UNCUT 68 REVIEW
Just 1 Uncut away from everyone's favourite number.
WIN & LOSE
I like that this moves from the typical DEF formatting and reminds me of the places I wrote from when I was a kid. I also enjoy the first-person. UNCUT, clearly, allows for the freedom to do different things and I think we should all try something different a little more often. In terms of storytelling, this seems like a minor part 1 to a much bigger part.
CHAMPAGNE ALL AROUND!!!
I've said it before but I greatly enjoy the Dex Joy character. Also, it's good to see Markus' characters all interact with each other. That's some easy world-building right there... and a reminder we should all reach out to each other a little more to do these types of things.
ASMR WITH AMES 1: INTRODUCTION
I thought this was very well-written and I've already caught on with how Ross plans to use the UNCUTS. Cycle through his characters and give them all a spotlight for one episode. For anyone who doesn't know what ASMR is (and I didn't before he told me)... I think it's pretty uhh... well, hey, whatever works for you. I thought Ames was well established here and perhaps the true "brains" of the operation. I am continually impressed with Malak Garland, who can steal the spotlight by being in the segment for 5 seconds. Look, he's already better from the entire ordeal and it's time to celebrate. What a f'n keyboard warrior.
LEFT 4 DEAD: THE PASSING
While this is mine, I am trying to make a conscious note not get too repetitive. There's only so many times The Bros. can tell Douglas he's an idiot. Perhaps this is the last one to do so in this format for a while...
I like how Scrow speaks in third person. I really like the character. I was critical on his loss and seeing Harvey kick out of, well, a lot and I thought it hurt Scrow some but a loss is all in how you handle it afterwards. I think there's a lot of potential in this character, much like Dex Joy.
IN OTHER NEWS...
I'm not sure what this solves here. Harvey also wasn't in this segment. What I would have done was taken the Harvey RP and put it here instead. Length be dammed. That's character-based stuff and will ultimately have a higher audience to read than the RP board. I look at Uncut as an RP board. That being said... I still have a few RP series to get out so I am clearly a hypocrite.
OLD FRIENDS, SORT OF
This sells me on Douglas. I agree with Ross' comment in his feedback on the chat, cutting off the XBOX 360 line was great. Much like Scrow, it's how these losses are being handled that are telling a way more important story right now than simple and quick redemption. I think many of us (myself included) have bought into this stereotypical way of needing to see victories to get behind a guy... I don't believe that's true. Of course you don't want a straight jobber either but Douglas has years of credibility to his name and none of his recent losses have "damaged" the character.
Seth, I'm coming for you. I will rival you in character counts soon.
I will say this, the complete insanity of this writing probably has no spot within the seriousness of DEFIANCE and DEFtv but then again look at some of these NPC's lol.
Also grammatical errors noted.
They were done on purpose but there are certainly other ways to get things across the next time.
Okay so a number of things here. I believe I came into DEFIANCE right as Evan left but I am still somewhat familiar with the character as I went a few arcs back to read. If I was to name the DEFIANCE Mount Rushmore it would be Scott Douglas, Eric Dane, Mikey Unlikely and Bronson Box (with a close 5th Cayle Murray). So, with all the respect to the character by saying he's in the top 4, I don't know if bringing him back (whether this is a one-off or something more) on an UNCUT warrants it. I can certainly understand the desire to write something though and not being able to wait, I mean I have 70 characters now and Seth has 1,004. So I can't be too critical. In fact, I am trying to be critical for what I would consider to be good reasons. Box is a legitimate
star, well written and a top 4 all-time DEFIANCE character. In terms of the segment, it goes perhaps a little too deep for me but you're also speaking to an audience of many new people who, over these past 2-3 years wouldn't have known Box too well, so again this is understandable. And maybe we didn't need a surprise Box appearance to end a show. We had that with Kendrix... Troy... etc... it becomes repetitive. And just for Mikey Unlikely to win in the end, too? Get outta here.
I am very interested to see if Box is back where he goes.
ALVARO DE VARGAS VS. NICKY SYNZ
My only "grap" is if we have 10 segments, maybe we need another match or two... or maybe UNCUT is patterned after things like The Road To and Being The Elite as I've always felt it was. In that case, a simple match is fine. Nothing much to add other than that. Obviously a well-written match that packs enough in the shorter page limit. Leave it to Seth to be able to do something like that.
Good show. We have a LOADED roster now. My only concern would be at the end of the summer if we still have that loaded roster. Not pointing at anyone in particular, hell I could vanish
who the hell knows. But some strong stuff and hopefully every character has a good place going into the next arc.