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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: “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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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: “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 Sons Return for More Anarchy, “Better Call Saul” Gets a Greenlight

*Sons of Anarchy SPOILER ALERT*

RECAP!

For Season 6, the show starts off shortly after where Season 5 left off. Clay (Ron Perlman) and Tara (Maggie Siff) are in prison, Lee Toric (Donal Logue) is still torturing Otto (Kurt Sutter) for the murder of his sister, Bobby (Mark Boone Junior) is taking a break from the MC to clear his head after finding out Jax framed Clay, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is continuing his ongoing fight to keep his club and family alive and together.

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

Lee Toric (Donal Logue)

As always, the show opens with Jax narrating what he’s writing in the journal he’ll one day leave for his sons about his life within the club. Soon after, the show makes its way to the prison where Otto is being held, and apparently raped on regular basis thanks to some connections of Mr. Toric. All part of his torture. You have to wonder why Sutter would write this scene in for his character. All for the sake of the show and storyline, I guess. It takes some guts on his part and on the part of FX for showing the scene. From there Toric makes his way to the other two inmates, Clay and Tara, in order to convince them to rat out Jax and the club. This is gonna lead to more trouble for the club, especially since Clay will do whatever he can to keep from getting killed in prison. I don’t believe Tara will rat, even though she has a chance to get herself and her boys out of Charming for good. At the end of the episode, you also find out that Mr. Toric is a very odd man. Very odd.

Opie’s ex, Lyla (Winter Ave Zoli), gets the crap beat out of her by some Iranian torture porn crew which leads the club to mess up said Iranian torture porn producers even worse, make a new connection with a crooked cop (Peter Weller), and set a new business with a new partner, Colette (Kim Dickens). At the same, one of the Iranian sleazebags makes the wrong comment about Tig’s (Kim Coates) daughter, who was murdered last season, which leads Tig to kill him in quite a unique and disgusting way. It’s easy to see he still isn’t quite right in the head after everything that happened last season.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) moves up to VP of the club.

Chibs (Tommy Flanagan) is still worried about Juice (Theo Rossi) after he almost sold out the club, killed a member, and then tried to kill himself. Jax wants to give him a chance to redeem himself, which Chibs isn’t okay with but he goes along with it. However, he does give Juice a heavy beatdown and he takes it like a man. There’s also the remaining problem of the repercussions from the death of Damon Pope (Harold Perrineau). They’re working with the club to kill Clay because they believe he killed Pope, but they still want Tig turned over to them for the death of Pope’s daughter. Another stressful decision Jax is going to have to make. Will he hand Tig over or find another way to keep him alive? Or will Tig, not being in a stable state of mind, do something that will lead Jax to hand him over easily?

Throughout the episode, you may have noticed a well-dressed, nameless, blonde boy making his way to school in different scenes. He remains in the background of a lot of shots, just passing through, until the end of the episode. When he arrives, he takes off his jacket, folds it, and lays it on a bench. He rolls up his sleeve to reveal multiple cuts on one of his arms, more than likely from self-harm caused by an unhappy childhood. From his backpack, he takes out a journal and continues to write something in it, as he was shown doing in the beginning of the episode. From there, things become somewhat shocking and unsettling.

After the events at Sandy Hook Elementary in the recent past, it might seem a bit in bad taste to have a school shooting on television, but Kurt Sutter has never been one to shy away from pushing limits and taking his show to places where most wouldn’t go. The boy lays his notebook on the bench, revealing many disturbing writing and drawings. He then takes out a gun, walks into the school, and proceeds to shoot up a classroom. For those weak of heart viewers, worry not, the scene is shown from the outside of the classroom and all that viewers are witness to is the flash from the gun and blood spatter on the windows. Screams and gunfire can be heard as well. I’m not sure how this event pertains to the story, but my guess is that the gun he uses will somehow be traced back to the club or Nero (Jimmy Smits), leading again to more trouble for the MC.

I’ve been looking forward to this season for a while now, and so far, I don’t believe it’s going to disappoint me.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

Saul has some of the best advertisements.

