yes: As he starts talking about the close similarities between the plot of Star Trek: Nemesis and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
"And I'm not mentioning this to say, like, they [the Nemesis writers] ripped off that plot or anything, but what they did do was rip off that plot."
- Not So Different: In his review for Avatar, Plinkett says that, in real life, the tribal cultures that the Na'vi portrayed could be every bit as screwed up as the modern ones.
- One Rick Limit: Averted. Over a picture of Rick McCallum: "Fuck you, Rick Berman! Ya ruined this, too?! STOP RUINING— wait. That ain't Rick Berman. What is it with Ricks?"
- Only Sane Man: The First Contact guy, who points out how ridiculous Movie Picard and Padme's plans are.
- Opinion Myopia: Played for Laughs in Plinkett's Episode III trailer, where Palpatine shows a 108 page rebuttal he wrote to the TPM review. His opening lines explain how Plinkett is a stupidpants because he didn't like the prequels, and how the prequels were extremely complex "like a very deep game of chess where both players don't know how to play chess." This is in direct response to an actual rebuttal that surfaced on the internet that was 108 pages long.
- So do the prequels basically expose Lucas as being a shallow, emotionless businessman? I'll let you decide! — but the answer is yes.
- "So, y'know. You might like the characters, you know... If you're stupid."
- "Now, whether an idea is good or bad is subjective...Except for here, these are all bad ideas."
- "Again: A matter of opinion, but mine is right."
- "I guess everything is a matter of opinion, unless it's my opinion, and then it's right!"
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: From Revenge of Nadine
- In the teaser for his Star Trek rifftrack, Plinkett refers to his guests as "Man" (Palpy), "Creature" (Jar Jar), and "James Doohan" (Boss Nass). He's now living in fear of Disney suing them.
"Wassa matter, Palpy? Mouse
got yer tongue?"
- Out-of-Character Moment: A major problem Mr. Plinkett has with the Next Generation movies is that Picard acts like an angry, vengeful, action movie character rather than a diplomatic captain who uses violence as a last resort.
- Also, Plinkett points out how the Borg in First Contact randomly act like Frankenstein's monster. Plus Obi-Wan has random moments of being foolhardy and showing off in Episodes II and III.
- Also Palpatine using a lightsaber and everything Yoda does in the prequels.
- As far as Plinkett himself goes, doesn't anyone else think him saying that he really liked Twilight was weird? Twilight is about a 100-year-old guy who looks young for his age who stalks someone ...Oh, wait.
- Overly Long Gag: "And the four-letter-word I'm thinking of is 'fuck'. (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'crap'. (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'shit'. (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'poop'. (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'piss'. (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'garbage'. [Beat] (Yoda stares) Naah I'm just kidding the word is 'tone'."
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Inverted: "Star Trek: First Contact is the 3967th worst film ever made."
- Played straight with "What Could Have Been the greatest lesbian sex scene to ever appear in a children's film."
- Parallel Porn Titles: Star Trek: Hiserection
- Pet the Dog: Plinkett's review of "Revenge of the Sith" contains one of these in regards to Hayden Christensen, saying that Hayden himself is not a bad actor, just one handed bad lines.
- Pinball Protagonist: Plinkett's explanation for why he doesn't consider Anakin the main character in Phantom Menace, due to him having little to no control over the events going on around him, even pointing out that him blowing up the trade federation ship at the end was an accident, and also because Anakin was introduced somewhat late in the film.
- Place Worse Than Death: Welcome to Coruscant, home of the mid-air collision. And boring scenes.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad: USA! USA! Oh wait, I mean Captain Adventure Man and Multinational Joe.
- Plinkett also accuses Indiana Jones of indulging too much in this trope, and haphazardly at that. Because the film is set in the 50s and uses a Once Acceptable Target (the Russians) as the villains, the filmmakers try to compensate by playing up the flaws of 50s American culture...with an evil Men In Black subplot that goes absolutely nowhere and nonsensical lines like, "Of course I sold you out. I'm a capitalist."
