VGHS: Episode Two (2012)
A slow start to this episode, with stereotypical openings of what feels like high school productions. It’s very text book, with “show your environment” because as it portrays, is a no lose situation. But to open with such a stock standard script really questions if all that budget did go into the title sequence, and not really developing the characters.
That is until we move into Dean Ernie Calhoun’s (played by Harley Morenstein) office, where you only get the vibe that the directors are playing, again, off that “fix the awkward moments in film by making it ridiculous”. Now I’m not hoping they do it for everything, but I’m guessing that it’s going to help them along the way.
The script’s performances I find to be stilted, and halfhearted compared to episode one, but this is the first time we are meeting the characters so they could potentially be setup this way. Yet, it still draws attention to itself, rather than understand and question where the series is heading.
We have definitely found that the comedy is here to stay, and just like intended audience would be aware, it plays heavily of the internet – be it YouTube star, memes, or often occurring rants.
The writers, and directors definitely hold a firm grasp on historic films, video gaming, and television, as well as scripting and understanding on engagement. The references are brilliant, while the relevance of language is executed quite well,
I swear every year it’s the same damn cut scene.Reference
It just plays to the genre, and knows the viewing is an internet format. It holds that reference to well scripted lines, even though there is the huge temptation to open another tab. At each instance it gets a tad dull, it throws in something to just bring you back to pay attention which is a difficult task.
I’m quite fond of the rumble, and strict guidelines for the school showing there is a lot to lose right from the get go. It may have taken one episode to get Brian to the school – understandable in its viewing – but with nine episodes you, as an audience, know that there is a whole life’s work (of gaming) at stake if one fails to exceed.