Several months back, I released a few articles about some of the lost storylines and little known behind the scenes details concerning our machinima show, The Leet World. In part 1, I went over things such as Player’s original identity and Chet’s father. With part 2, I shed some light on a few unexplored story threads like Darth Westy or Dead Leeroy.
Even though almost a year has gone by since the show’s end, we still receive plenty of inquiries about these features, so I thought I’d bring it back with even more tidbits that you guys never knew.
So let’s get started. Details are after the jump!
- The chip in Ahmad’s head.
- Ahmad was supposed to stay dead.
- The Season 2 ending.
Along with Ahmad’s death, we had the Season 2 cliffhanger planned out since around S1E4, Dust 2 Dust. We even hinted at it a few times throughout the series. Remember the “Island of possibilities” line that the Producer dropped at the end of Season 1? Or Montrose saying he needed to find a nice beach to retire to after the show was over? All hints towards the end of Season 2.
Let me set the stage: instead of blowing up in the Death Room, Player was going to detonate in the house, eradicating all of the bots and himself to save his friends. As his countdown is nearing zero, Leeroy rushes to his lair to copy his core, while the other characters run away in hopes of avoiding the explosion. Unfortunately for them, they don’t quite escape and get knocked out in the ensuing blast. The Producer’s soldiers would arrive to a destroyed TLW house. The cast is knocked out. Player is destroyed. Leeroy is missing. The Producer instructs his men to collect the cast.
Cut to: a blue sky, the sound of waves crashing. Ellis wakes up, and looks around to see the other cast members, lying on a beach. Season 2 was going to end with our characters waking up on a stranded island.
In S2E10, Asher hints to Ahmad (and us) that our lovable noob had a chip in his head that the Producer used to communicate with him. This is probably the biggest dangling plot thread (along with the Comrades) that got left over from the storyline, and one of my bigger regrets. There was actually an explanation scene for this in the first Season 2, Ep 13 script, but we ultimately cut it because Ahmad’s return made this thread less important.
Here’s what the deal was: when Ahmad auditioned, he had a chip put into his head so that the Producer could communicate with him, since he was particularly impressionable. When he started taking hacks, the Producer spoke to him as Adam Sizzler, a figure he trusted, to get him to move the drama to new heights. Remember, it was Sizzler who told Ahmad where to go in S1E12. When Asher jammed the communications to the house in S2E9, the Producer had his “ace in the hole” that he could talk to — Ahmad. Basically, the Producer was responsible for his death.
Like I said, we ultimately cut this. Once we changed things around and decided to bring Ahmad back, the information was less pertinent. Oh, I’m sorry. That leads us into the next bullet point.
Yup. All that stuff on the site that I posted about saying goodbye and putting characters into danger immediately following S2E10 wasn’t just me jerking you around the way Valve does to everyone about Half Life 2 Episode 3. It was the honest to goodness truth at the time, because Ahmad was supposed to be dead dead. We made the decision back in Season 1 to kill off a main character, and we designed Ahmad’s arc to see if we could make people loathe him and then love him.
So why did he come back? Simply put, fan service. Our Revision3 deal came up right in the middle of Episode 12/13 production. Once we committed to them, we knew that left a huge possibility for never being able to revisit the story in the movie, as we had wanted to do. Rather than risk leaving everyone on a humongous cliffhanger (seriously, the Season 2 ending was just mean), we went with what had always been our backup plan in case something crazy happened like Daniel moving or having Valve shut us down or any number of other things. That’s the ending you saw, and we figured, since everything was going to have a nice bow on it, let’s just tweak it and bring Ahmad back.
Does it cheapen what we wanted for the show overall? Yes and no. The original plan was going to be pretty cool, but I think we still delivered an ending we were proud of. Ending the season on that cliffhanger would have left people hating us forever. About that…
You guys would have hated us for it. And we would have laughed silly, I think.
Anyway, there are a few more where those came from, such as what were the plans for Season 3, but I’ll save that for another time. As I said before, it would have been cool to make, but none of us regret that we couldn’t do it. We love Leet World (well, some of us), but we’re glad this is all behind us. Still, a part of me sometimes wonders how crazy everyone would have gone with that Season 2 cliffhanger.
So, got any more questions?
In other news, we just released another episode of our GamerSushi podcast, the E3 edition. Lots of fun, check it out!
cool Factoids! (there is no WZ this week?…)
if there is a season3, im 100%sure its gona be much beter!
If you left TLW at that… I think I would’ve had to stalk you guys and murder you all…
Haha, sounds like the ending of Season 2 would’ve been a bit funny. Btw I want to download all the TLW episodes for my Ipod, but I don’t feel like downloading each individual one, is there somewhere I can download all episodes in 1 or do I have to download each one individually?
Also, re: Ahmad’s chip and talking to an Adam SIzzler in his head, that was a bit of an homage to Farscape if anyone is familiar with the show.
sweet dead. and yeah that cliffhanger would have driven me crazy. also, any more outtakes from S2E7 and on? i downloaded the others from the site but was wondering if there were outtakes you guys had for the rest of the episodes.
I actually would have loved the ending where Player blew up the house to save the cast. Just one question:
If Ahmad had died of natural causes (Asher’s explosion), why did Leeroy say during the finale that Ahmad was trapped between this world and the death room? When Asher kidnapped the cast in Episode 10, they weren’t in a challenge. So how was Ahmad’s death related to the death room, because the death room is only accessible during a challenge!
I know its a complicated question, but I’ve been dying to know this for quite some time.
Leeroy used the code on his computer which the ocho muertos had used in season 1 to activate the deathroom even without a challenge. Leeroy used that program/code and shot himslef in da head so he went to the deathroom. It was still accessible for some time…like when Ahmad died. I guess he was stuck between worlds because Chet and Player were also messing around with the deathroom…
cud b a really bad thing to ask here… but is there a possibility of special evens leet world episodes? like say christmas, halloween etc? I R mIsS pLaYeRs 1337 TaLK OLOLOLOL WTF!
sorry that was meant to say *special event leet world episodes*
More than likely, no.
I have a question were the Comrades supposed to become something more or were they just cut, because from what I remember they hacked Asher and just disappeared. Of course it’s been a while since I last watched season 2 so they could of been taken cared of.
they were not taken care of i just watch season 1 & 2 and the christmas specials. but i think the comrades should come back and try to Capture player then you him like asher
except player i programmed to kill the terrorists & the counter-terroists. if their is a season 3.