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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “A”

Are these people cannibals? So, pretty much the only atrocity we haven’t been subjected to, YET, on The Walking Dead is cannibalism. And I don’t know if you noticed, but as the Terminus shooters were herding Rick and company through the streets and alleys, there was a glimpse of…”meat” laid out behind a chain link fence. Also, there were voices coming from several stacked shipping containers yelling for help.

Plus, before Rick, Carl, and Michonne met up with Daryl, they dwelled on how hungry they were. Foreshadowing? I think so. Then, later, before the poop hit the fan in Terminus, there seemed to be a lot of meat-ish looking food to be had.

Cannibals? Maybe.

Just sayin’. I mean, I hope I’m wrong, but, after all, this is The Walking Dead.

Highlights from the season finale, “A”:

– Rick, Carl, and Michonne are still on their way to Terminus. And they’re hungry. Seriously, a lot of time was spent on talking about how hungry they are. Not that food hasn’t always been an issue, but the first part of “A” seemed to focus on it. A lot. Rick teaches Carl and Michonne (how did she not know this?) how to set up a snare to catch small game TO EAT. This is obviously important and very heavy-handed foreshadowing for what would happen once they get to Terminus. More on that later, though.

– They camp for the night on the road next to a trashed vehicle, which Carl is sleeping in while Rick and Michonne shoot the breeze outside. Suddenly, Joe and his band of nasties show up! Somehow, Joe worked out that Rick killed one of his guys back in “Claimed,” and he and his men have been tracking the trio ever since. (Wait, what? How did that happen? It must have conveniently taken place off camera, because it was certainly not shown that Joe and/or any of his men saw Rick at all! Not to mention Michonne or Carl! WEAK.) Joe has a gun to Rick’s head, another guy is covering Michonne, and a creepy pedophile is eyeing Carl in the vehicle. Then, Daryl comes out of the shadows and tries to convince Joe not to kill his friends. Joe and his guys turn on Daryl start to beat him. Joe declares that Daryl will be beaten to death, Michonne will be raped and killed, Carl will be raped and killed, and then, Rick will be killed.

So, let me just point out, we’ve had child murder on this show, and now we’re faced with the rape of Michonne and Carl. Disgusting.

Rick flips out and bites Joe’s throat out (literally), which allows the other guys to be taken down. The creepy pedophile is viciously killed. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this scene, because I had to look away. It was too much. Joe and his men certainly deserved to die, and if my son had been threatened in a similar manner, I think I would have reacted in much the same way; however, it’s something I decided not to watch due to it’s graphic nature.

– The next day, Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl continue on their way to Terminus. (Daryl explained what happened since the prison, and Rick welcomed him back as a brother.) When they reach Terminus, they decide to scout it out and go over a fence rather than enter through the front gates. Carl goes with Michonne to scout rather than Rick, and the boy explains to her that he’s having “thoughts” and is not who is father thinks he is. What? Not sure what that meant, but at least he and Michonne had a nice moment, so that’s good, I guess. See, she had noticed that Carl was kinda avoiding Rick and asked him about it. I inferred it was because of Rick’s recent tough decisions (not helping a dude surrounded by walkers, etc.) and the brutality with which he took down Joe’s group, but it wasn’t explained.

Daryl takes in the scene during the Terminus herding. Image courtesy of AMC.

Daryl takes in the scene during the Terminus herding. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Before going over the fence, Rick buries a bag of guns, ammo, and arrows in the woods as a just-in-case plan. Seems smart to me! They hop the fence and enter a warehouse, where they find the lady on the radio broadcasting that Terminus is a safe place. Other folks are there, too, making signs…or something. They are greeted nicely enough, told to disarm, searched, and then welcomed to Terminus. They even get their weapons back! So, Guy who Appears to be the Leader from Terminus (GAL) tells Nice Guy from Terminus (NGT) to show them around, and he leads them out into an open area, where Tasha Yarr (TNG, anyone?) is cooking bits of mystery meat. She offers it to them, and Carl is just about to take some when Rick notices that NGT has a pocket watch that looks suspiciously like the one Hershel gave to Glenn. Rick also sees someone in what looks like prison riot gear and someone else wearing a poncho that looks like Maggie’s (It was Maggie’s, right? I think so.) Rick grabs NGT and holds a gun to his head, demanding to know where the watch, the prison riot gear, and the poncho came from. A sniper appears on a roof, but NGT waves him off, trying to calm Rick down. It doesn’t work. Then, GAL appears on a roof, and after a couple of half-hearted attempts to diffuse the situation (during with NGT pleads with GAL not to “do it”), signals gun fire from the roofs. Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl are herded through streets, alleyways, and buildings (It was so very like the way Rick described the animal snare, btw. TOLD YOU IT WAS HEAVY-HANDED FORESHADOWING. It was also during these scenes that they ran past the “meat” and the stacked containers that had people inside yelling for help. I had to rewind it a couple of times to make sure I saw and heard what I thought.) until they reach a fence and a line of gunmen. GAL threatens to kill Carl unless Rick cooperates and goes to stand in front of a train car. Slowly, they are each forced to line up in front of the car before entering into the dark car. Once they are inside, they see Glenn, Maggie, Bob, Sasha, Tara, Abraham, Mullet Man, and the other girl.

– The episode actually ended with a grain of hope, when Rick states that the Terminus folks have messed with the wrong group of people. I thought it was hopeful, at any rate.

FADE TO BLACK on the episode and season four of The Walking Dead.

There are still lots of loose ends, of course! Where’s Beth? Who snatched her? Was it conveniently someone from Terminus?  And what about Tyreese, Carol, and Judith? I think they’re probably already at Terminus somewhere, because as Rick and co. were entering the train car, the camera let us see trampled powdered milk boxes. I’m thinking that those point to Judith, somehow. Hopefully, she’s still alive, but maybe they already made a meal of her! IF they’re cannibals. IF! Of course, they could just be another group of crazies.

WHY DID RICK AND THE GANG BELIEVE IN TERMINUS? Arrive and survive? Come on! Obviously a trap. At least, Rick had the foresight to go in the back way. Ugh.

Also worth mentioning about this episode where the frequent flashbacks we got of happier times at the prison when Hershel was teaching Rick how to be a farmer. We got a little more story about why Rick seemed to eschew weapons and leadership in favor of planting. Turns out it was all for Carl, of course. That wasn’t hard to figure out, though. Still, it was nice to see the show address it.

So, I think that’s it for me and The Walking Dead! There was just too much this season. Too much gore. Too much violence. Too much sadness. Not enough…hope.

The world is already a dark place with too many evil people. But, at least there’s hope.

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Alone”

One is the loneliest number.

What else did we learn today, kids? In general, bad things happen when you’re alone. Also, Bob isn’t a fan of being alone.

Touching on a theme that this show is overly fond of, last night’s “Alone” beat us over the head with the familiar lesson of DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT ALONE YOU’RE GOING TO DIE ALONE STAY IN A GROUP WE WON’T MOVE THE STORY ALONG UNTIL YOU GET THIS VITAL INFORMATION THAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW.

All caps and a glorious run-on sentence is about as subtle as The Walking Dead.

Highlights:

– Bob! Bob was the star of the before-the-opening-credits scene. Oh, Bob, I’m sorry, but I don’t care how you took up with our valiant band of survivors. It’s enough for me to know that they found you on a supply run. But, no. We had to see how Bob was STRUGGLING by himself before Glenn and Daryl found him and took him back to the prison. HE WAS ALONE AND THAT IS NOT GOOD PERHAPS HE SHOULD STAY WITH PEOPLE AND BE SAFER. What a fluff scene. Jeez.

– So, Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and use the crossbow. She’s doing pretty well, sneaking up on an unsuspecting walker, when she steps on a snare of some kind, and Daryl has to rescue her. He takes down the walker and frees Beth, who now has a hurt foot. We don’t know the extent of the damage, but she’s limping, and Daryl has to help her quite a bit. They come on a cemetery and well-kept funeral home, where they decide to hole up for a bit. Beth is taken by the care someone has shown the cadavers (someone has also dressed up and applied makeup to some walkers, too. Gross.) and the tidy house, and she waxes elegant about how there are still good people in the world. Daryl’s not so sure, but he begins to be convinced by Beth’s optimistic views. Oh, and also, Beth plays the piano, while Daryl listens from a recumbent position in a coffin.

Pianos don't attract walkers. It's a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

Pianos don’t attract walkers. It’s a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

A ragged dog trips Daryl’s alarm wires, and he tries to befriend the creature, but the dog runs away. Later in the evening, while enjoying some remarkably dust-free and organized stores from the house, Daryl and Beth are discussing that they think someone has been in the house recently. Daryl decides that they should wait for them to come back and “make it work,” meaning, I thought, they would try to make a life there. Suddenly, the wire alarms are tripped again, and Daryl, assuming it’s the dog again, opens the door WITHOUT LOOKING OUTSIDE FIRST. Of course, it’s a passel of walkers, who force their way in. Daryl leads them into the house and yells for Beth to grab her stuff and escape. He lures them to the embalming/preparation room, stabs a bunch, and manages to double back and get out of the house. He finds Beth’s bag, which looks to have been hastily dropped, and looks up just in time to see a car speed off with, we assume along with Daryl, Beth inside. So, Daryl makes like Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans and starts running after the car. He follows the road until he comes to a three-way split. Exhausted and defeated, he collapses in the middle, unsure of which way to go.

After a time, a group of unsavory types surround him. The leader goes for his bow, but Daryl leaps up, punches the guy, and trains his arrow at the man’s skull. Of course the rest of the men draw on Daryl, but our hero holds his stance. The fallen man starts to laugh and gets up, introducing himself as Joe. It’s clear that these are not nice guys. Let me repeat that: these are not nice guys, ya’ll. Daryl gives his name, and the scene ends, giving the impression that he has taken up with the group…at least for the time being.

BEING ALONE IS BAD! But, is it the worst thing?

