Walking Dead: “Here’s not Here” and “Now”

Okay, I call shenanigans!

Before I go any further I need to go ahead and declare that there are spoilers for season six, up to and including all previous seasons, should they come up. If you are not current, please turn back now.

That being said, I call some serious shenanigans!!!

We have been waiting since season three to hear about Morgan. I mean, it’s Morgan! They have tossed out teaser glimpses and Easter Eggs all through season five and since he arrived we have all been scratching our heads as to how he became such a bad-ass Zen Master. We wait all this time! And they give his back story immediately after what is apparently the biggest cliff-hanger in the history of television. Thanks a lot, writers…

Once I got some distance on it I was able to recognize that the episode was brilliant. Seeing Morgan back when he had lost his way and gone off the deep end just reminded me of how far he had come and rekindled my curiosity I liked what they did with him. I’m not sure where they will go with a character that cannot, or will not kill, during the zombie apocalypse. Plus, it already became apparent that this would become a bit of a plot point the week before with the dynamic between him and Carol.

Prediction: The Wolf that Morgan nobly leaves alive will either come back and cause some kind of havoc as was foreshadowed by the guy that got killed in the flashback and ended up biting Eastman, thus causing Morgan to lose his Yoda. OR The Wolf that Morgan nobly leaves alive will come back and save him or someone important in some way because not killing is better than killing and Morgan’s choice will be vindicated, as was foreshadowed by the guy that got killed in the flashback and ended up biting Eastman… See what I did there? I’m not sure I do either.

At the end of the day, I think Morgan is interesting as hell, and I was quite happy to finally see his backstory. I only wish that in all the conversation between Morgan and Eastman, that they touched on Morgan’s mental state back in Season One, when he was having trouble bringing himself to take down his Walker-wife. I mean that does have some influence on his mental evolution, doesn’t it?

But then also there’s that part of me that wants to rail and scream “WE DON’T CARE ABOUT MORGAN RIGHT NOW!!! WHAT’S GOING ON WITH GLENN!!!!!!!”

Alas, it appears we are going to have to wait yet another week (at least) to find out. But first of all I do want to call major shenanigans in regards to Rick. The episode starts with him running towards the gate in a full sprint, shouting “Open the gate!” as he is followed closely by only about couple hundred Walkers. He makes through with some help from Michone and all is right in the Rickiverse once more.

Shenanigans: How did he get out of the camper? He had a bleeding hand. The camper was surrounded and more were coming. Did he climb out of the sunroof and jump over them without turning an ankle? While wearing cowboy/ sheriff boots? And then run full on across pavement without falling? Yeeeah. Nope. I mean don’t get me wrong, this is Rick Grimes we’re talking about. If there was a way to do it, he would find it.

Let’s see, there are a whole bunch of story lines happening in this episode, and yes the lay out was a little bit cluttered. I’ll agree with that, but I don’t agree that we don’t care about the Alexandrians. The ‘core group’ has come across so many people and groups along the way that it is apparent at this point that important characters are rather a fluid thing in this world. I mean we have come to care for Eugene, Abraham and Rosita. Let’s be honest when they first showed up there was a whole lot of eye rolling going on. Don’t lie.

So the Alexandrians. I’m a little bit over Deanna. She’s kind of going through it, but she can’t just roll over like that. She’s the leader of the town and should remain so regardless that the Ricktatorship has arrived to save the day. (Even though he has, and that’s how they are playing it.) While I am tired of the power struggle between the two, I am also kind of hoping that the conversation is not over yet.

In other news, All The Lerve!!! In addition to the big reveal from Maggie, (which, I mean how could we NOT see that one coming) there was a heck of a lot of pining and smooching going on. Deanna mooning over her dead husbands wedding ring right before she had her epic flash idea of rearranging crops. Then we saw a bit of crying coming from Rosita while she kept watch. She hid it well but us viewers saw it. They don’t play much on her romance with Abraham, but it’s there, and I think adds some depth to the characters. I’m still on the fence about Abraham, but if he floats her boat then who am I to judge?

