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The Walking Dead’s 100th episode was a nice start to season 8. Directed by Greg Nicotero, the season premiere focused on the beginning of Kirkman’s comic titled All Out War. Alexandria and the Hilltop are all ready for the battle against Negan and his Saviors. It seems like it was forever since I last saw the cast and crew grace the NYCC stage, and with the anticipation and after effects of that, I know the events of last night’s episode will set the tone for the entire season.

The story continues as Rick, Eziekial, and Maggie lead the fight for freedom. The episode was exciting but nothing out of this world. This season opener was a little low key compared to past season premieres. The best part was seeing a future Rick and the idea that age was creeping up on him. The scene came in the form of  a vision (this was how Rick saw his future.) Rick saw his family, Michone, Carl and maybe 8-year-old Judith; she looked around 8.) living a happy life. He also visualized the expansion of Alexandria. I know the festival they were referring to was in the comic books, so it was nice to see that reference in the vision.  I have a feeling that this season will take place over the course of hours and days when it comes to the war. I think that they already know where they want to take the show and how long it will last. I got a Better Call Saul feeling when I saw older Rick. I think the show will last until season 10. I hope it lasts longer, but I can’t imagine the actors playing these characters past 10 seasons. We will have to wait and see.

Now the end of the episode was very interesting because Gabriel left Rick to save Gregory and Gregory left Gabriel to die in the middle of the herd. Gregory is a piece of crap and should have died a long time ago. Gabriel was put in a bad situation and soon found himself in a trailer in the dark with Negan. This cliffhangs the episode, so we don’t know what is going happen, but I really hope that Gabriel opens fire on Negan and goes out the best way he can. In the scene Gabriel allows Negan to talk way too much, but at this point, it may be too late for him to react. I would be surprised if the two work together as a team to get out of there alive. What if Negan throws Gabriel out to get the Walkers attention and then makes a run for it? This could go so many ways, and I’m so excited to see what will happen next week.

Overall the episode was good, and it was great to see all the cast members interacting in one episode. I know it will be a great season!!

Happy 100th TWD

LaTaeya

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The Walking Dead season six premiere episode titled “First Time Again” was directed by Greg Nicotero. The highly exciting episode picks up right after the gruesome events that led to the death of Deanna’s husband, Pete’s demise, the return of Morgan, and Glen’s altercation with Nicolas.  As things get underway, the episode was shot in black and white as the past unraveled. As the present unfolds those shots are presented in color, while they both deliver a vivid presence in showing what the world really looks like as Rick and group face a whole array of challenges while trying to maintain what they view as a stable life within the walls of Alexandria.

The mood of Alexandria has altered in way where many question Rick’s ethics. Rick tries his best to make things right between him Jessie and her son Ron, but after what she witnessed Jessie really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Rick. Deanna tries to assume her position as leader of the group, but in all honesty everyone knows that Rick is the leader. Carol tells Rick that, but he knows what’s going on.

Morgan and Rick go beyond the walls to find a place to bury Pete, Ron follows them and it is there where Rick discovers a quarry filled with walkers, where he realizes that he and the people of Alexandria have an even bigger problem on their hands to deal with. Rick meets with the group to discuss their plan in how to deal with the walkers. He tells them that once the truck collapses on the hill, the walkers will have a way out of the quarry and will head straight to Alexandria. Rick proposes to draw out the walkers and lead them away from Alexandria. The people in the group know that this is dangerous so Carter suggests to build higher walls and reinforce the ones they have. Deanna goes with Rick’s plan and they all start the process of drawing out the walkers. Carter doesn’t trust rick at all, and soon starts to organize a plan to kill him and assume power of Alexandria. Eugene overhears the plan and Carter draws a gun on him. Rick and Morgan walk in on it and Rick takes the gun from Carter and makes an attempt to talk him into living together in peace.

Meanwhile Rick and Morgan’s relationship begins again as Rick invites Morgan to live with his family. Morgan tells Rick that he knows who he is, and that he is the same person he met when they were outside of Atlanta. Rick believes that he is a different person and to some degree he is, but there is a part of the man that we first fell in love with that still exists within him. It is that husband, that father, that survivor, that drive and determination that we all love about Rick that keeps us on the edge of our seats every week.

