Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 3 “Four Walls and a Roof” Review

*Spoiler Warning*

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Well it would seem that fried chicken I ate last Sunday slowed down my writing reaction time as well as my metabolism. Funny how meat can mess with the mind sometimes. Anyways, this week’s episode was vastly better than last week’s episode due to the dramatic tension, the many references to the comic, and the how much better the pacing was this week with how much detail they fit in under an hour of screen time.

To summarize, we pickup from last week with seeing the remaining Termites eating Bob’s leg. Bob tells them they’re eating tainted meat because he got bitten in the previous episode. After throwing up and having a melt down the Termites drop Bob back off at the church, and begin a game of psychological warfare with Rick and his group. We then find Rick confronting father Gabriel about his past and find that father Gabriel locked out members of his congregation to die when the outbreak first happened, and Gabriel is still haunted by his cowardice in the present. After Bob goes inside the church, Abraham wants to protect Eugene so they can get to Washington and demands that Rick and his group join him without waiting for Carol and Daryl.

Rick Refuses Abraham and an argument breaks out, with Glenn making both agree to compromise: Abraham agrees to give Rick 12 hours to follow Rick’s plan to wipe out the Termites in exchange for taking Glenn and Maggie to Washington with Eugene and Lolita. Rick’s group divides up and sets a trap where half the group leaves for where the Terminus members are hiding, and keeps the other half of the group to hide in the church. The Termites take Rick’s bate and go inside the church threatening to kill all of the members including Judith. The Termite leader Gareth even offered father Gabriel safe passage if he betrayed Rick’s group. Eventually we see two of the termites get gunned down by Rick’s returning group, Gareth gets some of his fingers shot off. Gareth tries to weasel his way out of death by promising to leave Rick’s group alone, but Rick tells him how he’s a danger to other people, and that he “had a promise to keep” right before he bashed Gareth’s head in with his machete (the same weapon Rick mentioned he would kill Gareth with in the start of episode 5:01). h.

The Termites are then shot to death. Father Gabriel remarks “Why did this happen? This is the Lord’s house!” to which Maggie rebuts him “No it’s not, it’s four walls and a roof”. As the episode closes we see the group split like they had agreed to do, and Michonne offers her advice to comfort father Gabriel, and Daryl comes back through the bushes saying “All right, come out!” The film fades to black right after.

Hah, I swear AMC loves using their cliff hanger endings. I have to say that this episode felt like it should have been a half way season closer, not just the third episode because of how many subplots got wrapped up all at once. That being said, it was a great episode and shows that that AMC is making this their biggest season of The Walking Dead to date. My favorite moments had to be with Bob screaming at the Termites, “tainted meat!” I also loved seeing Rick fulfill his promise to Gareth, and seeing how the dynamics between Abraham and Rick keep unfolding. My only complaint is that I’m wondering where the story line can go from here for the next couple of episodes. We will have to wait and see for next Sunday.

Until next Sunday comes around, I highly recommend you all browse the internet for Walking Dead memes. This one that my friend Sam found on Tumblr is pure gold!

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-Tatteybye

 

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My Favorite Cosplay Projects

For those who haven’t guessed yet, I’m a colossal nerd and I’m proud of that fact. I enjoy the art of costume-playing and creating my own costumes to pay homage to some of my favorite characters in popular culture. I love old school cosplay, insane attention to detail, re-imagined cosplay (like gender bending and race crossing characters), and the “controversial” sexy cosplay (which simply shows a more human side to the art, the people slut shaming the models are the real problem). I don’t read comics that often, so I have yet to head into the world of comic book cosplay. However, I have amassed the photos of some of my past projects to display here on WordPress for the world to see.

1. The Angry Video Game Nerd:

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One of the forerunners internet reviewing, and one of my biggest influences in the world Critiquing, the AVGN always managed to make me laugh even the saddest times of my teenage years. I love his reviews, and to show it I dressed up as him in Halloween in 2011 and 2012. The hardest part was finding the right type of glasses, which I found at a dollar store and punched out the lenses.

2. Merle Dixon of The Walking Dead

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***Season one and three spoiler warning*** Merle Dixon (played by Michael Rooker) is a foul-mouthed racist we meet in Season one of The Walking Dead who was handcuffed to the top of a roof by protagonist Rick Grimes because he was a danger to the rest of the group (he was attracting the attention of the all the zombies down below by shooting them with a snipe rifle). He had to cut off his hand to escape, and returned in season 3 with a badass prosthetic with a bayonet on it. Merle causes a lot of chaos to the story line alongside The Governor (the biggest bad guy in Walking Dead history), but eventually Merle redeems makes an effort to protect his brother Daryl and the rest of the group by confronting The Governor and his men with an army of walkers and a sniper rifle. Merle was killed by the Governor in that confrontation, but he’s still a fan favorite.

