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Nostalgia Critic (2017)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes37
Release
Original networkChannel Awesome
Original releaseJanuary 10 (2017-01-10) –
December 27, 2017 (2017-12-27)
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The tenth season of Nostalgia Critic began in 2017 with a month dedicated to reviewing bad sequels to movies he already covered that have almost exclusively negative responses from film critics, film buffs and himself.

Episodes[edit]

No. in series Title Performed by Written by Directed by Release date
326"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 10, 2017 (2017-01-10)

The Critic resumes "Sequel Month: The Sequel" with a review of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009). He criticizes the film's lack of focus, removal of various characters at the beginning of the film, the plots conflicting with each other, the villain not being as good as he was in the first film, and the covers of popular songs by the Chipmunks. Special criticism is reserved for the climax which included a Donald Trump "You're fired" joke, a cameo by Digger from FOX's NASCAR Broadcast (a thing which he reveals he isn't interested in), and the last second reveal of Jeanette's fear of heights which she conquers. During the review, in an attempt to find out why the movie was a big hit at the box office, the Critic desperately copies everything the movie did and puts it into his review, hoping his review will get millions of views. However, at the end, after discovering that he only got an average number of views, the Critic discovers that even though they were big hits, the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies did not reach #1 at the box office, and they are the only movies released during December (the month where lots of critically acclaimed movies are released) that do not try to be award-worthy, which leads to him referencing a joke in the movie by dubbing The Silence of the Lambs with a chipmunk-esque voice.

Channel Awesome Tag: Justin Long as Alvin: "With some fava beans and a nice Chianti!" (slurps)
327"The Smurfs 2"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Andre Meadows (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJanuary 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)

The Critic resumes (although thinking he's concluding) "Sequel Month: The Sequel" with a review of The Smurfs 2 (2013), and finds himself reviewing it alone as Black Nerd refuses to co-review. Although he gives more praise to Hank Azaria as Gargamel than in the first film and acknowledges one pretty visual near the film's ending, he criticizes the story, the personalities of the new evil Smurfs, the pop culture references (particularly one Star Wars joke and Martin Luther Wing), and the relationship between Patrick Winslow and his step-father. Special criticism is reserved for Jacob Tremblay's role of Blue Winslow, in which the Critic felt that he is a bad child actor, only to discover he went on to appear in more successful films. After the review, when he tries to end "Sequel Month: The Sequel", Tamara and "Bill" (Malcolm) coerce him into doing one more sequel, which Bill claims will be Garfield 2.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jacob Tremblay as Blue Winslow: "Smurf, Smurf, Smurf!"
328"Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 7, 2017 (2017-02-07)

The Critic, in hesitance to review one more sequel after the last review, resumes "Sequel Month: The Sequel" with a review of Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006). Just like the first Garfield movie, the Critic feels that the sequel strays farther from the source material, as the title character acts absolutely nothing like his comic self, staying active throughout and willingly helping other characters. He criticizes the idiocy of Liz's importance in attending an animal rights convention, Billy Connolly ripping off John Cleese as Lord Dargis (thinking that Cleese was considered in the role first) and the story/title (criticizing them both individually as the story seems to be spoofing The Prince and the Pauper, but the title is a pun on A Tale of Two Cities). Special criticism is reserved for the scenes showing how the animals, Prince, and Garfield work together in defeating Dargis as the Critic considers their attacks to be too gruesome, particularly one scene in which a bulldog bites him in the crotch.

Note: This is the shortest full NC review.

Channel Awesome Tag: Bill Murray as Garfield: "You moron."
329"Cool World"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerFebruary 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)

The Critic at first gets ready to review American Pop to honor director Ralph Bakshi's "death", but after realizing that Bakshi (Rob) is still alive, he is requested to review Cool World (1992) instead. He considers the film to be a huge mess, criticizing the lack of focus, characters, story, and technique that either goes nowhere or falls flat. He also says that the film is a perfect example of when somebody takes an artist's vision and completely ruins it. Special criticism is reserved for the change in screenplay and story of going from an R-rated animated horror movie (which was Bakshi's original concept) to something more family friendly and random. He does, however, praise the animation and backgrounds at times and says it is some of Bakshi's best work, though he finds some of the live-action/animation mixing to be unconvincing. During the review, he interacts with Bakshi and other artists such as Julie Taymor (Tamara) and Spike Lee (Malcolm) who escaped from an asylum called "The Institute for the Artistically Insane", which also holds M. Night Shyamalan (Malcolm, voiced by Rob) and Woody Allen (Jim).

