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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 09:07 am
So, Korra. It's good. Real good.

Keep that in mind going into these, because I get a little nitpicky and I don't want to make it sound like I didn't enjoy it.

Thar be spoilers! )

Anyway, a few people I follow on Twitter were really being down on Korra and the characters. It's clear they hate the new series, and I'm all for constructive criticism, but it's really depressing when something I enjoy so much is getting constantly ripped to shreds for hours on end.

It's not even like they didn't have good points--I actually agree with a lot of their criticism, and don't forget that I thought the first season's ending was a bit of a let down. But when all that they post and retweet from others is decidedly negative, without any positive counter-points, it makes it hard to stay excited about finally getting to watch the show again.

I think what really bothers me, though, is the fact that it was clearly not a "discussion", so I didn't feel like I could voice my own opinion in reply when I felt there were elements that they missed (which sort of defeats the point of Twitter). Moreso when they made digs against those who do like it. I guess I need to strive to watch myself and not become like that on Twitter myself.

I'll probably unfollow them until the season's over, so meh. [/emo]
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Friday, August 16th, 2013 09:28 am
Korra.

September 13th.

7pm Eastern.



That is all.
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Sunday, July 28th, 2013 08:23 am
A few weeks ago I was looking for something to watch and noticed that Netflix has the entirety of the reimagined version of Battlestar Galactica. With nothing better to do I decided to check out the miniseries pilot and ended up enjoying it, so I continued on.

I'm usually hesitant to get into a series with hour-long episodes because it's harder to budget my time around. This was certainly the case here, and my work schedule probably suffered because of it. Regardless, last night I finally finished off the series finale.

Having done so, I can't help but feel that I wasted many, many hours of my life. And I'm not just talking about the finale itself, which was pretty bad, or even their inability to resolve even the most basic plot points in anything resembling a satisfying way.

Throughout the whole series the characters don't have development arcs so much as intermittent shifts in logic depending on the needs of the episode. It's one thing to write complex characters, but the vast majority of these characters are not complex so much as "random". The most central character to the narrative, William Adama, is by far the worst offender in this regard. I can't help but imagine that the writers spun a little wheel to determine "what will Adama's random personality be this episode?"

In this way, by the end of it they'd done a pretty good job of making me hate the majority of the characters, both those alive and dead, regardless of how much I initially liked or did not like them. And that's quite an accomplishment. I want my lost time back. Maybe they'd have done a better job if they weren't trying to contrive ways to get every single character into every other character's pants.

And seriously, frak that ending.
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Saturday, July 20th, 2013 09:46 pm
Nick has posted the first three minutes of the first episode of season two.

Their eyes don't look quite right to me.

Also, hopefully it doesn't feel quite as jumbled when it airs. There's not much of a segue from bit to bit.

That said, I can't wait for them to get this season going already.
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Saturday, September 1st, 2012 06:25 pm
I'll gladly admit that I had issues with the first season ending to Legend of Korra, but you kind of lost me when you compared it to Twilight.
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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 09:19 pm
Do want. But needs more Skui.
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Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 04:18 pm
One of my (few; ever so few) gripes about The Legend of Korra thus far has been the lack of perspective from the non-benders (especially non-benders unassociated with the Equalists). I mean, seriously, how much must it suck to be "normal" in a world where people can casually control the earth itself with a flick of the wrist? The art book for the original series points toward one's ability to bend somehow correlating with their spirituality, which suggests that anyone might be able to tap into that power given the proper training and endurance. However, since the series never really gets around to the specifics of the art form, everything else seems to point to it being more genetic than anything else (other than the issue of those twins in the fortuneteller episode of the original series, supposing they're identical and not fraternal).

That said, one of the most gut-wrenching scenes in the entire series to me has got to be the non-bender mother in the last episode, pleading for help from Korra. "You're our Avatar too!" Besides being a whopper of a tear-jerker to see how much the non-benders think they're being passed over and trivialized, it's a simple reminder of how much that world depends on the Avatar Spirit.
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Saturday, May 12th, 2012 03:10 pm
I would go so far to say that was not only the best episode in the series thus far, it was one of the best episodes of any television series I've ever seen. Well done, production team.
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Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 09:46 am
Finally got around to watching all those episodes of the new Thundercats series that my brother's got on the DVR. I never really watched or even cared for the old Thundercats, but I will admit that I really like this new series. The animation is excellent, the voices are well done, and the characters are interesting and well-designed. The writing tends to be spotty, though, and the boarding leaves much to be desired; a lot of cuts between scenes can be confusing at times. The amount of Aesop amnesia is a bit disappointing as well. Not every show can be Avatar: The Last Airbender, I suppose.

