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How to describe E;R...
Take every offensive meme you find on Twitter or 4chan. Put in as much dark humor to offend everyone as much as you can. Then make sure at the core is film analysis not afraid to tell you everything you love is terrible.
That should give you a slight idea of what this channel is.
E;R is an analysis channel without any real unifying theme, mostly just going after films and TV he watches. Hes well known for his deep analysis, slick editing, tackling and subsequent butchering of Sacred Cows, and offensive humor.
Very, very offensive.
Enter at your own risk.
Not to be confused with ER.
Tropes applying to and discussed by E;R.
- Accentuate the Negative: The conceit of the whole channel. His videos are written and purposed to dress down their subject matter as cuttingly and abrasively as possible, re-framing them as the worst of the worst in scripted entertainment in brutal contrast to the penchant of popular journalism and fandom to glowingly pedestal them as the greatest. Notable targets include The Legend of Korra, the Disney Star Wars movies (particularly the sequel trilogy), and Life Is Strange.
- Adaptation Decay: One of his main problems with Death Note (2017). It tries to do its own thing while using the Death Note name, but it only results in an inconsistent mess that contradicts both the tight and meticulous rules of the original and its own rules, most infamously the ferris wheel scene, which only counts under "physically possible" in the loosest standard.
- Ambiguously Brown: His face has never been seen, and while he has jokingly said in "Captain Marvelita: Bad L Angle" to be black after Brie Larson's comments on A Wrinkle in Time (2018), how much of this is a joke is unknown.
- Author Appeal:
- Berserk Button: He has several:
- Changing established characters and lore, particularly when it isn't necessary and doesn't even attempt to get the original characterization right. In his review of the Netflix Death Note adaptation roughly half of his criticisms come from the changes made to the main characters personalities (seeing Light as being dumb and wimpy and Mia as being an obnoxious bitch for example) and the alterations made to the rules of the death note itself for the sake of plot devices.
- Political Correctness Gone Mad is another big one. He often goes out of his way to mock social justice and feminist themes in the media he reviews and will happily use racially charged and gender based comedy in his videos. Naturally, he also dislikes characters he perceives as Mary Sues and/or writer inserts.
- Situations that invoke the following just so that the writers of any piece of media he criticizes can justify painting their characters' actions (and subsequent characterization) in a particular light:
- And of course, being a Hypocrite in general. Of particular note is his video on The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars, where he chastises Irene Koh for having the nerve to complain that the world of Avatar ''isn't inclusive enough'' (despite her profile picture implying that she is trying to make herself look ''white'' through her lightened skin tone, blonde dyed hair, and blue contact lenses), even going so far as to compare her to Koh the Face Stealer (mocked as Koh the ''Race'' Stealer).
- Blatant Lies: His idea of how L was told about Watari's death in Death Note (2017).Cop: Yeah, uh, hey L. We found Watari but, well, crazy story. Somebody seems to have shot him...38 times. Yeah, no idea how that happened in this, uh, abandoned orphanage miles from anything. Uh...Look, I just followed the lead. The other guys started it.
- Caustic Critic: Taken Up to Eleven. None of his videos contain a single wholly positive review, and he can accurately be said to epitomize YouTube video essayists' reputation for falling into this trope.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- If he thinks a work deserves credit for something done well he'll make a note of it and give it proper praise, even if it's in a work he otherwise hates. Even in something awful he gives credit where credit is due.
- He calls out Netflix Light for using the Death Note to seemingly kill hundreds of innocent bystanders in large scale accidents and potentially giving a random girl at his school PTSD by having a bully get decapitated in front of her and spraying her with his blood.
- The reason why he criticizes the modern feminist protagonists in modern media is because to him, they behave like self-absorbed, entitled narcisisstic jerks to everyone they meet, all while being completely unrelatable to the audience with their relative lack of struggle in their character arcs.
- Of course, not all of his standards are universally agreeable. His Steven Universe video mentions how he is appalled by the exploitation of two young boys by Dr. John Money, who helped pioneer modern studies of gender theory and got away with it. While this take isn't entirely controversial by itself, depending on your point of view, he's either trying in good faith to point out Unfortunate Implications in the subtext of show made for kids, or he's shoehorning a transphobic talking point in bad faith to attack media that's LGBTQ-friendly. It doesnt help that this particular talking point had so little to do with the content of the show itself, so it sounds more like hes criticizing Rebecca Sugars politics apropos of nothing.
