Wonder what this means for the cast of Demo Reel? Seems the show is over, but will the actors remain?
I was actually thinking about that, and I was wondering if perhaps they didn't in fact press the issue themselves? As actors, they have better things to do than to waste time and craft on a show that's going down in flames if there is the possibility to get out of their contract, and Demo Reel can't possibly look good on their resume's either. Especially as beginning or small time actors. I know for a fact that the role of Tacoma (the Writer) was originally intended for Barghov before he quit the company, and if the actor feels like he's doing something that's really intended for someone else... well...
I found the first episode of demo reel to be bad, but I was willing to stick through it after Rob Walker released a video apologising and sounding like the second episode would be an improvement.
I would have watched the second episode, except it was dealing with Wreck-It Ralph. A movie that didn't release in New Zealand until after Christmas (different school holiday dates), over a month after the Demo Reel episode. So I had three choices:
- Watch the second Demo Reel episode and risk spoilers or a movie I was planning to see. Unacceptable.
- Wait till I watched Wreck-It Ralph, then deal with a backlog of Demo Reel episodes. That might work, until the next time Demo Reel covers a movie aimed at school children.
- Stop watching Demo Reel.
Naturally I chose option 3.
You could have watched the one that came after without issue. The Wreck it Ralph Ep. was essentially standalone. Of course, you missed nothing of value this way.
Still, I know for a fact that you aren't alone in making that choice, and its likely that it contributed to the bad numbers he was getting. A lot of people who might have liked the show didn't watch it for fear of spoilers. Nostalgia Critic didn't have that problem because the movies he reviewed were too old to spoil, and too shitty to care even if you hadn't seen it.
The Nostalgia Critic may be back. I wonder whether the audiences will be.
Feel sorry for Doug having to go back to this after doing the big 'I'm finished, I have artisitically no where else to go' speech. In hindsight maybe you should have slowed down NC while you tried to get the other projects going? You know, getting a grip on the next branch before letting go of the old one sort of thing.
I think that's essentially the consensus on his own forums.
El Moose Monstero wrote:
The whole return episode seemed like an incredibly egotistical way to do it. Not an actual 'writer to audience' message - 'hey, we fucked up, this wasn't a good thing or well received, and I may have made a hasty decision - I've been missing doing the old episodes, but at the same time, don't want to get stuck in a rut like that again, so the NC is back but on different terms', and then do a full episode with actual comedy about the return rather than just ego stroking 'real world' internal dilemma stuff and pretentious character/writer conversations.
He kinda tried that already when he still thought he could save Demo Reel. The result got turned into a meme. Search for "Diplomatic Doug" on Google to see it. He came off like he was in denial about how much of an abject failure his first (and un-aired second) episode was, and likewise that he was downplaying the importance of his critics in the creative process of the show. He obviously wanted to write something he wanted to watch, but a bit of advice I got in writing class applies-- write for yourself, but don't share just anything you write with the others let alone the public. If you write a dog turd, people will criticize it and rightfully so.
'Course, Ego has always been a part of everything Nostalgia Critic. Their crossover movies all emphasize this. Contrast this with the Spoony Experiment series. When Noah Antwiler has real life problems and he decides to address them "in character", its always about his flaws coming back to bite him on the ass. Hell, he even started his review of Final Fantasy XIII with an apology for being too harsh on FFVIII and for cracking insensitive gay jokes in the intro. The closest the Nostalgia Critic ever got was... Douchy Mc. Nitpick. Even when he made videos about the mistakes in his reviews, Doug couldn't help but insert a caricature of his critics into the video.