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    Independence Day vs. War of the Worlds 
Will Smith: [punches out alien] Welcome to Earth.
  • Using "Macarena" and "My Humps" to illustrate the "two widely-different eras" of The '90s and 2005 respectively.
  • On comparing the looks of the aliens note :
    Lindsay: Only I guess these guys have mouths, so they can go "Bleh."
    War of the Worlds alien: Bleh!
    • She later disparagingly refers to them as "big-eyed, cute aliens", noting how this clashes with the tone of the rest of the film.
  • "I'm not saying it would've been better if Robbie never came back into the narrative—well, I mean it kinda would have, it would've shown Ray his inadequacy has a consequence..."

    How Aladdin Changed Animation (by Screwing Over Robin Williams) 
  • After mentioning the revival of Williams' film career with Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Hook:
    Lindsay: But none of these are so relevant to the story of Aladdin as a charming little polemic by the name of...
    Title card: FernGully: The Last Rainforest
    Sub-title: (no really) note 
  • On Williams' request that he not be used in more than 25% of the film's marketing:
    Lindsay: [chuckles] Williams said... "Don't merchandise my character"... To Disney. [chuckles] Aw...
  • The welcome return of "I'm losing to a BIRD!"—and again making it a Running Gag.
  • While reviewing the other animation studios and their similar push for celebrity voice talent, a trailer for The Star abruptly cuts her off to emphasize the sheer deluge of celebrities hired, only stopped by her bewilderment at Oprah being netted for the film.
  • While Lindsay doesn't exactly say it, she manages to communicate her opinion on Bicentennial Man through the clip she pulls from it.
    Amanda/Little Miss: It's scary...
    Grace/Miss: It's not scary, it's stupid.
  • Lindsay constantly referring to Jeffrey Katzenberg as a "petty asshole", complete with a flowery photoshopped image of Katzenberg and an Enya song playing.

    We Need to Talk About Game of Thrones I Guess 
  • The opening:
    Lindsay: So, the internet has lost its mind.
    [Hard cut to a collage of thinkpieces about Season 8 of Game of Thrones, set to Verdi's "Dies Irae, Libera Me".]
    Lindsay: ...I include myself in that description...
    [Hard cut to an identical collage of Lindsay's tweets complaining about the season.]
  • Her rapid-fire recap of the entire show's run:
    • Her subtitles for each season highlight the fandom's ride from being excited to despondent with each successive season.
      Season 1: This is awesome!!
      Season 2: Wow it's even better!
      Season 3: Shit gets real!
      Season 4: Get aboard the HYPE train
      Season 5: Shit's still cool, right??
      Season 6: Okay maybe last season was a fluke and now we're going to get back on track this is gonna be great
      Season 7: I'm starting to get worried
      Season 8: Kill me
    • Tywin's introduction is accompanied by floating hearts, a pink cursive "SENPAI", and Heart's "These Dreams."
      Lindsay: "Charles Dance is the real power behind the throne, and also the best character in television history. Do not @ me, he just is."
    • Disdain for the show's portrayal of Tyrion killing Shae is made clear by calling him "Boyfriend of the Year! He apologized!" while playing "Sorry".
      Lindsay: But not before he murders Charles Dance... and also his girlfriend. But don't worry, he's still totally sympathetic!
      Tyrion: I'm sorry. (note that this is a post-mortem apology)
    • Every time Euron appears, an off-key whistle solo plays to really emphasize how awful he is and is solely referred to as "Hot Topic Pirate".
    • Playing Turn Down For What? every time Robert Baratheon (AKA Bobby BEEEEEEEEEEEEE!) is mentioned.
    • The Jon Snow/Daenerys romance in season 7 is portrayed as a light fluffy romcom in the midst of everything else.
    • The Series Continuity Error of "The Bells" is underlined by a rapid-fire montage of Tyrion saying the bells, and then immediately cutting to them said to be used for anything but surrender in season 2. The yodelling as background music is the cherry on top.
    • "And then the bells ring, and then Daenerys is like 'noooo, I think um I'm gonna do some WAR CRIMES.' And then does 9/11 like times a hundred."
    • Her reaction to Bran being the ruler in the end on the sole basis of stories being the best qualifier is simply "EUAAGGHH-".
    • The Running Gag of pointing out "empowering feminist moments"note  set to "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks.
  • Lindsay checks her notes for several seconds to assert that the writing was... bad.
  • The Cleganebowl montage set to a techno remix of "Who Let The Dogs Out?", with lots of airhorns, image macro text, and two fat corgis fighting. It even gets reused as the credits for the following video!
  • When giving the run down of season 8, Lindsay has clearly checked out and is feigning any mild excitement she can about the story.

