Hey Leela:) I'm still shook from all the live content we've been getting from them lately but too busy irl to actually process it. Among the many many memorable moments, I cant remember you discussing at 26:30 (sorry if you have) how unfiltered and sincere Dan comes through when he goes 'Yeah I think so' to blue bringing out Phil's eyes and then 10 seconds later pouting 'I dont know why you're being like this' ahh they were so annoying in their ungodly levels of compatibility and togetherness:'(
yeahhhh i didn’t address those yesterday!!! haha there were so many things i wanted to talk about but after a point i kind of wanted to stop spamming everyone’s dashes with 1345 posts of me yelling so i decided to pull back a bit :) i do think those two moments were incredible though, and in general i loved the distinct difference in dan’s approach to this whole thing as compared to phil’s. it seems like he made a conscious decision to try to be as supportive and positive as possible of phil’s gameplay which, incidentally, also seems to be the mode that comes most naturally to him, even on dapg when they’re meant to be competing (think of all of the ‘why am i helping you?’ moments.) i know phil was like ‘i’m so used to fighting you’ in order to justify why he was bringing the trash talk to this stream (e.g. repeatedly saying ‘rekt’ whenever dan lost), but then we also know that when they actually play mario kart they make it their goal to get a ‘dan and phil 1-2′ (using dan’s words from the last mario kart video) and that they institute a no-attack pact most of the time, wherein they won’t hit each other so that they basically work together to beat everyone else in the round. which is. gross. obviously. but i think it’s why moments like the ones you mentioned felt so incredibly sincere and natural coming from dan.
of course the comment about phil’s eyes isn’t really to do with the game, but i think it plays into dan’s overall instinct to just be supportive and complimentary to phil (perhaps especially when he’s under stress) and it was so damn lovely to hear that :) another good moment similar to this, though not regarding phil’s appearance, was when dan turns to the audience and says something like, phil’s been making free content for you for ten years and this is how you repay him??? that instinct to defend him is kind of silly but also completely adorable. it’s also there in the way he reacts to phil doing not-so-well: he admits that phil’s performance was pretty lackluster but repeatedly implies a bunch of times that phil’s only struggling because he’s trying to multitask and bant/respond to the chat while he’s playing, and that if he was just focusing on the game instead he’d be having no issues. it’s like, dan, no one is gonna judge phil by this mario kart performance can u pls chill out lmao. the protectiveness is crazy tbh.
and then, as you mentioned, the ‘i don’t know why you’re being like this’ said in response to phil yelling ‘i don’t need advice from you, danny lad,’ was also just such a genuine and interesting moment? it’s interesting to think about it from phil’s perspective and wonder if for the purposes of an audience watching them play this he really didn’t want to look like he was leaning at all on dan’s support. but also maybe his whole approach to mario kart as a game is different from dan’s because dan is obviously better than he is, so phil’s competitiveness is actually higher than dan’s for once because he has to try a lot harder to play at the level dan does or even to beat dan, whereas dan doesn’t feel he really has anything to prove. it’s obvious to see from the way he plays that it comes so easy to him. regardless, in this moment it rly felt like dan was saying, i thought it was gonna be us playing as a team and rooting for each other (like we pretty much always do), why are you being this way??? and he seems truly a bit miffed, but still in a good-natured way. super fucking cute.
another moment along these lines that i really loved was when phil towards the end, as things were getting truly tense, took a page out of dan’s book on dapg and was so emphatic about how dan shouldn’t look at him or breathe near him or talk to him, and dan agrees and tries to focus on the chat. there was one moment (i think around 35:43? but my timestamps might be a bit off i was half asleep when i wrote them down) where phil yells at dan ‘you’re stressing me out’ and dan immediately stops talking and looks away and even blocks his face to read the chat. it’s like his number one instinct is really to help phil win and support him however he can even if it involves trying to stay silent. but of course it lasts all of approximately ten seconds because he actually can’t stop watching phil, so much so that by the end he actually tells people to stop sending superchats because he won’t be reading them, he’s too focused on watching the game and making sure phil wins. and finally, of course, i can’t believe how genuinely fucking excited he got by the end when phil did pull through and win. it was pretty much a throwback to the end of the donkey kong minecart video when dan screams ‘yES!!!’ louder than we’ve possibly ever heard and yells at phil that he’s proud to call him his friend. but at least there they actually were playing together in a co-op game and phil’s success was important to both of them winning as a team. in this live stream, dan had absolutely no stakes in phil winning but he got just as excited as when they’re playing together. he just loves to see phil win, loves to hear people appreciating him, loves sticking up for him even when it’s a dumb and trivial situation w basically no significance objectively,,, maybe he even takes pride in all of it. it was so obvious throughout this stream and all of it was so ridiculously sweet to watch.