Channel Awesome Tag: Brad Pitt as Frank Harris: "Course you don't get it, cause you're a whack-a-doo."
330"Old vs. New - Evil Dead"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)

After Hyper Fan Girl and Devil Boner kidnap the Critic so that he can act as their relationship counselor, they, along with Benny, compare the two versions of Evil Dead - the 1981 original and the 2013 reboot - to decide which is the better film to resolve a feud between Hyper Fan Girl and Devil Boner.
Best Story: New
The Critic praises the reboot for having a better pace than the original and getting to the horror and action faster while the original took too long in getting to what made the movie good.
Best Main Character: New
While the Critic likes Bruce Campbell for his role as Ash in the original films, he notices that Ash is too out of character from what made him good in the first place while Mia in the reboot had her badass moments and was similar to Ash in the sequels within the reboot.
Best Supporting Cast: Old
For a genre in which the supporting cast typically die, both movies had gruesome deaths for the supporting cast in a way that The Critic enjoyed. However, the supporting cast in the reboot was often forgettable and had no personality while the supporting cast in the original was able to interact a lot better with Ash.
Best Gore: Old
Even though both films had good gore scenes and creativity, the Critic felt that the gore in the original one was more authentic, real and could be seen better. The Critic also praised the original for having no stunt actors and having the original cast get hurt while filming the gore scenes.
Best Atmosphere: Old
In the end, the Critic praises both versions as how a horror movie should work well. However, the reboot couldn't make or define a genre, had nothing new and was only able to pay homage to the original while the original movie created a new legacy in the gore horror genre of film.
Winner: The original beats the reboot 3-2. As Hyper Fan Girl celebrates her victory of the original winning, Devil Boner prepares to kill Critic. However Benny says that he has a brother that can help resolve the feud. It's later revealed to be Bill from the Smurfs 2 review and at the end they all leave to have fun, except for the Critic, who is still tied up long enough to have a parody of the ending to the original Evil Dead.

Channel Awesome Tag: Malcolm Ray as Bill: "Mm-hmm."
331"Balto"Doug Walker, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMarch 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)

The Critic reviews Balto (1995). He criticizes the out of place and illogical live action scenes bookending the film, the sudden tonal shifts, taking serious scenes such as children being deathly ill, which are themselves overplayed for a kids movie (most notably a scene featuring an undertaker building small coffins), and following them with something comedic such as the polar bears, the number of obstacles that Balto had to go through to deliver the medicine, and Balto remaining silent for the last part of the movie. Despite those flaws, he considers the movie good and fun, and praises the fact that it actually teaches kids about the famous serum run. He's also relieved that Phil Collins, who voices the polar bears, doesn't contribute any songs to the film, jokingly adding Collins-style songs to several scenes to the tune of "You'll Be in My Heart". Special criticism is reserved for the movie being historically inaccurate, despite being based on a true story, as well as the animation on the villain making him appear consistently evil throughout.

Sketches in-between shows Aunt Despair (Tamara) telling a little girl (Tamara) the story of how the Critic reviewed Balto, but reveals things that are constantly nonsensical throughout, annoying the little girl, and eventually causing her to realize that the story Despair is telling is not entirely true (after she discovers the Critic had not yet reviewed the movie). But Despair calms her down by adding that her story, while filled with many things that were not accurate, was fun and entertaining to hear, which are the Critic's exact thoughts of Balto itself.

First Viewing/Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob watch the movie while doing their first ever "First Viewing" video. While they find a lot of things in the movie to make a lot of jokes about, they ultimately find the movie not great, but good, praising the animation and colors and noting there was passion put into the story despite them feeling that it was "by the numbers". They also comment a lot about Steele and his all-out villainy with no redeemable qualities, wondering why he isn't in a lot of lists describing the most evilest villains.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jim Cummings as Steele: "Well, maybe your taste runs more toward wolf."
332"Fant4stic"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Brian Heinz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 4, 2017 (2017-04-04)

The Critic reviews Fantastic Four (2015). He states that the reboot is worse than all of the previous film versions of the Fantastic Four as the others failed for being too over-the-top and corny while this one fails for being too dark and serious, and calls it the wrong way to do comic book movies like this, criticizing the pacing, particularly the lack of action and poor explanations of Doctor Doom's plan, the character development and personalities of the Fantastic Four, the lack of originality (particularly the use of the "sky portal" cliche), the lack of relationship between the characters and the ending. Special criticism is reserved for the lack of lighting and the high number of scenes involving conversations in dark rooms throughout the movie, as well as Doom's design, which he questions why Fox is always so obsessed with redesigning Marvel characters to resemble crash test dummies. In the end, he states that the best iteration of the Fantastic Four is still the unreleased 1994 adaptation, as well as being shocked that the film was not only a failure with critics, audiences and the box office, but even director Josh Trank.

First Viewing/Real Thoughts: While neither Doug nor Rob considers it to be among the outright worst films, both (Rob in particular) are quickly angered by the cliched and illogical nature of the film's writing and visuals. A moment where the Critic angrily rages at the film's poor lighting is also shown to have been directly inspired by Doug losing his own temper after several successive scenes of the team working in near-total darkness.

Channel Awesome Tag: Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom: "There is no Victor, there is only Doom."
333"Clockstoppers"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerApril 18, 2017 (2017-04-18)

The Critic reviews Clockstoppers (2002). Even though the review was highly requested, the Critic couldn't find a reason on why it would be a bad film. He praises the effects, some funny lines, French Stewart's performance, camera shots and the idea of the movie, but criticizes Michael Biehn's goofy acting, the generic characters, writing, the execution of the story, and the inconsistencies of the watch as well as its time-stopping abilities. Special criticism is reserved for the overuse of "dead '90s" cliches.

