2012 is going to be all about mystery and suspense here at PopD. We’re going to hit a different subgenre every month and post a podcast every Monday. We’re deep-sixing the watch-alongs, but there may be Movie-Watching Nights at some point. 2012 is all about being flexible at PopD. So our Classics Month is:
As we’re gearing up to start the PopD Mystery series (and we’re all sick right now, so take “gearing up” with a grain of salt), it’s a good time to talk about what we’re going to do and invite comments and suggestions, starting with our definition of “mystery.” For the purposes of PopD, a mystery […]
So we’re getting ready to start PopD up again, drawing on all the work you did in coming up with the mystery movie list several months ago, but we’re changing a few things. (This is cross-posted on Argh Ink, too.) First, we’re abandoning the chat-during-the-movie. It was too distracting for us and we ended up […]
We conclude our Writing Communities series with a look at White Collar, a smart, likable series with two great central performances.
Leverage is sharp, smart and engaging, but scratch the surface and you’ll find some of the deepest character writing on television.
U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must protect her witnesses and take care of her family with the help of her partner and an unlimited amount of snark.
Jenny is returning from RWA in New York, Lucy and Alastair are entangled in home repairs, and everyone is busy with preparations for tomorrow’s celebrations. Since we’re all otherwise engaged, we’re going to cancel the live chat to accompany today’s viewing of Leverage. The episodes for today are The Nigerian Job and The Juror No. […]
In this (very belated) episode, we look at the complex and fascinating story of Charlie Crews, a falsely-imprisoned police officer who goes back to work to find those responsible. [Listen now] | [Go to iTunes] Story Analysis & Ratings: Lucy says: 5 Pops ~ Lucy’s comments are coming soon. Lucy’s rating breakdown: Protagonist: 5, Main […]
Due to circumstances beyond our control — and the dubious competence of the telecom-company-which-shall-hereby-go-unnamed — the PopD Bunker is currently disconnected from the internet. That means that this weeks’ show on Life is running late, and there will be no live chat on Sunday to accompany In Plain Sight. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and […]
In the first of PopD’s “Writing Communities” series, we look at action-adventure on the sun-bleached streets of Miami. Were we burned by Burn Notice? [Listen now] | [Go to iTunes] Story Analysis & Ratings: Lucy says: 4 Pops ~ Lucy’s comments are coming soon. Lucy’s rating breakdown: Protagonist: 4, Main Cast: 4, Supporting Cast: 5 […]
Update: I looked up availability which changed things some since if it’s not streaming, it’s too hard for everybody to get (no Jonathan Creek, which is a crime). See annotated list below. Okay, here’s the latest version of the mystery list with your suggestions. THIS MUST BE CUT. Or we’re going to have another nine-month […]
So we have a definition: “A mystery is a story in which a protagonist solves a puzzle/mystery/crime.” And we have a plan: We’re going to start with the baseline of the classic mystery plot and then look at how the subgenres work within that plot. And we have a draft list for discussion; suggestions for […]