Game of Thrones 6.1 “The Red Woman” Review

*WARNING! THIS BLOG CONTAINS GAME OF THRONE SPOILERS! AND LOTS OF OTHER ONLINE SACRILEGE THAT REQUIRES CONTENT WARNINGS FOR DISCLOSURE PURPOSES!*

HELLO EVERYONE, I mean, Hello everyone! Oops, I didn’t mean to shout at you all by leaving my caps lock on. Anyways, I’m happy that Game of Thrones has made it’s return back to television in full swing. This episode overall was pretty awesome, even though it debate-ably left things with Jon Snow’s fate up in the air still.

My reaction to this episode can be summed up as this: It’s like they gave us half of what we wanted, and then said “screw you” for the other half. I guess that is what makes Game of Thrones so different from other shows on television right now: It doesn’t give us what we want, but keeps on going on with it’s plot and popularity anyways. There are definitely things I enjoyed, and things that left me feeling angry in this episode.

For starters , I’m so happy Brienne saved Sansa and Theon, and that they are safe (for now). That whole scene was really well made, where we feel the end is near for Sansa and Theon from them being tracked by the Bolton’s hounds, and then by Brienne coming in and killing most of them in the course of three minutes. I’m happy that Danny didn’t get beheaded by the Dothraki, even though it’s annoying that she is currently their prisoner. Danny may yet turn the situation around, so who knows. Lastly, I’m happy Ser Davos is trying to help Jon’s friends at the risk of his own life. I’m willing to bet Davos suggested that it was the Wildlings help Jon’s friends, but we’ll see.

I’m sad about Stannis being confirmed dead, but I’m sure many other people aren’t sad considering that he sacrificed his own daughter last season. I’m sad that Jon was confirmed dead for the moment, but I’m still hopeful for Jon being revived by Melisandre. Speaking of Melisandre, I felt uncomfortable watching the last five minutes of the episode when Melisandre took off her amulet and we saw her true age. I didn’t need to see an old woman naked! But, I suppose it’s only fair that the show give us uncomfortable nudity as opposed to regular HBO fan service nudity to remind us that our bodies aren’t perfect, nor will they ever be.

In the coming episodes, I think it will be interesting to see how things play out in the civil war of the seven kingdoms with the Martells in Dorne, and the Bolton’s in the north. I’m guessing that things are just going to destabilize entirely for the Lannisters at some point in the show. Except Dorne overthrew it’s pacifist leaders by killing them, and the north is barely being held together by fear (plus we still need to see what the Wildlings have to play). I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, even if somethings in this episode left me a bit disappointed.

-KCard

 

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Walking Dead 6.14 Review: “An Eye for an Eye”

*Spoiler warning: this blog is one part dry humor, one part spoilers, and no parts click bait. Seriously, I’d rather have a small happy audience of readers than a colossal audience of annoyed readers.* 

Hello again Word Press and friends, Kevin here bringing you my thoughts on the stuff and thangs of this episode. But before I get into that, I just wanted to say that I think I enjoyed last week’s episode better overall (despite not finishing my review on it) for all of the badass dialogue and action scenes that happened (Did Carol channel her inner Heisenberg after setting those dudes on fire??) Anyways, this episode started off much slower than the previous episode, but perhaps for good reason with how stuff escalated towards the end. We’ll discuss this more as I get into what I liked and didn’t like about this episode.

What I liked: I enjoyed the interactions between Abraham and Eugene as I feel they grew closer in their friendship, despite Eugene being an asshole towards Abraham for killing that metal chrome headed walker. I enjoyed seeing Daryl, Rosita, and Denise interact with each other over their quest for medicinal drugs (and orange soda). And I like how most of the episode switched focus so evenly between these two groups. The show down at the train tracks towards the end was pretty epic, and Eugene biting Dwight’s groin to create a distraction was a comedic highlight in an otherwise serious fight scene. There were still some glaring things I didn’t enjoy though.

What I didn’t like: Why the hell did they have to kill off Denise so damn soon?! Seriously, I feel like they just killed Denise to give Dwight a cool bad guy moment to introduce a fight scene (much like how they killed off Axle in season 3). I could have done without Eugene being all butt hurt by Abraham trying to help him by killing that walker. Lastly, I’m sad to see Carol is loosing her composure and the will to keep fighting. I also wonder if this no killing vow of Carol’s will effect her tense friendship with Morgan. I can only imagine how much trouble that Carol leaving the group will spell once the real Negan appears and reeks havoc on Rick’s group in the next few episodes.

