Written by: Mattie
Now that Supernatural has come to their midseason hiatus, I feel like my life is missing something. Yes I only started watching Supernatural this year however, it has become one of my obsessions. This season, like many of the other seasons has been filled with tears. Sammy at the end of season 8 was a complete mess and was dying from doing the trials. On top of that, all the angels were kicked out of Heaven. It was devastating watching all the angels fall.
Now this season, Dean made a deal with who he thought was the angel Ezekiel. The deal was him hiding and healing himself in Sam while simultaneously healing Sam in the process. I truly don’t believe that he was healing Sam though. When the goddess was trying to take Sam’s liver, she said that it was impossible for Sam to still be alive. That’s when Dean confronted who he thought was Ezekiel and he told Dean that Sam is almost healed. Of course I still don’t think that’s the case. The angel who is in Sam is actually an angel named Galadriel. He was an angel who was held in a cage in heaven since it was his fault that sin entered the Garden of Eden.
Castiel on the other hand is being hunted by his kind because they think that Castiel is still in communications with Metatron. However that’s not the case. So, Castiel makes the most of being kicked out by Dean and sent on his own. He ends up working in a local convenience store. All’s well until he finds a case where angels are murdering other angels. That’s when he ends up getting taken by Malachi’s followers. Funny part? Castiel gets grace back. It’s not his, but it will do. It breaks his innocent persona that he has made for himself though which kind of makes me sad but yet proud of him.
Charlie is in Oz fighting things with Dorothy. Don’t ask. They may or may not be together in a relationship sense if you catch my drift.
Kevin…. KEVVVVIIIINNNNN!!! I can’t handle this! Stupid Metatron putting a hit out on Kevin!!! What did that small Asian boy ever do to anyone?! He’s adorable!!! He’s smart!!! He’s so small!!! Yet we kill Kevin. I don’t know whose death was worse for me, Kevin or Bobby or even Meg! Yep this has brought me to tears just even writing this. I’m really not happy about this. Kevvvvin!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t care if you’re going to Sleepy Hollow! I loved you as Kevin Tran!!!
Crowley is still locked away in the basement…in the dark…all by himself…
Either way, this season has had its ups and downs when it comes to my emotions. The Wizard of Oz episode was pretty awesome along with "Dog Dean Afternoon". Those were both pretty fun. I loved when Dean was arguing with the squirrel. That was pretty hilarious. However, the rest was crying out to Sam and Castiel and everyone else who was hurting. I bawled my eyes out when Dean and Sam went to the old boys home that Dean spent a few months at when he was a kid. It put two and two together to show how much Dean loves Sam. I couldn’t handle it. I know what it’s like when it comes to sacrificing for your siblings.
Anyways, now we have to wait till luckily January. Which isn’t much of a brake, thank God. I don’t think I could have handled waiting any longer with this show. Best part of it is? CROWLEY IS BACK! He also gets to torture Galadriel. I’m so excited for this!!! Supernatural returns January 14th!
Written by: John Edward Betancourt
I've been a fan of The Walking Dead from the start. I was on my couch on that fateful Halloween night years ago to see how good or how bad this show would be and have been with it ever since. I've endured the heartbreak of Sophia, Dale, Shane, Lori, T-Dog and Andrea. I fully understood there would be favorites going down in the show because it's the end of the world and there are tons of zombies...it's a given.
Yet this was an extremely hard breakdown to write, because I was completely and utterly blindsided by last week's Midseason Finale. The death of Hershel was completely and utterly devastating, not because of the fact that he died for my aforementioned reasons, but because of how he died. There was something that the show had yet to give us until last week...the display of the brutality of man.
Yeah, we've seen people torn to shreds by the living dead. We've seen gunfights galore and people battle it out, and let's be honest that is something we are desensitized to in film and television. But we so rarely see someone just be brutal for the sake of being brutal and that's what the Governor brought to the table last week.
Quite frankly, the act scared the hell out of me. In part the surprise of it and because it opened my eyes to a few things...this show is going to darker and darker places whether we like it or not. Last year's "Clear" should have been a clue that under Scott Gimple's watch we not only have to deal with the horrible abominations that walk the earth...but the psychological wear and tear that comes with the end of all things.
