I never really realized before that there’s a picture of a snake on Carol. What’s that all about? And of course The Cheat spells it “carl” in his little music video, which is kind of awesome. One final bit of trivia for this one (and no, it’s not the translation for the webdings, look it up yourself) – if you wait a few seconds at the end, Strong Sad sends an IM about vinegar toast (I actually didn’t know this until I just read about it), which is a reference to something that the Chapmans did in real life. Apparently Mike put toothpaste in cupcakes and fed them to Matt, who then retaliated with “vinegar toast”. Which I assume is just toast soaked in vinegar. But that’s enough for this one. Before the next email came out, there were actually two short toons that were released to explain a couple delays. Which is kinda weird, because the next email was actually only one day late. But anyway, first we have The System is Down.
So that’s the history of the toon, which personally I find more interesting than the toon itself, but that’s not to say that it’s not amusing. I like weird off-the-wall stuff like this, and the concept of the characters walking around in a white void with an error page kind of makes your brain hurt if you think about it too hard, so I suggest not doing that. I also suggest not cram-a-lamming Swiss Cake Rolls into a computer. That sounds like something my brother Joey would do. (He hasn’t done that specifically, but he has peed on a keyboard before. Intentionally.) Speaking of tape-leg though, I must say that email is comic gold compared to Superbowl Dealie.
I’m not quite sure why this was made, actually. Assuming the release dates on the Wiki are accurate, this was released on a Monday, which would have been the day following the Super Bowl. So I guess they were watching the game and then didn’t have enough time to make a SBEmail for the following day, so they made this instead. Which honestly seems a bit unnecessary. It’s not as if emails haven’t been late before, and especially with the server going down earlier that week (and getting an extra toon out of it), I think they had every right to be late by a day without making an explanation toon. But they did, and then presumably started work immediately on the next email, huttah!.
I mentioned a couple posts ago that Strong Bad could have easily just backspaced his embarrassing reply at the end of lures & jigs, but the email was apparently being watched live or something. And there’s lots of emails where the typed reply would be a very incomplete response unless you assume that the person who sent the email also sees all the cutaways and insights into Strong Bad’s imagination. It’s never fully explained. But back to huttah!. (Should there be a period after the exclamation point? Grammar is weird sometimes.) In this email, The Cheat is watching Strong Bad checking his emails as if it’s a livestream. Very strange. Again, try not to think about it too much. And I still haven’t said much about the email itself, so I’ll just say that the idea of taping the little paper over the screen was, though ineffectual, quite clever. And it was lucky that the subjects of the emails changed when he did that, otherwise there would be stuff like “Hey the cheat! i love The Cheat! can you ask him for me if he is taken? because i like him WAY better than you”. Problematic.
Oh right, and then there’s the little screensaver thing at the end . I actually forgot that was part of this email. And the terrible little sound effect of the Atari seagull flapping its wings is awesome. I’m not sure if I’m thankful or disappointed that the noise isn’t there in the downloadable version. Moving on, if these last two emails have been a bit too tame for your tastes, the next one should be significantly better. Even the name implies energy and loudness – monster truck.
This email features the first actual appearance of Limozeen and their music. Now I’m going to admit something here – I’ve never been too crazy about Limozeen. Whenever they make an appearance in a toon, I generally find it amusing (and I do like the crappy Saturday morning cartoon they star in, which we won’t be seeing for quite a while), but whenever something is based around the band members in live action, I’ll either skip it or watch it once and then never again. I do know the names of the band members – Larry (the lead singer), Perry, Gary, and Mary, but aside from Larry, I couldn’t tell you who plays what, nor could I tell you if they have distinct personalities outside of Mary from the cartoon, who is intentionally singled out. And I certainly couldn’t tell them apart by looking, but that’s the joke. And they’re usually played by different people every time they appear. In this email, they’re all played by Donnie Chapman.
This game was originally released with only one level and lacked the speed powerups (and the Strong Mad scenes between levels, obviously). The updated version came out at some point after Jonathan Howe joined the team to help program better games. His first project was a game that we haven’t seen yet, but I’ll be getting to it in a couple posts probably. If you want to play the original version, here’s a link to it. It’s your best bet at seeing the ending, since you only have to go through one level instead of seven. So once you’re done messing around with that, I’ve got one other email to go through – interview.
The first thing I have to point out about this email is the fact that Strong Bad (while imitating Homsar) said “I was raised by a cup of coffee”. Homsar never actually said it, and yet it has somehow become one of his more well-known quotes, even appearing on the T-shirt. It’s kind of a “Beam me up, Scotty” moment, and now that I took the time to check, I actually found that it is indeed listed on TV Tropes’s page of the same name. But yeah, that line and a few others are the main source of humor in this email, so if you like non-sequiturs, then here’s plenty of them. If you don’t, then you probably don’t like Homsar in general, so this email won’t be one of your favorites. Personally I think it’s pretty good. I think “Hey Reggie, is that rhinoceros around” is my favorite line from it. Either that or "Don't fake the funk on a nasty dunk". Strong Bad putting salt on his foot, ala island is a nice little callback too. And Kerrek is a nice little flashforward.
So, next time, stuff.