If you’ve never heard of A Voice for Men or Return of Kings, count yourself fortunate. Sadly as a man in his 30s, I’ve run across far too many douchebags who subscribe to this misogynistic bullshit. It’s been awhile since my last essay but I feel it’s good to come back with two full barrels of caustic verbal ammo aimed at some dysfunctional ducks.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
The concluding passage of a piece or movement.
That’s the definition of the word coda, the title of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. A fitting name for the midseason finale of a show. The format of having 16 episodes split over two halves has really become useful for storytelling to Scott Gimble and his writing staff. They’ve been able to focus stories much more closely, trimming most of (but not all of) the fat from the stories.
“Coda” starts off immediately after the cliffhanger ending of the last episode. Lamson from the hospital crew had just laid out Sasha and made a break for it. To be honest, not the smartest plan.
Monday, November 24, 2014
The opening segment of this week’s episode is most telling. Preparations are underway to fortify the church. Whether this is to protect against the walkers or against other humans is a moot point. As this journey has shown, the humans are by far more dangerous than the dead. At least the dead have the excuse of being driven purely by instinct.
Monday, November 17, 2014
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
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
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
“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.