Monday, March 30, 2015

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This was the season finale of TWD. If anything, we finally have our answer to whether or not the Scooby gang deserve to stay in Alexandria, or if they have changed too much to deserve it. The answer is, yes, yes they do.

We all knew this, because we have been following this group over 5 seasons. I finally feel like the show, in the friendship circle, finally stated out loud what I have been saying all along. Did the rest of the group just forget everything they have been through together? Would they just throw Rick out into the wind because something shiny and new came along? Thank God the answer was no. They would stand by their leader. All of them. Even Abraham, which, I really loved. I love a man who can be angry and ready to fist fight a guy, but respects the man none-the-less. His quote in the friendship circle was the best,“There is a vast ocean of shit that you people don’t know shit about. Rick knows every fine grain of said shit and then some.”

That pretty much sums it up. I mean, Rick bit the ear off of a guy who tried to rape his son. I'm pretty sure Deanna hasn't been forced to do something like that to survive. I'm sure her panties would get all in a bunch just hearing that something like that occurred. Rick has been right all along. Dumping the body of the walker in the middle of the friendship circle was pretty badass.

At the same time, on to Glenn.

Really, Glenn? Really?

Fucking kill the dude.

Nicholas has killed Noah, tried to leave Glenn behind at the warehouse, tricked Glenn into following him into the woods for the sole purpose of killing him, shoots him, and then, after all of that still leaves him for walkers to eat. Shut the front fucking door on this asshole already. I don't care what scheme the show cooks up to make sure it was the right choice and make all viewers shrug and be like, well, I guess Glenn made the right call in the woods ... nope.



Here's the thing. Our favorite science guy, Eugene, did something horrific. He told a massive lie that led the group on a wild goose chase.

He very well should have been killed for such a massive lie; however, and let me clear ...

He did not actively try and kill people! Nicholas, even after Glenn had words with him and told him he basically saved him from himself, let pride, pride of all things cause him to try and kill Glenn.

That dude had to die.

I did like the struggle trifecta that was going on at the end with Glenn, Rick, and Sasha. Really cool the way they were all working out how they would handle their struggles with Alexandria and what it represented.

On to Daryl and Aaron. Love, love, love them. All these people when I read the blogs that want them to get together just because Aaron is gay is missing the point. They are developing a friendship. That is wonderful in and of itself. It's a bit cliched, the country hick who is supposed to hate everyone accepts the gay man, but I choose to take it more as this new world doesn't care what your orientation is. If you can survive, and offer something to the table, then you are welcomed to it. I love the fact that Aaron accepts the fact that Daryl isn't ready to commit to the houses. Aaron knows it's because Daryl wasn't accepted into them when the world didn't have zombies walking around. Aaron is patient and respects Daryl and is willing to meet him where Daryl wants to meet him, whether that's half way, 3/4's, or whatever, and that's a great place.

Lastly, our cool new participant with the broom stick - Morgan. I loved his skills with the weapon. However, I would really like to leave his do-good, all life matters attitude in the past. Did we not just go through that this season? Let's not rehash that again.

I do love his fighting skills. Badass.

Oh, one last, last thing. I have nothing to say about the Wolves People as there is not enough information for us who have not read the comics. If it's just two people, who don't even have any bullets in their guns, I don't see how they have made it this long and how Rick's group wouldn't take them out in a second.

I'm sure there is more to the story. I will wait for season 6!

On a side note, was it just me, or did it feel like the bonus 30 minutes was more like 20 minutes more of commercials with 10 extra minutes of story? Or maybe the 90 minutes was just a smidge more story will all the rest of the bonus time devoted to increased commercials? It was very, very annoying.

Monday, March 23, 2015

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This week's episode was titled "Try".

I liked this episode, although, I really do feel like Rick is not behaving like himself. I don't think he would so blatantly go after another man's wife. I mean, is the show trying to say that he is breaking bad to use a term from another AMC show? That he has crossed the morality line too far? Yes, we all agree that you can't get soft in the zombie apocalypse and that sometimes people have to die, but you don't kill them just because they get in your way. I just don't see Rick going this way.

