The Spoiler's Review - To Bare Flesh
by, Apr 22nd, 2011 at 07:01 PM (605 Views)
Who was excited about the live “In the Flesh” show?! I know I was. Sadly I’m one of those dirt-poor Americans you hear about on News, so I got the honor of joining my internet buddies to watch the show live on Justin.tv. My Nerd o’ Matic meter was already teetering at a whooping level 8 by 7:00pm. Had I been in the right state of mind I would have remembered to take notes to write a better review.
The WA fan juices were simmering in a pot of nerdly lust and erupted in a boiling inferno BEYOND what anyone could comprehend. The oh-so-charismatic Greg Miller appears and the Justin.tv chatbox flashes by in milliseconds. Fans went into overdrive causing several people to migrate back to the comfort of the WA chatbox. It was definitely a good thing because we got the privilege of giving shout outs to the cast members which I imagine were just chilling backstage enjoying Pete’s water. (Good things happen when you join the forums *nudge nudge*)
The camera is focused on stage but from the sounds of roaring applause I know there HAS to be at least 100 people in attendance. I’m elated to be aware of this because WA deserves this kind of support and needs more promotion like this. WND does their intro announcements and plays a trivia game. YES, I’m good at this. The Internet can’t see poor Britt very well because she’s standing in the corner and her gorgeous yellow blouse is clashing with everything on camera. Answers in the chat box pop up instantly and accurately unfortunately the live audience struggles…. painfully. One wrong answer… two wrong answers… six…. YOU ARE NOT WORTHY OF PEGS FLOWER POT!
Meanwhile a bigger buzz is shaking up the WA chatbox. Our very own inside man Ra1th is in the audience. Surely a hardcore fan like him would rise to the occasion and show these kids what awesomeness is made of. Represent Bro! The forum regulars continually harass the poor Zombie Intern to forcibly pluck him from the audience. As the number of wrong trivia answers increases, the intensity of our demands rises.
Oh Ra1th, wherefore art thou?
The actors are introduced one by one and the fans go nuts. The guys are handsome and the women are beautiful. I clap hysterically. The shock of seeing so many people in the audience reads on their faces. The Internet notes how some actors are dressed to resemble their characters. We finally get a look at Tommy and Skittles! *wave* YES! SKITTLES! When Nate Geez (Saul) showed up on stage it was as if he had risen from the dead. The reaction from the audience was insane. Saul’s return to the spotlight is still fresh in our minds. The fans are absolutely in love with him and it shows.
If anyone didn't get enough of him that night (or hasn't seen it yet), I happened across his demo reel a while ago. Enjoy.
I note that Marcus and Tardust are there and I can’t help but take that as a hint that their characters aren’t quite so minor as they appear. And yet I notice some of the people with the most forum controversy aren’t there (naming the characters because I'm lazy) such as Durai, Bill, and Latch. Of course the answer could be they simply weren't able to make it, but my wheels are forever turning.
For the record I want to state that I’m not responsible for anything I say while Nerdgasming. The thing about Nerd Rage and Nerdgasms alike is that if you don’t catch it early, you could make a complete ASS of yourself online and never realize it. The only way you know is if someone who is mature, coherent, and thinking clearly provides you with an outside observation of your behavior. But in an environment such as this, we’re ALL nerdgasming together and it’s a beautiful thing.
Chapter 1’s reading goes off without a hitch. Something about seeing what the actors do every time they show up for work gives me a rewarding feeling. They were comfortable and natural and animated. I swear I was staring at the screen open-mouthed through the whole thing. I kind of figured Audio would incorporate the sound effects and music together and just overlap it with the live dialogue. It’s just the easiest way to do things. No need to rate anything. A’s across the board! I’m proud that this is something I get to witness. By the way, great panning and zooms by Zombie Intern. The Internet loves you for taking that job seriously.
We get a 10 minute break in which the WA chatbox goes back to harassing the Purples to capture Ra1th but that illusive jerk isn’t around. The longer it takes, the more desperate we get and collaborate to find new ways to invade his privacy rights. Quick, J0be, hack his cell phone! Spam his Facebook! Load up his email! You’re already on it? Good. As long as we keep doing it, he’ll see the message. I'm not gonna get into details since Ra1th explained it so much better. Break is over and we’re gearing up for the Q&A! But then…
The feed dies.
The video flickers a few more times but the Internet is inevitably cut off from the Flesh event. We learned later that they tried to hold off on the announcements for us which was awesome of them. The chatbox EXPLODED! All we can do is wait helplessly…. Or harass Ra1th, whichever is funner.
After about 10 minutes, our inside man gives us the 411 on the special announcement. Basically WA is getting a distribution deal which is pretty awesome. It will help bring in more income which is great news for the production staff. These are just baby steps towards a greater future. I’m happy the creators held off on other offers until they found something that works for the show. As a fan, I can appreciate that.
With knowledge that the feed is forever lost, like kids coming off a sugar high, the Internet trickles off to bed to have sweet zombie dreams. I don’t know if it’s because I couldn’t go to the show or because I haven’t listened to a new episode in 3 weeks, but seeing this gave me a lasting emotional high (extended nerdgasm). We all loved it. Complaints were minor and everything that could be fixed was fixed swiftly with fantastic Purple work. Even with the glitch, as an internet viewer, the show successfully put me in a state of euphoria. I can totally imagine this whole reading taking place inside a huge theater in front of a few thousand fans.
I can’t wait.
Oh, before I forget. Admins and bloggers are making a united effort to increase internet traffic on Fridays. We want to strain the limits of our bandwidth EVERY DAY of the week and not just on Mondays. So most blog entries will (should) be released at the end of the week with the exception of a few. I will do it for this coming chapter and we’ll see how many people forget over the next
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