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Nostalgia Critic (2016)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes25
Original networkChannel Awesome
Original releaseJanuary 12 (2016-01-12) –
December 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)
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The ninth season of Nostalgia Critic began in 2016 with a month dedicated to M. Night Shyamalan's movies, including The Happening. The 301st episode is the first to be produced in Full HD, which is the basis for later episodes.


No. in series Title Performed by Written by Directed by Release date
301"The Happening"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Brian Heinz
Rob Walker (uncredited)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 12, 2016 (2016-01-12)

The Critic continues Shyamalan Month with a review of The Happening (2008). He states that the film is on the same level of a drama film so bad, that it could be considered an unintentional comedy, criticizing the lack of emotion from the actors, especially Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel, cheesy and ridiculous writing and dialogue, cinematography, and the confusing ending. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that the plot twist is revealed far too early, taking away any mystery and tension. Ultimately, he concludes that if the movie is looked at as a comedy, it can be a very entertaining movie.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jeremy Strong as Private Auster: "Cheese and crackers!"
302"Lady In The Water"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker, Chris Harrison
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 26, 2016 (2016-01-26)

The Critic finishes Shyamalan Month with a review of Lady in the Water (2006). Following with the end of the Top 11 Funniest Shyamalan Moments, the Critic considers the entirety of the film to be the funniest moment that Shyamalan has produced. He criticizes the writing, lack of characterization (characters are mainly given quirks instead of personalities), completely useless title character, constant whispering, cinematography, pretentious concepts (Shyamalan casting himself as a Messianic writer and a critic as a one-dimensional jerk), and downright bizarre scenarios and creature names. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where a kid predicts the future by interpreting labels on cereal boxes, which he finds so hilariously bizarre, it sends him into a laughing fit.

Channel Awesome Tag: Rob Paulsen as Pinky (from Pinky and the Brain): "Narf!"
303"Labyrinth"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 2, 2016 (2016-02-02) (premium)*
February 9, 2016 (2016-02-09)

In honor of David Bowie's recent passing as well as the film's 30th anniversary, The Critic reviews Jim Henson's Labyrinth (1986) as a dedication. He considers it one of the strangest but most entertaining films of the 80s, criticizing Jennifer Connelly's performance in the opening (but admits that she gets better as the film goes on), the nonsensical plot, the lack of focus, and the inconsistent effects, but praising Bowie's performance, the memorable characters, impressive puppetry, creative world and songs. He also mentions the infamy of the prominent bulge in the front of Bowie's character's pants, going so far as to forego the usual Top 11 jokes he usually makes and instead makes 15. Special criticism is reserved for the infamous Firey sequence, which he finds pointless and bizarre and the song to be the weakest in the film, and the confusing ending.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob consider Labyrinth a really good movie and love the creative fantasy and twists used.

Channel Awesome Tag: David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King: "Tra la la?"

  • This episode was released a week earlier on Vessel[1] as it was announced that new episodes will be released on Vessel's early access for members a week earlier.[2]
304"Spawn"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 16, 2016 (2016-02-16) (premium)
February 23, 2016 (2016-02-23)

After being sent to Hell, where he finds that the Devil has remade it in the vein of the superhero film Spawn (1997), the Critic sets the record straight by reviewing it. Although he praises the makeup, the cool premise, and the performances of John Leguizamo and Nicol Williamson, he considers it overall to be a massively wasted opportunity, criticizing the writing, incoherent plot, lack of subtlety, sloppy editing, erratic pacing, awful CGI effects and downright bizarre moments. He also feels that a major contributor to the film's failure is the fact that it was released during what he calls "the dark age of superhero films", the same year as the infamous Batman & Robin. Special criticism is reserved for the horrible depiction of Hell and the main devil Malebolgia, particularly the embarrassing visual of the latter, even saying that We Wish You a Turtle Christmas had better effects, claiming at least its characters had lip movement compared to the character.