Of course I deplore anyone with racist tendencies, but in the name of great fiction, I think Merle’s just a massive badass character who has all the right traits to survive in a zombie apocalypse. I cosplayed as Merle and even met Michael Rooker and Scott Wilson last year at Rock and Shock 2013. Wilson and I had a fun conversation. Alas, Rooker’s people rushed me through seeing him though because he had a very long line. I did make a joke about wearing the prosthetic was a pain in the ass though to Michael and his crew members. Louisiana has Mardi Gras to celebrate, New Englad has Halloween and we take it very seriously. The  pics below depict my steps gathering the costume and making the bayonet prosthetic.

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3. The 9th Doctor

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The 9th Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) was the first Doctor introduced in the reboot of Doctor Who, and despite being around for only one season is still considered an underdog and fan favorite in the series. I often liken myself to different incarnations of The Doctor, with 9 being the most common that I can relate too. It was only natural that I would pick to be the 9th Doctor for Halloween this year. This was by far my easiest cosplay as I already had the proper sonic Screw Driver and most of the correct attire, the hardest part was getting a good sweater that fit the look. Alas, the lighting inside my house is awful, so my purple shirt comes out looking like it’s either blue or black. Next year I’ll save up my money and buy the authentic leather jacket, but what I have now means I don’t need to spend $150 on a jumper I’m maybe going to use three times a year. Feel free to comment below your thoughts as to whether or not that these cosplays are “Fantastic!”

Also feel free to recommend any cosplays for me in the future, I’ve wanted to go as Light Yagami from Death Note for a long time, so that might be my next one!

-Tatteybe

 

Genius

A touching blog about practice and the love of a mother. Always happy to see the next generation carrying on the musical flame!

A Holistic Journey

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According to Malcolm Gladwell, behind the genius of high-achievers that leaves us spellbound you really have just 10,000 hours of practice.

Let’s see what this might look like for you as a drummer, Tennyson:

You’ve put in at least 500 hours thus far.

1 hour of practice a day, 35 free days in a year –>
330 hours
the next 5 years –>
1650 hours plus the 500 = 2150 hours by the age of 12

The next 12 years, double the daily hour –>
660 hours every year, a total of 7920 hours
plus the ones from the first 12 years = 10,070 hours by the age of 24

Unless an earthquake brings this house down or you find yourself with a single parent, you will continue to have every opportunity to play. And even in the tightest straits we will sell the furniture…

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RE: F-Bombs for Feminism

*Warning: Discussions of Feminism and foul language*

I took the three minutes out of my life to watch the F-Bombs for Feminism video, and I get where the makers of the video were coming from. I support what the messages the video talks about. It’s taking a bat to a misogynistic bees nest and stopped sugar coating what Feminism is fighting for, and why so many women feel righteous fury (being judged on their appearance, the wage gap, and rape culture). Also, the swearing doesn’t really affect me as I’ve seen so many worse things on the internet (just drop a line to 4chan.org to see jokes about rape, 9/11, and the holocaust to see what I mean). I do feel though that the product placement of the T-shirts and the subliminal advertising were unethical (mentioned previously on my re-blog) since I don’t see equality as something that’s great to make money on. So my understanding has increased, but my opinion remains unchanged. If you disagree then I won’t argue with you over that, but please don’t judge me for making choices and having opposing viewpoints from yours.

And in case anyone else hasn’t watched the video yet, here it is:

-Tatteybye

The Top Five Worst Songs of 2014 (Thus Far)

*Warning: sexually explicit language and imagery in this blog post*

So I got around to the follow-up, just a lot later than anticipated. That’s not really a problem though since horrible music has always been around, and always will be (just look at most of last year’s hits as proof). I’m happy to say that I had a harder time picking out terrible songs this year than I did last year, so things are still great in my eyes (even if rock music isn’t a chart topper anymore). Some of my opinions could shift by the end of the year, but that’s then and this is now. Also, I have no ill feelings towards the artists mentioned here as people, what I disagree with on this blog is on an artistic level. So now begins my list of my top least favorite songs of the year so far!

5. “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX

It was inevitable that I would write about this song considering how much it was overplayed during the summer and how Iggy gained her fame this year seemingly overnight. I really dislike this song because it’s driven off of the same repetitive synth riff and that lame crowd sample that artists have overused this year. And to be honest, when I first heard this song I would have had no idea Iggy was Australian, but rather an independent black female rapper from LA. I’m not going to preach whether Iggy’s rapping is racist though because as a white male, I don’t feel qualified to talk about what African-Americans have to face day-to-day in their struggles. What I do know is that this song’s a horrible pain to my ears.

