You guys might want to take an aspirin this might hurt a little/a lot.
I've got a few stark criticisms about the channel, the main one which is actually posted in the video about the mystery box. I think the one big issue you guys need to get cleared up and start doing better is don't hit the record button so early. I think before what gets recorded you should make sure everyone's on the same page and up to date on the information. And if you start recording either fill in who ever's late or set a rule that they can't just jump in midway. When you guys are talking about news or discussing recent news it really derails the flow of things and makes it seem really unprofessional.
Work on your presentations. You put a lot of effort into it with graphics intros and everything else only to have a bunch of chaotic crap in the meat of the video. I know you guys are in calls a lot so you're really just sitting there talking to each other like normal, but I think regular in call sessions and what goes into your videos should have a different structure to it. I think you should keep things tighter and more concise, especially with news. I've got a lot of respect for what you're trying to do, but button up all the BS.
Also, I noticed a lot of "more content, more this, more that" comments as I read my way down to the bottom. A schedule would do wonders for your channel. If you're really a podcast then F-ing act like it. Most professional Podcasts have schedules. They're on every week at such and such time. Between all of you there's no reason or no way you can't make the schedule, not unless there's a very good reason for it. Even if its just one of you, and not Meso you could make the regularly scheduled podcast. Meso mentioned in an email you guys have a huge backlog of guests you'd like to interview, get cracking then. As for the videos like Autopsy and Eljay's reviews, set a quota one a month, no exceptions unless like I said, for a very good reason(such is major events or situations beyond the person's control).
Here's another section where I really tear into things. I'm sorry to have to target one person specifically, but I need to say something about Eljay's reviews, quite frankly, they suck. He nitpicks WAAAAAY too much about every little thing and for the most part when he's listing cons he's listing things that are standards and have been for a while, and also fails to take into account that some things are simply personal preference. I should preface this by saying that in any review of anything it does come down to persona opinion and preferences. That should be understood going into watching or reading a review. However, the major gripe I have with the reviews I've seen so far is that there's not really any attempt to provide objective reasoning behind why things are pros or cons.
Now I say all these things with some experience and room to talk. Last year I took to reviewing all of the Hero Factory sets since I got them all. This was something I had planned to continue doing but alas, money has been really tight for me this year. But I'd like you guys reading to take a look at some of them. I have an directory journal to all the reviews I did in the order of when I got the sets. I was also allowed to do reviews of two of the Legends of Chima Legend Beasts on The Brick Fan. Lion, Gorilla. This is what I'm talking about. I don't just make a claim about stuff like this without any basis behind it. I put some proof, some reasoning into why I say what I do and I also do that in my reviews as well. So my critique on Eljay's reviews would be to try and make them as objective as possible. Make a claim, and then support it with fact, not just call something a con or a pro because what ever. And blue pins are just going to be there. Lego isn't going to change that probably ever. I would think that by 2005's reviews and you doing reviews posthumously, you'd understand that fact and stop even mentioning it in each video.
Ultimately you're writing or filming a review to dissuade or persuade the viewer into buying into what ever you're reviewing or whether they should pass on it. Keep the viewer in mind, whether they have much money or not and again since these are posthumous reviews, you should talk about what the going rate of the set is and whether or not its worth the money. Fortunately with current sets like I did, I could just use the MSRP and factor that into the equation.
I guess the underlying theme in all of my criticism is lack of professionalism and presentation. If you guys are going to run a youtube channel and take it upon yourself to report about news, if you're going to have guests and contests and what not. Then do it right, and do it well or don't do it at all. Let BZP(bleh) continue to do all that stuff. While it is ran by Nazis and a filthy corrupt site, they at least have the professionalism and presentation thing going for them. And I'd really like to see TTV and these forums take over as the go-to spot for all bionicle fans and MOCers. In the end I'd like to see TTV be the bionicle community equivalent to Facebook, and BZP the equivalent to Myspace(considering what BZP used to be I'd say that's already partly the case). I especially say these things now that you've got these message boards up. You're playing the game like you want to be professionals and be taken seriously, so act like it in your videos.
I know I'm being harsh, but I say these things with the best of intentions. I hope you guys understand that.
This isn't about the channel but I have an issue I'd like to bring up with the Mods and you guys about the boards here, and I don't know where else to bring this up. I've gotten some of my posts edited for multiple postings, but all I'm doing is replying to more than one post in the thread. Would it be possible to have a multiple reply option? That'd really help with the whole double/multiple posting thing. I want to reply to each actual post and it be trackable but that means multiple posting if wanting to reply to more than one post at a time. Thanks.