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List of Nostalgia Critic episodes (2012)

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Nostalgia Critic (2012)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes30
Original networkThat Guy with the Glasses
Original releaseJanuary 3 (2012-01-03) –
August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)
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Nostalgia Critic began 2012 with an episode intended to air in December 2011, which was delayed due to technical difficulties. However, Doug Walker still planned a "Star Trek Month" for January (which had to spill into February).[1] On September 14, 2012, he announced via video update, No More Nostalgia Critic?, that The Nostalgia Critic series had officially ended, because he and his brother Rob wanted to shift their attention to other projects and felt as if they had taken the character as far he could.[2] On January 22, 2013, Doug revived the series and began producing new episodes beginning on February 5.


No. in
Title Performed by Written by Release date
193"Santa Claus: The Movie"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJanuary 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)

The Critic reviews Santa Claus: The Movie (1985). Although he states it is corny, stupid and has slow movements, criticizing the characters and Dudley Moore's overuse of elf puns, he admits that he likes the film's atmosphere, David Huddleston's performance as Santa Claus (later placing him as #2 on his Top 12 Santa Clauses list), and that it feels like there was true effort put into it.

Channel Awesome Tag: John Lithgow as B.Z.: "For free?!"
194"Star Trek: The Motion Picture"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJanuary 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)

The Critic begins Star Trek Month by reviewing Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) with an introduction and a balanced opinion of the franchise and notifying that the films with the odd numbers received the criticism while the films with the even numbers received the praise. He states that while the ideas are interesting and the effects are good for the time, most of the new characters are underdeveloped and boring, the pacing is painfully slow (particularly the initial reveal of the refit Enterprise and its departure from spacedock), its attempt at capitalizing on the cult following of 2001: A Space Odyssey as an out-of-body experience was fairly out-of-place in something Star Trek related, and the film itself is very boring to watch, agreeing that he can see why the film is often called the "Slow Motion Picture".

Channel Awesome Tag: Persis Khambatta as Ilia: "My oath of celibacy is on record, Captain."
195"Star Trek III: The Search for Spock"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJanuary 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)

The Critic continues Star Trek Month by reviewing Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). Overall, he says this is not that bad of a movie, but does take note of some plotholes, pacing issues and over the top acting, and can see how it can bore some viewers, he is also stunned by the appearance of actor John Larroquette as a Klingon (leaving The Critic with virtually nothing to say about the actor's presence in the film), but lends high praise to the action scenes, iconic deaths, and following up on its predecessor as well as possible, given the circumstances of it being a tough act to follow.

Channel Awesome Tag: Random alien: "Genesis?!"
196"Star Trek V: The Final Frontier"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJanuary 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)

The Critic continues Star Trek Month by reviewing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989). While pointing out the interesting ideas regarding how pain makes us who we are, some decent character development, and certain scenes played well, he criticizes the massive plotholes, William Shatner's bizarre decisions on the story, corny humor, and cheap special effects. Special criticism is reserved for the infamous fan-dance by Uhura and for the scene where they sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", mentioning it again in the film, and bringing it back at the end of the movie.

Channel Awesome Tag: Leonard Nimoy as Spock: "In that case, I have little choice but to sample your beans."
197"Star Trek Generations"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJanuary 31, 2012 (2012-01-31)

The Critic continues Star Trek Month by reviewing Star Trek Generations (1994). He states that the film is all over the place, with some massive plotholes and very hammy acting, although he does admit that the special effects (such as the Enterprise-D crash) are great, and thinks that they had potential. Special criticism is reserved for the plot point about Data's malfunctioning "emotion chip" and its delivery, along with the "Lifeforms Song". He ends the review stating ecstatically that Star Trek month is almost over, and thus Linkara will not be able to make a cameo. However, ironically, a title card shows that the next episode will be a crossover review with none other than Linkara.

