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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E9

Posted February 20th 2012 by J. Edison Thomas.

The Walking Dead S2E9

Maybe it's just because I am closely scrutinizing the show for the purposes of these recap/reviews, but it's hard not to see the boardroom efficiency of the way Episode 9 - "Triggerfinger" deals with the three plot seeds that were planted in Episode 8. There is the hot, medium, and cold porridge. Rick's standoff carries the episode with plenty of gore and suspense, Lori's accident is dealt with quickly enough that it almost feels like a gyp, and Beth's "sickness" is ignored almost completely, to be saved for later. Like a modern medical marvel, the episode was engineered to be both fast-acting and long-lasting.

But don't let my cynicism get you down: this was probably as good as the show will get without major retooling (or de-tooling, i.e. kill Andrea). Judging using the most basic math available, on the merits of how well it followed up on previous plotlines, it was exactly 2/3 good. As always, spoilers ahead.

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15 Flicks You Gotta See in 2012

Posted January 9th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.

15 Flicks You Gotta See in 2012

Once again, Frankie aims to ferry his fellow nerds across a river of crappy movies and onto sparkling shores of geeky entertainment.

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Tags: the amazing spider-man, the dark knight rises, brave, prometheus, the dictator, the avengers, the hunger games, the secret world of arrietty, the bourne legacy, frankenweenie, lincoln, zombies, movies, Comics, django unchained, world war z, the hobbit, 47 ronin, 15 flicks

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RECAP/REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E6

Posted November 21st 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

At some point, the combined forces of Tim the Enchanter, a paper cut-out God, and an army of Britons clamored "GET ON WITH IT!" And so the merry men at AMC who create The Walking Dead obliged.  Last night's episode, "Secrets," leaped forward on several plot threads, as the tag-team duo of Glenn and Dale made short work of a few underlying secrets to set the stage for a season semi-finale climax next week.  It was a welcome change of pace, although it's hard to say that much payoff came out of it within the episode itself.  Largely, it was an episode that was enjoyable if you like seeing Dale, Glenn and Shane doing things, but not for any reason outside of that.  Spoilers ahead.

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TV REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E3

Posted October 31st 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

Over the weekend, TV.com posted an article, "Are The Walking Dead's Zombies Following the Show's Own Rules?" In it, writer Tim Surette questioned the inconsistency between the first-season episode "Guts," in which Rick and Glen cover themselves in zombie entrails to hide their human scent, and the season-two premiere wherein the group hides from zombies under cars without smell entering into the equation—a point we had also brought up during our Halloween podcast.  The Chris Hardwick after-party show Talking Dead is a lightning rod for these kinds of objections, such as why the highway is littered with dead-but-not-reanimated bodies despite there being a clear zombie presence in that area.  These questions of consistency can run the gamut of reality-breaking to nit-picking, and a great deal of fans and producers don't seem to sweat the details if the overall effect is strong.  After all, it's a drama, not a documentary.  But part of the drama lies in the characters operating by certain rules.  Tension is built from characters being restricted in how they can respond to danger—a classic example is the utterly blind Jodie Foster stumbling through a serial killer's dark basement in Silence of the Lambs—and seeing characters find creative ways to conquer that danger is what makes the scene satisfying.  This all came to a head at the outset of last night's episode "Save the Last One," which picks up from the cliffhanger of Shane and Fat John Malkovich bungling their way through a high school riddled with zombies.  Spoilers after the jump.

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TV REVIEW — The Walking Dead S2E2

Posted October 24th 2011 by J. Edison Thomas.

"Bloodletting," the second episode of The Walking Dead's sophomore season, starts up with a look back at the day when Rick was shot in season one, from the point of view of his wife.  Though zombie-less by necessity, I like these flashback scenes because they tend to be chock-full of information that's relevant to what's happening to the survivors currently.  Last season, a flashback showed us that Shane is in fact not a total dick, and he sincerely thought Rick had died during a zombie attack on his hospital.  This time around, there's even more to mine out of the five-minute cold open.  Lori gets her companion scene to Rick and Shane's series-opener dialog where they complain about their women.  Here, Lori candidly admits to a friend that she is an irrational bag of emotion and Rick is a rock of unwavering reasonableness, which makes it seem like her lines were written by Rick himself.  So basically the glaring misogyny of the screenwriting isn't letting up anytime soon.  Lori also mentions that she isn't entirely sure she still loves Rick (at the time at least), and we get to see how Shane deals with telling Lori about Rick's injury and seeing Lori relay that news to young Carl.  Trying to guess which of these is most relevant to what's to come is half the fun.  And of course there's the obvious parallel to what happened at the end of the last episode; spoilers after the jump.

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