The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 12 – “Still”

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The Walking Dead: Still

Wow!  The actors on this show are knocking it out of the park this season.  This was Norman Reedus’ best episode since “This Sorrowful Life.”  I actually think he was better in this episode.

We finally got to see Daryl and Beth deal with their grief over what just happened.  As I said before, Daryl was shutting down.  Better not to care than to have feelings.  It never occurred to me that he blamed himself for Hershel’s death and the loss of the prison.  If he’d kept looking for The Governor though, and something happened while he was away, he would have blamed himself for that too.

Beth’s feelings, on the other hand, manifested themselves in her needing to do something she’d never done before.  I think she’s decided that she’s going to die and she wants to make sure she experiences everything before she does.  She’s always been Daddy’s good little girl, rebelling against that is a way for her not to feel the grief of his death.

I read in another review that Daryl is a mean drunk.  I don’t think that’s true at all.  First, I doubt he would have been drunk off of few sips of moonshine.  Second, I think all of the feelings he’d been tamping down just came to a head when he thought Beth thought he was a loser before the walkers came along.  Daryl seems to have a pretty low opinion of himself and it always seems to surprise him when anyone else values him.  Playing that game just brought back all those feelings and bad memories. Beth led a sheltered, happy life before so I think there’s a bit of jealousy there as well.

Setting fire to the shack didn’t make much sense from a safety standpoint but I see why the characters did it.  They had both come to terms with the past and are moving forward from it.  I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have waited until morning.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://piecesofdarkness.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/tidbits-of-the-dead-still/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 11 – “Claimed”

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The Walking Dead: Claimed

This was a pretty tense episode.  I think Andrew Lincoln did some of his best acting in the scenes while trying to escape from the house.  No dialogue at all, just using his body.  Laying under the bed, shaking in fear.  I don’t know about you, that’s not something I can do without feeling that fear.  Obviously, we’re going to see that group of marauders again.  You don’t have Jeff Kober (China Beach, BTVS, Sons of Anarchy) come in to play the leader for one episode with no dialogue.

Now that Michonne has made a conscious decision to truly live in this world, it’s nice to see her open up.  When she told Carl that her child wasn’t a secret, she meant it.  Up until now, she just couldn’t talk about him.  I like the relationship that’s developing between Michonne and Carl.  They seem to be softening each other up.  Sometimes having a friend will do that.

I’m glad to see that Glenn isn’t giving up on finding Maggie.  Abraham gave a pretty convincing speech about saving the world but Glenn is determined.

How can that Eugene guy have made it this far without knowing how to operate a gun?  Frankly, the way he handled that situation was odd to me.  Why wouldn’t he have just yelled “Walkers!” to get everyone’s attention?  Maybe he purposely disabled the truck, but why?  I got a slightly detached vibe off of him as well.  Possibly he has Asperger’s?  Not that I think that’s something that would be addressed on the show.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://tomandlorenzo.com/2014/02/the-walking-dead-claimed/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 10 – “Inmates”

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The Walking Dead: Inmates

I totally called it.  Tyreese didn’t know about Carol and, of course, that’s who he meets up with.  It’ll be interesting to see what happens with this.  As far as I remember, Daryl, Maggie and Rick are the only ones who know what Carol did.  Depending on how long it takes for the rest of the group to catch up with them, Tyreese may become pretty attached to Carol.  That “Oh, shit!” look on Carol’s face when Tyreese ran up to hug her was priceless.

Lizzie is a psycho!  She killed those bunnies for no reason.  If she’d told Tyreese, that would have been different because they could have eaten them.  She also would have killed Judith if Carol hadn’t shown up.  I still think she might have been the one feeding rats to the walkers.

If Beth hadn’t been with him, I think Daryl would have completely reverted back to pre-family Daryl.  Beth had been the one who said she couldn’t take any more death but I think it’s Daryl.  I can see him cracking.  Hope they find the others soon.

Bob seems pretty happy.  I think it’s because he’s an addict.  He’s an alcoholic and had been sober but when things were relatively calm at the prison, he wanted to start drinking again.  I think the adrenalin rush he gets when things are chaotic takes the place of the alcohol for him.

Poor Maggie and Glenn!  I didn’t see Glenn get off the bus I guess.  He’s just lucky.  What killed everyone on the bus?  Did one of them succumb to the illness?  I thought that they were all better, Glenn seemed to be the worst one and he’s fine now.  Did one of them get bit?  Even so, you’d think some of them would have been able to get off the bus.  Maggie thinks she’s lost everyone.

I haven’t read the comics yet but know enough about them to know who the new people are.  Can’t wait to see what the show does with them.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

Related:

http://allthingshorror666.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/the-walking-dead-inmates/

The Walking Dead: Season 4, Episode 9 – “After”

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The Walking Dead: After

I was glad that my question about what happened to Hershel’s head was answered, but I was sad to see him as a walker.

