The Walking Dead

Walking Wednesday: The Same Boat

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“You’re not the good guys.  You should know that.”

Last week, we were left worrying about what would happen to Carol and Maggie.  If you think Carol’s been acting weird for the past couple of weeks, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  This episode had a Carol like we’ve never seen before.

I frequently marvel at Carol’s transformation from scared housewife to complete and total badass.  Watching her regain her humanity is almost hard for me.  When you watch a show called The Walking Dead, you expect it to be pretty violent.  What I love about The Walking Dead is the depths of emotions it portrays.  Melissa McBride did a bang-up job in this episode!  It is taking some time for me, though, to mourn that killer Carol.  Her behavior at the beginning of the episode– the crucifix, the panic attack– didn’t feel warranted to me.  By the time I saw flashes of that killer Carol I figured she must have been playing them.  Was she?  By the end of the episode, when that Daryl/Carol connection is highlighted and we hear that she is not okay, I think maybe this is a union of old Carol and new… a newer Carol with that survival instinct plus humanity.  Like I said, it is going to take some getting used to.

Maggie and Glenn serve as a contrast in these last two episodes– watching Glenn struggle to kill vs. watching Maggie want to eradicate that whole compound.  When the door opened and they came gun to gun, the relief was there on Glenn’s face.  It seemed like Maggie only felt shock.  I love these two, and I’m kind of worried about Maggie.

So, Negan.  Is there a Negan?  I listened when that chick said we’re all Negan.  I could buy that there’s no leader.  One thing I’m pretty sure of: that dude Rick shot in the head was not Negan, despite his claims.  Thoughts?!

Walking Wednesday: Not Tomorrow Yet

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Night falls on Alexandria, but Carol can’t get to sleep…

Okay, who else was PSYCHED to finally see Carol?  She is such an interesting character, you guys.  I loved watching her become badass, and harden into something scary.  In this show, that’s cool and useful.  What we’re seeing of Carol now is something that we barely remember, and she barely remembers either– I hate how she says she was a mom!  Carol bakes cookies; Carol kisses Tobin on the porch.  I think Carol doesn’t want to kill.

While one couple forms, another falters– it’s not like Abraham and Rosita were ever compelling. ( Side note: I couldn’t tell if Abraham was leaving just Rosita or Alexandria in general… I guess to be revealed.)  Regardless, Abraham’s words were unbelievably harsh.  He only was with Rosita because when he met her, he thought she was the last woman in the world and now he knows she’s not.  If I were Rosita, I’d have plenty of tears.

The raid on Negan’s compound was somewhat impressive.  It’s neat to see the group work together with ninja-like stealth.  It’s not nice to see the pain in Glenn’s eyes as he knifes his sleeping victims.  This group is hard, yo.  As evidenced by the comments as he punches the decapitated head of a walker, Rick is what is to be feared these days.  While flashes of humanity seem to return to the others, it’s been a while since we’ve really seen that in Rick.

AND HONESTLY THAT ENDING.  Terrifying, in a way.  Thoughts?!

Walking Wednesday: Knots Untie

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If I recall correctly, I complained about a lack of Glenn and Maggie last week.  This week, those two were awesome.  Maggie was a total boss and I think I’ve developed an uncontrollable crush on Glenn.  They’re both great, but Maggie this week!

Jesus proposed that his community trade with Rick Grimes & co. and reveals that his community, Hilltop, has other trade partners.  This basically blows the minds of the core group now headquartered in Alexandria, and you know what?  It blew my mind too.  Perhaps it’s a good thing that I’m so into this storyline that I too don’t consider what else might be out there and thriving.  This opens up a whole new world of possibility.

Of course, things weren’t that easy.  It was totally fun seeing Glenn, Daryl, and Abraham go basically through a haunted house of zombies when they spotted the car crash because, duh, there’s already a problem.  Seeing the community for the first time was pretty inspiring, and that music was perfectly paired!  The leader of the Hilltop group, Gregory, immediately comes across as super sleazy.  I totally thought he was going to die and that would be that.  Oh well, second chances are a thing, I guess.

Of course, Rick Grimes & co. bring violence with them.  Rick is like, not so scary of a guy just looking at him, but he can become scary really quickly, and it’s always interesting seeing people react.  However, I am floored by the fact that he, Maggie, the whole group really think that they are the strongest; invincible.  They’re ready to go in, guns blazing, and take on Negan & the Savoirs?  Michonne is right: this is going to be a fight.

Walking Wednesday: The Next World

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Better late than never?  Sorry to post this so late in the day, guys; it’s been a busy week and today I’m playing a little bit of catch up!  So, having just watched “The Next World,” here are my thoughts:

Rick and Daryl‘s little adventure was so much fun.  Y’all know I don’t love anyone on this show as much as I love Daryl, so to have him in the action with Rick was nice.  I don’t know what to make of Paul/Jesus.  He seems likable enough, then immediately is AWFUL and like Daryl said, why would you trust someone who calls himself Jesus?

This episode lacked any Glenn/Maggie moments.