I look forward to seeing the rest of this season unfold. Still wondering when Negan will show up though…

-KCard

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Walking Dead 6.12 Review “Not Tomorrow Yet”

*SPOILER WARNING: Never leave mayonnaise out in the sun as it will spoil quickly. And in the words of Grandpa from Hey Arnold, never eat raspberries.*

Hello again Word Press, Kevin here bringing you the review of the latest episode of The Walking Dead. Before I start up on the review, I can’t make any more comparisons to the source material until I get a chance to catch up on the comics (or until they finally release the third compendium) . I’m a very busy individual these days between working full time and working with my band to record our demo (it’s why at best I only release one blog a week). I’ll look into the comics on my own time, just not while the show is going on.

Speaking of being busy, I didn’t get to release my review on last week’s episode because I only saw the full episode of 6.11 this past Sunday. Overall, 6.11 was a pretty darn good episode, especially with how Maggie handled the negotiating with Gregory and stood up for herself. I also liked how last week’s episode was like the calm before the storm. This week’s episode had much more action than last week, and more human on human fighting than we’ve seen since seasons three and four. The tension in the air was so thick you could cut it with a knife in this episode, and the second half of the episode played out like an awesome action movie. There are some things I enjoyed about the episode overall, and some things that really grinded my gears.

What I enjoyed:  It was great how well thought out and coordinated all of the fight scenes were in this episode as I loved seeing how many of the saviors were massacred later in the episode. It was great seeing Rick’s plan in action of faking Greg’s death, and then moving in to kill the saviors in their sleep. That was, until that one savior pulled the fire alarm right before Abraham and Sasha killed him (the shit officially hit the fan in the episode from that point onwards). I loved how Jesus managed to save Glenn and Heath after they were trapped in the armory and shot straight through the door to kill that group of Saviors. My favorite action scene was where Father Gabriel shot that Savior after saying a prayer for him out loud, and saying “Amen” after the deed was done (maybe Gabriel will finally start kicking ass for the lord?) Lastly, I enjoyed seeing Glenn and Heath struggle with the fact that they are now killers. This struggle showed how solid the acting chemistry was between Steven Yuen and Corey Hawkins (heath) can be even when the screen time runs quickly.

What I Didn’t Like: Abraham, why’d you have to go and be an asshole to Rosita? I don’t care if that’s “the way shit is” with you, you don’t just break up with a woman who’s been that good to you in a heartbeat. You don’t just tell her that you only dated her because she had tits. I mean, maybe it’s a better change of pace where in the comics Abraham cheated on Rosita, but it still leaves me feeling pissed off. I’m happy for Carole finding love again, but I’m sad it wasn’t with Daryl (like many had hoped it would be). Lastly, I shudder to think what may happen to Carole and Maggie being held hostage by who I presume to be one of Negan’s wives. Things could get ugly next week.

Overall, I felt like this was an awesome episode that was well written, acted, and paced. I look forward to seeing next week’s episode.

-KCard

 

 

Walking Dead 6.10 Review: “The Next World”

*Spoiler warning courtesy of Buzz Lightyear*

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Hello again everyone, Kevin here bringing you the analysis on this week’s episode of The Walking Dead. I just wanted to let people know that the reason I always open up with a “filler” paragraph is so when I post these reviews to Facebook the text doesn’t bleed over and reveal any spoilers for those who didn’t want to see them. I like to consider it an extra insurance policy to prevent people from getting upset over spoilers.

Speaking of filler, I often hear comic book Gatekeeping fans get upset at the show every season due how slowly the story drags on. These people need to remember that these are two different mediums, and television shows need to reach syndication (100 or more episodes). It’s especially worth mentioning that lately The Walking Dead has returned to referencing the source material at a rate that I find to be appropriate. My main complaint about the show is that they add unnecessary story arcs that turn into filler arcs (source material aside) such as the corrupt police officers in the hospital from season 5A. Now then, onto the show.