Channel Awesome Tag: Brent Spiner as Data: (singing) "You tiny little lifeforms!"
198"Star Trek: Insurrection"Doug Walker & Lewis Lovhaug
Leo Thompson (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob Walker
Lewis Lovhaug
February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)

The Critic concludes Star Trek Month by reviewing Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) along with Linkara. The Critic attempts to hide from Linkara at Kami-Con 4 held in Alabama, but is found nonetheless so the Critic gives in. Overall, they personally say that the movie is the weakest Star Trek film, whereas the other odd-numbered films at the very least had one or two memorable moments. They criticize the continuity errors with the show, plot, hypocritical characters (primarily due to a poor explanation for the Ba'ku's preference of technology that does not need electricity), the bland Ba'ku woman (in other words, Donna Murphy's performance), dialogue, jokes, uninteresting villains, CGI, standard action scenes, and even nativism. At the end, the Critic gives a brief review of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), because it broke the cycle of the Star Trek films with the odd numbers receiving the criticism and the even numbers receiving the praise, saying that despite there being too much action for Star Trek standards and that the storytelling aspect could have been a little bit better, it is not as bad as people say it is, and he considers it enjoyable and fun to watch (this was mentioned in Doug's Top 10 Movies He Likes But Everybody Else Hates).

Channel Awesome Tag: Donna Murphy as Anij: "No more questions."
199"Patch Adams"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerFebruary 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)

The Critic reviews Patch Adams (1998). He finds the movie to be "disgusting", criticizing the story, stereotypical characters and corny dialogue. He is especially outraged over how the film does not do justice to the story of the real Hunter "Patch" Adams by having Robin Williams act like a "jackass". Special criticism is reserved for how the female love interest was in fact completely made up for the story and how her murder in the film shows how flawed Patch Adams' practices are, at which point he literally gives the movie a whipping and flips the bird at it.

Doug Walker later put it at #11 on both of his "Favorite Nostalgia Critic Episodes" and "Worst Movies Nostalgia Critic's Reviewed" lists, where he confessed to being really skeptical about the time period it took place in, and stingy about historical fiction in general, in addition to growing tired of the films Robin Williams was making back then. However, after he died in 2014, Doug Walker as himself did a farewell video for the comedian and said that he was a major inspiration of comedy for his reviews.

Real Thoughts: Both Doug and Rob reveal that they still really hate the film, but admit that they were more disturbed by the scene in which Patch steals items from the hospital rather than the made-up romance.

Channel Awesome Tag: Robin Williams as Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams: "What's wrong with death, sir?"
"The 200th Episode"
Doug Walker
Cameo appearances

Martin Billany
Karl Custer
Spike Spencer

James Rolfe
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerFebruary 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)

At Anime Milwaukee, for his 200th episode, the Critic announces in front of several fans, "I'm gonna review Ponyo!", which comically makes them shocked and angrily charge at him, while he cowers and screams in fear. He cites that the film is indeed very good, but points out some goofy elements and things it could do without, like an "end-of-the-world" plot device, Sosuke's mother Lisa's needlessly reckless driving and Ponyo's ham craving. He also dislikes Liam Neeson's performance. Throughout the review, he struggles to avoid making a joke about 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami as the film takes place during and after a tsunami. Special guest appearances include LittleKuriboh, Spike Spencer and Uncle Yo, who all come into his hotel room to beat him up for making fun of Hayao Miyazaki. (LittleKuriboh repeatedly whacks him with a baseball bat; Spike Spencer drops a grenade in his pants; Uncle Yo pretends to agree with what the Critic had said about the movie, only to take it back and shoot him multiple times.) He manages to calm down the fans at the convention, but when he admits his hate for Howl's Moving Castle, the fans and the Angry Video Game Nerd, played by James D. Rolfe beat him up.

According to his Facebook page and his later Disneycember review, Walker's actual opinion on HMC is that it is the weakest of Miyazaki's films, with a very weak story, but he enjoyed it for the usual creativity.

Channel Awesome Tag: Noah Cyrus as Ponyo: "HAM!"
201"Dunston Checks In"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerFebruary 28, 2012 (2012-02-28)

The Critic reviews Dunston Checks In (1996). Starting off the review by saying that Monkeys are an overused trope in comedy and that it was never funny to begin with, he criticizes the jokes, clichés, characters, casting of Jason Alexander and performances of Faye Dunaway and Rupert Everett. He does, however, admit that a few scenes are funny, and Paul Reubens is the only actor making an effort.