This theme of loved ones and having something to live for felt like the through line for the episode and I for one like it when the writers take a step back and remind the viewers why everyone is still fighting to survive. That’s kind of the whole point. So commence the smooching. Denise kissed Tara, after she rallied her spirits in maybe saving her patient, or at least figuring out how to drain his infected wound. Romantic stuff, y’all. And then… wait for it… Rick kissed Jesse!!! Admit it. We’ve been waiting for that since the first time she offered him a hair cut.

I can’t wait until next week. And I don’t care who’s drinking all the haterade. I am enjoying the slow pace of the season. There are some bits here and there, but over all it’s brilliant. And let’s be honest. A bad Walking Dead episode is still better than most of the stuff on television.

Walking Dead: S6 E3; (Thank You)

First of all, let me say this.

It’s one thing for everyone to freak on their various social medias or whatever, but for the love of gravy can we stop posting outright spoilers??? Remember the whole “Beth incident” in the season four finale when the Walking Dead website spoiled it for the ENTIRE WEST COAST???  Let’s show some respect for our West Coast watchers. Not to mention those who watch it on DVR or what not. We are all in this together, you guys.

That being said, there are some MAJOR spoilers coming up in this post. Seriously, if you have not seen it, turn back now. For that matter, stay off of all social media until you do. Maybe just avoid all media altogether. Why aren’t you just living in an abandoned cabin doing nothing else but binge watching The Walking Dead? I know right? Okay, I’ve given you plenty of warning. If you are not gone by this point it is your own fault.

Last week the action ramped up letting us know that we won’t be sitting on our laurels and sipping tea. No sirree. It is white knuckle all the way! Episode three started out on a high octane level that made last week feel like a children’s birthday party, jumping back to the events outside the town with Rick and the gang attempting to draw off the huge herd o’ zombies headed towards Alexandria. We already know that a small fraction of them are headed towards the town because of that horn blast.  But that’s not what we came to talk about. Now is it?

Now, I’ve got to be honest. I figured that someone was going to bite it this episode, mainly because of all of the exclamations and fan theories showing up on my Facebook timeline. No one came out right and said who, but come on. I’ve been with the show for six seasons now. I’m not stupid. But regardless of that, I did kind of see the way the episode telegraphed the event.

There was that guy with the Alexandrians who kept talking about his wife. Was anyone else yelling at the screen that I did not care so much about him, because there’s another guy RIGHT OVER THERE that we care about much more, who also has a wife to get back to? Then there was that whole thing with the watch in the store. Then there was that whole scenario in which Glen and Nicholas tried to go and torch the feed store. I knew it was a bad situation from the start. Glen has been Mr. Self-sacrifice from the beginning. This whole story line with Nicholas has been infuriating to say the least. I know it had to happen this way, because even in this world Glen maintained his humanity. In some ways he was the best one of them all.

Okay, let’s talk about Maggie for a second. When we met her way back in season two, she was already a bit of a tortured soul as she and her family had lost their matriarch to the zombie virus (do we know it’s a virus?). So already she had that crazy-with-grief haunted glaze in her eye. Then show happens, and that thing with the governor and her Dad… then more show happens and she loses her sister… Then she thought she lost Glen. Then they found each other at Terminus. And now this??? Things are not going well for Maggie. I suspect someone is going off the deep end in future episodes. Who could blame her though. This girl has been through it.

Now let’s speculate. Maybe, just maybe Glen did not really die…. right? I mean, maybe those were not his guts being eviscerated right before our very eyes…. right? I mean Nicholas did fall right on top of him, and they were there next to that dumpster. Could be he is just temporarily trapped under the weight of a corpse and all those walkers, and he just needs to wait a second before he pushes off the body of Nicholas and crawls under the relative safety of the dumpster….. right? But alas, I fear that the look of terror, sadness, anger, and loss on Steven Yeun’s face portrayed everything. Yes, he was overwhelmed with pain and shock, but the real reason for his anguish, etched all over his face, was Maggie. If he had screamed out her name it could not have been more evident. His last thoughts (if in fact these were his last moments) were spent thinking about his wife.


I also want to take a moment to commend Seven Yeun on his acting abilities. He has been so nuanced and layered throughout the evolution of Glenn’s character. I genuinely hope that Hollywood recognizes the potential for him to be the next big romance/ action star and scoops him right up. Plus the added bonus of pissing off the racists. (I’m looking at you Star Wars boycotters!) But don’t forget that he started out as the squeaky voiced side kick pizza delivery guy back in Atlanta. He’s come far.

