Names will be remembered. Quests will become legends. And legends will become... legendary.
The third year anniversary special for That Guy with the Glasses, featuring 18 contributors, and separated into 7 videos that were posted in the week of June 26th, 2011; the final installment appeared the following Saturday, July 2nd.It is an adventure-comedy about The Nostalgia Critic, like last time, gathering a ton of reviewers and leading them into going on a quest. But this time, it is for a legendary gauntlet that is hidden somewhere in suburban Illinois, and according to the map, they must all dress up as famous fictional characters in order to find it.*
Each of the female reviewers cling to Jew Wario when they see his costume. It's David Bowie from Labyrinth.
Lupa also agrees with the guys when they say the internet is good for porn.
Though it's averted in this instance in Nostalgia Chick's case.
Alternate Endings: Two on the DVD, both of which follow rather than replace the original. The first continues the parody of the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan ending, with Ma-Ti monologuing about reviewing (from...inside the Quaker Style Oats can, the second is post-credits and shows Mechakara picking up the Power Glove from under some rubble while laughing manically.
Amazing Freaking Grace: Twice in Part 7. Once from Paw with a kazoo, and then again when Linkara sings a parody to the Critic.
Malachite's photo in part 5 was taken with a digital camera and printed. Jaffers was trapped in the book by Malachite in 1981.
The Power Glove, while it can't be confirmed how early it was developed before it was officially released in 1989 (by Americans, incidentally), most certainly did not exist prior to The Great Video Game Crash of 1983.
The disappearance of Jaffers is "Sad. Very, very sad."
"And on a lighter note, the President has been shot."
And the Adventure Continues: After Linkara tells Critic about the Necronomicon and how it could possibly bring back Ma-Ti, he says how no one from the site would be able to help him since they're all "adventured out". Gilligan Cut to...
And Then What?: After Malachite talks on his smartphone. The critics point out the hypocrisy of it all. When the Critic asks Malachite what he's going to do after he rids the world of technology, Malachite just stands there and replies, "Think of something."
And You Thought It Was a Game: The reviewers begin their quest under the assumption that it's all a game that Jaffers made up. By Part 5, even the Critic realizes that "This ain't no game anymore."
It's implied that this is the reason the Critic is the only one out of the entire review team that is making no effort to act in the character he's dressed as. He acts like a good, capable, intelligent leader towards the end, but it's made clear that it's all him, not "Link" doing anything.
Spoony assumes that the Cloaks are a group of LARPers and nothing more. He's wrong.
Linkara points out to the Critic that magic is the only explanation for a witch suddenly spouting blinding lights, then vanishing.
Also, Film Brain and Luke become friends during episode 5.
Batman Gambit: Part 5 reveals that because only the pure of heart can find Malachite's Hand, Malachite sent the chain letter around and placed a tracking spell on the map so he can find someone suitable to lead him to it.
Beam-O-War: Malachite and Ma-Ti end up in the final battle like this.
Becoming the Mask: While everybody is trying to stay in-character for the quest, several of them do so with more... commitment than others. Lupa claims that she should be useless in battle because of her character choice, Paw tries to gather rage from everybody (including the trees), and Phelous seems to have gone off the deep end right from the start. MarzGurl also seems to be joining the throng, what with speaking only in Japanese, scenting the air and biting the Critic on various portions of his anatomy. Lampshaded by Linkara, who notices that The Critic is averting this trope.
Critic plays it straight at the end of Part 5 Critic goes into a rant that's basically Link ranting about all crap he keeps going through during the games.
And eventually revealed to be subverted with Phelous. He was just really good at staying in character. Lupa also ends up shrugging off her princess routine, bites Cat, and gets herself a gun and a leather jacket.
And Paw starts being reasonable and drops the Large Ham persona.
Belligerent Sexual Tension: Critic/Lupa, or at least so far. He wanted to kiss her after she fainted but he's also pissed off with her princess role, while she yanks his tie around when she yells at him.
Do not even consider lifting Todd's mask to see what he looks like.
The Snob can only take misquoting a line so many times...
Or imply to Malachite that you like technology.
Big Budget Beef Up: They apparently got enough to use a few real explosions on Bill's car and in the final episode. Most of the costumes seem like they'd also cost a pretty penny.
