Written by Daniel

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The Good: I never liked the Reverend Gabriel in the comic, he is one of the least favorite characters in the comics and I really could do without him. That said, I do have to say he does make for some very interesting TV and character developments. This week is crazy as the TV show and the comics collide, like I said last week we have ventured into an area that is sorta in the comics, there are similar situations but nothing is a given right now. To see so many characters in the comics that never got the chance to interact is exciting, it’s like the dream team or all stars pulled together for one hell of a season. I was so sad to see Tyreese fall in the prison in the comics and to see him here now and with Abraham will be a well oiled machine of destruction, well that is once Tyreese puts down the baby. 

So who knew thrift store shopping in the Zombie Apocalypse would be so bad, and having to deal with gooey zombies. I loved the water soaked effects and thought it amazing to see some of the long term exposure they had and going in I had a feeling something was going to go incredibly wrong. I was getting the classic horror vibe for Bob, the whole love and kissing and being the guy who has rose above it all. Conquered fear, stood tall with the team and fought his alcoholism and I thought the zombie that took him under would be the end of him. He makes it pass that, or so we think and later in the show we see him crying, and I wouldn’t doubt that he got bit but is hiding it from everyone. Before we get a chance to explore this we get a surprise visit from our favorite group from Terminus well surviving group from Terminus that is. What evil lurks in the woods? People hungry for human flesh and I am not talking about the Walkers, or is it someone entirely different; this did happen in the comics but different character and different circumstances but can’t wait to see how they play this out.

After all that has gone on and you’re going to tell me Carol is going to jump ship. That has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen even after the heart to heart with Rick and asking to join her. I know she feels bad for all of the messed up choices she has made but to just walk out is silly. Thank God Daryl was there to save the day oh and just by chance see the Holly Roller tearing ass down the street, the one that took Beth at the end of last season. So I guess Beth Jerky is off the menu but is where she at any better?

The Bad: YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE TYREESE A BABYSITTER?! You must be joking, strap the little bundle of joy to Carol, but no you pick Tyreese. Yes I know the man is a force and you are not going to get the drop on this guy but this just seems to take him out of any fight unless there is something to come and he loses the kid in a fight making his character that more tormented. Carol being stupid, I don’t need to say more on this one I think.

The Verdict: So many twists and so many turns and things pulled from the comics that I want to see play out and no I won’t give any spoilers. I love the clash of comic and TV I love the interlacing of story and I love where this is going. There is one moment I am waiting to see if they do from the comic and how it works on the show. Next week is going to be one incredible episode!

Line of the Week: “Just want to hold onto our Squirrels!”

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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It was an interesting episode of The Walking Dead last night in the respect that it put out one of its most shocking endings to date and how low key it happened to be after the awesomeness of last week.  Doesn't mean this wasn't a great episode, because it was, it just happened to not be as prolific when it came to its views on the world and people as a whole.  

If anything it stuck with simplicity in both storytelling and commentary this week, focusing on Father Gabriel a little more than we expected because this was an episode all about fear. In fact Gabriel was the personification of it. His inability to trust others despite being a man of the cloth. The pure terror that came to him at the mere sight of a walker and the past that is clearly haunting him. He fears the man he was, afraid he can be that man again. 

For those of us who read the comics religiously, we all know why, for those who do not don't worry, it's an awesome payoff. But all of that aside this was an in depth look at what fear does to men.  How it can break us, destroy us and leave us nothing more than a walking shell of what we used to be.  There's no doubt in my mind that Gabriel was at one point a great man, respected and loved by his congregation.  Yet here we are now, able to see that fear changed him, left him in hiding when he could perhaps be out there trying to help others and bring forth a little hope in a world devoid of it.  

Granted that could get into a whole host of discussions about faith at the end of the world but we will save that for another day, especially if the show brings it up.  But Gabriel was a lovely foil to Rick this week.  For Rick is equally full of fear. Not around his group of course, but of the people they come in contact with and he has every right to be.  Between the Governor and Gareth it's a miracle he isn't just shooting first and asking questions later, but that's only because he has learned to harness his fear.