Channel Awesome Tag: Paul Reubens as Buck LaFarge: "You think it might be cute to put a baby orangutan in your kid's basket."
202"Thomas and the Magic Railroad"Doug Walker
Jim Jarosz (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerMarch 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)

The Critic reviews Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000). He criticizes the casting of Mara Wilson, Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda and their performances (with special criticism towards Fonda's overly depressed performance). He also criticizes Thomas' lack of screentime, the overly complicated plot, bad editing and the special effects. He also gives brief mention to a shot in which Baldwin's character sticks out his middle finger while reaching for a pair of shears. Throughout the video, the Critic uses the quote "Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkle", which is first used by Baldwin in the film. It has become one of the Critic's well-known gags.

Note: This episode was slightly criticized when Doug (as the Critic) revealed that he never saw the show at the end of the review despite reviewing this movie. However, in "The Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck-Ups, Part 3", he cleared it by saying he at least improvised by making good jokes about the series, which is the same for other movies he reviewed without ever seeing their source material (especially Pokémon).

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: Peter Fonda as Burnett Stone: “Because the magic you refused to believe in will get the better of you.”
203"The Top 11 Nostalgia Critic Fuck-Ups, Part 3"Doug Walker
Lewis Lovhaug (cameo)
Doug WalkerMarch 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)

The Critic goes over eleven more mistakes made with Douchy McNitpick over the last five years:

11. The mistakes made in his Disneycember reviews.
10. Suggesting that psychiatrists don't attend medical school in Patch Adams when they actually do.
9. Reviewing Thomas and the Magic Railroad without ever seeing the show.
8. Not realizing that the floor in Pee-Wee's Playhouse did talk in The Top 11 Mindfucks (and had a name: Floory).
7. Not realizing why Soran could not use a ship or shuttle to reach the Nexus in Star Trek: Generations.
6. Calling Dunston a monkey when an orangutan is actually an ape. (The Critic claims he did it because he finds "monkey" to be funnier than "ape")
5. Not knowing that tapping on windows does cause pain for orcas in Free Willy.
4. Mistaking a pot for a pan in Gordy. (NOTE: Although not mentioned in the list, this error was corrected shortly after the episode was uploaded.)
3. His Let's Play of Bart's Nightmare.
2. Saying Bella pressured Edward into marrying her when it was vice versa in The Top 11 Dumbasses in Distress.
1. Saying that the planet Psychlo's air is extremely radioactive, when it actually reacts violently with radiation in Battlefield Earth.

Channel Awesome Tag: The Critic: (ranting maniacally)
204"Richie Rich"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMarch 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)

The Critic reviews Richie Rich (1994). While admitting that it is not the worst of Macaulay Culkin's films, giving credit to some memorable moments and finding the character played by Jonathan Hyde to be likable, he finds the main character incredibly bland, characters with lack of personality, and the film is just banking on Culkin's popularity.

Channel Awesome Tag: Mike McShane as Professor Keenbean: "MY INVENTIONS!"
205"Jungle 2 Jungle"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMarch 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)

Stylizing the review as a nature documentary, the Critic reviews Jungle 2 Jungle (1997). Already hating the original French film, he criticizes the violent nature of the film, story, animal cruelty and overly mature subject matter (the stock market, divorce and the Russian mafia), all of which he finds inappropriate for a Disney film. Special criticism is reserved for two scenes: when Mimi-Siku refers to a girl as an "angel", and a scene where a pigeon is killed by an arrow through its neck.

Channel Awesome Tag: JoBeth Williams: (screaming)
206"Old vs. New – Manhunter Vs. Red Dragon"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerApril 10, 2012 (2012-04-10)

The Critic compares Manhunter (1986) and Red Dragon (2002).

Best Will Graham: William Petersen for Manhunter (While he feels that Edward Norton gave a solid performance in Red Dragon, he prefers Petersen's portrayal of Will as seeming more like an unstable man fighting for his sanity, which he feels made the character much more complex)
Best Tooth Fairy: Tom Noonan for Manhunter (He enjoys Ralph Fiennes portrayal as a much more tragic villain, but leans toward Noonan for being more unpredictable and thus more frightening)
Best Hannibal Lecter: Anthony Hopkins for Red Dragon (He praises Brian Cox for his fast talking and obnoxious portrayal of Hannibal, but chooses Hopkins over him due to being given more screentime and having already been established in two previous films)
Best Supporting Cast: Red Dragon (focused mostly on Emily Watson)
Best Story: Red Dragon
Red Dragon wins over Manhunter, 3-2. He says that he likes both films and recommends them, but the former film works better overall in telling a more cohesive story.