So in the aftermath of what is without a doubt the most brutal and devastating episode of The Walking Dead, what can we expect? I think it only gets worse from here. This poor group was given hope and a second chance at life at the prison. They had security, they had food and shelter and they even managed to overcome illness. All until some asshat felt the need to be the ruler of all the things and once more they are out in the world and without someone they all considered family.
This will change many things. They will all be suffering, they will all grieve and I don't think the show will ever be the same. This will be a long and dark journey, and their destination is simply survival and I know I will be along for the ride, because going into those dark corners of our psyche is not only groundbreaking television...but damn good storytelling. See you all in February.
Written by: Mattie
We have come to the midseason winter hiatus of season 4 for The Walking Dead. So far, a lot of psychological stuff has happened this season and some tragic things as well. It has been a hard first part of the season to watch this time around but then again, this is a hard show to watch in general.
Rick and the crew had brought in all those who lived at Woodbury into the prison with their people. Rick had become the definition of a mental break down. He couldn’t think straight or do anything properly. In a world that was completely run by walkers, he chose to put down his weapon. He even made that choice for Carl. They instead took up a hoe and started farming and raising pigs. In the prison, they had created a community where everyone helped and pitched in. They had raiding parties where several people would go out and look for supplies. It seemed like they had the most to perfect situation going on that one could have in the zombie apocalypse.
Of course, that quickly changed when they realized that someone was feeding rats to the walkers. From there, the people’s lives at the prison started to fall apart. There was a huge walker gathering at that place in the fence and they all struggled to keep that fence up due to the rat feedings. From there everything fell apart. What threatened them most was that a majority of the people got sick from the pigs. The pigs had something in them that was making the people sick and even killing people. It was similar to the flu. Then after that was fixed, they had the long awaited return of The Governor knocking at their door.
The thing about all this was that I’m still devastated that Rick sent Carol away. I still to this day think that Carol didn’t kill Tyreese’s girlfriend Karen and that guy, David. I think that she took the blame for Lilly. That little girl is a psychopath, and it was proved when she had the other children take up arms in the midseason finale. Also, Tyreese found dissected rat right before The Governor attacked. Not to mention, who knows if those kids left Judith in her seat carrier or took her with them when they decided to take up arms. By the way, WHO LEAVES LITTLE KIDS INCHARGE OF A BABY?! Why didn’t the adults go back for the kids? Everything about this scenario just doesn’t seem right! Also, when Rick was offering The Governor and those people a place to stay, WHY didn’t those people pull their heads out of their asses and just shoot The Governor in the first place?! He’s saying no, Rick is saying yes. Who do they choose? The reckless Governor. What ends up happening to all those people who followed him? They die. People are sooooo stupid!
This season infuriates me because of all the choices that the people made this season. They were bad choices. Yes this is the apocalypse, however somewhere I think that someone would have a good idea. Yet they didn’t. So now everybody who was at the prison has been split apart. Rick and Carl run off to the woods and have to survive on their own. Maggie and Glenn are separated. Hershel… HERSHEL!!!! SPAGHETTI TUESDAYS!!! I STILL want to bawl my eyes out! He was a harmless old man who was missing a leg. What does The Governor do?! CHOP HIS HEAD OFF! THE HELL???!!!
So if you all couldn’t tell, I’m still having a hard time coping with this last episode. February can’t come soon enough. I need some sort of closure or to know that everyone is alright! However, this is The Walking Dead and that doesn’t happen. These actors have even worse job security than those on the Game of Thrones! FEBRUARY!!!!!!
Written by: Mattie and Shae
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Wow guys! Sorry for the late review, last week was the mad dash to get projects done and this week is finals! Then we're on break….which speaking of, Supernatural just did their midseason finale, and now we don't get anything until January 14. How sad is that? Very. Very, very sad. Like this last episode.
Sometimes, a show comes along and violently rips your heart out before chewing it up, spitting it out, and walking away. This was one of those episodes of one of those shows and there was little to nothing that could be done about it, other than turn it off, which would be dumb because it's Supernatural. But with this episode, I was left almost in tears.
Now, there are wonderful things about the internet, and there are terrible things about the internet. Tumblr, for instance, actually ruined a part of this episode for me. I'd missed the initial showing due to class projects and well….I knew what was coming before it happened.