I understand that Michonne’s first pets were docile because she’d had them for a while and they were weak from hunger (I doubt she fed them) but what about her new pets?  Even though she cut off their arms and jaws, they wouldn’t know the difference.  Why didn’t they keep lunging for her?  Also, if just having the two walkers on leashes kept her masked from the other walkers, couldn’t a person quietly walk amongst a herd?

Carl’s a little shit.  I realized he was really mad at Rick but he was walking way too far ahead of him.  Rick could barely stand, if a walker came up from behind, Rick could have been bitten or dead before Carl got to him.  I think it was good for Carl to get all his anger and frustration out, he seemed to come to a realization about the fact that he still needs his father.

I half expected Rick to die.  While I know it wouldn’t have gone along with the comics, it wouldn’t be the first time the show has deviated from them.  It could have been really interesting to see what Carl would do without Rick.  I’m glad he didn’t though.

If I had eaten that much pudding (especially chocolate) on an empty stomach, I would have been throwing up everywhere.  Yuck!

Michonne totally has Carl’s shoe, right?  Why else would her appearance be so funny?  Or the door for Carl?

Can’t wait to see what everyone else is up to next week.

Photo Credit:  tvtag.com and AMC

 

American Horror Story: Coven – Season 3, Episode 13: “The Seven Wonders”

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AHS: Coven: The Seven Wonders

Well, pooh!  I was kind of disappointed with the finale.  It was just so anti-climatic.  That whole last scene, I just kept expecting Fiona to stab Cordelia in the back.  I suspected in the last episode that she had planted a false memory of her death so I really expected more fight from her.

I was happy with Cordelia being the Supreme.  I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be Zoe, that was too obvious.  Also, none of the other candidates were mature enough.  Fiona was probably too young when she became Supreme and never matured after all that power went to her head.  The coven definitely needed someone maternal to guide it and now Cordelia has a place to channel those feelings.

WTF?! Misty Day!  Of all the witches, she least deserved the fate she got.  Every single one of them had killed someone.  Even Nan.  All Misty ever tried to do was help people.  She also got the worst fate.  Is she going to re-live killing the frog forever?

I understand why Fiona was in hell, I don’t understand what Papa Legba was doing there.  He wouldn’t make a deal with her because he said she had no soul.  She didn’t practice VooDoo so he shouldn’t have been the one in charge of her hell.

Kyle is the new Spalding.  They are going to have to do something about his tendency to kill people though.  Especially with all the new girls moving into the house.  I suspect Spalding (where’s the baby?) will help him though, he’s always been about protecting the coven.

Favorite Lines:

  • “Balenciaga!!!” — Myrtle
  • “What is this?  Knotty Pine?!” — Fiona

Photo Credit:  TVTag and FX

American Horror Story: Coven – Season 3, Episode 11: “Protect the Coven”

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AHS: Coven: Protect the Coven

Why, exactly, did Queenie even go back to the coven?  She really seems to strongly dislike or outright hate everybody there.  She was mean to Cordelia who has done nothing but be nice to her.

Where was Misty?  Everyone else’s powers have been getting stronger, hers should too.  She should have been able to get out of that crypt by now.

I was pretty disappointed in the turn with Delphine.  I think I mentioned in another post that I thought it was an interesting puzzle as to who was more awful Delphine or Marie and how 200 years could change someone.  I know a lot of people were upset that the show seemed to be softening a truly horrible person, but this is a fictional version of Madame LaLaurie.  This episode completely ruined that.  What was the point of trying to make her sympathetic if this was going to be the end result?  Why not make her horrible all the time?

I knew when I saw the description for this episode that Cordelia was going to get rid of those eyes somehow.  Yuck!

Spalding has a real “doll” now but, being a ghost, will he be able to care for it properly?  I hope it doesn’t starve to death.

All the young witches suddenly having powers they didn’t before is getting a little old.  I thought the whole point of the next Supreme was that one witch would become more powerful.

I don’t have much hope of Kyle and Zoe getting away unscathed.

Photo Credit:  Get Glue and FX

Decisions

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I alluded in my last Doctor Who post that there was a reason it was taking me so long with posts.  I started this blog because sometimes I have a lot of thoughts after an episode of a series and it’s too much to post in a discussion on a fan board or someone’s else’s blog.  But, I’ve made a mistake in thinking I have to post on every episode of every show I watch.  It’s starting to ruin my enjoyment of those shows and I’ve gotten way behind on a few of them.  Whenever I sit down to watch something, I think “Oh, I don’t feel like or have time to make notes right now.” and move on to something I don’t blog about.  Also, sometimes, it’s difficult to find anything to say.  There are a lot of enjoyable episodes that just don’t spark an “OMG, I have questions/comments!” moment.  Especially with procedural shows like Bones or Castle.

So, I’ve made a decision.  I’m not going to stop blogging but I’m not going to force myself to write about every show.  I’m going to watch an episode and if I have something to say afterward, I’ll post.  If not, I won’t.  There are certain shows like Doctor Who, The Walking Dead and True Blood that I’ll probably post about every episode.

I did get caught up on a few shows over the holidays, though and I may go back and write about a couple of them later on.