– Bob, Sasha, and Maggie are struggling to survive. Shocking, I know. Maggie is still determined to find Glenn, but Sasha wants to find a safe place and settle down. Bob, WHO HATES TO BE ALONE, is trying to keep the small group together. They see the signs for Terminus and start heading that way, because Maggie is sure that’s where Glenn would go to look for her. One morning, Bob and Sasha awake to find Maggie gone, with a note scrawled in the dirt telling them to not risk their lives. Bob convinces Sasha to follow Maggie…but she doesn’t really want to. They continue along the train tracks and find notes from Maggie to Glenn, telling him to go to Terminus. The notes are written in walker blood, by the way. Gross.

They come to a small town and Sasha decides to part ways with Bob, opting to stay in a nice brick building. Bob tries to convince her to continue on, even kissing her (finally), but Sasha remains resolute. So, Bob continues, and Sasha goes into the building. She goes to the second floor and starts looking around. At one window, she looks down to see some bodies laid out, and one looks familiar. She inadvertently and unsurprisingly knocks out the window, which falls and makes a huge crash. One of the bodies immediately sits up. It’s Maggie! But, of course, the noise draws lots of other walkers, and Sasha dashes down to help Maggie. The pair take down all the walkers, and then, Maggie explains her ridiculous train of thought. Apparently, before completely leaving Sasha and Bob, she overheard Sasha saying Glenn was probably dead and that she (Sasha) wanted to find a place to set up in a town. Maggie filed that information away in her head, and after deciding SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT ALONE, she decided to wait for Bob and Sasha at the next town…which just so happened to be the one they stopped at. Nice coincidence, eh? I have no idea why she would be laying down with a bunch of bodies, though. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to be up in the same building that Sasha picked? It had a nice view of the train tracks, and Maggie could have easily seen Bob and Sasha.

Whatever. It’s not like this show makes a ton of sense, anyway.

Sasha and Maggie decide to continue on to Terminus and catch up with Bob, who doesn’t hear them until they are about 20 feet behind him. Seriously, why didn’t they call out sooner?

– The episode ends with Glenn looking at a sign for Terminus, and we know (or think) that Maggie was right; Glenn is going to go to Terminus to look for her.

So, that was “Alone.” What did you think? It seemed like a fluffy episode to me, chocked full of unneeded and unhelpful scenes. Not much to advance the story, except Beth getting Beth-napped and Daryl hooking up with the unsavories. I’d like to think those nasty-looking men are behind Beth’s abduction, but I’m sure it won’t be that simple.

Only three shows left!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Still”

Last night’s episode, “Still,” continued a fascinating phenomenon on The Walking Dead. You know what that is?

A good show.

Amazing!

So, what made this a good episode? Honestly, sometimes, it’s hard to tell. After it was finished, I didn’t want to kill myself, so that’s a good thing. I think it’s because they didn’t focus so much on the hopelessness of their situation. Since Beth is still around, she’s providing a bit of light in the dark world.

Geez, that seems kitschy even to write. But, I’m serious! Yeah, there was a fair share of walkers and cheap scares, but that’s not what this episode was about, and I appreciated that. Wholeheartedly.

Highlights:

– “Still” started with Daryl and Beth on the run from a horde of some size. We don’t really know how big it was, because the pair hid in the trunk of an abandoned car as the horde straggled by, moaning and banging into the car (they’re not very graceful, after all, are they?). They wait out the night in the trunk and loot the rest of the car the next morning before continuing on their way.

– They set up a camp in the woods and settle in for the long haul…at least Daryl wants to. But, Beth has other ideas. For some reason, she’s decided she needs to have her first drink. Daryl thinks it’s a dumb idea, but eventually follows her. They come to a country club and find the requisite number of dead folk and walkers (cheap scare alert), before making their way to the gift shop, where Beth finds a nice yellow polo shirt and white sweater to exchange her manky tank tops for. No booze in the gift shop, though, so on they go!

Look at you, Daryl Dixon! Being all smolder-y in the walker apocalypse! Image courtesy of AMC.

Look at you, Daryl Dixon! Being all smolder-y in the walker apocalypse! Image courtesy of AMC.

– As they pick their way through the littered halls, Daryl sets a grandfather clock upright in an effort to clear the way. It’s no time at all before the stupid thing chimes three times, and, of course, walkers come shambling. They run into an open room, where Daryl takes the walkers out with a golf club, using one walker’s head as a nasty engorged ball…which, of course, bursts and gore spatters Beth’s nice white cardigan. Gross. She takes it off, of course.

– Finally, they find the bar, and Beth locates the last bottle of  peach schnapps. It’s the last bottle of anything, really. As she considers the bottle and what it means in her uneasy trek to adulthood, not to mention everything and everyone she’s lost, Beth finally breaks down in tears. If you’ll remember, Beth was a big proponent of NOT crying. Ever. At all. Peach schnapps was the straw the broke the camel’s back. Daryl, who was playing darts (using photos of the club’s muckety-mucks rather than the dart board), decides Beth’s first drink can’t be peach schnapps and leads her away from the country club.

– Daryl takes her to a house in the middle of the woods with a still. He tells her that he and Michonne came across it on a run one time. Daryl and Beth get some of the clear moonshine and enter the house, which turns out to be a sort of replica of Daryl’s childhood home. At first he won’t drink, but Beth convinces him to, and they play “I never/ Have you ever?” But, the questions, lead Daryl down an unfriendly road to remembrance, and he has a breakdown of his own. A walker, who has been sniffing around outside gets the brunt of his anger as Daryl decides to teach Beth how to use a cross bow. He’s yelling. She’s yelling. The walker is moaning. AMAZINGLY, though, no other walkers are drawn to the noise. Beth puts an end to his rant by stabbing the walker through the head. Daryl dissolves into tears, blaming himself for what happened at the prison, thinking he could have done more. Beth hugs him from behind, and he quiets down. (Note to self: Don’t get Daryl tipsy in the walker apocalypse.)

– That night, Daryl and Beth, are out on the porch talking. Daryl reveals more information about his past, and we learn that he didn’t really have a job before the “end.” All he was doing was drifting around with Merle. Daryl is convinced he can never amount to anything, that he can never be anyone. Beth convinces him not to live in the past, and they decide to torch the house as a sign that Daryl is moving forward. So, they do, scattering very flammable moonshine about and lighting it aflame. As walkers start to approach the house, Daryl and Beth both flip it off and move into the night as the blaze burns behind them.

Let’s hear a round of applause for heavy-handed symbolism! Daryl is burning down his past! So is Beth! …kinda.

Lemme just say I was so afraid they were going to…um…seek solace in each other’s arms. I am SO GLAD that’s not where this went! That’s not to say that it still couldn’t. Anything’s possible, right? Ugh. Carol would be cheesed though.

Four more episodes left!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Claimed”

So, I gotta give props to a show I kinda hate; this episode wasn’t too bad!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Highlights:

– After a brief scene of shocking domesticity at breakfast (complete with laughter), Carl inadvertently and rather offhandedly mentions Judith to Michonne and abruptly leaves the table.  It was just the two of them, and Rick, who was listening in the next room, thanks Michonne for being Carl’s friend, admitting he can’t be the boy’s friend AND father. Michonne convinces Rick to stay in the house for another day of rest while she and Carl scavenge for supplies. Rick agrees, and Michonne and Carl set out. Michonne tries to tease Carl out of his sullen mood (which he sank into after mentioning his dead –he thinks– baby sister) to little avail. It’s not until they are in a house, and Michonne promises to answer personal questions for every room cleared that Carl seems to brighten. Michonne reveals that she had a three-year-old son named Andre, and as the two of them go through the house, we are reminded of how terrible the apocalypse is for children. The house was obviously home to a couple of kids, and their stuff is everywhere, seemingly untouched. The pair separates, and Michonne finds the family, complete with two small children, dead in one room. It looks like suicide, because they’re all laid out nicely on beds. Ugh.

Serious Michonne is serious. Image courtesy of AMC.

Serious Michonne is serious. Image courtesy of AMC.

I had to wonder why the survivors hadn’t found more people like that, though. Seems like it would be pretty commonplace. Huh.

– Back at the house, Rick, who was upstairs taking a nap on one of the beds, awakens to voices and noise in the house. Someone’s in the house! By the sounds, it’s a lot of someones, and they don’t sound all that nice. Rick rolls under the bed to hide, and someone comes up to lay down. But, it’s not long until another guy comes up and demands the bed. The two fight and the second guy chokes out the first…but not before the first, who is on the floor, sees Rick under the bed! Luckily, the guy passes out, and the second falls asleep on the bed. After a time, Rick manages to escape from under the bed, and some near misses later, finds himself in a bathroom. BUT, OH, NO! THERE’S A DUDE ON THE TOILET! (I mean, he’s sitting on the toilet. But, his pants are on. What was he doing? His boots were off. Was he just taking it easy? Weird.) Rick fights with the man, making a TON of noise that no one hears…remarkably…and kills him. Then, he makes his escape out the window, leaving the bathroom door open a bit. (This is important, folks! I thought it was so he could hear the other people as he made his escape. It wasn’t!) Rick drops down from the roof and creeps around the house to the front, where he crouches by the porch. One of the guys is on the porch, and Rick seems content to wait a bit until he sees Michonne and Carl approaching. Somehow, the guy on the porch doesn’t see them, and Rick readies to leap up and take him out. Suddenly, cries erupt from the house, and it dawned on me that Rick left the bathroom door open so the newly minted walker could get out and cause some good ole fashioned havoc! Porch guy runs back in the house, and Rick runs to Michonne and Carl, leading them away. Later, we see them traveling on the railroad tracks and finding a sign guaranteeing safety. “Those who arrive survive,” the sign promises. No doubt, it’s the same place Tyreese, Carol, Judith, and the murder twins decided to head for last week. We shall see, but I have my doubts about the safety of a place that claims to be safe. I’m just cynical like that.

