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"Finally At Last!!!"

It's April Fools' Day and—Oh no! HomestarRunner.com is now a subscription site!

Cast (in order of appearance): Homestar Runner, Senor Cardgage, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad's Head, Strong Mad, Frank Bennedetto, Sterrance, Bubs (morphed into his concession stand), Vector Strong Bad, Stinkoman, Rather Dashing (silhouetted), Eh! Steve!, The Wheelchair, Ready For Primetime, Keyboard Strong Bad, The Worm, Sherlock, Mr. Shmallow (watermark), Cheerleader, So and So, What's Her Face, The Ugly One, Arrow'd Guy

Places: The Field, Basement of the Brothers Strong, Computer Room, Bubs' Concession Stand

Date: Friday, April 1, 2005

Running Time: 1:12 (combined)

Page Title: Finally At Last!!!

DVD: Everything Else, Volume 1 (Teen Girl Squad Sample only), Everything Else, Volume 2

Contents

[edit] Transcript

{The page's background has a pattern of grey lines on top of the usual black background}

[edit] Page One

HomestarRunner.com PAY PLUS!
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JUST $99.95 YEARLY!
SIGN UP FOREVER!
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  • New annual fee!
  • The same content!
  • More banner ads!
Free 7 second trial!!
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Loggin' {a login box}
Instant access!
Take the tour!

[edit] Homestar's Seven Seconds

{Cue Homestar standing in the field. A timer counts up in the bottom left corner of the screen starting at 0.10 seconds.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: One... two... three... four... fi-

{The timer reaches 7.15; a buzzer goes off, and "TRIAL PERIOD OVER!" pops up on the screen.}

[edit] Page Two

The Email Show!
HomestarRunner.com PAY PLUS!
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WEBCAM CHAT WITH THE CREATORS OR SOMEONE ELSE!
Let's see a clip!
SHOW ME MORE, SIR!

[edit] Strong Bad "Trap Door" Sample

{Cue Strong Bad sitting in front of the Lappy, flanked by The Cheat, who is holding a remote control. Homestar is standing on a brown trapdoor in front of Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: All right, The Cheat, let 'er rip!

{The Cheat presses the button on the remote. The trapdoor opens under Homestar's feet. He falls about two feet and stops.}

HOMESTAR RUNNER: Woo! That was fun!

STRONG BAD: The Cheat, I thought we were opting for the bottomless pit. {Homestar starts a little dance with his feet, stepping back and forth gracefully.} ... Not a two-foot pit!

THE CHEAT: {Angry The Cheat noises}

{Cut to the basement, where Strong Mad sits on the couch with Homestar's feet dancing on top of him.}

STRONG MAD: I HAVE A FUNNY HAT!

[edit] Page Three

There's more?? Why, yes.
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Actual screenshots!
Fake boxes
HOURS OF STREAMING VIDEO GAME FEEDS
FREE SAMPLE GAME
"Sign Up Today Man"
1 player simultaneous
CHECK MARK!
Continue Free Tour!

[edit] Sample Game

The free sample game resembles Space Invaders with Strong Bad against an army of Homestars coming out of the sky. The Cheat periodically falls from top to bottom and if he hits you, a message will appear saying "YOUR" "HEAD" (changes to SHIP a second later) "ASPLODE". Trying to play the game is difficult because the screen continually flashes the message "TRIAL VERSION", locking the game controls. The game also automatically closes itself after the 14th "TRIAL VERSION" screen, keeping you from advancing. Using the cheat described below, it is possible to eliminate all of the Homestars, but this only results in a new set of Homestars appearing, and nothing else.

[edit] Page Four

HomestarRunner.com PAY PLUS!
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Meet Eh! Steve!'s Lawyer!
Win a chance to have lunch with the Worm-type character!

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More humor! Finer dining!
See the unaired pilot, the holiday special, and the 'everybody dies' episodes!

And also, too:
Answering Machines out the wazoo
Powered by The Cheat-athons!
Senor Cardgage Wednesdays
Mr. Shmallow's Webcam

Extra free sample here!
On the Tour?

[edit] Teen Girl Squad Sample

{Cheerleader, So and So, and The Ugly One are standing around. Cheerleader's shirt reads "sperld rott'n".}

CHEERLEADER: That stupid wheelchair kid asked me to the Friday Night Dance! But I'm going with Steven!

{Enter Eh! Steve!, wearing a football uniform with the number nine}

CHEERLEADER: {speech bubble fills with hearts} Hey, Steven!

EH! STEVE!: Eh! Steve!

{Cut to Wheelchair}

WHEELCHAIR: I'll teach you to steal my date, Eh! Steve! I'm gonna come outta my shell at the Friday Night Dance and show everybody who's whooooooooooo!

{Arrow'd Guy, with fairy wings, a tutu and a wand, enters and changes the Wheelchair into a realistic drawing of a wheelchair.}

STRONG BAD: {narrating} GOOD DRAWINGED!

WHEELCHAIR: I'm a real boy!

{Cut to the "It's Over!" splash screen.}

STRONG BAD: {narrating} It's over!

[edit] Page Five

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[edit] Page Six

Thank you for your order.
You will receive your package
in 6-8 weeks.