Real Thoughts:

Channel Awesome Tag: John Leguizamo as Clown/The Violator: "Kickstart the Apocalypse... Now!"
305"Cats & Dogs"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 1, 2016 (2016-03-01) (premium)
March 8, 2016 (2016-03-08)

The Critic reviews Cats & Dogs (2001). While he states that it is nowhere near as bad as the previously reviewed Son of the Mask, which has the same director, as it has a clever and potentially creative premise, and admits that the villain, Mr. Tinkles, is enjoyable, any potential is immediately let down by the dull characters, acting, directing of both the animals and the human characters, awkward and often uncomfortably dirty comedy, inconsistent effects, weird editing and annoying, repetitive, overused sound effects that often don't fit the scenario. He also feels that it would have been better off as an animated film, which would have given the premise more room to be further fleshed out. Special criticism is reserved for the overall bizarre depiction of Alexander Pollock's character, which makes him wonder if the character is even human, and the weird imagery related to Jeff Goldblum's character's work, making him think the character is a terrorist.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admit that the movie had potential, but claim the movie was horribly misdirected. They also are heavily critical about the plot revolving around the dreamer.

Channel Awesome Tag: Alexander Pollock as Scott Brody: "Ah! Belly Rub!"
306"The Phantom of the Opera"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker, Beth Elderkin, Tim Sampson
Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Beth Elderkin & Tim SampsonDoug WalkerMarch 15, 2016 (2016-03-15) (premium)
March 22, 2016 (2016-03-22)

The Critic, joined by Beth and Tim from "Shark Jumping", reviews the 2004 film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera in the style of a stage musical, as well as the style of previous reviews of Mad Max: Fury Road and Hocus Pocus. They criticize the singing performances (particularly from Gerard Butler), writing, and strange changes from the musical, especially the Phantom inexplicably having a horse in his sewer lair. However, they praise the sets and cinematography and feel that, while it's very flawed, so are the admittedly better book and musical; so they let the audience ultimately decide which version they prefer. During the review, they have to contend with a masked fan of the film (Doug), later revealed to be Andrew Lloyd Webber himself, and Hyper Fan Girl's wish to get back together with the Critic.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admit to hate the film (Rob in particular) due to the fact that they loved the musical growing up and hate the direction of Joel Schumacher who also directed one of the worst movies of all time.

Channel Awesome Tag: Doug Walker as the horse and Fandumb of the Opera: "FOOD!" "SHUT UP!"
307"The Adventures of Pluto Nash"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker, Joe Vargas, Brad Jones
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 29, 2016 (2016-03-29) (premium)
April 5, 2016 (2016-04-05)

The Critic reluctantly reviews one of the worst box office disasters of all time, The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), after incorrectly assuming no one would be interested in watching a review of it, and so puts as little effort into the review as the filmmakers put into the film. He calls it a fascinating kind of failure, as it's a comedy that's not even trying to be funny, heavily panning the dull plot, acting, comedy, effects and setting, as well as the lack of focus on any space adventure aspects or originality and the fact that it takes itself far too seriously considering the goofy title, even comparing it to fellow infamous space-themed flop Mars Needs Moms. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that Rosario Dawson is cast as a character whose appearance (particularly her rear end) the script constantly pokes fun at. However, he does give Dawson credit for actually putting effort into her performance and mentions that there is one funny scene. During and at the end of the review, the Critic hints that his next review will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Angry Joe.

Channel Awesome Tag: Eddie Murphy as Pluto Nash: "Talking titties galore. Let's have titties really flowing."
308"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"Doug Walker, Joe Vargas, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Walter Banasiak, Trevor Mueller, Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker, Rob Walker & Joe VargasDoug WalkerApril 12, 2016 (2016-04-12) (premium)
April 19, 2016 (2016-04-19)

After barging into Zack Snyder's office, the Critic reviews Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) alongside Angry Joe with scenes acted out by Doug, Joe, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. They consider it very uneven, praising the performances of Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons, the visuals and the action scenes, but criticizing Jesse Eisenberg's awkward performance and characterization, the plot filled with dozens of side stories, plethora of pointless characters (most notably Wonder Woman and Doomsday), the lack of loyalty to the title characters and stories being adapted, and the ending. Special criticism is reserved for the movie not properly explaining why Batman and Superman hate and want to fight each other, as well as Superman being killed in his second film, while his comic book counterpart was killed after hundreds of issues were published (the latter mainly comes from Joe). They ultimately admit, however, that despite the film's flaws, they are still glad they saw it and they like it to an extent, and still recommend the film for anyone who just wants to see what the title promises. In the end, Snyder becomes annoyed and confused at the duo's final opinion of the film, as well as the fact that they came to his office to criticize and belittle him and the movie (Throughout the whole review, the duo went over all of their issues with the film, and only revealed their positives during their closing thoughts), and asks them why they did this if they still like the movie, to which the two sheepishly ask if they could write the next film. Snyder ultimately refuses and gives them black eyes instead.

