Ah, the thrill of a new WEBCAMS. The last episode was "Lucky Duck" and that was posted just over two weeks ago. If there's anything to be said about this new episode, it's that it's been too long.
Far, FAR too long.
See, this new episode ("Life, the Universe, & Golf") originally had the designation of our 14th episode. In case you missed it, this is now our 24th episode. Okay, so it's only 10 episodes late .... no big deal, right?
Maybe yes, maybe no.
Read my full commentary after the break!
If you've been watching my Vlog-A-Log series, you've probably picked up on some of the details, and regular readers of this blog will already be familiar with my passive commentary on Obsquatch's performance in this one. Essentially, though, the main problem behind this episode--the very root of the subsequent "curse"--is that we broke a cardinal WEBCAMS rule (albeit a rule that we break frequently).
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS WRITE THE SCRIPT GENERICALLY. This way anybody can come along and play any of the roles. This script was written specifically for myself, Anglobaptist, and Obsquatch. Three very busy fellas who don't necessarily have the time to play in front of the webcam. Granted, I've personally made playing in front of the webcam my life goal, so I really wasn't the problem with this episode. You know, if I were to be the kind of person who dodges blame.
Ben wrote a great script based on a video and the subsequent comments on that video. I punched up the script and added a potentially unhealthy layer of gratuitous insults and ass-crammage. Since a Baptist Minister was one of our cast members, I made sure he signed off on the vulgarity before we even thought about proceeding. Which he did. God bless him.
After we had our script locked down, the next thing that happened was absolutely nothing. Between being busy and misplacing the script, it literally took months to finally get the footage in for this episode. In that time, putting all the performers to shame, Chris LeBrane knocked out the end tune within a week of having the script. That guy rocks.
Like I explained in the Vlog-A-Log, Tripp's footage was almost a no-go because when I finally opened up the video file, it was a whole lot of a single frozen frame and no audio. Fortunately, it was just a server-side issue and Tripp was able to resend the footage.
Editing-wise, there wasn't anything remarkable. Except for the very end of the script--what I usually refer to as the button and is that perfect moment to cut to the end titles on. As you'll see in the video (after the early credit sequence) the script called for Tripp to be chomping on some popcorn. He conveniently didn't have the popcorn. The last two lines were rendered useless and confusing. Not the end of the world, but certainly more proof that this episode was cursed.
On an extremely personal note (WARNING: OPINION ONLY!) I'm not very thrilled with this episode. It works, albeit weakly, and I'm glad we've put it to bed, but having slogged through this one, I almost wonder if it might have been better to just let it lie unproduced. In the spirit of the commentary and offering my OPINION ONLY, I have to point the finger at Obsquatch. I know the material was lengthy and called for a lot of monologues, but his performance turned what could have been a wildly irreverent philosophical rambling into a rough, ill-scripted monologue that drags the viewers through an unpleasant mud. Again, my opinion only and I don't say this to indict Obsy, but as justification to the belief that if you can't do it right, sometimes it's better not to do it at all. Obsquatch is more than capable--we all know this and we can see it in parts of his performance in this episode--but for whatever the reason, he didn't have the time to give this one everything that it needed. Does it a terrible episode? Certainly not. It doesn't make it as best as it could be, either, though.
Agree? Disagree? Should I send Obsy some flowers? Let me know in the comments.
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