This week’s episode really had no way of topping last week’s episode, so we can consider this the calm after the storm has settled. That being said, a lot of awesome things still happened in last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. For starters, we finally got to meet the comic book character Raul Rovia (nicknamed “Jesus”). We saw Spencer put down Dianna’s walker with help from Michonne, and we also saw that Carl has no idea how to talk to women with how rude he was being to Enid. Lastly, I’m happy to see that Rick and Michonne are together now as a couple as I’ve recently been “shipping Richonne” (as the kids on Tumblr are saying these days). There were some things that bothered me about the episode, but I rather enjoyed it overall.

What I enjoyed:
It was great seeing how the characters interacted in this episode, Michonne helping out Spencer with his personal task of putting Deanna out of her misery (after being reanimated) and helping Spencer find out he still has a family with the people of Alexandria. It was awesome seeing Jesus interact with Daryl and Rick throughout most of the episode, and how they kept Jesus true to his comic counterpart at how skilled at sneaking and hand to hand combat that he is. I also enjoyed a lot of the dialogue as this was definitely a story driven episode, not an action driven episode. Lastly, it was amazing to see Rick and Michonne together, and amusing to see them both draw their weapons on Jesus while naked at the end of the episode. Some fan service for Walking Dead fans? Hell, I’ll take it! Now onto the things that bothered me.

What I didn’t enjoy:
I really felt like the writers had Rick and Daryl acting out of character this whole episode, I’m pretty sure Rick and Daryl should have been smart enough to know that they should have just driven straight back to Alexandria with that supply truck before stopping anywhere else. Yes they found Jesus (not biblically), but they also lost all of the supplies in that truck because they kept messing around to try and locate soda for Denise, and kept struggling to deal with Jesus. The truck wouldn’t have fallen into the lake (which was painful to watch) if Rick and Daryl had just done the sensible thing and gone straight back (which Daryl is usually known for in this show). I feel like that whole part of the story focusing on Rick and Daryl was just wasted time where they stopped acting their normal selves. Other than that it was a satisfactory exposition episode (that was unfortunate enough to have to follow the act before it).

So I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s episode of The Walking Dead and how the whole story with Jesus will play out. I should also note this is just about the part of the comics that I stopped reading at so I will either need to play catch up with the source material (I own Walking Dead compendiums one and two), or just ask that people not spoil the major story arcs that are coming up in the future. I’m also super curious to see what they do in the show with Negan.

For today’s featured song I was tempted to leave “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood in honor of Jesus stealing the food truck, but musically it doesn’t scream “Walking Dead” to me. Instead I will leave you all with the Johnny Cage song “When The Man Comes Around” as the appearance of Jesus (Raul) means that bad things are going to happen this season when Negan finally appears.

-KCard

Walking Dead 6.8: “Start To Finish”

*Spoiler warning: in this day and age people act like there’s a show spoiler around every tree corner, and here we have quite a few ahead of us.*

Hello again folks, Kevin here reviewing the midway season finale of The Walking Dead. But before I do, let me say Happy belated Thanks Giving to all of my US readers (which is most of the five readers out there), I had a good Thanks Giving aside from a minor argument I had with my siblings about Television spoilers. It’s become evident to me that even potential spoilers such as show theories have become forbidden to be talked of in person or on Facebook. I agree we shouldn’t ruin the mystery for people, but there’s a witch hunt now for amateur TV critics such as myself for talking about spoilers. The whole thing’s getting to be “political correctness” debate levels of rediculous, and it annoys me to no end. Enough with my ranting though, onto the show.

This episode mostly brought us the payoff we’ve been waiting for in that the heard has finally infiltrated the safe-zone of Alexandria. What it didn’t do was give us the scene all of us comic readers wanted to see: how (in the comics) the heard gets cleared out. Being that the show’s writers don’t want to copy and paste from the comics, I can see their point of view; it’s just rediculous that we had a 90 minute flashback for Morgan and only an hour of this episode. If we use the comics as a reference point, then half the scenes in this episode were just filler material. For once, I agree with comic only fans that stuff and things were too drawn out in this episode. However, there were still awesome moments in this episode.