Channel Awesome Tag: Doug Walker as Batman: "And I'm Batman." (not an actual line in the movie)
309"Blade"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 26, 2016 (2016-04-26) (premium)
May 3, 2016 (2016-05-03)

The Critic reviews Blade (1998). Although he praises the action sequences and the cheesiness and effects of 90s film making, even surprised that no romance happens between Blade and Karen at the end, he criticizes the writing, Blade's actions such as assaulting a cop in public while no one interferes and showing no emotion towards Whistler's death, and the inconsistent plot such as the cure for Blade's vampire powers. Special criticism is reserved for the 10 minute period before the final battle between Blade and Frost, which he explains in about 15 seconds, as well as Blade's final words before killing Frost. In the end, despite its flaws, he still considers it a very fun movie, and commends it for showing that superhero movies could be cool at a time where they were considered box-office poison.

Channel Awesome Tag: Wesley Snipes as Blade: "Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice skate uphill."
310"Old vs. New - Cinderella"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 10, 2016 (2016-05-10) (premium)
May 17, 2016 (2016-05-17)

The Critic, along with Hyper Fan Girl, compares the two versions of Cinderella produced by Disney - the 1950 animated version and the 2015 live-action reboot - to decide which is the better film.
Best Prince: New
They feel that, while the original is nothing but eye candy, the new version has more scenes, more dialogue and therefore more development.
Best Villain: Old
They feel that, while the new is more developed, the mystery surrounding the original is part of what makes her so effective. That, plus the death glare she gives when she realizes who the girl at the ball was, earns her the win.
Best Support: New
They feel that, while the original cast has more screentime, they're in too much of the movie, to the point where they take over a lot of screentime and steal opportunities for development from many of the major characters, like the prince. Conversely, the new cast remain in the supporting role they're supposed to, giving more time to the main characters. Special mention is given to the different treatments of the King and Fairy Godmother.
Best Story: Tie
In a first for Old vs. New, they feel that both versions have their good points and bad points and neither tells the story better or worse.
Best Heroine: Old
While Hyper argues that the new is more developed and stronger, the Critic says that, while the original has only known the life she's lived, having the new version start out as an adult makes her reasoning behind staying in the life nonsensical, especially since she leaves in the end anyway. He also feels that the new isn't as emotionally complex, as she's far too happy throughout most of the film and doesn't try to escape after being locked in her room towards the end, while the original does try to escape and is clearly near her breaking point for most of the film. In the end, he summarizes that stronger is no match for more interesting.
Winner: Tie (the first one in the show's history)
Unable to decide a winner, they ask Devil Boner and Benny the assassin which version they prefer. Instead, they both recommend the 1998 film Ever After, to which the Critic and Hyper agree.

Channel Awesome Tag: Female mouse (animated film): "Leave the sewing to the women."
311"Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"Doug Walker, Malcolm RayDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) (premium)
May 31, 2016 (2016-05-31)

The Critic reviews Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003). While he finds the first two films goofy but fun and even acknowledges that this one has some imaginative elements, he finds it mostly dull, criticizing the acting (especially from Sylvester Stallone), waste of talented actors, dialogue and writing, effects that ironically look more like a bad video game, and use of the 3D effects. In the end, he feels that it would have been better as a video game instead of a movie.

Channel Awesome Tag: Bill Paxton as Dinky Winks: "Somebody ring the Dinkster?"
312"Jem and the Holograms"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Rob Scallon (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 7, 2016 (2016-06-07) (premium)
June 14, 2016 (2016-06-14)

The Critic reviews Jem and the Holograms (2015). Even though he admits that the film is kinda funny for being a sellout, he nonetheless considers it to be one of the most insulting film adaptations ever, heavily panning the generic plot and characters, writing, the addition of random YouTube videos, hypocritical message about not being a corporate sellout in a film that he claims is exactly that, and complete lack of anything resembling the original cartoon of the same name. Special criticism is reserved for footage of fans of the show submitted through Tumblr during the movie's production being edited so it looks like they're praising the main character from the film, while not even adequately covering up what they're really talking about (all of the clips have fans either wearing shirts of or dressed up as the cartoon Jem, and several clips have the show itself playing in the background).

