Critical Role: Chasing Nightmares
January 24, 2022 2:44 PM - Season 3, Episode 11 - Subscribe

The group comes face to face with the terrifying entity known as the Nightmare King but the interaction leaves only questions to an increasingly perplexing puzzle...
posted by nubs (8 comments total)
I don't know where else to ask this so: I just started Campaign 1 and I am really grossed out by how creepy Scanlan is.
  1. Does he get better? Does he stop hitting on Pike?
  2. Are there any creepers in Campaign 2?
  3. If there are no creepers in Campaign 2, can I skip Campaign 1 and not be totally lost if I start with Campaign 2?

posted by Anonymous at 6:10 PM on January 24, 2022

The campaigns are separate stories, everyone playing different characters.
(This 'season', campaign 3, includes some characters carried over from another adventure, Exandria Unlimited; but not in a way you'd have to know stuff, AFAICT.)
You can just start fresh with each Campaign - new characters and story for each.
posted by bartleby at 6:49 PM on January 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

You can watch campaign 2 without knowing anything that came before it, and the characters are not creepers. Same goes for campaign 3.

I can’t speak to how quickly Scanlan changes - I’ve only seen some highlights from campaign 1, and I know his behavior is somewhat addressed many, many episodes down the road. Importantly, however, there is another castmember who was removed from the show starting in episode 28 for making inappropriate comments (among other reasons).
posted by lazugod at 7:21 PM on January 24, 2022

Scanlan has a long arc that deepens his character, with a great payoff 80ish episodes in. Until then, he hits on Pike a whole lot and very frequently gives off a stereotypical fuckbard vibe. He provides lots of great story moments and comic relief apart from the creeping, but the creeping is definitely there through most of the campaign.

Campaign 2 is a totally separate story with no connections to Campaign 1 besides a few easter eggs. None of the C2 characters have a creeper vibe like Scanlan, so if you're not enjoying C1, you should feel 100% comfortable with skipping to C2.
posted by ourobouros at 8:14 PM on January 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

IMO, Scanlan's arc is one of the more interesting ones of C1, but he certainly starts off quite poorly. You may be better off starting C1 around episode 24, which is the start of the Briarwood arc; that is really where a lot gets set in motion for the campaign overall.
C2 does not have any creeper type character, so is easier on that front, but there's a lot of characters being brooding, secretive types that I found made it take a while for me to warm up to any of them.
posted by nubs at 9:06 PM on January 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

Thanks for all the input, sorry to hijack this episode!
posted by Anonymous at 5:03 AM on January 25, 2022

It's fine! And I'm kind of going slow with watching this one (perhaps my biggest learning in figuring out how to get into CR was realizing I didn't have to try to watch 4 hours in one go, but could watch 15-20 minutes whenever) - they are dark this week.

Kind of interested to see the LoVM debut on Amazon later this week too.
posted by nubs at 7:32 AM on January 26, 2022

I've got a watch party planned for Saturday for LOVM!

This week they technically have the guest battle royale, though I'm not sure how much there will be to discuss with that one.

And yeah - Scanlan never really grew on me, and it takes a long time for him to get any growth.

Uh, more on this episode: a) Dorian keeps on having great banter with everyone (him and Chetney and him with Laudna is a special treat), b) I hope they go to the ball! It's like the date with Pretty or the spa day - whether or not it advances the episode, it's a lot of fun, c) The nightmare king is fun, and it's kind of interesting how interconnected everyone is right from the start. d) The thing about them not travelling very much - it's only been a week. I kind of want them to take some downtime, already.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:15 PM on January 26, 2022 [1 favorite]

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