Wanted to like it so much, but...
I'll begin by saying I really WANTED to like this special. I've loved every other anniversary special put out by TGWTG — the Brawl was short but hilarious, Kickassia was hilariously over-the-top and awesome, and Suburban Knights managed to combine great humor with an epic fantasy storyline. So when the fourth special was announced to be a sci-fi "movie," I had high hopes. But in the end, I found the special to be boring, and found myself having to force myself to finish it.
My main problem with the special is that it tries to be a parody of sci-fi tropes and stories, but doesn't quite make it. The plot feels like a patchwork of stolen plot points from Star Wars (specifically Revenge of the Sith), Star Trek (specifically Search For Spock), Flight of the Navigator, and others, with references and characters from Judge Dredd, Battlefield Earth, Superman, etc. While references and parodies have long been part of many of these reviewers' work, here they practically took over the story and dragged it down — we came to see something new, not something we've seen five times before.
The heavy-handed SOPA plot rather reeked of Anvilicious as well, and while that could have been interesting it ended up amounting to almost nothing in the end. It was as if the story couldn't decide on a plot and so hopped around between five different ones.
That and there were a few things that could easily have been cut from the film — did we really need Turrel and Zod among the villains? Did we really need the love triangle between Todd, Nostalgia Chick, and Lupa? Did we really need Jessi's sudden transformation into an anime character? What was the point?
There were many good points to the film, and it wasn't entirely bad. It was nice to see relationships develop among the reviewers, and to see them gain character development. I liked the callbacks to Suburban Knights and Kickassia. The special effects, while understandably not on par with ILM, are greatly improved over previous installments. And the Critic's dramatic sendoff brought a tear to my eye.
All in all, however, I was disappointed by the special, and unlike Kickassia and Knights "To Boldly Flee" is probably one I'm not going to re-watch. I can't complain too much — it WAS free and made by relative amateurs — but I still was disappointed and bored.