Yes, while fear has made Gabriel all soft on the inside, Rick has used it to his advantage at last.  Allowing him to deal with the monsters at Terminus and to function under pressure and he now knows he will use his fear differently.  Yes he will fear you, fear that you're a piece of garbage and that he will have to put you down in a world where humans are in the minority.  It was a lovely low key evening for the show, at least for 50 minutes before it filled us with fear as well.  Can't wait for next week, until then. 

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Terminus is still burning, our friends are on the road and The Walking Dead once again decided to shock the hell out of all of us with a final five minutes that will forever be burned into our memories.  We will get to that moment in just a little bit so let's not waste anymore time and get right down to this recap of "Strangers".

So once again Rick Grimes and his group are back on the road after escaping the nightmare that was Terminus.  Apologies are made for past decisions and the group quite frankly looks stronger than ever. In fact last night featured a lot of loyalty toward Rick and it's about damn time. The guy has earned his place as leader and I'm glad to see everyone rallying behind him.  Along the way however, they meet a priest named Gabriel and well...Rick is pretty damn suspicious of the man.  

But since Father Gabriel happens to have a church where the group can take a moment to relax after the wholesale slaughter of Termites...they do just that and learn from the padre that the local food bank should still have supplies, as long as everyone is okay with handling a few walkers.  Of course Rick and a team are and in glorious fashion we are treated to some of the most disgusting walkers ever put on television. The gang gets the food, it's clear Gabriel is hiding something and the decision to go to Washington D.C. is locked down...but then came that ending.  Poor Bob is knocked unconscious and awakens to see Gareth and a few of the Termites left alive.  I might add one of the survivors of the camp is the guy Tyreese was supposed to kill, so I'm disappointed in the big man to say the least. 

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But, it gets worse...yeah, turns out that Gareth and his buddies have resorted to "hunting" as he put it and well...THEY CUT OFF BOB'S LEG AND ATE THE DAMN THING RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM! This was another one of those WOW moments that only this show can provide and man...this one took me completely off guard.  Did not see that coming at all in fact and well, after I took a moment to settle my stomach from nausea I realized that us fans of the comic are in for a treat.  The Hunters storyline has indeed come to life, and regardless of how they tell the tale on television as long as Gareth gets his I'll be just fine with it.  

Really the last five minutes are one of those love/hate moments.  I love the fact that this show is basically holding nothing back anymore, but at the same time there was a safety seeing those horrible moments in black and white ink, and that safety is now gone.  I mean wow, Gareth ate a big 'ol hunk of Bob Brand Ribeye right before our very eyes. 

Either way, this was another incredible episode just for that ending alone.  Sure most of the episode was designed to set up those final horrifying moments, but I don't care. Father Gabriel's secret will be revealed in time and quite frankly, I'm really hoping Rick's promise to use the machete with the red handled blade to kill Gareth is fulfilled as soon as possible, seriously the guy is a weasel and he deserves everything he's got coming to him.  Especially after making Bob's leg a brisket.  Until next week...

 
 

Written by Scotty

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There are very few times in people’s lives when they are able to start over.  Outside of a relocation program to keep witnesses out of harms way, moving ones family to a different state is very taxing on them, especially the kids.  Having to find new friends and a new group to fit in with is very difficult and although they have time to find a new inner circle, most of the time, they just shut down and want to go back to their old home.

Roger and Carolyn Perron have decided that moving to a new home for the well being of their family is the thing to do.  Buying a new home out in the open country would be beneficial to themselves and their girls.  When seeing the new house, it is easy to see that there will not be too many issues, other than making it their own, but when the clocks end up stopping on their own at 3:07am, Carolyn finds out that there is something else happening and wants an explanation.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are making a name for themselves, giving lectures on what they do to make a living.  Being Demonologists, there are many questions that are asked of them and they are more than willing to help anyone in need.  After their most recent case, gathering the possessed doll named Annabelle, the couple is looking for time off, but when Carolyn approaches them, they can see there is something more sinister at work and check out the house.