- Popularity Power: Plinkett argues in the ROTS review that this kicks in for Darth Vader. Before the PT, Darth Vader was an iconic character and a symbol of the Empire, formerly a good man gone bad, but only one aspect of a larger story. However, in the prequels he becomes Space Jesus and the most pivotal man in the Galaxy. Plinkett believes this is because Vader is a popular and iconic figure, his life is central to not only the story, but to the in-story universe as well, when it was not suggested in the OT.
- Plinkett also questions why in the world Padme would bother thanking R2-D2, "a piece of equipment". Why would the queen be ordered to clean a dirty droid? If she's thanking inanimate objects, why not thank the spaceship. This, despite in previous films R2-D2 was treated as just another machine by Luke and others. Once again, R2-D2 is famous to the viewer, not to the characters in the original film.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: "I'm like Sinead O'Connor, and you're a picture of the Pope. Prepare to get torn up."
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Inserting Dr. Dre songs into his Star Wars reviews. One Youtube description even reads, "I squeeze gats."
- Product Placement: By the way, have you guys seen Cop Out? It's amaaaazing. [ahem] I said, it's amazing. Check it out...! [sound of cash register] —oh, there it is.
- And, of course, Tostino's Pizza Rolls - which goes meta whenever a Pizza Rolls ad is played before or after a video.
- CHUNKY'S CHICKEN!!! Yes, they actually went to the trouble of creating a fake website and "promotional video" for the sake of a gag.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Believes that a good Indiana Jones movie is reflected in how many people Indy brutally murders throughout the film.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "I Squeeze Gats" by Charlie Brown Beatz.
- Mike & Jay get a lot of their samples from the Garageband library, since they edit their content on Macs. One such song is "Fifth Avenue Stroll", a jazz standard which plays over Establishing Shots of Plinkett's home and Lightning Fact VCR Repair. "West Precint" plays out each Half in the Bag review.
- Mike (or rather Plinkett) is also fond of "Oranges", usually played when examining flaws in a script.
- George Lucas' theme song appears to be "We're in the Money."
- Really 700 Years Old: If he was a kid on the Titanic, he's no less than 100 years old, especially if he remembers bits of it. This is also supported by his claims to have sold big & tall menswear to President Taft, being in his forties back in 1950s, and to have had grandchildren in the 1960s.
- His YouTube zone lists his age at 108.
- His Baby's Day Out review say he's 119.
- In his Episode III review, a short (somewhat disturbing) childhood flashback is shown of his mother, which appears to take place sometime in the late 19th century.
- Rise from Your Grave: It looks like Palpatine buried him alive in between reviews. He escapes by punching his way out as "L'Arena" by Ennio Morricone plays.
- Romantic Plot Tumor: The Attack of the Clones review becomes increasingly sidetracked by the Plinkett/Nadine storyline, as a deliberate contrast to the Anakin/Padme storyline in the movie.
- Rooting for the Empire: Not five minutes after being introduced to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, Plinkett is shouting advice at the droids on how to poison them (as Plinkett has experience in that area).
- Not technically rooting for the Empire, but Plinkett wonders how Obi-Wan automatically knows the Trade Federation attack on Naboo was totally unprovoked.
- Mace Windu decapitating a poor working stiff who's just trying to make his way in the universe.(Jango Fett)
- In Crystal Skull, McCarthyite America terrifies Plinkett way more than Spalko does.
- Vader throwing poor Palpatine down a mine shaft.
- Rule of Symbolism: The original, shorter Abrams Trek review. A girl gets dragged into an alley by the movie poster, then comes out looking disheveled yet satisfied. The idea was that J. J. Abrams took a bloated franchise and ruthlessly twisted it into something marketable again; Mike thinks this is a good thing in the long run. Of course, he had to address the joke in his extended review, explaining that he doesn't really believe Star Trek was "raped".
- Running Gag: Oh? You want a Pizza Roll? Let's go down to my basement and get you a Pizza Roll...
Excuse me, sir? I have a question...
- Ruined FOREVER: Discussed In-Universe
Mike (The United States of Noooo!!!): "[that scene] ruined everything. Not just Star Wars movies, but every other type of movie ever made."
Plinkett (Star Trek Generations review): "It ruined everything. And not just Star Trek movies, but everything."
