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List of Nostalgia Critic episodes (2013)

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Nostalgia Critic (2013)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Original networkThat Guy with the Glasses
Original releaseFebruary 5 (2013-02-05) –
December 24, 2013 (2013-12-24)
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Doug Walker released a video titled The Review Must Go On on January 22, 2013, and decided that the Nostalgia Critic must return. It returned on February 5 with a review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green. The show is no longer reviewing films with time restrictions, as the Critic can review any film released during any year (except for films currently in theaters nationwide). Due to Doug needing more time to get "fresh and funny" new jokes, like Demo Reel, the show will have a new episode every two weeks, with the current pattern being every other Tuesday. Also, the series now has an intro sequence and new title font.

The new series has evolved from a low-budget web series filmed in his basement and cast members being only his friends and brother to a series being produced in the same studio that was used for Demo Reel. Also, to mark the beginning of the new series, his signature blank wall has changed from yellow to teal.

This season regularly features Malcolm Ray and Rachel Tietz (who had previously worked with Walker on Demo Reel), in sketches related to the film being reviewed. In weeks where there is no regular review, Doug releases "Nostalgia Critic Editorials", where he discusses film-related topics.


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223"The Odd Life of Timothy Green"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Briana Laws (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerFebruary 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)

The Critic returns as he reviews The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012), while kicking off the Month Of Love. He criticizes the screenplay that despite good intentions is plagued with plot holes, the incompetent and mean-spirited characters (especially the parents and the bullies), the ridiculous romance, the fact that this ridiculous story is believed by the people it is told to, and the ending. Special criticism is reserved for the parents' decision to "make more mistakes" instead of learning from them and that the town they live in focuses too much on pencils. However, he considers the film to be well-acted, especially from child actor CJ Adams.

Channel Awesome Tag: Common as Coach Cal: "Coach Cal doesn't see it."
224"Pearl Harbor"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz, Dayna Munday, Orlando Belisle Jr. & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerFebruary 19, 2013 (2013-02-19)

The Critic continues the Month of Love with a review of Pearl Harbor (2001). He tears it apart for Randall Wallace's writing and portrayal of the United States military of World War II, with special criticism for the performance of Ben Affleck, the romance, and director Michael Bay's version of the historical event the film was based on. However, he does give credit to the effects and action scenes, Mako and Dan Aykroyd's performances, and is surprised at how the first half of the film has little to none of Bay's typical trademarks.

The sketches in-between the review shows a fictionalized exploration of the rise and fall of Bay, stating his style of filming comes from working with pornographic films - in reality, Bay directed commercials and music videos.

Channel Awesome Tag: Ben Affleck as Rafe McCawley: “They call it an homage, sir.”

Alec Baldwin as Jimmy Doolittle: “A what?”
225"Son of the Mask"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Chad Rocco & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMarch 5, 2013 (2013-03-05)

The Critic reviews Son of the Mask (2005) after finding a supernatural DVD copy in a trash can where it was thrown away by the Devil's (Ray) wife Kim Kardashian (Tietz). He heavily criticizes the slapstick, acting, writing, jokes, CGI effects (which he finds are worse than the ones in Baby Geniuses), the overuse of wide-angle close-up shots, and the absence of Jim Carrey from the first film. Special criticism is reserved for the frightening imagery that is more likely to scare young children than entertain. The only aspect he praises is the car used by Kennedy and his wife character near the climax of the movie to chase after Loki and the baby.

Note: The Critic later put Son of the Mask as #2 on his Top 11 Worst Movie Sequels list.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob consider the movie a terrible excuse for "a family picture" and feel that the scary imagery is what makes the movie so terrible, though Rob says he barely remembers anything from the film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery: “Say ‘Dada’!”

Neil Ross as Alvey Avery’s deep voice: “Mother.”
226"The King and I"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel TietzDoug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMarch 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)

The Critic reviews The King and I (1999). While saying it has decent animation (but he feels that it tries to copy Disney′s style), he criticizes the underdeveloped characters, strange story changes, nonsensical villain, unfunny jokes and bad renditions of the musical′s songs. Special criticism is reserved for its total unfaithfulness to the real-life story behind the film (which is already the case with all adaptations of the story), as well as the excessive focus on the side characters and comic relief, which are not that well-developed either.

