After Earth Review

Genre –Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic World
Director – M. Night Shyamalan
Cast – Will Smith, Jaden Smith
Alluring element – Will Smith
Check it out if you liked – The Hunger Games, any moderately sci-fi movie made.
Plot – 9 
Acting – 9
Representation of Genre – 8 
Cinematography – 8
Effects/Environment – 7
Captivity – 9
Logical consistency – 7
Originality/Creativity – 7 
Soundtrack/Music – 7 
Overall awesomeness – 8 

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I will start off by saying that I liked After Earth.  It had everything that I like in my entertainment: science fiction, a little bit of fantasy, a survivalist plot, and an unlikely hero.  I thought the acting was good.  I thought the special effects were decent.  I liked that even though it was an M. Night. Shyamalan film (SPOILER), there was no crazy twist.  I was a little worried that there would be a twist and that it would be that it wasn’t Earth after all.

So why have other critics given it such bad reviews?  I think because the film was marketed badly.  The good part of the marketing was to not mention M. Night Shyamalan’s involvement.  But it was made to look like a film starring Will Smith, which is really for adults.  But he was a supporting actor to his young son Jaden.  Jaden Smith was the star here, so it was misleading to make the star Will.  It may have received better reception had the film been marketed as “young adult” a la The Hunger Games.

(Major Spoilers ahead.  Skip this paragraph if you don’t want to know details)  The background of After Earth is that an alien invasion is going to happen on the new civilization of Nova Prime.  The Ursas are aliens who can smell human fear.  They are ruthless.  But Cypher Raige can kill them.  He is able to by “ghosting”, or turning off his fear.  He teaches this method and other military regimens to the people of Nova Prime.  His son, Kitai is one of these people.  Kitai is denied advancement to become a Ranger at the beginning of the film.  Kitai’s mother convinces Cypher to take Kitai on his last mission.  It goes wrong and they crash-land on to Earth, which humans have not inhabited in over 1,000 years.  The beacon that could send an emergency signal to their people is on the tail of the ship, which landed about 60 miles from their location.  In the crash, the whole crew except Cypher and Kitai die.  Cypher breaks his leg badly and Kitai must brave the Earth to retrieve the beacon.  All with the possibility that the Ursa they were smuggling on the ship may have survived the crash and is roaming around waiting to kill.

I thought the action was great.  Because Jaden has already played the “Karate Kid”, it was easy for him to play this role well.  Other critics didn’t care for the acting.  Because Jaden is the main actor in the movie, I think it is a little unfair to give a 15 year old such a harsh reaction.  He has grown up in Hollywood, but because he is the son of a superstar, and starring in roles right next to his father, it becomes very easy to see his setbacks as an actor.  But his father has been perfecting his craft since he too was a teenager.  Will Smith is now 44 years old.  And as you may recall, Will Smith didn’t start out in major motion pictures playing action heroes, he started out on television playing, well, himself.  So let’s give Jaden a break.  He did a great job.

The story was good.  There weren’t any major plot holes that I saw. Kitai was a normal teenager with a shaky past.  He has some issues psychologically due to his father’s sterile treatment of him and his sister’s death, which he blames himself for.  The intense scenes of Kitai vs. Nature kept me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the movie.  I really enjoy survivalist movies.  The new world was easy to imagine if it were to be abandoned.  The beginning scenes of Nova Prime are breathtaking.  The special effects of the sky were spectacular.  Could After Earth have been better?  Perhaps, but for a simple plot, I think it was tops.  Lots of action, good acting, no sex and not too much gore.  That’s a winner for me.

written by Adrian Puryear

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Review

Have you listened to the music from the new The Great Gatsby reboot?  Why the heck not?!  It’s amazing.  My go-to station on Pandora is the Lana Del Rey station. The eclectic mix on there keeps it fresh.  So when I popped in the Gatsby CD, it was like listening to my favorite music already.  Artists ranging from, of course, Lana Del Rey (whose track “Young and Beautiful” is the main theme song of the movie, and of Gatsby and Daisy), Florence and the Machine, The Xx, Gotye, Jack White, Beyonce, Andre 3000,Fergie and Jay-Z.  And those are just the big names.  The album starts with Jay-Z.  Considering he is the Executive Producer of both the soundtrack and the film, I’m ok with it.  Honestly though, the only redeeming factor about the song is the sampling of quotes taken from the movie.