{After about 15 seconds, you are returned to Main Page 19.}

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • The entire April Fools' site is a spoof of the preview pages on many pay-sites on the Internet: the trial videos, the free tour that ends with a sign-up page, the tacky design and layout, and the "streaming video game feeds" all mimic said pages.
    • The second page claims "ACCESS TO ALL 230+ STRONG BAD EMAILS!" when there were only 127 emails at the time it was posted. This spoofs how subscription sites often flagrantly misrepresent their content. However, this may be a reference to a perk of subscribing (viewing unaired Strong Bad Emails).
    • A recent trend for Internet entertainment sites (especially game sites) is to be free for a few years, and then the owners initiate a pay-to-play policy.
    • The free trial game that expires very quickly is very common on many pay sites, which offer demos of popular games that expire after a specific amount of usage time, counted in hours, times played, or days. Afterward, many member sites disallow users from downloading the demo again (or are allowed one or two more downloads), and the user must purchase the actual game.
    • The low quality images spoof the compressed JPEGs used by the sites.

[edit] Trivia

  • The font type of the phrase "There's more?? Why, yes." is the same font used on the Compy 386.
  • When the page was first released, the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page weren't there, like Under Construction.
  • The loading screen for the Trapdoor sample reads "loading free pay sample...".
  • Pressing '7' on the keyboard (or the numeric keypad) during the trial game will toggle the gray 'TRIAL VERSION' message. If it's onscreen, it will vanish. If it's not onscreen, it will appear. Holding down the 7 key rapidly toggles the message on and off. The 7 key has no effect at any other time.
  • The screenshots on the first page show:
  • The screenshots on the second page show:
  • The third page has:
  • There is a background tile image, but it's only a tiny black line.
    • The line actually gradients to grey as it nears the center, but in front of a default white background, it is almost impossible to see. When the image is tiled on a black background, then the gradient forms a line that can be seen.
  • Homestar made it only to five at the end of the "Seven Seconds" trial, meaning he was counting, on average, at the rate of one for every 1.4 seconds.
  • Using a Flash decompiler, it is possible to see that The Brothers Chaps left the entirety of the games menu in the trial game instead of just the necessary objects.
  • The label on the disk in the floppy disk container reads "hunt the wumpus".
  • Except for the buttons and movie clips, all content featured in this toon are JPEGs.
  • In the math problem shown in the screen shot of Rabbit Algebra, x = ±4.

[edit] Remarks

  • Right clicking and selecting "play" will quickly advance you, page by page, to the very end of the presentation.
  • None of the screenshots on the first two pages are from actual toons or emails. The StrongBadZone screenshot contains a quote not found in the game.
  • Homestar is shown standing on Strong Mad's head after falling through the trapdoor, yet in Strong Mad's Character Video, The Li'l Brudder Show, and Toikey TV, the basement was shown to have a much higher ceiling.
    • In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, it is revealed that the computer room is on the top floor of the House of Strong, with an entire floor separating it from the basement, though the HomestarRunner.com universe has never been entirely consistent in terms of locations and distance.
    • Additionally, it is first shown that only Homestar's feet fell through the hole, yet in the next scene it shows that half of his legs went through.
  • If you shoot all the Homestars in the trial game, a second wave appears.
  • On the first page, the right column of pictures is entitled "Instant Access", but at the end, it states "You will receive your package in 6 - 8 weeks."
  • The presentation refers to an "everybody dies" episode of Teen Girl Squad; however, at the time of this cartoon, Issue 8 had already included every character dying. Since then, Issue 9, an Easter egg in Issue 10, and Issue 13 have too.
  • Uncharacteristic of fake pricing on the site, the annual payment is actually a better deal, as $12.95 monthly = $155.40 yearly.
  • The "question box" on the Games page only allows for ten characters. It is also impossible to submit anything.
  • You can access the "you will receive your package in 6-8 weeks" page without filling the form out.
  • Even if you were a member, you wouldn't be able to login, as the "loggin'" box has nothing to click on.
  • The price of the subscription changes from $12.95/month and $99.95/year on the first page to $19.95/month and $499.95/week.
  • "View your shopping cart" cannot be clicked on.

[edit] Goofs

  • Pressing the back button while watching the "Let's see a clip!" preview on page 2 will not make the clip close, but it does close if you go back to page 2. This does not work if you hit "Show me more, sir!" or on any other of the previews.
    • However, if you right click and click Rewind while watching the other samples, it goes to the first section. It zooms in on the game.
  • In the 7-second trial (which is actually 7.15 seconds long, according to counter), the counter in the corner is counting by seconds and then 60ths of seconds. If you watch it frame by frame in the Flash file, you can see the decimal counter is going at 5 60ths of a second per frame, which means the decimal goes up by 5 every frame. At the end of any second, the counter does not go from 55 to 0, it goes from 55 to 60, and then to 65 of the next number, and then to 10 of the next number.
  • On the "The Email Show" page, in the middle of the screen, Strong Bad's eyes are a much lighter shade of green and have lost the shadow on the tops of his eyes.
  • The black part of Sterrance's face mask is not present in his screen shot.
  • In the free trial of the "Email Show" page, when Homestar has been caught in the trapdoor, his position on Strong Mad's head would be impossible.

[edit] Inside References

[edit] Real-World References

  • The trial game resembles another Homestar Runner game, Armless Invaders, which in turn resembles the arcade game Space Invaders.
  • "I'm a real boy!" is a reference to Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who was turned "real" and made a similar remark in at least one version of the story.
  • "I'll teach you to steal my date, Eh! Steve! I'm gonna come outta my shell at the Friday Night Dance and show everybody who's who!" and the #9 jersey are references to the movie Angus.

[edit] Fast Forward

[edit] DVD Version

  • Viewers can read the pages in any order.
  • If you do not select anything for a while, the DVD will advance to the next page automatically.
  • The Free Sample Game is not playable; instead, a video of the game being played is shown, with the nag screen still present.
  • The form at the end can't be filled out or submitted.

[edit] External Links


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