Channel Awesome Tag: Pamela Dunlap as Vice Principal: "That was a perfectly good trash can. Don't be throwing students at it."
334"The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 2, 2017 (2017-05-02)

The Critic reviews The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) while appearing to be viewed on a laptop that is used by The Moviesquitoes (all played by Doug, Malcolm and Tamara). Even though he admits that the movie has a good impression like the first movie, and praises some creative sets and some casting choices (like Stephen Baldwin as Barney and Jane Krakowski as Betty), the Critic considers the film completely unnecessary, as no one really wanted a follow up to the original, and thinks that it was written around the bad title. He also criticizes Kristen Johnston as Wilma, the unfunny dialogue, the predictable plot, the characters' various creepy expressions, the unintentional gay innuendos and the design and creepiness of The Great Gazoo. Special criticism is reserved for the villain's motives (taking special note of an unexplained scene where he pulls a lever that somehow turns Fred's winning streak into a losing streak), as well as the film's usage of its only funny joke where a caveman, played by Jim Doughan, threatens to poison the dinosaurs but is completely ignored.

First Viewing: Going into the movie with low expectations, Doug and Rob are creeped out by some of the imagery (especially Gazoo) and critical of Kristen Johnson as Wilma, the predictable plot, and weird anachronisms (a video camera in prehistoric times among them), though they find Stephen Baldwin, Jane Krakowski, and Rosie O'Donnell surprisingly well-cast as well as a few funny moments (especially the dinosaur joke) and liking the usage of animatronics. They ultimately find that Viva Rock Vegas felt shorter and more colorful than its 1994 predecessor.

Channel Awesome Tag: Daws Butler as Fred Flintstone: "Oh, there's a lot of Busch gonna be sold!"
335"Suicide Squad"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Walter Banasiak, Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Orlando Belisile Jr., Bryan Porter, Jim Jarosz, Adonis KJ Wright
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerMay 16, 2017 (2017-05-16)

The Critic reviews Suicide Squad (2016), with scenes acted out by himself, Malcolm, Tamara and others. While he praises the style of the film, some of the cool scenes, and the new take on Harley Quinn (particularly her relationship with the Joker, who shows off an interesting vulnerable and caring side), he heavily criticizes the story for making no sense, the inconsistent pacing and tone, Jared Leto's performance and take on the Joker (as well as his off-screen antics from behind the scenes), lack of character development that only comic book readers can understand, and anticlimactic ending. Special criticism is reserved for the motives and personality of Amanda Waller, which inadvertently caused all the events in the movie to happen. In the end, he considers the movie passable and can understand audiences for either loving it, hating it, or just finding it OK.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob actually like many of the individual moments in the film, especially in the first half, with their main criticisms focusing around the Joker falling short of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger's performances, the film's version of the Enchantress being impossible to take seriously as a villain, and a general lack of direction in the second half of the story. Both of them find the film watchable overall, but add that had it not been for the reshoots which added the more humorous moments, the film would have been outright bad.

Note: The review originally premiered on May 3, 2017 at the Hollywood Blvd Theater in Woodridge, IL.

Channel Awesome Tag: Malcolm Ray as Bill: "Mm-hmm."
336"Alien vs. Predator"Doug Walker, Tamara Chambers, Jim JaroszDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)

The Critic reviews Alien vs. Predator (2004). While stating that the movie is mediocre, he admits that it does have some good parts that make the movie good but forgettable (In the end of the review, he also considers it to be better than its sequel). He praises the fight scenes between the Xenomorphs and the Predators as well as Alexa's character and her team-up with a Predator during the final battle, but he criticizes the other human cast members, the shaky camera work during the fights, and the ending. Special criticism is reserved for the confusion on the backstory of why the Xenomorphs and the Predators fight each other as well as the backstory being boring.

First Viewing/Real Thoughts: Doug and Rob find the movie to be very decent, feeling that the first half was boring, but the second and third halves were good-ish, also giving praise to the cinematography, style, visuals and action throughout, and the visual storytelling in the third half.

Channel Awesome Tag: Ewen Bremner as Graeme Miller: "This is like finding Moses' DVD collection."
337"Wonder Woman"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Rob Scallon, Jim Jarosz, Heather Reusz, Aiyanna Wade, Jason Laws
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJune 20, 2017 (2017-06-20)

The Critic reviews Wonder Woman (2017), with scenes acted out by Doug, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. While the Critic states that the film has its flaws with the characters, he considers it the first legitimately good film in the DC Extended Universe, heavily praising Wonder Woman's motives in helping out humanity in particular and her backstory showing how she was seen as going from God to human because of the environment and scenario she was put in rather than doing it just because of a tragic backstory. He also praises the action scenes, particularly the "No Man's Land" scene, and the fact that the film does not overuse the sexism and "fish out of water" elements too much, which are expected in a story like this. He does, however, criticize the CGI effects and the reveal and design of the villain, Ares, as well as his motives, though admits he was a good counterpart for Wonder Woman in terms of philosophical views on humanity.

