Linkara Riffs: Just a Spark

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  • Leon Real
    Wow! Talk about getting something out of nothing! Fire, then running, then fire, then running again... Who the heck made this?

    I've got to be honest, if it hadn't been for the so unnecessary insertion of the sick wife needing rescue, this could've made a decent PSA. Showing how a forest fire can start, how rangers detect it, triangulation, organization, how the fire is fought, etc. And of course, a narrator wouldn't have hurt.

    Now that I think about it, as I recall "PSA Hell" episodes, a lot of these have the same problem, adding drama when none is needed.
  • sunnyl
    I completely agree with you.
    Although a couple of quick shots of it threatening a large farmstead or an entire village wouldn't have hurt, as long as it was kept short.
  • Sockpuppet  - Take your time
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    I love the complete LACK OF URGENCY of the rangers and other guys getting the call about the forest fire.
  • sunnyl
    Its a calm and measured response, panicking achieves nothing.
    Rush to the phones, draw without a ruler! It could save seconds! Don't mind that its plotted wrong, or the response team can't understand our frantic gabble!

    Its also clearly staged, which helps explain the lack of real world urgency, but yeah, they took the time to assess and plan, that is smart and probably follows regulations.
  • ladydiskette
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    Makes the RedvBlue fire saftey PSA look more professional. lol
  • DaisyHead
    what i got from this short: "Let's show our appreciation of the men who protect our forests by setting them on fire so they can do their job." I feel unsatisfied by this. what happened to the fishermen? did he get caught by the fire? and did the frenchman go to that specific person or did he just ask the first person he see? why am i delving on this?
  • Trogdor
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    Why does random frenchman live in the middle of the forest anyway if he doesn't have a car of his own to make trips to civilization for supplies?
  • Tanukitsune
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    I'm probably the only person who got excited when I saw how they triangulated the position of the fire... :B
  • Mamastoast
    Nice riff Linkara ^^ You somehow really made this otherwise ungodly boring PSA entertaining. I think 80% of this thing was shots of cars driving or shots of tress burning...

    Also, how on earth did the log cabin catch on fire when the tress right beside it were perfectly fine?
  • TheAngryAnimeAddict
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    Another reason for me to be ashamed I live in Michigan.... Great.
  • Flaregun
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    Car driving somewhere, fire, car, fire, randomly French guy running, car, fire, half-a-second-long shot of a cabin, fire, car, fire, repeat, -somehow, this nine minute short manages to feel like it has more padding than what will eventually be in all three movies of the could-have-easily-been- covered-in-one-two-&-a- half-hour-film Hobbit. I get that the intent was to build tension & drama, but somehow what the editing archives is the exact opposite.
  • Thecrazyone1500
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    Linkara, I know you read your comments so I wanna put this here, whats up with your part in the NC return vid? At the end of TBF theres now 2 ppl right? Louis and Linkara, and I could get you thinking your linkara, but since the worlds merged doesnt that mean that polo harvey etc ARE real? you have alway been a continuity fan so I would like to know whats up with that , alot of the stuff regarding NC was odd too but he doesnt follow continuty much so thats fine, tho its wierd in the begining it seemed like NC was in his head, then real? then the thing with demo real/ donny? eh whatever unless you have some insight sorry for the mispelling this was typed fast
  • Linkara
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    I wouldn't worry too much about the continuity of anything that involves breaking the fourth wall. I personally care about the continuity of the actual characters and universes we create and less so when we're portrayed as ourselves.
  • Thecrazyone1500
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    thanks I wasnt sure if it was supposed to be in universe or not , thanks =)
  • Captain Speedbump  - Stealth car ad?
    Maybe this was a stealth ad for Chevrolet? With all the car shots, close ups of the tire as it went over the rocks and through the river, and the Chevy logo at the end? It was kind of amazing how fast that car was going through the woods and how sturdy it held up.
  • sunnyl
    Ok, this started out quite funny, but by about halfway through the sheer inappropriateness of it won through.
    This is a far worse choice than the drink driving clip, which was a completely ineffective way of trying to get its point across.

    This has its flaws, endless shots of spinning wheels for padding, instead of just the car driving.
    The guy running to get the doctor for his sick wife and then racing back to save her from the fire.. awkward transition, and only one home at risk eh?
    Its lucky this fire was small enough to be contained by a few dozen men with farm tools and one tractor.

    In Australia, every year, we get bushfires that get out of hand and burn down thousands of acres, hundreds of thousands of acres, burn down entire towns and many farms, let alone isolated cabins.
    The risk is so bad that we hire two firefighting helicopters from the States every year at a cost of $12mil a day each, because the fires cause far more damage, and the politicians are too stupid to just buy a couple for ourselves.