I also don't love the way everyone is so quick to think Rick is crazy. This man has saved everyone in the group countless times. Also, lest we forget, and I know I have said this before, but they just left Sanctuary where they were nearly cannibalized, they were blown up from the governor, the governor beheaded Hershel when they thought to try and work it out --ultimately losing the prison, which was their own Alexandria. Let me repeat, they had Alexandria once and some crazy group of people tried to take it from them, successfully ruining it for everyone.

It bothers me that everyone seems to forget this fact. They were building a garden. Remember farmer Rick? Farmer Rick thought everything was going to turn out alright. He was proven wrong. How many times does this group have to be proven wrong.

Plus, I think Rick has earned the right to have a bit of a breakdown here and there. He is so amped up trying to protect everyone all the time, that takes a toll on a guy. I'd much rather have a Rick in my group than the wishy-washy people of Alexandria.

Although, it has been suggested that the better way to go is Carol's route. Of course, no one would suspect her. It's smart. Rick played his poker hand too soon. Actually, he didn't play poker at all, there was no bluff. I do think though that Rick's rant was justified. He is the voice of reason while everyone else is trying to pussyfoot their way around the fact that the world is a dangerous place. These people in Alexandria are dangerous because when the shit hits the fan, which it always does, their ineptitude will cost lives. When that happens, everyone is going to be second guessing themselves as to why they didn't try and whip the people of Alexandria into shape sooner, and if they had, would it have saved lives. Yes, yes it would.

Oh, and remember Andrea? She tried to broker peace between the governor and Rick. Remind me what happened to her again ...

Very much looking forward to next week's season finale. I almost wonder if that's why John Oliver's HBO show is skipping a week. No one will be watching anything but TWD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

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This week's TWD episode was called "Spend".

This episode was good on so many levels. We get to see that a group can be dangerous just by being innately what they are, newbies.

A lot has been foreshadowed over the last few episodes as to the fact that the Scooby gang are not the same people that they used to be. I believe it was Abraham that said something to the effect of, everyone who is left are the tough ones now. I know I'm totally paraphrasing, but it's pretty close.

This town has had to do no such thing. It's like they are Rick, having to wake up from a coma, and find this. To deal with this new reality.

Annoying Scrappy, like the new town residents
The Scrappy-Doo group is venturing out more because they feel more comfortable with the Scooby gang; however, it only highlights that they don't know what they are doing, and they are scared - to a serious fault. The Scooby gang trusts each other, they are a well-oiled machine. The Scrappy gang causes problems for the Scooby gang simply out of being new at it all. Plus, this whole group is very, very cowardly.

Cowardly is also the stupid freaking priest, but I'll get to that later.

I like the way TWD has foreshadowed that this group sticks its head in the sand. This is a consistent trait, so it is not surprising when they tuck tail and run. They are holding onto pasta machines, favorite recipes, and dinner parties. When the shit hits the fans, they run. Numbers will dwindle when that occurs, and I'm sure that is why Deanna pulled in the Scooby gang.

Now onto the nitty-gritty.

Abraham was the only one at the construction site that actually tried to save the girl. Everyone else ran. That's not what you do. That's not how you survive as a community. Abraham, through his courage and sense of loyalty, put himself at risk.

Same for Glenn. Glenn is willing to risk his own life to save Aidan despite the fact the guy was a tool. It's what a good person would do. He barely knows Aidan, unlike Aida's "friend" ...

Nicholas the coward. He just leaves his friend, his buddy, his comrade. There is nothing courageous or strong about that man. When push comes to shove, he leaves him man behind.

Unlike Eugene. Tara tells him when all the shit hits the fan, he will have to come through, Eugene doesn't believe her. He thinks he is too much of a coward.