Carl needs a cooler eye patch.  I don’t what to make of him or Enid at all.  The whole zombie Deanna thing was weird, and telling Michonne he’d stab her in the brain because he loves her was weirder.  Enid, I’ve never understood.  We’ll hear more from her soon, I guess.

RICK AND MICHONNE, YOU GUYS.  Does anyone else love this as much as I do?!

Walking Wednesday: No Way Out

Welcome to Walking (Dead) Wednesday, kids!  I haven’t blogged Walking Dead regularly in the past, but I liked the alliterative quality and, let’s be real, I need to get myself back on a schedule.  I’m working on it.  And my weekend vlog is up, by the way.  It’ll be here tomorrow, but you should go subscribe so you don’t miss anything.

ANYWAY- Midseason premiere, eh?  I must be honest, I had a really hard time getting into this episode.

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What I Cared About:

Daryl who started the episode literally with a bang with that rocket launcher, and saved the whole freaking day (and, dare I say, episode!) with it again by the end.  I was so eager to see him reunited with the group.  I hated the initial interaction with Negan’s motorcycle gang, so the rocket launcher is only fair to make that worth it.  Sasha and Abraham were total badasses with the machine guns too, and I feel like they sufficiently saved the day.

Glenn and Maggie were also at the top of my mind and I was SO MAD that I had to wait until the very end to see Maggie again.  After things were touch and go with Glenn in the beginning of the season, I might never recover from one of my favorite characters almost biting the dust.  When Maggie yelled for Glenn, so did I.  Enid also sucked less thanks to Glenn.

Surprisingly, Carl losing an eye did not phase me.  I think he’ll be badass with an eyepatch.  This brings me to…

What I Didn’t Care About:

The Andersons were an absolute waste of my time.  Sam bothered me from the get-go and I know people are bothered to see a child eaten by zombies, but you guys– he was such a bad character.  Jessie may have brought a ray of hope into Rick’s dim heart but she wasn’t so great either, and just like that, she was gone.  Also, Michonne running her sword through Ron should be in the above section ’cause I freaking love her.

Does anyone else think The Alexandrians v. All the Walkers was ridiculous?  Rick rages blackouts and fights and everyone decides it’s a good idea to join him?  I get it shows that they can work together, but there were so. many. walkers.  And literally no one died?  Except the Wolf who I didn’t care about at all.

What Surprised Me:

I’ve hated Gabriel since we met him– I have never trusted him.  This episode was a major turning point for him, though, and I think I can maybe trust him now.

What did you guys think?!

2016 To Watch

It’s officially 2016, we’ve sufficiently celebrated and then retreated to the comfort of our couches.  Let’s get to what’s important here: what we can watch in 2016!  Here’s the TV I cannot wait for in the immediate future:

January 10th, Shameless (Showtime) | Originally, this was set for January 17th (which I remember because it’s my birthday!) but I can’t complain that we’re getting season 6 a week early!

January 15th, Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | This is always a favorite of mine, as big of a Gordon Ramsay fan as I am.  I’ll likely be keeping up with this one on Hulu, though it’s made appearances on the blog before.

January 24th, The X-Files (Fox) | There are literally no words for how I feel about this show’s return.  I should honestly be setting my DVR now, but this show will have a Monday night time slot which means I should be home to watch each week.

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February 2nd, American Crime Story (FX) | As obsessed as I am with AHS, I always figured I would watch this show.  I’ve seen a preview here and there for the The People v. OJ Simpson and I literally cannot wait.  I was super young when this happened, but I still remember it on the news.  Should be interesting!

February 14th, The Walking Dead (AMC) | Happy Valentine’s Day to me!  I love The Walking Dead and I’ve missed it so.  February seems like a while to wait for this mid-season return, but things could be worse.

February 21, Girls (HBO) | My Sunday night ritual!  Doesn’t Girls usually return in January?  The wait for this one has definitely been long, but I’ll be tuning in and definitely recapping for the blog!

What’s missing?  Oh, just a few shows I can’t live without!  Game of Thrones, obviously, which is set for April 2016.  Also, Orphan Black which is set to have season 4 pop up this year too.  Finally, probably my favorite show of 2015, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, should be coming back to Netflix for season two this year!

What shows are you looking forward to?!

Walking Dead Catch Up

Yesterday, I caught up on last week’s episode of The Walking Dead.  I got super into this show just before the mid-season finale.  I’ve been good at keeping up with it since then, but I must say, it started out slow.

The first episode post-hiatus was neat, but it didn’t progress the story at all.  I was feeling the same way about last week’s episode… that is, until the end.  The way this stranger says friend and the knowledge he has of the group and Rick is creepy, to say the least, but the hope of having shelter and resources is tempting.

This image stuck me and inspired me to write this post!

This image stuck me and inspired me to write this post!

And so, we’ve turned a new corner with this season– anew character, a new storyline, and undoubtedly, new threats.  With those last few minutes, I am now invigorated and so excited to see tonight’s episode!

Have you been keeping up with Walking Dead?

What do you think of this season so far?

Looking Forward: 2015 TV

This is the most important list I could write.  Now that we’ve talked about favorite shows of 2014, let’s look forward to my most anticipated shows of 2015.  Mark your calendars for these very important premiere dates!

I thought Gillian would be nice eye candy to accompany this list.

I thought Gillian would be nice eye candy to accompany this list.

MasterChef Junior | We don’t have to go too long without this delight!  A new season returns Tuesday, January 6th at 8 PM on Fox.  You’ll probably see my recaps pop up on Fridays again.

Shameless | After quite the surprise in the end of last season, I can’t wait for new episodes!  Shameless returns to Showtime Sunday, January 11th at 9 PM.  I’ll be watching on Showtime Anytime since this conflicts with another show…

Girls | I feel like it’s been such a long time since the season finale.  Is Hannah going to Iowa?  I guess we’ll find out on Sunday, January 11th at 9 PM.  My recaps should be ready for you Mondays, as usual.

The Fall | Oh goodness, how I’ve missed this delicious Gillian Anderson detective thriller.  I’ve been waiting forever for new episodes, and the second series finally hits Netflix on Friday, January 16th.

Best New Restaurant | Tom Colicchio hosts this Gordon Ramsay production, Bravo’s new Best New Restaurant.  With the two of them involved, it’s a sure thing I’ll be watching.  The premiere is Wednesday, January 21st at 10 PM, I guess taking the place of Top Chef.  I’m hungry just thinking about it.

The Walking Dead | I’m going to be very busy on Sundays.  The Walking Dead returns from it’s midseason hiatus on Sunday, February 8th at 9 PM on AMC.

Better Call Saul | I finally finished Breaking Bad, checking it off from my TV to-do list.  Saul has got to be my favorite character, and I’m looking forward to more Bob Odenkirk in the AMC show!  It’s set to premiere Monday, February 9th at 10 PM.

Broadchurch | I’d been watching Gracepoint, but when Broadchurch finally hit Netflix it was clear that this is the superior show.  While series 2 premieres in January in the UK, we’ll have to wait a bit longer on BBC America.  Broadchurch series 2 premieres Wednesday, March 4th at 10 PM.

Orphan Black | It’s straight-up torture to make us wait this long!  My favorite show of the year finally returns to BBC America on Saturday, April 18th.  Clone Club Catch-Up will be back, friends!

 

So now you know what I’m most looking forward to in the new year and how you can watch too!  What shows are you most looking forward to?

2014 Favorites

It’s that time!  With the year winding down, here is my very own Obligatory 2014 TV Favorites List.  Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, none of these should surprise you.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do year to year, so even though you’ve probably read a million of these, I’m giving you another.  I’ve got two categories for you; my favorite things, TV & video games.  Without further ado:

 

TV Shows

5. Orange is the New Black | Probably my most anticipated new season of the year, OITNB’s second season did not disappoint!

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LostGirlTVSeriesLogo4. Lost Girl | I stated watching this late last year, early 2014.  This show hit every note for me, and I recommend it for Buffy fans and similar.  It’s final season is just beginning, so jump on this train.

 

Ecran_Titre_d'American_Horror_Story3. American Horror Story | Coven straddled 2013 and 2014, and Freak Show will bleed into next year.  I’m just so onboard with this show and especially Jessica Lange.  I only hope she is as onboard as I am for the next season!

 

 

The_Walking_Dead_title_card2. The Walking Dead | I watched the first season years ago, and picked up again recently just in time for the mid-season finale.  I am constantly impressed with the emotional depths this show brings me to.

 

1. Orphan Black | Recommended to me in late 2013, I watched the first season of this show just in time for the second to begin.  You may have caught my Clone Club Catch-Ups, and expect to see more next year.  Tatiana Maslany’s masterful performance as almost all of the show’s main characters is always worth watching.

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Honorable Mention: Top Chef | Another show whose seasons straddle two years, I absolutely loved New Orleans and Boston might be my favorite season ever.  Stay tuned for more recaps!

 

Video Games

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03. Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS | Okay, this is two games.  I’ve played the 3DS version more because it’s portable, and I’ve had it longer.  This is my favorite installment of Super Smash since the original N64 version.  The novelty of this concept has not worn off!  Kirby smashing up Pikachu is still awesome.

02. Mario Kart 8 | I hate to say this, but I’m not really a Mario Kart girl.  Sure, I loved Super Mario Kart, but the N64 days had me with Diddy Kong Racing and don’t even get me started on Double Dash.  MK8, however, single-handedly justified purchasing a WiiU for me.  I am so impressed with this game.  I love the online component, and find the DLC exciting.  I keep on coming back for more!

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby | Hoenn was always my favorite region so I was more excited than ever before for these amazing remakes.  I got through Alpha Sapphire fast; faster than X by far.  These games have even reignited my desire to complete an Unova adventure.  I’m so happy that more people will be introduced to this region and this story.  These games are fantastic and I can’t wait for what Pokémon has in store for us next!  I’d write more about how much I’m obsessed with these fantastic games, but I want to go wonder trade.

And there you have it!  What are your favorite shows and/or games from this year?