Real Thoughts: Doug revealed he actually thought the movie was hilarious for being a sellout and only legitimately got angry at the scenes with the fans, while Rob actually hated the movie and called it one of the worst movies he's had to watch and review.

Channel Awesome Tag: Ryan Hansen as Stephen the guard: "Nolan, Robinson, check this out. It's a squirrel."
313"Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Orlando Belisle, Jr, Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 21, 2016 (2016-06-21) (premium)
June 28, 2016 (2016-06-28)

The Critic reviews Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) while trying to solve a similar mystery like Psych despite the culprit obviously being returning antagonist Roger. Though he says it's better than the first, as the sets are cool, some scenes are funny, the satire and jokes try harder (while even citing some of the writing as "clever") and gives credit for including some of the iconic monsters from the cartoons, the film is ruined by the effects (despite admitting that they're better than the effects in Ghostbusters), delivery of the comedy, direction (by old foe Raja Gosnell), sound effects and jokes that are inappropriate for kids and are likely making them dumber. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that the villain's identity is too obvious, leading to too many fake-outs, a weak final twist and altogether a lack of a good mystery, which is the ultimate insult to the show, and a post-credits scene which is just a cheat code for the tie-in game.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admit that they feel the movie had some good writing from James Gunn and was more colorful than the first, but feel the direction from Raja Gosnell ruined the film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Neil Fanning as Scooby-Doo: "Hello, baby."
314"Alvin and the Chipmunks"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Scallon, Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 5, 2016 (2016-07-05) (premium)
July 12, 2016 (2016-07-12)

After thinking he's going to review the previously reviewed The Chipmunk Adventure (1987) again, the Critic is disappointed to learn that he's reviewing the live-action/CG-animated film (2007) instead. Though he admits that the title characters are cute, some of the jokes work and David Cross is hilariously over-the-top as the villain, he considers it far inferior to the other film, criticizing the lack of personality for the chipmunks (particularly Alvin), the generic plot, acting, lack of likeability for the character of Dave, and juvenile humor, feeling that in the end that kids deserve films with more substance than this and its sequels, and insisting that fans instead watch The Chipmunk Adventure. Special criticism is reserved for the scene where Simon eats Theodore's feces (whereas in the trailer, it was Alvin that does it), as well as Jason Lee's hoarse acting (mainly for his poor delivery of Dave's iconic "ALVIN" yell). At the end of the review, the Critic, joined by two people who were posing as Simon and Theodore, have an encounter with the Aww Girls, a trio (dressed like the Chipettes) who are fans of the movie simply for the cuteness factor, and in a musical number that parodies "Girls of Rock and Roll" from Chipmunk Adventure, sing and argue over which movie is the better adaptation of Alvin and the Chipmunks, ultimately ending it in a stalemate.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob admit that the movie wasn't as bad as they thought it would be (claiming they think the sequels will be much worse) as they feel one of the writers of the movie at least tried, liked some of the cute moments with Theodore, find David Cross legitimately funny, and admit a funny line saves an anticlimactic moment, but feel that Jason Lee was badly miscast as Dave and criticize Alvin's lack of personality.

Channel Awesome Tag: David Cross as Ian Hawke: "(speaking in mocking gibberish) 'Dave always said it was all about'...(normal) You know what? Dave... Dave... Dave... Dave... Dave is not here!"
315"Ghostbusters (2016)"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Adonis KJ Wright, Walter Banasiak, Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Jason Laws, Brian Heinz, Barney Walker, Rachel Tietz
The Chicago Ghostbusters (Zach LaVoy, Steven Hessler, James Sanjurjo, Ken Trayling, Mary Jo Chrabasz)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 26, 2016 (2016-07-26) (premium)
August 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)

The Critic reviews the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, with scenes acted out by Doug, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. While he likes the cast, action scenes and some funny moments and feels that the effects aren't as bad as people say they are, he criticizes the film's tendency to immediately follow up funny jokes with unfunny ones, the undeveloped and generic villain, the cameos from the original cast (except, ironically, Slimer), and editing. Special criticism is reserved for the complete uselessness of Bill Murray's cameo. In the end, he insists that the original is a classic that can't be harmed by this film and that there's nothing wrong with liking it, disliking it, or finding it average as he does. During the review, he's hounded by both a group of whiners who call him misogynist for complaining about the film and purists who hate it (with Malcolm and Tamara on opposing sides; she's with the purists and he's with the whiners), as well as the "meninists" from the "Mad Max: Fury Road" review, before calming them down with the help of Ghostbusters Chicago and some Ecto Cooler long enough to get them to see his point of view.

