I can’t completely dislike this toon, because it did bring us Delicious “Bag” (which also appears in a pretty funny Easter egg at the end), which is just a great name for a candy product no matter how you look at it. And I can’t properly review this without at least pointing out the 50s-styled people with jetpacks when this is supposed to be set in the 30s, but as with Ballad of The Sneak, the lack of consistency with sticking to one time period is pretty much part of the joke. I also have to question what was up with the random sweating towards the end (the theory I was able to find is that it’s just a reference to old television sets having really hot lighting), but it kind of just goes without any kind of explanation. But yeah, not really much else to talk about here. Generally I like taking a break from SBEmails, but here I’m genuinely looking forward to rewatching some of the next ones in line, starting with date.
- Gotta love the HRAMERDSXR. The crappy little tune that plays when you start it out (in the playable version at the end) is incredibly bad (and therefore awesome), the graphics are … the same, actually, and some of the random things they can say like “Strong Bad read a book!” are the icing on the cake.
- I’m surprised to learn that Sid Hoffman and Sid Frenchman are not actually real people. Well, I’m sure there’s people with those names somewhere in the world, but they’re not well-known, is what I’m saying. I assumed they were celebrities I’d never heard of.
- The table at the marshmallow place has no legs or pole to hold it up. It’s just kind of sitting on their laps.
- Ah, the first appearance of the bear holding a shark. You know, a while back I found something in Wal-mart that had a logo very similar to that, and I wanted to take a picture of it so I could post it when I got around to reviewing this email, but didn’t have my 3DS (or anything else with a camera) with me at the time, so I figured I’d get it later. So I checked again a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t find it. And I don’t even remember what the thing was. But oh well.
- What the crap is Super Mud?
- The Sid Hoffman/Frenchman game at the end used to have a glitchy “prize” for getting 20 correct. It’s been fixed, but thanks to web archives, I’m able to show you the original ending.
As for the contest itself, I do have to admit that Strong Bad’s costume is pretty good. The tape recorder was of course a pretty lame trick, but the paper plate face and white beret are nice low-budget costume pieces. (“I know!”) Not quite as funny as Homestar’s hippo (or “elephant”) slippers and sock taped to his head (as later seen in the hilarious Easter egg at the end), but if I had to actually judge the costume in terms of accuracy, Strong Bad’s wins. Homsar of course gets first place, but he did a bit too good of a job.
And then here’s the part where I admit something pretty embarrassing. When I was in … fifth grade, I think it was, we did a highly abridged play of the first Harry Potter book. I ended up getting the role of Voldemort, who was described as having a completely white face with red eyes and slits for a nose. So I did actually make a crappy paper plate mask for the role. And since Voldemort’s appearance in that book was a face coming out of the back of Quirrell’s head, I figured they could just strap the mask to the back of their head while I did the voice from elsewhere in the room, but no, the teacher insisted that I stand back-to-back with the other guy. It was a little bit pathetic. And also highly unrelated to this blog, so uh, labor day.
Out of all the things he mentioned, the only one that stands out to me (well, aside from the really lame comments towards Strong Mad and The Cheat, which were bad enough to be funny) was asking Coach Z if he’s green and naked, or just wearing a body suit. I too would like to know that. Aside from that, I just wanted to point out the “Everybody Knows It” song accessible at the end. I’m not going to actually say anything about it, just pointing it out. Because reasons. And since I already talked quite a bit about the past few emails, that’ll be good enough for this one. It’s time for another classic – kids’ book.
The Chapmans definitely had fun making this one. Mike in particular listed it as his favorite during a conference in 2006 (the same one where Matt said personal favorites was his, which I mentioned when I reviewed that email), because it was just fun to make a book like this and then just draw all over it and make it into something funny. And thanks to the DVD commentary, we now know the “Fran could play linebacker for the Raiders” part basically came from Matt drawing the girl with really broad shoulders and then Mike basically just made fun of the drawing. The same thing probably happened to “Beth looks like a dude”, honestly.
Like I said though, there’s not really too much I can comment on aside from just pointing out parts that I found funny, which is practically all of it. So after reading through that, we now get to move straight on to some more of Strong Bad’s literature in the format of Teen Girl Squad Issue #4.
Theorizing aside, this is the first TGS issue to not have the plot centered around them trying to look good and/or attract boys. Well, Cheerleader still does that, but the fact that they’re now in a school setting does sort of show that the series has a chance of evolving over time. Obviously I already know that it has, but I just … whatever, you know what I mean. It’s Teen Girl Squad, these are just hard to write about. I can’t really say anything about Brett Bretterson, Quarterman, or any of the other stuff from this issue because they don’t really show up again later on in any kind of notable way. I think this is the first one to establish that So and So’s “good student” personality though. Prior to this issue, she didn’t really have any kind of noteworthy traits. And once again I can’t really come up with any clever way to lead into the next toon, so whatever, let’s just watch 2 years.
Ok, do I have anything else actually worth saying about this email? I did find it funny, so I don’t have any complaints, but I’m struggling to find something to point out that isn’t just repeating a joke I liked. I do have to wonder what’s up with the “Fireworks or die” mural, now that I think about it. Does it mean that you if you don’t like fireworks, you should die? Or that you have to bring some when you come to Strong Badia? No idea. So I guess I’ll just end this review as abruptly as Strong Bad did. But unlike him, I won’t wait 15 seconds to move on to something else. (Yes, that’s your hint to stick around at the ending, if you haven’t already done so.) So here’s something completely out of left field – Everybody Knows It.
There’s a bit of history to this one – originally it was posted under the name of “Whoa! Puppets”, then retitled about a week later to “Puppet Thing”, and then again another week later to the name they finally settled with. The first title makes sense, since it was a completely new concept to the website, and then I guess they just decided that “Puppet Thing” was too generic of a title and it would look out of place when later puppet toons were made. Speaking of the puppets themselves, Homestar has felt eyes that can be moved to either side of the head (and when he turns around in certain parts you can see the eyeless side, which is always kinda funny), and The Cheat is simply a Kick The Cheat toy that they used to sell in the store. I can’t seem to find a record of when that toy was released though.
One day I do want to do an in-depth post about the store and the various things sold there, plus some redesigns it went through and various Easter eggs, but that will be a task for another day. You’ve probably already noticed by now that I haven’t said anything about this toon as a whole, and that’s not about to change. But I will link to some pictures that were Easter eggs in the original release (and have been removed for whatever reason). And if I want to get this post up sometime today, I need to keep on truckin’ along. Maybe I’d be better inspired if I had a sign that said no loafing.
This probably would have been funnier if, instead of focusing on multiple
There’s a very-easy-to-miss Easter egg at the end of this one that I wasn’t aware of at all, which you access by pressing the “O” key. It’s a nice little callback to something from the Museum. And there’s also a weird unused animation of headless Homestar doing a jig that was found through a Flash decompiler. It was almost certainly going to be used for the “Cheatsa parties” Easter egg, but then for whatever reason was abandoned and not used until wayyy later in SBEmail 179.
Alright, well, that was one heckuva long post, so I’m definitely done for now. Hopefully I’ll get another one out before the end of the month, but if not, then … well, that would be lame, but I guess we’ll just have to deal with it. Next time should be a bunch of Halloween stuff, and as I’m sure you can tell from the last three installments of those, they’re some pretty good toons.