4. “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg

So it seems that this miserable excuse of a hip-hop song has twerked worked its way into my blog. For good reason; it’s boring as all hell with an incredibly slow beat, an only somewhat catchy pan-flute melody, and the most boring chorus I’ve heard in my whole life. My main objection is I just feel like a song about a women doing an erotic dance should be at a tempo that an erotic woman would actually dance too (#logic!) The only part of the I do actually enjoy is around the 2:40 mark where Derulo starts singing with rising chords and harmony in the background, but then soon drops back to the lack luster hook of the song. Of course there is a lot objectification of women’s bottoms in the song, but this also isn’t my fight. I won’t talk about how sexist the music industry exists as a whole as there are more eloquent and experienced (female) bloggers who can do that (even though I did just point out the issue). As a music journalist, I can only witness the new trends and keep praying that someday that better songs than this one will get notoriety.

3. “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj

Yet another Twerking song that’s had some pretty big notoriety this year. I just want to point out that this song never “butchered a classic rap song”, it sampled a joke from the 90s and turned it into a joke song for today. My main objection to this song is the poor quality of the music, not the sexual imagery (since people’s bodies are nothing to be ashamed of). Every time this song comes on the radio I immediately change the station because it causes me cognitive dissonance because it sounds so dissonant and how the tempo drags, a feeling I haven’t since listening to Ke$ha’s “Dinosaur”. I despise this song by default, but I still respect Nicki Minaj’s sense of humor for remixing the song and how she reacts towards her critics.

2. “Blame” by Calvin Harris ft. John Newman

To make things clear, I actually enjoy most of the music in this song. What I object too is how computerized (auto-tuned) Calvin’s voice sounds here. It would have made this so much better if it was sung in a more natural way, but everything is shifting to digital these days so much that they have robots who can play the trumpet now (look that up on Youtube if you want proof). Auto-tune has its place to help correct mistakes and be used in a stylistic manner, but too much auto-tune is like putting too much salt on your fries; you’re ruining the taste of the whole experience! So I don’t outright hate this song  as I do enjoy listening to it, I just feel the vocal mixing should have been handled much better.

1. “Trumpets” by Jason Derulo

Speaking of trumpets, I put this ahead of Anaconda and the others because this particular song annoys me to no end. I get that this is a love song and the intention is  having Derul praise the beauty of his lover, but the instrumentation is plain bland and the lyrics are lazy at best (“your bra remind[s] me of a Katy Perry song”??) I should also mention that trumpets used in a symphony setting sound very different from the ones played here since this trumpet is playing a pop dance hook, not classical music. I’m also pretty sure that actually isn’t a real trumpet in the song, but a poor quality imitation by a synthesizer. If you want to hear a quality love song by Jason Derulo, check out his song “Marry Me” that he released last year and let “Trumpets” fade into obscurity.

So here are my least favorite songs this year, generally what I dislike about these types of songs are that they are either not very creative, are of a vulgar audio quality, or if they just don’t catch my interest. If you love these songs then don’t let me stop you, but also understand it annoys me that I have to hear these songs in public all of the time. I’ll have more musings in my annual Fill in The Blanks Music Awards in December. If you have any song recommendations for me to praise or rip apart, then let me know in the comments!

-Tatteybye

FCKH8’s “F-Bomb Princess” video isn’t offensive—it’s exploitative.

I studied with Rebecca Hains as my time as Journalism undergrad at Salem State University on how to do graphic design, in my post graduate time I also discovered Hains is an excellent Op-Ed writer. Just to clarify, I have yet to watch the “F-Bombs for Feminism” video, and I likely won’t do so since it’s exploitative.

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Yesterday, for-profit T-shirt company FCKH8.com released a video called “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouthed Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” The video features five angry girls, ages 6 to 13, who express outrage at society’s sexist treatment of girls and women while decked out in princess attire.

F-Bombs for FeminismThe video opens with the girls sweetly cooing, “Pretty!” while posing in their gowns and tiaras. But three seconds later, they switch gears and shout: “What the fuck? I’m not some pretty fuckin’ helpless princess in distress. I’m pretty fuckin’ powerful and ready for success. So what is more offensive? A little girl saying ‘fuck,’ or the fucking unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?”

As the video progresses, the girls review the ongoing issues of inequality, systematic discrimination, and sexual violence faced by women in the U.S. They pepper these facts with more f-bombs, of course.