Note: This is the second episode in the revived series to not have a Channel Awesome Tag at the end.
338"Norm of the North
"10th Anniversary Episode"
Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz (cameo)
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 4, 2017 (2017-07-04)

By popular demand, the Critic (now with a shaved head after achieving "enlightenment") reviews Norm of the North (2016) for his 10th Anniversary. While he doesn't consider it to be one of the worst films he's reviewed since he knew it was going to be bad (although he does call it "dumb", which is unexpected and the reason why it drove him to shave his head), he still criticizes the film's camera shots, characters, pacing, scene transitions, dialogue, animation, and editing. Special criticism is reserved for the film's use of toilet humor, especially scenes involving the three lemmings urinating for large amounts of time while other important scenes are cut short, as well as the film's questionable climax about the character Norm saving his grandfather, which involved a quick capture scene and two fake-out deaths, which briefly ends up driving the Critic to insanity.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob find it to be an absolutely terrible movie, having a hard time trying to make sense of the amounts of stuff that happens in the film. Rob shows that he hates it more than Doug, going so far as to consider this one of his top 15 worst movies he's ever watched.

Channel Awesome Tag: Tamara Chambers as Talent Replacer 9000: "Derp."
339"Cats Don't Dance"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)

Instead of an editorial, the Critic starts a new series of sketchless and shortened reviews, beginning with Cats Don't Dance (1997). While he says the film is nothing spectacular and has its corny moments, he praises the animation, Scott Bakula's performance, story, themes, characters (especially the villains), the songs and the message. He sums it up by saying that it'll mostly appeal to kids, while at least having some moments for adults due to its themes of prejudice. He also mentions the brief history where it was originally a live-action/animated movie about the Looney Tunes and Michael Jackson before that became Space Jam.

Note: Doug previously put the film on his "Top 11 Nostalgia Critics I Will Never Do" list.
340"Hulk (2003)"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)

The Critic reviews Hulk (2003). While he praises the visuals, some of the film's ideas and Nick Nolte's overacting, he criticizes the motionless dialogue (especially Jennifer Connelly's uninvested performance), the lack of action from the Hulk, useless characters and the mismatch of Ang Lee's direction for a comic book movie. Special criticism is reserved for a scene where Hulk fights mutant dogs as well as it being the film's first action sequence, and the film's editing, involving large numbers of bad scene transitions throughout the movie, which he thinks tries too hard to look like a comic book.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross: "He saved my life."

Sam Elliott as General Thunderbolt Ross: "Yeah, from a mutant French Poodle."
341"Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerJuly 25, 2017 (2017-07-25)

The Critic reviews Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2017). He considers the film a cash grab and calls it a bad crossover of Tom and Jerry and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, criticizing the new version of Slugworth, some scenes just being shot for shot remakes and some awkward moments. Special criticism is reserved for the animation of some creepy facial expressions, but gives credit to other aspects of the animation, the slapstick, the tunnel scene which he even admits is actually crazier than the original, and a cameo by Droopy as a Mexican stereotype that The Critic admits was somewhat amusing.

First Viewing: In a change from the usual format, Doug and Rob are joined by their father Barney for this viewing. All three are baffled at how the film sticks so slavishly to the live-action original, yet makes pointless changes such as expanding Slugworth's role and making "I Want it Now" essentially his song instead of Veruca Salt's. Both Doug and Rob feel that the film is mediocre overall, though with a couple of entertainingly bad moments, while Barney says that even if both properties are classics in their own right, mixing them together simply doesn't work.

Channel Awesome Tag: Kath Soucie as Tuffy: "Are the fires of hell a-glowing?"
342"Monkeybone"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 1, 2017 (2017-08-01)

The Critic reviews Monkeybone (2001) while punishing two kids (the "creators" of the film). He considers the movie a horrible attempt at trying to be weird and dark, heavily panning the lack of motivation and fun, terrible comedy, Sam Hamm's writing, and the character of Monkeybone. Special criticism is reserved for Brendan Fraser's standard performance. He does, however, praise the imagination and visuals of Down Town, a funny Stephen King joke and Chris Kattan's physical performance.

First Viewing: Both Doug's and Rob's criticisms largely match those of the Critic, with Doug in particular feeling that the movie suffers from a lot of cliches that were common in the early 2000s, an era which he has repeatedly said (in and out of character) that he considers to be the absolute worst period in cinema history. Rob adds that the movie would likely have worked better had Chris Kattan been the lead actor instead of Brendan Fraser, and that while this casting change wouldn't have saved it, Kattan was much better-suited to the material than Fraser.

Channel Awesome Tag: Brendan Fraser as Monkeybone: "No, no, no! Herb, you ding dong!"
343"G.I. Joe: The Movie"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 8, 2017 (2017-08-08)

The Critic, without any requests, decides to review G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987). While the movie is corny, the Critic praises the huge amount of American patriotism, Cobra Commander's funny voice and lines, the villains, animation, and the action scenes. However, he takes criticism on Duke's "death" by impalement which was censored and replaced with "gone into a coma" due to the backlash over Optimus Prime's death in the Transformers movie.

