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Oh my lord Demo Reel is terrible.

You know, I'll make an educated guess and say that it's meant to be terrible.

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I'm going to give Doug the benefit of the doubt for now. I didn't really find anything particularly entertaining about the premiere, but since it's the first episode I'm going to be a little more lenient on it since pilot episodes rarely ever represent the quality of the product as the series progresses. Even with Mega64's show, as big of a fan as I am of the group, their work from way back in Version 1 is completely different and hardly representative of the kind of material that they'd eventually produce in both their show and online. For now we're probably going to see episodes mostly focused on making fun of movie franchises, but the best-case scenario would be that as time goes on the show would divert focus to the character dialogue and the various things they go through to make the movies instead, which would be much more entertaining. And hopefully we'll reach a point where the characters will break out of the archetype molds that they're currently in to become more natural. At this point anything is game, really, and I'd be baffled if Doug actually kept to the exact same formula as this first episode for the entirety of the series.

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So the first episode of Demo Reel is on par with Let's Play Bart's Nightmare, according to the rating that it got on the website.

That's not a good sign.

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Taking those ratings seriously never ends well.

For the masses who can't think beyond "good" or "bad", a thumbs-up/thumbs-down system really is best.

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To be perfectly honest, one of my favorite videos Doug's ever put out was his Breaking Dawn review, just because of how much it affected him and how much of a massive breakdown it was.

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Critics are at their best when they're passionate. Doug was really fucking passionate about Breaking Dawn.

I agree with you completely, that was one of my faves.

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The thing about Demo Reel, is again, Doug's utter lack of originality. Maybe I'd find it more desirable if he put more effort into the behind the scenes segments, but it's just not very fun to watch what's apparently "real life" being on par with the acting in the films.

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I should look at this Demo Reel thing

EDIT: Oh, and for some reason I thought those Twilight Movies were over...start part II just to keep the dead horse...living dead!

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I was watching Demo Reel just now.

The first skit at the very beginning was unfunny, but what I expected of him. I notice that he also can't seem to shoot more than a few characters in a single shot, too.

Then when he came out to explain Demo Reel as his other persona, he said "What is Demo Reel? Well, you know those other movies that are big and small and loved by all? Well, we think we can do better!"

That's when I just groaned, said "fuck it" and shut the tab. If he's going to take the easy route and make parodies of movies and pop culture, he might as well just try to get a job working on MAD or Robot Chicken.

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Yeah, the more I think about it, the more lazy and dumb Demo Reel seems.

Comparing Nostalgia Critic to Demo Reel is like comparing Young Frankenstein to Disaster Movie. One actually points at things in their source material to make fun of, while the other goes "Look! This is from something! Isn't that funny? Ha ha!"

As of now, it has a lower rating than Bart's Nightmare. That's quite the accomplishment.

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I think Doug's just beat. That's it. He's emptied his back of tricks. I think he just wants to see what else he has, which isn't much. He knew that Nostalgia Critic had been run dry, so he killed it and made a new series in hopes of being recognized for other qualities. But he just doesn't know if he has anything, so he's grasping for straws again. Don't get me wrong, I kinda like him, but not his methods. If he just tried being original for once, maybe I could respect him, but I can tell Demo Reel is just fueled by his happiness in getting his own studio. His studio is like a toy to him, he's just playing around with it, and trying to use it to his advantage. I think he actually can do a good job, but he's too concerned about his audience.

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You know what I wish he'd do more of?

Lori Prince Live.

That shit was gold, but then he just stopped after 2 episodes, and that really bugged me. I'd love to see more. Like, his Joker (was it him or Rob? sounds like him) was spot-on there, WAY better than later impersonations.

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I'm going to give Doug the benefit of the doubt for now. I didn't really find anything particularly entertaining about the premiere, but since it's the first episode I'm going to be a little more lenient on it since pilot episodes rarely ever represent the quality of the product as the series progresses. Even with Mega64's show, as big of a fan as I am of the group, their work from way back in Version 1 is completely different and hardly representative of the kind of material that they'd eventually produce in both their show and online. For now we're probably going to see episodes mostly focused on making fun of movie franchises, but the best-case scenario would be that as time goes on the show would divert focus to the character dialogue and the various things they go through to make the movies instead, which would be much more entertaining. And hopefully we'll reach a point where the characters will break out of the archetype molds that they're currently in to become more natural. At this point anything is game, really, and I'd be baffled if Doug actually kept to the exact same formula as this first episode for the entirety of the series.

I think Mega64's earlier stuff is still pretty funny, even if it is just Jackass plus video game references. Watching Rocco "BARF!" in public will always make me laugh.

I've yet to watch demo reel. To me it looks like the skit segments of NC stretched into an entire series. And the director seems to be the exact same character as the critic, but I should probably reserve judgement for now.

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They're the same as far as "arrogant self-centered egotist" goes, but he's much less of a manchild than NC is (or rather, what NC eventually grew into), so there's that.

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Less then two minutes in and fucking mspaint Casper shows up.

Dear Doug,

Why?

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Less then two minutes in and fucking mspaint Casper shows up.

Dear Doug,

Why?

That's one of the things that made me just want to shut the video off, but I kept going.

Then the "Who are you gonna call?" line made me groan, because I thought for a moment he would try to do something clever there. But nope, he just had to say "Ghostbusters" and have them show up.

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I stopped at the Waldo joke. Honestly, that was the best joke I saw in there, but not anything near enough to keep me watching.

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