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  • Accidentally Correct Writing:
    • In the Half in the Bag review of Solo, Mike conjectures that when George Lucas was writing the script to A New Hope, he didn't know what a parsec was. The review cuts to Obi-Wan giving Han an incredulous stare, implying Obi-Wan finds the claim as ridiculous as Mike does. However, what Lucas actually wrote in the script for Obi-Wan's reaction shot to "twelve parsecs" was "Ben reacts to Solo's stupid attempt to impress them with obvious misinformation." Meaning that Mike accidentally got Lucas's correct intention across without realizing it.
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    • In the Revenge of the Sith review, Plinkett mocks the evolution of Force lightning from being something Palpatine pulled out to torture Luke to being his and every other moderately powerful Sith Lord's primary battle tactic, and concludes that he was surprised Yoda didn't start shooting green lightning. Plinkett would likely be enthused by the fact that Legends continuity featured a depressing number of instances of Jedi using Force lightning, which is often green.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • Roger Ebert, who gave both The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith three and a half stars (out of four) and couldn't have missed Plinkett's jab at his credibility, posted a link to the Revenge of the Sith review.
    • Simon Pegg and Damon Lindelof also tweeted their approval of the reviews.
    • Jacksfilms gifted about 35,000 subscribers to the crew when he made a video describing them as The Best Channel on YouTube. This allowed them to cross the million-subscribers threshold mere weeks before YouTube changed their subscriber display system, preventing sites like Socialblade from displaying live subscriber count updates.
  • The Danza:
    • Mike and Jay, the protagonists from Half in the Bag, are played by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman, respectively.
    • Officer Rich Koslowski, Comic Book Guy Rich Evans, Lightning Fast Employee Rich and Building Inspector Rich Minerski are played by Rich Evans.
  • Deleted Scene: RLM filmed somewhere between 25-35 minutes of footage for Doc of the Dead, but only about 2 minutes ended up in the final film. RLM were eventually allowed to upload a 15-minute cut of their segments on their YouTube channel.
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  • Fanon: Since the "Plinkett reviews" Harry Plinkett is from a different continuity than Plinkett in Half in the Bag, fans have assumed one version is the manga, while the other is the anime adaptation of the manga story, and the stories may eventually "catch up" to each other.
  • Milestone Celebration: Parodied with a setup meant to seem like a typical celebration, with the whole crew on a webcam watching the subscriber count tick upwards to a million. When it crosses the line everyone except for Rich Evans leaves nonchalantly with visible mild-to-moderate disgust. Rich is left alone in the dark with a party popper and in a post-credits gag is left cleaning up the mess by himself.
  • Missing Episode
    • The first Pre-Rec stream was believed to be lost until a fan uploaded a nearly complete version. Seen here.
    • The fake Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Half in the Bag review was taken off of YouTube twice due to YouTube's policies of misleading titles. To avoid having their channel taken down, Red Letter Media set their April Fools' Best of the Worst video and their many fake review videos for Transformers: The Last Knight to private.
    • The Best of the Worst episode and special interview with Max Landis were de-listed after his numerous sexual harassment allegations. The Best of the Worst episode can still be viewed by its direct link.
  • No Budget: While the gang's rather shoddy production values are part of the charm of their reviews, they're actually extremely well-produced for internet videos. They have a large studio space for filming, several fully decorated sets, and a large collection of props, which is a lot more than most people have.
  • Old Shame: They discourage people from seeing their thriller film The Recovered.
  • The Other Darrin: Sorta. The Plinkett character originated in a couple of short films, where he was portrayed by Rich Evans. Mike Stokasa, the main writer of those shorts, decided to use the character for the reviews, and performed the voice himself. Evans portrays the character in a full-length movie that came out well after the reviews started, but was produced earlier. Unlike other examples of this trope, the two versions of Plinkett are not in canon with each other, and it's possible that Evans will continue to portray the character in the future.
    • The line between the two different Plinketts (described by Stoklasa as "Plinkett A" and "Plinkett B") was blurred in "The Revenge of Nadine" short and the Half in the Bag series. In them, Plinkett (as played by Evans) is the same Plinkett that made the Star Wars reviews and became an internet sensation (and who was, of course, voiced by Stoklasa); essentially they seem to have become a kind of The Other Darrin tag team; this was Lampshaded in a Half in the Bag intro which has Plinkett shouting "I don't even know who I am anymore!!!" at the top of his lungs.
    • The teaser trailer for the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull review seems to establish the two Plinketts as two different people who just happen to be very similar to one another, even though this blatantly contradicts "The Revenge Of Nadine". This may be because of Villain Decay on the part of Evans!Plinkett, given his portrayal in Half in the Bag as docile and incredibly senile. The mysteriously revived Palpatine, an established Straw Fan, naturally refers to Evans!Plinkett as "Fake Plinkett" and Stoklasa!Plinkett as "the real Lord Plinkett", and at the end of the teaser, attacks "Fake Plinkett" with Force lightning in an attempt to kill him.
    • Lampshaded in the Half in the Bag review of The Dark Knight Rises, where Mike is forced to do an impression of Mr. Plinkett. Jay tells him that's the worst Plinkett impression he'd ever heard, and no one would believe it's the real Plinkett.
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  • Production Posse: Mike, Jay, Jack, Josh and Rich Evans form the "core" of the posse. Jessi was a regular in the early Best of the Worst videos before disappearing abruptly. Jocelyn Ridgely and several more of the gang's friends will occasionally appear in small roles.
  • Promoted Fanboy: A fan who created a number of animations about Plinkett (using sound collage from various sources for the voice work) was officially invited to create further episodes under the Red Letter Media banner, complete with newly-recorded Plinkett dialogue specifically for the cartoons.
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • "I Squeeze Gats" by Charlie Brown Beatz.
    • Mike & Jay get a lot of their samples from the Garageband library, since they edit their content on Macs. One such song is "Fifth Avenue Stroll", a jazz standard which plays over Establishing Shots of Plinkett's home and Lightning Fact VCR Repair. "West Precinct" plays out each Half in the Bag review.
    • Mike (or rather Plinkett) is also fond of "Oranges," usually played when examining flaws in a script.
    • George Lucas' and Disney's theme song appears to be "We're in the Money."
  • Throw It In!: Occasionally invoked.
    • In Half in the Bag Episode 45 Mike suddenly bursts out laughing, which was kept because it's so unexpected.
    • A sudden loud and hard sneeze by Mike that caught everyone in the discussion off guard was apparently too good to leave out of "Wheel of the Worst #3".
    • The entirety of the second part of "Wheel of the Worst #6". The second video discussion, "The Osteoporosis Dance", is twelve minutes, and consists of everyone trying desperately not to burst out laughing and failing horribly.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to "How Not to Make a Movie", shortly after "The Phantom Menace" review went viral, Mike received an offer from Paramount Pictures to be part of an initiative to make a micro-budgeted movie in the hope to recapture the success of Paranormal Activity. Mike submitted a script to a remake of his old film "Gorilla Interrupted" only for the studio to reject the project.


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