Channel Awesome Tag: Martin Vidnovic as the King of Siam: “Who, who, who?!?”
227"Catwoman"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz, Tamara Chambers, Joanna Kay & Orlando Belisle Jr. (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerApril 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)

The Critic reviews Catwoman (2004). He criticizes the title character′s backstory, along with the mishandling of the original character, lack of subtlety, writing, editing and direction. However, he admits that Halle Berry′s performance is not terrible, as she does the best with what extremely little she is given. Special criticism is reserved for the incompetence of the characters, and on how Berry′s character starts behaving like a cat after becoming Catwoman.

During the review, the Catwomen Anonymous, including Eartha Kitt (Ray), Michelle Pfeiffer (Tietz), Anne Hathaway (Chambers) and Sean Young (Kay), after tying up their counselor (Jarosz), hunt down the Critic to force him to let them star in the review. The Critic manages to dissuade them, but is not able to avoid being attacked by the Berry Catwoman (Belisle Jr.) for criticizing the film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Frances Conroy as Ophelia Powers: “Male academia.”
228"The Cat in the Hat"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Orlando Belisle Jr. & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerApril 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)

The Critic reviews The Cat in the Hat (2003) while babysitting the Devil′s (Ray) daughter, Evilina (Tietz), and being tormented by a Hollywood executive responsible for the Dr. Seuss film adaptations, Peter Souless (Belisle, Jr.). The Critic considers that the changes to the original book were unfaithful (adding adult humor made it childish, modernizing the dialogue made it dated, and changing the story showed complete disrespect towards the source material), finds Mike Myers miscast as the title character, and criticizes the ″corporate pandering″ with pop-culture references and product placements (particularly a nod toward Universal Studios Theme Parks). Special criticism is reserved for a scene where Cat is accidentally hit in the groin and has an odd image of himself in a dress on a swing with a unicorn in the background, which ends up upsetting the Critic leaving his home. He also takes time to criticize Myers′ career as a whole, saying that in his opinion, he was highly overrated as a comedian and was never as funny as his reputation indicated.

Note: In the commentary for the episode, Doug declared this to be his favorite review, and stated he would review The Lorax someday. He eventually reviewed the film on May 6, 2014.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob revealed that they both consider the movie the worst Dr. Seuss movie made as well as one of the worst movies they have ever reviewed, noting that Rob particularly snapped at one scene involving the Cat getting whacked in the groin and imagining himself swinging on a swing with a unicorn in the background.

Channel Awesome Tag: Mike Myers as the Cat: “Cha-ching! (laughing)”
229"Top 11 South Park Episodes"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Uncle Yo (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug WalkerApril 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)

The Critic lists his top 11 favorite South Park episodes.

11. "Christian Rock Hard"
10. "Britney's New Look"
9. "Cancelled"
8. "Chinpokomon"
7. "Good Times with Weapons"
6. "Make Love, Not Warcraft"
5. "The Passion of the Jew"
4. The Coon trilogy ("Coon 2: Hindsight", "Mysterion Rises" and "Coon vs. Coon and Friends")
3. "Woodland Critter Christmas"
2. "All About Mormons"
1. "Osama bin Laden Has Farty Pants"

Note: This review came with a brief rant on the show TMZ, but was removed from Blip.tv after TMZ took offence to it. The rant was removed on its reupload (though the rant has since been put back into the review),[1] and Doug later parodied TMZ in the review of A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Channel Awesome Tag: DVDA: "Let's fighting love!"
230"Jurassic Park"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel TietzDoug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)

The Critic reviews Jurassic Park (1993). While stating that the film is still a classic and holds up very well, he points out some of the film′s flaws, such as the performance of Jeff Goldblum, the implausibility of finding DNA for so many marketable dinosaurs, a few plot holes, scenes that do not go anywhere, and the overuse of backlighting effects. The Critic also mentions that he may one day he will review Jurassic Park III.

Note: The Critic later gave a review of Jurassic Park III on June 17, 2014.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob both reveal to still find the movie a classic and admit that they watched the film in the theater multiple times when it came out.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm and Laura Dern as Ellie Sattler: (rambling)
231"A.I. Artificial Intelligence"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz, Jason Laws, Jori Laws & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerMay 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)

The Critic reviews A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001). At first, he starts his review already hating the film. He considers the movie to be a confused mess, criticizing the multitude of plot holes, editing, constant shifts in tone, the inclusion of a Chris Rock robot cameo, and the completely unnecessary third act. He feels as if the film is a clash between the styles of the two men responsible for it, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick, and is about to announce his dislike for it, until he discovers, and is surprised at, the fact that many of the sentimental elements (particularly the ending) were Kubrick′s ideas. With his viewpoint on the movie slightly changed upon learning that fact, the Critic ultimately acknowledges that Spielberg did his best to bring his late friend′s vision to life while still bringing his own spin to it, and also commends Spielberg on doing a decent job of re-creating the cinematography of Kubrick's films.