So I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ll be spending the week weeping and gnashing teeth, holding on to the hope that maybe he crawled under that dumpster after all. *fingers crossed*

Leave a comment. Do you think it’s the real deal? Thanks for stopping by.

If Other Beloved Cartoon Reboots Had Been Treated Like “Jem and the Holograms”

I had thought about writing a great big scathing post about how this movie is an affront to women everywhere, since the target demographic is either teenage girls or middle aged women. (And we all know our opinions don’t matter and we don’t have any say in market activity.) But instead I have decided to wash my hands of it. I’m done. I’m out. I’m not going to go see it. I cannot help but imagine what the other movies would be like if their plots had been mangled to the extent that Jem and the Holograms has been. Cue the dramatics! =)

Truly outrageous….

Transformers: Abandoned robot, Optimus Prime must struggle with his sudden meteoric rise into government recognition due to his ability to transform from a truck into a large robot. The emotional turmoil nearly breaks up his family of Autobots, but in the end they discover what true loyalty means. Also, there are no Megatrons and the Allspark is a pack of gum.

Scooby-Doo: Shaggy, a young man with everything to gain, secretly records a video of his talking dog, Scooby-Doo. When he posts in on Youtube with the hopes of it going viral. He is overcome with disappointment when he finds that his beloved pet may not be as unique as he originally thought. Can he and his friends survive the anonymity or will the pressure be too much for their friendship to survive?

The Smurfs: Smurfette, under the pressure of her new human friend Gargamelina, sets out on an epic quest to become the next great pop star. She is faced with the option of abandoning her tribe or losing everything she has ever dreamed of. Can she find success and still remain loyal to her friends and family? Also, they live in shoes, not mushrooms, and they are six feet tall.

Spider-Man: Peter Parker, successful CEO and owner of Parker Corporation, swats away a pesky spider that he finds crawling on his arm while visiting one of his laboratories. The end.

Bat-Man: Billionaire Bruce Wayne lives in a large house. He makes a bad investment and looses everything. He must find a way to survive with nothing but a tuxedo and a hand written sign that reads, “Ka-Pow”.

Any more? Feel free to leave your version in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by.

Walking Dead S6 E2 Review (JSS)

Let’s take a ride, and run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia
You can’t hide, run with the dogs tonight
In Suburbia

Break a window by the town hall
Listen, the siren screams
There in the distance, like a roll call
Of all the suburban dreams

Suburbia, The Pet Shop Boys

Okay, so my post is late this week, but I’m going to talk about this episode anyhow.

It starts out with a little bit of exposition about the mysterious Enid. We know she had been “on the outside” just like Rick and his marry gang, but other than that… So within a few minutes we find that her parents had fallen prey to a hord of zombies. Enid had somehow managed to escape, and we soon discover that she is a quintessential survivor.

She is seen eating the insides out of an unlucky tortoise with her bare hands, forming with the bones the letters “JSS”. What does it mean? Viewers want to know.

So back at Woodbury Alexandria Carol is once again fooling everyone with her Betty-homemaker act. More on that later, because Carol will kill you in your sleep (with a smile on her face. You know she will.). So as she calmly readies her casserole for the oven and sets the egg timer, she glances out the window and sees Mrs. Niedermeyer enjoying a smoke outside of her home.

So all of us viewers are settling in for a calm exposition episode while we wait for the arrival of the incoming zombie horde from last episode. Aaah— OH MY GOD! MRS. NIEDERMEYER JUST GOT A MACHETE TO THE HEAD!!!

And it just got real. The Wolves have arrived!

We had seen glimpses of them last season, but not much about them so far this season. Here comes yet another group of thugs who have gone a little bit Apacolypse-Crazy. Too bad that Rick, Daryl, Sasha, Abraham and Michone are out of town right now. Never fear Carol and Morgan are here!

I am really starting to enjoy the dynamic between these two. They both have complicated pasts that they keep well hidden. They are both far more complex then they let on, and they will both take you down as soon as look at you. Both of them strike me as the few of the group who can and will survive on their own should anything happen to the group. Morgan will hit you with his stick and Carol… well, just don’t mess with Carol, mmkay?