In television news for next year, AMC has green-lit a prequel, spin-off series of Breaking Bad called Better Call Saul starring Bob Odenkirk as the beloved shyster lawyer, Saul Goodman. The show will focus on the time before Saul was Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) lawyer and everything that led him to become the Saul we all know and love. I’m wondering if he’s always been the smooth-talking, do-anything-to-stay-out-of-court, ambulance chaser type or if he was an honest, hard-working, by-the-books type and something changed his perspective. It’ll be interesting to find out and see if a show about Goodman can stand on it’s own legs with the help of Walt and Jesse (Aaron Paul). It would be nice, since it will be a prequel, to see the return of Mike (Jonathan Banks) and Gus (Giancarlo Esposito).

Unfortunately, just like Doctor Who, I’ll have to wait until next year to see what happens.

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Kurt Sutter Knows How To Make A Grown Man Cry (R.I.P. Opie)

Just gonna say this now, there are gonna be some SPOILERS in here.

Love him or hate him, here’s Kurt Sutter.

Kurt Sutter knows how to write some damn fine television. For the past five seasons, I have been fully engrossed in his show, Sons of AnarchyAnd if you’ve been following the site since the beginning, you already know that I’m a die-hard fan from my recaps/reviews of last season’s episodes. Unfortunately I am without the service of cable television for the moment, so I’m unable to do that again this year. I do catch up on the episodes days after they air, so I may write about the show from time to time this season.

But I digress.

What I’m trying to get at is that the show is amazing and definitely worth watching and if you haven’t taken the time to see it, you should. It will suck you in.

Anyway, getting back to why this article is titled the way it is. Kurt Sutter is one helluva writer and, with the his gift, has the ability to not only make you cry but draw out all sorts of emotions that you never thought you might feel about a television show. Besides having a stellar cast, this is probably the reason why the show has run for five seasons and will run for three more. Like I said before, you get sucked in. It’s almost like you become part of “the life,” — the motorcycle gang life. You care about the characters: you hate some; you love others. When people die, you weep. I know I do. And he makes it worse every year. He kills off Opie’s (Ryan Hurst) wife in the first season, kills off Half-Sack (Johnny Lewis) and has Jax’s son kidnapped in the second. Not to mention, having Gemma (Katey Sagal) raped by white supremacists. In the third season, he has Gemma wanted for murder and on the run. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and most of the club are in Ireland trying to hunt down his son and kill the Irish mobster who had him kidnapped. Then most of them end up in prison. In season four, they get out but have a butt-load of trouble with federal authorities and a few newer members get killed. Clay (Ron Perlman) becomes a completely despicable monster, beats up Gemma, and kills Piney (William Lucking), Opie’s dad and a founding member of the club.

However, there are some redeeming moments for all of the sadness. One of the main white supremacists gets killed and the rest either die, get the crap kicked out of them, or run out of town. They get Jax’s son back and the Irish mobster gets a Glasgow Smile. Also, a bitchy, trouble-making, double-crossing ATF agent gets popped. Jax and Tara (Maggie Siff) have another son and get married. And Clay gets shot and ends up practically worthless.

(If you’re confused by any of this, then you really just need to catch up on the show. Or read the Wikipedia page.)

 

Opie, right before his final fight. [source: FX]

A lot of those major moments have been heart-wrenching and some have been quite joyous, but there is one recent event that I can never forgive Kurt Sutter for: he killed Opie. One of the best characters on the show, if not THE best, and certainly my favorite. I understand that his death is a plot device and will be used to pretty much drive the season, but I still consider it unforgivable.

He was beaten to death by a rival gang in prison but he “went out like a warrior,” fighting until the very end, defending his brothers. I teared up a bit when this happened. But at the end of the following week’s episode, when the club had his memorial service, that’s when the tears came flowing. I wept like a little girl and cursed Sutter’s name the whole time. The show just won’t be the same without him, but I’ll still watch because I know that, from his death, the rest of this season is going to be really good. Jax is pissed, a lot of people are going to die, and things are going to get crazy.

What did you think about Opie’s death? Or any of the deaths so far in the series?

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