They did not, however, go through with boom mics or better filming equipment like they promised they would last year (they used the same equipment from Kickassia) because they found none of them had enough experience operating them, and they were on a tight schedule.
Big "NO!": Angry Joe and Spoony both do this upon learning the "free car" was a ruse, Joe with a Rapid Fire No and Spoony with a single extended one. It's implied that the rest of the reviewers each made one as well when they happened upon the truth about the "free car."
Instead of actual Elvish, the Nostalgia Chick speaks a mixture of several foreign languages, such as Hindi and Irish. What she's actually saying doesn't match up to the subtitles. For instance, when she says "Póg mo thóin" (Irish) in response to Benzaie's Conan speech, it's subtitled as "It's cool," but she's actually saying "Kiss my ass."
Averted, one line she speaks is English and is a lyric from "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies.
She misquotes the BNL line (Chikiti China, not Chikiti Chinese), though. And at another point, she utters "who's your daddy" over and over real fast.
Also averted whenever she attacks with an Elvish Montage, at which point she starts spouting pure gibberish or quoting things. Though one of those included a a line from a song in Slumdog Millionaire.
MarzGurl is speaking real and (sort of) accurate Japanese.
Bittersweet Ending: Malachite was defeated and the glove was probably destroyed... but Ma-Ti died saving everyone. However, there is a Sequel Hook in the end that the Critic will pull another zany quest, this time to look for the legendary Necronomicon to revive Ma-Ti.
The extras and To Boldly Flee make it more of a Downer Ending. Malachite is still alive (if powerless), the quest for the Necronomicon failed and left Critic in even more denial of Ma-Ti's death, Mechakara found the glove, something turned Ma-Ti into a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds, and his fight with Malachite caused a rip in time.
"Hypnotize them with its cheap novelty?", about the supposed uselessness of Jew Wario's juggling-trick with the Fushigi Ball in part 2. In part 3, it actually works like that in battle.
Cloak: It's hypnotizing us with its cheap novelty...
In Part 1, The Nostalgia Critic tells Ma-Ti that he can't join the quest because Nostalgia Chick has lost her contact lens, and he needs to stay behind and find it for her. He returns in Part 3, contact lens in hand. Happens again with the excuse that Mickey needs goat porn. Occurs again in a not-so-funny fashion when the Critic offhandly tells Ma-Ti to get him a coffee, and he later finds it sitting on the counter. After Ma-Ti's death.
There is one lovely brick joke in Part 5. Several years ago, That Dude in the Suede left the site to go on a two-year Mormon missionary work. Turns out that in-universe he went to protect the Hand of Malachite as one of its guardians.
Buffy Speak: "Of the people I've met, Ma-Ti was the most... hearty."
The Critic gathering a skeptical TGWTG crew, Film Brain being a huge NC fanboy, and Handsome Tom being the quiet one are carried over from Kickassia. Angry Joe even declares that the Critic has done it again. (a removed line would have him saying "First a brawl, then invading Molossia...")
And no one besides Film Brain and Luke are happy when The Critic tricks them into going to Chicago.
The Angry Video Game Nerd has a cameo in both to provide exposition and does not take part in the actual filming, although he does get to voice the ball of light during the fight at the end.
The reaction of the female reviewers to Jew Wario's costume is a Shout Out to Lindsay's and Jew Wario's reviews of Labyrinth. In the former, she warns that she'll be paying a lot off attention to "the Area" (Just look at her quote on the trope page); the latter had a scene where several female contributors swooned over Jareth.
The Nostalgia Critic again brings up Chick-fil-A's policy of being closed on Sundays.
Spoony brings two characters of his Ultima reviews (Gandalf and the Gate Cleaner).
In Part 4, a girl enters the story talking on her phone ending a conversation with, "And then my dad shot her, it was weird." Which is a line of dialogue that The Nostalgia Critic focuses on in his review of Airborne.
In part 4, after the witch attacks, Linkara says "It's magic, you don't have to explain it," an infamous line uttered by Joe Quesada to defend One More Day, which Lewis turned into an often-used quote on his show.
In Part 5, Film Brain plays as the dorky and smaller Nazgūl/Cloak. The dialogue throughout the scene is a Call Back to the Nostalgia Critic's Old Vs New for Lord of the Rings when he discusses how the Nazgūl would have reacted to Frodo being changed into one of them.
