The Legend of Korra Book 3 Roundtable



Hello Republic City! For your reading pleasure, here is Pop Torte’s third post-The Legend of Korra roundtable. Book 3 was a huge step up in quality, which contrasted with constant behind-the-scenes drama. Here to discuss are Christy Admiraal, Noel Kirkpatrick, Andy Seroff, Elena…

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Bonus Point Shows


As noted last night on our blog, via an email from Viggle, Fandom will cease being a thing as of September 30, 2014. The activity feed, and “followers” etc will be removed as well, but you will still be able to share check-ins via Twitter, Facebook, etc.

We don’t know where some of you guys…

The internet should be as free as the air we breathe, and legislated as such. Public airwaves and pollution control are as important to the internet as they are to our lungs, but your proposals have been akin to placing plastic bags on your citizens’ heads. Don’t smother us, please.
Words Invented By TV Shows




This adjective, which means ‘socially inept or unfashionable in a charming or endearing way,’ comes from the hit show New Girl, and was recently inducted into the Collins Dictionary via a Twitter vote.

It’s also the inspiration for this list - the most important and lasting…

More marketing reblogs from me - I had lotsa fun writing this!


Disappointment Intervention: Revisiting the How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

It didn’t take long to come to the conclusion that the HIMYM finale did not go over well with its loyal fans. Then again, lots of superlatives are thrown around when discussing TV shows, leaving the mental image of a legion of Comic Book Guys bluntly declaring “Worst. Finale. Ever.”

The chief complaint from fans is how the show spent many episodes showing great chemistry between Ted and Robin, but proceeded to constantly undermine that underlying arc in order to keep the series going (and the question unanswered). The show’s constant reiteration of the fact that the mother is not Robin, in combination with the amount of “clues” to the mother’s identity - many of which ended up being red herrings - makes it understandable to be frustrated by the show’s eventual answer to the titular question.

Fans of How I Met Your Mother responded to its finale the same way LOST fans responded to “The End”: feeling betrayed by the amount of intriguing complications that were left unanswered. The difference, of course, is that fans of LOST had the right to expect a tightly woven narrative, because that’s exactly what a high-concept serial drama has to offer. How I Met Your Mother wasn’t pulling massive audiences for its mythology - it was always a sitcom, promising nothing more than Neil Patrick Harris and a premise conducive to running jokes.

Over the last two months since the HIMYM finale, the memory of all those betrayed clues has faded out from the overall story - and rightfully so - because ultimately, they were just devices for the episodes they reside in. What persists is the story of Ted, telling hilarious stories about his younger days to his kids, in a setting that makes the premise of telling these stories make sense.

And it doesn’t hurt to see all that chemistry pay off, either.

I wrote this short piece for Dijit, but I am proud of it so it goes here now, too.

The Legend of Korra Book 2 Roundtable



Welcome again to Pop Tortes’ annual The Legend of Korra roundtable discussion. Book 2, “Spirits,” was a lot more divisive than the first season, and this year, we have Christy Admiraal, Andy Seroff, and Elena Thrace here to talk about their thoughts and emotions related to the…

Continuing my return into writing about animation, I got the chance to discuss Korra with some TV academics through the internet.

Steven Universe vs. the Cartoon Monomyth

It’s just a really good show so I had to say something. Lotsa heart.

Frugality Review: Superior Nut Company’s Gourmet Hot & Spicy Peanuts (Fancy Grade)

I like to bargain shop with my groceries, because quality roulette is a very low-risk way to stave off the bores of routine. And one thing I like to pick up at my local Grocery Outlet is some sort of snack for next to the computer, and lately that’s meant trail mix. Trail mix is the frugal snack compared to bulk nuts - with expensive cashews or pistachios rare among the far cheaper raisins and peanuts. 

So I was in the protein and DVDs section of GrossOut and my eyes spotted a large supply of very large (1.6 lb) cans of nuts with a red cap, towering over other nut packages. Buying in bulk was appealing, given my rate of computer-side snacking, so I check the price - $2.49. That’s a trail mix price for a super-sized can of nuts.

There must be something seriously wrong with these peanuts.

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A Silicon Valley Reading of Betas

Betas has been picked up by Amazon Studios,

Betas Pilot


We zoom in from Google Earth to a communal hacker space in Silicon Valley. Within 15 seconds, Nash (Karan Soni) has deemed the workspace “unacceptable” and stomps to the door. And in 15 seconds, we have our first signal to the tone of Betas. The listening to soothing music to try to drown out distractions is real to all of us. But hacker spaces are generally considered to be highly productive environments (though easily mistaken for start-ups, which Nerf gun battles are commonplace). Is this the creators breaking any expectations of realism right off the bat, signalling comedic liberty with elements of start-up life? Or a simple plot contrivance to keep the cast at a low rung of start-up experience, but still signalling to the young, loose workspace of start-ups?

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