The underlying sketches have the Critic trying out working for a fictionalized TMZ in response to his bashing of it in the "Top 11 South Park episodes" countdown.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jim Jarosz as Harvey Levin: (barking like a seal)
232"The Master of Disguise"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJune 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)

The Critic reviews The Master of Disguise (2002). After showing online reviews from critics such as Roger Ebert and Michael J. Nelson, he calls it one of the worst comedies he has ever seen and the worst film from Happy Madison Productions, feeling that it completely misses the point on every aspect of what makes comedy work and that the film instead kills comedy. He criticizes Dana Carvey′s "acting", the screenplay, jokes, pacing, biased characters, and plethora of forgettable disguises, but gives credit to a running fart joke (personified by Ray) for providing the film′s only funny moments, albeit inconsistently. However, he states that the fart joke ends up being so overused, with the joke becoming worse each time it is used, that the film "killed the fart joke." Special criticism is reserved for the infamous Turtle Club scene where Carvey attempts humor by repeatedly saying "turtle".

Channel Awesome Tag: Dana Carvey as Pistachio Disguisey: "Turtle!"
233"Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz & Lewis Lovhaug (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJune 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)

In response to the 20th anniversary of the show, the Critic reviews Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997) after Zordon (Ray) asks him to do so to stop Rita Repulsa (Tietz, dubbed by Walker) from using the Power Rangers "most despised product" to turn the whole world against the entire franchise. While battling Rita and her monstrous Movie Bomb (Jarosz) with the help of Linkara, the Critic finds Turbo to be stupid and childish even by Power Rangers standards, criticizing the generic plot and acting as well as the slow pace, the costume effects and action scenes, the ludicrousness of a young boy replacing the established Blue Ranger, not making good use of returning characters Kimberly, Jason and Zordon, and lack of actual screen time for the Power Ranger suits. Special criticism is reserved for the lack of explanation regarding the origins of the Turbo powers. The Critic still admits that it is acceptable to fans, as the campiness of the show is what they liked about Power Rangers and partly what made it a cult classic.

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: Amy Jo Johnson as Kimberly Hart: "Friends? [snorts]"
234"The Top 11 Dumbest Lord of the Rings Moments"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Rob Walker (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerJuly 11, 2013 (2013-07-11)

The Critic lists what he considers to be the top 11 largest downfalls in the original Lord of the Rings film trilogy, not including any of The Hobbit films. Despite the flaws, he still calls it one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time.

11. Letting Gandalf fall down an abyss in the first film when he was still holding onto the cliff edge without anyone helping him.
10. The numerous fake-out endings in Return of the King.
9. Gimli's reduction to a simplified comic relief.
8. Making Legolas "too perfect" and overpowered.
7. Pointless wide-angle close-up shots (mostly in the first film).
6. Simplifying John Noble's character, Denethor, from a Shakespearean character into an unsympathetic over-the-top "asshole".
5. Constant death fake outs.
4. The ring's connection to Arwen's fate.
3. The (admittedly unintentional) homosexual overtones in Sam and Frodo's friendship.
2. Saruman's complete absence in the Return of the King theatrical cut (especially when they had a shot and edited scene of his death).
1. Not using the Giant Eagles to enter Mordor more quickly and effectively.

Note: This episode was scheduled to air on July 9, but was postponed to Thursday July 11 due to a power outage.

Channel Awesome Tag: John Rhys-Davies as Gimli: “…with little hairy women.”
235"Sailor Moon"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel TietzDoug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerAugust 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)

The Critic tries to create a formula for his own lazy show with help from Dr. Hack (Ray), a specialist in formulaic TV shows, and his assistant, Eureka (Tietz). The doctor comes up with the formula for the anime series Sailor Moon, leading into a review of the English dub of the anime (1995–2000). While praising the opening theme, he considers the series a formulaic mess, criticizing the repeating plot lines, generally lazy and stupid main character, boring supporting cast, overuse of the same animation, irritating American-style end of episode PSAs and other Americanized elements. However, he credits the main character for being a clearly defined character (when she could just as easily be another pretty-face) who got better as the show went on, and the writing for keeping the stories interesting despite the repetitiveness. Special criticism is reserved for the decision to censor the lesbian relationship of Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune and rebranding them as cousins as well as the sexualization of 14-year-old girls (though he acknowledges that he originally thought they were young adults, and that in Japan the age of consent is lower).