But overall it's just fun to watch, and at the end of the day I guess that's what really counts. I'd really like to see American cartoons veer more in this direction. I'm getting really tired of the 90s/2000s jerky, thick-lined, uber-abstract style of television animation.
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Thursday, April 19th, 2012 06:25 pm
From a recent NPR article:

Some Nickelodeon executives were worried, says Konietzko, about backing an animated action show with a female lead character. Conventional TV wisdom has it that girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won't watch shows about girls.

During test screenings, though, boys said they didn't care that Korra was a girl. They just said she was awesome.


I don't know, I just find that reaction neat.
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Sunday, February 27th, 2011 11:41 pm
Now I'll have the clip of that kid and the cat stuck in my head all night. Thanks for nothing, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!
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Sunday, September 12th, 2010 03:25 pm
So I just watched a cartoon where the main character is trying to keep his separated parents from getting back together. As far as I could tell, the cartoon seemed to treat this as a good thing.

Maybe I'm missing something, but... am I the only one who finds this disturbing?
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Thursday, July 29th, 2010 09:58 am
Oh my gosh, how did I manage to miss this? They're making a new 12-episode Avatar sequel!
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Saturday, April 10th, 2010 07:26 pm
So I finally got around to watching the first episode of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution which would be a great deal more enjoyable if it didn't fall into that wonderful bastion of reality television. Granted, I suppose there's only so much you can do, it is television after all, but I wish the melodramatic reality standoff scene where everyone looks at each other with the evil eye for nine minutes straight would die along with the sitcom laugh track. Jamie Oliver himself fluctuates between on the scale between "ha, ha, he's British" and wanting to scrape my fingers on a blackboard (sort of like Gordon Ramsay), but the needle tends to shy away from the latter (unlike Gordon Ramsay).

That all being said, the guy gets a lot of flak for breaking down in tears behind the elementary school he's trying to serve at. Yes, it was pretty pathetic, not the least of which because of his choice of words. (The "These people don't know how much I've done! They don't understand what I'm trying to do!" brand of reality tv crap we all know and... love?) But, honestly, if I were informed that USDA regulations require that I provide two servings of "bread" for lunch and my whole grain rice only counted as "one serving" to pizza's "two servings" I'd be out behind the school sobbing in his place.

Thankfully we have the newly passed health care bill to combat this issue by posting calorie counts at Burger King... wait a minute...

So far it hasn't fallen into the Super Size Me rut of idiocy (you ate too much and threw up, good jorb!), but I'm only an episode in so there's plenty of time to "fix" that. :(

And, in related news, high fructose corn syrup is listed as the third ingredient in this can of tomato soup I just bought.

Wow.

(Also, why is my spell checker marking "according" as mispelled?) -_-
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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 11:49 am
So I just watched the new trailer and...

I'm sorry, but that is not Katara. Sokka doesn't look right either, but at least it looks like they sort of almost kind of wanted to try with him. But Katara? Ugh. Just... ugh.

As for Iroh... You know what, I don't even have the words.
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Friday, February 5th, 2010 08:52 pm
I'll be honest. I haven't even heard yet who the Saints are playing against...
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 05:18 pm
It has suddenly come to my attention that the infamous Robert Kotick of Activision was previously the CEO of 4Kids Entertainment. How did I not already know this? Suddenly, everything in this world makes sense.
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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 01:33 pm
Long story short: good series, horrible ending.

Long story version (contains spoilers) )
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Saturday, December 19th, 2009 09:50 pm
USA has somehow managed to ruin Enchanted. It wasn't easy, but they did it. I didn't catch it from the beginning, but so far they've cut several visual gags and part of a song. -_-
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Saturday, December 12th, 2009 03:08 pm
Instead of cleaning the house like I should be doing, I spent most of last week watching Eureka Seven. This is the second giant mecha series I've watched in less than a month. I'm a horrible person. :'(

Spoilers )

Overall, though, still a surprisingly good series. Why is it this and Gurren Lagann turned out so well but Jyo-Oh-Sei was such a horrid mess of idiocy? :(