Monday, November 23, 2015

The Staggering Genius of Mabel Pines: Five Reasons Why Gravity Falls is Amazing And Why It Will Be Sorely Missed

Yesterday, Alex Hirsch announced the conclusion of the Disney show Gravity Falls, to the astonishment of its strong fanbase.   The show has been a popular fixture on Disney’s XD channel for the past year and a half, and the program will conclude with its second season and the last two episodes that will tie up the Weirdmageddon cliffhanger.

Just what’s made Gravity Falls so popular?  There’s a handful of factors operating here, most of them gloriously unique – and they come together to make one heck of a show.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Rainbow Disconnection: Why Are The Muppets Failing?

It started out in a bubble of goodwill as the most anticipated show of the fall, with a great preview package and gangbuster ratings.  But along the way it seemed to lose its buzz and its ratings, requiring a mid-run EP switch and garnering it bubble status six episodes into its run.  What happened?  How did the good times go so wrong?

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Ten Most Essential Rifftrax of All Time

Over five years ago, Rifftrax was established by Mike Nelson, offering audio commentaries to be played alongside big budget  mainstream motion pictures, In the way they never could due to budget constraints on MST3K.  He was eventually joined by Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, and the business eventually expanded to include downloads for full-length motion pictures and shorts as well as live events.

The series has an achingly funny back catalog and here, in my opinion, are the best of the best that they have to offer.

WARNING: The list under the cutline is very video-intensive!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Play MiSTing For me: the lost art of the MiST.

Marissa Flores Picard everybody

There was a time long ago – okay, maybe ten years or less – where MST3K fans gathered together and created a form of fanfiction that is not only entirely unique to the genre, but one that spread throughout various fandoms and gave birth to sporking culture.