Monday, November 17, 2014

The Walking Dead "Consumed" recap

This city belongs to the dead.
Perhaps the most harrowing aspect of “Consumed”, the sixth episode of this 5th season for The Walking Dead is the vision of night time Atlanta. The snapshot from the 1st season, when Rick rode in on his horse and the seemingly endless sea of cars trying to escape the city stood in stark contrast is replayed here. In the dark of evening, the thoroughly dilapidated landscape is even more ominous than it was the first time.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Walking Dead "Self Help" Recap

So that was a nifty cold open. And by nifty I mean, in the immortal words of Wash from Serenity, “Oh god, oh god, we’re all gonna die”.
Eugene is a man not fit for this world. Fear drives him. The furtive glances and monotone voice in the opening minutes reveal a great deal about him. Something is eating away at him. Unlike the stammering Father Gabriel from the church, Eugene is simply sullen, almost resigned. This flies in the face of the more driven (almost pathologically so) Abraham, for whom the mission has become everything. For him, and potentially the rest of humanity, it is everything. The world of The Walking Dead is a nightmare one cannot escape by simply waking up. In fact, it’s a given that you wouldn’t want to sleep.

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Walking Dead "Slabtown" Recap

I should start this review off by writing that I’ve never been terribly fond of Beth as a character. Like most of the female characters not named Sasha, Carol, or Maggie, the writers have never really given her much to do or be other than the doe-eyed innocent. What little characterization she has been given happened last year during her sojourn in the wilderness with Daryl, an odd pairing that I did enjoy watching.
But I could not come to care about her predicament in this episode.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Walking Dead "Four Walls and a Roof" recap

“Stupidity is also a gift from God but one should not misuse it.”
That simple statement reveals so much of this episode and the conclusion to Hunters storyline. I was not expected such a sudden end to this particular story. My guess would be that Scott Gimble learned from the previous seasons that dragging a storyline out too long can lead to viewer exacerbation. The first prison arc and the second season are prime examples of stretching a storyline far beyond its natural limits. But what a way to end the story of Gareth and the Terminus cannibals.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Freedom to Think

A post I came across recently got me thinking. One of the many monikers for atheists is freethinker. Many atheists (myself among them) consider the lack of religious restrictions to be freedom to pursue the evidence of a particular line of thought. It has been my experience that every idea comes with a set of preconceived notions we default to. For some Christians, evolution comes with a host of religious implications. For some atheists, religion comes with all the negative aspects right up front.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Walking Dead "Strangers" Review

Fear the Hunters has begun.
For those unfamiliar with the comic storyline, tonight’s episode touches on the arc called “Fear the Hunters”. It introduces a new player to the mix in the form of Father Gabriel, a priest driven by guilt. A new lead on Beth’s fate is introduced, which is wholly created for the show. And we see the group cohesion at its brightest. For long time viewers of this show, we know what that means: All hell is about to break loose.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recap of "No Sanctuary", The Walking Dead

Another October has come and with returns The Walking Dead.
I’ve enjoyed this immensely, despite the fact that it can be uneven as all hell sometimes. By that I mean I did sit through the meandering 2nd season of the show, which was probably the low point of the series so far (aside from the bait-and-switch ending for Season 3). Scott Gimble has done a good job so far as the showrunner and I was excited to see where the first episode, “No Sanctuary”, would take the series as it headed into its 5th season.