Web Video / The New Adventures of Captain S
Clockwise from left: Becky, NES, Chad, Stacey and Lunk centerThe New Adventures of Captain S
is a Web Video
series debuting in 2007.
Sega Genesis nerd Chad Belmont buys a strange game cartridge and when he plugs it in, finds himself sucked into the realm where games are real. As the Video Defender he's called upon to save the worlds of different games and in the process often learns a lesson that helps him with his problems in the real world. After a few episodes his friends Lunk and Becky learn Chad's secret and support him on their side of the screen.
The first season consisted of ten episodes each running about 10-15 minutes. In 2009 the staff announced that due to unspecified production difficulties, a second season was being called off. Later, it was revealed that ScrewAttack required them to wrap up the airing - not just the shooting - of the episodes by August, so that a DVD could be released in November. At the end of May, shooting had not begun yet, so the team thought that meeting the deadline was completely impossible.
- Affectionate Parody: Including but not limited to Captain N: The Game Master, teen sitcoms, and the Console Wars of the early 90's.
- Aesop Amnesia: The protagonist of course pays dearly for that.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Parodied in the Mortal Kombat-inspired final battle of the show where the S on Chad's jacket and NES's Power Glove change sides whenever they turn around.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied in When Push Comes to Shove-It where Chad learns not to be afraid of responsibility and hard work. Right after he makes up his mind to go back to his job with heartfelt music playing in the background, his boss calls and tells him he's fired for leaving early.
- Angrish: In All's Fair in Love and Sega, after Chad skipped a study date with Becky (the nerdy chick) to go on one with Stacey (the hot chick), and Becky asks him out on Valentine's Day, Chad tells Becky that he wants to ask Stacey out. Becky's reaction: "You're just disg... too, and then you... I can't... And wh... And you'd j... UWAAAH!!!!"
- Big Bad: The Game Genie.
- Broken Aesop: Episode 7, For the Kid in S All, ends with the aesop that if you understand your mistakes, you commit yourself and strive as much as you can, you can overcome any difficulty. The premise of next episode, Captain S'll Make Ya Clap, Clap is that all efforts Chad made in that direction were worthless, and that to actually achieve anything he needed a supernatural means of health regeneration, activated by people clapping.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Played as straight as straight can be.
- The biggest problem viewers tend to have with the show.
- Catchphrase: "Everything gets the kick" and "It'll have to do."
- Christmas Special: Featuring a Fake Crossover with The Angry Video Game Nerd.
- The Dragon: NES.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Parodied when Chad gets wasted on milk shakes after losing a fight to NES.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: AVGN's trademark potty mouth is softened in his guest appearance, and when he does curse he's either cut off or bleeped.
"What a buttload of crud."
- Gretzky Has the Ball: According to the commentary of one of the actresses, Lunk's advice to Chad during soccer try-outs ("Keep the ball close, don't be afraid to get physical, and don't overpower your shot") is the advice of someone who's never played soccer.
- Heel–Face Turn: NES.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: See Frothy Mugs of Water above. When Captain S loses a fight, he quits.
- I Am Not Left-Handed: In the final showdown between Captain S and the Game Genie, Captain S seems to have the Genie's number before the Genie proclaimed "We're not *snort* left-handed." and proceeded to transform into his true form
- It Will Never Catch On:
AVGN: Okay, but you're going to be end up like Aeris from Final Fantasy VII.
Chad: Ha! It's called Final Fantasy! Why would they make a sequel? Dimwit.
- Malt Shop: Chad's favorite hangout. "Let's get shakes!"
- Mission Control: The Big Blue Head.
- Moral Dissonance: In the second episode, Chad defeats the villain in a soccer game by injuring so many opposing players with cheap shots that they're forced to forfeit. Opponents who seemed to be playing fairly, just better than Chad and his team of clones. The reasoning seems to be he stinks at sports, but he's great at hurting digital people.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: After Game Genie "upgrades" NES with the Virtual Boy, he becomes a much more dangerous opponent for Chad.
- Reality Ensues: Chad shakes his fist in pain after punching someone in the real world.
- Redemption Equals Death: NES.
- Rival Turned Evil: NES and Chad were childhood friends who were torn apart by the console wars. Without Chad's friendship, NES eventually discovered and was influenced by the Game Genie.
- Royal "We": Game Genie speak entirely in royal plural, referring to himself as "we" and "us."
- Sequel Hook: The appearance of Super NES at the end.
- Shout-Out: The Big Blue Head is a reference to Zordon, the mentor of the Power Rangers. NES acts exactly like Malcolm does in Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. In "Captain S'll Make Ya Clap Clap", the Game Genie even calls humans "meat-things" like Kilokahn does in Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad.
- Training Montage: Complete with Chad having to run in a pink jogging suit.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Zombies Ate My Homeroom.
- All Your Powers Combined: During the course of the season, at least two characters would have received "cheat devices" that increase their powers. The more they used them, the more they would have provided energy to them (while also falling victim to The Corruption), until the cheat devices would have merged together and recreated the Game Genie.
- Big Damn Heroes: Or in this case, Big Damn Antihero. Nigel would have reappeared just in time to save Chad and Adam from Tobias, showing off his new powers.
- Darker and Edgier: The general tone of the season would have been this, compared to the first season.
- Heel–Face Turn: Would have happened to Adam Jaguar (see The Rival below), after the Game Genie is resurrected.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tobias (see With Great Power Comes Great Insanity below) would have ended this way, after discovering that his actions had allowed the Game Genie to resurrect. He would have been killed by the Game Genie, who was instead trying to kill Chad, Adam and Nigel.
- I Choose to Stay: After the final battle, Nigel would have chosen to stay in Videoland.
- Not Quite Dead: Nigel, who had apparently made a Heroic Sacrifice in season 1, would have been revealed to be alive and well, working for the Third Party in Videoland.
- The Corruption: Would have happened (only to a certain extent) to Chad, after he starts using a cheat device that increases his powers. It would have had a much worse effect on Tobias, for the same reason.
- The Rival: A new character named Adam Jaguar, a Jerkass who knows that Chad is Captain S, can enter Videoland and is intended to prove his superiority (just like Atari intended to prove that the Jaguar was superior to the Genesis).
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: It would have happened to Tobias, a genius programmer who discovers Videoland. At first, he would have tried to become an Older Sidekick to Captain S, only to be turned away and laughed at. His subsequent attempt to reveal the existence of Videoland to his colleagues and boss would have failed too, and he would have been fired. He would have then received a cheat device (similar to the one that started The Corruption on Chad) and started using it for himself. At first, he would have used its powers to destroy his enemies, then he would have started to reshape Videoland to his will and absorb video game bosses to increase his power even more. He would have tried to kill Chad and Adam, but he would have been temporarily stopped by Nigel. He would have then tried to take on him too, but he would have regained his sanity after his actions resurrected the Game Genie. At that point, he would have chosen to perform a Heroic Sacrifice.