Saturday, January 2, 2016

Favorite Videos of 2015: Day 2: BFFs

Welcome to Day 2 of a month devoted to my favorite videos of 2015. In case you missed it, the first one's right over here.
Today's video is BFFs by two heroes of North Carolina, Rhett and Link.
 Rhett and Link are versatile performers. While they are most popular for their talk show, Good Mythical Morning, or their fascinating music videos, I feel that their most stand-out effort of the year was one of a series of sketches  released for "Sketchtober".
While the other ones tend to be more geared towards comedy for comedy's sake (and don't get me wrong, they are so joyously hilarious and self-aware), BFFs is the most memorable for me in the sense that it took a stranger path, but it paid off. It instead focuses on creating a more elaborate story arc than, "Oh, these two guys are out camping and one of them is neander-balling."
It starts out simple, with two guys in a room, with Link playing himself with psychic powers but Rhett playing himself as a skeptic. Following a series of attempts to disprove Link's psyche, Rhett calls for backup, and the true meat of the sketch pushes itself forward.
Rhett calls for backup and disposes of Link, replacing him with an identical clone with which to reestablish his friendship. It ends with a clip of Link, face pressed to the microwave (the way he obtained his powers), repeating the cycle.
It sounds strange, but the video is excellent. Words can't do it justice.
I won't lie when I say that I was a little teary-eyed after watching it. It's only when you watch it a second time that you start to notice things.
This is no mere room. Link is more or less a therapist. He holds in his hand a Rubik's Cube with paint; he's trying to forge his own solutions, to hack perfection as he does with Link. 
It's all these small touches that make the sketch so wonderful; by letting comedy take the back seat, they introduce something truly beautiful.
Unfortunately, a quick look at the comments section apparently means that 99% of the people who watched the video didn't get it, so they probably won't do such a video again, at least not any time soon, but it remains a tale to be remembered.

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