Channel Awesome Tag: Jill Frappier as Luna: "The Negaverse!"
236"Les Miserables"Doug Walker, Kyle Kallgren, Paul Dugan & Brent Black
Elisa Hansen, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz, Lewis Lovhaug,
Todd Nathanson, Leo Thompson, Antonella Inserra, Nash Bozard (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker
Kyle Kallgren & Paul Dugan
August 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)

The Critic reviews Les Miserables (2012) in a musical style similar to his earlier episode on Moulin Rouge, this time with Paul and Kyle, while brentalfloss constantly tries to invade the review. Watching the film while at ConBravo, they criticize Russell Crowe′s singing, the cinematography, and plenty of writing issues, such as plot holes, lack of character development, jumps in time periods that lead to excessive side characters and subplots, and the rushed romance. Nonetheless, they feel that the rest of the singing, while hit and miss, is mostly hit due to the powerful emotions shown by the cast, particularly Anne Hathaway, and feel that the film does a good job of both adapting and modernizing the musical. The three critics end up reflecting how reviewers were split on the movie: Paul loves it, Kyle hates it, while the Critic thinks it is just okay.

The review ends with an after-credits scene where the Critic returns home to be greeted by Tietz and Ray dressed as Katara and Sokka from Avatar: The Last Airbender, who seek out his help to save their franchise from a "great evil".

Channel Awesome Tag: Rob Paulsen as Yakko (from Animaniacs): ″I′m Yakko!″

Jess Harnell as Wakko (from Animaniacs): ″I′m Wakko!″

Russell Crowe as Javert: (singing) ″And I′m Javert!″
237"The Last Airbender"Doug Walker, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm Ray
Rob Walker, Trevor Mueller & Jim Jarosz (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerSeptember 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)

The Critic reviews The Last Airbender (2010), as requested by Katara (Tietz) and Sokka (Ray) to stop the director M. Night Shyamalan (also played by Ray and voiced by Rob doing a Steven Blum impression, and dressed like Amon) from adapting The Legend of Korra. Outside of considering the re-enactment of the show′s intro promising and mildly praising the character development of the main villains (Zuko, Iroh and Zhao) as well as their actors′ performances, he declares the film to be one of the worst film adaptations of all time, criticizing the extreme lack of loyalty to the show, which includes the bad acting, rushed storytelling, poorly thought out events, complete lack of emotional involvement, ethnic miscasting, name mispronunciation, bad cinematography filled with close-ups and overlong tracking shots, poor set and character designs and sluggish action scenes. Special criticism is reserved for replacing character development with constant exposition and a particularly laughable earthbending performance where six guys cause a small rock to fly slowly through the air only for another guy to chuck it.

Note: Before Doug watched and reviewed the film, he and sometimes his brother Rob viewed each episode of all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender and the first season of The Legend of Korra and did a review of each one individually. The Walkers later reviewed the following second, third and fourth seasons of Korra. In an episode of Nostalgia Critic Editorials, he made a "Top 11 Worst Episodes (by Default) of Avatar the Last Airbender" and then later did a formal episode for the seventh season called the "Top 11 Best Avatar Episodes" and has stated to have read the comics, specifically The Search. Both of the web videos guest starred Dante Basco, who was the voice actor of Prince Zuko.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admit that while they did think the movie was awful, they didn't hate the movie as much audiences did as they knew it would be terrible going in, although they both overall criticize the special effects, the idea of turning the first season into an hour and half movie, and the poor casting choices for the actors.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jackson Rathbone as Sokka: "Are you the Avatar, Aang?"
238"Bridge to Terabithia"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel TietzDoug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerSeptember 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)

The Critic reviews Bridge to Terabithia (2007), after initially hinting to do so in his "Princess Hate" Editorial. Though he likes the attempted ideas, and considers the "death of a friend" aspect to be well-executed, he criticizes the overly whimsical nature, bland and irritatingly perfect characters, unnervingly obvious foreshadowing of the tragic ending, the main female character's creepy obsession with the fantasy world, effects, forced fantasy elements, and the decision to keep the dialogue like the 1977 book it is based on despite not fitting with the film's update to a modern setting.

