The Walking Dead Review: “Hostiles and Calamities”

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For this episode we are back in The Sanctuary directly following Daryl’s escape. Dwight has just discovered Daryl got away and Negan has returned to The Sanctuary with his new prisoner: Eugene.

I’m not totally sure how I feel about this episode.

On one hand, it was great to see what was happening at The Sanctuary during the time we were seeing the group prepare to fight Negan. It was definitely vital for us to learn who had helped Daryl escape, what happened to that person, what Negan did to Dwight, and what happened to Eugene.

On the other hand, I’ve never been a huge fan of these types of episodes, at least not right off the bat. It took binging the seasons a few times before I could sit and watch the Governor-solo episodes and I feel like this is a similar situation.

These types of episodes work really well when watched consecutively back to back with the episodes before and after. On it’s own, when you have to wait a week between the last and the next, I always find these ones hard to sit through and find it difficult to concentrate.

That being said, there were several significant things that happened in tonight’s episode.

We learned that Dwight’s wife was the one who helped Daryl escape and has no ran from The Sanctuary herself.

We learned Dwight has some sort of memory issue. I’m guessing to people who have read the comics this might be something they already know, but to people who haven’t this is definitely interesting information.

We learned that everyone in The Sanctuary may or may not be there by choice and that it’s impossible to tell who can be trusted and who can’t. Seriously, what was with those girls Eugene was with? I couldn’t tell if they were really on his side or Negan’s and who they were playing.

And finally, we learned Eugene is either a bigger coward than we thought or a bigger genius than we thought.

At the very end of the episode, Eugene declares himself to be Negan. This could be an incredibly smart move on his part and might just be a means to survival.

However, like everyone else residing at The Sanctuary, I can’t tell if he can be trusted anymore. Eugene is a coward, that much is well known information by now.

While I would like to think he’s just covering himself until he can get back to the group, I also think it’s very possible Eugene has decided to give in to the pickles and video games and join the dark side.

Next week we’re back with Rick and the others and I honestly can’t wait. It looks like it’s going to be a great episode packed with action and walkers

Let me know what you thought of tonight’s episode!

Is Eugene really joining Negan or just trying to survive?

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The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premier Review: “No Way Out”

****WARNING: This post contains spoilers for last night’s episode of The Walking Dead****

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Season 6 | Episode 9 | Aired: February 14, 2016

The Walking Dead is back! It’s back and boy did it return with a bang!

Yes, last night was the mid-season premier of season six and I honestly think this is the best episode of the entire series. I’ve been saying that a lot lately so that’ll tell you just how amazing season six has been so far.

We pick up directly where the mid-season finale left off with Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham being confronted by members of Negan’s group. Just when it seems like a member of Team Family is going to get killed in the first thirty seconds of the episode, something unexpected happens.

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Daryl hits Negan’s gang with a bazooka or rocket launcher or something similar and literally blows them away. Daryl Dixon, ladies and gentlemen, the biggest badass to ever exist.

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Seriously, what a freaking amazing way to start the show. They kept showing that scene in the previews up until the point the explosion happens and I was not expecting that at all! Then Daryl just walks out from behind the truck all badass with his rocket launcher and it was AMAZING!

Back in Alexandria, things are less amazing. Walkers are everywhere and Rick, Michonne, Carl (carry Judith), Ron, Sam, Jessie, and Father Gabriel are attempting to make their way through the herd. However, things very quickly go wrong.

Father Gabriel takes Judith to his church where they’ll be safe (why would you trust this man with your baby? After everything he did!), but the others keep moving forward. That is, until Sam sees a young boy walker and freaks out, remembering what Carol had said to him about the monsters coming to get him.

Now this whole scene really tripped me out because I wasn’t sure if maybe Sam was imagining it or what was happening. I thought maybe after everything that had happened he had finally cracked, but no, unfortunately that’s not what happened. It was not imagined or a hallucination, the monsters really did get him.

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The walkers got Sam which, of course, set Jessie off (understandable, she’s seeing her son being torn apart in front of her). She then starts screaming which brings the walkers down on her (nice Walking Dead guys, kill Rick’s sort of love interest on Valentine’s Day!). To make matters worse, Rick is forced to cut off Jessie’s arm to save Carl as Jessie is still holding onto him even as the walkers devour her.

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Now, before I move onto one of the biggest, if not the biggest, thing to happen in the episode can I just say that I was actually kind of sad to see the rest of the Anderson family (because yes, we also lose Ron).

