The Second-Worst Episode of Love|Hate Ever

Ever since Gutenberg brought the pain to monks, scribes, and the dudes who pimped out their drop caps, the written word has been the way society operates. And certain things follow from that: we know how to spell, we know letters usually need salutations, we know about semicolons and chapters and the inverted pyramid and whether it’s possible to read 200 pages in an afternoon. We are, in other words, literate.

Now, we’re not nearly saying that viral video is on par with the printing press. But being able to create a short movie is inarguably becoming a crucial skill, in a time when one dude can create this — 2.7 million views and counting.

Philip de Vellis, the “Vote Different” guy, is clearly the new kind of literate. And at Harvard, the people who make “Love|Hate” just as clearly are not. In January we wrote about their execrable pilot; only one commenter made it past the 2:34 mark. Here’s their second effort, and while it’s better — on account of being 12 minutes shorter — it still just fundamentally makes our life hurt, to borrow a commenter’s phrase. We’re not even talking about production values necessarily, although the echoes do bring to mind the San Fernando Valley’s finest. It’s that “Love|Hate” is not compelling, original or necessary in any way, and we say that as people who would absolutely buy Ball In A Cup if that commercial ever actually aired.

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  • h05

    girl in the middle is way cute. who is she?

  • h05

    girl in the middle is way cute. who is she?

  • Adam

    I watched the entire last one with a vain hope for something mildly amusing. After all, the more I watched, the more time I had invested (read: wasted). I got through about two minutes this time.

    The fact that the same three interviewers are used over and over, two of which are recycled from the last episode, is just too much. They’d get more entertaining responses interviewing students at the “no-talking” rooms in the library. The complaints they’d receive about their nauseating voices would be a lot more interesting than anything their “random” interview subjects have to say.

  • Adam

    I watched the entire last one with a vain hope for something mildly amusing. After all, the more I watched, the more time I had invested (read: wasted). I got through about two minutes this time.

    The fact that the same three interviewers are used over and over, two of which are recycled from the last episode, is just too much. They’d get more entertaining responses interviewing students at the “no-talking” rooms in the library. The complaints they’d receive about their nauseating voices would be a lot more interesting than anything their “random” interview subjects have to say.

  • Rabit

    Wait, wouldn’t Guttenberg have taken the pain -away- from the monks, etc., since his invention meant that they no longer had to transcribe long tomes by hand?

  • Rabit

    Wait, wouldn’t Guttenberg have taken the pain -away- from the monks, etc., since his invention meant that they no longer had to transcribe long tomes by hand?

  • Columbia 08

    One minute, three seconds.

    Bauer could use this in his interrogations. I’d give up my own brother to have this shit turned off.

  • Columbia 08

    One minute, three seconds.

    Bauer could use this in his interrogations. I’d give up my own brother to have this shit turned off.

  • inferiority complex

    i LOVED the 1st episode….liked this one, although not as much…but reading all the negative responses makes me wonder if i’m seeing the same video—or maybe i’m just deranged?

  • inferiority complex

    i LOVED the 1st episode….liked this one, although not as much…but reading all the negative responses makes me wonder if i’m seeing the same video—or maybe i’m just deranged?

  • jesse

    Not deranged, IC, you’re just probably the one who always gets made fun of and never realizes it. The whole thing: trying to act hip and failing miserably, using the same unfunny three friends every interview, the obnoxious hip-hop sample repeated over and over – just sad. I think Harvard owes us an apology.

  • jesse

    Not deranged, IC, you’re just probably the one who always gets made fun of and never realizes it. The whole thing: trying to act hip and failing miserably, using the same unfunny three friends every interview, the obnoxious hip-hop sample repeated over and over – just sad. I think Harvard owes us an apology.

  • The Motha FUCKIN Princess

    I think Jesus is the answer

  • The Motha FUCKIN Princess

    I think Jesus is the answer

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