Well, earlier this week we introduced you to Hotels.com’s obnoxious Captain Obvious character, and now we have another “obvious” related spot, this time for Virgin Mobile (which actually premiered a few days before CP+B’s spot), entitled “An Obvious Deal.” Are we sensing a theme?
“An Obvious Deal,” presumably created by Mother NY (we’re checking), focuses on Virgin’s “obviously amazing” unlimited data and messaging for $35 per month deal. A spokesman laments that some people are missing out and says “Maybe we need to be more obvious” while drinking out of a mug advertising the deal. A bunch of obvious, over-the-top messages follow as the spokesman decides that a deal this obvious needs to be stated obviously. If you’re getting tired of reading “obvious” and “obviously” you probably shouldn’t watch the 30 second spot (featured above), which uses the word at least every 3 seconds. The similarities to CP+B’s spot are, well, obvious (sorry), with the closing “This is obviously our website” quite reminiscent of the “All these words are spelled correctly” line that closes “Captain Obvious.” Now let’s retire this whole direction before it’s completely milked dry.