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The Walking Dead Season 5 Mid season review.

The will to go through any lengths to survive the zombie apocalypse is strong within Rick and his group. The strength they all have is slowly weakening as they embark upon a new chapter in their lives while they search for a safe place to rebuild their lives and the world around them.

I was somewhat disappointed in the events of last night’s episode. After the mourning of Beth’s death, the group tries to bounce back. Noah convinces Rick and group to go to his hometown in order to seek refuge in his family’s gated community. (Which at this point I believed was the gated community that was introduced in the comic books.) Rick agrees, so they travel to Richmond with the hope of starting something new.

Things take a turn for the worse quickly as Rick, Glen, Michone, Noah and Tyrese go to the housing community to check things out. They realize that the place has fallen and has a small walker presence. Noah tries to go to his house to see if there are any survivors and Tyrese gets bitten by one of Noah’s brother’s. Noah runs to get help, and in that process Tyrese experiences the wrath of death approaching him. Beth, Mika, her sister, Bob, the governor, and even the baseball cap Terminus guy all show up to give Tyrese a lesson in life and death.

Rick and Michone make their best efforts to cut off Tyrese’s arm in order to save him but in the end it did not help. Tyrese dies in the car on the way back to the rest of the group.
Rick and the others, especially Sasha take his death very hard, and are feeling broken down at this point. I really liked Tyrese, and was hoping that he would have lasted longer. He lasted longer in the books and did not struggle with the same things he struggled with on the show.

The episode displayed some very interesting imagery as events unfolded. Some were hard to understand in the beginning, but by the end it became clear. I think that the presence of the past dead cast members were unnecessary and out of place. I really did not think that the whole episode was going to focus of Tyrese. I really thought that it was going to have a little more direction. I felt that the flow was disjointed and I also did not understand why there were so many commercial breaks. They seemed to have interrupted the show every three minutes and I felt as though it was a reflection of the writer’s lack of direction.

I really hope that things start to mirror the deep complexity that makes up Kirkman’s world.
L.L

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The Walking Dead season five mid-season finale left me hungry for more.

As we all know last night’s episode of the Walking Dead left fans heartbroken as we saw Beth Greene meet her end.

The episode displayed four view points, Rick’s hospital venture, Michone’s and Gabriel’s church mishap, Beth’s struggle to make sense of Dawn’s madness, and Abraham’s will to bounce back.

At the church Gabriel leaves by exiting under the floor boards in his office. He ventures off to the school where Gareth and his band of psycho’s held Bob captive. He see’s Bob’s cooked leg and then suddenly see’s a group of Walkers inside the school. They burst out in hopes of having Gabriel for a meal. The Walkers follow him straight to the church. He begs for Michone and Carl to let him in. The church is over run within minutes as Michone tries to fight them to the best of her ability, with baby Judith on her back. Carl is worried and asks Michone “where do we go?” as the group of Walkers are locked inside their safe haven.

Abraham appears in the fire truck, along with Maggie, Glen, Rosita and Eugene. They wipe out the Walkers and Michone tells Maggie that Beth is alive and that Rick and the others went to get her.
Meanwhile Back and the hospital Beth gains some new information about the leader Dawn. Rick and Daryl make a plan to make an exchange for the two cops for Beth and Carol. Rick kills one of them in the process and makes an attempt to get Beth and Carol without any more bloodshed.

Beth and Carol get ready. The exchange happens in the hallway of the hospital as Rick and Daryl’s reunion with Beth is brief. Dawn makes a statement to Rick about Noah belonging to her. Beth and the others object to him going back with Dawn, and Dawn states that he wasn’t part of the “deal.” Beth steps up to Dawn and expresses how she feels about her, then stabs her in the upper chest with a pair of scissors that she kept hidden in her arm cast. Dawn’s gun goes off, shooting Beth in the head. Daryl automatically shoots Dawn and Rick’s group is ready for war. One of Dawn’s people stops it before things get worse and says, “it’s over, no more people have to die.”

Riddled with grief, Rick and the group leave the hospital, as they meet Maggie and the others. Maggie’s hope is shattered when she see’s Daryl carrying Beth’s body out. She falls to ground unable to contain herself.

