Fiction: Essek Invents Atmospheric Ambient Music, Post CR C2 Ep141

Caleb encourages Essek to take up an artistic hobby for himself that he doesn't feel like he needs to be good at. He does a bit of basic drawing but it's mostly just for field notes. Caleb teaches him Programmed Illusion, but his visual imagination and memory are not very clear, especially compared to Caleb's. … Continue reading Fiction: Essek Invents Atmospheric Ambient Music, Post CR C2 Ep141

Fiction: Love Is A Multicourse Soup Dinner – CR C2 Ep141

Essek is coming to Caleb's home for his short annual stay. Beau and Yasha are coming to dinner, and also to calm Caleb down a bit because one of their big cases is in deliberation and Caleb's been a bundle of raw nerves. They're over early so that Yasha can bake fresh cookies. Caleb is fretting over the menu and finally settles on a curated and complimentary series of soups. Beau watches him meticulously planning this out like a big detailed world-alerting spell and says, "You know you're still in love with him, right Caleb?"

Analysis: Caleb’s Relationship to Essek – CR C2 Ep140

I want to give some possible perspective on Essek and Caleb's relationship as it stands in CR C2 Ep140 before the grand finale. Whatever happens with them romantically, it's going to come from a specific place that needs understanding. Essek said he hasn't really had friends before. While we have no confirmation, the makes me … Continue reading Analysis: Caleb’s Relationship to Essek – CR C2 Ep140

Image Description: Widowgast’s Super Clutch Counterspell – TM for CR C2 Ep98

Widowgast's Super Clutch Counterspell Level: 3rdCasting Time: 1 ReactionRange/Area: 60 ft.Duration: InstantaneousSchool: AbjurationAttack/Save: NoneDamage/Effect: Negation Caleb attempts to interrupt a creature in the process of casting a spell. If the creature is casting a spell of 3rd level or lower, its spell fails and has no effect. If the target is casting a spell of … Continue reading Image Description: Widowgast’s Super Clutch Counterspell – TM for CR C2 Ep98

Transcript Fjord talks politics with Pumat – Critical Role C2 Ep11 0:50:44

This scene says so much about politics in the Empire and the conflicting stories Matt wants to tell about people seeing different sides to groups and responding to their perspective. Matt makes characters who are messy, alive, sort of right, and sort of wrong, all existing in this beautiful, hypocritical mess. It's so easy to … Continue reading Transcript Fjord talks politics with Pumat – Critical Role C2 Ep11 0:50:44

Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85

Spoilers for Campaign 1 through episode 85 and Campaign 2 through episode 76 One thing I really love about Critical Role from both campaigns is the way they show that the seemingly happy, jokey, funny, delightful people are really using that as a mask for a lot of pain and insecurity that they're either hiding … Continue reading Analysis: The hidden pain of Jester and Scanlan – CR C2 Ep76 and CR C1 Ep85

Transcript: Clay Family History – Critical Role C2 Ep70 3:31:05

This was such a beautiful Clay family lore drop. Husky firbolg ASMR story time. Transcript by @DarkwaterSmidge, posted with permission. Scene runs: 3:31:05 to 3:34:41 3:31:05 Caduceus: "The day after the Raven Queen ascended, three of her champions were given the task of dealing with one of the heroes of the war. And his body … Continue reading Transcript: Clay Family History – Critical Role C2 Ep70 3:31:05

Transcript: Network D&D Beyond Ad – Critical Role C2 Ep072 0:27:55

This is a double transcript of the famous Mad As Hell scene from the 1972 film Network and the Critical Role C2 Ep072 D&D Beyond ad that parodies is. I'll first present them separately and then line by line so you can see exactly what they changed. Network Scene runs: 0:53:36 to 0:57:37Video clip: I'm … Continue reading Transcript: Network D&D Beyond Ad – Critical Role C2 Ep072 0:27:55

Transcript: Yasha struggles against her chains – Critical Role C2 Ep60 3:27:02

In light ep C2 Ep069, this seems like a good scene to bring back. There's a lot of set-up here to what happened. Scenes runs: 1. A Dream from the Stormlord 3:27:02 to 3:32:26 2. Yasha, Nott, Jester, and Caduceus talk it out 3:32:26 to 3:41:09 3. Yasha Confronts the Stormlord 3:41:09 to 3:54:13 1. … Continue reading Transcript: Yasha struggles against her chains – Critical Role C2 Ep60 3:27:02

Analysis & Transcript: Fjord is ashamed of losing his abilities – CR C2 Ep62 1:56:49

I really sympathize with Fjord right now. As someone whose had their abilities and their old life taken from them, who thinks every day about what they cost their loved ones, this is a powerful and intensely real narrative. That denial and shame are horrible. It's awful and terrifying feeling like everything you've been working … Continue reading Analysis & Transcript: Fjord is ashamed of losing his abilities – CR C2 Ep62 1:56:49