Also in Part 5, Benzaie makes reference to his longstanding rivalry with That Dude in the Suede, which had not been brought up much since Suede left two years ago.
During the Critic's first Rousing Speech (and right before he notices everyone has run out the door), he calls them his "proud, warriors of virtue, a film he once reviewed.
During Ma-ti's funeral, Linkara is seen wearing his starfleet uniform, which he also wears on his own show and in Kickassia.
Elisa (Dr. Tease) as the house owner who Team 2 ties up.
Nella as the Chick's stunt-woman.
..SomewhatThe Last Angry Geek is one of the cloaks, but only takes his cloak off in the last video. before running away.
Can You Hear Me Now?: When the Critic's group tries to call Spoony's group in episode 5, they find they can't get a connection. Obscurus Lupa and Linkara suggests that someone may be using magic to block the call.
Cast From Hitpoints: Using magic in the Awesome-verse seems to be bad for your health. Part 6 confirms that it drains life force, except when using the gauntlet.
The Cavalry: Team 2 arrives in the middle of Team 1's battle and they back them up.
Cerebus Callback: A miserable Critic wanders home and sees that Ma-Ti still got him his coffee.
Character Development: While Critic becoming less of a brat and more of a hero is more obvious, they all get a bit. They go from cowards who loathe each other to brave people who can kinda sorta be considered True Companions.
Luke and Film Brain go from rivals to friends who fight alongside each other.
Chain Letter: Critic reveals that the map is part of one during Part 3. His allies aren't amused. The Good Witch of the Woods hints that this is not a good thing. It's eventually revealed that Malachite sent the letter to trick people into finding the gauntlet for him.
Also when they are told that they will be fired if they don't participate in the quest and when Linkara/King Arthur suggests a sing-along.
Combat Pragmatist: The Cloaks use a machine gun, leading Joe to reply with his own. Linkara eventually gets tired of swordfighting and uses his pistol. And when Joe uses his gun again, Lupa grabs a spare to shoot. And as a reference, after The Good Witch Warrior Of The Woods starts shooting lightning during a climactic battle, Suede punches her saying, "I find that quite vexing." And when she tried that before, Handsome Tom just pepper sprayed her.
Batter Up/I Know Madden Kombat: Todd and Paw defeating the Voice of the Ancients (though the 'bat' is Paw's stick/tree branch) with a baseball play. Paw even shouts "Home run for Profion!" and does a chest bump with Todd.
Nostalgia Chick: There are...There are certain things that need to remain closed.
Nostalgia Critic: I know, and I for one respect Chick-fil-A for not serving people on Sunday. I wonder if we can get it so they don't serve Christians.
Cosplay: Goes hand-in-hand with LARP-esque adventure quests, though the term itself is never mentioned.
Cower Power: Critic clings hard to the Chick (even though she's about a foot smaller than him) when the Witch Warrior gets tired of his and the team's teasing.
Cringe Comedy: Not very much, but the Nostalgia Critic's crotch shot in the woods is pretty awkward as the Nostalgia Chick and Obscurus Lupa try to figure out a way to let him know without actually telling him that they can see his underpants. In the end The Nostalgia Chick just gives up and tells him she can see his balls.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The Puppeteer was handling NC's Fellowship without breaking a sweat... until The Nostalgia Chick got involved. Also Malachite against the guardians and the TGWTG crew.
Darker and Edgier: As compared to Kickassia. While the screwball comedy, reference jokes, and character dynamics are still in fine form, in this one, cars explode, innocent bystanders are wantonly killed, the villain is genuinely terrifying, the fate of the world's technology is on the line, and death is not nearly as cheap.
Dark Is Not Evil: Todd in the Shadows as The Man In Black. Played straight with the Cloaks who just want to keep Malachite away from the gauntlet. Played with for the Witch Warrior who seems rather nice and wants to stop Malachite but who also was planning on killing Team A and drinking from their bleeding skulls.
Disproportionate Retribution: The Big Bad, who really hates technology and the twenty-first century, has killed people for basically using a GPS, using a mobile phone, and watching television.
