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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 8 E 27

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Release: December 30, 2015

Film: The Force Awakens

Tagline: Cinema Snob helps Critic look over the continuation of the most popular sci-fi movies ever, but how does it hold up to the original?


  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The BB-8 that appears in Doug's skits reenacting the movie isn't recycled footage. It's an actual 6-inch-tall app-controlled BB-8 that they borrowed from a friend and shot against their green-screen.
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  • Beauty = Goodness: The Critic and the Snob are surprised to see that Kylo Ren actually looks pretty good under his mask compared to most of the other characters on the Dark Side.
  • Cameo: Dinosaur Rob appears in the background of the cantina as one of the aliens.
  • Clip Show: Inverted — because Doug cannot use clips of movies still in theaters, he instead uses improvised props and his own cast to portray characters in the film, starring himself as Poe Dameron and Luke Skywalker, Brad as Han Solo, Tamara as Rey and Leia Organa, Malcolm as Finn, Rob as Krelman and Chef Gormaanda, Barney as Ackmena, KJ as the Mermeia Holographic, and Jim as Kylo Ren.
  • Crossover: With The Cinema Snob.
  • Genre Blind: Brad/Han ignores some very, very obvious foreshadowing, and at one point steps onto a target for a trap.
  • Juxtaposed Halves Shot: The promo picture of the episode, as seen on YouTube, features the half-faces of the Critic and the Snob separated by a lightsaber.
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  • May the Farce Be with You: In addition to covering the movie, the review doubles as a lampoon of The Star Wars Holiday Special, which the Critic reviewed back in 2009. The underlying sketch in the review shows Critic/Chewbacca and Snob/Han traveling to Kashyyk to learn the customs of "Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhoo-nnakuh", only for the latter to realize that they are actually going to review The Force Awakens, while it is also revealed that Critic/Chewbacca's family are actually Gungans.
  • Missing Trailer Scene / Never Trust a Trailer: Most of what is seen in the trailer released a week prior to the review's release is not included in the final cut. These include Malcolm unmasking and saying "wow, a black guy", Kylo's lightsaber with many messages against complaining fans and BB-8 with many messages describing it as a Merchandise-Driven character.
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  • On the Next: On one post-credits scene, the Critic reveals that January 2016's theme will be M. Night Shyamalan's films, concluding with a sound byte of Mark Wahlberg's infamous "What? No...!" line from The Happening.
  • Red Shirt: Brad/Han literally asks for the Star Trek version from Tamara/Leia before he, Tamara/Rey and Malcolm/Finn set off to fight Jim/Kylo, Foreshadowing his death at the hands of his own son.
  • Shout-Out: The Millennium Falcon isn't scrap metal! It belongs in a museum!
  • Take That!:
    • The offscreen voice calling Rey a Mary Sue... right after Tamara-as-Rey has a Heroic BSoD and gets immediately beaten up by Kylo Ren.
  • Two-Faced Aside: Malcolm/Finn is introduced alternating between crying in remorse over having to commit atrocities and waving to his fellow Stormtroopers whenever they pass by.
  • Vocal Evolution: One of Critic/Chewbacca's Gungan relatives suddenly experiences this at the end of the review, losing his high-pitched tone in favor of a more refined British accent.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Barney as Ackmena, Bea Arthur's character from the Holiday Special.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: "Does the Jedi Menorah have 9 lightsabres?" *Cut to Jedi Menorah with 7 lightsabres*


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