– The episode actually opened with Tara riding in the back of the military/giant truck. She’s writing down where they’re going on her hand, and when they stop, she jumps down to help Abraham clear some walkers. Abraham Ford is a giant ginger with military background, and we find out that he’s taking Professor Mullet (his name is really Dr. Eugene Porter) to Washington, D.C. Apparently, Prof. Mullet knows how the walker epidemic started, and until recently, he’s been in touch with smart muckety-mucks in D.C. But, when the muckety-mucks stopped picking up the phone (radio…or something), they decided Prof. Mullet should go to D.C.

Professor Mullet. Image courtesy of AMC.

Professor Mullet. Image courtesy of AMC.

Ummm…why? If they’re not responsive, doesn’t that mean they’re probably dead? I mean, think about it! A major metropolitan area? Full of people? It’d be walker central, guys. Seriously. But, Abraham has it in his head that getting Mullet to D.C. is tantamount to saving the human race and/or world. There’s also an under-dressed woman with them that I don’t care enough about to remember her name. She had like two lines, so I’m guessing she won’t be around long. We’ll see. Those of you who read the comics have me at a distinct disadvantage, but I’m going on television tropes, here. She’s a hot lady who is inappropriately dressed and doesn’t speak. I say she’s toast.

– Glenn, who was passed out in the back of the truck wakes up and makes them stop, declaring that he’s going back for Maggie. Abraham tries to convince him to stay and help them get to D.C., but Glenn is determined. They fight, because…why not?…and in the midst of the scuffle, walkers starts shambling out of the field they’re parked next to. Professor Mullet tries to get their attention, but no one is listening to him, so, he gets some big gun and starts firing wildly, hitting walkers and the truck. The others stop fighting and come clear out the walkers. After things settle down, Abraham discovers that Professor Mullet shot up the truck, and it’s no longer usable. Of course! They all decide to follow Glenn back, and there’s an interesting exchange between Abraham and Mullet, wherein the good professor declares that he’s smarter and that they need to stick together until another vehicle can be found.

Something is off about Mullet; he had a weird little smile on his face as they followed Glenn.

Those were the highlights of last night’s episode. Like I said, it was better than last week’s! Of course, not putting a baby in mortal danger makes just about anything better in my book. What did you think?

Only five more shows this season!

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Trailer Alert: Guardians of the Galaxy

So, Guardians of the Galaxy finally got a trailer. It premiered last night way after my bedtime on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Take a look:

Looks kinda goofy to me, but I’m down with that. The movie is set to be released Aug. 8.

What do you think? Is this a go-see-it-at-midnight kind of movie?

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Inmates”

Last night, The Walking Dead made me cry. It was not a good cry; it was a very bad cry. Tears were streaming down my face as I watched in horror at a little girl trying to smother a baby.

Too far, AMC. Too far.

The only enjoyable part about last night was the reappearance of Carol. Oh, and Judith, the world’s quietest baby, who for some reason developed colic during this episode. On the one hand, I was glad the baby was alive, seemingly rescued by Tyreese and/or the two possessed blonde girls. On the other, though, I was MOST distressed at the plot line that had a stage hand poking Judith to make her cry and attract walkers.

Not cool.

I assume it’s because I have small children. It’s a well-known fact that women lose their minds after having children. (Or maybe it’s beforehand; why else would one have children? Kidding! Probably.) But, if they had shown the death of that baby last night, I would have been done for good with the show. Seriously. As it is, I’m only marginally hanging on right now. It’s more a sense of misplaced responsibility that keeps me watching. I can’t really explain it. I dread watching it, but, yet, there’s a part of me that wants to watch it.

I want it to end more than anything. I want there to be some kind of closure! But, the world they’re in denies them that. It’s a hopeless world of fear, dread, and constant terror.

What does it say about me that I’m compelled to watch such a thing? What does it say about you?

Ugh.

Highlights of “Inmates:”

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– Beth and Daryl made it out together, and they are on the run, looking for shelter and (in Beth’s case, at least) other survivors. Daryl seems to have given up hope on finding any others, but Beth spurs him on by starting out on her own to find folks. They find a trail and follow it only to come on a murder of walkers munching on human remains beside train tracks. Beth is understandably crestfallen and staggers off with Daryl following her. (P.S. I’m totally going to use “murder” to describe a group of walkers from now on. It fits.)

– Mika and Lizzie (the two possessed blonde girls…Lizzie being the dead-eyed scary one) are traveling with Tyreese, who is cradling… Judith! Yay! The baby didn’t die! However, like I mentioned above, the world’s quietest baby is now the world’s loudest baby, and the small group is constantly on the move. Oh, and Lizzie? She likes to kill things as evidenced by her silent baby rabbit dismantling one evening. Gross. Her fun is cut short (cut…get it?) by some noisy movement that we assume are walkers, and the four scurry off. The next day, they’re traipsing through the woods and hear screams. Tyreese hands Judith to Lizzie, sets the girls back to back and tells them to take care as he goes off to help the nameless screamers. Really, Tyreese? Wow. Anyhow, Judith starts crying and Mika starts freaking out and Lizzie calmly starts SMOTHERING JUDITH. This is the scene that made me cry. I couldn’t believe they were showing something like this! Of course, a murder of walkers is straggling through the woods towards them, and the freaking camera cuts right as the walkers are almost on them. Oh, and don’t forget Lizzie is still SMOTHERING JUDITH.

Remember, Tyreese doesn't know that Carol killed his lady friend. DRAMA! Image courtesy of AMC.

Remember, Tyreese doesn’t know that Carol killed his lady friend. DRAMA! Image courtesy of AMC.

Cut to Tyreese who finds the screamers, a couple of guys getting overtaken by walkers by some train tracks. (Btw, it’s the same place Beth and Daryl come to a bit later. The trail they were following were Tyreese, Mika, Lizzie, and Judith, but they were unaware of that, of course.) Tyreese charges in and helps take down the remaining ones, but not before the last survivor gets bitten on the neck. Of course. All of a sudden, Carol calls his name, and he turns to find her standing there with the nasty blonde girls and Judith. Yay! We have to assume Carol swooped in at the last minute and saved Mika, Lizzie, and poor suffocating Judith. Yay for Carol! The last survivor tells them about a “safe” place where the kids will be protected. Just follow the train tracks, he says. So, they do. Carol doesn’t tell Tyreese that Rick had banished her from the prison, opting to tell him that she was just late in bringing back supplies. She says she saw the tail end of the battle and followed him and the girls. After a while, they come to a kind of gate with a sign and map of sorts. The sign promises sanctuary and safety.

– The next group we get to catch up with is Maggie, Sasha, and Bob. Sasha wants to camp, but Maggie is determined to find Glenn, who she thinks got away on the bus. So, deciding to stay together, Bob and Sasha follow her. They travel on the road the bus left on and find the vehicle, which is, of course, full of walkers. Why not? They clear the bus, and Maggie breaks down in suedo-happy tears when she doesn ‘t find Glenn.

– Speaking of Glenn! Glenn, who apparently got off the bus before it left the prison, comes to on a ledge above a murder of walkers. The ledge is a one end of a broken catwalk, and he goes back into the prison to see if anyone is there. No one is, and he gathers supplies (including body armor) and readies to go out looking for others. He pushes his way through a mini-murder of walkers and breaks free. He’s close to getting away when he sees someone sitting quietly in a fenced-in porch/tiny courtyard. It’s Tara, the idiot (one of the idiots) who bought into The Governor’s (TG) story and helped attack the prison. Glenn saves her and they escape the prison. When they reach the road, Tara confesses who she is and what she’s done. She also lets slip that TG killed Hershel, a fact Glenn didn’t know. Tara declares Glenn wouldn’t want her help…even though she feels terrible about what happened, that she believed TG, etc. Glenn tells her that he doesn’t want her help, but that he needs it. Just then a murder of walkers stumbles up, and Glenn and Tara have to take them out. Glenn does most of the work and faints before the last one is dispatched. Tara takes it out and loses it a bit, smashing its head to pulp. After she’s done, she looks up and there is this giant military-type vehicle. Three people jump out: two guys and a woman. Tara sarcastically asks if they enjoyed the show, and the leader snaps out something about her mouth.

Fade to black.

Only six more shows until the end of the season! Yippee!

So, it looks like our intrepid survivors are about to hook up with another shady “safe” camp/outfit of some kind. And this one looks more military in flavor. Nice. What could possibly go wrong? (GIANT EYE ROLL)

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “After”

I hate Carl.

I could end this article right there and be totally fine with it. Seriously.

I don’t hate him because we got an exposition-y episode about him last night. Quite the contrary! I, for one, enjoy character development. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who didn’t hate the farm season. (Really. I rather liked it.)

I hate Carl because he’s a dumb kid going through contemporary teen stuff in the apocalypse. He doesn’t have music to blast or tires to screech as he roars away from his parents in typical spoiled teen-drama fashion. So, he pitches fits, attracts walkers, and almost gets himself killed on a regular basis. It drives me insane.

Now, I’m sure they’re trying to make Carl relatable to today’s teen audience, but I just don’t buy it. It just doesn’t make sense that he would be so reckless after what he’s been through. And maybe that’s just it; maybe they’re trying to say look how this terrible situation is affecting this teenager! But, this teenager was a boy when this all started. He didn’t have the luxury to age into the selfish adolescence that is so common in today’s society.

Trauma does terrible things to people, to be sure. But, in this world, Carl would be more likely to put a gun to his own head than act out in a way for which there has been no real precedence… beyond what the audience thinks they expect out of a teenager.

Ugh.

At least the entire episode wasn’t about Carl. We got some flashbacks and insights on Michonne, and they were quite welcome!

(Before I do my recap, let me touch on the fact that I was in no way eager for last night’s episode. Downton Abbey is a much better way to spend the 9 o’clock hour.)

“After” highlights:

– After the prison battle, Michonne selects a couple of walker pets, hacks off their arms and jaws, and sets off. Before she leaves, though, we get to see Hershel’s head, complete with milky rolling eyes and mindlessly chomping mouth. Michonne stabs it and leaves.

Stupid Carl. Image courtesy of AMC.