Heath— a comic book character has been introduced. He is now part of a Glen’s and Nicolas’ group. They are on the outskirts of Alexandria as they try to clear an area to help Rick execute his plan to draw out the bigger heard of walkers. A now humbled Nicolas is taken under the direction of Glen, sees his task as a serious and important duty that can impact others.

The plan is under way, as everyone takes their place, they proceed to draw out the walkers, led by motorcycle riding Daryl Dixon himself, along with Abraham and Sasha in a car, the walkers slowly follow them out of the quarry. Things go crazy fast, Carter is bitten in the face by a walker and his screams distract the walkers and draw them off track. Rick kills Carter and gets the walkers back on track until suddenly a loud sound that seems to be coming from Alexandria draws the walkers back in Alexandria’s direction. I think the Wolves are near and they are the ones that are responsible. I hope to see an appearance from the Hilltop, and the Saviors. If Negan makes an appearance this season we can say goodbye to Glen, unless the writers have different plans for him. I don’t know how Rick will handle Negan, but he will have to become more ruthless then he already is. Negan is by far worse than the Governor! I’m reading book 23, and I’m so excited to see how season six will transpire.

L.L

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TrueBlood Season Premier Review
We all love Sookie Stackhouse and fell in love with her from the very beginning. We all remember that night at Merlotte’s when she was waiting tables and a mysterious man walked in and sat down.

From that very moment TrueBlood has created a very special bond between viewer and reader. That bond crosses the boarders within imagination and reality. The show has always been a reflection of Charline Harris’ work. For the most part the show has always had a clear vision of what road they intend to take during every season, but this year I feel that the absence of Alan Ball shows and the team really doesn’t know where they should take the final season.

Last season ended with an attack by the Hep-V vampires at the newly owned bar Bellefleur’s. The final season opened continuing the attack as several lives were lost including Tara and some of the Bon Temps residents being kidnapped.

After Tara got killed, I was so upset. Her death was right before the show’s introduction and it made me so angry that Rutina Wesley aka Tara didn’t even have a proper farewell. Fans have struggled with Tara all these years, and it would have been nice to see another path where her journey ended. Her character and her fans deserved better.

I’ve always wanted to see Sookie and Alcide together but there is something about the chemistry that seems a little off. The sexy, passion that Sookie has for her lovers just isn’t visible with the werewolf. Hopefully that will change.

Sam’s new position as Mayor of Bon Temps bothers me, and I feel that it has taken away from his shifter personally, despite the fact that he shifted in the episode last night. Nicole is expecting and was among the people kidnapped. I just can’t understand why Sam and Alcide couldn’t track them in their supernatural forms? That was really upsetting to me.

Where in the world is Eric? When Eric burned in the sun during last season’s finale, Pam sensed his pain and tracked him. She ends up in Morocco, but instead of finding him she is led on a treasure hunt to find her Maker which may lead her to France. Eric is one of the major characters that impacts Sookie in many ways. In the books she unknowingly marries him, but he tricks her into it in order to protect her. I was hoping that the writers would have stayed true to the author’s vision. If they did, this show could have survived ten heart stopping seasons. Even though Eric released Pam, why wouldn’t he go to Bon Temps or even to Fangtasia? Now Fantasia is a hub for the Hep-V vamps, and I think that is ridiculous.

I feel that the flow of show has come to a halt, and that the story lines involving the characters are completely disjointed. I went to bed with the show on my mind and thought about how disappointed I was with the overall writing of this particular episode.

Jason Stackhouse’s story line with this vampire chick Violet is pointless. They should have killed her and kept Tara and had Jason and Tara have an intimate scene while she was a vampire. I’m not sure where they want to go with Jessica and Andy’s daughter, Adilyn, but I’m not excited about that either.

I just hope that the writers get on board and show and that they are not just trying to get this over with for the sake of their contracts. So many shows have a bad track record with ending in disappointments.

Stephen Moyer directed the episode which impressed me. And I was happy to see everyone. The introduction of some new characters like Jessica’s new beau was refreshing. I’m looking forward to seeing how this season unfolds. I just got the final Sookie book so I can’t wait to get lost in her adventures again.
L.L.

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