Harsher in Hindsight:
- Considering Spoony's departure from Channel Awesome and the confirmation that his role won't be edited out, and unless there is a major reconciliation it will be the last time he appears in one of the site's Massive Multiplayer Crossover videos; the release of the teaser trailer coming the very next week had the title take on a whole new meaning for some.
- The scene in the second trailer where Spoony is forcibly carried away by two of the shadowy men in black suits.
- Obscurus Lupa being the one to question why the reviewers should trust the Critic when he says they have to save Spoony, considering her very public falling out with Noah in real life (although worth noting that the two did settle their feud eventually).
- SadPanda stating that Spoony's "dead to him" in Part 3, and telling Dr Insano that "Some of us hoped that we'd never see you again" in Part 8.
- Luke's comment about Channel Awesome being a family may be included in this context. Firstly because he disassociated himself from said family just a few months after To Boldly Flee's premiere, and secondly because a number of families have... controversial members... who are on poor terms with some members of the family but are still tight with others. It offers hope of a reconciliation, but family fights can be among the most bitter. (Spoony would later react to this scene by remarking on his Twitter that he's the drunken uncle no one invites to reunions anymore.)
- Film Brain enters Spoony's mind and finds warped and exaggerated versions of some of his co-workers.
- In the final part, Spoony doesn't appear with everyone else and it's concluded that he "didn't make it". He does show up again, but at that point it just makes the scene even more uncomfortable.
- A shot in the finale shows Spoony sitting next to JO as she talks to her boyfriend Nash on the phone. Considering one of the events◊ that lead to his meltdown... yeah.
- Then there's...this, in wake of the revelation that real-life Noah suffers from bipolar II disorder:
Critic: [To Spoony] I think you need a doctor.
Critic: Have you lost your mind?
- When Spoony falls on Critic, he then says "now I need a doctor". Doug's commentary for To Boldly Flee and The Review Must Go On both have him admitting he has brain problems.
- Mechakara killing everyone in Minnesota who reminds him of Linkara is already disturbing, but as America has had a lot of shootings recently, it becomes even scarier.
- Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away the day before Part 2 (in which the reviewers head into space) was released. The last line of the part even contains the name "Neil" by sheer coincidence.
- The storyline Linkara had started before the film's release but set after the film's events, is about his ego having grown over the years to make him evil. In this movie, everyone takes Mechakara being creepy and bad-tempered as Linkara acting normal.
- Doug's commentary, where he spends a lot of it analyzing why the movie is such a perfect end for the Critic, is pretty awkward to listen to after “The Review Must Go On”.
- JesuOtaku referring to Nash as "hun" is sweet until you remember that they broke up a year after To Boldly Flee was released.
- She also says that she'll be home 'very soon'. She's since moved to California to live with her new boyfriend.
- Critic's even-in-trailers desperation to actually do something right for once. The Bittersweet Ending and his happiness in the Plot Hole gives the reassurance that he did... but then it gets undermined by Douchey having to take over instead.
- The Doug/Critic scene, the one scene that even the cast kept on raving over as the best in the movie, is pretty hard to watch after "The Review Must Go On". You Are Better Than You Think You Are speeches don't really have the same heartwarming effect when knowing the recipient will use it as an excuse to be cruel.
- "The Review Must Go On" and beyond proved Ma-Ti right about Critic all along. He destroys Demo Reel, both in-universe and "out", doesn't care, and is never called out for it. And why this derailment? Because Word of God admitted Donnie = Critic was an attack on the fans demanding the character back.
- Between the battle of "End of an Age and critics will soon be forgotten" vs "critics are a family and make art", Kyle is firmly on the latter side, giving one of the best most heartwarming speeches in the film. Fast forward a year or two, and he's spreading the uncomfortable truth that TGWTG is stagnating and everyone is bored.
- Critic has two breakdowns to Film Brain about how he doesn't want to hurt people any more. Post-comeback that's essentially all he does, including killing a little girl, terrorizing Rachel in The Shining and murdering fans of Adam Sandler movies.
- Moments like Luke's speech about the critics being a family or any of the heartwarming group moments become like this since the mass leavings of the group. Most of the people who starred in this are gone, and most have had rather unpleasant things to say about the movie (and the problems filming it, mostly coming from Doug's Creator Breakdown), the site, and the management.