So, Sam and Dean are off to investigate strange angel on angel murders. Cas shows up, Dean's not cool with it, Sam doesn't care, and Ezekiel is being oddly hateful towards working near, with, and/or around Castiel. What's with that? I mean, Cas did vouch for the guy at the beginning of the season, right? So why the Cas hate? Well, sometimes, angels are just jerks to other angels…for no reason…except there is a reason. I knew from the start that we shouldn't trust Ezekiel. And I. Was. Right. Back to that in a moment! Anyway! angel on angel hate? Why? Well, there are two factions; Bartholomew and Malachi. Both want to be the new ruler of heaven, so both are fighting over power….despite not being able to get back into heaven. Doesn't matter, because this is a war! And people must die! Pick a side! Well, in the midst of this picking a side thing, Cas ends up praying to an angel in hopes of finding out answers about this secret/not-secret angel war. Enter, Muriel….but don't get too attached to her because Malachi kills her after he kidnaps her and Castiel.
It's okay though because Cas steals one of Malachi's henchmen Grace, and is now an angel…again….which is good? But then, in the midst of all the chaos, Metatron shows up to talk to Ezekiel…who isn't Ezekiel. Turns out, Zeke died in the fall. But, wait--who's in Sam then!? Galadriel…an angel that was in angel prison until all angels fell from heaven. He's not a bad guy, or a good guy, just a guy who wants to be as good as Ezekiel had been. Metatron makes him an offer; be his right hand and help rule new heaven with a select number of angels. Not a bad deal! But, Galadriel has to do a favor for him….just some names off a list, if you know what I mean. First on the list? Kevin. Dean won't let that happen though, right? After a conversation with Castiel, Dean finds out that the angel he let into his brother, isn't the angel he said he was.
With Kevin's help, Dean sets up some sigils and plans to tell Sam the truth. But, Galadriel heard him and Kevin plan this, so he pretends to be Sam, punches Dean, then telekinetically holds him to a pillar while he kills Kevin.
Yes. Kevin dies. And that was the spoiler I knew going into the show. It was heart breaking! Now, Sam/Galadriel is off with Metatron, Kevin's dead, Dean doesn't know what to do, and Cas is back to being an angel….and we have to wait until January to find out how they save Sam! Gah! It's a great midseason finale, and a horrible sad, cliff hanger-y one too!
So, yes this was yet another midseason finale that shocked the fans. So this last week with the Walking Dead midseason finale, my feels are on overload. Cas is on the case again after he found out that angels are killing angels. Of course Ezekiel who really isn't Ezekiel freaks out and has Dean, once again get Sam away from Castiel. So what does Cas do when he's stuck on a case? He prays. Of course that means angels go to him and his prayers inadvertently gets him kidnapped by Malachi. Luckily he cuts the throat of another angel and gets his grace back, so angel Castiel is on the job. Galadriel, the angel who let sin into the garden of Eden was posing as Ezekiel and has been living in Sam. So what does he do? Makes a deal with Metatron. What was his first assignment from Metatron? To kill Kevin. What does he do? Kills Kevin.
How do I feel about this? I hope Metatron and Galadriel end up the cage in hell where Michael and Lucifer are at so they could tortured for eternity. I am so not okay with this. Of course, when Dean tries to block Galadriel and tries to talk to Sam of what happened during the trials…Galadriel was a step ahead and has already pushed Sam into the back of his mind. I am SO not okay with this midseason finale. First Sam is kidnapped by a stupid angel, THEN that stupid angel kills Kevin! WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL?! I am so not okay with this. However now, we have to wait 'till January 14th to find out what's going on!!! Dean is left alone and it's breaking my heart. I just. I'M NOT OKAY WITH THIS.
Written by: Scotty
With WWII coming to an end, the Soviet army is deploying liberation squads around Germany. As one squad moves through Germany, they are still hit with some resistance, but seem to be focused on the liberation of the areas, as they are being filmed on their mission. Trying to make the sure that the Red Army is being shown in a positive light, the squad is more hesitant to kill which could cost them more than they could imagine.
Upon receiving a communication from one of their fellow liberation squads, the men try to pinpoint the location they need to proceed to, to extract their comrades. Locating the town where the transmission came from the group is amazed to find that it is empty of any discernable life, even goats. Working towards the center of town, the squad's focus turns to a church that seems to have been the focal point of the fight. A pile of burning nuns gets the groups attention, but then they notice that all of the graves nearby have been dug up and emptied.
