“Come back here you ponified jack’O lantern!”
Voice of Reason,… I have been putting off, and unlike AnY, I have no idea why I’ve been putting him off. I have a lot to say about Voice. My earliest memory of Voice of Reason was the Hearts and Hooves Day review, when I had absolutely no idea who he was. I promptly forgot about him. I don’t know when I got back into him, but when I fell, I fell hard. First of all, I fell for his structure. I like structure, probably one of those little autistic quirks of mine, and having a structure was a breath of fresh air from the usual: give a synopsis and talk about what comes up. However, when Voice ditches his structure, as he does on rare occasions, his review doesn’t suffer, so he isn’t reliant upon his structure. Another of the reasons I fell hard for Voice was his similarity to Digibrony, and not a copy-and-paste similarity. The reason I will go back and watch Digi’s reviews is because he can tell me why he disliked or liked a part of an episode, and why I should care. Voice does that too. When I watch reviews, I watch them for their presentation, another opinion, and my own opinion. I am very young, and am very easy to please. These people are not, and through their reviews I can see problems with my own stories that I literally couldn’t see. It’s like living in two dimensions my whole live and finally seeing a third. It’s amazing, and Voice of Reason is the reviewer that can show me the most depth of myself. Digi could too, but he’s gone because of a reason that Voice is still alive: entertainment value.
I could not believe it when I heard Digi was gone. I had no idea his reviews weren’t entertaining when I watched them. When I found the new-age rift, I could finally see where the complaints where coming from. Digi is some of the closest you’ll get to pure analysis- like agave syrup. It’s clear to see through and sweet, but only if you’re used to it. Compare that to Firebrand and you get something like honey. It’s sweet alright: but it’s not as clear as the agave. Voice of Reason, in comparison, would be something like lemonade: sweet but still clear.
To rate a review, I like to use three c’s Content, Colabs, Cards. I say these three C’s and then use content as a blanket term that includes things like Character and Comedy (because three is the magic number- sue me). Voice of Reason has many colabs, but maybe one or two more in season five than season four would do nicely. Voice of Reason’s reviews could also definitely use title cards. As for content, it says something when the guy is on a panel called critique through comedy. With character, would be average, if not for Horror Score.
My gosh: I love Horror Score! Not the love love, but what he brings to the table. He brings out Voice’s character to the fullest in two ways. The first way is he is Voice’s alter ego, which means Voice has a darker side to himself that he’d rather keep separate, reinforced by the fact that Voice is literally separate from Score. The second way is just how Voice and Score interact. During Voice’s reading of A Night Before Christmas, Score keeps interrupting, and it show this inner conflict between loving a piece of classic literature and mocking it to bits. I love it.
What do you guys think? I’m just one viewer, one fan. What do you like about Voice of Reason, and what do you think he could improve on? Leave a comment, if you will (to help him improve), and stay tuned for more Reviewing Broanalysts.