Actually buddy, you come through. You come through big time. You could have been an ass, like Nicholas, but you weren't. You had to step up, and you did. He's done it before, with the firetruck, and he did it on a more personal level here too.

he did it for another person, not just to save himself. He is a hero. Others will gladly fight for him now, as he has done for them.

Gabriel is wrong about the group. They are not bad people. Bad people to not try and help others, despite what they have seen.

Gabriel is the evil. He is the coward. He is the snake in the Garden of Eden that tempts trouble. That worms distrust in the heart's of man.

Why because he is scared. He is a coward. He will get people killed.

Poor, poor Noah. The look on his face as if to say, this? This is the way I will die? Because of a coward?A coward who couldn't even stay put. He didn't have to go out there. Not only was Nicholas a coward, he was reckless. He put others at risk to save himself.

Nicholas is worse than Shane. Shane shot a man to save others; although, they may have all been able to make it out alive. Nicholas caused someone else's death only to save himself.

Carol killed people from their own group because she thought they could infect others. To save the greater good.

Nicholas better be dealt with, and harshly.

I'm not sure about Carol wanting to kill the husband. I know she has issues with domestic violence, but that's getting close to marshal law. yet, there is no mistaking that the doctor is going to cause trouble.

Monday, March 9, 2015

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This episode is called "Forget".

I liked this episode. It was all very cautiously feeling out whether or not the Scooby gang should trust this new clan.

I'm on the fence. I just think that when something is too good to be true, then it probably is.

I think Sasha is on the right track. How can these people be worried about pasta makers? It seems like it is either a story that is trying to hard to make life normal. Drinking wine and eating cheese plates? I know people long for  a life that is similar to what it was before the zombie apocalypse, but that's just it. Close. Having food. Having water. Having community; however, seemingly blindly turning an eye to what is out there? I'm not sure that's how one survives. I think becoming too soft is definitely a concern in this community. What if someone comes along and their Spidey-sense is off? Rick can not afford to let his guard down with Judith and Carl.

Plus, I know this is a television show, but the Scooby clan has only been there for a few days. Are they that desperate for normalcy that they are immediately willing to give up caution? Hanging your sword on the wall on day 2 is not how I would go about caution. It's how you go about getting duped and killed.

I mean, they only just left the Terminus a few weeks ago? Is that memory really that far removed from their brains?

Also, why is the stylist's husband all of the sudden being too nice? Why is Deanna's son being so nice to Sasha?

Doesn't it seem super calculated for Aaron to isolate Daryl? They tried the big group, that didn't work, so it seems to me it was a new tactic?

Also, why don't these people seem more afraid of Rick's group? I would be very worried if there was a zombie apocalypse and I had this great setup and we were just bringing people in. No one seems threatened?

That would hardly be the case.

I mean, at least for 1/4 of a chocolate bar?

Oh, and did I misread Rick's kiss on Jessie? Was that meant to be a friendly on the cheek kiss? It kinda came across as more than that, which I know it was meant to ultimately be more than just a friendly kiss, but the directing was not clear as to whether his intent was to push the envelope.

I'm curious to see what happens.

Monday, March 2, 2015

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This week's episode of The Walking Dead was titled "Remember".

I loved this episode.

Honestly, isn't our favorite character hands down Carol? I mean, seriously. She is amazing. Her story arc has far been the best. I love, love, loved in this episode how she protrayed herself as the weak grandmotherly type! She is smart as a whip! She was playing possum as Daryl was skinning one! My favorite was the progression from fumbling with her gun and then up-leveling to wearing the grandma sweater.

Michonne outright accepting this community really bothers me. If there was slight more trepidation it would be much more believable - more like Maggie. Maggie wants the community, but she's not blindly going on and accepting it. I do like the fact that Daryl does not like it and won't hide it. He's not going to hide who he is, and that very well may cost him. Sure, the show isn't going to kill him off, but it will put him in serious danger.

I'm fascinated by the young lady. I wonder what her story is.

I also wonder what hair stylist's story is. I just don't see how in this world, these people never came across someone who wanted to take their community.