Entering the church, the squad notices that it is more of a factory than a church. Trying to figure out what has happened to the group that radioed for help, they find a strange body in the basement that seems to be run on electricity. After their captain gets drilled through by the strange creature a power struggle ensues between the men, but is squashed when they find out that their cameraman has playing them as he had an alternative motive for following the squad.
Frankenstein’s Army is a war movie first, with a horror story to follow. Following a Soviet Liberation Squad on their mission to free the small towns from the oppression that the Germans had imposed on them. With cameraman Dimitri tagging along, the group is shocked to find out the secret mission that the non-Soviet is really on. When meeting a deranged Doctor that is employed by the Third Reich, the group sees what is really happening behind enemy lines.
With all of the specials that have been run on Hitler’s fascination of the occult makes this a very entertaining movie to watch. Leaving you asking, ‘what if’, is always a fun way to watch a movie based around historical events. One of the highlights of this film is showing that the soldiers do show a sense of compassion for their fallen, but are not afraid to end their suffering if there is nothing they can do to help. Then seeing how the crazy doctor fancies himself a savior even though his experiments are meant to kill, he is looking for the one and only way he knows to bring the two opposing forces together.
Overall a fun period piece that keeps you wondering what would have happened if the Third Reich would have won the war. Having the movie shot in first person also gives is a bit more gusto as you get to see what they are seeing and not seeing as some strange characters start to appear. Not having a budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, the film crew does a great job on their monster creations, using people in costumes and very little CGI. Keeping true to the time period and having a strong cast is really what makes this movie work. If you are into the occult, or love a WWII movie, you will not be disappointed picking this one up. Stay scared my friends.
Written by: Scotty
When working with a group of people for any surmountable amount of time, you have to decide if you can trust them or not. Now most people have co-workers that are responsible for different aspects of the job that is being done and it is not a life or death situation. At the Bureau of Supernatural Investigations, (BSI), the latter is the case. A split second decision can make the difference in your life, or in your partners.
Kal Hakala is in charge of a small group of agents at the BSI roaming field office that is now stationed in Denver, Colorado. Due to some of the recent disturbances around the area, the bureau has sent him and his team in to investigate and dispose of any of the threats. The BSI is a very tightly run little group of no more than fifty active agents at a time, along with fifty support members in the office. Kal’s superior BB is keeping everything in check at the office level, trying to locate a new agent to take a recently fallen ones place and assigns her Kal’s unit.
Although Kal is the most tenured agent in the bureau, he is not very happy about receiving the new recruit without doing his research on the young woman. Ariel McMillan, the new agent in question, has caught Kal’s eye, but knowing how short the life span is of the new ‘Green Pea’s’ is when it comes to field work, Kal is very tough on her right out of the gate. What is the purpose of the BSI? It is to eliminate a supernatural threat before it harms any of the normal people in the world. The World Under is where the supernatural players live and thrive, but once they come up to the real world and start using their magic/powers, the BSI is in place to take them out.
Even though Kal employees a magician on his team and deals with a specter over the internet, he still gets surprised by what happens when he is not paying full attention. Two new reports of magic have come in, and even though the team cannot identify immediately what was done, they fear that ghouls or zombies have been raised from a grave yard. Keeping his team in check, Kal works with local law enforcement to find out anything that may have been suspicious about the bodies that are no longer in their graves. When he discovers that the folks that were risen were wrestlers, he knows that something big is afoot, he and his team would be in for the battle of their lives.
Things to do in Denver When You’re Un-Dead deals with the supernatural, magic and what can be done when the two are combined. Following Kal as he tries to keep his team safe, you find that he may be the most tortured of all. With the loss of his sister to the Iku-Turso when he was a young boy, Kal has dedicated all of his time to the BSI to try and find a way to dispose of this threat while keeping his rage at bay. With his supporting cast of Alex, his internet hacker and a few others on his team, he works endlessly to try to solve his next case. The Organ Donor is working in Denver and leaving emptied bodies around and phoning them into the local police. Looking deeper into the case, Kal and crew discover this person may be a magician using the killings as a cover up for something much more sinister.