Channel Awesome Tag: Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (from Manhunter): "Would you like to leave me your home phone number?"
207"Starchaser – The Legend Of Orin"Doug Walker & Bennett WhiteDoug Walker & Bennett WhiteApril 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)

The Critic reviews Starchaser: The Legend of Orin (1985) with Bennett the Sage. While they admit the animation can be good at times, they criticize the violent and sexual nature of the film, half-baked plot ideas and constant rip-offs of the original Star Wars trilogy, particularly the characters. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where the smuggler Dag reprograms a fembot through a circuit panel in her "posterior", causing her to develop sexual behavior and the film being distributed by Atlantic Releasing (which produced The Garbage Pail Kids Movie).

Channel Awesome Tag: Anthony De Longis as Zygon: "The Kha-Khan has returned."
208"Raiders Of The Story Arc – Transformers"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerApril 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)

The Critic reviews the first three episodes of The Transformers at Anime St. Louis in the guise of Optimus Prime. He questions the choices made in the Transformers films by Michael Bay, and looks over the cartoon. Despite it being somewhat dated, having some silly moments, Starscream's constant betrayals of Megatron, and his dislike of Scatman Crothers (Comparing his acting voice to Bill Cosby) portraying Jazz, he praises the action scenes, the surprisingly good story, how well it knows its audience, and the effort put into it, and still considers it to hold up. Brad Jones, host of the Cinema Snob, filmed this episode and appears as Optimus' agent.

Channel Awesome Tag: Meg Ryan as Sally Albright (from When Harry Met Sally... (1989)): "Yes! Yes! *Transform sound* Oh... Oh..."
209"A Simple Wish"Doug Walker
Mara Wilson (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)

The Critic reviews A Simple Wish (1997). While crediting the scenes featuring Mara Wilson's character and her father, he criticizes Martin Short's attempts at humor and his character's total incompetence, the nonsensical plot, effects and lack of focus. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where the Witch tortures the heroes to dance, which can easily be stopped. At the end, Mara Wilson herself appears and takes revenge on the Critic's recent treatment of her past work with embarrassing home videos of his childhood.

Note: Mara Wilson also made an appearance in Lindsay Ellis' review of Matilda, a film Wilson had also starred in as a child.
Doug would later list it as his 4th favorite episode, and Wilson's appearance as his favorite joke of the show.

Channel Awesome Tag: Mara Wilson: "You're a regular Daniel Day-Lewis."

The Critic: "Shut up!"
210"Alien: Resurrection"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)

The Critic promotes the releases of The Avengers and Prometheus by reviewing Alien Resurrection (1997). While crediting some good effects, he considers the film to be a way for the filmmakers to show that the franchise could end with a much worse film than Alien 3, criticizing the plotholes, Brad Dourif's performance, strange side effects of Ripley's possession by one of the aliens, terrible security, characters, Winona Ryder's stroppy, childish acting, goofy scenes, illogical script, and Ripley's implied lesbianism.

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: Ron Perlman as Johner: “Must be a chick thing.”
211"Jack"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 15, 2012 (2012-05-15)

The Critic reviews Jack (1996). While crediting some touching scenes, he finds the major problem with the film to be that it does not portray the effects of the disease Robin Williams's character has well, heavily criticizing the nature of Jack, who mentally is 10 years old but acts like he is five. He is shocked that Francis Ford Coppola directed the movie, and criticizes Fran Drescher's vocal effects, the hypocrisy of Jack fitting in though he is different and taunting girls because they are different, the soundtrack, and Jack's speech at the end (which he says is identical to all Robin Williams speeches).