Channel Awesome Tag: Sgt. Slaughter as Sgt. Slaughter: "An itty, bitty ditty bag."
344"The Sorcerer's Apprentice"Doug Walker, Tony Goldmark, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Walter Banasiak (uncredited), Anthony Sardinha, Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Rob Scallon, Corey Taylor, Griff Taylor
Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Tony Goldmark, David Ganssle & Nicholas Bogroff GanssleDoug WalkerAugust 15, 2017 (2017-08-15)

The Critic, along with Tony Goldmark (a.k.a. Some Jerk with a Camera), reviews The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). While they praise some of the effects and Alfred Molina's performance, both consider the movie highly uncreative, criticizing Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel's performances, the overused "chosen one" story, and the sudden return of forgotten characters. Special criticism is reserved for the film's underuse of the famous cleaning scene homaged from the famous story in Fantasia from which the film originated as well as for Cage's transfer from his usual style of acting to the numerous standard roles in films he's been starring in lately.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jay Baruchel as Dave Stutler: "Uh-uh-uh, what the heck is this?"
345"DuckTales (2017)"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 22, 2017 (2017-08-22)

The Critic reviews the first two episodes of the 2017's DuckTales reboot. He calls it a fantastic reboot, claiming to be an instant fan, heavily praising the humor, the animation and elements of the show both being modern and retro. Special praise is reserved to the updates of the characters, particularly Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby (though he admits that the latter is a little too similar to Mabel Pines and that the formers sound like adults), as well as the continuing storyline of learning about the boys' mother.

Note: After the episode aired, Doug revealed that he thought the episodes after the pilot were underwhelming and criticized the lack of adventures, the show moving focus from Scrooge to the nephews, and the mystery about the mother being pushed to the side, though still praised the characters and undeniable charm overall, and is still on the lookout to see if the show will go the direction he wants it to go.[1]
346"Eragon"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Jim Jarosz, Jon Bailey
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerAugust 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)

The Critic reviews Eragon (2006), thinking it's a VHS video game while also in his living room along with Malcolm and Tamara. While not finding it awful as he praises some of the visuals, most of the acting and the fact that effort was put into it, he considers the movie to be nothing new, criticizing the clichéd characters, by-the-numbers and behind-the-times story, John Malkovich's performance as Galbatorix, lack of a message, and the film feeling more like a fantasy video game. Special criticism is reserved for Saphira using telepathic communication to point out the obvious repeatedly in scenes where no dialogue is necessary, even going to the point where the Critic shows said scenes with her dialogue removed, as well as Rachel Weisz being the wrong choice to voice her.

Channel Awesome Tag: John Malkovich as Galbatorix: "Do not prolong my suffering."
347"Kangaroo Jack"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 12, 2017 (2017-09-12)

The Critic first appears to have excitement because he thinks that he is going to review Samurai Jack, only to find out by Malcolm and Tamara that he's actually reviewing Kangaroo Jack (2003), leaving him disappointed. He finds the movie absolutely awful, heavily panning the story, writing that involves potty humor, jokes that are inappropriate for a kid's movie, editing, characters, casting of Estella Warren, weirdly placed and pointless scenes with Jack meant to justify the title as well as Jack's lack of screen time, Jerry Bruckheimer's involvement that leads to a very inconsistent tone, and the fact that it was turned into a family movie after the success of Snow Dogs and wishes that the film originally stuck to being a mafia comedy. However, he mildly enjoys the villains played by Christopher Walken and Michael Shannon. Special criticism is reserved for a scene involving farting camels and a transition from the character Charlie groping a woman to Kangaroo Jack rapping. At the end, the Critic thinks that his next full review will be The Green Mile, only to find out by Malcolm and Tamara his next full review will actually be Green Lantern, again to his disappointment.

First Viewing: Immediately watching this film after watching Green Lantern, Doug and Rob, while drinking a lot of whiskey, have a hard time getting through the film. Despite having a good chuckle at the presence of Christopher Walken and Michael Shannon, they find the rest of the movie extremely awful, heavily disliking the scenes of Kangaroo Jack rapping and the camels farting in particular (the latter mainly comes from Doug going on a rant). Despite this, they both still find Green Lantern to be worse than Kangaroo Jack, as they expected the latter would be a bad family comedy.

Channel Awesome Tag: Adam Garcia as Kangaroo Jack, Anthony Anderson as Louis, and Christopher Walken as Sal: "Chicken blood! Chicken blood, chicken blood, chicken blood!"
348"A Goofy Movie"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 19, 2017 (2017-09-19)

The Critic reviews A Goofy Movie (1995). While he does criticize Pauly Shore's performance as Bobby and some of the unintentionally creepy faces, he feels that the movie gets better every time he watches it, praising the animation, the believable romance between Max and Roxanne, the emotional moments, the silly comedy, as well as capturing the struggles and excitements of being both a teenager and a parent. In the end, he considers the movie both dated and timeless in the right ways.