    The Last of the Game of Thrones Hot Takes 
  • The video basically consists of Lindsay taking apart the writing of the entirety of Season 8 and showing how there were numerous failings of setup-payoff and character development. While much of the video is academic, there's one moment where Lindsay starts talking about Daenerys's "arc" that is absolutely hysterical.
    Lindsay: As it turns out, she's super Hitler! The Hitler that fliiiiiiiiiiiies.
    (Katy Perry's "Roar" plays while Dany burns King's Landing down)
  • Just the general exasperated tone Lindsay takes.
  • The throwback to her Hercules video: "That's right, bitches. The funyuns are back."
  • 'Tis the season for some treason! with uncomfortable expressions from Dany, Tyrion, Jon, and Varys on a Christmas card.
    Season's Treasons! From all of us dumbasses
  • Having been given a gift in the form of the clip of one of the writers saying Dany "kind of forgot about the Iron Fleet", Lindsay makes sure to use the phrase "kind of forgot" in the context of multiple continuity errors, accompanied by the clip playing under her own lines.
  • "But your grace, what about the Geneva Conventions?"
  • Her issue with trying to apply the "First They Came" poem to Dany's Face–Heel Turn:
    Lindsay: First she came for the slavers, and I did not speak out because I was not a slaver. Then she came for the slave masters that crucified a bunch of slave children and I did not speak out. Then she killed a bunch of fucking innocent women and children, so really I'm the idiot, I guess. One two progression, should have seen that coming. It really makes you think. We live in a society.
  • Her irritation at the Starks' refusal to trust anyone in season 8 has her comment that their house motto should be changed to "Fuck you, got mine" accompanied by their sigil changed to be Flipping the Bird.
  • The use of a SpongeBob-esque "X Seasons Earlier/Later" card—voiced by Hbomberguy—becomes a Running Gag. And then "Five Seasons Earlier" happens and Hbomberguy goes:
    "Five Seasons Earlier. Wait, how long is this show? I've been putting it off until I read the books, but should I just start watching the show? Tell me if I should in the comments...of Lindsay's video."
    • And this is after he previously accused Lindsay of stealing his joke.
  • The image summarizing Jon Snow's ultimate characterization: a deflated blobfish with a crudely-drawn sword and black wig and a speech bubble saying "muh queen".
  • Lindsay pretending to throw up after lines of awful and problematic dialogue.
  • When talking about the showrunners trying to explain the burning of King's landing with Dany 'making it personal', Lindsay points out the script says a different thing... with a photoshopped image of the script titled 'Dany make big place go boom boom :(' and an Emmy in the shot.
  • When she points out that Cersei blowing up the Sept should have led to a lot of smallfolk hating her and being happy at the prospect of Daenerys taking over King's Landing... including editing a banner onto King's Landing saying "Welcome Dragon Queen!" and sky writing saying "We <3 Dany"
  • Notes that Cersei spends all of Season 8 with a glass of wine "glowering over my dominion" - which is then followed by a shot of Lindsay herself from her video essay on The Phantom of the Opera (2004) drinking a glass of wine - and she says "I get it, that's my usual Friday night".
  • The Stinger, lampooning the show's ending by dubbing over the "constitutional peasant" scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    Dennis the Peasant: Listen: Strange dwarves sitting in councils telling good stories are no basis for a system of government!
    King Arthur: Be quiet!
    Dennis the Peasant: You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some rhapsodic dwarf strung a narrative together!
    King Arthur: Shut up!
    Dennis the Peasant: I mean, if I went 'round, sayin' I was an Emperor, just because I said could recount the entire plot of Anna Karenina, they'd put me away!
  • Near the end of Tyrion's segment, he made of speech about the importance of stories while being self-congratulatory from the writers.
    Lindsay: So Tyrion's thesis is about the importance of storytelling and writing and how writers are the most important people alive and PLEASEGIVEUSANEMMY!
  • A few points where Lindsay points out all the logical inconsistencies with things the characters say. Examples include...
    • This moment:
    Tyrion: They remember what happened the last time Targaryens brought dragons north.
    (Cut to Lindsay, giving the screen a stern glare)
    Lindsay: Yeah, nothing. Nothing happened. When Aegon the Conqueror invaded the North bent the knee immediately and joined the Seven Kingdoms without a fight and nobody died. The countryside was not burninated. The king at the time was called "The King Who Knelt" for a reason. I guess someone kinda forgot.
    • Lindsay to Tyrion:
    Tyrion: I know that city better than anyone, it will fall tomorrow!