With their research quickly uncovering what happened at the house in the past, along with the surrounding area, Ed and Lorraine know that they are in for a battle that could rival anything they have witnessed before.  As the Perron family is tormented by the evil spit inside of the house, it has latched itself to the family and there may be no way in escaping its torment.  As the supernatural occurrences get more violent towards the Perron family, the Warrens turn their attention to the church to get an exorcism done on the house as quickly as possible, but with hesitation from the cloth, they are left to fight the evil spirit on their own.

The Conjuring follows two families as they are stuck in the grips of evil spirits.  The Perron family as they are trying to start their lives over in a new home and the Warrens as they are trying to settle down and enjoy their time together.  As the Perrons start to witness strange occurrences in their home, they try to make due, but as the spirits get more violent and start to harm the family, they have to get help to rid themselves of the entity.  The Warrens have dealt with the evil spirits before, but have not witnessed what is happening to the Perrons before and have to call upon all of their past experiences to save the young family from the clutches of the evil spirit that inhabits the old home.

This could go down as a modern classic horror film in my book and let me tell you why, it encompasses all of the bare essentials of an old school movie, and did not give into any of the new methods that have been implemented to bring scares to the screen.  With a good storyline, a great cast and old school direction, this movie has brought to light that bringing scares to life is easier than fancy camera tricks and CGI, it is as simple as putting someone in a reflection that is not there when you turn around to take another look.  High props to the cast and crew of this movie and I hope they still follow the same formula that made this movie so special when the sequel comes out.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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Tonight kicks off the second episode of season 5, and so far, I’m terrified. Last week on The Walking Dead, the season started off with more than just a bang. Picking up immediately after where we left off on season 4, there was little wait to see what would happen at Terminus. In fact, Rick and everyone were more than ready to fight their way out…only, the Terminus crew was a little more prepared. Rick, Daryl, Bob, and Glenn were taken, while the others were left to suffer in the train car.

As it turns out…our suspicions from last season about Terminus were correct. Terminus is more than just a camp of people wanting to provide sanctuary. They’re a group of people eating people to survive. Cannibals? Oh yes. In a world with the reanimated corpses where the dead are eating the living, hardly anything seems impossible. As it so happens, in this world, there is nothing that people won’t do to survive. A harsh lesson Rick and the gang learn when they face the slaughter line. While things seem at their darkest (and let me tell you, this was a hard episode to watch….but I did…while eating ice cream…because I’m tough like that) a slight sliver of light shines through. An explosion rocks the camp and sends everyone on alert, saving Glenn from near death and giving Rick time to escape his bonds. The resulting bloodbath is worth every second. Not only does the team get free, but the Walkers get in, and the Terminus people get their just desserts.

What caused the explosion? Our beloved Carol! She and Tyreese happen upon one of the Terminus guys, setting charges around he perimeter of the camp. They capture him and demand a few answers. They don’t get what they’re looking for, exactly, but they do get enough for Carol to go off and explore the camp herself. She hits a fuel tank and causes a large enough explosion to char and kill some Walkers, while blowing a hole in the fence. It’s her distraction that gets Rick the chance he needs to free the others and kill those cannibal jerks that nearly killed them. The resulting slaughter of the camp is so satisfying I might have been yelling at my television….in front of my whole family.

Finally, finally, we get the justice we’ve been craving. Carol doles out no mercy, letting Walkers pick off injured Terminus members, just as Rick and the gang make a break for it. While Walkers tear the place and the the people of Terminus to pieces, everyone flees. Shortly after their freedom, Carol meets up with them. It’s a reunion we’ve been waiting an entire season for. If things couldn’t get more heart warming, Judith is also united with Rick and Carl. And Tyreese? Well, he’s a bit more of a badass than I thought. Wish a strong first episode, what’s going to happen next? Well, Terminus wrapped up far faster than I think any of us were expecting. That doesn’t mean this season won’t be filled with surprises. I hope you’re ready for tonight’s episode…I know I am.