(Rachel Tietz briefly returns near the review's conclusion, reprising her role as Evilina.)

Channel Awesome Tag: Aiyanna Wade as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann: "It's our logo. Did you know the origin of that? Yeah, it's really great, isn't it? Yeah, it's our logo." (not an actual line in the movie)
316"Wild Wild West"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Fard Muhammad
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 9, 2016 (2016-08-09) (premium)
August 16, 2016 (2016-08-16)

The Critic reviews Wild Wild West (1999). He questions the sense behind adapting a thirty year old T.V. show that few likely remember, and considers the film a complete mess, heavily panning the writing, acting (particularly from Salma Hayek), comedy, pacing, directing, effects, lack of chemistry between characters, the jarring tonal shifts, the fact that it doesn't seem to know what kind of movie it is, and the overall hollow feeling throughout. Special criticism is reserved for the sexual jokes such as a scene in which Smith and Kline are making comments about their fake breasts in front of an old man and a scene that goes immediately from a discussion about a brutal massacre to jokes about Hayek's rear.

Note: This is the first regular episode in the revived series to not have a Channel Awesome Tag at the end, most likely because of how unmemorable the film is.
317"The 3rd Animated Titanic Movie (Tentacolino)"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
James Rolfe, Cricket Leigh, Dante Basco, Brad Jones
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 6, 2016 (2016-09-06) (premium)
September 13, 2016 (2016-09-13)

The Critic reviews Tentacolino (In Search of the Titanic) (2004) after years of requests. Despite acknowledging that it's not as historically insensitive as the first two, he still considers it the worst of the three, heavily panning the lack of connection to either of the film's titles (neither the octopus [Tentacolino] or the Titanic [In Search of the Titanic] play any relevant part in the story), nonsensical plot, characters (particularly the male lead), animation, editing, songs and overall bizarre tone. Special criticism is reserved for an inconsistent plot point involving screwdrivers being outlawed in Atlantis.

Note: Doug Walker previously stated that he was not going to review the movie in 2011 as he thought he couldn't make the review as good as the last two animated Titanic movies.

Channel Awesome Tag: Francis Pardeilhan as Don Juan: "All we have to do is win."
318"The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)

In a parody of the framing device from Amadeus, the Critic is driven insane by the shocking realization that, despite the infamous reputation the film The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000) got when it first came out, he actually enjoyed it and found it good, and decides to review the film in order to find something to criticize and make fun of. He does find some things to criticize, though, including Robert De Niro's performance, Rocky's constantly pessimistic attitude, and the bizarre cameos. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that Jonathan Winters randomly appears as three separate characters and Piper Perabo's character's shocking quote unquote "symbolism" in a scene where she talks to her boyfriend. However, he overall considers it one of the most loyal film adaptations ever (which shocks him considering how bad some of the other film adaptations he's reviewed are), as it stays surprisingly true to the storytelling and humor of the show (he even praises the film at one point for admitting how forced most of the show's humor was), right down to the balance between the good and bad jokes, as well as including confusing jokes that do not make sense as a kid or an adult (which are usually followed by a funny line that makes the audience forget what they were confused about), and also praises the CGI animation on the titular characters for making them appear as if they really are in the scenes, as well as the clever jokes and writing.

Note: This episode was scheduled to air on August 30, but was postponed by 5 weeks due to Doug Walker's illness. [3]

Channel Awesome Tag: A generic "Boing" sound effect.
319"Dreamcatcher"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Aiyanna Wade, Bryan Porter, Mathew Buck
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 4, 2016 (2016-10-04) (premium)
October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11)

The Critic continues Nostalgiaween by reviewing the latest film from Stephen King to appear on the show, Dreamcatcher (2003). Though he notes that some of the ideas are interesting, he still considers it a goofy mess, criticizing the ridiculous premise (aliens coming out of people's rectums), writing, dialogue, slow pace, directing, the pointless character played by Morgan Freeman, abrupt ending and the usual King clichés (notably the usual over-the-top British villain). Special criticism is reserved for the constant odd references to Scooby-Doo, as well as a scene where one of the main characters answers their friend with a gun as a telephone, which makes the Critic wonder if this film is supposed to be scary or funny.

