The Walking Dead: “Thank You” Review

Can I just start of by saying, wow? This season has been almost completely not stop excitement. There is no down time to mourn and I think it’s great since the zombie apocalypse doesn’t really allow for that. “Thank You” was chock full of some great character moments for those outside the wall when the horn sounded back in Alexandria. Let’s dive right in and pray: “please don’t be true”.

AMC

So we fast back sideways(?) to Rick’s team as they try to make their way back to Alexandria to see what the hell that horn was coming from and why. Rick is still in super realist survivor mode and tells Michonne and Glenn to get everyone else back but if slowed down, to leave the group. He goes on with the mission along with Abraham, Sasha, and Daryl as they lead the Guinness Book of World Record’s Longest Walker Cha-Cha Line away from Alexandria. Side note: I didn’t realize exactly how many fucking walkers there were still following the route. A large, large amount broke off and was heading towards Alexandria and it’s hard to fathom that that was the smaller group of roamers.

AMC

Glenn and Michonne have shown a lot of growth throughout the seasons and it’s really shown as they try to hold together the Bad News Bears of the apocalypse. Heath throws constant jabs at Rick and crew’s team and consistently berates Michonne, who is one of the few who cares if these people live or die. Unfortunately, the Alexandrians really weren’t ready to face this threat and haven’t had to with their situation so most don’t survive. We get a great parallel between David of Alexandria and Glenn, who both shared similar stories involving the women they found after shit hit the fan. David is desperately trying to get back to Alexandria to reach his love and say goodbye since he suffered a zombie back scratch. Glenn similarly, had grown and became a better, stronger person after meeting Maggie.

AMC

There were some good moments in the town where scumbag Nicholas had previously abandoned former runners to their doom. As he had been there before, it was up to him to guide the group back to Alexandria but man, was he shell shocked. The whole episode we saw how those events slowly got worse all the way to the end. Glenn decided to try for a distraction to stop the walkers from reaching the town while Michonne, Heath, and two injured Alexandrians were forced to wait for an opening to make a break for it. The break never happens, of course, and they are forced to make a run for anywhere else before they became completely trapped. Naturally, someone trips and bites the dust. My biggest issue with the whole episode was the lack of humane endings for those that were being torn apart. Why not put them out of their misery with a bullet to the head? Save your friends the agony and pain of seeing their entrails ripped from their bodies instead of stopping and staring.

via AMC

I really enjoyed how everything that could go wrong, went wrong. Glenn and Nicholas becoming trapped in an alley with no exit, Michonne and company being forced to lose one as they attempted to jump over a fence to safety, and even Rick’s situation, which I will get into. But the BIGGEST event of this episode was Glenn and Nicholas. Trapped with seemingly no way of escape the surrounding horde, Nicholas finally loses it and commits suicide. No redemption for him even though Glenn gave him chance after chance. The blast forced Nicholas to knock Glenn off of the dumpster as the dead body seemed to land on top of our favorite. We next see what appears to be the insides of Glenn be ripped apart by walkers and Glenn becomes covered in all types of blood. It was such a powerfully sad moment as I felt as if I had lost a friend. We as viewers can only hope that was Nicholas’ body being ripped open and Glenn’s scent is masked by the blood of the dead.

RIP?

Rick had some interesting moments where he is seen lashing out at walkers, which led to his injured hand. Oh yeah, he did a lot of running. After returning in the RV to I’m assuming was a rendezvous point of some sort, he encounters the same wolves who Morgan decided to let go. Great job, Morgan. Your actions will always have consequences. But to no surprise, Ricky G make short work of the wolves, blasting two in the head and shooting the remainder through the RV. Talk about bad ass! We’re left at the RV then stalling as the walkers edge closer to Rick who apparently doesn’t think shutting doors, even after the Wolves walked right in, isn’t a good idea. We also caught Daryl in an internal conflict, as he wanted to immediately abandon his mission to go help his friends. He is more of a cowboy and not the herder he needed to be for the mission. Ultimately, he returns to continue on the route with Sasha and Abraham but we got some cool shots of him riding his bike into the sunset.

Some of the best moments once again came from the little interactions and call backs to previous episodes. Glenn call Rick a dumbass brought us all the way back to Season One when the two first spoke and that was touching. Glenn also pulled out the watch given to him by Herschel way back, which was nice to see he still carries it around. Michonne completely Mich-owning Heath after an entire day of disrespect reminded us of what our favorites have been through and that Heath and the Alexandrians really haven’t.