 
 
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I have never tried to hide my love for the month of October for one reason, Halloween ends the month and it is by far my favorite holiday.  With ghouls, goblins, vampires, zombies, princesses and the occasional Sharknado, this Halloween is ramping up to be one of the best on record.  Now, I am not one for dressing up for this frightmarish event, however I do love to watch my favorite horror movies to make up for it.

For this year, I am not sugar coating this list for the weak of heart, so be cautious when giving them a view as a couple might leave you wondering what you got yourself into.

The Shining – 1980 – I have never stopped expressing my love for this movie over the years and do not plan to going forward.  Although it has it variations from the novel, the movie still covers the basics of a loving family being secluded in the mountains with no way of escaping.  With an evil power running through the walls of their confines, it is only a matter of time before it is able to take control of who is staying there.

Insidious – 2010 – With a family moving to a new home, there does not seem to be any problems.  Leaving all of their troubles behind, they have a plan to be happy going forward, but when their son falls into a coma like state, they find out that he is in the beyond and there are spirits and demons looking to take over his body and come back to the land of the living.

Sinister – 2012 – The Oswalt family moves into a new house once again.  As a crime novelist, Ellison has to be at or around the site where unsolved murders have taken place to gather inspiration.  With the new house being the exact location where a documented murder happened back in the 1960’s, he finds out there is a little bit more than meets the eye as there is someone lurking in the shadows and looking to harm him or a member of his family.

Ghostbusters – 1984 – Just an all-around classic with a group of parapsychology professors banding together and trying to make a living catching ghosts.  With plenty of laughter, there are still plenty of scares as they travel deeper into the realm of the dead and have to face their greatest fears.

Evil Dead 2 – 1987 – Even though it is a remake of the first one, it is just that much more disturbing.  With a group of friends finding solace in an old cabin for a weekend holiday, they find that there is something evil lurking in the woods.  As passages from an old skin bound book are read, the evil comes to life and there is no way to stop it from entering the cabin, much less their souls.

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Night of the Living Dead – 1968 – You cannot have a list of scary movies without a zombie film, especially these days, so why not fall back to the movie that helped start it all.  With the dead coming back to life, people are forced to battle their feelings of loss along with the unknown as they have to band together to survive.

The Conjuring – 2013 – Just a great haunting and possession story as a family sinks everything they have into a new home.  When the daughter starts acting strange in her sleep and strange things start happening around the house, the family has to try to find out why.  Seeking help from an investigator couple, they find out there is a demon in the home, but who exactly it is after, remains a mystery.

Poltergeist – 1982 – In a new home that has been built over an Indian burial ground, a family finds out that cutting costs is not a good thing.  As strange events start to happen around the house, the family tries to make the best of it, but once the house comes to life and takes their daughter, it is no longer about fun and games.  With a team of investigators, they are able to determine where the vortex is in the home, but will they be able to defeat all of the spirits that inhabit their home?

30 Days of Night – 2007 – What is a list without a good vampire film as well?  30 Days of Night is a guilty pleasure as you get to see a group of vampires take over a small Alaskan town where the sun will not make an appearance for a long duration of days.  With a small group of survivors fighting to stay alive, they have to face their friends, foes and fears of what will happen before the sun comes back up.

The Exorcist – 1973 – One of my favorite movies since I was allowed to start watching rated R movies.  With demons on the prowl, a young girl is taken from her mother’s side and help is called in from the local church.  Although exorcisms are not common practice by the church, there is enough evidence to suggest it is the only way to save the child.  It still has some of the most shocking scenes that are not allowed to be shown on regular U.S. television.