Plus there's how Malachite is still angry over Aeon and technology winning the king's favor centuries ago. His solution? Destroy the modern world.
Dolled-Up Installment: Ma-Ti was supposed to die in Kickassia, but Doug couldn't find a place in the story to put it, so he had to wait until this film to use it instead.
Do Not Go Gentle: Not just referencing Ma-Ti's rant before his fight with Malachite, there is a meta one as well for Matt "Apollo Z. Hack" Burkett who left the site before the filming (citing creative differences) but still noticeably contributed to the overall quality of the movie's special effects alongside Phelous' always excellent efforts. Going out with a bang, literally?
A cast commentary by Spoony, Nostalgia Chick, Elisa, Bennett, Film Brain, Benzaie, That Dude in the Suede, Cinema Snob, Linkara, Ed Glaser and JewWario
One from Linkara and Iron Liz
One from Phelous and Cinema Snob
And finally three on the actual DVD from Doug, Rob, and a joint commentary from Holly and Iron Liz
Dying Moment of Awesome: Ma-Ti. After being sent on fools' errands by the Critic for most of the movie, Ma-Ti still ends up giving his life for the Critic and Team Awesome in the epic final showdown with Malachite.
Establishing Character Moment: The main villain flags down a car to hitch-hike, goes on a long rant about technology, kills the driver and blows the car up. And then we know what he's like.
Eureka Moment: When the Critic realizes that Malachite tricked them to find the gauntlet for him. He had another one when Ma-Ti used his ring to blast Malachite. He urged him to do it again.
Evil Is Cool: In-universe. In Part 7, Malachite manages to deflect every single bullet fired at him by Angry Joe and Obscurus Lupa with his staff. Joe's response to this? "Whoa. That was awesome!"
Evil Is Sexy: In-universe. A female passerby remarks that Malachite is "pretty hot" after he delivers a rant about the evils of technology to her.
The real Link and most male cosplayers have tights on and a skirt that goes down to their knees. Doug does not. Even a few of the women on the site have marveled/complained about the niceness of his legs.
Some fans see Critic's upskirt shot as this. Lewis lampshades this by saying all the Critic fans hit their screencapture button at this exact moment, Doug brags on his commentary about even guys telling him they thought it was hot, and Film Brain had his turn when he went on a Fetish Fuel Wiki trawl, saying that it had to be listed as such.
Benzaie walking around in a leather outfit shirtless.
Fate Worse Than Death: Malachite was not destroyed as was thought in the final battle. Instead, he has been banished to his ultimate hell...a cursed realm of evil and damnation AND low-low prices..."ALL-AROUND CAFE!" And don't even ask how the bathroom breaks work.
Freeze Frame Bonus: The entire map is visible for just a split second in Part 4. Besides the stuff that gets mentioned in the dialogue and a few more Lord of the Rings references, the map also appears to mark the location of Jimmy Hoffa's body.
The Fun in Funeral: Leave it to the good folks at Channel Awesome to inject a little bit of humor into something as depressing as Ma-Ti's death. Ma-Ti is cremated by Todd and his ashes are poured into an Quaker Oats oatmeal canister (8-Bit Mickey comments that they should've used a Pop-Tarts box instead), and Tom chucks the thing god-knows-where while Paw plays "Amazing Grace" on the kazoo.
Funny Background Event: When Crom is talking to Benzaie in Part 6, both Critic and Jaffers chase each other with the latter's sword, while Phelous fights a Cloak's sword barehanded.
When Ma-ti first shows up, saying he's here for a free car and then begging to join the quest despite not being sent a note, he's holding a card that says "Car thing. YAY!"
Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Character specific. Linkara remains, as always, very light on vulgarities, keeping away from anything heavier than a 'damn'.
Jaffers and Suede also fall under this heading, though the latter only for a scene in episode 6 where the two exchange a brief dialog about 'loyalties'. "Thanks for betraying me, you rotten kiwi" and "Go suck a Popsicle", respectively.
Noticably, all the reviewers tone down their profanity usage when Suede is around.
All over the place. MarzGurl's initial bite was on the Nostalgia Critic's lower body, numerous lines of dialogue threaten this, Cat aims slightly lower against the towering Willow!Tom, and a Cloak's bolt does this to Jew Wario, only to be reflected back by The Codpiece.