Channel Awesome Tag: Fran Drescher as Dolores "D.D." Durante: "Wow!"
212"Heavy Metal"Doug Walker & Diamanda Hagan
Chad Rocco (cameo)
Doug Walker & Diamanda HaganMay 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)

The Critic reviews Heavy Metal (1981) with Diamanda Hagan. While admitting that the soundtrack and animation can be nice and that the designs and ideas can be creative, they criticize the strange story and the fact that each anthology story makes little sense and often has no resolution. However, Diamanda did enjoy the B-17 story (or at least the story's concept) while the Critic thought Taarna was the most interesting character in the movie despite having no dialogue, and finds a car flying through space to be quite awesome. CR makes a surprise cameo at the end.

Note: At the beginning of the review, the Critic mentions to Chester A. Bum that he thought he would be doing a crossover with JesuOtaku. Four reviews later, the Critic actually did a crossover with JesuOtaku on Digimon: The Movie.

Channel Awesome Tag: Crab people: (cheering)
213"Mr. Magoo"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)

The Critic reviews Mr. Magoo (1997). Already disliking the cartoon on which it was based, he criticizes the blindness-derived humor as being too one-note, the apparent violation of dead animals, Jennifer Garner's presence, the offensive ethnic stereotypes, Leslie Nielsen's performance, and attempts at slapstick that he actually finds dangerous. However, he does give credit to some creative stunts, and believes that Ernie Hudson is the only actor of note. Special criticism is reserved for a statement closing of the film saying it did not mean to offend the visually-impaired, which he finds hypocritical given the subject matter of the film and the fact the writing is in tiny letters, which the visually impaired would probably not be able to read anyway.

Channel Awesome Tag: Stephen Tobolowsky as Chuck Stupak: "No one has ever been able to finger her."
214"Top 11 Simpsons Episodes"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerJune 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)

The Critic lists his top 11 episodes of The Simpsons.

11. "Deep Space Homer"
10. "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge"
9. "Homer's Enemy"
8. "Cape Feare"
7. "Homer at the Bat"
6. "22 Short Films About Springfield"
5. "Marge vs. the Monorail"
4. "Homer the Great"
3. "Lisa's Wedding"
2. Every "Treehouse of Horror" episode
1. "Bart Gets an "F""

Runners up include "Lisa on Ice", "Blood Feud", "Who Shot Mr. Burns", "Rosebud", and "Mother Simpson".

Channel Awesome Tag: Dan Castellaneta as Homer Simpson: "Mono... D'oh!"
215"Signs"Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJune 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)

The Critic reviews Signs (2002). After expressing sympathy for M. Night Shyamalan, feeling he peaked too early in his career, he fails to understand why it was praised by many, criticizing the characters, the writing, plotholes, unnecessary panning shots, the children and adults talking like each other, the constant whispering of lines, the twist ending, the behavior of several characters, the moral and lack of logic. Special criticism is reserved for the aliens' weaknesses being wooden doors (especially when one considers the fact it made Tom Logan (Charlie Sheen) right in Scary Movie 3) and water.

Note: In an earlier out-of-character video, Walker placed this movie at #5 in his list of "Top 10 Films He Hates But Everyone Else Loves" and later put his parody of the aliens at #6 on his "Top 11 Favorite Jokes from the Nostalgia Critic."

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: M. Night Shyamalan as Ray Reddy: “It’s like it was meant to be.”
216"Digimon: The Movie"Doug Walker & Hope Chapman
Joe Vargas (cameo)
Doug Walker & Hope ChapmanJuly 3, 2012 (2012-07-03)

After the Critic had got so many requests to review Digimon: The Movie (2000), he decided that he cannot do it unless he gets the help of JesuOtaku, who is a fan of Digimon. After three failed attempts to do so via Bat-Signal which are: no clouds in the sky to light said signal, doing it when in daytime, and accidentally getting Angry Joe (in which he gave him JO's number to call her, resulting in the crossover the Critic planned to do), the review opens on criticism for a four-minute short from Angela Anaconda promoting the film; they also criticize this for its creepy animation, shameless self-promotion, and dragging down the pace of the movie. For the movie itself, despite praising the animation and one fight scene, they criticize the bad jokes, weird exposition, stupid opening rap, lack of development, pacing issues, and little to no explanations to those unfamiliar with the show (like the Critic). Special criticism is reserved for a disturbing facial expression Tai gives upon seeing a postcard from Mimi on a vacation in Hawaii and the random usage of 90s songs.