Channel Awesome Tag: Damien Lewis as Jonesy: "Scooby-Dooby-Doo, we got some work to do now."
320"Freddy vs. Jason"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Walter Banasiak, Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker, Aiyanna Wade, Bryan Porter
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 18, 2016 (2016-10-18) (premium)
October 25, 2016 (2016-10-25)

The Critic concludes Nostalgiaween by reviewing Freddy vs. Jason (2003). He criticizes the writing, characters, Kelly Rowland's acting, slow pacing, and some of the more dated effects. Special criticism is reserved for the film focusing too much on the scenes involving the teenage characters instead of showing Freddy and Jason fighting to the point where the Critic compares the movie to a teenage drama show. However, he praises the fight scenes between the two title characters and a few other action scenes, and also points out that this is from a time when film companies made more R-rated movies, as opposed to recent years in which the teen demographic has been the target audience to the point where past R films are now PG-13. During the review, he tries to find the ultimate horror crossover, and eventually sees it in the form of a collaboration with Zack Snyder and Michael Bay.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob find the movie to be a mixed bag, finding the scenes and plot points with the teenage characters to be dull and boring, while finding the premise and scenes of both Freddy and Jason, both their individual scenes and the scenes where they fight each other, enjoyable and cool.

Note: This is the final episode to be released on Vessel, as the website shut down on October 31, 2016.

Channel Awesome Tag: Kelly Rowland as Kia Waterson: "Y'all, this is really stank."
321"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows"Doug Walker, James Rolfe, Andre Meadows, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jon Bailey, Heather Reusz, Aiyanna Wade, Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker, Rob Walker, James Rolfe & Andre MeadowsDoug WalkerNovember 8, 2016 (2016-11-08)

The Critic once again teams with the Angry Video Game Nerd and Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows to review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016). While they praise the action scenes and the ideas of featuring well known villains such as Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady, they all feel the ideas presented suffer from poor execution, never following through on what was promised. They criticize the plot, immature jokes involving Bebop and Rocksteady, Megan Fox's performance, the lack of appearances of the Shredder, the Turtles fighting Bebop and Rocksteady only one time in the film, and Leo's leadership (both in this film and in general). Special criticism is reserved for Casey Jones' character not being adapted correctly and the idea of humans having a dormant animal gene, which they find nonsensical.

Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob felt that the movie had huge potential, with the story being more like the enjoyable cartoon and the additions of Casey Jones, Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady, though they were let down with what the movie did with the story and its additions, becoming the movie they didn't think it would be.

Channel Awesome Tag: Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher and Jeremy Howard[disambiguation needed] as the Turtles: "Ca-caw! Ca-caw!"
322"Battle of the Commercials"
"Like You Give a Shit"
Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)

The Critic does his annual nostalgic commercials review.[4]

Commercials reviewed: Spider-Man Atari 2600 video game, Federal Express Air Cargo Playset, an overview of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials, the Simon electronic game, an overview of Burger King's Kids Club commercials, Oreo cookies, Nintendo Game Boy, an overview of Eggo Waffles commercials, an overview of Kenner's Care Bears plush toy commercials, an overview of McDonald's' "Mac Tonight" commercials, Winnie-the-Pooh's "My Interactive Pooh", 1973 Batman "Equal Pay for Women" PSA, Concerned Children's Advertisers House Hippo PSA, Great Britain Electricity: Football PSA (which came from the public information film, Powerful Stuff), Starburst Berries & Crème, Little Baby's Ice Cream.

He feels that some of the ads (such as the Frosted Flakes ad, the Burger King Kids Club ad, and the Nintendo Game Boy ad) go against their intended purposes, while he praises a Canadian PSA that features content with a lighter tone compared to the other Canadian PSA's that he has featured in previous commercial specials. Special criticism is reserved for the British PSA warning kids about safety around electrical transformers, which came from Powerful Stuff, a public information film (leading him to declare Britain the 'new Canada'), the infamous Little Baby's Ice Cream commercial, the design of McDonald's "Mac Tonight" character, and a Starburst ad where a British man dressed in Victorian era clothes dances around while singing "berries and cream", which makes the Critic question why the Starburst ad has over 11 million views on YouTube.