Jew Wario uses The Codpiece against to blind Jaffers and the obstacles in Part 6. Which is a whole new kind of Groin Attack.
Malachite forces the Critic to groin attack himself. Fifteen times.
Hammerspace: Angry Joe whips out a machine gun from behind his back. Obscura Lupa gets her gun from behind his back as well.
Hand Wave: In a commentary Linkara noted that people will likely question why he can use magic in his show safely when the special establishes that magic in the TGWTG universe drains your life force. Turns out his hat protects him.
Malachite has a smartphone. He's promptly called out on this and he flat out denies that it's technology. He goes on to claim "At least I'm not a hypocrite," which robs the Critic of his powers of speech.
The Critic complaining that the map has too many spelling errors.
The Internet Is for Porn: Team 1 tells Jaffers about how much the Internet has changed since the 80's, and all unanimously, vocally agree when this trope is reached. This makes Jaffers hopeless about this team being pure of heart, but surfs the Internet himself later and discovers the TGWTG site. Still doesn't stop him from trying to kill them though.
Jump Scare: The Gatecleaner is contractually obligated to provide one whenever he is summoned. This is eventually used against him when Film Brain and Luke keep throwing the summoning rock around.
Let's Split Up, Gang: Justified; the map has two distinct paths, and they're still left with nine people in each group.
Long Speech Tea Time: The Critic delivers his rousing speech, only to discover that everyone has left.
Lowered Monster Difficulty: Malachite casually disintegrates most of the people he comes across, but whenever he faces off against series regulars, he hands them swift and humiliating, but nonfatal defeats. We assume that his gigantic ego just wanted them to be witnesses to the destruction of their world.
The LARPing and avoiding of technology for the most part helped.
Ludicrous Gibs: Poor, poor Bill... The woman in Part 3 who is blown up too, though not as gruesome.
MacGuffin: Malachite's Hand, aka the magic gauntlet.
The Magic Goes Away: Aeon and Malachite's epic battle many centuries ago created the technology-driven world we live in today, rather than the magic-driven world Malachite wished to make, because Aeon won. Malachite took this well.
Magic Versus Science: In the back story, the alchemist Aeon and the sorcerer Malachite fought a mortal battle to determine whose research would receive their king's support. Aeon won resulting in today's technological world, while magic gradually disappeared. Because using magic too much drains your life line, Malachite did not use use his powers until the 1980's, which resulted in him living for tons of centuries. He is currently trying to find his gauntlet, which Aeon took and buried after their battle, so that he can destroy the science-filled world he hates.
Magikarp Power: Ma-Ti, even though it's really just his ring that saves the day.
Mama Bear: In Part 3, when Team 2 is battling on a playground, preventing anyone from using it, a mom and her kid show up, and the mom ain't pleased.
Man Children: Of course. This comes back to bite the Critic's team when they mock the the Good Witch of the Woods too much.
Upon learning the truth about the "free car" both Joe and Spoony instantly go from good cheer to screaming a Big "NO!" in anguish.
Part 5 has Team 1 realizing that Malachite is still alive, was waiting for someone to try and find the gauntlet by using the map he sent in a chain letter and had placed a tracking spell on, and that not only does Team 2 have that map, but they're also unaware of the tracking spell immediately followed with the return of That Dude in the Suede.
Musicalis Interruptus: Linkara keeps trying to sing in Part 2, but everybody tells him to knock it off. His efforts in Part 3 go just as well. He's interrupted yet again in Part 7, but is finally allowed a whole song when he argues that he didn't even get a story arc, though his acting ability may have made up for it.
Even better if you've watched Linkara's videos. One of Mechakara's stated goals is to study and adapt to magic so that he can eliminate all humans in the alternate future he comes from. Guess who finds the gauntlet and the gem at the end of the video, and who has already proven to a villain in the sequel?
Ninja Prop: In a production like this, it's understandable that villains and minor characters would be played by the site's supporting cast and less visible reviewers. So it's a surprise when Cloak #1, portrayed by The Last Angry Geek, actually is the Last Angry Geek.
The reviewers know The Oner is for the trailer and can read the on-screen subtitles to understand Arwen!Nostalgia Chick. But then this is pretty much status quo for them. Oddly enough they can't seem to read San!MarzGurl's subtitles, but then again, they did have to be told to read the subtitles by the Nostalgia Chick.