The episode had a lot going on, and I felt that a major character’s death during the mid season finale is getting to be a little predictable. As a fan of the books, I know Kirkman’s world, and I know that major character’s die all the time, but the writing just followed what happened to Hershel last season. I really wanted to see Maggie be reunited with her sister. I have a feeling that with Beth’s death, this will send Maggie off the deep end. At one point in the books, she tries to hang herself from a tree. So I can’t wait to see what the next part of this season has to offer.

I think that Beth made a bad move, trying to stab Dawn, and why wouldn’t she go straight for her throat? I don’t understand that part.

What I also don’t understand is why was Gabriel so stupid? Why would he go out on his own when he has people protecting him. I hate his character on the show. He is more likable in the books. If you hate that you survived, then just let the Walkers eat you and save people the trouble.

My only complaint about the show is that they waste too much time on developing back stories for insignificant characters, and not enough time developing Rick’s story even more. The books really focus on Rick and Carl, and the other characters have a nice balanced involvement. Who cares about Dawn and that group. They really got too much camera time. I’d rather want to know more about Eugene, than Dawn.

I know that Rick and everyone else has a hard time trusting people, so why would he extend another invitation to the hospital crew like he did for the Woodbury people? His decision to let the Terminus people go, bit him in the ass. I wouldn’t trust any other outsiders now.

The special effects were great as usual, I loved seeing the melted Walkers in the hospital courtyard. Visually the effects team always gives us something new and exciting to see. Very creative and unique.
Overall good show WD, looking forward to February!!!
L.L.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere “Review”

Sunday night’s episode of the Walking Dead is still burning on my mind. Every scene was an exciting adventure that unfolded at every turn.

The whole idea of Terminus was brilliant. I saw several horror movies represented in the one episode, from Saw, to Hostel,to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it was done so cleverly. We all assumed that the people of Terminus were cannibals but now we  are definitely aware that they are, and that those who arrive don’t survive.

Rick, Glen and Bob are taken to another room where they are about to die, while Gareth and his crew prepare. Back in the train car Michone, Maggie, Carl and the others make homemade weapons so they can defend themselves when the time comes. Meanwhile Carol and Tyreesse are on the road and soon approach a small house. One of the Terminus’ guys are there, and she over hears him on a walkie-talkie discussing a woman with a sword—referencing Michone. Carol demands answers as she threatens to kill him. Tyreesse and Carol tie him up and Carol leaves Tyreesse and Judith with the guy so she can investigate on her own. It doesn’t take long for Carol to make it to Terminus to see first hand what’s going on. She spots Rick being held captive.

Carol goes in with a plan. She uses explosives to do some serious damage to the property. Her one woman army is fierce as she pushes in pretending to be a walker. She picks off a few men in the process and Rick seizes the opportunity as he kills the two men that were about to slit their throats.

An all out war breaks out, Rick rescues his group and they all head out to escape Terminus. Gareth makes a run for it while Carol and Mary go head to head.

Mary is killed and every one is reunited. Rick is determined to go back and kill everyone that is left in Terminus. Abraham and Maggie are not too keen on the idea and they talk Rick out of going back. I think that Rick should have pushed on and convinced the group to go back. Why would they not finish them off? Rick should have reminded them that the governor came back. He came back after four months, what makes them think that the Terminus survivors won’t go after them, especially now that Mary—Gareth’s mother is dead.  That was a big mistake.

During the conversation, Carol approaches the group. Daryl spots her and immediately embraces her. The emotional moment that he shares with Carol is one of those unforgettable moments, that even had me choked up. It was the same feeling when Rick found Carl and Lori in season one, episode three.

Rick embraces Carol and asks her “Did you do this?” and she nods her head as she is about to cry in his arms. She regains herself and tells Rick that he has to come with her.

Rick and the others follow Carol back to the little house, and as they approach, Rick sees Tyreesse and Judith waiting on the porch. Rick runs over them, overjoyed with happiness, and filled with shock and relief, Rick holds his daughter for the first time since things went down at the prison. Carl joins them and at this point tears are streaming down my face.

Together again the group heads out on the road as they search for a safe place to live and rebuild their lives in a world that has all the odds against them.