There you have it, my 2014 Halloween must watch list.  There are several movies that I have left off and feel kind of bad about, but there is only so much time to watch these movies before All Hallows Eve is upon us and you don’t need to be rushed.  If you have any movies you are passionate about, please make sure to comment and make sure I am as up to date on some of the finest horror movies out there.  Until next time, Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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As Halloween grows closer, I hope that everyone is getting their scary movies playing as this is the only time that it is allowed by the world to do so.  I never let it stop, but I am kind of a horror junkie and there is so much out there that I need to catch up on.  One of my favorite horror movie genres/monsters are vampires and there are plenty that will scare you and others that will just leave you shaking your head wondering why you ponied up the money to watch them.  I try to steer clear of the latter, but I do catch them every once in a while but 30 Days of Night does not fall under this category at all.

In the small town of Barrow, Alaska, there is a time in the winter where the sun does not rise for thirty days.  As many people cannot survive in the darkness for so long, there are a few that can weather it out and choose to stay.  Most winters everything goes off without a hitch, but this winter a stranger has come to town and is throwing everyone off of their game.  As all of the dogs in town have been killed, along with a large bundle of cell phones being stolen and burned, this stranger is the obviously the one to blame.

As Eben, the town sheriff starts to investigate the happenings, he finds out that his wife is in town and was going to leave without even stopping to talk to him.  As Stella and Eben have been separated, neither has been the same and all of their friends in town are hoping that they can work it out.  When Stella’s car gets wrecked and she is not able to make it to the airport for the last flight out for the season, the two will have their chance to talk it out. But when the sun goes down for the last time for thirty days however, the two have a bigger challenge on their hands than just their personal problems.

A band of vampires appear in the town and start wreaking havoc in the streets.  As these are only stories of legends, none of the remaining population of Barrow know what to think, or what to do to battle the threat.  As people are picked off one by one in the streets, a group of survivors led by Eben find refuge in an attic and decide to wait out the attack until the sun comes back up.  Knowing that they will not survive without any supplies becomes a larger issue and the group has to stock up for the long month they have to stay hidden from the bloodsucking threat that has infested their streets.

30 Days of Night follows Eben and Stella as they are separated lovers who were not looking to have their paths cross without a phone call.  As Stella was trying to sneak around town on an inspection, Eben was amazed that she would not even try to see him, but got more time with his wife when she missed her flight back home.  As the sun went down however, there are bigger things on their plate than their personal problems as vampires have taken over the town and are tearing through the living faster than their blood can freeze on the streets. Not knowing how to battle the threat, a group of survivors band together and come up with a plan to stay hidden until the sun comes back up, but without supplies, they cannot last the entire month.  As the hunt for supplies takes place, each member of the group is challenged by their greatest fears, losing a loved one.  Before too long, sacrifices have to be made for the betterment of the group and someone has to survive to tell the world what happened to their town.

One of the better vampire tales out there in my opinion and let me tell you why.  There is no romantic look at these beasts, they are there for one reason, blood.  With a plan to kill, feed and burn the town down, there is nothing about the bloodsuckers that should make you want to give one a hug.  There are down and dirty and that is the way the stories should go.  With your love story between Eben and Stella, along with the survivors, it is also a great look at what a group could pull off if they really had feelings for each other.  The sacrifices that the group give are both great and selfless and that is something that makes this movie stick out in my mind.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Scotty

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Family is very important for everyone.  Where would you be without a supporting family that only wants the best for you?  Sadly, you do not always get to spend enough time with your family and only the large occasions are reason to go and visit.  If you are lucky enough to have your family nearby however, you are able to gain their support whenever it is needed.

Sally and Franklin are taking a road trip with a group of friends to their recently deceased grandfather’s home.  As they are almost next in line to inherit the estate, they will check out the property, along with having some fun with their friends.  The trip is long, and since Franklin is stuck in a wheelchair, there is little to do on the drive, other than have good conversations with the group, that is until they pick up a hitchhiker.

Even though the young man seems a little bit out of the ordinary, the group feels comfortable with him in the van, that is until he takes Franklin’s knife and slices his hand open.  Trying to amuse the group the hitchhiker tells them stories and even takes a picture, but when the group refuses to give him a ride home, he loses it and his true crazy comes out.  Kicking the young man out of the van, the group notices that they need to fill up the tank before making it up to the abandoned house, but getting the news that the gas pumps were currently dry, they have to continue their trip without. 