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: Bailee Madison as May Belle Aarons: “God damns you to Hell…”
239"The Shining Mini-Series"Doug Walker, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm RayDoug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerOctober 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)

The Critic starts off this year′s Nostalgia-ween by reviewing The Shining miniseries (1997). He criticizes the poorly executed monster effects, acting (particularly from Courtland Mead), insufferably slow pace, excessively overlong talking scenes, and lack of any genuine horror, citing that most attempts at scares fall flat and that scenes that could lead to potentially scary moments usually go nowhere. In the end, he considers the Stanley Kubrick version to be vastly superior, as it properly built suspense, created an intense atmosphere and made for a genuinely scary story, with the miniseries′ only advantage being in having the protagonist Jack Torrance better written, acted, and developed, whereas the Kubrick version′s take on the same character was just another typical Jack Nicholson performance.

Throughout the review, the Kubrick version is parodied by having the Critic slowly going insane from boredom like Nicholson′s Torrance and attempting to kill Rachel and Malcolm, until he is eventually calmed down (and literally frozen in shock) upon discovering the one thing the miniseries did slightly better than the Kubrick version.

Channel Awesome Tag: Courtland Mead as Danny Torrance: "What do you want me to think?"

Melvin Van Peebles as Dick Hallorann: "Anything, as long as it's hard."
240"Sharknado"Doug Walker, Brad Jones, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm Ray
Jim Jarosz & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker, Brad Jones & Rob WalkerOctober 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)

The Critic continues Nostalgia-Ween by reviewing Sharknado (2013) along with the Cinema Snob. Together, they criticize the special effects, Tara Reid′s performance, characters who get poor attempts at development, ridiculous scientific elements, and over the top moments. Special criticism is reserved for the pitiful under-use of talented actor John Heard, as well as a scene where the main characters actually blow up a tornado with homemade bombs.

Channel Awesome Tag: Christopher Wolfe as Collin: "Aw, Shepard!"
241"Devil"Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm Ray
Jim Jarosz & Barney Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)

The Critic reviews Devil (2010) while doing sketches similar to the movie′s plot, where he is stuck in an elevator with Rita Repulsa (Tietz, dubbed by Doug), Santa Christ (Rob) and the Devil (Malcolm) inside. While most of the acting is praised (except from Geoffrey Arend and Jacob Vargas) and the set-up of a thriller about people trapped in an elevator getting killed one by one had potential, the Critic considers that the supernatural elements just dragged the story down, with the actions of the titular Devil being ridiculously flamboyant, and the twist ending of the killer being the old woman ultimately making no sense in context with the story. Special criticism is reserved for the idiotic concept of jellied toast landing jelly side down being an indicator of the Devil's presence.

Note: Doug included Devil on his "Worst Films of 2010" video, but called it ″so bad it′s good″.

The video concludes with a sneak peek of a new YouTube series called Gameception.

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: Jacob Vargas as Ramirez: “When he’s near, toast falls jelly-side down.”
242"Dawn of the Commercials"
"The Fourth One"
Doug Walker, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm Ray
Greg Sestero (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerNovember 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)

The Critic goes over more nostalgic commercials after the success of his original Commercials Trilogy.

Commercials reviewed: Chef Boyardee pastas ("Dinosaurs" and "Tic-Tac-Toe" in particular), McDonald's Christmas commercials, Diet Coke (cross-promoting Batman Returns), "I'm a Toys-R-Us Kid" (1982 and '96 versions), Count Chocula, a sexual harassment PSA, Kix, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VHS (Heroes in a Halfshell), Take Care of Me Twins, several milk PSA's, a Canadian child abuse PSA (girls only), and Denny's Red, White & Blue pancakes.

After the credits, the Critic is contacted by Angry Joe to review Man of Steel and Satan reveals he's pregnant. There is also a promo of another YouTube show called That Geeky Gamer.