This combination of pretty pink princesses and relentless use of the…

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We Are All Different

Many people say that to achieve equality we need to pretend race or other differences don’t exist. This is the wrong way to approach things because to deny or mock someone’s race, disability, heritage, sexual orientation, and gender is asinine. The best way to coexist is to acknowledge that we are all different in our own way, but we all have the same basic desires as human beings; to be loved, accepted, and live happy lives. We are all different in our own way, but at some point we all feel the same. That is how we can achieve harmony in our lifetime.

-Tatteybe

Walking Dead Season 5 Episode 2 “Strangers” Review

*Warning: Spoilers Held Within*

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First things first, there is no real topping last week’s episode in terms of action and orgasmic moments of awesome (I never could have written those words for the local papers!) This episode was much calmer than last week’s for the most part, with some scare moments with walkers and a lot of dialogue between the characters. I did find the pacing to a bit slow at parts, but the ending of the episode more than made up for that.

We start off seeing the group has escaped Terminus and is wandering through the woods to scavenge for food.  They soon stumble upon Father Gabriel who is surrounded by Walkers on top of a rock. Rick’s group saves Gabriel, and the group takes up residence in Gabriel’s church. Later on after some dialogue about how Michonne misses Hershel and Andrea we find the group killing walkers in the flooded basement of a food donation center to gain safe access to the food stored inside.

Father Gabriel panics when he recognizes one of the walkers in the basement until Michonne saves him. We later see that Rick doesn’t trust Gabriel since Gabriel is apparently hiding something. Towards the end of the episode we see Abraham spurring the group to continue their trek towards Washington to try to stop the outbreak. We also see Bob leave the church and get captured, then wakes up to find himself face to face with members of Terminus explaining why they hunt people for food. Bob sees people eating his leg like it was cooked chicken.

My reaction to the ending can be summed up nicely by this classic Anchor Man meme:

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Along with the ending, highlights included: Michonne talking about Hershel and Andrea, the subplot with father Gabriel hiding something, seeing The Walkers in the basement die, and seeing the speech that Abraham told Rick and the others to spur them on towards Washington.

This entire episode was meant for the story to develop, so it’s natural that they would slow things down a bit from last week’s episode. On that note, I did find the episode a bit slow at parts, but I enjoyed it overall since the show is getting closer to mimicking the comics. This episode makes me sad that next Sunday is a week away. I’m also definitely craving some chicken right about now (not really, but I did have steak for dinner).

-Tatteybye

 

Walking Season 5 Premier “No Sanctuary” Review

*Warning: Spoilers Held Within*

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Better late than never folks, especially since I’ve caught writers-rigor-mortis as of late (try saying that 10 times fast!) Anyways, I can sum up the episode in one word: BADASS!!!

We open up from where season 4 left off with Rick and most of the cast being imprisoned in Terminus with the hippie-cannibals of Terminus killing people by bashing them in the head and slitting their throats one by one. As to why they are doing so in such a manner is beyond me, but it definitely looks like something I’d see in Game of Thrones until we hear some type of a large explosion.

We find out that Carol lead a herd of Walkers to Terminus, and blew up the giant propane tank to destroy Terminus’s fence using an assault rifle and a firework (that Carol stole from a Terminus member she took captive). The remainder of the episode is how Terminus gets overrun and Rick and the crew escapes to reunite with Carol, Tyreese, and Rick’s baby daughter Judith.

Highlights include the explosion, the opening with the throat cutting, the subplot with Tyreese having to confront the Terminus captive to save Judith, when everyone got back together, and the big reveal at the end with Morgan following his way to Terminus (who we last saw in Season 3 in the episode “Clear”).

I have zero complaints about this episode, it was like a giant orgasm for my brain. Granted that the show is still different than the comic books, but the writing’s still very solid and they have referenced the source material enough for my tastes that the show is a respectable separate universe (unlike those God awful Resident Evil movies which suffer from poor writing and flip the bird to the games!!)

Many people don’t get the allure of Zombie media, others find The Walking Dead to be rather boring; I find this episode to be chocked full of excitement. As for the people who don’t “get it”, I’ll write another blog explaining why I love zombie media. I’ll also make sure to make this review a series on my blog.

-Tatteybye

The Truth About Love

Love is a force of a nature that few truly understand. It is not something that can be bought or even earned, it just blossoms either overtime or in an instant. There are those who say that love’s the root of pain, others say it sets us free. In truth there are many kinds of love, but the best kind of love is the type we share with our friends and family and that we can extend to our fellow human beings. Personal love for another is beautiful, but shifts like the tide of the ocean and it’s absence causes chaos. Brotherly love is the unmovable rock in the raging river and will be the thing that brings us all closer together.

-Tattebye