Channel Awesome Tag: Green Goblin from the Spider-Man commercial: "You're running out of FLUUUUUUIIIIIID!!"
323"Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Barney Walker, Michael Levesque, Cree Summer
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)

After destroying an alien planet that has awarded another person for loving Christmas more than anyone else by expressing his love for the holiday, the Critic starts off his annual Christmas reviews by reviewing Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992) and says "With a title like that, fans should know what to expect". While the Critic praises Dr. Claw's role as pretending to be Santa Claus, he criticizes the creepy nature of the Elves such as their pronouncing words that sound like swearing, the plot, replacing familiar elements from the original series (such as the theme music and Cree Summer being replaced as Penny's VA), Don Adams' monotone singing voice (not realizing that it was actually the voice of Maurice LaMarche), and Inspector Gadget doing more harm than good in trying to save Christmas such as torturing the real Santa with things like tickling. Special criticism is reserved for Penny not getting credit in helping to stop Dr. Claw in practically every Inspector Gadget episode. The review ends with an animation featuring Cree Summer voicing Penny, who explains that she created Inspector Gadget and foiled Claw's schemes so that she herself could take over the world.

Channel Awesome Tag: Erica Horne as Penny: "That's bad!"
324"I'll Be Home For Christmas"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray
Jim Jarosz, Rob Walker, Heather Reusz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 20, 2016 (2016-12-20)

The Critic, in a very bad mood, reviews I'll Be Home For Christmas (1998). He heavily pans Jonathan Taylor Thomas's character, Jake's, desire to get home just to be given a Porsche, the side characters being annoying and unlikable, and the things that Jake does in order to get through his journey, namely making up a fake liver donor box on a crowded bus. Special criticism is reserved for Jake not being a character that the audience could feel passion or hate for considering that Thomas does not portray a "jerk character" well, especially when Jake has done so many bad deeds over good deeds, as well as Andrew Lauer's horrible acting, even comparing him to Tommy Wiseau. During the review, a character who's a parody of Jake named "D-Bag" comes to the Critic's house for Christmas despite his objections and purposefully does a lot of terrible actions to try to get the Critic to hate him. The Critic rejects his attempts as he thinks it's too easy to hate and that it should be one of the last options people should take. After D-Bag leaves to be with his uncle, the Devil, Critic allows Chester A. Bum and his lover to stay for the holidays. He ends the review by telling the audience that there's gonna be a lot of love and hate in the future and advises them to use it wisely.

Note: Tamara was absent from this episode because she was in England at the time.

Channel Awesome Tag: Andrew Lauer as Nolan: "Why, that two-timing ho!"
325"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"Doug Walker, Chris Stuckmann, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Walter Banasiak, Rob Walker, Barney Walker
Doug Walker, Chris Stuckmann & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)

The Critic reviews Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) alongside Chris Stuckmann, with scenes acted out by Doug, Chris, Malcolm, Tamara and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. The Critic and Stuckmann find the film to be "above-average", praising the side characters, the space battle at the climax, and Darth Vader's appearance at the end of the movie, which they regard as his best scene in all the Star Wars movies. However, they do have some issues with the film, criticizing the uncanny valley effect on the CGI faces for some of the returning characters from A New Hope (although they do admit that the CGI is done well at times, particularly on Princess Leia), the re-use of the main character's backstory from The Force Awakens, the lack of focus in the first act, and containing no opening scroll (the latter criticism comes from the Critic). Special criticism is reserved for the main actors not showing enough emotion and looking uninterested (a common criticism that is expected from director Gareth Edwards).

At the end of the review, the Critic announces that January 2017 would be Sequel Month: The Sequel, to his absolute dismay.

Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of Carrie Fisher, as she passed away on December 27 before this episode aired. The Critic was also seen reading a Princess Leia comic in the ending.

Note 2: The episode was first announced at the end of Chris Stuckmann's spoiler review of Rogue One.[5]

Channel Awesome Tag: Malcolm Ray as Darth Vader: "Dark Side, motherfuckers!" (not an actual line in the movie)


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