Next week’s episode will be 90 minutes and looks to dive into Morgan’s long road to D.C. Hopefully we’ll gain some form of closure on Glenn’s storyline since it was semi-ambiguous. Please don’t be true.

 

 

Advertisements

Your Favorite Mothers from Game of Thrones

Mother’s are so vital to a child’s upbringing. They nurture, protect, and love those near and dear. In the world of Game of Thrones, those ladies do that and then something.

In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the very loving and not so loving mothers of Westeros.

 

Lioness of Lannisport

Chronic Bitchface

 

Cersei Lannister can be called many things but at her core, she is a strong mother who only wants the best for her kids. Sure she allows her maniacal murderous child to do as he pleased but that wasn’t her fault! Joffrey took was a special child that only a Mother like Cersei could love and she sure did.

She was always about making sure her family was okay and protecting their right to the throne. This season’s arc for her character makes that clear as she attempts to keep Tommen close and out of the clutches of those Flowers from Highgarden and other threats.

While she may be a megalomaniac, crazy, bitter former Queen, she’ll always be a lioness trying to protect her cubs.

Catelyn Stark

The Stark family is almost unanimously loved because of Ned, Arya, and Jon but we can’t forget about Catelyn. She is a devoted mother and is extremely protective of her children. When Bran was pushed out of the tower, she never left his side. I mean, she’s all about her family. Roughing the King’s Road to warn Ned, taking Tyrion hostage to await trial in the Eerie, practically raising Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy, Catelyn is a great matriarch figure.

In the first three seasons, she plays a pivotal role in not only urging Ned(RIP) to Kings Landing but easing tensions between the Freys and Starks. She is a key council member for Robb as he battles in the Riverlands, offering advice, strategy, and anything else. Although her pleas and words were left unheard in the end, she still did all she could to protect and save her family. The North Remembers as does Lady Stoneheart.

 

Mother of Dragons

Daenerys Targaryen may not be a biological mother to her children, except, say, her dragons, but that does not change the fact that she is a mother to all who are subjugated.

“Leave me alone Mom!”

She is known for her kind yet fierce nature from the very beginning of the show. She quickly owns the role of Queen of the Khalasar and protects the innocent, young, old, and needy. This may have backfired with the old Maegi but Khaleesi is always looking out for those in need.

Mhysa

Maybe it is because she can no longer birth children but mother-like love for all those in bondage in Essos makes her a standout mother figure. She literally goes to war for her children and those children love their Mhysa for that. The Targ Queen may be having a tough time this season dealing with the Sons of the Harpy but she will always have the love of her freed sons and daughters. Hopefully.

 

 

Geek News of the Week

It’s been a great week for geeks since we received a lot of cool news and trailers. Let’s check out some of the best from the week.

Movies

Jurassic World

The long awaited fourth Jurassic Park film is finally upon us. We were treated to the trailer two days earlier than expected and it was interesting to say the least. This time around, Chris Pratt stars in what looks to be an exciting tale. Jurassic World has been open to the public and is a booming theme park but when the scientists create a hybrid dinosaur which gets loose, things take a turn for the worse.

The film hits theaters June 12th.

 

Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars fans rejoice, or, well depending on who’s asked, cry because the first trailer for Episode VII is here. While many fans are terrified of what Disney may make of the series, others are hopeful for anything better than Episode I. (Just no more Jar Jar, please.) Titled “The Force Awakens”, the next step in the franchise gave us a lot to look at. New lightsabers, droids, and the beloved Millennium Falcon.

Look for “The Force Awakens” next December.

 

Television

Legend of Korra

I’m back.

LOK will be returning to television as Nickelodeon plans to air the remaining episodes on Nicktoons and online. This is big news since Korra fans have had to watch new episodes exclusively online after LOK was pulled midway through Book 3. You can catch new episodes Friday nights at 9PM (EST). The series wraps up December 19th so catch up if you haven’t because the conclusion to the series will be epic.

Supergirl

Could a network crossover be in the near future?

Looks like we will have another addition to DC television universe as we received word that DC’s next project, Supergirl, will in fact be a part of the same universe as Arrow and The Flash. There will be potential crossovers in the near future and this is especially big news since Supergirl will air on CBS and not the CW. This will not be the first time Kara El, Oliver Queen, and Barry Allen team up on the silver screen as they have all appeared on Smallville in the past.