I loved the fact that Carl felt uncomfortable playing video games. At first, I thought he was so young when the zombie world started that he didn't know how to play video games. However, I did gather, after the fact, that he just felt uneasy about the level of carefree attitude these young boys displayed. Carl liked the idea of school, some normalcy, but playing video games denotes a whole other level of comfort. This contrast was well played out with Carl's interview. The spectrum between what Carl has had to do, kill his own mom, and these boys, is vastly different. 

I also liked the fact that Carl and Rick wound up in the same place, the abandoned house, and fought together. This father and son duo has come along way.

It sure is a mystery, that gun gone missing.

There is clearly a threat out there that the 800k community knows about; everyone is looking for something to keep them alive, per Rick. Rick's group is just that saving grace.

As for the Senator, or whatever her governmental title was, she is either lying and staging the whole scouting group, or she really is grateful that Glen knocked her son on his ass.  If I was his mom, I'd be grateful, too. If her son is the only thing keeping them safe, I'd go for outside help as well. Not only that, he is going to get himself, or someone else killed, for that, he does deserve a good ass-whipping.

Plus, how cool was it that Glen totally knew he could take the guy and showed such restraint. Now, that was good writing.

Can't wait for next week!

Monday, February 23, 2015

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So, I throw an Oscars party every year, but couldn't this year because of unforeseen circumstances. All I'm really trying to say with this is that I love the Oscars. 

Well, usually; I did not love them, or like them this year. 

First off, NPH was terrible. He wasn't funny, and he seemed to drag. There were lengthily pauses while he seemed to collect himself to read the next cue cards. It was so bizarre. 

Plus, one of the reasons we all love NPH so much is he seems to be a genuinely nice guy and always in good spirits. Why did he seem so mean-spirited last night? So odd. 

Maybe it was just me, but every part of the ceremony seemed to drag. Even just the presenters walking to the podium or opening the winner cards. It just seemed to drag. The whole production of the Oscars was terrible ...

Even the music! I felt like the band was out of sync too. It seemed right when they started to play, which was always too loud and too up tempo, that they were abruptly stopped. It was so weird. 

I really didn't love any of the movies this year. I must admit, I was really, really pulling for Michael Keaton, just because I love his body of work. I, like most people, were really happy to see him make a good movie. He's fantastic, and deserves to be in the spotlight. 

However, his acting was not particularly amazing. It was really good, maybe not Oscar worthy, so I can see why the young fellow from The Theory of Everything won. He did a great acting job; however, if this was a popularity contest, I'm pretty sure Michael Keaton would have won. He should do more comedies, like Beetlejuice. He was so good in that. I mean, honestly, what would you rather watch 100 times over, The Theory of Everything, or Beetlejuice? I rest my case. 

I liked Boyhood, I would have liked to have seen it win for something other that best supporting actress. Plus, how did Patricia Arquette get in a category for best supporting? Who, if not her, was the lead? That was random. 

Best moments of the night was the dude shunned by the orchestra, only to completely ignore them, and for one brief instance, the orchestra stopped. Pretty awesome. However, he then ran on a bit too long. 

Lady Gaga -- amazing. 

I loved Michael Keaton at the podium when Birdman won for best picture. Super classy. Love him. Come back to us, Michael Keaton ... come back to us. 

Oh, I liked the Lego movie song. That was fun. 

Magic box? Stupid. 

I liked the Whiplash best support actor guys acceptance speech. That was good. I don't need to hear people thank 1000 people I don't know. Besides, when you do that, chances are, you are leaving someone out. 

A negative for me, and other television cord-cutters is that you could only stream the Oscars if you have
a cable subscription AND are in one of the 8 markets that ABC contracts with. A bunch of shit if you ask me. I had to watch the Oscars this morning and go on a total media blackout. Thanks stupid ABC. I put you int he category of shit stations right along with CBS and their Grammy shit-show. Get in the modern timeframe already. Seriously. 

Well, there is always next year. Well, and the year after that. Let's give Michael Keaton a year to make a movie so he can then win in 2017. 