Arwen!Chick distracts Cat with a... montage? How does that work?
Luke: [on the phone to his mother] Yeah, I'm on a quest for buried treasure, isn't that cool? No, this one is for real this time. No, I won't bring home another dead animal.
Todd cremating Ma-Ti. Both acknowledged as such by the Critic and Todd remarking that the others would probably be better off not knowing the details.
Not So Different: Jaffers and his friends turn out to be another group of costumed geeks like the Critic and his reviewers. This is further lampshaded by real-life brothers Doug and Rob Walker playing the Critic and Jaffers respectively, and That Dude in the Suede and the The Last Angry Geek being members of Jaffers' crew.
Jaffers is also very pitiful, only written without the usual weird brand of affection that the Critic gets.
Overly Long Gag: In Part 4, Film Brain and Luke keep on dropping their stone just to watch the Gate Cleaner snarl at the camera, which he is contractually obligated to do every time someone calls him by stone. He eventually gets tired of it and tells them never to call him again.
Malachite forcing the Critic to repeatedly punch himself in the groin 13 times in a row. The oddly realistic crunch sounds don't help.
Panty Shot: Critic has quite a banana hammock going on there.
Pity the Kidnapper: At the end of Part 4, Film Brain is brain-washed by the Cloaks into joining them. Barely minutes into Part 5, he's proven so annoying and insufferable that they distract him with a tree and flee as fast and far as they can.
Playing to the Fetishes: Lampshaded by the Spoony cast commentary. Bennett says that Lupa pulling the Critic's tie and shouting at him that he'll be a lady and like it will inspire millions of fic about forced feminization.
Turned out to be a bad thing in Rob's eyes, as he complains in the To Boldly Flee commentary that Doug basically wanting to rock a mini-skirt detracted from the Malachite/Ma-Ti drama.
Power Crystal: The gauntlet itself doesn't have any power, just the jewel stuck on it.
Red Herring: Spoony's ring is an unintentional example - he decided to wear it as a jokey, cheap version of Gandalf's elven ring and didn't realise until it was too late that it looked just like Aeon's ring, the key to defeating Malachite. This confused a lot of viewers; and Spoony stated in his commentary that he regretted wearing the ring because of this, however several other participants in the commentary pointed out that he shouldn't as it helped obscure the real twist.
Sequel Escalation: It's longer than Kickassia, there are more characters including several surprise cameos, there are more fight scenes, more (and better) special effect scenes, and an epic fantasy quest complete with a Big Bad that wants to destroy the world along with a magical Macguffin to track down.
Elisa's part was meant to be played by one of Rob's friends. Also, after Elisa nearly passed out from being duct taped to a wall for too long, the shot was discarded and redone with her taped to the couch instead.
Ed Glaser was supposed to be a Cloak, but due to weather conditions he chose to remain backstage and Iron Liz took over the role.
Shaped Like Itself: The magical cat puppet's name is... Cat. Subverted when Cat turns out to be the puppeteer.
Share the Male Pain: A subtle example, but when Malachite forces the Critic to Groin Attack himself, the guys in the background can be seen wincing and cringing.
Lupa sure likes pulling Critic's tie and he wanted to kiss her awake in Part 2.
Chick is the only one who can talk to Critic about him showing way too much without being squicked and he clings to her hard when he gets scared.
Both of these get lampshaded in the cast commentary. For Chick/Critic, Lindsay says the characters have a "history" and for Critic/Lupa, Sage mentions that a million forced feminization fics are going to be written.
Joe finds Lupa in leather with a machine gun surprisingly hot.
During Part 7, Jew Wario and Nostalgia Chick can be see holding each other while the whole group shouts 'Heart' in unison to aid Ma-Ti, and later the latter rests her head on former's shoulder during Ma-Ti's funeral.
There used to be two more added lines after this which made it clearer that it was Reagen they were referring to (Jewario worrying about the President and Critic telling him he'll be fine), but it was cut for whatever reason. This led to a few viewers wondering if they were talking about Obama or someone else, forgetting that the tape was made in the 80's.