Like, yeah Ron was a lil’ shit and Jessie annoyed me to no end at points (it was getting better though! I was starting to like Jessie more), but I was really sad they killed Sam! I knew the Andersons died in the comics so I figured it was going to happen, but I was hoping maybe if they killed Ron and Jessie they’d let Sam live and give him to Carol or something.

Either way, I’m sad to see the actors go. Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie), Austin Abrams (Ron), and Major Dodson (Sam) all did a fantastic job. Their characters were memorable and they went out with a bang. Congrats to all three of them on their phenomenal job on the show, on any future projects, and on being the first characters we actually cared about to be killed in this half of the season!

Alright, now let’s move on to something major that happened last night. Like I said before, Ron was lil’ shit and he lived up to this right to the very end when Michonne stuck her sword through his back. Why did she do this? Ron was going to kill Rick. Obviously, Ron’s rage was aimed at the right person, but at the same time can you really blame him for being pissed at Rick?

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Rick killed his dad and as far as Ron’s concerned, Rick’s the one who led them out into the herd which just killed his mom and brother in front of him. Thankfully, Michonne steps in before Ron can kill Rick. However, the gun still goes off and instead of Rick being shot, it’s Carl who gets hit. Right in the eye.

That’s right, it happened! Carl lost his eye! I’ve been saying for how many reviews now that this was coming and it finally happened and it was gross and gruesome and so amazing! I am really excited to see how this progresses the characters as it’s safe to say this will have a major impact on all of them, but what will that impact be? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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I do have to say though that Andrew Lincoln and Chandler Riggs did a great job in this scene. They both do phenomenal in all their scenes, but this one in particular, their reactions were spectacular and the whole thing was so well done.

Now, the episode ends on kind of a happy note. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham make it back to Alexandria and they, along with Rick, the rest of Team Family, and the Alexandrians all pull together to take back their home. This resulted in one of the most badass montages I’ve ever seen with everyone taking down walkers left, right, and center.

And can I just say, before I move on, I was terrified they were going to kill Aaron or Eric. In the comics Eric dies when the walkers invade Alexandria and I was literally yelling at my TV screen because I was terrified either he or Aaron were going to die. Thankfully they didn’t which means Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson will be back on my screens again! Thank you Walking Dead creators for giving us that.

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Also, please take a look at this photo and tell me that Eric isn’t totally badass. He ran out of the house to kill some walkers and then they show at the end of the episode that he did all that in a freakin’ boot cast for his ankle. Badass level is off the charts.

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This episode was intense and insane, but oh so amazing and I can’t even imagine how they’re going to top this. So much more happened that just what I talked about here so if you haven’t already seen the episode you need to.

We’ve seen so many of the characters do a complete flip in this episode and everything that happened is only going to inspire more evolution for all of them and I can’t wait to see where things go from here.

What did you think of the mid-season premier?

Did you cry more at the loss of the Andersons or Carl’s eye?

Next week’s episode looks beyond amazing! It looks like it’s very Daryl and Rick focused so I can’t wait!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #4

After

“After” is such a great episode. Season four, episode nine is the mid-season premier and picks up right after the Governor attacked the prison, focusing on Rick and Carl’s journey as well as Michonne’s.

I love this episode because by the time I watched it I was a fan of Carl and this episode focuses a lot on him and his development. This episode really puts emphasis on how Carl is still a kid and still acts like one, but at the same time he’s really not a kid and is capable of making tough decisions.

Probably one of the most iconic moments from this episode is Carl sitting on a roof eating pudding. I always laugh at that because he literally got attacked and almost eaten by a walker not two minutes ago, losing his shoe in the process, and now he’s just hanging out eating some pudding.

I remember watching it going, “Carl! Carl, what are you doing? What are you doing Carl?!”

Of course Chandler Riggs rips our hearts out only a short while later because after a day of exploring on his own and being the tough guy he is, Carl comes face to face with the idea that he may actually be alone.

For a terrifying moment he thinks Rick has turned and that he’s going to have to put him down which leads to Carl crying and admitting that he can’t do it.

I’ve always felt that this was such a significant moment because living in the prison the viewers saw a huge change in Carl from annoying little kid to still a kid, but able to make tough decisions now.

A good part of the episode was literally focused on Carl trying to prove that he can take care of himself, but then when he realizes he may actually need to do just that he can’t do and he doesn’t want to do it.

One of the best moments in this episode is right at the end. Rick and Carl are talking when there’s a knock on the door and when Rick looks outside he tells Carl it’s for him.

Not only is this hilarious because it’s such a normal thing to say during the apocalypse, but it was also really emotional because we see what’s going on on both sides of the door. We see Rick’s reaction to seeing who’s outside and we see Michonne as she finds the house and then sees two members of her family inside.