The rest of the soundtrack is a mix of upbeat, flashy old-timey music that has been updated, but not overly so, for the dub-step era and  somber slow songs that make one feel the weight of the world.

Beyonce and Andre 3000 cover Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” in a way that let’s me know they appreciate Amy.  Nothing will be as good as the original, but I have never heard Beyonce’s voice sound so silky and sexy.  Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” is sure to make anyone dance.  It has the rhythm of the 20’s with hints of modern beats to make old and young feel good about life.  Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” has the same effect on me as most of her songs do, like a sweet sadness has enveloped me, but that it will all be okay.  Basically like being a teenager on the verge of adulthood.  Jack White’s “Love is Blindness” is so wrought with anger that you can’t help but feel Gatsby’s anger at his luckless situation with Daisy throughout the entire film.

The best song on the soundtrack is “Where the Wind Blows” by Coco O.  I have never heard of Coco O. before, but believe me, I am glad I have now.  This song brings out my inner hippie.  It makes me want to dance barefoot in the morning dew. The song is just so dang happy-go-lucky, that you can’t help but sing along to it, and really for me, that is amazing music.

Below are some YouTube links for some the awesome songs.  I won’t go through all the songs as that would be boring.  Who wants to read about them when you can listen?!  Go buy the CD, if you are “old-school” like me, OR go download it on iTunes!

Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful”

Bryan Ferry’s “Love is the Drug”

Florence and the Machine’s “Over the Love”

Coco O.’s “Where the Wind Blows”

The Xx’s “Together”

Gotye’s “Heart’s a Mess”

Jack White’s “Love is Blindness”

Sia’s “Kill and Run”

written by Adrian Puryear

Iron Man 3 Review

Did Iron Man 3 live up to expectations?

Yes and no.

Last summer at San Diego Comic Con there was such a big deal made about the suits.  They had them all lined up in their glass boxes being ogled by all, even people who weren’t at the con.  It was such a big deal to have all those suits there.  And to have RDJ there promoting the third film in front of the suits was surreal. So it was a little disappointing that the suits weren’t in the majority of the film.  The majority of the film was really a lot of Tony being a little cuckoo about the wormhole in NYC.  It was a great way to tie in The Avengers plot into this Iron Man film, but the Tony Stark from the comics (yes I’m about to get comic book geeky) is a raging alcoholic. Having a few anxiety attacks anytime someone (mostly children) mentions New York or the wormhole seems to take away the serious aspect of Tony’s life.  It also seems apropos to cast Robert Downey Jr. as the hero with a substance problem.  I mean, isn’t that who Robert and Tony are?  I would have given kudos to the writers had they entered that into the plot. Now that I’m done bashing, I actually did like the movie.  The first scene in Switzerland is brilliant. Tony is rude, his girlfriend is smart, Guy Pearce is crazy and Jon Favreau is comedic.  The song “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” fits the tone for the Iron Man franchise.  Tony’s treatment of Aldrich Killian sets up the antagonist easily for the rest of the movie. The rest of the movie is mostly about how Stark is coping with what happened in New York and The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and how to keep Pepper happy.  There is very little action, until the final scenes.  The suits are only important because they are what stand between Pepper and Tony being as close as they had been.  His “tinkering” is causing distance between the lovers.  He uses them as his “hobby” but as Pepper says, they really are his “distraction.” The best part of the movie was the banter between Tony, now “The Mechanic” and the little boy Harley in Rose Hill.  Their scenes were some of the funniest, but also is the time when Tony can come to peace with a lot of what he has been feeling.  And when all is reconciled, who wouldn’t want the garage that Harley gets at the end? The best line is in the fight between Stark and Ellen Brandt.  Ellen says, “Is that all you’ve got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?”  To which Tony replies, “Sweetheart, ‘a cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner’ could be the name of my autobiography.”  And really it could be the name of this film.  They cheesy one-liners were really what made the film so good to me.  Robert Downey Jr. has great comedic timing as Stark.  And because Iron Man was stripped away from him for the majority of the film, he had to rely on his cheap tricks a lot.  It is a good thing to see the hero be vulnerable. Ben Kingsley was spot on as The Mandarin.  He was scary.  He was full of theatrics.  SPOILER!  He actually was an actor, which I think was great.  The Mandarin is really Trevor, just a junkie who wants to act.  And then Guy Pearce.  He is so good at being bad.  The British Brad Pitt.  Not as good looking and not as lovable.  His Extremis project is really one of the few things that can stop Iron Man.  It is smart and evil.  Pepper calls it, saying it is “highly weaponizable.”  It is hard to feel bad for Aldrich, even after he is snubbed in that elevator in Switzerland.  He just has an evil aura about him and you always no he is up to no good.  Those are some good acting chops on Pearce’s behalf. My last thought about the movie is how it ends.  Pepper Potts saves the day.  I am all for woman power and female strength.  My favorite things in the world promote it.  But those women are strong in every aspect and have always had a strength in their characters.  Paltrow and the writers have always portrayed Potts as Stark’s business savvy, wide-eyed girlfriend.  She has never been as smart, as funny, or as experienced.  And yet she saves the day.  It didn’t go with who she has always been.  I think it is wonderful she didn’t need to be the damsel anymore.  But after being utterly terrified to jump into her Superhero boyfriends arms and instead falling hundreds of feet into a pit of fire, it seems out of place to make her save Tony in the end.  And then to turn wide-eyed and say, “That was really violent.”  That’s the life you’ve been living, sweetheart.  I just didn’t think it meshed. At the end, Iron Man is gone and we just have Tony Stark.  What does that mean for the next installment of The Avengers?  I would assume he will have to find a happy balance between being Iron Man and Pepper.  He will have to deal with the wormhole.  Or he may not be in it at all.  But I find that hard to believe, but after all, he is Iron Man.

