Regarding reviews, story lines, etc.

marzgurl | Feb 16 2011 | more 

Not much has really prompted me to discuss this, but I was just kinda thinking about it, and if I think about a certain topic for more than five minutes then I usually want to write a blog about it. So, here we go.

Of course, as the last couple of posts have shown, I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at The Land Before Time series. It’s something that’s really important to me as a fan of the original movie, and ongoing video series’ such as these tend to get a rather large emotional response, and that’s what I want out of my audience. If you’re attached in some way to these movies, then I think you’ll find that you might have some interest in the commentary.

Now, I am very well aware that there was a large collaborative effort among forum members over at TGWTG where the series had already been taken on by a large number people. I have not seen these reviews. And since I decided to do this and had not seen them beforehand, I want to say for the record that I WILL NOT watch these reviews. Not until I’m done with mine, that is. Why, you may ask? Well, I don’t want to be influenced by what someone else has already done. This may mean that someone else not only did it first, but did it better, and then my discussion quite simply holds no purpose in the long run. If it ends up that way, I am okay with that, and I congratulate the forum members on doing such an outstanding job. Or, maybe watching someone else’s review first would give me an idea of something they DIDN’T do that I should be doing instead. But again, I don’t feel that this is an appropriate place to borrow ideas from. I’m not trying to one-up anybody else, and I really don’t want to use anything that didn’t cross my mind all on its own. I work solo, and if I worked in a group or with a partner or something, then that’d be a different story, because we’d be a team of people who bounce ideas off one another. But I’m unfortunately not really like that, and I work primarily as myself and just myself. There may come a day when I decide, “You know, I can’t do this whole thing on my own.” Heck, that day may be coming sooner than I know. But I shouldn’t be using someone else’s work to develop my own. That would cheapen my creation in the end, and I don’t think the original reviewers would find themselves very pleased, either.

So, yes, I’m aware this has all been done already. But since the series is important to me, I’m going to continue to cover them, and I’ll do so without borrowing elements from something that already exists.

Past that, yes, I’ve brought my one and only character, Juno the Sorceress, into the picture. Briefly. She’s shown up in several other videos over the last few months, but a lot of people I guess have never seen her, so they didn’t know what to think of her. They thought I was introducing storyline when, if you’d seen anything else she’s been in, she’s completely NOT a storyline sort of character. In fact, I never want to utilize her to drive a story. She’s a short gag character, and that’s it. Something to bounce small jokes off of, because having just one individual sit there and do nothing for 10+ minutes is going to get really boring. So, I introduced Juno. She was perfect when I first created her, because I was discussing Final Fantasy XIV, and while everybody’s been raging about “SCIENCE!” I thought a good play-off would be “FANTASY!” But I didn’t want her to be a Mary Sue sort of creation, so I flawed her. She has awful common sense and, while she brags about her magics, she’s a horrible sorceress. Again, this plays off the fact that everything lately has been “science this” and “science that”, so she’s decent with magic but awful with understanding how the world works. For example, in one particular Anime News Editorial I used her in, she assumed that a door was locked, or perhaps even had a magical forcefield around it because she couldn’t get through it. When in reality, all she had to do was turn the doorknob and walk straight through. But she’s not smart enough to figure that out, so she couldn’t get inside.

So, that’s what Juno the Sorceress is about. I don’t want her to be an arch rival to MarzGurl (in fact, I always kind of assumed that MarzGurl treated Juno as a doofy friend). I just want her to be a goofy joke-dump. So, I’m sorry, while Juno may show up occasionally throughout the course of the Land Before Time videos, there won’t truly be any meaty story to go along with it.

To be quite frank, I’m quite a bit burned out on story within reviews. And I think a lot of other people are, too. But, I can’t really please everybody. There’s a small amount of people who wanted to see more of Juno, and then there were others who said, “Oh, great, now MarzGurl’s going to ALSO get extra story.” Well, don’t you worry, those of you in the latter. Juno is a character, MarzGurl hardly is at all. Story between the two is going to be next to nothing.

That having been said, I thank those of you who have watched and enjoyed the two I’ve worked on thus far. This is going to be a very long road, and a very strenuous undertaking. By my calculations, just discussing the movies alone is going to take up a total of over three months (if I release these on a weekly basis, as has been the plan). And then I have been CONSIDERING discussing related games and TV series as well. This could be a very long first-quarter of the year, if not longer than that. Your support keeps me strong enough to do it. Thank you very much!

  • I understand a bit about why you don’t want to watch the other revierws. I made some comics last year, and then later read the webcomic Head Trip where some similar humor was used. I was thankful I hadn’t read her comic first, but it was still a funny weird kind of thing, which made me hesitant to finish her comic.

  • Simon B

    Thankyou for your enlightening insight on the creation of Juno the Sorceress. This said, I will continue to Ship JunSano for the Forseeable Future. ;p

  • I like Juno a lot, that ‘s why I was kinda put off by her seeming evil at the end of the first video. Turns out, she’s still the same bumbling goof-ball I love. 🙂 But if you ever need a villain call me, I always wanted to be one. 😛

  • You really can’t please everyone. Right now a reviewer called the Game Overthinker is getting flak for introducing a story element like Linkara, Spoony, and Apollo use. I don’t have a problem with it, but I don’t have a problem with just having a fun character to play off of, either.

    By the way, I saw you got your certification. Congratulations, I’m glad the hell you went through to take the test paid off. So was it worth it? 🙂

  • Some news about the Syfy anime block: It will be moving to Thursdays starting March 24!

    With the same Chrono Crusade/Gurren Lagann pairing currently airing on Tuesdays!

    J.A.P.

  • I’m glad you are doing what you think is best for you and the direction of your series of reviews, I think as viewers we lose sight of a lot of all the effort behind the camera, mic, dvd-ripper, etc. that goes on. So my hat is off to you in staying true to what you believe is the best way to do things without sacrificing quality or values. Bravo!