If it's crap ... We'll tell you
A SHORT HISTORY OF SPILL
by Indiana Jones
Phase Zero: The Origins
The Time Before:
Before they bonded as a team of critics and friends, the Spill crew were scattered souls. Leon, thousands of years old, walked the Earth, marvelling at the hubris of mankind. Korey, a literal accident, turns out to be a messiah-in-the-making, and navigates the follies of youth in Waco, Texas. Cyrus parties long and hard, and Co-Host is constructed in a joint Mexican-Japanese venture. Carlyle crawls out of some forgotten swamp to bring his wrath upon the earth.
The Reel Deal:
The origins of Spill lie in the days before the internet as we know it today, when the gang did their local access show in the Nineties through the early Noughties. Korey was an functioning alcoholic, Leon was slightly less old, Co-host was a little tyke, Cyrus was Cyrus. Korey makes 2AM.
Phase One: They Drink Their Own Milk
2006ish. Spill.com is born, though still in its infancy. The podcasts are still in their early stages, with some not even yet created. Many of the podcasts and in-jokes have not yet developed - and much is lost to history or buried in the archives.
2007-2010. Korey Coleman is in the ascendant, doing much of the animation and sound work with his signature irreverence. The video reviews are the primary focus, with the interplay between Korey, Cyrus, Carlyle and Leon being the main draw. The podcasts (LEOG, ACOCO, LDT) continue along and establish a rhythm and loyal following.
*The name of the era is an allusion to a similar period in Soviet History, where a totalitarian dictator like Korey asserted his strength and dominance over a growing nation (High Stalinism). Key figures like Fungusmonkey and Metalvirgin are recruited.
Rise Of The Machines:
2011-2012. Carlyle leaves the site. Co-Host sees a massive rise in popularity and prominence, changing from Ensemble Darkhorse to a lead member of the site, along with Korey, Cyrus and Leon. The video-game focused Loading Bar takes off, acquiring a huge following and creating an additional set of lovable, charismatic figures in the authoritarian Professor Jeff, the demonic Jason, the sardonic Kevin. Co-Host used the be the sex-centric Butt Monkey of the site, a position now assumed by Nicky-Poo, who maintains a paradox of perpetual derpery and intense playboy skills. The video reviews become less frequent and more experimental, as devoted fans embrace the audio reviews, podcasts and Happy Hours like never before. Blu Tuesday is reborn as Remote Viewing, covering the dvd side of things in a regulated format. Billy joins Let's Do This and Spill.com consequently adds complex, provocative discussions of society, sexuality, and above all, race - the latter fuelled by the release of Django Unchained, which dominates the final months of this Era. Fungusmonkey and Metalvirgin are indispensable members of Spill's soft underbelly. Spill Dot Con also sees a rise in popularity and attendance.
The Calm Before:
January 2013 - May 2013 The video reviews begin to normalize again after an extended experimental stage. Korey continues to battle bureaucracy (not to mention his own demons) to expand and revamp the site. The long-standing podcasts undergo a serious fragmentation: Let's Do This experiences a Return To Normalcy as Korey and Co-Host return the show to it's goat-milk-drinking roots, and Korey spins off another show with the charismatic Billy. Alan spends his dwindling months in Austin as an important figure on the podcasts and in Spill History. ACOCO continues, with Leon and Korey breaking new ground in deep conversations about dark cultural issues. The LEOG comes to its end peacefully, after an announcement of the impending departure, and a dramatic 2-part final episode. Spill.com looks to an uncertain future as it joins forces with Rooster Teeth for a combination festival of RTX/Spill Dot Con.
Phase Two: Rebooting
Viva La Revolucion:
Q2 2013-??? Powerful forces converge from on high, and Spill's status quo is shattered forever. Remote Viewing is eliminated, but its basic functionality comes full circle to an echo of the long-dead Blu Tuesday. The Korey and Billy Show, which never received a title (despite Korey's joking preference for "BK Deluxe"), is quickly cut out of the proceedings. The Loading Bar is summarily executed, and Spill.com ceases to be a videogame website. Jeff and Jason resurrect TLB as "Rage Select," independent of the Spill family that ultimately could not sustain them. ACOCO and LDT, the old steadfasts, survive. Inspired by the STID podcast, Korey and Co-Host found the new show "Spoiled!" to discuss spoilers of current media. The centerpiece of Phase Two becomes the commitment to bring the people content every 24 hours, resulting in The Daily Spill, a news podcast featuring Korey and Cyrus, which brings something different to the table everyday - from blu-ray releases to call-in shows. Marvel Movie Universe terminology bleeds in, ultimately causing the revolution to be dubbed "Phase Two" of Spill History. Although some of the fandom nurses their sour grapes, the majority of the people sympathize with Korey's desperate fight to keep the site alive, and together Spill moves towards a Phase Two that holds the potential of being as rich and iconic as Phase One.