Note: Doug originally put A Goofy Movie on his Top 11 Nostalgia Critic's That I Will Never Do list, but has decided to go ahead and do the review anyway. Doug also has done a Disneycember review of A Goofy Movie back in 2012, by popular demand.
349"Green Lantern"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerSeptember 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)

The Critic reviews Green Lantern (2011), accompanied by "Deadpool" (Malcolm). He considers the movie a pale imitation of the superhero, heavily panning Ryan Reynolds' performance, the unimaginative world, clichéd writing in the dialogue and characters, over-saturated visuals, and Hector Hammond for being a terrible villain. Special criticism is reserved for the CGI special effects, which he calls ugly and really unrealistic, as well as the lack of action from Green Lantern's powers, especially during a romantic scene which pales in comparison to the romance scenes of Spider-Man and Superman. Throughout the review, the Critic is pestered by "Deadpool" (who turns out to be a cosplayer), who believes that since he's Deadpool, he can do whatever he wants, and annoys the Critic so much that he eventually calls Hyper Fangirl and Devil Boner to get rid of him. After that, he ends the review by telling the audience that just because they dress up like Deadpool or Green Lantern doesn't mean they are Deadpool or Green Lantern, but advises them to think it out and represent instead.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob spend most of the viewing complaining about the film's ugly visuals, with Rob expressing disbelief that Martin Campbell, who had previously directed GoldenEye, The Mask of Zorro and Casino Royale, could have done such a poor job of making this film (though Doug points out that Campbell was also responsible for the previously-reviewed The Legend of Zorro). In the end, both agree that it's a very poor film that feels a decade out of date as well as one of the worst films they've reviewed.

Channel Awesome Tag: Jeff Wolfe as Bob Banks: "Watch your back."

Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan: "That's impossible, Bob."
350"Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 3, 2017 (2017-10-03)

The Critic kicks off "Nostalgiaween" by reviewing Scary Godmother: Halloween Spooktakular (2003). While he praises the creativity and some of the character designs, he criticizes the clumsy story and awkward, repetitive jokes, especially those made by the older children. Special criticism is reserved for the dated animation. In the end, he considers the short specifically for younger children.

Channel Awesome Tag: Noel Callahan as Daryl: "I can't believe you left Hannah in the spook house!"
351"It (2017)"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Walter Banasiak, Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Jason Laws, Bryan Porter, Trevor Mueller
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 10, 2017 (2017-10-10)

The Critic reviews It (2017), with scenes acted out by Doug, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. Throughout the review (shown as a parody of the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Almost Got 'Im"), the Critic talks about the film while debating with the two versions of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the Tim Curry version and the Bill Skarsgård version (both played by Doug), over which is the better adaptation of the Stephen King novel. While he considers the film superior to the original miniseries, praising the characters (particularly Finn Wolfhard's performance as Richie Tozier, favorably comparing him to Ash from Evil Dead), some good scares, interesting ideas, as well as perfecting elements that failed in the miniseries (i.e. the balloons and the bullies), he criticizes Benjamin Wallfisch's over-the-top score, as well as some of the visual effects and unintentionally funny scenes with Pennywise. Special criticism is reserved for the film lacking a personality compared to the miniseries, as while the latter knew what it was supposed to be, the former has too many tonal shifts. In the end, he admits that while the film is good, he'll remember the miniseries more, but when the two Pennywises angrily ask him which version is scarier or funnier, the Critic reveals himself to be a masked figure of the Mark Hamill Joker (voiced by Rob), who tells them that they should both be scary and funny.

Note: The review originally premiered on October 4th, 2017 at the Hollywood Blvd Theater in Woodridge, IL.

Channel Awesome Tag: Malcolm Ray as Chart Guy 2 (at the end of a Who's on First? inspired sketch during the credits): "Good night, folks."
352"Halloween (2007)"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 17, 2017 (2017-10-17)

The Critic reviews Halloween (2007). Though questioning the need for the remake's existence, and also feeling that the early parts of the film with the young Michael Myers drag a little at times, the Critic ultimately finds it to be a well-executed horror film overall that remains true to the original and actually manages to flesh out both Michael and Dr. Loomis. In the end, he judges it to be the third-best Halloween film, after the 1978 original and Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Channel Awesome Tag: Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Samuel Loomis: "What the hell?!"
353"The Mummy"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, James Rolfe
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerOctober 24, 2017 (2017-10-24)