written by Adrian Puryear

The Walking Dead Review “Hounded” S3E6

The Walking Dead episode “Hounded” starts with Merle and gang walking in the woods of the South.  They find bloody bodies in a pattern.  They observe the pattern and the nerd in the background realizes the bodies spell “Go Back”.  Merle then says that Michonne sent them a bitergram.  Bitergram: the undead Instagram.  I need an account stat.  The decoder boy looks scared and says that he can’t believe this is happening.  Merle threatens him if he continues to act scared.  Merle then asks his name and he responds “Gargulio.”  Redneck Merle tells Gargulio that he will just keep calling him Neil.  Atta boy, Merle.  They hear a noise and draw their guns.  Michonne drops from the trees, chops off the head of unknown Woodbury guy # 1 and stabs Evil Glenn in the chest.  Neil hides and Merle shoots at her, grazing her thigh with a bullet.  She runs into the woods and Merle yells, “Are we having fun yet?”  I would say that no, she probably isn’t having too much fun with a bullet in her leg.  But a great opening scene!

Rick talks on the phone to an unknown woman.  He asks where she is and she refuses to tell him where she is.  He asks if it’s safe and she says yes.  He tells her he has a family.  He wants her to take him and his group in.  She says that she needs to discuss it with the group. He begs her to take him in and she hangs up.  It’s believable that now that Rick has a broken mind, that he thinks others will easily take him in.  He has never easily taken anyone in the group in.

Carl, Beth and Hershel are eating around the table and Rick walks in, looking clean and in new clothes.  He got dressed and showered awfully quickly.  Hershel asks how he is and says he cleared out the boiler block.  He says that he wanted to check on Carl.  Again, Carl is really the only reason Rick is living.  There is a little bit of our leader in this broken man.  He tells the group he is going to finish the rest of the block.

In the woods, Neil gets sick from the fight and the shock.  Merle literally kicks him while he is down.  He tells Neil they never let their own turn and stabs Evil Glenn in the head.  This is the sign of humanity we see in our group.  Looking out after our own and not letting them become of one of those.  But this group would turn on another in an instant, which Rick’s group would not.  The Governor and Andrea walk around and she tells him that she gets why he lets people punch each other in the face.  She knows its an escape, but she says it is “brutality for fun.”  But she tells him that she still wants to stay and contribute.  Wait, what?  She wants to stay?!  After all that, staying still seems like a good option?  She really can’t survive out there by herself.  She only cares about herself, and does not have very many morals left in her.  She tells The Governor she wants to be on the wall because she’s a good shot.  He asks her to use a bow and arrow and will find someone to teach her.