 

That wraps things up for this week’s notable news. Check back here next week for more news, reviews, and previews!

Legend of Korra “Remembrances” Review

With the epic buildup to the final confrontation between Korra and Kuvira brewing, last week’s episode brings us one step, no, two steps backwards and frankly, completely away from the season’s clash. Remembrances was a sort of clip show essentially bringing us back up to speed. The episode mainly focused on retelling the past seasons through the point of views of Mako, Korra and Asami, and Varrick and Bolin.

 

Mako and Wu

“Wu down!!”

While teaching Wu how to protect himself in the event that he is attacked again, Mako makes note of how Wu knows very little of him so story time ensues. It was enjoyable to here Mako’s telling of his relationships with Korra and Asami respectively and even more enjoyable hearing Wu chime in. Wu was hitting many points the audience thought watching the previous seasons which I though was nice of the creators to take a jab at themselves with the audience’s feedback. The cartoony aspect of the segment made things a little more lighthearted in a more serious, darker season arc.

 

Korra and Asami

The episode then shifts to the two strong female leads of the show and fizzles here. Korra expresses her uncertainty and fear which she has fed us time and time again. It was redundant to hear her relay the same feelings. She has grown tremendously but her mindset has been stagnant in that sense.

 

Varrick and Bolin

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, kid!”

My favorite duo to watch so far throughout the season and episode would have to be Varrick and Bolin! While on the boat with the rebels heading North, the group is telling stories and Varrick pitches his new mover idea. The telling of Bolin’s life through the eyes of Varrick was hilarious! Bolin as Nuktuk or Nuktuk playing Bolin fighting Korra’s enemies was pretty funny and the tweaked animation and dialogue added some freshness to the flashbacks. The dialogue between Varrick and Bolin throughout definitely generated a few laughs and the fact that everyone loved the story except Bolin was pretty good too.

 

Overall

Co-creator Bryan Konietzko did release a statement via Tumblr explaining the reason for the oddly placed episode:

“We got the news from the higher-ups that our Book Four budget was getting slashed, almost to the tune of an entire episode’s budget,” he wrote. “We had two options: 1) let go a significant number of crew members several weeks early, or 2) make a clips episode. We never considered the first option.”

While the episode shifted focus completely, it did have its moments. We saw a lot of recap and the plot was not advanced much but there were many times that kept us laughing and interested.

 

7/10 Wu’s

Geek News of the Week

Valar Morghullis!!

This week featured many notable stories and releases so let’s take a look at some of the biggest!

 

Gotham Releases Trailer

New Fox TV show Gotham will showcase  detective Jim Gordon and his adventures in Gotham before the Batman. The trailer definitely has me excited for the show and I look forward to the direction the show goes into. Gotham will air this Fall.

 

Cancellations

This week, we found out which shows in jeopardy of getting the axe, actually got the axe. Some big shows that have been cancelled are The X Factor, Almost Human, and Suburgatory.  The biggest cancellation for me has to be Community, which has pretty much been in jeopardy of cancellation every season. The great Dan Harmon show had its ups and downs including Harmon leaving and returning but it looks like there won’t be six seasons and a movie.

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Trailer

This looks amazing! I’m really looking forward to watching the struggle of mankind as the remaining humans combat Caesar and his army of primates. The film releases July 11th 2014.

 

It’s good to be back.

Game of Thrones 401 Two Swords Review

Game of Thrones has finally returned after a year long break. The premiere “Two Swords” picks up right after the events of the third season following the Red Wedding. We’ll look at the episode based on locations.

 

Kings Landing

RIP Ice

The majority of the episode took place in the capital where most believe the war to be over. With Robb Stark dead, Stannis smashed at the Blackwater, and Renly dead, the War of the Five Kings is all but over. The episode begins with the reforging of House Stark’s Valyrian steel sword, Ice. This was a tough scene to watch as the family sword of the House Stark is transformed into two swords for House Lannister. Although it hasn’t been highlighted much in the show, Valyrian steel forged swords are extremely rare and the Lannisters have been without one for centuries. Lord Tywin finally gets something he’s desired to add to the Lannister legacy and it reminds us how evil he is. (melting down what little remained of House Stark and destroying their own legacy)

“You’re too late”

Jamie has finally returned to the city and can resume his old life, or so he thought. Cersei has all but forsaken Jamie for “abandoning her” in her in her time of need. Their relationship will be rocky throughout the season and will only deteriorate as Jamie tries to become a better man and Cersei, well, becomes a lunatic. Jamie also has to adjust to his new gold hand and sword, Oathkeeper. I like how Jamie is slowly becoming a better person to create a better legacy and name for himself in the White Book. It was a nice nod to see the historical book of the Kingsguard referenced and was even nicer seeing Joffrey acknowledge Jamie’s lack of notable deeds.

“The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts”

The Red Viper was introduced and we get a glimpse as to why he has arrived in King’s Landing in place of his brother, Doran Martell. Oberyn will be seeking justice for past crimes unanswered for which will surely stir things up in the city. Oberyn is definitely one of my favorite characters and his vendetta against the Lannisters is one reason why!

 

The North

Jon Snow has matured a lot since we last saw, although he still knows nothing. He’s hardened and is no longer a green boy who joined the Night’s Watch. After learning of his brother’s death, he responds very indifferently. Shortly after, Snow meets with the council of the Night’s Watch to discuss his actions with the wildlings. Janos Slynt is at now at the wall (thanks to Tyrion) and Alliser Thorne has returned so Jon now has two enemies to look out for. I like how Jon spoke truthfully and was honest about everything he did and what was to come in the future. The Wall may be in trouble when the wildlings arrive. The old and wise Maester Aemon had some sweet lines during the council meeting which brought about some laughter in my apartment.

 

The Riverlands

We learned the Hound is taking Arya to the Eerie to ransom her to her aunt Lysa. I have to say their scenes are great! The Hound saying “What the fuck is a Lommy?” was hilarious!! Arya got to cross one name off of her hit list (Polliver) and his death was a nice nod to how Polliver killed Lommy. Although it was brief, everything from the battle to the two conversing in the bushes was amazing. They could have their own mini-series. I’d definitely watch “The Adventures of Arya and the Hound”!

 

Overall

Things had a much slower pace than how the show usually is but the momentum will pick up with the feuding Martells and Tyrells in King’s Landing, the wildlings dilemma escalating in the North, and the Purple Wedding right around in the corner.

“Fuck the King.”

8/10 Chickens

 

Injustice Year Two #5 Review

Injustice - Year Two (2014-) 005-000

Chapter 5 entitled Confrontation first displays Superman’s backstory as the first half of the chapter focuses on Krypton’s impending doom. I wasn’t a fan of the artwork but  you can really see the emotions of Jor-El and Lara-El before Krypton is destroyed.

Injustice - Year Two (2014-) 005-014

The latter half of the issue focused on the confrontation foreshadowed up until this point. Although the Guardians seek to advise Superman to cease his reign, it’s clear he is well beyond stopping voluntarily. Superman is no longer the beacon of light and morality of his previous years. I like how Superman notes that the Guardians choose to intervene some times while letting things run their course other times. The Guardians could have intervened and possibly saved Krypton but let their leaders do what they thought best. While that could happen on Earth eventually, that is up to the people of Earth to decide. Without Superman.

Injustice - Year Two (2014-) 005-021

Sinestro’s alliance with Superman is clever since he also decided to rule his own planet but was hindered by the Guardians. Sinestro is obviously seeks to display the Guardians in utter most negative light and it works when Superman realizes his planet could have lived. Although Superman mistrusts the Yellow Lantern, he will need him and Superman and Sinestro could be rid of the Guardians in the forthcoming conflict.

Injustice - Year Two (2014-) 005-020

This arc is greatly centered around the heroes outside of Earth with Batman out of commission and will mostly likely lead to a battle between the Guardians/Green Lanterns and Superman. But where will Hal Jordan side? In Issue Four, Jordan lectures Congress on doing their duty and notes how he does his but his allegiance to the Guardians may be diminishing. At the end of the issue, he does leave with the Guardians but I’m not convinced he’s siding against Superman. While sympathizing with former teammates and allies, he’s been leaning with Superman in the end. We’ll see where his allegiance is in the next issue as the GL’s head back to Oa to discuss their course of action.

 

Overall

  • (+) Ganthet being Bad Ass
  • (+) Superman noting flawed logic of the Guardians
  • (-) Decent artwork

6.5/10 GL’s