After being begged by Tamara and Malcolm to do a review of The Mummy (1999), the Critic reluctantly attends to do it instead of talking about the original in which he was going to do a play on. Even though he thinks the film doesn't hold a candle to it, he feels that it was never meant to and considers the film to be a high-budget B movie and enjoyably dated, praising the creative visuals and Oded Fehr's performance, but criticizing Brendan Fraser's performance, believing that Bruce Campbell or Kurt Russell would have made a better choice, Kevin J. O'Connor's performance for reminding him of Hank Azaria in Anastasia, the dumb and sometimes useless characters, as well as the forced exposition, comedy and romance. Special criticism is reserved for the film's very dated CGI effects, as well as the fact that Rachel Weisz's character claims that scarab beetles eat people slowly despite only being shown to eat them quickly. At the end of the review, the Critic is challenged by his old foe to review one of 2017's biggest box office bombs.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob watch this movie years after they first saw it, and they ultimately find it to be overall stupid, cheesy fun, mainly having mixed thoughts about the CGI visuals in particular, with some effects like the skeleton Mummy, they find to be not great, and other effects like the sandstorm and the scenery, they find OK. They also take the time to comment about the several practical effects used in the film, thinking this was one of the few CGI effects-heavy blockbuster movies that used practical effects several times.

Channel Awesome Tag: Kevin J. O'Connor as Beni Gabor: (talking in Hindi)
354"The Mummy (2017)"Doug Walker, James RolfeDoug Walker, Rob Walker & James RolfeDoug WalkerOctober 31, 2017 (2017-10-31)

The Critic reluctantly concludes "Nostalgiaween" by reviewing The Mummy (2017) with the Angry Video Game Nerd. Both find the movie absolutely terrible and feel the only purpose of the movie is to set up a cinematic universe rather than tell an actual story. They both criticize the film having too many stories, Tom Cruise's unlikable protagonist, the treatment of the US Army, a scene that completely steals from An American Werewolf in London, and the confusing ending. Special criticism is reserved for the character of Princess Ahmanet, as both fail to understand her motivation and consider her a terrible Mummy. In the end, the Nerd recommends to the stressed-out Critic to watch an adaptation of a beloved anime, later revealed to be a trick just to emotionally destroy him even more.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob watch the movie immediately after the Brendan Fraser Mummy, doing it at the request of James Rolfe. Both of them find the movie bad, as well as underwhelming, ultimately finding it to be more of a huge setup to a cinematic universe rather than an actual movie. They also admit that watching this movie has given them a newfound respect for the Brendan Fraser Mummy, as it was at least overall fun and enjoyable and was good enough to be its own thing.

Channel Awesome Tag: Tom Cruise as Sgt. Nick Morton: "You want to stab me with that thing?"

Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll: "Precisely."

Nick: "Intentionally?"
355"Dragonball Evolution"Doug Walker, Martin Billany, Lawrence Simpson, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers,
Kyle Hebert, Jon Bailey
Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Martin Billany & Lawrence SimpsonDoug WalkerNovember 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)

After doing a more faithful sketch parodying Dragon Ball Z, the Critic reviews Dragonball Evolution (2009) alongside Lawrence "MasakoX" Simpson from TeamFourStar's Dragon Ball Z Abridged and Martin "LittleKuriboh" Billany from Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged since they happen to know about the whole DBZ franchise more than he does. They all consider the film absolutely awful and one of the worst live-action anime adaptations of all time, panning the abysmal treatment of the source material, mostly the characters, complete lack of originality, especially in the dialogue, disjointed visuals, the lack of world-building, awkward acting and lame effects. Special criticism is reserved for the fact that Goku's grandfather Grandpa Gohan tells him there are no rules (in which the trio constantly make fun of throughout the review), as well as the poorly-executed fighting scenes in which Goku only landed two hits against Lord Piccolo, and the 1-minute and 30 second mid-credits reveal of Piccolo still being alive.

First Viewing: Doug and Rob watch the film despite not being fans of Dragon Ball, and ultimately find the movie to be so stupid and too "by the numbers", ultimately labeling it a stupid and laughable film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Emmy Rossum as Bulma: "DBE." (as in Dragon Ball Evolution) "Catchy name."
356"Bangarang"Doug Walker
Dante Basco (cameo)
Doug WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 14, 2017 (2017-11-14)

The Critic reviews Dante Basco's Hook-based short film, Bangarang (2017). He enjoys the film and considers it a good portrayal of Rufio and his backstory, praising the movie's message of the difference between a harsh reality and a kid's fantasy dreams.

Note: This was the final episode to be released on Vidme, as the website shut down on December 15.
357"War of the Commercials"
"Just Go!"
Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Barney Walker
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 21, 2017 (2017-11-21)

The Critic does his annual nostalgic commercials review.

Commercials reviewed: Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 64, Ring Pop, An overview of Got Milk? commercials, Zellers (with Batman), Purr-tenders, Eliminator TS-7, Warburtons (with The Muppets), RSPCA How Much is that Doggy? PSA, Pound Puppies, Mickey Mouse Talking Phone, Tiger Electronics, Balzac, Ball Buster, Super Soaker Oozinator, Pole Position

He finds some of the commercials (specifically the Tiger Electronics, Eliminator TS-7, and Ring POP commercials) to be overhyped, while he praises the Atari Pole Position commercial, although he makes morbidly depressing sketches on that and the Muppets commercials. Special criticism is reserved for the British RSPCA PSA in which a dog is held at gunpoint by a man who says “Please give us a pound or we'll have to pull the trigger”, a crumpets commercial starring the Muppets, and several commercials the Critic narrowly tries to avoid snickering due to their unintended sexual references (i.e Balzac, Ball Buster). Also, the Critic is surprised and disgusted to learn that Michael Bay was responsible for the first “Got Milk” commercial, given that he directed the critically panned Transformers films. Michael Bay (Doug) then appears to show his newest "Got Milk" commercial, albeit done in Bay's usual style and elements of filmmaking, which annoys the Critic.