- Sanity Slippage: The chapter introductions to The Phantom Menace. They start out with fairly basic titles, but degenerate into "Is It Time For Death Yet?", and, "Oh God Make It Stop Please Make It End"
- Saying Too Much: Plinkett does this a lot.
"[Star Trek: Generations
is being cheap]. Cheap like my wife. That's why I killed her in that fake car accident
- I mean-"
- Self-Deprecation: The entire character of Plinkett could be considered a lampooning of Stoklasa's own age and crotchety views.
- "I like to anal-lyze things." Lampshaded in Stoklasa's review of Prometheus.
- Reckons that Titanic is marketed to retards. Cue shot of proud Wisconsinite Jack Dawson. (Redlettermedia is based in Milwaulkee.)
- Sequel Hook: "Wait. ...There's a PUPPY in this film?"
- "Y'know, I haven't seen Star Trek V in a looong time. Maybe I'll give it a look..." This served as a preface to his audio commentary.
- Serious Business:
- One riled up Star Wars fan threatened to punch Stoklasa in the face if they ever met in real life.
- Unrelated to RLM, but a direct nod to Plinkett: a forum poster on WingCenter compared that "terrible person called Mike Stoklasa" with another web personality, The Spoony One (for his unflattering views on the Wing Commander film), and said they deserved to die in a car fire. Spoony referenced this in his Highlander II: The Quickening review, but left out the part about Plinkett.
- Shoot The TV: Plinkett's ejaculation is powerful enough to do this, albeit unintentionally.
- Show, Don't Tell: Plinkett's adamantly stresses visual storytelling as a virtue of the original films (particularly highlighting the opening of A New Hope) in contrast to how much blatant exposition though talking is given in the prequel films.
- Shout-Out: Most younger viewers don't get the pinball table reference, which is a reference to the infamous rape scene from The Accused.
- One of the Jedis lying in wait for Darth Maul is none other than...Star Wars Kid.
- Shown Their Work: Compared with the earlier TNG reviews, Stoklasa clearly makes an effort to begin the Phantom Menace review by piquing your interest and establishing his credentials as anything but an angry Fanboy. The first ten minutes include an explanation of basic storytelling, familiar examples of other movies which use those techniques successfully, lists of (better) filmmakers who don't use them, and interviews with people which demonstrate the poor characterization in the Phantom Menace. Don't expect to find any nerd rage directed at poor Jar Jar (though Plinkett calls him a "loathesome cunt" in the Revenge of the Sith review.)
- When asked in an interview why he didn't make fun of Jar-Jar in his TPM review, Stoklasa said that while Jar-Jar was a horrible character, he also had the most coherent story arc in TPM.
- Sick and Wrong: "Darth Vader should never say the word 'Padme'. Or Snuffleupagus."
- Sickbed Slaying: After Plinkett is hospitalized by Nadine, George Lucas himself arrives to unplug his respirator.
- Significant Anagram: Mr Plinkett on the title of Episode 3: "[...] if you simply rearrange the letters in the word 'SITH,' you could spell out a different word that just might predict what this movie was gonna be: TSHI' note
- Simple Country Lawyer: "Now, I'm not an expert..."
- Simpleton Voice: Mike originally tried recording a review in his natural voice, but decided it was boring. His "annoying TV personality" voice is closer to the original recordings.
- The voice is quite similar to the voice of Little John in the Bugs Bunny Robin Hood spoof Rabbit Hood.
- Sinister Silhouettes: George Lucas at the end of Revenge of Nadine.
- Smash Cut: Plinkett has a bad habit of getting cut off before he can finish his senten-
- Smurfing: The Ba'ku love to ba'ku.
- So Was X: James Cameron is a man clearly dedicated to his craft. ...But then again so was Jim Jones.
- Special Effect Failure: Plinkett considers this a big problem with the prequels due to their over reliance on CGI.
- Spoof Aesop: Baby's Day Out has a lesson all of us can relate to. "If you live in a giant mansion and want a picture of your baby in the paper, you better care about your baby too, or else he'll get kidnapped, crawl across a busy street, and a truck will drive over him."
