I hate to say it because I LOVE Pure Pwnage... but, I agree with a majority of the comments so far. This episode was actually pretty damn difficult to watch. I can understand if they write an episode for casual gamers/non-gamers... but, it wasn't even that. It was just a ball of weirdness wrapped in a coating of awkward. It had SOME jokes here and there, but other than that, this episode was definitely the lowest point of this season/series. (I really hate to add to the flames/fire on it, but it needs to be said.)
A documentary that takes place in a mockumentary is fine, but a documentary of a mockumentary of a game is a stretch too far. It wasn't a funny stretch; it was just a weird stretch that seemed VERY out of place and awkward.(Almost like it was an afterthought) The episode just too many layers. (The filming/how the story was told seemed convoluted. It showed in both the actors and script.)
If the episode was dealt with differently with the editing, this episode could have been great. What I'm trying to say is... I saw what they were going for... but they didn't really get there. It actually seemed like they decided AT THE LAST MINUTE they wanted to edit it into that documentary(BAND SPECIAL) style with the voiceover.
If anyone in the crew is reading this, you should know.... don't overcomplicate things. It's great to try something new and interesting, I'm a film major, I know, but the quality of this episode could have been much greater if you did not incorporate the voiceover and the whole 'band documentary' spiel. (Which really came off as something you didn't write. It seemed like you were missing footage and edited around the missing footage by using VO docu style...)
Lastly. Stick to what you're good at. The Pure Pwnage formula shouldn't change that drastically episode to episode. It is VERY offputting especially because this is ONLY the first season. An episode like this could cut your viewing audience drastically(on the other hand, it could also drastically INCREASE your viewing audience, but right now, your viewers aren't something you want to gamble with like that). Once you get a decent following on TV, you can do what you want, go crazy, but right now, you really should try to play it safe.
I'm trying not to be hard on the episode because I WANT to enjoy Pure Pwnage... I want it to do well, but this isn't an episode that I can just praise. I'm going to give the episode another look tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to stand by my original opinion.
Edited by L2PDave, 03 April 2010 - 03:08 AM.