Stupid Carl. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Carl and Rick keep moving and come to some kind of roadside restaurant and/or convenience store. They kill a walker there, loot what’s left of the supplies, and continue on their way. Rick’s in pretty bad shape, by the way. If you’ll remember, The Governor beat the ever-loving crap out of him, and he’s wheezing like his lungs are punctured. Oh, and Carl is a jerk, walking too fast and being a smart mouth to his father. Eventually, they reach what seems to be a subdivision of some kind and hole up in an abandoned house. Rick passes out from his injuries, but not before helping Carl block the front door with a couch. (Rick insisted the add the couch after Carl tied the door shut…because, you know…Rick LOVES Carl and wants to keep him SAFE.) Carl shouts at the unconscious Rick and generally hates on him, cementing my loathing of the teenaged character. Also, it’s generally a bad idea to make a bunch of noise in the zombie apocalypse, because, you know…WALKERS. And, sure enough, Carl’s hissy fit draws a couple walkers, who start clawing and pushing on the door.  Carl goes out a side door and lures the walkers away. But, the idiot keeps walking backwards, and you know something is going to happen. (!!!) Sure enough, it does and a couple more walkers wander up. Carl ends up wasting a ton of bullets and buried under a pile of dispatched walkers. Ugh. Later, he goes out looking for supplies and almost bites it again when another walker almost gets the best of him. He escapes, leaving his shoe behind.

Oh, and pudding. Carl finds a huge tin of pudding and sits on a roof eating it while the shoe walker tries in vain to reach him through a partially open window. Rawr.

– That night, Carl is sleeping next to unconscious Rick, when something wakes him up. Rick is stirring, and Carl thinks he’s died and walker-fied. He scoots away and readies to shoot his father, then breaks down in tears and confesses that he can’t do everything on his own, that he needs his dad, and that he’s scared –stuff he pitched a fit about earlier. But, Rick isn’t dead. Yay!

Michonne's new pets. I hope she named them Fido and Spot!

Michonne’s new pets. I hope she named them Fido and Spot! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Okay, so during Carl and Rick’s story line, we got cut-ins of Michonne. She and her new walker pets cross Carl and Rick’s trail, and she notes the fresh tracks. But rather than following them (not that she knows who left the tracks), she heads into the woods and joins a mini-horde. She, in a sense, briefly loses her humanity and becomes one of the walking dead as she trudges along with the pack. It’s during this time that we get a look at who she used to be and see her “lover” and another guy in a nice apartment. There’s also a small child, who turns out to be hers and her boyfriend’s/husband’s. We see the men change and worry about what to do. They refer to a camp they’re in, and the boyfriend/husband seems pretty hopeless. Suddenly, the men have no arms, and I assumed we were being shown Michonne’s original pets.

– Michonne snaps out of her reverie and seems to become aware of the mini-hoarde around her. She kills them all, even her new pets, and returns to the road where she saw the footprints. She follows them, comes to the same roadside restaurant/ convenience store and monologues about what we assume is her lost family. I got the idea that her boyfriend/husband killed himself and the small child after deciding there was no other choice.

– She continues to track Carl and Rick (she doesn’t know it’s them, though) and enters the subdivision. After finding an empty giant tin of pudding, she sneaks up to the first house, looks in, and sees Carl and Rick, who have since made up. Michonne politely knocks on the door, and Rick peeks out, sees her, and tells Carl it’s for him.

Aaaaaand that’s how the episode ends. It was rather a high note, actually, endowed with more of a sense of hope than we’ve had from this show in a long time. Michonne was overjoyed to find people again, and Carl and Rick seemed to have patched things up admirably. See, Rick told Carl what the idiot kid wanted to hear: You’re a man.

Whoopie. Great. So, let’s hope Carl starts acting like one, then.

 

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#savetheDOCTORdate

So, Christmas is Wednesday.

Beyond the traditional and Holy message of the holiday, there’s something else I’m excited for.

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT IT IS?

I’ll give you two gues…NO, I WON’T. “The Time of the Doctor” airs Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. on BBC America.

The Christmas special will see the end of Matt Smith’s Doctor and introduce Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord. I’ve gotta say that I was not a Smith fan at first, but he definitely grew on me, and I’ll miss him!

Get caught up on all Doctor-related buzz at http://www.bbcamerica.com/doctor-who/.

Or any number of places, really! It’s everywhere, guys. EVERYWHERE!

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New Trailer for “The Time of the Doctor!”

Guys.

GUYS!

I’m pretty excited. It’s the new trailer for “The Time of the Doctor!” Check it out!

The Doctor Who Christmas special is set to air…ready for it?… on Christmas day! Make sure you catch it on BBC America at 9/8c.

BROODY! Image taken from the video.

BROODY! Image taken from the video.

 

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Where’s Judith?

Okay, the dust has settled and (hopefully) everyone has had some time to digest the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead. (BTW, can someone tell me when the “mid-season finale” became a thing? It’s new, right? I certainly don’t remember the terminology from previous years…hmph.)

Let me start by saying I didn’t see the last two episodes on the nights that they aired. Yes, dear reader, I SKIPPED them! It’s something that’s been building in my zombie-loving soul for a while, now. I’m sure you’ve noticed it if you read my recaps: I’m growing weary of The Walking Dead. Its utter sense of despondence and hopelessness is getting to me in the worst way, guys. Seriously. Oh, I even have “scientific” proof! I just took a personality quiz online, you see, and I am an ENFP. What does that have to do with this, you say? Well, I’m “Feeling” and stuff. Emotional or something.

Whatevs. I just like taking online quizes.

So, let me just hit the high points of the last two episodes:

– The Governor (TG), who now calls himself Brian, takes his adopted family to live in Martinez’s camp. Martinez accepts him and starts to trust him… right around the time that TG beats him over the head with a golf club and throws him in a walker pit. Buh-bye, Martinez! A nice man named Peter takes over leadership, and TG quickly takes him out, too. TG then goes to Peter’s brother and persuades him to join the dark side. The brother is, after all, a tank operator, and for those of you slightly familiar with the comics, you know a tank comes into play.

– TG humbly takes leadership of the camp. They’re going to SURVIVE, he tells them. How? Well, see, there’s this prison not too far. And, you know, they’re BAD people. Murderers and such. Let’s go take their prison! The camp folk are quickly convinced when TG tells them the takeover can be bloodless, because he’s captured two of the prison people already! WUT? Yep. TG skulked around the prison and captured Michonne and Hershel.

RIP, Hershel. Image courtesy of AMC.

RIP, Hershel. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Rick and company are alerted to visitors by the tank firing. BOOM! The commotion interrupts telling Tyreese that Carol killed Karen and that guy nobody cares about. Rick had just told Daryl about it, and they were off to tell Tyreese when TG’s howdy-do made them and others run outside to see what was going on. TG reveals his captives and summons Rick to the fence for a chat. TG demands the prison folk vacate by nightfall, or he and the campers will take the prison by force. Rick pleads with TG, telling him they can find a way to live in the prison all together. TG’s not having it, though, and to prove he’s serious, he hacks off Hershel’s head!

I WAS RIGHT! I totally called that Hershel was not making it out of this season! Proof here.

Lilly also shows up with Meghan’s lifeless body (Why hasn’t she turned, yet?). See, TG had left Lilly and Meghan behind at the camp, and Lilly let Meghan play a little too far away. The child was playing in the mud and uncovered a flash flood warning side. The audience was supposed to infer that the mud she was playing in had been caused by such a flood and a small landslide. Anyhow, her digging disturbed a buried walker, who noshed on her before her idiot mother could run over. So, back to the prison, where TG takes the dead girl and shoots her in the head. You know IT’S ON, now, son!

– A fire fight commences. Lots of shooting, etc. Boom, boom. Bang, bang. Glenn and some people make it out on the bus, but most of the other main characters are in the fight. (OH! And remember those two creepy blonde girls that Carol took charge of after their father died? Well, they and a couple of other girls have Judith and are making for the bus, when the older blonde girl stops them and declares that they have to be tough and stay and fight. WUT? So, they’re apparently wandering around during the shootout. Ugh.) TG is beating the crap out of Rick, who jumped him. But, Rick was shot and TG quickly gained the upper hand. Anyhow, blah, blah, beat, beat (Rick would have totally been killed. It’s seriously NOT possible to take that kind of beating and live.). SUDDENLY, Michonne shows up and runs TG through with her katana. She leaves him there to get eaten by walkers, who are, of course, beginning to swarm due to all the noise.

– Walkers are inching toward a miraculously still alive TG. (Michonne stabbed him through the chest. Come on!) So, we’re to think he’ll get eaten. However, at the last minute, Lilly shows up and shoots him in the head.

– Bob gets clipped with a bullet, but as far as I could tell, he, Sasha, Maggie, Beth, and Daryl (OF COURSE) make it out okay. Tyreese gets trapped, but who comes to the rescue but crazy older blonde girl! She pops a woman right in the head! Jeez! So, Tyreese and older blonde girl make it, too. Rick and Carl? AND JUDITH? So, Rick shambles back up to the prison courtyard and is yelling for Carl, when the smoke clears and out steps B.A. Carl right in time to pop a walker that was threatening his father. Together, they spot an EMPTY infant carrier that looks bloody. DID AMC JUST KILL JUDITH?! Well, Rick and Carl certainly think so. They lose it for a bit before regaining their composure and getting the heck out of Dodge. “Don’t look back, Carl,” Rick tells his son. (I don’t think Judith is dead. So, wouldn’t it be cool if Carol swooped in and saved her? Like, we wouldn’t see those scenes until February when the show comes back? That’d be cool. Or maybe Judith is still with the other little girls? We’ll see. But, what about the blood in the carrier? Well, a walker could have fallen on it or something. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. I DON’T WANT THE BABY TO BE DEAD!)

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Michonne finally gets her revenge on TG. Image courtesy of AMC.

Okay, so there’s lots of loose ends for the show to address when it comes back in February, but I think it would have been better to cut it off before TG was killed. Maybe even before the big prison fight! The last episode felt like a season finale to me, not this mid-season crap all the shows are doing these days. The BIG BAD (TG) is dead! What are they left with? To find their people, mourn for those who were lost, and rebuild/resettle.