This whole episode was a rollercoaster of emotions and it’s absolutely perfect.

Check back tomorrow for #3 on my countdown!

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Fear The Walking Dead Episode Review: “Not Fade Away”

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Episode four of six aired last Sunday and if the last two episodes are anything like last night’s then it’s probably a good thing there’s only six episodes.

This episode was just… kind of boring, if I’m being totally honest. The preview for next week looks like there’s going to be lots of action so I’m assuming that this week was sort of supposed to be building the suspense to a huge climax, but there was no suspense.

You have to have suspense to build up to a climax, but there was no suspense last night. There was just… quiet safety.

At the end of last week’s episode the military arrived. This week we saw that the characters were now in a “safe zone”, a fenced off area where the infected cannot get in.

Well great, they’ve now taken the ‘Walking Dead’ out of Fear The Walking Dead.

For the past three episodes I’ve really enjoyed seeing what the world was like right at the start of the apocalypse. Obviously there would’ve been measures like this taken to try and save things and it’s not going to be action and excitement all the time, but last night the most exciting thing that happened was Chris seeing a light on a hill somewhere outside the safe zone.

There was no action, no build-up, no suspense, and not really any character development. We saw a little sibling moment between Nick and Alicia which was nice, but individually there didn’t seem to be much going on. They both actually seem pretty self-destructive right now (can’t really blame them, the world is ending) with Nick stealing morphine from his sick neighbor and Alicia carving into her skin on the drawing Matt had done on her arm.

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Ofelia actually probably had the most development last night, which isn’t really saying much since we’d hardly seen or heard from her before this. We saw that she’s started a relationship with a soldier, but after the soldiers took her mother to a hospital (apparently), but wouldn’t let her father go I have a feeling the relationship may be over.

The soldiers also took Nick and Madison seemed pretty concerned about this which actually surprised me since she’s slapped him pretty good earlier. Why did she do this? Did she find out about him and the morphine? Was it just because of everything? I watched the episode twice and still didn’t get it.

I think the only other somewhat exciting thing that happened was when Chris saw a light reflecting from outside the safe zone. While not exciting at the time I’m assuming this will lead to him sneaking out of the safe zone to investigate or that’s where they’ll end up going when the safe zone inevitably falls apart.

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Honestly, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this episode. There isn’t much to summarize because not much really happened. They’re safe, there you go, that’s all there is to know.

The preview for next week looks more exciting, but that’s also what I said about this week so who knows. I’m holding out hope that these last two episodes will really turn things around and be great.

I’ve had this review written since Tuesday now, but I wanted to watch the episode again before posting because I saw so many people raving about the episode and I was sitting here going, “Did I miss something?” No I didn’t, it was a good episode, but not the best. But that’s okay because there’s a new episode tomorrow night and I am very excited for this one!

What did you think of “Not Fade Away”?

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Fear the Walking Dead Episode Review: “The Dog”

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This was a good episode. We saw some character development, some sass, and all the characters are actually together. We also finally saw some walkers up close.

Travis, his family, and the Salazar’s are forced to flee the shop they’ve taken refuge in from the riots after the shop next door is set on fire. During their escape Griselda is injured, but the hospital has been overrun so they take her back to Travis and Madison’s house. However, Madison and the kids aren’t there.

They’d run from the house and gone next door for a gun after a walker (a former neighbour) started approaching the house. Travis is attacked by the walker when he enters the house, but thankfully is saved from being bitten when Daniel Salazar shoots the walker in the head.

Travis and both his families decide to wait until morning to leave for the desert, but Daniel Salazar decides his family will stay there despite his daughter’s protests.

Before the Manawa/Clark family can leave, the army shows up and Travis and Madison believe everything will be alright now. Daniel, on the other hand, says it’s already too late.

We know who’s right.

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There was a lot of conflict between the characters last night. Can’t really blame them, it’s a pretty stressful situation. Travis just seemed to be arguing with everyone last night: Madison, Chris, Liza, and Daniel!

Madison seemed kind of fed up with Nick last night. In all fairness he was kind of being an asshat.

“I don’t need you, I need my medicine.”

Come on kid, I know you’re going through a rough time right now, but your mom literally nearly died getting those pills for you. At least throw a ‘thanks anyways’ in there. I want to slap him and hug him at the same time.

It was kind of funny though how as they’re waiting for Travis to return Madison gets out the Monopoly and they all immediately pick a game piece.