Jesse had a star moment when she had to step up and protect her family and home from the intruding Wolf. With one child hidden in the closet and the other wandering in from his shenanigans outdoors, Jesse stepped up and went all Mamma Bear. I can’t wait to see more badassery from her. Plus she established early on that she considers Rick to be a “friend”. Happy dance to see where that goes. (teehee).

I want to at least mention Deanna’s decision to stay outside of the town walls when the Wolves attacked. The scene between her son and Maggie could have been seen as a cowardly move on her part. I think she made the right decision in that she is FINALLY starting to realize that she is way out of her depth. “I would be just another person who needed saving.” Once the dust settles Alexandria will need its leader and someone to nod and vouche when Rick gestures around the fallen town and yells “See?!” with Carol and Michone casting a challenging glare over the crowd. .

The over all winning scene for this week’s episode happened towards the beginning in the pantry between Carol and Mrs. Niedermeyer. (This is paraphrased, since I don’t actually own a copy of the script.)

Mrs. N: If only I had one of those pasta makers, we would all be eating like we lived in Italy.

What she is actually saying: I have skills that can make your life better. 

Carol: I can show you how to make pasta by hand, but only if you stop smoking in the house. It’s a nasty habit.

What she is actually saying: I have more skills than you. Plus you are self-sabotaging your survival and I’m getting really tired of you and your people acting like every moment of every day is not a fight for your very existence but continue to pratter about in this play town like the zombie apocalypse is not happening all around us. I can work wonders with this casserole but I can only do so much to save your sorry life. Cookie? *grin* 



There was SO MUCH going on in this episode, and I know I have not touched on all of it. Not to mention the fact that all the while there is this tension undercurrent that a huge zombie horde is just RIGHT THERE!!! Triggered by the moron who crashed the truck into the look out tower. (Plant the peashooters because the ZOMBIES ARE COMING!)

I have a feeling we are going to be graced with a Carl episode sometime soon, because the very last scene involved him finding a note from Enid with the answer to the question we have all been tearing our hair out over. She left him a small note, unsigned written in black ink…

“Just survive somehow.”


Walking Dead: S6 E1

Warning: The following may contain spoilers up to and including episode one of season six of The Walking Dead. 

Huzzah!!! The leaves may fall. People may now wear boots and put out their pumpkins. The Walking Dead is back on television. It is officially fall.

This episode did not disappoint. The big question for viewers seems to be, has Rick gone off the deep end? Or is he the only one who gets it? The episode picked up exactly where the finale of Season five left off… sort of. The use of black and white flash back brought the viewers to the present in that a huge quarry full of walkers has been discovered and it is only a matter of time before they find a way to bust out. The lay of the land will direct them into an aimless shuffle straight for Alexandria. BUM! BUM! BUUUUM!!!

So Rick comes up with an elaborate plan to save the town, because he’s Rick and everyone just sort of does what Rick says, including the ‘leader/ mayor’ of Alexandria, Deanna Monroe. Albeit she is still reeling from the recent death of her husband, Reg, whom Rick immediately avenged in the Season Five finale. So she might be a bit biased.

But as per usual, anytime Rick comes up with a plan to save everyone, cue the naysayers. This particular dialogue is getting a little bit old already in this reviewers opinion. How many times are the newcomers going to have to prove that they know what they are doing, that they have been out there instead of hiding behind walls in their cute little suburban village that might as well be called Denialsville. Perhaps it is symbolic of the faction of society that refuses to accept change, refuses to adapt, even when everything is falling apart around them? Hmm. Anywho, this time the naysayer, Carter (a brilliant performance by Ethan Embry) questions Rick at every turn, even going so far as to attempt sabotage. But Rick is a badass and foils that plan, because of course he does.

Glen also has his moment of badassery when he and a few select team members try to put down a small horde of walkers trapped inside the main building of what seems to be a tractor dealership. Though I will never tire of seeing Glen kick zombie butt, I am getting a little tired of the towns people still doubting his abilities. Also, can we just go ahead and kill off Nicholas?