Rick picks up the phone and quickly hangs it up.  It then rings.  A man asks if Rick is who “she” talks to.  He says that it is perfectly safe and that Rick could be dangerous.  He asks if Rick has killed anyone and how many.  Four.   This is Rick’s remorse.  He talks of Shane and how he lost it.  He lost what he was.  Rick can directly relate to this in this moment.  Rick, too, has lost himself.  The man asks how Rick lost his wife.  Rick questions how this could be known and the man mentions Rick’s children.  Rick tells him he doesn’t want to talk about that and the man hangs up the phone.  Rick screams and slams the phone down.

Andrea and redneck chick sit on the wall.  They talk about shooting bows and arrows.  The conversation moves to killing the ones they loved because they weren’t who they once were.  They see a walker and redneck chick shoots and misses twice.  Andrea goes half cocked, jumps the wall and stabs him in the head.  Andrea, as always, acts before she thinks.  Although, she was right to kill the zombie.  At least this time she knew it was one unlike when she shot Daryl.  Redneck chick tells her that it’s not a game.  This is true.  Andrea has been very lucky at the end of the world.  She thinks life is a game. One in which she only thinks of her own gain.

Rick paces and Hershel enters the boiler room.  Hershel talks about being able to still feel his foot.  Rick apologizes and Hershel says that Rick saved his life.  He then tells Rick that Lori was sorry for everything.  He tries to console Rick by telling him he was a good leader.  Rick tells Hershel that someone called him on the phone. Hershel clearly is alarmed.  He picks up the phone and there is no tone.  He tells Rick that he will sit with him and Rick says no.  Hershel crutches away.  Rick is really trying to be normal again.  But like Hershel’s foot, he still feels something that isn’t there.  He wants to, but it doesn’t exist.  I love this comparison and how subtle the writers can be.

Back in the woods, Merle and Neil run with guns drawn.  Michonne cuts Neil in the chest.  Michonne and Merle go head to head.  The noise attracts walkers.  They all get attacked.  Michonne cuts one open and lets all its guts poor out onto her.  I would rank it as number 2 reason why I don’t eat while I watch the show.  Number one is well zombie for sure.  Neil kills the walker that is on Merle and Merle kills the last of the three. When they look around, Michonne is gone.  We can all be enemies when the world ends, but we can all be friends when our brains are for dinner.

Oscar and Daryl walk through the prison to kill more walkers.  Carl is with them and Daryl and Carl talk about Daryl’s mother.  Daryl talks about not having a bike like all the other kids.  One day, there were sirens and everyone rode to see why.  Daryl ran after them.  The sirens were at his house.  His mother had burned down the house with her cigarettes.  He said it was better that way.  Carl tells Daryl that he shot his mom.  “I ended it.  It was real.”  A very poignant scene.

The Governor makes hatch marks in his notebook.  Andrea comes into his apartment and he closes the book.  Andrea tells him she wanted to practice by killing the walker.  He tells her she isn’t on the wall anymore.  She then says that she liked the fight and The Governor confirms that he knows she did.  She is shocked that he knew, but he tells her that she could have left.  Again he reels her in by suggesting she likes him.  Of course she does.  It is the only reason she has stayed.  There is nothing for her in Woodbury really except for him.  She hasn’t exactly made friends there.  But I truly don’t believe she liked the fights.  She just wants a way to stay fed and sheltered.  And possibly have sex.

Merle and Neil argue about whether to go after Michonne.  Merle tells Neil they are going to tell The Governor that Michonne was killed because she is pretty much dead already.  This was Merle’s mistake.  He shouldn’t have lied to The Governor, because he sees it as disloyalty.  It really isn’t, it’s just Merle’s assumption and stupidity.  Neil says that he will go after her.  He refuses to lie to The Governor.  Merle asks his name again and this time repeats Gargulio.  Then he shoots him in the head, takes his weapon  and repeats his name.  Merle is not disloyal to Woodbury, but he, just like most every other character, thinks of himself as number one.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it’s survival instinct.  But it can get you in trouble.

Michonne gets surrounded by walkers, but soon realizes they don’t notice her at all.  She is covered with the stench of gut spilling walker and is not untraceable to them.  Back on the phone, Rick tells a woman that he did not want to talk about Lori’s death.  This woman’s voice is different than the first woman, something that Rick doesn’t immediately pick up on.  And something many viewers didn’t either, I’m guessing. But then she calls him Rick.  She says, “It’d be good.  You should talk about it, Rick.”  This is Rick’s own mind trying to break through.  He knows he needs to talk about Lori’s death.  We aren’t given much of a time on when all of this is happening.  I would guess only a day or two.  It seems soon to talk, but everything in this world happens faster.  Rick realizes that she knows his name without him telling her.  She hangs up and Rick looks on terrified.

