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Killed prematurely
While I am happy the Nostalgia Critic has returned, even making a review lauding "The Review Must Go On" I think he prematurely pulled the plug on Demo Reel. This is coming a guy who wasn't particularly impressed with it. Demo Reel was a show within a show/mockumentary about an ambitious aspiring director named Donny Dupre, and his "quirky" and longsuffering crew members who were tasked with remaking films a la Be Kind Rewind or Amanda Show's Block Blister. The real weakness of Demo Reel, in my opinion, was the comedy. The entire premise is fairly unoriginal and the delivery wasn't particularly better than what can be seen by college humor or smosh. What made the series appealing was the drama (ironically), looking at the characters and their various issues was the reason I kept looking back. If you look at some of the early Nostalgia Critics the episodes weren't always golden, yet he persevered and became the big name Internet Celebrity he is today. I think Demo Reel should have been treated the same way. It could have been a monthly special set in between the Bi-weekly Nostalgia Critic videos. Heck, maybe even quarterly so he's not overwhelmed.

A similar Replacement Scrappy effect happened to Bowser Jr. and the Koopalings in the Super Mario Bros franchise. Junior wasn't well received because the fandom thought he replaced the siblings. When introduced in a game together people warmed up to Bowser Jr. I would argue the same would have happened for Demo Reel, instead of replacing one for the other, make time for both.
Yeah everyone seemed to like the drama and character the most. Poor guys, they (especially Donnie) deserved a happier ending after all that. [sad]
comment #18185 emeriin 13th Feb 13
Although I wouldn't call it ironic. Both the Walkers said pretty early on that they wanted to do a drama with comedic elements, and had the idea since 2008.
comment #18186 emeriin 13th Feb 13
I enjoyed Demo reel but I wish it was more grounded in reality.I also found the balance between dark drama and dark comedy in the show to be very clumsy.
comment #18273 Lonniecontreras 21st Feb 13
"More grounded in reality" what? Before that whole purgatory thing, it was completely grounded in reality. And explain how it was clumsy.
comment #18274 annette 21st Feb 13
This is what I meant by clumsy:we are supposed to be upset by Donnie's mom suicide(it worked) and yet we are supposed to find people being murdered,the family that kidnapped Donnie and Rachel"s pedophile uncle story to be hilarious.As for "more grounded in reality"I was referring to the 'vampire turkey' episode ,which seems like a nostalgia critic sketch.
comment #18360 Lonniecontreras 2nd Mar 13
The first one sure, but the later two no. The family were funny *at first* but then went right into awful and creepy as Donnie so justifiably called them out twice, and Becs was upset by her uncle and her parents and everything that had happened to her. It was also the point where Tacoma began to think she couldn't take care of herself and so turned a bit white knight.

As for the turkey, it's still more reality-based than evil teddy bear.
comment #18362 emeriin 2nd Mar 13
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