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Also being an asshat last night was Daniel. All Travis, Liza, and Chris wanted was a place to wait out the riots and yet he was acting like they’d asked for a kidney! Then, when they’re running for their lives and Griselda gets hurt, who is that carries her to the truck? Travis! And yet Daniel still is just resisting being even the slightest bit polite to him.

I am enjoying this though. The way the families are so different and the way they bicker back and forth. It’s like watching real families instead of actors in a show. Couples bicker, parents get fed up with their children, not everybody gets along.

They might want to start trying though since the dead are up and walking. Oh what’s that? This guy said something that hurt your feelings? Well, did he try to eat your face? No? Then shut up, who cares, you’re still alive!

Three episodes in and I’m torn between liking the characters and wanting to slap them. Yes, they’re doing this right. Well done writers.

There was also a lot of focus on the idea of strength .vs. weakness, particularly between Travis and Daniel.

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After their neighbour is turned into a walker, Madison wants to kill her, but Travis talks her out of it. He says it’s not her call to make and that they don’t know for sure there isn’t going to be a cure for this ‘sickness’. Daniel sees this interaction and calls Travis weak.

I wouldn’t necessarily say Travis is weak, but more hopeful, kind of naive, and probably incredibly confused as to what the hell is happening to the world. Thankfully Madison and Liza seem to be teaming up and know that they have to do what they have to do.

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It was once again one of those moments that made you think about what you would do if you were in that situation. Would you hesitate? You’ve known this person for years and now here they are. Some people say she’s dead, but others are saying it’s just a sickness and there will be a cure. What do you do?

We already saw last night that Daniel has no issue just killing them (every time a walker gets shot now all I can hear is the girl from episode one, “kill shot bitch”). However, Travis doesn’t want to kill them. He wants to believe there may still be a way out of this.

It’s funny because I saw someone on Tumblr say how all the people watching the show who have seen The Walking Dead are now like Rick Grimes and the people in FTWD are the Alexandrians. Yup, I’d say this is a pretty good comparison.

I’d also say that people who have seen The Walking Dead know not to leave your house when the dead are walking and leave the damn door open! Like come on!

Closing the Damn Door

This was all of us, right?

It’s hard for me to feel sympathetic for them just because I’ve seen The Walking Dead so I know what happens and all I can hear is Carol’s “oh sunshine” in my head. Like, I just want to knock some sense of reality into Travis that this is how the world is now.

But for them it isn’t and that’s what I love about this show is that they don’t know what’s coming. On one hand that sucks, but on the other hand it’s so interesting to watch how each character reacts and slowly comes to realize that this is it.

Like Alicia last night who, up until this episode, had no clue what was going. She thought people were just getting a bad flu until her neighbour tried to eat her. She freaked out because she realized that her boyfriend is now also one of those things. It was heartbreaking. A+ to Alycia Debnam-Carey on her performance. This show has strong female characters and I am so happy!

Nick’s accepted it. As far as he’s concerned the world already sucked Before, the only difference now is that the dead don’t die. Madison’s struggling to accept it. She believes the people are dead, but you can tell she doesn’t want to believe it in the way she let Travis take the hammer last night.

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Alicia’s terrified and confused and I’m intrigued to see more of her reaction to the whole thing next week. Travis just doesn’t believe it. He’s in full denial, there will still be a cure, the government will figure it out mode. Sorry to break it to you, but no. So I’m also really interested in seeing his reaction next week and whether he starts to accept things.

We didn’t see much of Chris and Liza’s reactions to everything, but they both seem understandably freaked out. Liza almost seems defeated in the way she talked about not being able to help Griselda and Chris I think is looking at things with a typical teenage perspective in which now is the perfect opportunity for him to learn to use a gun.

Remind you of anyone?

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The Salazar family is still kind a wild card. Daniel speaks for them all. He believes the world is doomed, the government can’t do anything to help. For Griselda it seems to be whatever her husband says is fine because he’s always looked after them before. But Ofelia isn’t so sure.

Her character right from the start was described as being very sheltered and now she’s seeing this world and doesn’t know what to do with it. I think we’ll be seeing some badass stuff her at some point though. It’s always the quiet ones.

So yes, this episode was pretty good. There was a lot of start to character conflict and I think we’ll probably see more of that next week.

Also, can I just say, what was up with those subtitles AMC? I was watching the show on a big TV and I have no sight issues and yet I was having the hardest time reading those tiny subtitles. The Walking Dead is one of the most successful shows on television right now and you’re telling me you can’t afford to make your subtitles bigger?

What did you think of last night’s episode?

How do you think you would react if the dead started walking?

Check out the preview for next week below!

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