Michonne finds an area with cars and hears one coming.  Maggie and Glenn get out of the car and it is very reminiscent of when they went to the drug store in season 2.  Doing the errands are the few moments they have just the two of them.  They get out of the car, this time very armed.  They kiss and stare into each others eyes.  It’s very sweet.  They break into the store with bold cutters.  Very impressive.

Andrea and The Governor and share a drink.  Andrea asks about The Governor’s old life.  He says he wasn’t proud of his life.  She compliments him on building Woodbury and says it is unbelievable he wasn’t proud of anything in his old life.  He tells her he was proud of certain things.  He asks her how long it’s been and quickly asks since the last time she had good whiskey.  Innuendo anyone? He says he wants to forget the old life, even the good times because he wants to be here.  It is strange.  But this is the life where he is king.  He can do whatever and whoever he wants.  As much as he may love Penny, he likes it better this way.  It is terribly disturbing.  He tells her he just wants to talk to her and she responds that she feels special.  They continue their conversation and at this point it doesn’t matter what they say because they stare into each other’s eyes and then ewwwwwww… they kiss. Passionately.

Glenn and Maggie get a lot of food from the store and head back to the store.  Merle comes up behind them and points his gun.  Now watch closely because the next scene moves pretty fast.  Glenn and Maggie point their guns at Merle. Glenn confirms Daryl is alive.  Merle says that if Glenn takes Merle to Daryl there will be no hard feelings.  We all know this isn’t true.  Glenn tells Merle that he will bring Daryl to Merle and Merle says that Glenn can trust him.  Again… no.  Merle is this guy who kicked the shit out of T-Dog.  So go Glenn for not trusting Merle.  He telle Merle to trust him.  All the while Merle keeps walking towards them.  Merle then shoots the back of their car, grabs Maggie and puts his gun to her head.  He tell Glenn to get in the car and take them all to Merle’s camp.  They are forced to leave the food and all the while Michonne watches.  Now why wouldn’t she have just saved them then?  Well two reasons: because she is looking out for her own well-being and also, the next two episodes wouldn’t have happened if she did.

Oscar sees slippers in a cell and gets very excited.  I love that the littlest thing that would have made him happy in prison still makes him happy in prison.  He says its to relax. Classic.  A walker comes up and all three warriors turn and shoot at it.  Daryl finds a knife in it’s neck and realizes it is Carol’s.  He cleans it.  The phone rings again and Rick is reluctant to answer.  When he does he asks how she knew his name.  Again, it is a different woman’s voice.  She tells him it is because he knows them.  It was Amy, Jim and Jacqui he spoke to before.  The fallen.  The ones he regrets.  And the woman on the phone now?  Lori.  The one he feels the most personally responsible for.  But there really is no way he was responsible for any of their deaths. Especially Lori’s death.  He falls to the floor and cries, hyperventilating.  She asks what happened.  He tells her that he loved her.  And then he says what he really regrets; that he couldn’t put their relationship back together.  He wanted his family back together and keep her alive.  Keep them together.  What he wanted more than anything was his family.  Without Shane.  Without knowing that she was ever with him.  Lori tells Rick that she loves him and asks if he can do this.  Keep living.  And then she cuts out.  It is maybe one of my favorite scenes of Rick’s .  It is him at his most human.  Everyone wants to survive.  But more than anything, everyone wants a family.  Everyone wants to feel loved and important.  Even before Lori’s death, Rick didn’t feel his family because of Lori’s infidelity.  For him to long for it even after her death is natural and it is important that he feels all these emotions because it may be the only way he can keep on being Carl’s father.

The Governor and Andrea roll around in bed, and we see A LOT of Andrea’s legs.  Merle knocks on the door and tells The Governor that the men are dead and then the lie.  Michonne is dead.  The Governor asks for her head and the sword.  Merle says that they got caught up in a crowd of walkers.  Merle then offers Maggie and Glenn as a consolation prize.