Ugh.

What did you think of how The Walking Dead wrapped up this half of the season? Is Judith dead? JUDITH BETTER NOT BE DEAD!

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Live Bait”

I was terribly glad to get away from the prison this week! Is it just me? Seriously, guys, the prison is starting to wear on me big time. And I was quite interested to learn what everyone’s favorite pirate has been up to since we saw him at the close of last season.

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Martinez be like, “You crazy.” Image courtesy of AMC.

So, let’s hit the highlights, shall we?

– After mowing down his own people, The Governor (TG) is abandoned by Martinez and Shumpert. Remember them? They’re the dudes that hopped in TG’s truck and sped away with him at the end of last season. Real stand-up guys. The pair ends up abandoning TG in the middle of the night (you’re telling me TG didn’t hear them drive away? Weird.), and TG grabs a conveniently located flat-bead truck and drives back to Woodbury, blowing the town’s gates wide open and then setting fire to just about everything. Because…you know…vengeance. Or something. I really have no idea why he did it.

– Time passes, and TG is staggering down a road to an evenly paced voiceover conversation with a woman. So, we know he’s taken up with or been taken in by someone. We also know a lot of time has passed because, my goodness, he has long hair! And a beard. He comes to a mostly empty apartment building and finds a family, who inexplicably takes him in, feeds him and treats him like one of their own. This whole series of scenes REALLY confused me. Why would they be so stupid? They don’t know this guy! He could be there to kill them and take their stuff! There are a pair of adult sisters (Tara and Lilly), one of which (Lilly) has a daughter probably around Penny’s (TG’s dead child) age, and an old guy who is dying of lung cancer (he’s the sisters’ father and the girl’s grandfather). TG tells him his name’s Brian, and they start asking him to do a number of mini-quests. Really, they demand it of him, and I could think of no reason why TG complied other than a remaining sense of misplaced duty to idiots who seemed to be as sheltered as the morons in Woodbury. These people didn’t even know how to kill walkers, or biters as TG calls them!

– TG shaves and gets a haircut. Who cuts his hair? Did he do it himself? I’m sure it doesn’t matter, but I’m also sure it’s supposed to indicate that TG is starting to come back to his senses. He’s been rambling around aimlessly, a shadow of his former BA self. Now, that he’s back around people again, he’s coming back from the brink of…where ever he was. I guess we were supposed to think his failure to take out Rick’s group, along with Penny’s “death” and the general lunacy of the Woodbury-ites pushed him over the edge. In fact, he told one of the sisters that he left his former group because the leader “lost it.” #Truth.

– The old man dies and turns, almost eating one of the sisters. But, TG jumps in at the last minute and smashes the man’s skull with an oxygen tank. Gross. Since the sisters and the girl weren’t aware that everyone turns after dying, they weren’t prepared for the brutal necessity of TG’s actions. The girl, who had warmed up quite nicely to TG, is afraid of him again. Oh noes! Replacement Penny doesn’t like him anymore! Her name is Meghan, but I prefer Replacement Penny.

– TG says goodbye to the sisters and girl, preparing to leave and go…somewhere. But, the girl’s mother demands that he take them. And…he does. WHY? They pile into a food truck (The old man drove for the company and stole it when the world “ended.”) and head out like the Beverly Hillbillies. Does TG have a destination in mind? The younger sister mentioned that she worked for the Atlanta police (We later learned she was only in the academy), and that the Army had gone into the city. Is TG going to get his tank?! (Reference to the comics) We don’t find out, guys.

– They park for the night, TG and the girl’s mom fool around and/or have sex (RIGHT NEXT TO THE OTHER SISTER AND THE GIRL! Gross.), and the truck won’t start the next day. Greeeaaat. So, they set out on foot! And, of course, a horde of walkers crosses their path. They dump the luggage to run, and the younger sister manages to fall down and hurt her leg. Seriously? How cliche! As the sisters are helping each other flee, TG looks back and sees Replacement Penny frozen in fear. He coaxes her to come to him, and she eventually runs into his arms and he carries her as they all run/limp through the forest. TG and Replacement Penny are running ahead, and they come into a field. Suddenly, TG falls into a pit! Of course, there are walkers in it, and he has to kill them all in front of Replacement Penny who is screaming/crying/whimpering in the corner. After the walkers are all dead, he assures Replacement Penny that he will never leave her and will always protect her. Awwww! How sweet.

– What’s that? Do you hear gun shots? Yes, you do! As TG was killing the walkers in the pit, you could definitely hear gunshots, and after he was done reassuring Replacement Penny, who pops into view, but…Martinez! See the following video for the emotion AMC was trying to elicit:

FADE TO BLACK!

So, all in all, I thought this episode was a refreshing take after weeks of prison bleakness. Not that this wasn’t bleak! And it definitely had it’s “What the crap?!” moments. Overall, I’m getting tired of The Walking Dead, and I find myself forcing myself to make myself watch it. I like it, but I hate it.

To be faced with people who have presumably been living under a rock for a couple of years (it has to have been a couple of years, now, right? At least a year and a half!), was ridiculous! TG was essentially presented with a tiny Woodbury. And they sucked him in and pushed responsibility on him; he retrieved the Backgammon set and went to the nursing home for oxygen tanks. Why? Why did he do these things? And why in the world did these people assume he would?! It makes no sense.

Was the purpose of this show to provide TG with a reason to live? After Penny’s death, he was bent on revenge, and when that failed, he lost his mind. Now, that he has Replacement Penny, will he totally snap back? And what of his need for revenge on Michonne, on Rick? We did see him skulking about in the trees watching the prison, and after watching the previews for next week, we can assume he takes up with Martinez’s new group. They appear to be nice folks, by the way…not so much.

I, for one, am glad TG is back. This show needs a Big Bad. True, the Spanish flu (or whatever was killing everybody at the prison) was nasty, but once they found medicine, it lost its teeth.

Besides, people are much more scary.

What did you think of “Live Bait?” Hit me up in the comments.

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The Night of the Doctor

Before the Day of the Doctor comes…the night!

Check out this brand new mini-episode, “The Night of the Doctor,” released today by BBC! Featuring the eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), we get a sneak peek at how John Hurt’s Doctor comes into being.

“Physician, heal thyself,” Eight mutters before drinking a brew to force a very specific regeneration, one that will change him from a Doctor to a Warrior.

Good to see you again, Eight.

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, “The Day of the Doctor,” airs Nov. 23.

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Internment”

You know who would have been handy during “Internment?”

Carol.

Not a whole lot happened last night, but shockingly, it was enough to fill an hour of television.

– After returning to the prison, Rick tells Maggie about what happened with Carol. Strangely, she seems fine with his decision. REALLY? Am I the only one who thinks it was a stupid thing to send Carol away? Seriously! Ugh. So, Rick and Maggie set about reinforcing the prison fence, which why they haven’t been doing that along, I have no idea. They had time to plant a farm, but not bolster the fence? Huh. Rick also finds the time to tell Hershel about Carol through the glass window into Cell Block Sick.

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I’m sure it’s bad that I was cheering for the walker. I dislike this creepy kid. Remember at the end, when she’s twirling her foot around in a pool of blood? Creep-tastic. I bet she’ll be the one to let the Governor in the prison. Image courtesy of AMC.

– In Cell Block Sick, things are looking grim. Hershel is running himself ragged trying to take care of everyone with the help of Glenn and Sasha, who are both dreadfully ill themselves. But, they’re tough and stuff. TOUGH, I say! People are starting to drop, and Hershel thinks it’s important to stab their brain pans out of sight of the rest of the sick folks. Something about morale. Blah, blah. The only real doctor of the bunch (Yeah, there’s a doctor. He’s made an appearance before, I know, but they haven’t really made that big of a deal about him, have they?), is sick (duh) and tells Hershel that he has a gun in his cell, because he expects things to go south. The doc also makes Hershel promise to close all the cell doors in the night. Seems like a logical thing to do. They should do that, anyway! It would have saved a lot of people when Philip went on his rampage through the Woodbury-ites. Just saying. In the middle of closing the doors, Hershel gets distracted when he finds Sasha passed out. He stops to help her, and some doors stay open. Of course, there is a woman who JUST drowned in her own fluids, and we see her walker eyes pop open. Shocking! Later, after Hershel revives Sasha (she was only dehydrated), he goes back to shutting doors and comes on one wherein a dude won’t let him check another dude. First dude looks to be the father of second dude and claims second dude is just sleeping. Riiiiight. Hershel buys it, though, and moves on.

Upstairs, Glenn is pumping air into some guy’s lungs to keep him alive, but the guy dies anyhow. Before Glenn can stab the guy, he has a coughing fit and kinda passes out. THEN…walkers! All of a sudden, there seems to be about 47 walkers attacking, but you know it can only be like five or six. Of course, second dude in the cell turns and eats his dad, Hershel barely makes it out from under another walker, and the walker we saw turn when Hershel was distracted by Sasha starts lurching around, too. Lizzie, the crazy blonde girl Carol was supposed to be looking after, lures the walker away from unconscious Glenn only to trip (OF COURSE) and have Hershel hop up the stairs and save her at the last minute.

Once things are largely under control, Hershel sticks to his convictions and leads walkers around a corner to shoot them out of sight of the survivors. Because. It’s important that they don’t see walkers…being killed? Umm. Okay.

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Hey, you guys dead? Poke, poke. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Outside, Rick and Maggie are still working on the fence. When they hear gunshots, Maggie leaves to see what’s going on, and Rick goes and gets Carl to help him. Then, it’s night. (Night comes on quickly in these parts, guys.) The posts Rick and Carl are setting up start to break, and walkers start pouring in! Oh no! They beat a hasty retreat and barely make it through a door, but the walkers are close behind and start pushing on another unfortunately placed fence. Rick and Carl get some heavy duty artillery and start mowing them down after they break through the inner fence. After they killed them ALL, they see a minivan. Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob have returned with the medicine! Yay!

