Doug Walker Will Review Every Episode of “Avatar”
Now this is an intriguing concept. Doug Walker, better known as the Nostalgia Critic, will be viewing every single episode of Avatar: the Last Airbender in preparation for his highly anticipated review of M. Night Shyamalan’s adaptation of the show. Each day, he’ll watch one episode and then post a vlog in which he’ll state his opinion.
To me, the appeal here is that he’s never seen the show before (though he’s heard it’s great, naturally), so it will be most interesting observing his reactions. I only somewhat envy him the same way I envy anyone who gets to experience something I consider wonderful for the very first time. I say “somewhat” because…well, remember that I’m the guy who took years to appreciate Avatar and then had to blabber about it on the Internet. I can only imagine how what Doug will make of the things I loathed and even the things I loved.
Hell, I’m almost tempted to watch the show again along with him. Not just to compare thoughts, but because it’s been a very long while since I’ve watched the entire show (and let’s face it: Avatar is one of those shows, like Arrested Development, that you simply can’t watch one episode and not the others). This could be the motivation I need to get back to finishing all the episode reviews (yes, including “The Puppetmaster”). Hmm…should I do a whole post series of note comparison? I honestly am not sure. Let me know what you think.
Also, let me state perhaps the most important reason these vlogs might be worthwhile: they’re being presented by Walker himself, not the Nostalgia Critic.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve stopped watching his show since the “final” episode in which he reviewed Scooby Doo. It’s not because I hate the new episodes since his return. I haven’t even watched an entire episode. I started one of them, but turned it off after the first “joke.”
Walker is a genuinely funny and well-meaning person, but you can definitely tell whenever he’s forcing a joke, a review, etc. ; it’s rather painful to watch, and has definitely affected his latter day episodes. Even he seemed aware enough that he was running out of steam, so his “retirement” didn’t phase me at all. If he wanted to go off on his own creative endeavors away from the Critic, then I would have been more than happy for him.
Then again, having not watched a new episode (though his tribute to Roger Ebert and his peculiar choice to review A.I. Artificial Intelligence may change that), I don’t actually know for sure if they’re as forced as I’m afraid they are. For all I know, this is a new wind for him: a breath of fresh air of which I just happened to get wind of when it stank. Maybe.
In the mean time, I’ll definitely be watching these vlogs. This is probably the first time in a which that I’ve been excited about a Doug Walker project.
P.S. I say I support Mr. Walker in his creative endeavors, but I have never watched his show Demo Reel. The concept just didn’t appeal to me, and I figured I’d be better off watching Be Kind Rewind again anyway. Sibling Rivalry, however, is endlessly amusing, thanks largely to Doug’s beautiful relationship with his older brother Rob. (Rob co-wrote nearly all single Nostalgia Critic episode.)
P.S.S. I’ve actually met Mr. Walker once. That is to say, while I was at Youmacon last November, I got him to autograph my poster of 2001: A Space Odyssey (an odd choice, I know, but I was drunk at the time). He and Linkara were quite the professionals. They didn’t even go to the rave that night…