Alternate versions are one of the great joys of nerd-dom, allowing us endless ways to pick apart and reimagine the other ways our favorite fictions could’ve gone. Sometimes slight tweaks—like, say, removing Blade Runner’s voiceover—completely change a film’s perception. Other works have notorious unexplored pathways; Rogue One existed in a billion different forms before they finally cobbled together one unified narrative to send to theaters. These generally focus on endings, but, as this Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later clip explores, an alternate beginning can be just as beguiling, here showing the lovable Coop toiling away at his novel. It’s a short riff about writing that quickly veers into light-hearted yucks about the devastating passage of time and the ceaseless way life beats away at you and your ambitions until nothing is left. Classic Wet Hot, in other words!

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