Until then, I'll be watching Mr. Mom. 

P.S., apparently, this post is more about my love for Michael Keaton than the Oscars. That's okay; apparently, I am not alone. The internet is bubbling over with Michael Keaton accolades. All very well deserved. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

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This week's episode of The Walking Dead was called: "Them".

It was a really good episode in my opinion. I'm so glad to have TWD back this season, especially since the writing this season has been so fantastic.

The show basically starts off with the group trying to find basic food and water. I was wondering when this would be more of an issue and I appreciate the writers addressing that this type of scenario would come up.

Everyone in the Scooby gang are tired and weak. Lots of characters are internally debating how, why, and if to go on. Some are dealing with anger overwhelming them, like Sasha; others, like Daryl, are quietly eating themselves alive with guilt, sorrow, and despair. What is the right response? Is there a right response? I thought that, while they didn't delve into what the right response was, highlighting the fact that the responses from the individuals in the group would vary, and some might be more right than others was really great.

However, with everyone walking down the side of the road dragging their feet and looking generally finished was a bit overacting. It was too much. Poor directing of the actors there.

I did really like the scene with the pack of dogs. The fact is, at this point in the world, there is not much difference between the fight of the pack of dogs, and the fight of our human group. If you really wanted to get deep, it's the general breakdown of society and evolution. Dogs are domesticated because humans provide a better overall evolutionary outcome for dogs. We provide them with food, water, and shelter -- they evolved to become our pets because it best served them. In this apocalyptic world, we are no longer providing for them, and the chain is breaking.

For those that thought it was too much, I offer this. I am a huge dog lover, but in the very beginning of the series, we see Rick's horse eaten by the walkers. That scene was much, much more tragic than this.

As for the dogs, my only complaint is that I don't think a pack of dogs would go after such a large group of humans. That's just a small complaint though. It would have been much cooler to see five or seven dogs coming after Daryl when he is in the woods by himself.

At this point though, still no water. Church dude is all forsaken God at this point, which on most people wouldn't seem wishy-washy, but on this guy, it does. Then, as if a mirage, there is a bunch of water left in the road. Also, this water is left there after a weird editor's cut of the show. All of the sudden there is just a note. Everyone's like, we can't drink it. Uh, no shit. Water, just randomly left in the middle of the road, like -- here friend. What? No way. Like a million times, no way do you drink that.

I know people think it's more cannibals. It's not. That would be too much. Yet, whatever the threat may be, it is most definitely a threat.

I do like the fact that science guy is the one who wants to do a quality test. He should. He has some severe penance to do for his trickery. I did like the fact that red-beard slapped it out of his hands and mouth; as if to say, don't be an idiot-asshole, and I've still got the need to protect you because it's engrained in my being at this point, well, you know, after I beat you to a pulp. This does bear the question, how fast does science guy heal?

Then, it just rains.

Um, okay.

Letting that one go (especially since there were like two clouds in the sky when Rick looked up and made that awesomely captain obvious statement that it would rain sooner or later ... yeah, save for the fact that you could be dead by then),  they get some water, except that the weather is pretty fierce, so they need to find shelter.

Okay, then.

They go to a barn and get all comfy. Here is where I couldn't tell if when the zombies are outside it's a dream sequence or really happening. I had to watch Talking Dead to get the answer. Thank you Chris, you are a great host now after some growing pains. On a side note, I did really like seeing Sam on the Talking Dead show. I'd hang with him.

The show ends with Sasha and Maggie having some bonding time over their grief, which, as always is interrupted by more pressing matters like a very well-bathed man walking up to the gals.

I don't know about you, but I would not trust this guy.

Remember the scene from Men In Black, where Will Smith is doing his entrance exam, and he shoots the poster of a young girl amongst all the poster aliens. The higher-up people ask why? He says, to paraphrase, because she is in the hood, walking at night by herself, and that is sketchy. Same thing here.

I'm very much looking forward to next week.

See ya all then.