Rick comes back to the group as they are making dinner.  He takes the baby from Hershel, holding her for the first time.  He may not be perfect, but he’s slowly getting there.  Daryl sits in the block hammering Carol’s knife into the ground.  He gets up and kicks the door he thinks a walker is behind.  When he is ready to kill it, he instead finds Carol.  It is a strange love they have.  It isn’t exactly romantic, but they love each other.  He picks her up and carries her.  Rick and rest walk outside and from a distance Rick notices something strange among the walkers.  Something red.  He goes closer and there is Michonne.  Bloody and holding the basket of baby food.  Among the walkers, she grabs at the gate with her dirty hand….

Written by Adrian Puryear

The Walking Dead Review “Say the Word” S3E5

The Walking Dead episode “Say the Word” starts off in direct opposition to what “Killer Within” left us with.  Woodbury is bright, sunny and the grass is unusually green.  Kids are running around and people are laughing.  Milton gets Andrea a cold drink and she is very thankful.  Milton says that he does not want the generators used for ice, but Andrea is very happy.  Again, how dumb is she?  She then asks what is to happen that night and Milton tells her that there aren’t words to describe it.  Andrea not once questions the use of the generators if not for ice.  She never thinks that maybe, just maybe, this is all too good to be true.  But then her foil, Michonne, is seen looking on in disgust.  She then bumps into Evil Glenn…. foreshadowing…?  The next scene is another of those, “Oh my, God!  Did they just show that on TV?” moments.  The Governor is brushing a little girls hair.  For those who have read the comics or novels, we know that Penny isn’t about to be alive, but for those who don’t know, I bet it was a shocker.  So he brushes the tiny little fiends head and a chunk of her undead scalp comes right off.  Yuck!  She then has a zombie freak out and he does something quite questionable to his loving daughter; he puts a hood over her head, and as he is doing this tells her, “Daddy still loves you.”  This is hard to watch because it borders on child abuse and the things abusers say as they are committing the abuse.  But this is a little different.. Why?  Because she’s a freaking walker, that’s why!  He looks out the window to see Michonne staring at him.  She is getting more suspicious and therefore, more dangerous to the precious Woodbury.  It is only a matter of time before she is either ousted or killed.

Next, we see a crying newborn being held by Maggie.  The sound is muffled and Rick looks ill.  Maggie hands it to Carl.  The group discusses feeding the baby.  Just like I said last time, how selfish was Lori?  Did she want everyone dead?  Last season she talked about the baby having a short and cruel life.  Starvation is pretty short and cruel!  Daryl then steps up as savior of children, again i.e.: Sophia, and decides he is going to get food.  Glenn and Maggie want to go, too.  Rick then picks up an axe and runs back into the prison.  Maggie and Daryl end up going alone because it will be faster. Glenn and Maggie share a tender moment proving yet again that love can still exist at the end of the world.  Crazy Rick goes through the prison hacking away at walkers.  The camera is right in his face as he grunts and sweats like a maniac.  Brilliant.

The Governor makes a speech on a porch to a crowd of Woodburians (?).  He talks about about the beginnings of the town and how they started in an apartment.  He makes a big show of being a diplomat, a likable person who saved them all.  He really is like a politician: calm and put together on the outside, but lying and conniving all the while.  Meanwhile, Michonne goes to his personal apartment to take a peeksy at what he might be hiding… including her beloved sword, which she steals back.  She sees the picture of his family and then she finds his notebook.  At first normal, but then with a list of names, the last one being Penny, underlined.  And after that pages upon pages of hatch marks   What do they mean?  We aren’t really sure, but it isn’t the sign up anyone who has all his screws, well, screwed.  She tries breaking into a locked door, but The Governor, Milton and Merle come in.  She quickly hides and hears them discussing the party that night.  Milton talks about the use of the generators for the party over powering his experiment.  At this point he doesn’t say what it is.  He asks to postpone the party by 10 days to which The Governor flatly refuses.  He tells Milton to start the experiment over in the morning to which he reluctantly agrees to.  Milton maybe a little more normal, but what ever his experiments and tea are are just as off-putting as everything The Governor is hiding.  Michonne then walks around Woodbury more. She is in an area not many people frequent and finds cages.  She hears the familiar growling of walkers inside the cages.  She unlocks them and in one of the best moments of this season, Michonne takes them all on with her sword.  She is gritty and gruesome.  This is her element.  It is all very well choreographed to make it look like she is a moving comic book character.  It instantly makes us want to know what she was before all this.  She was born for the apocalypse.  In the comics, we are told, but it does make me wonder how much of her past the television series will delve into.  She is then caught by someone coming to feed the walkers a bucket of bloody body parts (say that five times fast!).