This is definitely a book to pick up if you are into crime dramas, zombies, vampires, ghouls, magic, character studies, and just down right fun. With your lead having to make the tough decisions of who will stay, who will go, who will survive and who will not is the best way to have a story laid out. With an appearance from his past, Kal is faced with more than his own demons, having to fight super powered ghouls, zombies and yes, even vampires that have been risen by the Organ Donor. Having to keep his rage in check is where the book really clicks with me, as since when the job gets too hard, or Kal loses one of his team members, Kal has only one way to release his anger, and it is not on the sofa at a psychiatrist's office. A real person faced with unreal situations makes for a fantastic story along with his one reason for staying alive…to avenge his sister’s death. Happy reading and Stay Scared my friends.
Written by: Scotty
What would you do if you had lost everything you have ever loved? Hunter had lost his wife and child to the zombie outbreak and was looking for one thing to release his pain, death. With a new drug hitting the scene, Natas had gained a world wild following as it took you places you that no other drug could, but it comes with one nasty side effect, turning its users into flesh eating freaks.
Moving from one place to another, Hunter fears that he could be the only one left. Not have a care for his own wellbeing, Hunter enters no win situations against the flesh eaters and always comes out victorious. After his latest mid-day massacre, Hunter goes back on the road to continue his journey. After getting shot in the arm and crashing his Camaro, Hunter knows that he is not the only one left.
Being taken in by a roaming band of survivors led by Father Jesus, Hunter reluctantly becomes a member of the group. Having to deal with the living is almost unbearable for him as he has been alone for over six months. Being pursued by the two female members, Fast Lane Debbie and Alison, Hunter turns back to the only thing that makes him feel like himself again, his drink.
When their little place of solace is attacked by the flesh eaters and they lose one of their main warriors, the group decides to move on and try to find a better home. The only way to get there is by getting to the local airfield and commandeer an airplane to take them to a place with white sandy beaches. Only two things stand in the way of attaining their goal, the flesh eaters and the small town of Dahmer. Dahmer was overrun months ago by zombies and although the group was afraid of what they might find, they run into something more horrific than they could possibly imagine.
Zombie Hunter follows the path of Hunter who is not looking for anything, except a way to release his pain. Father Jesus allows the man to join his group of survivors, seeing that Hunter may be a valuable asset, Jesus makes sure that Hunter understands that they are currently living in hell. Fast Lane Debbie and young Alison are just looking for something to believe in again, and having a new man in their prescence arouses something neither has felt for the past year. With a couple more survivors to add into the mix, including a pilot, the group is prepared to make their trek to freedom.
Although Zombie Hunter is not the best zombie movie ever, it has all of the essentials of a proper splatter fest. With zombies being taking out by gunfire, knives and a sacred axe, the screen is filled with plenty of blood. Non-conventional zombies seem to get me every time as shots to anywhere take them down, but the campy special effects make sure to keep you cringing as the zombies continuously hit the ground. With limbs and blood flying all over the place, it makes for a fun film. If you like the blood and guts aspect of horror movies, this is definitely one to check out, you will not be disappointed. Stay scared.
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Written by: Mattie
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The Walking Dead premiered its midseason finale Sunday night. We are now, eight episodes into this season and I was definitely weary of what was going to happen this midseason finale. Now the last two episodes were centered just around The Governor. It showed a tale of a man who had fallen and at his worst was left by his friends. He was found by two women and a little girl who he decided that he would protect. After being on the run, he finds his old friend Martinez who had taken in a few people and they created a camp. However after getting settled in, The Governor killed Martinez and the next in charge (brutally) and took over control of the camp. From there he again had a kingdom to run. However now, he wanted something more, the prison and Michonne dead. It really was hard waiting a week for this episode.
So first off, The Governor knocked out Michonne and kidnapped her and Hershel. He prepared his people for a fight in order to take over the Prison. He blamed them for burning down his home and murdering his daughter. Of course lies after lies. After all agree to this murder plot, he tells Lilly that he loves her and that he's going to keep them safe.
After that, he goes to where they keep Michonne and Hershel. Hershel tries to appeal to The Governor's sensitive side however, that fails. Of course Michonne has none of it. All she wants it to kill him however Hershel stops her from talking. The Governor wants nothing but the prison and Rick gone. Lilly tries to be the voice of reason but he doesn't listen to her at all. Back at the Prison, Glenn is healing slowly. Everyone who was sick is. Sasha tries to thank Bob for what he's done to help her heal however Bob is not doing well as well. He's dealing with alcohol dependency and isn't winning that battle.