Channel Awesome Tag: Ball Buster Announcer: "Try to bust your opponent's balls."
358"Super Mario Bros. the Anime"Doug WalkerDoug WalkerDoug WalkerNovember 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)

The Critic does a review of Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach! (1986). While he praises the animation, the feeling of the movie being a real Mario movie and says it’s better than the poorly-reviewed live-action one, he criticizes the weird story line, some random and goofy moments and twists such as the dog companion being a Prince and the ending of an old lady being greeted by King Koopa at a grocery store.

Channel Awesome Tag: Prince Toadstool: "Peach, I have returned."
359"Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara ChambersDoug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 5, 2017 (2017-12-05)

After declaring that he will no longer try to up the previous years of declaration that he loves Christmas the most (with his latest attempts resulting in the death of a possibly pregnant Christmas monster from an alternate dimension that he, Malcolm and Tamara had travelled to), the Critic reviews Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa (2002). The Critic considers the movie to be one of the worst Christmas Specials and compares it to The Christmas Tree. He criticizes the terrible animation quality such as not covering the basics like sitting down or drawing proper shapes, abysmal rendering, the lack of story, scenes that go on for too long such as the musical numbers, and the abrupt ending. Special criticism is reserved for the cast of grade A voice actors starring in a film as bad as this as well as Ricky's Grandmother speaking in unnatural gibberish. In the end, the Critic still deems The Christmas Tree to be the worst Christmas special he's ever seen, but says that this is a close second.

Channel Awesome Tag: Debra Wilson as Ricky's Grandmother Fran speaking in gibberish.
360"A Muppet Family Christmas"Doug Walker, Walter BanasiakDoug WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)

The Critic reviews A Muppet Family Christmas (1987). Although he is disappointed that the special never got a DVD or Blu-Ray release, he enjoyed the special and praised the characters interactions, the story, and the songs. During the review, when he makes references to the other Muppet Christmas Special, The Muppet Christmas Carol, he instead shows clips of Kermit awkwardly reacting to Michael Caine's lectures on acting.

Channel Awesome Tag: Michael Caine: "And if I keep blinking...it weakens me."
361"Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"Doug Walker, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Heather Reusz
Doug Walker & Rob WalkerDoug WalkerDecember 19, 2017 (2017-12-19)

While waiting for a Christmas dinner with Chester A. Bum, Doh, Aunt Despair, Uncle Lies as well as with both families' kids, the Critic reviews Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). While he does find the film annoying, predictable and feels it's not giving its all at times, he does feel the movie has some legitimately good moments, praising Tim Curry's performance as Mr. Hector and some memorable scenes, but criticizes Macaulay Culkin's emotionless performance (though admits it's mostly due to the effect super-stardom had on his life and passion for acting), the characters not evolving (save for Buzz), some stupid moments and the film just retreading scenes from the first film. Special criticism is reserved for the character of the Pigeon Lady whom the Critic doesn't find scary at all compared to Marley and also finds her backstory ridiculous.

First Viewing: Having watched this movie a few times before, Doug and Rob have a great time doing so again, enjoying the legitimate good moments, including Tim Curry's performance, the "throwing bricks" scene, and several other memorable scenes, though nitpick over other moments, including the Pigeon Lady and her backstory. Doug admits ultimately that it's a movie he doesn't find good, but has a soft spot over due to the amount of legitimately funny moments in the film.

Channel Awesome Tag: Tim Curry as Mr. Hector: "Have a lovely day."
362"Star Wars: The Last Jedi"Doug Walker, Chris Stuckmann, Brad Jones, Malcolm Ray, Tamara Chambers
Rob Walker, Jim Jarosz, Aiyanna Wade, Heather Reusz, Walter Banasiak
Doug Walker, Rob Walker, Chris Stuckmann & Brad JonesDoug WalkerDecember 27, 2017 (2017-12-27)

The Critic teams up with Chris Stuckmann and The Cinema Snob to review Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), with scenes acted out by Doug, Chris, Brad, Malcolm, Tamara, and other cast members since the film was still in theaters at the time. While they praise many of the scenes and fight sequences, they criticize some of the plot points, the decision to kill off Snoke, and Rey's parents origins being lackluster. Special criticism is reserved for the side plot with Finn and Rose and the casino scene being pointless. In the end, the Critic, Stuckmann, and the Snob conclude that the film is awesome, but only when it isn't being weird.

Channel Awesome Tag: Doug Walker as Harry: "That sounds very wrong."

Chris Stuckmann as Frank: "It feels so right."

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