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The Walking Dead Kills the Mood

I watch The Walking Dead every Sunday night. I wouldn’t call myself a fan, though; in fact, I kind of hate the show. I’m tired of the characters not really existing outside of what happens during each episode. No one makes any decent survival plans. No one seems to act like normal humans do. Instead, what we have are a bunch of characters who move about as the tragic plot dictates. Basically, no character feels like a living, breathing person that I can relate to.

However, I watch the show because my wife watches it. She watches the show because she writes about it. And I’ve noticed one thing that The Walking Dead almost always does.

It kills the mood.

I’m a married guy in my early 30s. I have two kids. My wife and I work full-time jobs. There isn’t a whole lot of time when it comes to spontaneity in our romantic endeavors.  Sometimes, we mean to get intimate, but we end up just falling asleep from the rigors of our day. It’s not that we lack intimacy. It’s that our time for such things is rather limited.

That 10 o’clock hour on Sunday nights is a great time to just be alone together for some “marital fun time.”

BUT..

The Walking Dead.

Invariably, it will kill any romantic feelings we had before the episode started. Scenes of death, dismemberment, stupidity, children in danger, flesh eating, and brain splattering don’t really put either one of us in the mood. In fact, it makes us actively seek out a different form of entertainment in order to get our mind off the show.

Here’s the thing: there are other dark, terrifying, heavy shows that don’t make me feel this way. The Americans routinely goes into the dark depths of espionage, including murder. Game of Thrones frequently goes to uncomfortable places, as well.

I guess the difference is in how well thought-out everything is. The Walking Dead seems half-baked, including shock for shock’s sake, rather than using it as a storytelling device. The zombies on The Walking Dead (and really, any of the bad guys on the show) are an obstacle to climb over rather than a catalyst for our characters to change and grow.

Michonne finally gets her revenge. Image courtesy of AMC.

These guys will never make it out alive. Sorry. Image courtesy of AMC.

And maybe  what kills the mood is also the fact that things on that show will never change. With Game of Thrones, the book series isn’t finished yet, and it still could end up well. With The Americans, the main characters show remorse for what they have to do. And when they don’t, at least they worry about the consequences of their actions on their family.

But with The Walking Dead, you have no hope for Rick and co. Things aren’t getting better, and they won’t. I’ve always contended that the “The Walking Dead” doesn’t refer to the zombies, but to the main characters of the story. They’re all dead; they just haven’t laid down yet.

And that’s a mood killer.

 

 

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Super Style: From the Con to the Runway

Five Superhero Styles (That Aren’t T-Shirts!)

Offices tend to frown on wearing underwear outside your clothing. Same with winged helmets. Don’t even think about rocking a jumpsuit! Unless you’re heading to the danger zone with Maverick, you tend to get some strange looks.

But, just because you can’t go full cosplay everyday doesn’t mean you can’t find subtle ways to show your allegiance. From high fashion to fun-derwear from the wading pool to the wedding ceremony, here are some sly ways to be subversively super.

Image courtesy of nOir Jewelry

Image courtesy of nOir Jewelry

1.Gotham Fabulous
Noir Jewelry’s DC Collection let’s you be a hero or a villain. Supergirl rocks her S across her chest, but for a mere $500 you can rock yours across your neck.

Maybe your tastes go darker? We’re loving this Gotham City ring ($225). Not only is it hella chic, it could come in handy in a fight should you run into some goons. With prices from $65-$500, this is special occasion stuff, but come on, who wouldn’t feel more confident walking into a board room wearing their favorite Amazonian’s cuffs ($140)?

2. Finding Namor
Ok, so Speedos are rarely, if ever, a do. I’m not saying that this is a good thing; I’m just saying this exists. Awkwardly pursue your own Sue Storm poolside in these tiny trunks ($29.95).

Unless you’re into DC, then you’re totally dressing as a warm water Aquaman.

3. Stealing PeeGee’s Look
Ok, so this might not be everyday style, but it is interesting to see Power Girl’s look go from the convention floor the runway.

Victoria’s Secret’s annual Fashion Show won’t air until Nov. 29. Until then you’ll just have to look to your books for women with impossible bodies in physics defying fabrics…well, there or the Internet, movies, or television…

4. Strutting It Spider Style
Have your own ideas how Spider-Man 3 should have ended? (Who doesn’t? Let’s never speak of it again.) A new climactic battle is at the end of your feet with these hand painted shoes ($110).

Prefer to keep it more noir? How about the Dark Knight and Clown Prince of Crime($110)? Etsy seller WalkingDeadApparel says that he/she can create just about any superhero pairing. Get creative! The possibilities are endless! Hulk and Banner! Thor and Loki! Tony Stark and a bottle of Jack Daniels!

Image courtesy of vintagecovers

5. The Phantom iPad
If you have an iPad odds are pretty good you’re already using it to read digital comics. Why not save one from your analog collection or from Etsy seller VinageCovers’ collection and turn it into an iPad cover ($54)?

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