Arriving at the house, the group all decide to explore on their own, but Franklin was not given that option while being stuck in his wheelchair.  As a couple go down an old path to try to find the local pond and go for a swim, they notice another house on the horizon that is running a generator and knowing their need for gasoline, they stop by to ask for some.  When they are not able to get a response by knocking on the door, they go inside and find something incredibly savage.  One by one the group is taken into the depths of the old house by a masked man who has only the most treacherous intentions and the hitchhiker they so graciously helped out, is here to repay them in terror.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre follows a group of friends that are looking to have a good time in a newly acquired house away from their homes.  When there seems to be nothing to do to stay entertained, they head down a little path to find a place to swim, but come across another house instead.  Entering the home uninvited, the group is picked off one by one and disposed of by a masked man who enjoys wielding a chainsaw.  As the group spreads out, the hunt starts and none of the group is safe, even in the confines of their own home.  As Sally was able to escape the initial attack, she is given a seat at the table of horror as she gets to witness something out of her worst nightmares.

Not a movie for anyone that is light of heart as you get to see the inner workings of a family that is looking for one thing only, blood.  As you walk around their home, you can see that they are much more gruesome than anyone would have ever expected.   With furniture made out of human bones and a meat locker set up for killing, it is easy to forget that the group living there is a family and only looking to survive in their own way.  The poor people that become their victims are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Stay Scared.

 
 

Written by Shae

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Generally when watching this show I have at least one person watch it with. And by watch with another person, I really mean texting them violently about the various emotions this show puts me through. To this episode…I say, My Moose. And by say, I really just yelled that various times throughout the entire hour of this episode. Yes, yelled. Sadly, the only beings here to put up with me were the cats. I’m pretty sure I just annoyed them for the majority of the evening, but their love can be bought with food and toys. Sometimes, the emotional trauma of this show is just that; pure unadulterated pain.

With Supernatural comes an understanding that some form of emotional abuse will happen during any episode, at any time, and there may be tears. This episode is no different. It seems Dean and Crowley are still friends, but there is a building tension between the two. As Dean is still in the “I do what I want” phase. And Crowley is trying desperately to get Dean on his side…by nearly any means. Finally, Crowley convinces Dean to take a ‘hit’ for him. A man has bargained his soul for the murder of his cheating soon to be ex-wife. Dean decides to play along, mostly because that sounds fun, and really the Mark of Cain has him craving murder. However, the bloodlust isn’t so easily sated. Before he can kill the woman, the husband shows up to watch. After a few heated words, Dean decides to just stab him instead. That’s bad for business. After all, a dead client with an incomplete deal means no soul and that makes the King of Hell very angry. When Crowley confronts Dean, the newly born Demon decides to challenge the King. Crowley values his life enough to not rise to Dean’s threats. Instead, he lets the oldest Winchester go.

Never let it be said that Crowley doesn’t hold a grudge. Because of that, the King goes to find Moose. Speaking of Sammy, what’s he been up to so far? When last we left our Moose was tied to a chair, in a barn by some crazy dude looking for Dean. It seems Dean is a very popular guy this season. Of course, our bad guy, who probably isn’t all that bad, but has been beating up my Sammy, so I instantly hate him. I also refuse to learn his name. I’m pretty sure they gave it to us, but again, he’s not important enough for me to learn it. In the midst of everything happening, Sammy is still tied to a chair getting beat up. He manages to escape when the guy takes a call from his family. Sam gets back to his search for Dean, and this time, he’s being followed.

