Greg, (just Greg) hosts ThePopArena
. A Video Review Show
where he provides in-depth reviews or recaps of television shows, comics, Video Games
, and movies. He is most known for his retrospective of the Animorphs
books and TV series. However recently he has expanded to include retrospectives on several other series and one shot reviews of all sorts of media.
ThePopArena contains examples of:
- Aborted Arc: He announced plans to review the Eighth Doctor Adventures books starting January 2012. It never happened.
- Ax-Crazy: He accuses the appropriately titled Ax of being this in his review of Animorphs #7. The Stranger.
- Bad Boss: He points out how Visser Three is likely to kill an underling just for reminding him that bugs exist.
- Berserk Button: Apparently, CSI-style Techno Babble is this for him.
- This also leads to his appreciating the subversion of Enhance Button in "#40: The Other."
- Chekhov's Gun: He points out a particularly clumsy one in "#39: The Hidden." Cassie mentions apropos of nothing that birds often bring down aircraft, to which Greg puts a picture of a bird in the corner for the rest of the video until that very thing happens at the end to save Cassie's ass.
- Cliffhanger Copout: He got very upset at "#28: The Experiment" for pulling it twice.
- Deadpan Snarker: He is known to be quite sarcastic when the need arises.
- Death by Newbery Medal: After discovering the ghostwriter for "#42: The Journey" created an entire series based around animals getting hurt, he delivered a quite withering sarcastic and faux-cutesy rant about it.
- Department of Redundancy Department: He notes how "#41: The Familiar" inexplicably repeats the standard opening exposition several chapters in, like they were worried some people would be starting the series forty-one books in.
- Every Bug Fighter Is A Pinto: Points out how a slow-moving bulldozer actually blew up an alien space fighter.
- Evil Gloating: He points out how Visser Three is often prone to this.
- Follow the Leader: Of SF Debris opinionated Trek reviews. He isn't ashamed of it though and even notes it in the opening of every Animorphs TV review!
- And funnily enough, SF Debris himself would later do a book review, of Foundation, though he found it a quite awkward process and says more are unlikely. Though he also did World War Z later on.
- Foreshadowing: In his review of Animorphs 1.04 On the Run, he states quite clearly that Rachel will eventually die later on.
- There have been a few references to "#42: The Journey" and its infamous breaking the rules of how morphing works.
- Future Imperfect: While reviewing the Alternamorphs books, he points out how likely it is that we're doing it right now, given how much trouble he had tracking down accurate information on a pair of books just 15 years old, and all of whose contributors are still alive.
- Great Gazoo: Calls the Ellimist this in his review of #7. The Stranger.
- God and Satan Are Both Jerks: Eventually reaches this conclusion after analysing the actions of both the Ellimist and Crayak.
- Idiot Ball: He believes all the heroes to be carrying this in his review of ReBoot Episode 2 Racing the Clock.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: He is known to indulge in a few from time to time.
- Jump Scare: The yeti attacks in his review of the Alternamorphs books.
- Karma Houdini: He's not happy about Ray being one in the Alex Mack episode "The Feud." Though he does like to think the character's absence from the following episode is because he was ashamed and hiding from Alex for a while.
- Left Hanging: While reviewing the Animorphs TV show, he bemoans how this happened to several of his favorite shows as a kid, and cautions against shows doing season-ending cliffhangers in case it also happens to them.
- Magic A Is Magic A: Feels Brandon Sanderson's biggest writing strength is his ability to create comprehensible rules for his various fantasy worlds, and always stick to them. The downside is that the actual writing style tends to be very dry.
- While reviewing "#39: The Hidden," he says that he's willing to ignore violations of it as long as the result makes for a good story, like the morphing buffalo might have if it stuck around.
- Magical Negro: He states that the one from the Animorphs show episode "Tobias" is one of the absolute straightest uses of the trope he's ever seen, with a random black guy who comes in for one scene to give Tobias a perfect bit of advice and then vanishes.
- Malaproper: He's infamously bad at pronouncing names, plus pronouncing "escape" as "ex-cape."
- Metaphorgotten: Played for laughs while reviewing "The Angels Take Manhattan." It begins by mocking stereotypical film noir dialogue, which finally degenerates into him getting completely lost inside the "worm and apple" metaphor he was trying to make.
- Mood Whiplash: He notes the oddity of the ending of "#42: The Journey" being played for laughs, when that dog still has rabies and is going to die, and in the meantime everyone in that building is in big danger.
- No Endor Holocaust: Among his many giant issues with "In the Time of the Dinosaurs" is the nuclear explosion not having any effect on the setting, when it should have been one of the biggest events in the series.
- In "#41: The Familiar" he's quite disconcerted by how both the heroes' and villains' plans would wipe out all life on Earth.
- Only Sane Employee: Gideon Van de Leur in his Doctor Who Season 6 Skit.
- Orphaned Punchline: "Shut up, Char...Cassie." This was a reference to a LOST review show with the Running Gag "Shut up, Charlie," whose creator he collaborated with briefly, which was little seen and has mostly been taken down.
- Playing Against Type: He notes that the ghostwriter of "#36: The Mutation" was a comedy writer, despite it being a completely serious story. It didn't work out well.
- Prop Recycling: He notes that the Garatron from "#37: The Weakness" feels oddly like this, despite being in a book, as its looking so similar to Andalites is pointless to the story. He even suspects that Applegate was throwing a little something to the people making the TV show.
- Schedule Slip: He's a busy guy and the show isn't his job, so this happens sometimes.
- In "#37: The Weakness," he mentions that he plans to review K.A. Applegate's series Remnants, sometime around 2070.
- Series Continuity Error: "#34: The Prophecy" is called out for making a mess of a bunch of continuity that came before it, and having no effect on anything afterwards. It can't even maintain continuity within itself, thanks to an inexplicable editing oversight that results in a certain piece of information being portrayed as a huge shock surprise after everyone already knew about it.
- Shown Their Work: After reaching the ghostwriter era of Animorphs, he's doing a quite impressive job of tracking down the identity of each ghostwriter, and what other work they did. And for "In the Time of the Dinosaurs" he enlisted an actual paleontologist to help explain how accurate or inaccurate the book's portrayal of dinosaurs is.
- Before reviewing the Animorphs TV show, he got an interview with producer Ron Oliver. This paid off with several insights into the conditions the series was made under throughout the course of the reviews.
- Society Marches On: He feels the Animorphs belong firmly in the nineties due to it being a more complacent time in American history. With very few wars and a more trusting atmosphere.
- Status Quo Is God: He points out in his review of Animorphs #19. The Departure how everything goes back to the way it was at the beginning.
- Technology Marches On: It inevitably comes up when reviewing "#16: The Warning," aka "The one with all the dated computer references." He also notes how younger people might find it hard to believe there was a time when a cell phone was literally just a phone.
- Viewers Are Morons: Averts this, as he never directly condescends to or patronizes his fanbase, always treating them with the appropriate respect.
- Villain Ball: He frequently points out how Visser Three carries this most of the time.
- Yoyo Plot Point:
The Pop Arena
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