– Bob, who is a medic (I keep forgetting that, too), mixes up the medicine and Glenn gets a dose. I assume others get medicine, too, and we see Tyreese and Sasha reunite. Awww.

The next day, Daryl asks Hershel if Carol is okay, and Hershel tells him he needs to talk to Rick about it. You know Daryl’s going to be upset about Carol’s banishment! We don’t get to see that conversation, though. Hershel sets off with Michonne to burn a bunch of bodies, and the worst seems over!

BUT WAIT! As the camera pulls away from the prison, we see everyone’s favorite psychotic pirate, the Governor! He’s watching the grounds and, no doubt, planning his revenge!

FADE TO BLEAK… I mean, BLACK!

I sincerely hope they were fixing the fence. We didn’t see them fixing the fence, but they had to be, right? Right? Geez.

What’d you guys think of “Internment?”

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Indifference”

Holy crap, Rick! Really? The former lawman’s decision seemed out of the blue and totally ridiculous!

You have to agree with me on this one.

Seriously!

What decision? Well, let’s get to it, then:

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Whoa, there, Tyreese! Back off, buddy! Image courtesy of AMC.

– After speaking with the ill blonde girl (who didn’t seem sick at all to me…) in her “charge,” Carol sets off with Rick for a supply run. It’s obvious Rick is terribly conflicted about Carol since finding out she killed Karen and dude no one cares about. Not a whole lot of time is spent on Rick’s feelings on the matter, though. We get a lot of angsty looks and a voiceover from the sick blonde girl about being strong and people changing. Then, when Rick and Carol are in the car together, Carol accuses Rick of not trusting her. Um. Yeah. Probs.

– Tyreese is trying to get himself killed. He’s convinced himself that his group’s (Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese) delay in getting needed antibiotics has sealed the deaths of all the sick people at the prison, including Sasha. They come upon a minivan covered in vines that are connected to a building. Maybe it was a repair shop or something? Suffice it to say, there are walkers inside, and Tyreese tries to wrestle with one a bit too long. The others are like, “Dude. Stop trying to get yourself killed.” He’s all like, “Whatever. You don’t understand me! Nobody does!”

After finding stuff to get the van running, Daryl tinkers with the vehicle while Bob pours his heart out about being an alcoholic and feeling guilty about causing the helicopter to fall through the roof, leading to Zack’s death. Bob thinks he put a bottle of liquor down too hard, the shelf collapsed and then, the roof collapsed. Daryl’s like, “Shut up. It wasn’t your fault.” After the group finally reaches the vet college, it’s a fairly easy hop, skip, and jump to the medical supplies. Everything that Hershel wants is there, and they quickly gather the supplies and head out. There’s a quick aside as Bob finds a bottle of booze and stashes it out of sight in his bag. Okay, so here’s what I don’t understand: Apparently, they choose another way to leave the grounds, because they run in the hoards of walkers! And they seem to have been infected with the flu, too. Can anyone explain to me why they didn’t go out the same way they came in? It makes NO sense. At all! They end up having to bust out a window and escape onto a porch roof. In doing so, Bob loses his footing and his bag flips down. Of course, there are scads of walkers below, and they try to pull him down. See, Bob won’t let go of the bag, because that’s where he’s put the booze. But, the others haul him back up, and Daryl finds the bottle. They have a short standoff, and Daryl almost alpha males Bob off the roof, snarling that if Bob drinks any before the prison folk get medicine, he’ll get beat into the ground. Bob is ashamed, but tucks the bottle back in his bag and follows the group to safety.

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Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Rick and Carol drive to a subdivision and happen upon a pair of unlikely survivors. I say unlikely, because the man and woman seem like super easy walker bait. The woman has a turned-in foot — she said it healed incorrectly after being broken — and the man has a dislocated shoulder. Carol pops the shoulder back in place, and Rick asks his three questions to determine if the couple can come back to the prison. Apparently, they passed the test, because later, Rick tells them to stay put while he and Carol finish their supply run. He plans to pick them back up on the way out. But, no! The couple wants to help! The woman is fast despite her foot! And the dude is strong, too! Rick reluctantly agrees, and they decide to meet back up in two hours.

However, a bit later, Rick and Carol happen upon what’s left of the woman. Apparently, she wasn’t that fast, because walkers are eating her. Also, can we just talk about how they find her leg first? It was perfectly intact and just laying there. Dumb. Rick and Carol finish looting…er…looking for supplies and go back to the house to wait for the man. He never shows, and Carol thinks they should leave him. That’s the last straw for Rick! Carol has changed, he says! She’s terrible and ruthless, now! Inhumane! It was all rather confusing, really. Rick was upset that Carol made the decision to kill Karen and dude, so he determines that Carol must leave the prison! WHAT?! Yep. She doesn’t even fight him that hard! She argues a bit, but gives in WAY too quickly. They pack up what I guess was the couple’s station wagon with supplies, and Carol drives away.

Fade to black.

Excuse me? What just happened? Rick just kicked Carol to the curb! For all his pontificating about how Carol didn’t have the right to choose to end the lives of others, isn’t he essentially doing the same thing? Oh, sure, there were some lines in there about how Carol is strong and how she’d find another group…but, come on! And the pacing was totally off. I mean, you could see that Rick was thinking on what had happened, that he wasn’t happy about it by any means, but the whole thing happened extremely fast! He and Carol discussed it all too briefly. It was very unsatisfying from a story-telling standpoint. And let’s talk about it from a logical standpoint, shall we? This whole show is about survival, about making a life after life has ended. People are adapting and changing…but, don’t change too much or you’ll get kicked out of the group? I dunno. Carol’s point about acting in the best interest of the group is valid. Did she do the right thing? Probably not. But, is it up to Rick to decide that? Not according to Rick! But, I guess so…according to Rick. He took himself out of leadership, but now he’s making this kind of decision?

I think we’ve circled back around to the individual versus the group theme. Carol made the decision to act on her own to disastrous consequences: Karen and dude could have survived, and Tyreese is now homicidal and suicidal. Rick has made the decision to act on his own and banish Carol. What will be the consequences? Well, I’m thinking that Daryl will not be pleased, and he will probably go after her. Will the group fragment further? Will Tyreese set out to hunt her down? Will Rick lie about it, and say she was killed? If our show theme of groups are better had been played out, then Rick should have brought Carol back to the prison, and she should have answered for her actions. The group should have decided her fate.

What do you think? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Isolation”

I purposely wait until the day after to write my recaps. I think it’s important to look at the show as a whole, and a night’s sleep helps me do that.

My process is to think back through the entire episode, to highlight stuff that sticks out. As I go through, points will pop out, or I’ll remember more things. I’ll tell you the truth, it’s not coming easy today. The one thing I keep focusing on? The person who killed Tyreese’s love interest and the other dude no one cares about.

Initially, that is. The more I think on it, the more that comes back. And then, I think about the episode’s title, and what seemed to be a choppy show gains a bit of coherence in the light of the camera lens. “Isolation” was almost a series of vignettes, giving us a way to feel the characters’…isolation. It’s interesting, because before, some of the major thematic elements have heavily relied on working in groups, surviving in groups.

Being alone leads to death.

Let’s get to the highlights!

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Daryl’s offer of a mint doesn’t go over well with Tyreese. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Everybody’s got the plague! Well, at least everybody from Woodbury. But, then, folks (Glenn and Sasha) from good ole cell block C start showing signs and have to be weeded out and sent to quarantine. The kids and old people (Hershel is the only one we’re shown, so is he the last old guy? Maybe the rest are already sick.) are also separated out after the council determines it’s best to protect “the most vulnerable.”

– Tyreese is still quite upset about his love interest (Karen) being done up extra tasty crispy, and throw quite the fit in the small courtyard where he found the bodies (Oh, yeah…that other dude died, too. Who was he? Nobody cares.). Rick, Daryl, and Carol are there, and we get a bit of 28 Days Later rage as Tyreese starts a pissing match with Rick. I’m really not sure why they started fighting. I mean, I get that Tyreese is upset, but…? Something about murder being okay in the prison…yada, yada, yada. The two exchange blows and Daryl breaks up the fight, with Carol looking on like the stereotypical helpless female. Rick promises the murderer will be found.

– Before being separated due to his supposed vulnerability to the sickness, Hershel tells the council of an vet college that may still have much-needed antibiotics to help the suffering survivors.  It’s about 50 miles away, and Daryl and Michonne are set to go, along with guy who caused the helicopter to come crashing through the roof in the first episode. (I’m sure he has a nice name, but I’m also sure he won’t last that much longer.) Daryl wants one more on the team and asks Tyreese, but the man is freaking out over the fact that Sasha is sick and declines. However, Tyreese later decides to go after Sasha gets hopeful at the news of the medicine run. He approaches Carol and asks her to look in on Sasha every so often. You know, because Carol cares about everyone. Carol agrees, but throws one heck of a fit as soon as Tyreese leaves, turning over a nearby water barrel and crying. And right then, I knew I was wrong about Helicopter killing Karen and other dude. It was totally Carol.

So, Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and Helicopter leave the prison in some kind of sedan, because it’s the fastest one they have. Also, sedans are much easier to get wrecked, overrun, etc.

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Glenn just needs to walk it off… Image courtesy of AMC.

– Hershel gets antsy in stay-healthy-quarantine and decides to go into the woods for elderberries. Carl, who has also be separated out, decides to go with him for protection, and they run into a couple of walkers. But neither of the walkers are fast (one is just a torso, actually), and Carl doesn’t need to shoot his newly restored gun. And what are the elderberries for? The illness symptoms, of course! Hershel has decided to go into the quarantine and take care of the sick people. He has a run-in with Maggie and Rick right before going in, but he gives a rousing speech about doing his duty, helping people, etc., and they reluctantly let him go. Later, we see Hershel helping folks and someone (the one and only actual doctor…or medic…or something) sneezes/coughs blood into his face. Hershel removes the kerchief that was covering the lower half of his face and calmly wipes the red away. Hershel = toast. UNLESS they can find those darned antibiotics!

– Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Helicopter are driving along to retrieve said antibiotics when they decide to pop a CD in the car’s player. However, when they turn the radio on, they hear voices! Someone’s broadcasting?! In an effort to jimmy the radio to try to find the signal, Daryl isn’t paying attention to the road, and, don’t you know it, BAM! Walkers! And not just a few! Our intrepid heroes have driven into a massive herd. Daryl tries to back up, but runs over too many walkers and gets the un-sensible sedan stuck on head cheese. Literally. Gross. They abandon the vehicle and make a run for it, but Tyreese lingers, caught in some kind of mental whatsit. Finally, he emerges from the backseat, swinging his hammer and bashing walkers left and right. Daryl, Michonne, and Helicopter leave him behind, sure he won’t make it out from the giant ring of walkers. He does make it, though! Shock! (Not really) Tyreese meets back up with the trio and they continue on their way.

– Rick is playing detective at the scene of the crime, inspecting the courtyard and looking concernedly at the ground…which has been cleaned up, by the way, so I’m not sure what he’s looking at. Then, he finds a partial bloody hand print and somehow (I have NO IDEA how) figures out who killed Karen and dude nobody cares about. The episode ends with Rick straight up asking Carol if she killed Karen and dude nobody cares about. She confirms that she did (hence the unladylike behavior after her brief conversation with Tyreese. TOLD YOU!) and walks away. Rick’s all like, “uh-oh!” No, he does’t actually say that, but his face totally did. FADE TO BLACK.

As I said earlier, this episode really emphasized individuals and feelings of being alone and acting alone. Carol, who was given charge of the two annoying blonde girls after their father was killed, took it upon herself to act alone and take out Karen and dude. We also saw her fiddling with the water hose outside of the prison fence, alone, nearly getting caught by walkers before Rick came to the rescue. Glenn struggled with his symptoms alone before confessing to Maggie. Tyreese seems to be trying to face down some serious inner demons alone after Karen’s death and Sasha’s sickness. There are several scenes with Maggie and Beth talking through a door, both alone…however, when they start to realize that everyone really is working together, that everyone has a job to do, the tone in these scenes really changes from its sense of loneliness and separation.

Being alone leads to death. When will the survivors learn this? It’s a lesson that keeps coming up over and over.

So, what did you guys think of “Isolation?” Hit me up in the comments!

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Infected”

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Patrick? You okay, buddy? Image courtesy of AMC.

Let’s get right to it, shall we?

– As predicted, Patrick munched his way through the Woodbury survivors in cell block D. Aren’t you glad we have a nice batch of walker bait so our main cast isn’t really at risk? Thanks, Woodbury! Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Sasha and others charged in and saved the day…or what was left of the day. Lots of people died, but, let’s face it: we really don’t care because, after all, they were just Woodbury-ites, right? But, wait! There are a couple of folks we’re supposed to care about: Tyreese’s love interest (she’s okay, but has developed a curious cough…more on that later) and two little blonde sisters who have an unhealthy interest in the wellbeing of walkers. In fact, I’m pretty sure Blonde 1 (the seemingly older of the two) is feeding rats to walkers at the fence during the night. In fact, that may be one reason the walkers are congregating at certain places along the fence. Anyhow, the sisters’ father didn’t make it, and Carol takes charge of the pair. Later, we see some major crazy when Blonde 1 throws a fit at the fence because one of her pet walkers, Nick, had been killed. Carol fears Blonde 1 is “weak,” and I had to shake my head, because dear heart is basing this on Blonde 1’s inability to kill her own father before he turned. Really, Carol? Really? Blonde 2 sticks up for her sister and tells Carol that Blonde 1 isn’t weak, just crazy. Greeeeaaaat.

– The council (Hershel, Daryl, Carol, Glenn, and Sasha) get together to discuss what’s happened. (In my house, we think it’s the Spanish flu. Look it up; it’s gross.) So, the explanation is that Patrick had the flu, died, turned, and went on a spree. How they knew Patrick was patient zero? Carol did mention that he was sick the day before, but… Weak. Right after they decide there’s an outbreak of some kind of flu, right on cue, we hear Tyreese’s love interest coughing in the hallway. Uh-oh! Time for some quarantine action. Tyreese’s love interest and another dude are to be quarantined on Death Row. That’s some nice overt foreshadowing right there!

– Michonne, is resting in secure cell block C (the home of the main cast), because she hurt her ankle during Woodbury munch-fest. Beth, who is Judith’s stand-in mommy, hands the baby to Michonne, and we see tough girl cry. She totally had a baby at some point that died, ya’ll. I know I’m right, because she and Beth had just been talking about widows, orphans, and the like, and Beth specifically mentioned that there’s not a term for a mother who’s lost her child. Then, boom, Michonne holds the baby and cries. I’m just saying that we better not see that flashback! I don’t want to see that flashback! DON’T SHOW ME THAT FLASHBACK, AMC!

– Carol has a heart-to-heart with Carl about her knife lessons. In the last episode, Carl saw her teaching the kids how to use knives, and for some reason, this was a huge deal. It’s ridiculous to me that anyone would be against teaching children how to survive, but apparently Rick is? Maybe not. Carol explains that not everyone would be okay with it (stupid Woodbury parents, amiright?), and that if Rick finds out, he’ll tell everyone what’s going on. Carl says he won’t lie to his dad. Go, Carl! The kid is starting to grow on me. He just needs a haircut.

– The congregating walkers at the fence are starting to be a serious problem. In fact, they almost break it down at one point, but Rick, Daryl, Sasha, Tyreese, Glenn and Maggie get there just in time to brace it up. But, it’s not enough! Rick, who for some reason is conflicted about walker violence, decides to sacrifice the pigs to get the walkers away from the fence. Daryl drives Rick outside of the fence, and the former lawman cuts and throws off a trail of pigs to lead the bulk of the walkers away. The trail of bleeding pigs distracts the walkers long enough for the fence to be shored up. This seemed to be a huge turning point for Rick, who was trying to be more of a farmer/provider rather than a protector/hunter. Remember, he wouldn’t even carry his gun for some reason! Crazy.

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Uncle Owen? Aunt Baru? Image courtesy of AMC.

– Carl finds Rick tearing down and burning the pig enclosure and tells him what Carol is doing with the kids (teaching them how to use knives, protect themselves, etc.). Thanks, Carl. I’m proud of you! Rick decides not to get involved. Thanks, Rick! I’m proud of you! Then, after Carl asks when he can have his gun back (I’m assuming it was taken away after he took out that Woodbury kid last season), Rick goes to a toolbox, gets it out, and hands it over. More importantly, though, Rick retrieves his own gun and holster and straps it on. It was meant to be a singular moment, I’m sure. Rick was making a decision to reenter the fray, to take up his gun again. In doing so, he lost what little hope he had accumulated when he took up farming. Farming represented a new beginning, and that beginning died along with the screaming pigs Rick fed to the walkers. Heavy.

– Tyreese finds nothing but blood when he goes to visit his lady on Death Row! Told you about the overt foreshadowing… She and the other dude have been dragged out into a courtyard, and their bodies have been burned. It’s not clear whether or not they died from the flu before this happened, but the trails of smeared blood looked like too much to have come from flu-induced bleeding orifices. Were they murdered? Tyreese thinks so! Who would have done something like this? My money is on the guy who caused the chopper to fall through the roof in the first episode. Just putting that out there.

So, what did you think of “Infected?” Are you glad Rick’s taken up his gun again? Will it lead to Crazytown and ghost Lori again? And what about this flu? I’m thinking it’s going to go through a bunch more people before we’re done. And the “murder!” Who killed Tyreese’s love interest and that dude that no one cares about?

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “30 Days Without an Accident”

All of the zombies have died off, Rick has taken up with Michonne, and Carl and a surprisingly mature Judith have started a folk duo! All is well on The Walking Dead!

Just messin’.

Our intrepid and draggy survivors are still holed up in the prison when season four of The Walking Dead opened last night. The influx of people from Woodbury has seemed to brighten up the place; there’s house plants! Flowers! And Rick is a farmer, now, seeming to eschew guns.

Wait, what?

For some reason, Rick doesn’t seem to like guns, now. I have no idea why. To try to be a better example for Carl (who showed some homicidal tendencies last season, I’ll admit)? At any rate, it’s a noticeable change. So much so, that Hershel approaches Rick and tells him that the Council (made up of Carol, Daryl, Hershel, and several others) have officially requested that Rick carry a gun when he goes outside of the prison fence. Apparently, he hasn’t been taking one? Um. Okay. Weird. Also, Rick is NOT on the Council. Interesting!

Let’s hit the highlights of last night, shall we?

– Tyreese has a love interest. My prediction: she’s walker bait.

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Pssst! Rick! Look behind you! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Glenn thinks Maggie is pregnant and won’t let her come on a supply run. Probably a wise choice, because even though Maggie ends up NOT being pregnant, the folks on the run get attacked by walkers…of course. Let me just rant about this for a bit. So, the people who go are Daryl, Sasha, Michonne, Tyreese, Glenn, Zack, and a Dude that tags along last minute (Highly suspicious in this world. What’s his angle? I’m not sure I believe his “I just wanna pull my weight” speech.). Zack is Beth’s new Boo, and as the group is leaving, Beth flippantly refuses to say goodbye. Obviously, Zack is toast. The group goes to a store for some good ole fashioned looting and a leaky roof proves to be their downfall. Well, it proves to be Zack’s downfall, anyhow. See, there’s a helicopter on the roof that appears to have crash landed. There are also a crapload ton of walkers ambling around. (Why…?) We are clued in on the roof situation when Dude (whose name I can’t remember, because I don’t think I care) is checking out some booze and inexplicably causes an entire shelf to fall, pinning him to the ground. I can’t think of a good reason as to why this would have happened, but it did. As the rest of the group are trying to get Dude free, the walkers, who ALL heard the crash of the shelf falling, migrate to the part of the roof that has water damage. The weak ceiling gives way, and walkers start falling into the store. Here’s my problem with that: They fall through the ceiling ALL OVER, not just at the water-damaged portion. Wouldn’t they all fall through at the same place? Of course, the hole would get bigger and bigger, but it would be in the same place! It makes no sense for them to fall through helter-skelter from all over the ceiling! Ugh. Everyone makes it out except for Zack, who does nothing but scream as a walker noshes on his calf. Wouldn’t you kick it or something? But, no, he just screams and helpfully falls down while the others look on in horror. Then, somehow the walker is suddenly at Zack’s neck nomming away. RIP, Zack.