    But yeah, while many of your jokes were good, this was a terribly bad choice to riff.


    Black Saturday was not a one off.
  • Warp
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    The way in which the forest rangers react to the fire, you really get a sense of urgency and impending catastrophe... If they were more excited, they would get a heart attack.

    Also, I wonder if they burnt a forest to make this PSA. It does not look like a miniature, and there was no other way to simulate a fire back then...
  • sunnyl
    Well it was clearly stock footage of the actual firefighting and the other shots could have been close-ups of a bonfire or one clip reused every time it came on, it did look realistic though.
    It may have been burning off, a controlled fire on a low danger day in order to remove fuel in case of a wild fire.

    The practised and logical steps of the spotters and fire-crew were the real strength of this newsreel, which just further emphasises why riffing it was wrong.
    The fisherman and sick woman subplot with all the driving shots of a cars wheels, that was good material; but the fire itself and the show them at their best shots of the fire service, those were no laughing matter.
  • Flaregun  - Reply to Sunnyl
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    In the era in which this was made I suspect the idea of controlled burns wasn't yet accepted; they just put out every fire as soon as they saw it & let the debris & kindling build up more & more until the entire Western United States Forrest system was just one giant flash pan waiting for a stray spark.

    And yeah, the bits showing the Forrest Seevice at work plotting out the fire & such was mildly educational & almost interesting, but that doesn't mean it wasn't still riffable.
  • The_Awesometeer
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    Not as good as the previous PSA riffs
  • TheReapersDragon
    You know I think they might have done a Mythbusters episode that proved that it's next to impossible to start a fire just by dropping a cigarette but that might just be me remembering wrong.
  • sunnyl
    They might have used the wrong kindling.
    Mythbusters almost always screw up their methodology and sometimes even the concept itself.
    Probably 90% of their busts are contestable and some are just plain wrong.
    Let's test the dragging abilities of a 70,000 ton ship with a 10 ton boat, its totally the same!

    That clip was probably edited, but a cigarette can start a fire, a problem when people flick them out of car windows.
    And don't forget the large number of house fires caused by people smoking in bed.

    Most bushfires are started deliberately by arsonists, but there are many ways they can start.
    Cigarettes are one, campfires that are improperly contained is a big one which is why there are total fire bans on high risk days, which includes gas barbies in innercity areas. Glass bottles can act as a magnifying lens and start a blaze, which makes littering more than a minor crime.
    And then there are natural causes like dry lightning.
  • Thecrazyone1500
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    cant start a fire in GASOLINE is what they tested
  • ladydiskette
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    *in her Kid!Jenny voice* RUN BAMBI RUN!
  • Rue_Ryuzaki2
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    Yeah Chevy snuck an ad inside this PSA. Wait till the end to catch it. Also that car the Dr. and the frenchman was using was a beast, it went over and through anything in its way, while most cars today would have been stuck or worst.
  • Captain Siberia
    "...is gained by just one thing: practice and more practice." That's two things!

    Careful! Don't let that dancing get decadent!

    Sorry, I started watching the dating video.
  • armagod679
    This PSA was dull, and as much as I like your riffing, it wasn't enough.
  • Ess Tii Eph Yu
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    Why hasn't Rifftrax had you on as a guest yet?
  • Really
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    There was a chevy plug in that short. at the end of it you could see the logo. now it makes sense. this was not a forest fire PSA it was a 9 minute long chevy commercial,
  • Bobzeaux
    Wait, what? Putting out a fire with gasoline is a BAD idea?? Considering how it's used as a cleaning agent, I thought that gasoline would be better at putting out fires than WATER.

    Learn something new every day, I guess... lol
  • LikaLaruku
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    This movie needs more explosions.

    Plot? What plot?
  • chris16447
    Did they even have a storyboard for this?!
  • mask-and-mirror
    Where do you get all this wonderful stuff? :D
  • Toucanbird
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    Okay...so what was the point of the sick wife and the French man...and the doctor?

    All they had to do was show the fisherman and the people organizing to stop the fire. How the hell does a 10 minute PSA have enough time for an unnecessary storyline?
  • fanime1
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    This PSA, wasn't that bad. Sure, it seemed like forever before anyone did anything while the forest fire was growing at an exponential rate. And the editing was confusing, maybe even experimental for the time. And what was up with the Chevy logo at the end? And they had cars that can go through water back then? Sturdy stuff. Still, this was interesting. Yeah, the triumphant music at the end was funny, but I think it was playing because the farmer and his wife survived. And it was kind of interesting to see how rangers deal with a fire. So, it was okay.
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