Daryl on the other hand finds out that Rick sent Carol away. Daryl was livid, saying that it wasn't her. Saying that it wasn't fair for him to send her away before they got back. When they go to tell Tyreese, they find that someone had "surgicallly" dissected a rodent and left it on display. Tyreese goes on to think whomever did this was feeding the walkers and killed Karen and David, going back to my theory of the little girl. Right when they were about to tell Tyreese about Carol, a tank shell hit the the building they were in.
Everyone runs out to see The Governor standing on top of a tank and several cars with several armed people standing near the fence. The Governor yells for Rick to come out and threatens him with the fact that he has Hershel and Michonne. Rick then goes down to talk to him. He begs for mercy because of the sick however, The Governor tells them that they had better be out by sundown.
So then the scene goes back to the river where, The Governor left Lilly and her daughter. All I can say is, WHY IS SHE ALLOWED TO PLAY OUTSIDE?! Of course that backfires. I understand why Shae said she was terrified, hell I even hid under my covers then almost ran out of my room for that scene. Yep she got bit by a walker who was under the mud.
Back at the Prison, Rick still tries to negotiate. However, The stupid Governor kills the most sincere person in the show, Hershel. With a sword. He chops off his head. What a psychopath. Michonne gets away thankfully. I cried.
The fight starts. Several people are lost and Rick is in the fist fight of his life against the Governor. Judith gets eaten we think and the Governor gets stabbed through the heart by Michonne and she leaves him there to suffer. Rick, Carl, Michonne and Daryl and it looks like the majority of the core group, survive. I have to say my favorite part would be when Lilly comes up with a gun and shoots The Governor in the head with her gun. Poetic Justice. That's all I can say. Because of him she lost her daughter and possibly her sister.
This entire episode I was yelling at the TV "KILL HIM KILL HIM!" This whole season I haven't wanted Rick alive until this episode when I wanted him to kill The Governor. Of course it was Michonne who got to stab him. This episode is a tough one to swallow. I really don't know what to think. All I know is that I'm SO glad that he's dead. I'm sad that Glen and Maggie are separated and I believe that that little girl is a psychopath, which even more fuels the whole, "She was the one killed those two people." But...yay! The Governor is dead!
So, The Walking Dead will return in February of 2014 and now we have a two month wait to see how everyone is doing and who all died. Which I think is adequate time in order to process what the **** just happened.
Written by: Daniel and John
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The showdown we waited for after all this time finally came to pass. Philip "The Governor" Blake finally arrived to take the prison from Rick Grimes and his weakened group and well...this was not the showdown we expected. It was far more brutal, for more devastating than I think any of us even had in our imagination. Another beloved character is gone, and we are all still reeling in shock. Without further ado, let's recap "Too Far Gone".
The Good: Um. Where do I begin? This was...just so utterly brutal. So much in fact that it took me several hours and a good night's sleep to even find the strength to write about it, because they held nothing back. We got the showdown I looked forward to since the Governor graced our screens last year, and now I regret that anticipation. Hershel is dead, killed in the most horrible fashion. We don't know if Judith/Lil' Asskicker is alive and just wow. The final image of the prison burning was a fitting way to sum up the episode...everything burned. Once again this damn show made me cry and made me sick to my stomach all while making me cheer at the same time. For all the horrible things the Governor did, it was a complete and utter joy to watch Michonne finally run that son of a bitch through. But the real highlight here is the fact that new showrunner Scott Gimple is a master of deception. We thought for the last seven episodes we were getting a kindler, gentler show under his thumb. That the world of The Walking Dead would somehow find its way back to better days. It was all one horrible, horrible lie, but one hell of an episode.
The Bad: Of course I'm not exactly thrilled that Hershel is gone from the show, but I learned that last year, good people die on this show. No, the only thing I didn't like about last night...the Governor should have suffered more. In fact, it's almost a shame that Lilly put a bullet in his head rather than let him be torn apart by Walkers. He deserved a slow, painful death.