– Rick is out checking the snares when he happens upon a crazed woman, who I thought for sure was a walker at first. Turns out she’s just remarkably filthy (most likely covered in walker gore to throw off her scent). She sells him a story about her survival and how she’d never have made it without a man named Eddie. Eddie’s back at her camp, and he’s a bit under the weather. Won’t Rick come and help? She’s done terrible things! It’s awful! But they had to survive, of course. And can they please come to Rick’s camp? Rick says he’ll need to meet Eddie and ask both Crazed Filthy and Eddie three questions that will determine if the pair will be able to join the prison group. We never see Eddie, but I can only assume he’s a head in the crate Crazed Filthy bends down to talk to when they arrive at her camp. Rick guesses she’s off her rocker and manages to dodge when she lunges at him with a knife…the knife Rick confiscated…then returned to her, by the way. Crazed Filthy babbles about Eddie needing something alive because he’s getting weak (Eddie is totally a head in the crate.). She led Rick to the camp for Eddie to eat, I guess. Then, she loses it totally and stabs herself, begging Rick to let her come back as a walker so she can be with Eddie. Ah, true love! As she lays dying, she asks what Rick’s three questions were. They were 1.) How many walkers have you killed? (She says none; Eddie took care of that); 2.) How many people have you killed? (“Just me,” she whispers.); and 3.) Why? (She burbles something about it being the only way and dies.) Rick, ever the romantic, hacks off her head and leaves it in a bag by the crate. True love! Gross.

– Carl has a friend! It doesn’t last. So, there’s this kid, Phillip, who is incredibly polite and nice. Rick actually encourages Carl to hang out with Phillip, and he does. The boys happen upon a group of younger kids who are talking to the walkers at the prison fence, giving them names and treating them like pets. Carl is not amused and reads them the riot act, and the group disperses and goes to story time. Story time, run by Carol, is for little kids! Not really, but kinda. Carl wants to go, but thinks he’s too old. Classic pre-teen/young teen attitude, Carl. Phillip goes, though, and we are treated to a nice scene with Carol reading to a semi-circle of kids. Phillip, who is quite pale, excuses himself because he doesn’t feel well. (Suspicious! I sense a plot device! And let’s not forget about the sick pig, Violet, who later dies… Will there be a plague outbreak of some kind in the prison?) Carl sneaks in to listen to story time and is surprised when Carol pulls out an assortment of knives. She’s teaching the kids how to use them. Seems sensible to me! But, for some reason, Carl seems scandalized, and when Carol sees him, she begs him not to tell Rick about it. What’s that all about? Why wouldn’t you teach kids how to use weapons in post-apocalyptic walker world?

– Daryl tells Beth about Zack’s death, and the girl doesn’t seem all that affected. She tells Daryl that she doesn’t cry about those things anymore; she’s just happy to have known him. In her room (cell), she has one of those it’s been ## days since the last incident signs, and she changes the number to zero. Talk about overt foreshadowing!

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Can’t you just let bygones be bygones, Michonne? Nerp. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Michonne has been out looking for The Governor but hasn’t had any luck. She’s thinking of heading to Macon, but that’s about 70 miles away, and no one particularly wants her to go. And is it just me, or was there some chemistry between her and Rick at the beginning? I’m probably reading into it, but I think it’d be awesome if they hooked up!

– Sick Phillip wakes up and goes to the shower room. It’s obvious that he’s really ill; he’s all sweaty and pale. Is this the same illness that killed Violet the pig? Just a bad case of the flu? He stands under the shower, trying to cool himself down and abruptly passes out. Phillip falls and (I’m assuming) dies from drowning…or hits his head…or something, because a time later when the camera pans up his lifeless body, he opens his WALKER EYES! [Insert dramatic music] I’m guessing he died and came back, but wouldn’t it be interesting if the walker disease was now somehow catching among the living? That’d raise the stakes! [SEE UPDATE BELOW!] The episode ended with Phillips walker eyes, and we know he’s going to go rampaging through the cell block.

Okay, so my first thought was: Even if you think you’re in a safe place like the prison, wouldn’t you still shut all the doors? They didn’t address the whole swiss-cheese-prison issue, and I can only assume there are still gaping holes in the building. Yes, that’s in another section/cell block, but I’d certainly still lock my cell every night.

You know they don’t. And they’ll suffer for it!

 

I’m glad The Walking Dead is back; I’m not glad The Walking Dead is back. There is nothing the survivors can ever do to fix their world, and that is very bleak. It depresses me. What hope do they have? Little, if any at all. Theirs is a tale of constant struggle and defeat against an ever rising tide of walkers. They will never find peace, for if they do…the show would be over, and AMC can’t have that, now, can they?

What did you think of last night’s episode?

UPDATE: So, I just took a quiz on AMC’s website about the season opener. I only missed one question, and it was about a walker at the fence during the beginning of the episode that had blood streaming out of its facial orifices. Foreshadowing I totally missed, folks! It’s evidence that some kind of plague is coming, or is already there, actually, since at the end, when Phillip collapsed we were shown blood seeping out of his nose and mouth. This leads me to believe we’re heading into virus-y zombie territory. An interesting change! It’ll really ratchet up the stakes, as I stated above.

 

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The Walking Dead Returns on Sunday!

Before we start geeking out together about the return of The Walking Dead (TWD) in the scariest month of the calendar year (Yes, October is scary. Don’t you watch television? All of the scaries are in October! I’ll have you know that my husband is planning to make me watch Aliens this month. I’ve never seen it! Isn’t that shocking? Well, yeah, kinda. But, still…scary!), I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about AMC’s undead flagship.

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Pssst! Rick! Behind you! Image courtesy of AMC.

I’m dreading the emotional drain I know is coming. I’m dreading the hopelessness, the bleakness.

I can’t go straight to bed after watching an episode of TWD. Seriously. And no, it’s not because I stay up to write my recap (Catch up on TWD by reading ALL my recaps! They’re clearly marked. Don’t be lazy; just scroll and click!). It’s because I can’t stand the thought of going to bed with such a sense of  despondence weighing on me. It’s like a physical pressure on my chest. I usually have to catch a sitcom rerun or watch a snatch of something fluffy to snap out of my TWD funk.

That being said, I AM pumped about the return of Over-the-Cray-Cray Rick, B.A. Carl, Dreamy Daryl, and the piece of Swiss cheese they call a prison (Oh, yeah…totally safe! I mean, there’s giant holes EVERYWHERE, and walkers shamble in at an alarming rate, but it’s fiiiiiiiine. Just fiiiiiiiine. ). There’s Michonne, too, and Carol. And let’s not forget about the quietest baby ever to be born: Judith! (Seriously, have the writers ever been around a newborn? I think not!) Hershel, Glenn, and Maggie, too, I suppose. My interest in them is waning, though. Frankly, I’m surprised Hershel has made it this far.

Prediction: Hershel is not going to make it out of this season alive! I don’t really have much to base this on other than a general gut feeling and the need for something else to torment Rick…besides burgeoning B.A. Carl. You read it here first!

AMC has been releasing webisodes on and off, and that’s been nice. Their latest was last week’s “The Oath,” an uplifting (not really) three parter. Check it out:

Turns out the hospital with the Angel of Death was the same in which Rick woke up in at the beginning of TWD. Nice Easter egg. However, it begs the question of why the creepy doctor didn’t find Rick and abandon him to the same fate as Paul.

Details, details.

TWD returns this Sunday, Oct. 13, at 9 p.m. on AMC.

 

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer!

The trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is here!

Behold:

I’m interested to see how the Legolas story line plays out. It’s feasible that he would have been alive during Bilbo’s wanderings, but he never actually appeared in The Hobbit. And Evangeline Lilly’s Tauriel? Totally fabricated. The Hobbit is short on Middle Earth ladies, so I can understand why Peter Jackson wanted to add that particular kind of fluff.

However, I can’t help but be a bit trepidatious about her creation and Legolas’ inclusion. Isn’t there enough story to be told?

Perhaps not, what with an entire trilogy is being scraped together from one shortish novel for children.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

hobbit desolation smaug

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Jesse’s Need for Speed

So, last night, I’m watching the series finale of Breaking Bad, and a shortened version of this comes on:

Good placement with Aaron Paul and whatnot. I mean, any fan of BB is going to perk up at the chance to see Jesse again outside of reruns. Not that it’s exactly Jesse, but…yeah.

Then, it occurred to me that Need for Speed is a video game I used to watch my brother play back in the day. I had completely forgotten about the game! Huh. That train of thought led me to remember all the train wrecks that were movies proporting to be adaptations of video games. Cautionary tale numero uno: Uwe Boll.

There are tons, and you know it.

Get outta my way, B*tch!

Get outta my way, B*tch!

Therefore, as much as I want Jesse to make it in a world without BB, I have some serious doubts if this is his chosen vehicle (Vehicle…get it? Pun-tastic!). Name one movie that was taken from a video game that was ANY good! Perhaps it’s my Monday morning drearies that are preventing me from coming up with anything good, but let me hazard to say that there aren’t all that many.

Maybe Tomb Raider. But, only if you catch me on a good day. Oh, and I’ll admit a certain nostalgic fondness for the first Mortal Kombat movie. It’s pretty terrible though. (Speaking of MK, I recently rediscovered Machinima’s web series! It’s refreshingly good. Seriously. Check out the second season starting here.)

So, what do you think, Cool Shippers? Will Need for Speed follow in the depressing footsteps of many of its video game movie predecessors? Or am I totally off base when it comes to my underwhelming opinion of the genre? Let me know in the comments.

 

 

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