Michonne is then in an interrogation room with Merle in the background.  The Governor enters and asks if she “gets off” on poking around other peoples things.  He tells her he has nothing to hide.  Michonne is a woman of few words, but her next line is proof positive why.  She says a lot with just a little.  She tells him, “People with nothing to hide don’t usually find the need to say so.”  Michonne mentions Penny when The Governor talks about secrets.  He tells Michonne he loved Penny, to which she responds, “I bet you say that about all the girls.”  Clearly she means something other than what he means, but really, everyone is thinking it.  And if you have read the comics, you know she isn’t too far from the truth.   He tells her that she was just about to get the sword back and that she fits in.  Clearly this is not the case.  He knows she’s been poking around the whole time.  He then tells her that she must follow rules, or else anarchy will ensue.  He then uses her zombie kill-a-thon to his “advantage” and tries to blackmail her into joining the research team.  To which in the middle of his speech, she turns quickly, grabs her sword and puts the tip of it to his neck.  The look of fear in his face is priceless.  She backs away and and leaves the room.  When Merle asks how it went, The Governor comically says, “She’s all personality, that one.”  The only thing The Governor has said that I have approved of.  He directs Merle to get Andrea to him and the Merle should take the research team out.

Back at the prison, Glenn digs graves for the presumed three who are dead.  Axel and Oscar have spread out the walkers and offer their help to Glenn.  They offer their condolences for the losses.  Glenn tells Hershel that he wishes they had killed the prisoners.  This is unlike the Glenn we have known.  If Glenn would have been part of killing the prisoners, his character would have changed.  He is not a heartless man, but with this comment, we can start to see that Glenn isn’t a weak guy.  Then Glenn talks about T-Dog after the beginning of the outbreak.  T-Dog used to drive around his church van to pick up survivors.  This is very a la the most awkward dinner in season 2 when we all learned of Otis’ musical gift.  Way to make us miss someone we didn’t really know until it was too late.  Glenn then says that he knows it’s wrong but he would kill others for their group any day.  Again, Glenn is not weak.  We will see this later.

The Governor tells Andrea that Michonne has become a problem because she stole her sword.  Andrea tells him that she can’t steal something that is actually hers.  This is one of the last points Andrea earns with me.  He tells her that Michonne killed captive zombies.  Note: The Governor calls them biters.    I still find this linguistically fascinating.  He sees them as harmful, yet he would not be the “great” man he is not without them.  Anyway, Andrea questions why he has captives and he poo-poos that moving on, and skipping a great deal, to Michonne’s sword at his neck.  Andrea stands up for Michonne.  Suddenly he says that people in the town want her gone.  This is very different to him saying Michonne fits in.  He tells Andrea that what works on the outside is not what works in Woodbury.  Andrea confronts Michonne, who is packing her bags.  Michonne points out that no one leaves, at least not willingly.  They will always make you stay; nothing is free will.

Glenn goes after Rick in the prison and finds the trail of walkers Rick has left behind.  Rick is bloody and delusional.  Glenn tries to convince Rick to come outside and gets thrown against the wall by him.  Rick then staggers away after attacking Glenn.  Rick was always someone who would kill for his group, just like Glenn.  Clearly, Rick is spiraling if he is willing to throw Glenn against a wall.

Merle takes a truck of men to a solar machine outside of Woodbury.  Inside a hole in the ground are two zombies.  The truck grabs a net and pulls them out.  Milton tells Merle not to kill them.  He sees something in one of their eyes.  Milton is dumb.  The thing he sees in it is hunger for flesh.  Duh.  Merle and the others taunt the female and then he kills her with his knife arm.  The other walker is also taunted.  They hold him down while Merle takes pliers to its teeth.  The research team is using the same tactics Michonne used on her pets.  But I’m guessing a little bit more brutal of a way.