The Verdict: This one is right up there with "Clear". One of the most brutal and devastating and compelling episodes of the show to date. It left me silent and wiping tears from my eyes. But for all the tears and all the fears, this is incredible television and last night's Mid season finale could have served as a Season Finale...which makes me nervous for the back eight episodes and the actual end of Season 4. Strap in, I have a feeling it's going to be one hell of a ride from here on out.
Daniel's Take The Good: Holly fricking hell,….brutal and one of the most memorable episodes to date. Right up there with Rick blasting Sophia in the head, I do have to wonder if the Governor was a Politician before Z day because he can give some impressive speeches to rally the troops. The fact that the Governor can so quickly switch from some benevolent hope for these poor lost people; to heartless killer ready to smoke Hershel’s daughters because they are not his is wild. I think that is what I have missed, some of the more pointed, heated conversations between the Governor and, well everyone. Let’s face it this whole episode has been one long build up and some grand plan set into motion by the Governor. From last week’s moments of convincing that have pushed his new found group into this direction. The one lone walker that made it into camp to show everyone they were not safe. I would even bet it was the Governor that attacked the other group of campers, wounding just enough for the rest of the group to pack up and run like hell, every move planed and set like a master Chessmen.
All set into motion and right up to the front gate of the Prison which stood no chance against a tank. I would have loved if this had happened in the comic, instead of a bunch or rifle toting idiots. What I love about the show so much is the moments of unpredictability, the sliver of hope you get to see and waiting to see which side makes a mess of it first. For that moment with Rick appealing to the Governor, trying to reach some sort of truce and talk through it. The moment Hershel seemed proud of Rick like a father proud of his son learning to ride a new bike. I was waiting for someone in the prison to flinch and a stray bullet take out one of the raiders, but alas I couldn’t have been more wrong. But I will get to that in a moment because what it set off was one hell of a fight but you tend to get that when you bring a tank to a gun fight. That didn’t keep Rick and the Governor from the man to man battle royale that needed to happen and since Rick’s hand was all ready messed up and who caught a bullet in the leg was not up for the fight. I think Rick could have been a 100% and still have lost that fight because there is no beating crazy which we got to see earlier as the Governor has no choice but to kill Lilly’s Zombie bit child (oh and no dress to put the poor thing into) which was awesome as it came out of the mud I have to say.
There were a lot of surprises and I don’t want to ruin them but Michonne and Lilly had to of had the best moments in the show for me. Michonne taking the moral high ground (yea, right) as she took her sword thought the Governor and leaving him to bleed out and die. A way to get back at the Governor for both herself and Daryl and a fitting end if it had been left that way but then that would be The Walking Dead, once again calling on its comic book roots for a far better end and follows the comic a little bit closer. Lilly, without making a noise gets the final word in how the Governor meets his end.
The Bad: Did Hershel need to die? Yes and no and I have to say that Clayton called it earlier this week at the comic shop when we were talking about last week’s episode. It was only going to be a matter of time with his bum leg and him sort of taking the place of Dale after his unexpected departure. When I heard that there was going to be some major character to die I figured a couple of the girls, maybe Glenn but to have Hershel taken out the way Tyreese was in the comic came a bit unexpected. In the comic the imagery was so powerful and almost the same as Tyreese was forced to his knees by the Governor and then executed in front of the group in the prison. My issue is not with what happened but to whom it happened to. Of all the characters, Hershel was the sanest of the group. The voice you would need when you were a kid who woke from a bad dream, for feeling sick and just wanted to feel better. You’re not going to get that voice from Rick, or Glenn, or Maggie or the gentle manner in how he conducted himself. Really? Back to no one knowing how to shoot a Automatic Rifle but you give Carl a .22 and he can take out the entire group.
The Verdict: We learned this week that there are plenty of sickos left to fight as the group found the dissected rat in the catacombs and my money is on that’s who took off with everyone in the bus. We also learned Rock beats scissors and Daryl beats tank and don’t piss a 12 year old off who can shoot a gun better than Tyreese.
A great end for the midpoint of the season as its every man for them self leaving the smoldering ruins of the prison behind them and about damn time if you ask me. Everyone running in different directions same as the comic and in total disarray and Rick in rotten shape after getting his ass handed to him using Carl to hold himself up. Can’t wait till February it’s looking to be one hell of a run.