What I liked: First off, Carl is clearly an underrated MVP in this episode. The microphone dropped when Carl told Ron, “I get it, my dad killed your dad. But you need to realize, your dad was an asshole.” Carl kept his head cool through everything while Ron basically screwed over everyone hiding in Jessie’s house. While the fight scene between Carl and Ron was unnecessary, the following scene with the previously mentioned quote made the Carl vs Ron fight worth it. I’m sad that Deanna had to die after being bitten, but I’m happy she went out fighting and screaming in defiance rather than killing herself. It was also cool to see the various tensions between Carol, Morgan, The Wolf Leader, and Denise. Of course, the brawl between Morgan and Carol was damn intense, and we see how little it accomplished in how the Wolf leader successfully escaped with Denise. The idea of the camouflage zombie guts was taken directly from the comics, and it’s a nice touch adding it to the show. Lastly, I loved seeing the ants swell over Carol’s cookies in Sam’s room to the tune of “Tip Toe to the Window” by Tiny Tim, the symbolism of that comparison of the being the walker heard was well placed. Now then, I’m worried about Sam…

What I didn’t Enjoy: I sincerely hope that Sam doesn’t get killed off since he’s clearly on some kind of borderline psychotic state, and that could spell trouble for the group next season. I hated that the Wolf leader got away with Denise, and how the show has painted Morgan as an inept pacifist for that oversight of keeping the wolf leader alive (I can still respect what Morgan was trying to do though). Lastly, why do we have to have so many damn cliff hangers? Jesus, Dragon Ball Z didn’t have this many cliff hangers in one episode. Oh well, at least we get to look forward to how Negan will be portrayed, and this will give me enough time to catch up on the current issues of The Walking Dead comic (I stopped after finishing the second compendium).

Tonight, I leave us with the ever atmospheric sounds of Tiny Tim. This song just added such a great undertone of terror to this episode for Rick’s group.

-KCard

Walking Dead 6.6: “Always Accountable”

*A spoiler for you, a spoiler for me, a spoiler for us all! Be warned of spoilers there, lads and lasses (and non binary folx!)*

Before I say anything about today’s episode I just want to say I stand with France, and that all of the tragedies that befell us this past Friday require more than just prayer, it requires awareness of the world around us and action to stand with our fellow human beings in love and unity. Now that I’ve got that “peace stuff” out of the way, I also want to say that I might write a review for “Into The Badlands” later this week as that show’s absolutely badass so far. Now then, onto the show.

This week’s episode had many intense moments, a lot of new plot point hints for the start of next season, some moments that made you despise the new characters introduced, and maybe a slight clue of information on the whereabouts of Glenn. If not then I’m beginning to think that the writers are really going to milk this Glenn mystery for all it’s worth. I think this was a very entertaining episode, and had it’s fair share of strong moments overall. Here’s what I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy.

What I liked: What can I say other than the fact that Abraham is a beast? Seriously, that scene where he tries to wrestle with that impaled army soldier turned walker to catch it’s bazooka was just gold. I adored how suspenseful it was, and that at the end we see Abraham reclaim the rocket launcher from the fence after the walker falls.  I like that they might be hinting at a possible affair between Abraham and Sasha, which would be a nod to the comics if they proceed down that route. I enjoyed how much time was spent with Daryl and how he interacted with that new group of people (especially when he brought those supplies back to the diabetic girl). Could that mysterious person that the new people were opposing be Negan from the comics? I seriously hope so, for those who don’t know Negan is like The Governor on steroids (in terms of how evil he is). Lastly, there’s a chance the voice we heard over the radio was Glenn asking for help, not Rick. We’ll see where this mystery goes.

What I Didn’t Like:  I really wasn’t a fan of this new group of people just because of how annoying and selfish they were, plus they pretty much pre-destined to be hated by fans with how they screwed Daryl over, twice! First by tying him up, then by stealing his crossbow and motorcycle after Daryl saved their freaking lives. Weak selfish jerks… Other than that I think this was a pretty enjoyable episode with solid writing and acting.

For today’s music video we have an AMV tribute to Glenn featuring the song “Shattered” by Trading Yesterday. We hope you’re okay Glenn, most of us want you to still be with us.

-KCard

Walking Dead 6.5 Review: “Now”

*And on that day, it did become obvious that there were spoilers, spoilers everywhere. And the annoyance of fans spread through social media like wild fire.*

Content warning: swearing.