Daryl and Maggie arrive at a preschool.  They break in and all the toys and cribs make the apocalypse seem all too real.  There are cut outs of hand prints on the wall and Daryl finds one that says Sofie.  Again, we see that Daryl has a soft spot for children.  It is odd the daycare hasn’t been totally wiped out of supplies.  But, it is clear it has been looted.  The suspense of the darkness and the music is kept alive throughout the scene.  They hear a banging and after quickly opening a door, find a possum.  At least I’m pretty sure it was a possum.  What can I say?  I’m more of a pop culture addict than an outdoorsy gal.  Daryl proudly exclaims “Dinner!”  after shooting it.  Maggie tells him she is not carrying it in her bag.  Even though she’s the farmer’s daughter, she isn’t much for the dead animals.  I like it.

At Woodbury, Andrea and Michonne are packed up to leave.  Merle calls after them.  He tells them they need an escort because it’s almost curfew.  Michonne tells Andrea there is always a reason they can’t leave.  After Merle opens the gates, Michonne and Andrea get into another fight and Andrea tells Merle to close the gate.  Andrea tells her that she can’t live for another 8 months the way they did.  Obviously.  She is incredibly weak and needs someone to look after her.  She clearly feels that The Governor can do a better job than Michonne now.  Michonne leaves and Andrea is locked in Woodbury.

The Governor consoles Andrea.  He offers her a drink and company.  He really likes to woo her with alcohol.  She accepts and they walk off into Woodbury arm in arm.

Daryl and Maggie return to the prison after dark and Oscar and Axel let them back in.  Inside the block, the baby cries and Daryl takes her from Carl to feed her.  And then it happened.  You know the meme when every woman in America looked at Daryl holding that baby and orgasmed.

Yup.. that’s the meme.

Carl and Daryl discuss her name.  Carl suggests Sophia, Andrea, Amy, Jacqui, Patricia or Lori.  It makes Carl likeable.  He is nostalgic already at his young age.  Daryl then calls her “Little Ass-Kicker.”  And now I know what I will name my first daughter… 🙂

Rick enters the room where Lori had the baby.  He sees bits of skin and blood and the knife that cut her open.  But where are her bones?  There aren’t any bones!  He finds the bullet Carl shot her with.  Again, I’d like to point out that he found the bullet itself, not the shell.  If she is dead, and I mean dead dead, the bullet would either A) Still be in her or B) in a walker’s belly but it would NOT be Ricks hands.  And thus I believe Lori is still alive, even if it means in the undead sense of the word.  I cannot believe the writers would make a mistake as big as this.  I don’t want to believe it.  Rick walks further into the room and finds a bloated walker dripping blood from the mouth.  Rick puts a gun in it’s mouth and shoots it.  Then he takes his knife and repeatedly stabs it in the stomach.  It is eery and gross.  He yells while he does it.  Symbolically he is killing Lori all over again, but he is killing the zombie her.  But still it can’t be Lori in his stomach.  It just can’t.

The people of Woodbury enter an arena.  The Governor takes Andrea by the hand to the best seats in the house.  There is music and everyone is cheering.  Lights go up and there are walkers chained to different blocks.  Merle, Martinez and Evil Glenn enter.  Evil Glenn is the ref who extends the chains of the zombies to get closer as Merle and Martinez fight.  They are all overly macho and wrestle each other.  They punch and kick and push the other closer to the walkers.  Andrea looks on in horror as every one cheers.  She tells The Governor that it’s barbaric, exactly what The Governor tells Michonne they aren’t earlier in the episode.  He tells Andrea that it is all staged and the walker’s teeth are pulled out.  She tells him that it is telling all the people that walkers aren’t dangerous.  Merle and Martinez keep fighting and Merle stands on Martinez’ chest as Andrea looks like she may vomit.  And this is Andrea’s last sane moment.

Back at the prison, Daryl places a Cherokee Rose on Carol’s presumed grave truly making him one of the top 3 characters in this series. Rick sits against a wall in the prison hearing the deafening cries of the baby.  It is suddenly cut by the loud ringing of a telephone in the room Lori died in.  He picks the phone up and as the episode ends, fans of the comics know that Rick has officially lost it.  Rick is not the stable leader anymore.  Which is perfect.  Maybe not for Rick, but no one could endure what Rick has gone through without losing it.  He must have a break in his psyche in order to cope with the death of his wife.

Written by Adrian Puryear

New POP! Funko Figures at Toy Fair 2013

Hey there!  Doing some trolling on the web this morning and found a blog called Jafo’s Spot.  He posted awesome pics from Toy Fair 2013… which is looking like something I should attend!  Here are some the pics he took of new Pop! