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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

The Walking Dead: “First Time Again” Review

The Walking Dead is back! Finally! Our favorite characters have returned in Alexandria and the stakes are high this season. Thing pick up in a nonlinear fashion, shifting from flashback scenes in black and white, to the present timeline. It was refreshing to see the TWD in black and white and was a great nod to the first season’s episodes without color. This 90 minute episode was chock full of action and things going wrong so let’s dive right in.

We get a lot of rehash in the flashbacks, which provide some nice moments between Rick and Morgan. I think that worked best to refresh the audience on what’s happened while getting Morgan up to speed. Morgan quickly sees that Rick is no longer the risk-taking second chance kind of guy of the past and realizes how ruthless he is becoming. Rick was quick to kill Pete, although he could have jailed him, as Morgan suggested. He didn’t want to bury him either and would have quickly killed the conspiring Carter in that moment (for a second, I thought he was). Morgan may serve as the “moral guideline” or antithesis of Rick this season and one could guess that since the trailers leading up to the season heavily hinted at a conflict. My guess is Morgan will die. The moral symbol always dies. RIP Dale, Hershel, and Tyrese.

In the flashbacks, we see how things are still very unsettled as Deanna is still grieving and the town is semi-fearful of Rick and his plan. Carol said it best noting that while Deanna is in charge, Rick is in charge. He is running the show and she’s just following his orders essentially. Rick actually had a great plan of diffusing the shit ton of Walkers that were found in the quarry. By the way, what was up with all of those Walkers?! You had to think that there was something holding the zombies back from overrunning Alexandria and that was a great explanation. My only gripe with that is who positioned the trucks to block the zombies off?

While that many walkers being present was one of my favorite parts of the episode, the best thing had to be the interpersonal relationships and fun dynamics between partners. The aforementioned Rick and Morgan dynamic is a great contrast. Rick was more humane and Morgan was at one point crazy, so the two being around each other echoes remnants of the past. Now, they almost switched rules, being that the former has almost given up on humanity and the latter hasn’t. Glenn and scumbag Nicholas is also another interesting dynamic, since Nicholas got Noah killed, left Glenn for Dead, and flat out tried to kill Glenn. Glenn being the good guy that he is, is trying to reform Nicholas but is weary of letting him help in important situations. It’ll be interesting to see if Nicholas gains his redemption of some kind. The car ride between Sasha and Abraham (“We’ll do it live!”) was great. Abraham is, well, Abraham. He does make note of Sasha’s previous suicidal tendencies of the last season.

Let’s wrap with the Walker Parade failing thanks to a well-timed horn. Who sounded the alarm? Who ruined the almost flawless execution of Rick’s plan? Was it one of Rick’s conspirers? The Wolves? I guess we’ll find out next week.

Last Points:

  •   Daryl is a complete badass.
  •   Morgan, Michonne did eat your last protein bar!
  •   Glenn’s pizza line= Perfect

Walking Dead #141 Review

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This issue picks up with Rick finishing up his route between the communities and heading back to Alexandria to some unwarranted news. Let’s check out what happened in our favorite zombie themed comic.

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So right off the bat, Rick has a surprise meeting with Dwight who’s been having concerns regarding his role as leader. He doesn’t want the position anymore as head honcho of the Sanctuary. This interaction between Rick and Dwight already creates a major difference in the characters. While Dwight assumed power following Negan and now wanted Rick to choose the next leader, Rick thought what most good leaders would, and proposed an election. This whole issue focused a lot on how Rick has to be better or as he puts it, more capable than the rest. He has to make the higher decisions. The tough ones that may not be the popular opinion but the overall right thing to do to keep society going. We also go to see that the people of the Sanctuary are still not liked. I suppose it makes sense but you’d think the time and changes would affect their incorporation into society.

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The highlight of this issue however was the payoff of for the big reveal of last issue: Negan was free from his cell. What would he do? How many would he murder in Rick’s absence? Would he try to escape or take a hostage? Short answer is no, none of the above. When Rick finds Negan calmly waiting in his unlocked cell, he immediately assumes the worst and this is where we get to see Negan at his finest. You can’t help but love Negan’s style and attitude. While he explains he did nothing to begin building trust between the two, Rick still destroys any hope Negan has of establishing that and the age old question arises once again. Why is Negan alive?

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Of course Rick gives Olivia, who was responsible, a tongue lashing and is entirely upset with the situation but why not kill Negan so this can never happen? His conversation with Andrea, which was very soap boxy, explains how he has to be more capable than others to keep things together essentially. While Andrea sees and understands that for Rick’s just reasoning, Negan thinks otherwise, describing Rick’s decision as a means to justify that he is not the monster he may believe himself to be. I thought those to contrasts were great points and both just as valid when looking back throughout the series.


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While Rick is taking the high road to keep the community from destroying itself from the inside out, Maggie does quite the opposite. I’m sure her decision to execute her inept assassin will have lasting consequences at the Hilltop. People are already starting to distrust her and her actions and this will only cause more chaos as the story unfolds.

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Look for Issue #142 to continue following the events of Rick and company and of course, updates from Negan’s Cock Fan Club.

 

 

Fall Television Lineup Preview

This fall will have some great new seasons for some of our favorite shows and promising premieres as well. Check out some of the shows I’ll be looking out for!

Gotham

With Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy complete and Zack Snyder’s take on the Dark Knight a ways off, we’ll have to pass the time with this version of Bruce Wayne and Gotham. The show follows a Gotham before the time of the Batman and will focus mainly on a young Jim Gordon. This era in the Batman mythos has rarely been depicted across any medium so it’s exciting that we will get a look at some of the major characters before they become who they’re known as. “Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, and Jada Pinkett Smith as a character known as Fish Mooney.

 

“Gotham” premieres September 22nd on FOX.

 

The Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance

Recently, the title of Book Four was released for the hit Nickelodeon show. What surprised fans most was how soon the new season would be airing since Book Three just finished a few weeks ago. Book Three featured some of the best bending, story lines, and character development throughout the entire series and the season finale was nothing but spectacular. Korra looks to restore balance to the world which was left in a chaotic state after Zaheer and the Red Lotus sought to end the world’s order.

 

You can find the new season of “The Legend of Korra” on nick.com and the first episode will air October 3rd.

 

The Flash

The CW seems to have replicated the formula used on “Arrow” and looks to start their fall lineup strong with the spinoff series “The Flash”. The show will follow one of the most popular Flash characters, Barry Allen as he defends Central City against evil. After a short stint on “Arrow”, Grant Gustin returns to the role as the speedster once again and will be given the chance to really shine in the role.

 

“The Flash” premieres October 7th on the CW.

 

Arrow Season 3

The fan favorite will be returning with this third much anticipated season. Oliver Queen looks to rebuild Starling City in the aftermath of Deathstroke’s attack. Stephen Amell returns as the Green Arrow and continues his crusade as the city’s infamous vigilante. We’ll also be introduced to the likes of Ra’s al Ghul and many other villains.

 

Catch “Arrow” on October 8th on the CW.

 

The Walking Dead Season 5

“The Walking Dead” has drawn quite the audience over the years for its action, character development, and well, zombies. The fifth season picks up right where the last left off. Rick and company are still being held in the mysterious Terminus. This season will definitely be entertaining as the group is no longer safe and are now at the mercy of these deadly people. Will everyone make it out alive?

 

You can catch “The Walking Dead” on AMC and the season five will premiere October 12th.

The Walking Dead Episode 414 Review

 

“The Grove” focuses on Carol and Tyreese this time around as they continue their trek to Terminus. They find an abandoned house to rest up in and that’s when things get interesting. Lizzie and Mika are really highlighted in this episode and how they feel about killing Walkers and people. Tyreese and Carol’s impending conflict is also foreshadowed as Carol’s guilt grows.

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As many of us have seen, Lizzie has a very different understanding of the Walkers. While she isn’t afraid of killing people she is opposed to killing Walkers since they are her “friends”. Lizzie has a very obscure perception of the dead, viewing them as non-harmful or really threatening. On the other hand, Mika understands how dangerous the dead are but does not want to harm anything. This presents a problem for the girls and Carol since she knows they have to kill to survive. In that world, there’s no room for people who can’t kill or those who have a twisted perception of what Walkers are.

Lizzies decision to kill Mika as a means to display her beliefs was horrifying and sad. It was a nod to the comics when one of the twins, Billy, murders his brother for a similar reason. That scene was such a tough moment. It was beautifully shot and the present danger for the well-being of everyone in the group was now in danger. Who’s to say baby Judith wasn’t next to die for Lizzie to prove her point? And I think that’s why Carol knew she had to do what was necessary for the group.

Although Carl kills the murderer in the comics it is Carol who carries out the deed in the show. You could tell it was tough for Carol to kill Lizzie since she was a mother-like figure to the girl. However, Carol has killed for the “greater good” before and is now a hardened character. The scene was also a nice allusion to Of Mice and Men when George has to kill Lenny. Lizzie just could not live in that world.

 

Carol and Tyreese

Tyreese was happy to see a familiar face in Carol when she first arrived a few episodes ago. That causes Carol’s guilt to grow as Tyreese confides in her and opens up about the loss of Karen. Talk about awkward. After multiple conversations in which Tyreese discusses Karen, his comfort and trust in Carol, and the idea of avenging Karen, Carol breaks down. I think that was impart to the deaths of Lizzie and Mika. She was pretty distraught afterwards and even tells Tyreese to do what he needed to do. I assumed Tyreese would forgive Carol in that moment but I don’t think he would have back at the prison. The wound heals with time and his time with Carol has affected his outlook.

It’s a shame the whole staying at the house idea didn’t work. It was pretty secluded and their was game present to hunt but after the children’s death it was the right decision to continue on to Terminus. They couldn’t stay there anymore. I really enjoyed Mika and Lizzie’s performance’s and the growth of Tyreese’s character.

 

You did what?

Last Points

Mika, nice guys finish last.

Glad we found out Lizzie was feeding the Walkers and dissected the rabbit at the prison.

“Look at the Flowers”.

 

9/10 Flowers

The Walking Dead #123 Review

Following the events of issue 122, we find Negan’s camp preparing for their assault on Hilltop. I just want to take note of the cover. Dwight may betray Rick?Let’s find out.

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The issue opens with Eugene being freed along with all those captured with him. They make their escape just as Negan is about to attack and a couple of Negan’s followers join them. They aren’t discussed in the rest of the issue at all and I’m curious as to where they went. Considering the impending battle, they could have made for zombie infested Alexandria but other than that, I don’t know where they could go. On the other side of the wall, the camp is eating dinner and we get a glimpse of how this war has changed some people. While conversing with Andrea, Maggie reveals how depressed and lonely she is (and will be). She feels there won’t be anyone else for her but I believe she is really still healing from the loss of Glenn. Time heals most wounds. We also see that Carl is in a sort of in between zone. He is neither child nor adult in this zombie apocalypse since he isn’t allowed to “be a kid” and he doesn’t gain the responsibility of the actual adults. He can’t even converse with Sophia, although she was always… loopy.

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Rick also gives us a bit of his optimistic side which is abruptly interrupted by Negan’s assault. His strategy conserves bullets and results in a definite kill. As Negan’s men enter the camp, chaos takes over as Rick’s group is not completely prepared for such a sudden attack. Once again, Negan’s strategy to not let up or give them time to recover gives them an upper hand. He really is a smart militant character.

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Amidst the chaos, Negan and Dwight flank Rick and have an open shot to take out the hero. Negan knows without Rick, the rest of the group can’t win this war and charges Dwight with taking out Rick with a mucked bolt.The cover really foreshadowed this event and we see where Dwight’s loyalty lies.

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Now Dwight takes the shot but I’m having a hard time believing he used an altered bolt. Earlier in the issue he did make note of how they shouldn’t be altering the weight of the bolts and Negan had his back turned so there’s no way he could have known. If Dwight did take out Rick, there would be no way for him to be free of Negan as things would eventually go back to the way they were. We’ll see next issue.

The Walking Dead 123-022 Overall

A lot of action in this issue following the slower pace of #122. Rick suffers a potentially fatal wound in the battle at Hilltop which could shift the tide in Negan’s favor. With Negan’s men causing havoc in Hilltop, it’ll be interesting to see where Kirkman takes this war from here. Only three more issues until the arc is over and we’ll need some type of major change at the end of it.

 Negan: “What-the-Fuck-Ever. Christ”

7.5/10 Kittens

I do not claim the rights to these images. Images are from Image Comics “The Walking Dead”. For review purposes only. 

Walking Dead 122 Review

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The Walking Dead issue 122 picks up with Eugene being held at the Saviors camp. In the previous issue, Eugene and all those working at the ammunition station were captured by Negan. Inside man Dwight talks with Eugene to make sure he doesn’t try anything to get himself killed. It’s been hard to tell whose side Dwight is really on. He’s been trying to help when he can but his alliance is shaky at best. Dwight ends up being overheard by another member who to his surprise wants to help. That goes to show that Negan scares his people and they would rather have someone else in the leadership position.

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Back at the Hilltop, the people of Alexandria are just getting settled in, while Maggie adjusts to her leadership position. It’s obvious that Maggie’s seen what is required of the leader having been with Rick for so long. It’s no wonder why she isn’t sure she wants to be known as the leader but she is one of the best choices for the position. Ezekiel’s camp, the Kingdom, also move to consolidate all of their forces in one central place. Basically, there was a lot of downtime at Hilltop as the large group was adjusting to the changes and planning their next move.

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We get to see how the characters are adjusting to the changes caused by the war. Heath deals with Denise’s death but I don’t feel like her character was that significant. She was a doctor but there have been countless losses and hers was not a heart wrenching moment. (I do understand how in the apocalypse, your love options are that much slimmer though.) Ezekiel is finally out of the dumps and decides he’s going to protect those still around him. It’s about damn time. It was annoying seeing him so weak.

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Rick also tells the group he plans on eventually moving back to Alexandria once the war is over. In the last issue while packing to leave for Hilltop, Rick leaves the iconic telephone he used to “talk” to Lori. We thought it was a sign that he was leaving that chapter behind him but maybe it was temporary since he’ll be returning later on.  Now over at Negan’s camp, he has a new strategy utilizing the fact that everyone is infected to his advantage. By taking the blood/”muck” from the dead and putting it on their weapons, even the slightest scrape or cut will eventually turn his adversaries into the Dead. It’s a pretty smart move that uses what resources they have considering ammunition will always be limited. His character is so unpredictable and sick you can’t help but love him.

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Rick’s new plan requires at least a day to prepare for Negan’s next attack but we know they won’t have that time. It’ll be interesting to see how the crew deals with Negan in their unprepared state.

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Last Points

Although the issue wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t very action driven. A lot of down time and a slight build up to the next issue.

6/10 puppies