     Woke Disney 
  • Calling Maleficent "My Trash" and saying that as far as the title character's motivations go:
    Lindsay: I think that only Angelina Jolie knew what she was doing.
    Maleficent: [blood-curdling scream]
    Lindsay: I mean, I get it, girl.
  • Revisiting the "Teaching another girl to read? Isn't one enough?" Running Gag from her Beauty and the Beast (2017) review:
    Lindsay: [in a sarcastic tone] Get it? The original movie wasn't empowering. Now... it is.
    [Belle gets hit in the face with a huge CGI snowball and falls over.]
  • Introducing Disney's grasp of "wokeness" with Steve Buscemi's  "How do you do, fellow kids?"
  • Using a #GirlBoss overlay complete with pink filter, air horns and "Fight Song."
    • The fact that said overlay doesn't appear for a Rule of Three when Lindsay is talking about 2017 Belle and Beast's complete lack of chemistry, implying that even the #GirlBoss overlay refused to dignify that with a response.
  • The aforementioned Take That! at live action Belle and Beast's lack of chemistry is emphasized by editing in middle school dance decorations into the dance scene.
  • Watching her new, still-in-box Jasmine doll sing "A Whole New World" while awkwardly smiling.
    Lindsay: A whole new world... To lean into!
  • In the tradition of appropriating film clips to comment on the film itself, it falls to Alan Arkin's character from Dumbo (2019) saying "So?" and "Wow, this is a disaster!" regarding Disney's film trends.
  • On tapping Guy Ritchie to direct the live-action Aladdin (2019):
    Lindsay: "Was all of Bollywood unavailable? All of it?"
  • The cute little Freeze-Frame Bonus when Lindsay's talking about the infamous crows from Dumbo wherein she points out that despite the racism, their song "totally slaps".

     How to Get a Book Deal in Ten Years or Less 
  • Delivers a non-sequitur about her Jesus Christ Superstar shirt, saying "The Cats trailer has sent [her] spiraling into a severe Andrew Lloyd Webber relapse this fall."
  • Naming her two works-in-progress Trunk Novel (in Comic Sans with an alien emoji) and Commercial As Fuck (in a Retraux font).
  • With all the hurdles of the publishing industry, the Running Gag for this video involves screaming into a pillow in black-and-white with wavy effects on the screen.
    • A similar gag pops up (a clown face edited over her own with a honking in the background) whenever her hubris comes to bite her in the butt.


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