There are days I wish I could just write spoilers without consequence, but it seems to be a cardinal sin to post spoilers for Walking Dead or Game of Thrones on social media (sans Twitter). Yet no one really complains when I posted Anime and Manga spoilers. I guess it’s only the shows that are popular to watch like TWD or GOT. On that note, in this episode Jon Snow showed up as a walker and ate Glenn, and they both reanimated to fight The White Walkers as regular Walkers. Obviously, I’m just being a smartass because I think there are better things in the world to be offended at than show spoilers (IE, rape jokes, 9/11 jokes, prejudiced slurs). Enough ranting from this SJW though, onto the show.

I won’t down right call this episode terrible because important things did happen, and that we weren’t bogged down with a 90 minute flashback like last week, but I’m starting to notice a pattern here for this season: varied placing of poor pacing. Could it be helped that we had to have a dialogue episode with bits of action mixed into it? I guess not, but I’m pretty sure they’re going to leave us high and dry on Glenn’s fate for the rest of season 6.1 (the first half of the season). Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they either made Glenn the guy who somehow drives off the Walker heard from Alexandria. Or even if Greg Nicotero turns Glenn into the next Merle and teases us until the end of season 6 with Glenn’s fate. At least the heard has arrived at Alexandria though, and we found out that Rick managed to outrun the heard and survived that ordeal in the camper. Now I have some great things to say about this episode, and some not so great things to say about this episode. Here goes nothing…

What I enjoyed: This was an incredibly emotional episode, it’s clear from how many people have died in Alexandria and how the people are now clearly surrounded by walkers outside the walls that the Alexandrians are feeling the weight of reality in the apocalypse surround them (IE, Betsy killed herself after finding out her husband died in an earlier episode from the heard). It was great to see Jessie step up for the people of Alexandria by killing the reanimated Betsy, and become a more three dimensional character than her comic book counterpart when we saw her interact with her son. I enjoyed seeing Maggie and Aaron struggle to try and find Glenn, albeit to end up failing because Maggie couldn’t face the possibility that Glenn is dead because Maggie is pregnant now; it was a very powerful scene.

A less powerful but still enjoyable scene was the kiss between Tara and Denise after Denise managed to save her patient’s life. It was nice that this lesbian kissing scene was done for emotional impact of Denise thanking Tara instead of general sexual objectification. Another powerful scene was when people were raiding the pantry to be stopped by Spencer (Deanna’s son), only to have it followed by a later scene where Spencer raids the pantry on his own and verbally takes out his grief on Deanna by blaming her for all of Alexandria’s current problems (including the death of their family members). It’s clear from this episode we see that Spencer is kind of an asshole.

Speaking of Deanna, I’m glad she’s getting character development in the sense of being broken from the death of her husband and son, and then waking up again. We see Deanna grab a broken bottle and starts stabbing a walker in the chest who was trying to attack her, until Rick later came in and saved her life. “Was it all just pie in the sky?” Deanna asked Rick about her aspirations for Alexandria after the walker was dead. Rick said it wasn’t a pipe dream, to which Deanna said Rick should be the new leader. Deanna later began mapping plans for the future of Alexandria, which was a nice sentiment to an otherwise disheartening episode. Lastly, I’m happy Rick and Jessie showed their love for one another. Now onto what I didn’t like.

What I didn’t enjoy:  Ignoring the obvious fact that Glenn’s fate is still up in the air, I felt this episode was only of an average quality for The Walking Dead. I say this because last week’s episode was beautifully written and directed, this episode was more of a soap opera with zombies used as a plot device (which according to zombie genre god father George Romero is common for TWD). I get that they are showing us how humans struggle with death of their loved ones, but I would have liked there to be more action involved in this episode. I feel like there was too much talking, and not enough planning on how to get rid of the heard or the fate of the others like Abraham and Daryl. Speaking of Daryl’s group, looks next week’s focus will be on how Abraham and Sasha survive the coming heard chasing after them. There are times I see where the comic book fans are coming from, but other times I remember that television is a different medium than comics and that these shows need to reach syndication. It just annoys me that the pacing has been so inconsistent from each episode to the next in season six.

Here’s to hoping the pacing is faster next week, and that the next three episodes deliver on the hype they’ve been building all season. I really want to see what happens to Glenn, and if the show will mirror the comics in how they deal with this walker heard. On that note, today’s featured song is “End of Time” by Lacuna Coil because I think it embodies how the people of Alexandria feel about their current struggles.

-KCard