653: So Bad It's Worse

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So Bad It's Worse
You think it's so legendarily bad that you'll torrent it and sit through it just for the kitschy nerd cred. I, too, once thought as you did.
Title text: You think it's so legendarily bad that you'll torrent it and sit through it just for the kitschy nerd cred. I, too, once thought as you did.

[edit] Explanation

The graph in the comic shows the enjoyability of movies - going from good to okay to bad, then popping back up with "So Bad It's Good". The term is used to describe movies that are so terrible that, for a variety of reasons, watching them can be considered an enjoyable experience. The comic lists Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, two widely known films of this type.

However, the graph warns of showing The Star Wars Holiday Special, as it manages to wrap back around from "So Bad It's Good" to being bad again. The Star Wars Holiday Special is a prime-time comedy special based on Star Wars. It is widely known for its terrible quality, and has never been fully released (although an animated segment that introduced Boba Fett, which George Lucas has approved of, has been released as a bonus feature on a DVD).

The bottom of the comic shows Cueball, Megan, and Ponytail watching a movie with alcohol - first enjoying it, then merely watching, then not watching it and unhappily drinking.

The title text refers to torrents, which are a way to obtain large amounts of data over the internet. According to Munroe, he had torrented a copy of the film and intended to watch it in its entirety, in spite of its terribleness, just to cement himself as a nerd. However, he underestimated how bad it really was, and could not make it all the way through.

It should be noted that while it is impossible to view the Holiday Special otherwise, torrenting films this way is usually considered piracy and is thus illegal.

The title text may also contain an subtle play on a line of Star Wars dialogue. In Return of the Jedi, Darth Vader says to Luke Skywalker, "Obi-Wan once thought as you do. You don't know the power of the dark side! I must obey my master." The implication here being that "kitschy nerd cred" is the "dark side" being served by those who would sit through a torrent of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

[edit] Transcript

Protip: Even at "Bad Movie Night," avoid the Star Wars holiday special.
[A graph plots movie enjoyability against movie quality. It drops steadily through points marked "Good Movie" to "Okay Movie" to "Bad Movie," rises up again for "So-Bad-It's-Good (Plan 9, Rocky Horror, etc)," and then drops off the bottom of a graph with an arrow pointing to where "Star Wars Holiday Special" would be. There are three mini-panels below the graph, arranged from "Good" to "Bad" along the movie quality axis.]
[Three friends are on a couch, drinking and gesticulating enthusiastically.]
[The same three are sitting quietly, with a bottle on the floor.]
[The three are sitting around a table, drinking and looking miserable.]
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Once, I trolled my friends by "recommending" the movie to them. They won't know what hit 'em. :) (P.S. Mwhaaa Haaa Haaa) ‎173.72.159.14 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Mandatory... "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo........!!!!!!" 108.162.216.79 18:47, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Does anyone else take exception to Randall considering Rocky Horror to fall into this category? So it's not The Godfather, but it's not supposed to be! I think it's exactly the movie they were trying to make, and the result is low-budget brilliance. 108.162.219.223 01:03, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Does anyone else think Manos: The Hands of Fate should be below Star Wars? 108.162.238.11 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

It's not nearly as bad, in my opinion. The MST3K version is definitely enjoyable. Birdemic, on the other hand, is definitely worse. Ad1217 (talk) 01:36, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
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