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April 28, 2017 6:07 AM   Subscribe

Garbage Nerd Pitches (slt)
It's an anime set in a quaint English village, but with BB-8 as the devil.
posted by postcommunism (26 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
OK, I'll start.

MetaFilter: Like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, but bleaker.
posted by BlackPebble at 6:12 AM on April 28, 2017 [13 favorites]


NOTE: this bot has a bug where sometimes it comes up with good ideas, sorry, I'm working on it
Well, yeah, if by "sometimes" you mean "every single goddamn time".
posted by Etrigan at 6:14 AM on April 28, 2017 [4 favorites]


OK, so picture if Rob Liefeld did a courtroom drama psalm, set during the zombie apocalypse.

This is actually what Liefeld did in X-Force, no?
posted by signal at 6:19 AM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


Oh nooooooo
posted by schmod at 6:25 AM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


I'd watch the hell out of an Ace Attorney Netflix original series.
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:29 AM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


Imagine this: The Legend of Zelda, but more cynical and for millennials.

What is The Binding of Isaac?
posted by Strange Interlude at 6:31 AM on April 28, 2017 [9 favorites]


I'm gonna steal some of these someday.
posted by Artw at 6:37 AM on April 28, 2017


I'd watch the hell out of an Ace Attorney Netflix original series.

It has to be one part The Good Wife and one part Passions.
posted by muddgirl at 6:46 AM on April 28, 2017 [2 favorites]


So it's basically the Star Trek Discovery thread from the other day, but with witches?
posted by blue_beetle at 6:49 AM on April 28, 2017


No, no, Binding of Isaac is Smash TV for Cronenberg fans.
posted by cortex at 6:59 AM on April 28, 2017 [3 favorites]


Like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, but bleaker.

But they actually made that.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:22 AM on April 28, 2017 [2 favorites]


* "High Fidelity" except set in a game store where they openly mock anybody who asks for "Settlers of Catan".
* "My Brother My Brother and Me" only with Ari, Ezekiel, and Rahm Emanuel.
* "Unboxing Unlimited", in which competitors race to post the most YouTube videos of narrative unboxings of everything they buy with their own money.
* Drone slapfights.
* The title "Eat All the Fucking Ramen" just popped in my head and I've run out of patience to think of anything for it. Make up something if you'd like.

The problem isn't whether those ideas are good or not, the problem is that nerd culture is mostly highly-focused consumerism and/or topic fetishism. This makes creating new "ideas" easy because the effort ends at gluing two-or-more subjects of fascination together; since each of the subjects already has a fully realized set of properties or milieux or canon or whatnot, fleshing out the high-concept one-line pitch with additional information amounts to explaining the joke.
posted by ardgedee at 7:37 AM on April 28, 2017 [8 favorites]


It's like if Game of Thrones met Mean Girls, but on a beach.

Isn't this Big Little Lies?
posted by redsparkler at 7:57 AM on April 28, 2017 [4 favorites]


(I mean, it's how I'll be describing Big Little Lies from now on.)
posted by redsparkler at 7:58 AM on April 28, 2017 [3 favorites]


All of the ones I can think of are like when I described Dominoes Delivery as "Like Uber, but for pizza" to mock how old I was.

"Game of Thrones, but as a series of novels."

"A Star Wars movie where it's revealed that a plucky young Darth Vader built C-3PO."

"A Pokémon-themed collectible card game."
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 8:05 AM on April 28, 2017 [8 favorites]


Revenge of the Nerds, but the nerds are monsters.

So basically, Revenge of the Nerds.
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:50 AM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


The problem isn't whether those ideas are good or not, the problem is that nerd culture is mostly highly-focused consumerism and/or topic fetishism.

Totally, and it's a reasonable point being made in a media-appropriate way.

On the other hand, last time we tried to have a thread where we engaged critically with the premise of lazy nerd-bait mashups we accidentally got distracted and spent 2000 comments making up new ones.
posted by cortex at 10:08 AM on April 28, 2017 [4 favorites]


I see a vision of the future, not too long from now, where this twitter feed, or one like it, is hooked up to a "Deep Dream" style algorithm that feeds into a digital fabric printer, and I will humbly concede to the universe and finally give up on making t-shirts forever.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 11:34 AM on April 28, 2017


Revenge of the Nerds, but the nerds are monsters.

Watch the movie again in 2017; It turns out they were already monsters.

(EDIT: Whoops, missed the punchline from the quoted comment. I too agree, AtomEyes!)
posted by Strange Interlude at 11:36 AM on April 28, 2017 [3 favorites]


So far, this is the funniest one I've seen on there. YMMV:

"It's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret meets Survivor."
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:40 PM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


It's like a Lovecraftian version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, but in a DMV.

PUT THIS IN MY FACE IMMEDIATELY.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 12:51 PM on April 28, 2017


"It's Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret meets Survivor."

This reminded me of my favorite tweet (so far) from 2017:
@electrolemon: Are You There God? It's Me, Your Cousin, Marvin God
posted by Atom Eyes at 1:04 PM on April 28, 2017 [4 favorites]


> ...last time we tried to have a thread where we engaged critically with the premise of lazy nerd-bait mashups we accidentally got distracted...

Sure, and I'm responsible for roughly 1% of that thread. Media mashups are an easy way to make me laugh out loud, and there's nothing wrong with victimless comedy when it works as comedy, even if I get cranky later that there's no there there.
posted by ardgedee at 1:18 PM on April 28, 2017 [1 favorite]


On the other hand, last time we tried to have a thread where we engaged critically with the premise of lazy nerd-bait mashups we accidentally got distracted and spent 2000 comments making up new ones.

A comments thread about T-shirts but with Oldboy.
posted by Artw at 1:27 PM on April 28, 2017


I'm still working on my pitch: "Abbott & Costello in a time-travel adventure... Doctor Who's On First"
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:17 PM on April 28, 2017 [4 favorites]


It's like any of those generic, anime, One True Hero harems for the relevant life and times of the Chairmaker.
posted by Slackermagee at 2:31 PM on April 28, 2017


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