My friend, the awesome Tristan Tarwater of Back That Elf Up, has suggested an alternative to NaNoWriMo for those of us that don’t participate. Her recommendation is, “Every day this month, write a review…” I haven’t really stayed on topic, but I have accepted this challenge.
You guys, I got sick. Like lungs full of fluid, sleep sitting up, running a fever sick. I’m feeling a LOT better now, but the road to getting there involved a lot of tea, naps, and staring at a screen. Being sick now is so much better than being sick as a kid. No longer is one stuck watching Monkee’s re-runs and Jerry Springer. Nope, now I get to chose my own entertainment. Gotta love the internet.
Day 6: (Music) Head Bent Over
The first way I entertained myself was by listening to Head Bent Over from Rick and Morty (Season 2, Ep 5. Get Schwifty), like fifty times. The episode is pretty awesomely weird. I don’t want to spoil too much, but some aliens that are basically giant heads invade our atmosphere and threaten our planet unless we perform the awesomest pop song in the universe. And by design, this song is really catchy. It’s been on heavy rotation in the Fart Castle, as has the song from which the episode gets it’s title. I recommend Moonmen, as well, which isn’t from the same episode, but it also catchy, funny, and performed by Jemaine from Flight of the Concords. So like, why miss out?
Day 7: Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That
Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That is kinda the best. Each episode is around four and a half minutes long and follows a pretty simple format. They get tossed a piece of food, they describe it and their first impressions, one asks the other if they’re going to eat that, and then they do. Then they each review the item in three categories: eatability/repeatability, flavor factor, and fun factor. Sometimes they get to eat super delicious things. Sometimes they eat jellied eel. I think it all depends on how Jesse Thorn was feeling that day. But the most delightful parts of this show are Brian and Lindsay, themselves. Their enthusiasm is pretty infectious, and they give everything a fair shot and honest review. Also, the theme song.
Day 8: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
When First Day of Camp came out I got really excited. But I started it on my own, having not seen the movie in a while, and it just didn’t really hit the mark for me. That is, until I found out Emil had never seen the movie it was based on. So we watched it and my interest was renewed. And it turns out refreshing my memory made the show SO MUCH better.
First of all, if you don’t know, it’s a prequel to a movie that came out fourteen years ago, staring pretty much the entire original cast. I expected aging to play a hilarious part, and on a few occasions it did, but for the most part the cast looks exactly the same.
The cast is made up of comedy royalty. Due to the amount of characters that are followed, the episodic format works really well. This allows more time to explore each character than we would have gotten from a movie, and each character is worth exploring. Hilarity ensues as each back story gets revealed. Every trope is hit and every stereotype is perfected. Both the writing and the acting are incredibly over the top, but it works really well as it builds its canon. It is a show made for bingeing – Netflix knows what they’re doing.