The scene that had the most takeaway was the small, quiet moment between Rick and Morgan on the porch. There was SO much packed into this it is difficult to know where to start. First of all whenever the show goes quiet like that, it usually means that it is time to sit up and pay attention. There have been a few references here and there that the return of Morgan is symbolic of Rick finding his humanity once more, that they are two sides to the same coin. While I like this kind of yin yang analogy, I do not think that is what is happening here


Rick and Morgan are both men struggling to hold on to what humanity they have left. They are both handling that in different ways, Rick going full on, kill or be killed, protect your own, that sort of thing. Morgan is taking a more Zen approach. Trying to adapt and adjust, watching and waiting. We already know that he had become an expert tracker, and somehow has learned the art of using a staff. (I mean it is pretty impressive to hold one’s own against a zombie horde using nothing but a blunt stick.) In this episode we learned that he is quite observant (I’m talking like, Spidey Sense level observant! Take note, Carol. ) The symbol of humanity in the scene was not either of the men. Rather it was Judith.

It was telling that the baby was included in the scene, which could have played out with only the presence of the men. Judith appeared as a reminder to the audience as to why Rick is behaving the way he is. He has every reason in the world to get up all in charge in everyone’s face, because he is bound and sworn to protect Judith, the one last glimpse of hope that exists between all of them. Add the dynamic of Michone looking on from the doorway, knowing that she and Morgan both have the loss of a child in common between them, and you’ve go the makings of one jam packed parcel of societal symbolism.

All in all the episode did not disappoint. In true Walking Dead fashion the last five minutes left me wanting to yell, “Whaaaaat?” at the screen. This viewer is mega excited about the return of the show. What was your favorite part? Leave a comment.

Jem Watch 2015, the video.

So this was released a few days ago.

Oh, live action Jem and the Holograms movie, you never cease to disappoint. I have already waxed on about how the plot of the original cartoon has been stripped to the bones and then put through a blender poured out and preformed shaped product. They took filet mignon and turned it into Spam. I have already dissected the plot elements here. Go check it out.

My first thought was that if the movie is as terrible as it seems maybe the music is good. There might be some pop gems that rise to the surface as some kind of saving grace. After all the majority of the cartoon was cheesy-fun music videos featuring Jem and the girls traveling the world, fighting to save Starlight House, or facing off in a battle royale against the Misfits. If the above video is any indication, this new movie is sadly lacking in dynamic music as well.

Nothing against the talent of these young girls. I have seen Audrey Peebles in other venues and she is a fine performer in her own right. In this video she just looks bored. (I’m looking at you Production Team!) Maybe it is because the audience is full of extras and she knows that the cheers are not genuine. Maybe she is trying not to externalize her reaction to the cringe worthy sleepover karaoke antics that they have the girls doing on stage. In the original cartoon the girls actually PLAYED the instruments, instead of flouncing around in front of random other people.

Jem and the Holograms are supposed to be the only ones on the stage, because they DOMINATED the stage. I can’t for the life of me figure out WHY Universal has stripped this movie of everything that appealed about it. Time and time again audiences had proven that a strong female lead CAN carry a movie. Have we learned nothing from Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games, Divergent?

I don’t know what they are thinking, but every time I read a plot summary of the new movie it is unrecognizable. IMDB describes the plot as follows:

“As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden.”

Let’s compare it to the plot summary of the original.

“Jerrica Benton is secretly the leader of the glamorous and exciting music group, Jem and the Holograms.”

In just these few words one can already see the difference. Universal has taken a character and pigeon-holed her from a dynamic active participant in charge of her own fate, to one that is passive. She “catapults” , literally thrown into stardom. “Journey of discovering”, internal and emotional. The cartoon describes Jem as a “leader”, “glamorous and exciting”. The thing is, children watched the original show because Jem already knew who she was. None of this namby-pamby find yourself nonsense. Plus the added dynamic of having to face off against Eric Raymond and his band of evil Misfits, with the added pressure of trying to save a house full of foster children. All of this paired with the recent loss of her father, and any teenage girl would have crumbled under the pressure.

Jem did not.

She rose to the occasion and she looked good doing it. There was not internal struggle about “oh can I handle being famous” or “oh should I betray my sisters and go solo”. No. The previews so far show this portrayal of Jem crumbling at the first sign of pressure. In fact that is the whole conflict of the film. Audrey Peebles is a talented girl, as I am sure the rest of them are too. I can only hope that she finds another star vehicle to show off her skills after this movie fades into oblivion. This movie will not do well, and I am sad to say so. I had high hopes.


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