Channel Awesome Tag: Angry Joe: "I deserve a Joe Signal, Critic!"
217"The Top 11 F*** YEAH Movie Themes"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 10, 2012 (2012-07-10)

The Critic lists his top 11 most awesome film themes.

11. The Fellowship theme from The Lord of the Rings (Howard Shore)
10. "James Bond Theme" (written by Monty Norman and adapted by John Barry, George Martin, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti, Michael Kamen, Éric Serra, David Arnold, & Thomas Newman)
9. "Theme from Mission: Impossible" (Lalo Schifrin), as it appears in the first film (adapted & conducted by Danny Elfman)
8. The Terminator Theme (Brad Fiedel) as it appears in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
7. Tie between "Raiders March" (the Indiana Jones theme) and "Superman Main Theme" (both John Williams)
6. Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean (Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt)
5. "Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat)" from Mortal Kombat (The Immortals)
4. "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky (Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins)
3. The Batman theme (Danny Elfman)
2. "Riders of Doom" from Conan the Barbarian (Basil Poledouris)
1. Theme from Back to the Future (Alan Silvestri)

Runners up include Transformers, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Shaft.

Channel Awesome Tag: (Mortal Kombat music followed by a punch)
218"Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2"Doug Walker
Brent Black, Karl Custer, Anthony Sardinha, Nick Landis, & Curtis Arnott
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerJuly 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)

The Critic reviews Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) at ConnectiCon in Hartford, Connecticut, in a similar voice-over style to his review of the previous movie Baby Geniuses. He criticizes Jon Voight's performance, poor lip-syncing (though admits it has improved), celebrity cameos, inconsistent special effects and plotholes, but gives credit to the twist of Voight's character, and states that, while the film is still terrible, it is a slight improvement over its predecessor, because at the very least, it has some creativity. Throughout the review, comedy musician brentalfloss and comedian Uncle Yo try to snap the Critic out of his comatose state, going so far as to use his body as a puppet to fool the audience at a Q&A panel. The review ends with Critic, brentalfloss and Uncle Yo reading 50 Shades of Grey with Team Four Star members Antfish, Lanipator, and Takahata101.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jon Voight as Bill Biscane: "I'm Bill Biscane and if you touch my diapers, you're fired!"
219"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"Doug Walker
Brad Jones, Jillian Zurawski, Sarah Lewis, Brian Lewis, & Jake Norvell
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerJuly 24, 2012 (2012-07-24)

The Critic reviews Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), all the while joined by the cast of Brad Jones' (The Cinema Snob) sitcom parody 80s Dan (Jones, Jillian Zurawski, Sarah Lewis, Brian Lewis and the voice of Jake Norvell). He fails to understand why so many people called Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the worst movie in the series and never said anything about this film, heavily criticizing Kate Capshaw and Jonathan Ke Quan's obnoxious performances (even revising his Dumbasses In Distress list), the campy and unpleasant nature, stereotypical characters, plotholes and choreography, though he does give a pass on the infamous culturally insensitive Indian dinner scene and the scene where a possessed Indiana Jones slaps Short Round. However, he does like the movie's mine car chase, says that Ke Quan's character does manage to help out sometimes, and does agree with 80s Dan that while the film is technically bad, whether or not it is the worst in the series is debatable, and that it is at least memorable and that it at least took risks, while the 80's Dan cast, who defended the film for those reasons, personally found Kingdom of the Crystal Skull more safe and forgettable in comparison.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob reveal to be split about the movie, with Doug actually hating the movie and the character of Short Round and Rob finding both of those elements only OK, stating he thought Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was much worse than Temple of Doom. However, they do both hate Kate Capshaw's performance and liked the intro to the film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott (sobbing): “I’m a singer! I could lose my voice!”
220"The Wiz"Doug Walker & Todd Nathanson
Paul Schuler & Lewis Lovhaug (cameos)
Doug Walker & Todd NathansonJuly 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)