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards the woman held captive in the Attack of the Clones review. He just needs someone to share his pain!
- Stealth Pun: He refers to the Neimoidians as the "Shatnerians", a double pun on the fact that their actual name sounds like Leonard Nimoy's surname, as well as how they talk much like the typical Shatner parody.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Over the course of the Attack of the Clones review, Nadine becomes increasingly sympathetic towards Plinkett. Subverted in the end, when it turns out to have been a ruse, which allowed her to escape... but then Double Subverted in Revenge of Nadine, when she discovers that her time with Plinkett has impressed upon her a disdain for bad movies which ultimately leads her to save his life, so that he can make more reviews.
- Straw Fan / Take That, Critics!: Palpatine is a rather cathartic Take That toward RLM's Fan Dumb, as he constantly makes outlandish requests (such as for a review of to of a Mobile Suit Gundam video game, and compare it to Kido Senshi Z-Gundam: Hot Scramble) and berates Plinkett for not posting updates fast enough, and criticizes them for being stupid once they are released. He also hates Christopher Nolan with a passion and often demands that Plinkett exposes him as the hack Palpatine sees him as.
"If you didn't like the Star War
prequels then you're stupid-pants
- The Crystal Skull opens with a YouTube comment calling him a "fat homo" for splitting his time between Half in the Bag. Later on, Plinkett mentions that audiences love "sameness and predictability", then interjects with the tired pizza roll gag.
- "Enough of this sellout crap! When's the next Plinkett review?! Oh wait, I'm me."
- A Douchey McNitpick sound-alike from Titanic:
Technically, the Titanic
didn't split down the middle. It split between the third and fourth funnels, which is not really in half! CHECK YOUR FACTS! Plinkett:
...W-What? What the fuck? Tweet: UNSUBSCRIBE!
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Literally with a threat by Plinkett. Considering it's two women he's threatening to stuff in a fridge, it borders on Shout-Out.
- Suddenly Shouting: In the Cop Dog review:
You never see, like, a "Cat Cop" movie. Why? Why not? I guess it's because CATS ARE FUCKING CREEPY.
- Surreal Humor: During the Episode II review at one point a levitating probe droid impossibly shows up in Plinkett’s basement.
- Sword Drag: Nadine in the trailer for the Revenge of the Sith review.
- Take That: Several, mostly toward George Lucas, and a few against Star Trek producer Rick Berman.
"J. J. Abrams
should have directed the prequels
, and George Lucas should have directed people to their seats in the theater. Huh huh huh"
- The euphemism for autograph booths is the "celebrity zoo"; places where endangered B-list actors go after their habitat (Star Wars) has ceased to sustain them.
- [T]his is just some random crappy Indiana Jones adventure. Lord knows they're have been plenty of those already. (cue Young Indiana Jones title card)
- He also lets loose a few against Michael Bay in general and the Transformers movies in particular.
- If cancer were pretentious, it would be called Garden State.
- "The entire senate is filled with stupid idiots. *picture of the US Senate* ...y-yeah, okay, that's true. Yes. But I was talking about this senate. *shot of the Galactic Senate from the Star Wars prequels."
- Take That, Audience!: His portrayals of "audiences" who enjoy the films he vilifies. Often shown as morons queuing up at fast food places or fat women eating cake.
- A personalized greeting for those who purchase the Episode 1 commentary track:
- About 5 minutes into his Star Trek V commentary, Plinkett suddenly says:
"Why are you watching this movie? In fact, why are you listening to me talk about this movie? Why are listening to this commentary? What the hell is wrong with you!?"
- Talking to Himself: Smash Cuts are a frequent occurrence, making it seem like Plinkett interrupts himself. Before finishing a sentence, the screen will switch and he'll break out with the next point he's making. It seems to be a massively efficient and time-saving maneuver, as there are plenty of ideas the viewer understands before Plinkett completes the entire thought.
- Tantrum Throwing: The most brutal murder of a printer since Office Space.
- The Tape Knew You Would Say That: "Special effects are just tools. A means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as ends themselves. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing." — George Lucas.