- Expanded Universe: Notes that at times, this isn't always a good things and less can be more in some cases, as this can take away the mystique of some aspects of storytelling, and make them feel bland and dime-a-dozen. Examples are mostly from The Legend of Korra, with lightningbending and metalbending once being special traits due to rare firebenders like Azula and a Disability Superpower for Toph now being avaliable to everybody to the point of using lightningbenders as glorified batteries, and making it seem the characters in the past are simple weaklings in comparison.
- Gainax Ending: "The Lapse of Us" ends with E;R getting impaled to death by his doppelganger, who looks towards the screen before Cut To Black.
- Hidden Depths: Beneath the crass, boundary crossing, and shocking humor he displays, E;R can genuinely enjoy certain pieces of media he believes deserves it and can give some credit to things he hates. (Even if that credit does evaporate rather quickly.)
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Lists multiple adaptations he enjoys over their source material in THE LAST DEATH NOTE;R, such as One-Punch Man for having the same story but with gorgeous art, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for a more impactful ending than the book, and VeggieTales for having better songs.
- Mary Sue: Discussed throughout his videos, most notably on Star Wars. E;R notes that most attempts at making them not Mary Sues is that rather than make them believably flawed in any way, the characters tend to simply get weak justifications for their perfections, only to suddenly pick up an Idiot Ball when the plot calls for it. He also notes that this doesn't often apply to Gary Stus, not because they're male, but because they can simply keep doing awesome things while still having some form of a struggle.
- Nature vs. Nurture: Argues this to be the major difference between Shane Black and Adam Wingard writing Light for Death Note (2017); Shane wanted to depict the film as Light becoming the villain he always was within himself, a closer portrayal to the original, while Adam viewed Light as someone normal who would be turned evil by being caught up in the chaos, taking away the agency and action that Light had in the original.
- Not So Above It All:
- In his Legend of Korra reviews, even he can't help but go Squee! at Aang and Katara's romance.
- He ends up frequently and unrepentently gushing about how cute Joy is in his review of Blade Runner 2049.
- He admits to being a fanboy of PewDiePie. When listing terrible fan bases, he mentions among them are PewDiePie...haters.
- Pet the Dog: For all his "everything is game" philosophy when it comes to jokes, his reaction to the arson attack at Kyoto Animation doesn't even try to crack a joke at their expense.
- Refuge in Audacity: He takes the Black Comedy and ramps it Up to Eleven, and somehow manages to get away with it.
- Rooting for the Empire:
- In his Life is Strange review, he mentions that Mark Jefferson was the only character he ever rooted for.
- In his The Last Jedi review, after finding out that the Resistance put all their forces in one place, he starts rooting for the First Order, exclaiming "Go, Space Nazis!" during the Battle of Crait.
- Rule of Symbolism: Discussed in The Lapse of Us. While stories with a level of allegory, symbolism, and social commentary can work, they still need a solid and interesting plot to stand on their own; Us lacks a solid plot, so it heavily relies on allegory, symbolism, and social commentary to compensate, which make the film convoluted in terms of plot and extremely heavy-handed in terms of themes.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Used in his profile image (As seen at the top of this page.).
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: He's all too happy to use profanity and isn't afraid of dropping any of the harsher and more offensive words either.
- So Okay, It's Average:
- After expressing his disappointment towards Deadpool (2016) attempting to subvert the superhero genre, he mentions that on the other hand, My Hero Academia has come out and, with swelling music and triumphance...it's alright.
- This is also his opinion of Solo, and therefore considers it the best of the Disney Star Wars movies by default.
- Unfortunate Implications: In-Universe. His Steven Universe video notes that Pearl deceiving Garnet into fusing and subsequent attempts to talk her down make the situation sound like rape by deception.
- Visual Pun: Him "celebrating" Korrasami being considered valid by Turf Wars is represented by footage of the Titanic.