Channel Awesome Tag: Denny's Old Man: "America."
243"Man of Steel"Doug Walker, Joe Vargas, Rachel Tietz, Malcolm Ray
Brandon Bledsoe, Rob Scallon, Rob Walker,
Daniel Baxter, Jim Jarosz & Nash Bozard (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob Walker
Joe Vargas
November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)

After a music video between Superman and Batman addressing their similarities, the Critic reviews Man of Steel (2013) along with Angry Joe, both having very different opinions on the film. While the Critic praises the flashback moments, the action scenes, and the cast, he hates the film, criticizing the plot holes, multiple subplots, mixed up story structure, clichéd and repetitive dialogue, lack of character development, product placement and overwhelming amount of action and destruction. In contrast, Joe loves the film and counters most of the Critic's criticisms, claiming that the film offers a new refreshing take on Superman and makes him seem more human and sympathetic. However, they are surprised to find neither of them hate the ending where Superman kills General Zod. Special criticism is reserved for the overuse of symbolism comparing Superman to Jesus.

Sketches in-between have General Zod (played by Doug akin to Terence Stamp's Zod from Superman II) threatening the Critic's life if he does not say that he hates the film. In the end, the Critic declares that while he does not like the film, he understands where Joe and other people like it are coming from and respects their opinions, despite not agreeing with them. Zod responds by attacking the Critic, but is thwarted by Superman (Rob Scallon). The review ends with Superman and Batman (also played by Doug) in a café, parodying the web series How It Should Have Ended (whose animated characters also appear).

Note: Doug also reviewed the film with his brother Rob as an episode of Sibling Rivalry, and teased this review in his NC editorial, "Are Superheroes Whiny Little Bitches?". After it was promoted to YouTube it was the first episode in the series to receive over a million views.

Channel Awesome Tag: Michael Shannon as General Zod: "I WILL FIND HIM!"
244"Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Jim Jarosz & Rob Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDecember 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)

The Critic reviews Adam Sandler′s Eight Crazy Nights (2002). After apologizing to the Jewish community for the film being the only one to represent Hanukkah, he declares it to be one of the worst holiday specials of all time and one of the worst films he has ever seen, heavily panning the film's unlikable protagonist, Rob Schneider′s racially insensitive performance, the juvenile humor common for a Happy Madison film, musical numbers and product placement, which he is disgusted to see actually become characters in the film, and even apologizes to Man of Steel for making fun of its product placement. Special criticism is reserved for the main character's backstory for being too dark and emotional for a comedy, while doing nothing to make the character more sympathetic, as well as Adam Sandler′s multiple voice performances (particularly the high pitched, squeaky voice of Whitey Duvall, who he notes is in 70% of the movie, leaving the Critic to go on a rant by calling Sandler). However, he praises the film′s animation, though he states that it does not fit with the style, does mention one good song (but says that Whitey's singing ruins it), and admits that he would have preferred if Whitey's sister replaced the character himself, finding her "less annoying" and saying that the voice Sandler uses to play her actually sounds like a different person.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob consider the film one of the worst movies reviewed, but reveal that the film wasn't in their top five because of the beautiful animation. They also admit that the voice of Whitey was the worst element of the movie and that the film would have worked better if it left out the emotional moments.

Channel Awesome Tag: Adam Sandler as Whitey Duvall: “Technical foul! TECHNICAL FOUL!”
245"The Worst Christmas Special EVER!"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Barney Walker & Sandy Walker (cameos)
Doug WalkerDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDecember 24, 2013 (2013-12-24)

The Critic reviews what he considers to be the worst holiday special ever made, The Christmas Tree (1991), bashing the plot, animation, characters, voice acting, writing, sound, score and editing, all of which he believes are overall "horrible". Special criticism is reserved for the rushed, last-minute message ("you always win when you are good") having nothing to do with Christmas and the fact that the special is often considered so bad it is good, like The Room (which he claims is actually somewhat right), as he feels that anything related to Christmas should put forth more effort. In addition, his introduction deliberately parodies the introduction of Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, another "so bad it's good" film. In the end, he shows what Christmas means to him, his crew and his family, including crew members Malcolm Ray, Rachel Tietz and Jim Jarosz, brother Rob and parents Barney and Sandy, though they all botch it up.

Note: The next review, in which The Critic reviews Face/Off, was originally designed to be centered around Rachel Tietz since she was leaving the show to move to California to pursue other acting opportunities and the review was to be her final appearance as a regular cast member. However, Doug accidentally deleted the review off his computer after it was finished and Rachel, due to being in California, could not come back to re-film the review. Rachel could only make a cameo appearance in the new review for Face/Off that Doug filmed, inadvertently making this review Rachel's final appearance as a regular cast member.

Channel Awesome Tag: Helen Quinn as Mrs. Mavilda: “You're fired!”


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