Rick erases the Terminus sign as they are about to leave and the scene closes with a mysterious man following the group’s trail. The man is reveled to be Morgan the person who first took Rick in after he woke up from his Coma. The last time he encountered Rick things didn’t go well. He was clearly out of his mind. But he seems well put together now.

The premiere was one of the best season openings that I have ever seen a show present. The action was intense and as I watched, I felt as though I was one of the characters experiencing the journey. The effects were amazing and every scene drew me in deeper.

I was very surprised to see that the writers completed the Terminus chapter in one episode, considering that Hershel’s farm and the Prison lasted so long. But it is clear that there is a vision—a path that the writers are taking Rick and it is evident that path coincides with the comic books.

I am absolutely loving it, and cant wait to see what happens this Sunday.

L.L

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The season 4 Finale of the Walking Dead was a bone chilling episode that wanted me itching for more. After several disappointing episodes without Rick Grimes getting any kind of camera time, last night’s episode surly put things back on track.
Rick shares a very nice moment with Michone as they relax and sit by a fire. Surrounded by pitch blackness, the two are alarmed by a strange sound in the woods. Joe and guys from the mysterious house finally catch up to Rick. Clearly a similar scene taken right from the comic books, give or take a few changes, Rick looses his cool as Carl and Michone’s lives are threatened. Daryl comes out of shadows to vouch for Rick. He puts his own life on the line and is punished for not telling the “truth.” Rick and the others defend themselves and we see a side of Rick surface, which has been suppressed for very long time.
After a run in with the “Claimed” gang, and reuniting with loner Daryl Dixon, Rick and his crew find Terminus. Rick makes an important move by burrying some of his guns right off the property.
The crew seeks refuge, but within a few minutes Rick notices Hershal’s watch, Glenn’s riot gear and Maggie’s poncho. He demands to see his people and soon he is attacked and led to a containment unit. Once inside he discovers that Glen, Maggie,along with Sasha and some friends are captured as well. The official reunion was nothing but a questionable greeting, as the show ended with Rick saying that “these people don’t know who they are messing with.”
Now we are left to wait until October to find out what will happen.
Overall the finale was great, and I hope that the writers stay focused on Rick. They must not forget that this is Rick’s journey and that the experiences are being told from his point of view. In addition to the group being reunited,
There were some important flashbacks that showed Hershal’s impact and influence on Rick. It was nice to see him be part of the finale. It gave us a chance to remember him again, and it gave Rick a chance to open up and really embrace who he is as a person and keep the cycle and balance between humanity and survival.
Next Season! I’m counting it down!!
Now we just have to survive the wait!
L.L

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The Walking Dead mid season finale aired this past Sunday on AMC, and I must say that it was one of the best episodes in a very long time.
The return of The Governer had a traumatic impact upon everyone in the prison, as he tried to force his way in. Rick, no longer claiming leadership of the group was forced to take that role again in hopes to negotiate a deal with The Governor as Philip holds Michone,and Hershel as hostages. Things grow in intensity as The Governor is on the verge of waging a war against Rick. As Rick pleads with him, to release Hershel and Michone, The Governor holds Michone’s sword up to Hershel’s neck. Everyone in the prison looks on as they prepare for to defend their land. Just as Rick thinks he has come to an agreement for everyone to live in the prison peacefully, The Governor brings down the sword upon Hershel, slicing his neck. The heartbreaking scene is difficult to watch. The emotion behind the actors is award winning as you feel the same pain as they do. Rick, Maggie and her sister are iconic as believable characters. The bullets immediately start flying the moment Hershal falls to the ground. The Governer finishes the job by chopping off Hershel’s head. Michone escapes and Rick and The Governer go head to head in the fight of their lives. The moment Rick is down, Michone saves him by planting her sword in the Governer. As everyone takes cover, and makes an attempt to flee the now destroyed prison, Rick’s group is “broken” and separated. Judith is missing but a bloody car seat is left behind. Glen is on the bus with the people of Woodberry, while Daryl and others try to regroup after the destruction. The final scene is a heartwrentching one that is parallel to the comic book as Rick and Carl flee up the hill away from the ruins of the prison.
The action was non stop and it prompted me to re-read the books. I’m on book 7. This particular episode was more of a season finale than a midseason finale. The show is now elevated on many levels and I just hate that we have to wait until February to see what happens.
Read the books to pass the time!
L.L

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