Another comes when Jaffers refers to the Internet as "that Defense Department bullshit". This is a reference to ARPANET, the former Department of Defense network system that formed the core of the modern Internet.
Everyone pulls this on the Critic during the first episode. He actually has to tell everyone to knock it off when, one by one, they each do a Stealth Hi to introduce their costumes. As for the bye part, everyone pulls it simultaneously as the Critic delivers his rousing speech while looking out a window. That's right, fifteen people left his house without him hearing.
Done to the Cloaks by Team 2 during the "battle relocation."
Malachite does it to Jew Wario after returning the map.
Ma-Ti and later Linkara show up in the Critic's bedroom from out of nowhere.
Stock Footage: During the flashback scene explaining Malachite and Aeon, there's a shot of an erupting volcano. That you probably can't film in Chicago.
Stylistic Suck: Not only invoked but also completely justified, since in-universe all the characters (except Malachite) are normal people putting on an act of being a fantasy character for the purposes of the quest. Even the magic-using Cloaks and Good Witch are everyday people Jaffers recruited to protect the gauntlet.
In the commentary, the reviewers point out the battle scenes don't have any continuity (Lupa bites Cat in the foreground, in the following shot he's fighting Tom in the background.)
An 8-bit version of the Indiana Jones theme plays when the Cinema Snob shows off his costume. Obviously, the original is copyrighted and a production team of this budget would never be able to acquire the rights to use it.
An orchestrated version pops up during his parts in the big fight scene.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: The box containing the Voice of the Ancient World is very clearly labeled: "DOES NOT CONTAIN VOICE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD." Naturally, AskThatGuy put it there.
Take My Hand: When MarzGurl is about to fall off of a slide, The Cinema Snob takes her hand and shouts at her to give him her other as she attempts to reach for her spear. She ends up falling... but it turns out to be a really short slide. To make it even better, they recite dialogue from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. With Marz's lines in Japanese.
In regards to Liv Tyler's portrayal of Arwen via Nostalgia Chick.
8-Bit Mickey: I've never seen someone over-romanticise a bunch of nothing so well.
As silly as Cat is, you have to give him one thing. He's funnier than Jeff Dunham.
Critic wants to find a way to get Chick-Fil-A to stop serving Christians. Works on two levels; the first being that they're closed on Sundays, and the second being the chain is known for their religion-"excused" homophobia. *
Everyone on the site has expressed support for LGBT rights, with Doug even theorizing gay people are actually protecting the sanctity of marriage because of all they go through to get it.
When Team 2 trying to get inside the last location on their map:
The Cinema Snob: Hi there, we represent the Broadway Better Business Players For A Brighter Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee, and with your help, we can stop Mamma Mia! from ever playing again.
When Malachite rants about TV shows in part five, his tone gets even more hateful when he gets to Glee.
The theme song to Suburban Knights was reedited for people who found it offensive. The only change was "D&D is lame" for "D&D is Okay. It's Okay." The song is stopped by Spoony soon after that.
The end of Part 5. Suede's back! Obviously, it has more of an impact if you've been a fan of TGWTG from the beginning.
The episode has plenty of Wham to go around: Jaffers was alive, just trapped inside Malachite's book, the mysterious Big Bad is Malachite, who sent the chain letter so somone would lead him to the hand by putting a tracking spell on the map, and Team B is walking right into his trap with no way to warn them!
You Don't Want to Know: At Ma-Ti's funeral, Critic thanks Todd for cremating Ma-Ti following it would be best if he didn't tell them how or why. Todd agrees with this.
The original line was "Chicks dig cremations", which makes even less sense!
It Makes Sense In Context, as it was supposed to be accompanied with a wink or somesuch gesture towards the ladies of TGWTG. Apparently that was scrapped because the hood didn't leave much room for facial emoting.
You Keep Using That Word: After Malachite pauses his "destroy all technology" campaign to answer his smartphone and the Critic calls him an idiot, he replies, "At least I'm not a hypocrite." Critic is so dumbfounded by this response that he has to have Jew Wario take over for him.
Too bad they didn't make Joe do the explaining.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Critic takes the gauntlet from Suede, cheers his team, all of whom begin to droop. The scene goes silent for three long beats before Malachite's theme begins.
MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA, MOTHERFUCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS