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Ben 10 - TV Shows
Ben 10 was an intriguing concept: a boy gains the ability to transform into aliens via a device attached to his arm. Ben 10 was just the right mix of action and sci-fi, and the villains ranged from schoolyard bullies to all-powerful alien warlords bent on dominating or annihilating the universe...with the means to do so. I got into it, and it was clearly one of the better shows on Cartoon Network. As episodes pass, up sprout plot twists: turns out Grandpa Max, the plumber, is not a real plumber, but an MIB-esque Plumber. It didn't really annoy me, but it seems more like they just took his plumber career and dodged a continuity error by making him a "different" kind of plumber. Then came the point where my suspension of disbelief was loaded past its maximum: Gwen can use magic! Aliens are one thing, but magic? I shook my head. Then, instead of adding seasons, the show spins off: Alien Force. Ultimate Alien. Omniverse. Then, the suspension of disbelief--already under the force of its past-maximum load--is crushed under an even heavier load: Uncle Max has an alien for a wife! Ben and Gwen are the quarter-alien children of their half-alien fathers! OK, Omniverse isn't bad, but all that plot twist nonsense...and it just keeps adding up. -- Submitted By: () on May 14, 2013, 6:01 pm

Pawn Stars - TV Shows
It's a pretty enjoyable show, however, the next time they run a Pawn Stars marathon, I'm going to track then average out the number of times they say "...but theres just one problem..." in each episode. -- Submitted By: () on May 8, 2013, 5:02 pm

Boondocks, The - TV Shows
The Boondocks has some epic moments but suffers from recuring lameness probably due to the FCC. I've got to go with reason 4: Wayyyyyy to P.C. Even if that was meant as a joke, it is still very PC for a show trying to be super edgy. If you are going to show racism, show racism. If you are going to show violence, show violence. If your going to tell a mean joke, tell a mean joke. They do all this once in a while but not often enough to make the show watchable. Huey, Riley and Grandad are barely cognizant of the fact that they are very light skinned and wealthy. Their experience is nowhere close to the desperate scrape of the lower classes that they identify with. Ruckus is comic relief but crawls on his belly too much in the presence of white people. Tom is way to square, even for a laywer. Overall, the characters are too much formula and not enough development. The concept of the show has high potential but is unlikely to reach it because its contract would get revoked for some or all of the following: -Joking about corrupt Jews running most of the world media and banking systems. Using that control to pit the other races against each other and uncorrupted Jews. White or Eastern European Jews being racist to Black Jews; etc. (This is a racist show based on stereotypes. But you just can't make some jokes in the mainstream media can you?) -Joking about White people who like Black people but only in small doses or at a "safe" distance. (Any of the White neighbors plus Tom and his wife Sara could seemlessly fit into such a plot line. So could the Freeman's.) -Interracial violence as a complex story line (Graphic depictions of criminal behavior by Blacks, Whites and Hispanics; innocent people being tormented by once innocent victims of racist abuse who have, after long years of said abuse, turned into racist vigilantes. Show Whites, Blacks and Hispanics as recipients as well as perpatrators.) -Rich people of all colors exploiting cheap immigrant labor while pretending to be "making the world a better place" and saying "I'm not a racist. See I'm giving poor immigrants a chance at a better life." Then show uber rich Mexicans and US Americans laughing it up about how much money they make off that scam. (I believe they touched a bit on this subject in one episode.) I get the feeling that the writers of the show both know how to tell and want to tell these kinds of stories. For some reason they do not and the show suffers greatly for it. It seems like someone who controls what gets watched won't let them. -- Submitted By: () on April 28, 2013, 9:30 pm

Mobile Phones - Random Topics
What bugs me is that people yak on their phones 24/7. I've even seen people talk on them while using the washroom, even while doing number two. Couldn't they go a couple of minutes without using a phone? -- Submitted By: () on March 25, 2013, 6:27 pm

Seth McFarlane - Celebrities
I still can't believe he was chosen to host the Oscars in 2013 and it's not because of his juvenile humour. It's that he's hardly a household name like a Steve Martin or a Billy Crystal, a person everybody knows, loves and recognizes. -- Submitted By: () on February 9, 2013, 12:22 am

Playstation 3 - Random Topics
@Robert: You can relax; PS4 (or Orbis) won't be as expensive as the PS3. The only reason why the PS3 was at $600 in the first place was because of the Blu-Ray technology (which was very new & expensive at the time back in 2005/2006), & because of the cell processor architecture (also very new & expensive). This time around, it'll most likely be at, say, $400, because there won't be anything too expensive inside of it. -- Submitted By: () on February 4, 2013, 3:10 pm

Lance Armstrong - Celebrities
Pelirojo, you didn't go far enough. Seriously, though, after reading all you wrote, not even a starving fly would touch this rotting heap of fish carcasses. OK, so he raises awareness for cancer, but the parade of bad deeds tramples this one good deed into the dirt. -- Submitted By: () on January 24, 2013, 10:09 pm

A-Team, The - TV Shows
First of all, the fact that almost no one dies via bullets (a guy was sniped in a season 1 ep in an uncharacteristically dark moment for the show, and of course Fulbright bought the farm, as exactly no one says these days) is genius. People get comfortable with a formula, that's what TV is, your weekly fix, or daily if in syndication or on Netflix, etc. Also, the music and team-building montages were terrific. This is juvenile nonsense, almost insulting at times, unintentionally hilarious at others, but then again, it's a TV show. That's sort of what the best shows are. My kids love this show. They love the characters. The characters are sort of like life-size action figures. -- Submitted By: () on January 16, 2013, 10:26 am

Mel Blanc - Celebrities
My favorite story as a testament to his ability is in the documentary about his life, Man of a Thousand Voices. Hank Azaria is talking about the episode of Looney Tunes where Bugs is imitating Daffy and Daffy is imitating Bugs to trick Elmer Fudd into shooting the other. Azaria talks about how he and the other cast members of The Simpsons one day were talking about this episode and trying to do the same thing with their characters (Azaria says trying to do Apu as Mo and vice versa, as his example), and how they just couldn't make the two voices distinct. It was a rare talent that Blanc could do just that: his Daffy's Bugs imitation was distinct from his Bugs' Daffy imitation. Simply put, legendary. -- Submitted By: () on January 4, 2013, 3:12 am

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
One of the things that strikes me odd while reading some of the comments and reasons on the boned when...list is that most of the people commenting have not really watched alot of episodes and just use sites like these as a soap box to spew their politics. If they really watched the show often enough they would know the show's history of lampooning both major politcal partys. Having gotten that out of the way i would point out mini-btf moments (not complete btf moments because I think the show is still great). I had mentioned guest stars appearing too often on the show which is bad, but the worst is when the guest stars get a completely different reaction from the main characters then they should. The first time I really noticed that was on a really good episode that had Micheal Jackson voicing a huge white man that claimed he was MJ. While the episode was a good one the thing that annoyed me some was that Bart thought MJ was awesome instead of mocking him(which is what the character would have really done). The most cringe worthy guest star moment for me came when they had N'Synch on. Both Nelson(the main bully on the show) and Bart were excited to see them. Nothing against N'Synch, but come on they were a boyband aimed at teen and pre-teen girls and not young boys (ok, Milhouse and Ralph would probably like them, but certainly not Bart and Nelson). -- Submitted By: () on January 1, 2013, 5:12 am

Black Entertainment Television - Random Topics
Dang! I came in here, hoping there would be other black viewers who would have the same opinion as I on BET, yet, it is obvious by the top vote that nobody but whites have been in this forum ..*sigh* ...and WHY do y'all keep on w/ the rhetorical questions of a BLACK entertainment Network, etc.? Do you ask women why there is a need for a Women's Day magazine? Do you even question gays on the LOGO channel? Talk about HYPOCRISY! ..and you do not need a WHITE entertainment channel, when 90% of the people you see on tv is white ..I betcha RIGHT NOW that if I turned on the tv to a random station, a white face will appear. So, WHY would I put a label on things in my own home? And BET was conceived back in the early 80s, when MTV, which is, supposedly, a GENERAL music station, WOULD NOT PLAY any black videos! ..But anyways ...BET jumped shark when Bob Johnson sold out to Viacom, and shows w/ substance were removed, such as BET News, BET Tonight (w/ Tavis Smiley), Lead Story, Teen Summit, Video Soul, Carribean Rhythms, etc...and these shows were replaced w/ series, etc., that promoted negativity, such as American Gangsta, BEEF ..and they began to show "Baby Boy" and "Soul Plane" all the time... I think I gave a response that TRULY answers why the channel jumped shark -- Submitted By: () on December 22, 2012, 1:57 am

Angry Video Game Nerd, The - Websites
I have a feeling if and when he gets the movie out, that he'd end it. I've always enjoyed it when James gets in that mood to review a bad game, he literally rips into the review. Just completely analyzes the game thoroughly, insults it's flaws, and flat out acts out the inner rage we get when playing a bad game or a hard game. But when he started to be theatric about his later reviews, it really boned the fish for me. His reactions are exaggerated, the cursing has really been played out and is taking it's toll, not that I'm offended by cursing. I just feel as if he has lost touch somehow and is wearing down his character year after year. Nostalgia Critic knew when his time was up, I'm hoping James knows the same for AVGN. AVGN doesn't have to disappear completely forever. Just needs a break. -- Submitted By: () on December 1, 2012, 12:36 am

Sammy Hagar - Music Groups
Whoever said "Turned 60 yet barely looks 40"...what the hell were you smoking? Sammy looks totally used up, and OLDER than his real age. In some pics it also looks like he had a bad face lift. He's DEFINITELY aging! -- Submitted By: () on November 9, 2012, 11:16 am

Best Buy - Random Topics
I stopped shopping there over ten years ago, I'd had enough of the insufferable teen employees who acted like you ruined their day if you asked them to do their job and help you. -- Submitted By: () on October 31, 2012, 6:10 pm

SpongeBob SquarePants - TV Shows
I sat through a few newer episodes...they're really out of ideas. The plots are either lame (Gary meowing nonstop throughout an episode for snail treats), predictable (I was able to guess what would happen 9 out of 10 times. No joke!), or recycled from past episodes (Squid Baby was just Goo Goo Gas where only Squidward turned into a baby). In regards to a previous post mentioning Simpsons parallels, there are plenty: the stupid character who gets stupider with each passing season. The stupid character's progressive stupidity so overly forced as to be ridiculous. All the characters getting stupider. Digital ink and paint making the animation go from fluid to "militarily rigid" (thanks to Zombie Simpsons for that quote!). Recognizing themselves (one fish made a reference to "My Leg!" being a running gag). Acting out of character. Becoming parodies of themselves. Trying too hard to follow running gags (especially Mr. Krabs being obsessed with money). Voices becoming more and more high-pitched and whiny. Plots which have no purpose but to keep the show going. I think it's safe to call this new series "Zombie Spongebob". -- Submitted By: () on October 30, 2012, 11:05 pm

Happy Feet - Movie Series
Well, I watched Happy Feet 2. The global warming message is anything but subtle this time. There are also scientific inaccuracies: as "Sven the flying penguin" is described, we see a flashback: polar bears stand on a rapidly melting ice berg, which soon melts to nothing. It just reinforces a scientific inaccuracy: penguin/polar bear coexistence. Polar Bears live in the North pole, penguins live in the South pole. They don't live together in the wild! Also, the B plot line involving the krill is irrelevant. All they do is inject themselves into scenes, adding bupkis to the story. They're more like streakers running across a baseball field, interrupting the game. And they're cliche: small creatures questioning their lot in life. Way to put on that originality cap! Not to mention Sven leads the penguins to singing the Numa Numa Dance song (Dragostea din tei). What were they thinking?! And at one part, I could've sworn I heard the penguin chick singing the bassline for Ice Ice Baby. And the credits are impossible to read. They start infinitesimal at the bottom of the screen, becoming larger as they reach the top. They become barely legible in the middle, hardly giving you time to read who did whose voice. I had to go online to find out who did the voice of Sven! Speaking of which, here's the first plus side: Sven was voiced by Hank Azaria, performing a very convincing Swedish accent. Another one: There's a part where we hear the Russian choir version of We Are the Champions, which is interesting. -- Submitted By: () on October 15, 2012, 9:39 pm

Elvis Presley - Celebrities
I've just learned that horrible rapper Lil Wayne has more chart entries on the Billboard Hot 100 than Elvis. -- Submitted By: () on September 27, 2012, 6:35 pm

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia - TV Shows
There's nothing funny about philly. I've been there. And hope I never go again. -- Submitted By: () on September 21, 2012, 3:00 pm

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
I read the blog (thanks for posting it, Travoltron!). It echoes practically everything I think about the Simpsons then and now. It perfectly points out the biggest flaw with the Simpson's switch to digital ink and paint: "The fluid and vibrant hand drawn animation has been replaced by militarily rigid computer templates." It even shows the arrogance of Ken Keeler (who wrote that infamous Skinner is a fraud episode). He rebutted critics of the show by saying they get too attached to the characters. Well, yeah, if people don't get attached to the characters, then the show would fail. But thanks to the blog, we officially have an accurate name for what was once the Simpsons: Zombie Simpsons. Since the only way to get it to cancel is to make it less profitable, boycotting Simpsons stuff until the show's cancelled might be the 12-gauge shot to the head that takes this zombie down. -- Submitted By: () on September 19, 2012, 2:09 pm

Dinosaurs - TV Shows
If "Puppies in a Box" were a real channel, I'd tune in. Too Cute doesn't work for me because of the cutesy commentary. All you need is puppies or whatever in a box and a bit of instrumental music maybe. Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGaGlpsL__w&feature=relmfu No commentary or humans needed at all. Earl Snead Sinclair may have been a TV programming genius after all. -- Submitted By: () on September 17, 2012, 1:49 pm

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