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Castiel and Hannah are still hanging together. Sam calls Cas in to help find Dean. Which would be fine, if Cas weren’t barely holding it together. When the Angel of the Lord passes out while driving the car, and crashes it into a tree, Hannah takes matters into her own hands and heads up to Heaven to talk to a special prisoner. Metatron is just as dangerous as Crowley when it comes to making deals. He offers her Castiel’s grace in exchange for his freedom. Hannah nearly accepts, but Castiel makes it up there in time to stop her from making any rash decisions. Metatron swears he will escape, and when he does, he’ll kill everyone. Castiel doesn’t take the bait, and walks away. Having accepted his fate, Cas has made peace with the idea of dying. Especially in his own way. I, however, refuse to believe this. Nope, nobody else can die on this show, because my tiny little heart cannot take anymore character death.

As if sensing that, Sam finally meets up with Dean. The older Winchester doesn’t run this time, choosing to meet his brother head on. Sam’s come prepared, and Dean is in no mood to play along. Here, our out-for-vengeance-baddie, shows up and attacks Dean. Of course, the guy loses; this is Demon Dean, after all, he doesn’t fight fair. With some small miracle, Dean lets the guy live. A poor choice since this gives Sam the chance he needs to get Dean locked down. Getting the information on Dean’s whereabouts comes with a price. Sam, reluctantly, hands Crowley the First Blade. Separating Dean and the blade seems like a great idea…Dean is beyond livid, and already voiced his plans to get back at Sam…

In all this I only have one question…Where is Gabriel!? Seriously! I refuse to believe he’s dead. That Archangel of Justice better get his feathery butt down to earth and give some help, and I mean now. Well, next week it looks like Dean doesn’t stay contained for long…

 
 

Written by John Edward Betancourt

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Over the course of four years on The Walking Dead we have seen one prevailing theme, championed by Rick Grimes, to try to be good.  To be in a very Harvey Dent way, decent men in indecent times.  We have seen Rick's hope to be that kind of man blow up in his face about a billion times until the season finale last year when well...he tore a dude's throat out.  

We knew it was the beginning of something new, the end of Ranger Rick for certain as he was clearly changing before our eyes into someone far more badass and we were all left wondering, what would this do thematically to our beloved show?  Well, the answer arrived in the season five premiere and man...I like where this show is heading. 

First and foremost, Rick has truly evolved into a man willing to do what it takes.  No more debates or questions, he will simply pick up the rifle and shoot you dead if you're not on his side.  Threaten him and his family and friends and that's it.  It's the end of you.  Yet, as I watched "No Sanctuary" something else caught me off guard.  To date, this is a show that for the most part has focused on life after the end of the world and has stayed away from any social commentary to the world we live in.  It's not a bad thing, it's just that using zombies as an allegory to our world is a common occurrence in the genre, but that all changed for the series premiere.   

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Last night, I got the impression that this fundamental change to the show and the characters, while healthy and necessary for the awful world they live in, challenged those of us watching.  Specifically in the respect of which zeitgeist works for which universe.  After all the mantra of being great men at the end of times clearly holds no weight since it has done nothing for Rick and the group, but at the same time perhaps doing what we must to survive in a world that is still functional...is the wrong way of handling things.  

Horror is designed to make us uncomfortable.  We were definitely uncomfortable that last night. We saw men's throats get slit, we saw Mary be left on the floor to be devoured by walking corpses and we saw Rick hell bent on going back to finish the Termites off, none of this was pretty and by making us uncomfortable we are left to think that maybe this isn't the right way.  Now before someone tells me I'm reading too deep into this, it gives me pause in a climate where fear is all over the news over Ebola, where we dislike just about every politician in Washington and the internet has given rise to an environment of "my opinion is the only one so listen to it or go away" mentality that well...we really are doing what we feel we must do to "survive" day in and day out and we are perhaps forgetting about the world around us in the process.  

It is in no way a slam on our society, just an observation, it's our job to take what we will from it, and it's simply my observation on this week, feel free to disagree with me.  Because that's the beauty of The Walking Dead now.  It has graduated beyond simple splatter fare, it's a thinking man's show now and you can find the depth within or enjoy the gore, but one way or another, it's infected you in some way and I'm looking forward to what else it will bring to the table this season...