Apr 042016
 
Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

YOU ARE ALIVE

The Walking Dead is a maddening show. Not so much a “love to hate” show, but a show that can be loved and hated in almost equal measures. The Season 6 finale, Last Day on Earth, evidences both The Walking Dead’s best qualities and its worst ones in abundance. There was much that was stunning, and much that was just like, oh come on, really? Because this is a whole blog post, and not a tweet, I will certainly be getting into more detail on both the love and the hate.

But first, A CLIFFHANGER? REALLY? That is just bullshit. You can say, what was I expecting? It’s a TV show, isn’t a cliffhanger de rigueur? No, not really. I mean, I’m fine with the fact that a cliffhanger exists, but you can’t argue it’s necessary to bring in the audience when the show already has mega-high ratings. A show that popular can afford to reveal something major in the season finale and trust the audience to return. Obviously, the producers would argue that the reveal is Negan himself, but in interviews, all the major players have said, ‘Oh, don’t you worry, we’re not teasing, there will be serious, important deaths in the season finale’, so the refusal to reveal who (and confining the “who”—at least in this episode—to one person) is a cheat. Continue reading »

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Mar 282016
 
Dwight sneaks up behind Daryl

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

I think that everything I have seen on TV in the past two weeks started at a point in time and then backtracked to “how we got here”. In The Walking Dead episode East, the “point in time” showed absolutely nothing—blood dripping on the ground, voices, gunfire—so what was the point? The Walking Dead is necessarily about how “cool” it all is, it serves fans who find the zombie apocalypse cool. But the coolness of the dripping blood was somehow the Anti-Cool for me; it was too cool.

In other words, I enjoy this show, and I acknowledge it does not speak to my better angels that I enjoy something so gory and violent. But an all-too-clever celebration of that gore—the blood on the asphalt—is a turn-off, at least for me. It reduces the show to that one element—LOOK AT THE BLOOD!—and mocks the viewer for acting like there’s more to it. Continue reading »

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The Walking Dead: Twice As Far—Bite a Dick

The Walking Dead: Twice As Far—Bite a Dick

Mar 21, 2016

In Episode 6.14, Twice as Far, The Walking Dead proves that it is no longer the “kill the black guy” show. Now it’s “kill the gay”. I’ve praised this show for depicting gay relationships in a healthy way, but if they’re the ‘token first to die’ people now, I object. Aaron’s partner, whose name I […]

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The Walking Dead: The Same Boat

The Walking Dead: The Same Boat

Mar 14, 2016

Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC The Walking Dead episode The Same Boat is apparently subtitled “Girl Power”. There are no men of any significance in this episode. Carol and Maggie, separated from the rest of the Alexandria crew, are the focus of the episode. Rick and Glenn are barely visible, and Daryl has one important moment, […]

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The Walking Dead: Not Tomorrow Yet

The Walking Dead: Not Tomorrow Yet

Mar 7, 2016

Here’s a funny thing. While watching The Walking Dead this weekend, I jotted down a quote I liked, as is my habit. Often, I use them as pull-quotes or post subtitles. The quote was “It’s not tomorrow yet”. Afterwards, I found out the title of the episode was Not Tomorrow Yet. There goes my clever […]

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The Walking Dead: Knots Untie

The Walking Dead: Knots Untie

Mar 1, 2016

I am begrudgingly accepting that Jesus is a likable guy. I mean on The Walking Dead, of course, not the religious guy. In Knots Untie, it’s pretty clear that he’s trying to accomplish something by bringing our Alexandria people and his Hilltop people together. Tom Payne, who plays Paul “Jesus” Rovia, has beautiful blue eyes […]

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The Walking Dead: No Way Out and The Next World

The Walking Dead: No Way Out and The Next World

Feb 23, 2016

Being two weeks behind on The Walking Dead is interesting, because we had one great episode (No Way Out) and one really dull one (The Next World). Now, there were a few clunker moments in No Way Out, sure, and a few great moments in The Next World, but the incredible seesaw of The Walking […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: 608, Pretend You're Brave

The Walking Dead Recap: 608, Pretend You’re Brave

Dec 1, 2015

As the scattered remnants of Alexandria and Team Rick move on once again in The Walking Dead episode 6.08, Start to Finish, where are we? More to the point, viewers of The Walking Dead: where are you? Are you still on board with this crew, or not? After a wildly uneven half season, I find myself […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: 607, Green Balloons

The Walking Dead Recap: 607, Green Balloons

Nov 23, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way: The Walking Dead episode Heads Up wastes no time showing us that Glenn is alive. In a survival escape so unbelievable that only the Sexy Pizza Geek of the Apocalypse could pull it off, Glenn actually slides from beneath Nicholas’ body to the underside of the nearby Dumpster, which appears […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: 606, Help

The Walking Dead Recap: 606, Help

Nov 16, 2015

What is it about this show? Does it seem to anyone else that it messes with us, or am I just an unusually delicate person? Because that last second of Always Accountable … not cool, TWD. Not cool at all. And what’s odd is that for a while, I did get to thinking, Hey … this […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: 605, Uuuuugggghhhhhhh

The Walking Dead Recap: 605, Uuuuugggghhhhhhh

Nov 9, 2015

Don’t adjust your browsers. A walker did not get into the title, don’t worry. That’s just The Walking Dead episode 6.05, Now, dragging its zombie foot around on my last damn post-apocalyptic nerve. Now is not only not my least favorite episode of season 6: It actually reminds me of season 2, what with all […]

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The Walking Dead Recap: 604, The Art of Peace

The Walking Dead Recap: 604, The Art of Peace

Nov 3, 2015

In what is almost certainly the olive-branch episode of Season 6, The Walking Dead takes a big step back from the horrifying end of last week’s episode for some backstory on where in the ruined world Morgan found his soul. Here’s Not Here is a lovely episode, beautifully shot and acted, and I was grateful for it. […]

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The Walking Dead Recap 603: Thanks for Nothing

The Walking Dead Recap 603: Thanks for Nothing

Oct 26, 2015

It’s hard to write a recap of a show when you’re really, really mad at it. I’m a nice person (nice people get taken by not-so-nice TV shows sometimes!), so we’ll keep this polite – but if The Walking Dead did what I think it did in Thank You, it might be over between us. […]

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