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Recap / The Nostalgia Critic S 9 E 16

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Release: August 16, 2016

Film: Wild Wild West

Tagline: Before Will Smith was in Suicide Squad, he was committing career suicide with this stinker.

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  • Acoustic License: NC considers that while Dr. Loveless is pulling away from the group after leaving them to a death trap, he should be harder to hear from a distance even with the megaphone as the train pulls further away.
  • All Just a Dream: The opening trailer for a movie with an original idea is just a bad dream NC was having.
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  • Big "NO!": Tamara and Malcolm scream one out when they find they have to actually be controversial in their movie instead of relying on things like changing races and/or genders.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Tamara and Malcolm have this reaction when their movie isn't based on any existing media.
  • Call-Back: When Dr. Loveless unleashes his Spider-Tank, the Critic says that normally he'd bring out his Dr. Smith disguise from his Lost in Space review, but ultimately relents, claiming it's not worth the makeup.
  • The Cameo: Channel Awesome staff producer and CGI artist Fard Muhammad appears in the "Something Original" faux-trailer as the stranger who seems to know something about Malcolm and Tamara's powers.
  • Chewing the Scenery: NC's idea of the magnetic collars is that it's keeping the cast from eating any more scenery.
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  • Driven to Suicide: The scenes where West and Gordon struggle to remove their magnetic collars was deemed by the Critic to be so boring he imagines a scenario in a movie theater where three insects (Doug, Malcolm and Tamara) find it unusually empty, with the man running the projector having hung himself using the film strip. Seeing the film for themselves, Insect-Tamara and Insect-Malcolm spray themselves with a can of Raid, leaving Insect-Doug alive for longer until the end, when he asks the Critic to also spray at him.
  • Dull Surprise: The Critic's opinion on Salma Hayek's performance as Rita Escobar.
  • Empty Shell: The Critic describes this happening to people who watch the movie, especially during the fake breast scene.
  • The Film of the Book: Averted in the opening Trailer Spoof, titled 'Something Original'. Tamara and Malcolm are horrified they actually have to act instead of relying on nostalgia.
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  • Gender Flip: Averted. Tamara is stymied that her character wasn't originally a white guy.
  • Hypocritical Humor: The Critic complains about the number of close-up shots of Dr. Loveless' monologue, even counting the occurrences. Then the review also does a tally of how many times the Critic has done the same.
  • Race Lift: Averted. Malcolm is confused that his character wasn't originally a white guy.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Gordon on a steam bike overtakes West on a horseback is followed with a scene from A Fish Called Wanda with Otto screaming "Asshole!" to another driver behind him. It also doubles as an Actor Allusion, as both Gordon and Otto were played by Kevin Kline.
  • Star-Derailing Role: The Critic claims that not only was this film a low point in the careers of Kevin Kline (Artemus Gordon), Kenneth Branagh (Dr. Arliss Loveless) and director Barry Sonnenfeld (at least until Nine Lives (2016)), but this was also the start of Will Smith's (James West) long decline after a string of cinematic hits.
  • Super Strength: Tamara's power in the spoof trailer gives anyone who touches her this.
  • Touch of Death: Malcolm's power in the spoof trailer makes anyone he touches sick until they die.
  • Trailer Spoof: The episode opens up with one for a movie.
  • Your Mom: The Critic mocking the obvious jokes between West and Loveless:
    Critic!Loveless: Your mama so fat, she almost ate the black off ya!
    Critic!West: Your mama so fat, yer in a wheelchair!
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