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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 7 E 13

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Release: July 1, 2014

Film: After Earth

Tagline: Fear IS real, and this movie is proof of it!

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  • Anything but That!/This Is Gonna Suck: The second the "AFTER EARTH" logo appears, the Critic starts screaming for deliverance.
  • Back from the Dead: Shyamal-Amon is back for the second time... except simply to troll the Critic.
  • Call-Back: This being an M. Night Shyamalan film, the Critic compares Kitai learning ghosting to being Shyamalized.
    Critic!Kitai: I have been Shyamalized. I show emotion to none, but, more importantly, care not for what everybody thinks about my work. That is the Shyamalan way.
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  • Corpsing: It's obvious that the Critic is trying in vain to contain his laughter over having to spell out "Cypher Raige".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • After a conversation with Will!Malcolm, the Critic scoffs at the Smiths' blatant nepotism, to which Doug's brother Rob says, "Right?"
    • Kitai screaming "I'm not a coward!" at the camera.
    Critic!Kitai: You hear that, audience?! I don't need an adult to get me through a movie! Unless it's Jackie Chan, Keanu Reeves or my own friggin' dad... twice."
  • Mis-blamed: Invoked and defied — the Critic does take steps to point out that, as much as the film suffers from his eccentric directing, Shyamalan isn't entirely to blame for its bad rep, as the Smiths' ego and rampant nepotism also took its toll on whatever credibility it had left.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: How the Critic outs the Force-ghost of Will as Shyamal-Amon all along.
  • Running Gag: DENIED!
  • Skewed Priorities: After Kitai's pondering about his transforming survival suit, the Critic puts up a scene with two army commanders (Doug and Malcolm) questioning one soldier (Tamara) on the field regarding her (and their enemies') fashion senses.
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  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: The Critic points out how bizarre it is that the otherwise stoic Cypher yells at Kitai for no apparent reason.
  • Technobabble: The Critic points out that while the actors on Star Trek probably have no idea what they're talking about, they're able to at least sell it like they do. Will Smith is not able to.
  • Unfortunate Names: The Critic is completely unable to take Cypher Raige's name seriously, snickering every time he says it. Eventually, he has to get a puppet Critic to say it for him just because of the ridiculousness of it.
  • Villain Decay: After being a legitimate threat in his last two appearances, Shyamal-Amon can only grumble over being easily outed by the Critic before simply taunting him that he cannot be easily Killed Off for Real.

No, daAAd!

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