The Critic reviews The Wiz (1978) along with Todd in the Shadows. After Todd proposes they review Moonwalker, Cool as Ice, and Glitter (which the Critic has reviewed the two former and Todd the latter), they criticize the changes to both the original musical play and the source material, Joel Schumacher's involvement writing the script, depressing depiction of Oz, constant use of unnecessary wide and distant shots, poor set designs, Diana Ross's acting, and having far too many songs (although they praise some of them, particularly the Wicked Witch's song, "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News"). They complained that Michael Jackson only had one song to himself with no dancing which is a waste of his talents (though they both praise his performance as one of the only redeeming factors), while Nipsey Russell had two songs in a row which they criticized his singing and find that musicals aren't Sidney Lumet's thing. Special criticism is reserved for the anticlimactic execution of the Wicked Witch of the West's demise, with just a sprinkler system in the building activated by an easily accessible fire alarm.

Channel Awesome Tag: Nipsey Russell as Tin Man: (crying)
221"Total Recall"Doug Walker
Leo Thompson
Doug Walker & Leo Thompson & Nick WrightAugust 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)

The Critic reviews Total Recall (1990) along with That Sci-Fi Guy in response to its recent remake. They consider it a solid movie, praising the story and visual practical effects, though noting that it does have some goofy moments, and the usual overacting expected from Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also argue over the ending of the film, with the Critic convinced that it is real and Sci-Fi Guy convinced that it is a dream (though the Critic admits that he does not actually care and was just enjoying screwing with Sci-Fi Guy). In the end, the Critic, after muting Sci-Fi Guy, admits that it has all the fun of a bad movie without actually being bad.

Channel Awesome Tag: Arnold Schwarzenegger as Carl Hauser: “Just shove real hard.”
222"Scooby Doo"Doug Walker
Cameo appearances

Orlando Belisle Jr.
Brad Jones
Jim Troken

Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerAugust 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)

The Critic, along with its past and future versions, reviews Scooby-Doo (2002). The film is criticized for failing to be both a satire or even an homage to the source material with jokes and effects they consider bad, misguided storytelling that even unlike the series uses supernatural elements (even though a number of previous animated films also used supernatural elements, except to much better and believable effect), mean-spirited moments, and the characters being nothing like in the original series, as well as the fact that the talents of Isla Fisher and Rowan Atkinson are wasted in the movie. Special criticism is reserved for the revelation that Scrappy-Doo is the villain, particularly in how it is handled comedically and how out-of-character it was for Scrappy to be evil (along with the characters abandoning him). In later commentary, Doug admitted he did not find the movie that terrible, admitted he liked Matthew Lillard's performance, and admitted that, in general, the cast worked with what they had.

Sketches in-between the review have the Critic reuniting with his guardian angel Roger in Purgatory, and an ending parodying the Star Trek: The Next Generation finale "All Good Things..." having the Critic playing poker with Dino-Rob, 80s Dan, and the Ghost of Christmas Future.

Note: On Facebook, Doug Walker asked people what he should review for this episode.[3] One often requested film was Small Soldiers. He watched it and wrote on Facebook that "while it was bad, I couldn't really find enough to make a funny review."[4] This was originally intended to be the series finale, before Doug Walker decided to revive The Nostalgia Critic in early 2013. Doug would later go on to review Small Soldiers on August 12th, 2014.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admitted the movie had potential if it was a satire specifically for adults, however because it was made to be family friendly (with both blaming director Raja Gosnell and possibly the studio for the decision) it failed due to being too cynical without the comedy or cleverness of the cartoon.

Channel Awesome Tag: Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Fred (in Daphne’s body): “I can look at myself naked!”


  1. "At Least It's Not Ghostbusters – NC Delay 12/27". Thatguywiththeglasses.com. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  2. "No More Nostalgia Critic?". That Guy with the Glasses. September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. Doug Walker (August 6, 2012). = 397172863682514&id = 127127037353766 "Alright guys,..." Check |url= value (help). Facebook. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
  4. Doug Walker (August 14, 2012). = 399794313420369&id = 127127037353766 "Well I watched..." Check |url= value (help). Facebook. Retrieved August 16, 2012.

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