You said it brother... Wait
- Mike's promotional popcorn tub for Titanic's initial release date suggests a more action-oriented film, including the tagline, "Collide With Destiny." Compare to the finished tagline, "Nothing On Earth Can Keep Them Apart."
"But something DID keep them apart. It was an iceberg! Oh wait, it said 'nothing on Earth', an iceberg's in the water
. I get it..."
- 10-Minute Retirement: At the end of his Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review, Plinkett sadly rolls away into the sunset in his wheelchair, reciting 'To An Athlete Dying Young', looking very much like it's the last episode... then he suddenly remembers that he needs to review The Matrix movies and the Twilight movies and Terminator Salvation...
- His next review was Titanic, for the record.
- That Poor Cat: Plinkett manages to do this inside his coffin.
- That's What She Said: "Hey! Only guys are allowed to do that!"
- They Just Didn't Care: Invoked; Plinkett often seems so genuinely uninterested in actually reviewing his movies, that sometimes he doesn't even care to finish words or to enunciate them whatsoever properly. This works perfectly with Mr. Plinkett's trademark sloppy style, as the sloppy style itself seems coordinated with brilliant craft.
- Implied in the Star Wars reviews. See, for example, the mention of two Jedi Knights in the Phantom Menace title scroll or the difference between Gungas and Gungans.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Plinkett regrets the missed potential lesbian sex scene between the mother and the nanny in "Baby's Day Out" since Lara Flynn Boyle and Cynthia Nixon have "done their fair share of dirty roles, why can't they make room for that here?".
- This Loser Is You: Not necessarily applied to Plinkett, though as a Satire the reviews feature archetypes of the dumb masses and the Fan Dumb. See also Take That, Audience! and Take That, Critics!.
- To The Bat Noun: Stupid grandkids, stop leaving toys in his creepy basement™. And stay out of his creepy house™.
"I've behn keepin' a record of it here'n mah creepy notebook."
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza Rolls. Supposedly it's about all he eats these days.
- Fridge Brilliance: Note he cooks them in an oven, since he's too technologically backward to own a microwave.
- He has a microwave...for his cat.
- Tropes Are Not Bad: While acknowledging many good filmmakers stray away from traditional structure, Plinkett argues that Lucas shouldn't have for the Star Wars prequels. Credits classic Star Wars characters for being memorable partly by fullfilling certain archetypes like the Fish out of Water, Loveable Rogue, Distressed Damsel, The Obi-Wan, and gay robots.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe: "Palpatine" takes this position toward the Star Wars prequels.
- Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: After Plinkett puts on his rubber gloves before beginning his review of Revenge of the Sith, he says, "Trust me, I'm a doctor... kind of."
- Unfortunate Names: Harry S. Plinkett. Just say it out loud with an American accent.
- Unintentional Innuendo: His home recipe book, Eating Pussy. "First you have to take a cat. And it's gotta be alive, 'cause then it's the freshest meat." *turns on rotary saw*
- Unreliable Narrator: With Plinkett's nigh-constant fits of insanity, it's impossible to take practically anything he says for granted. Apart from his opinions on films, which are invariably spot on.
- The Unseen: Plinkett. Justified, as he's always behind the camera.
- Video Review Show: Leans about as far as is possible on the "Show" end of the Sliding Scale of Review vs. Show while still actually managing to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review.
- "They think the audience is stupid" : Lampshaded and discussed in several reviews.
- Villain Pro-tah-gone-ist/Proerrgonist/Protoghrmehnrr: Go on, guess.
- Waxing Lyrical: "Paradise City, where the grass is sand and the girls aren't pretty."
- We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: BAM BAM! "Plinkett! Open up! We have a warrant for your arrest!"
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Plinkett has a starring role in RLM's film Feeding Frenzy, in which he's wearing a tacky jacket with an American flag emblazoned over it. The jacket frequently reappears in Half in the Bag.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief: According to Plinkett, gets broken when characters act like weird, unrelatable space aliens (which they are) and by seeing live-action actors put into physically impossible and unsurvivable situations, such as in Baby's Day Out and Attack of the Clones, that serve only to draw attention to the artifice.
Examples given by their other works: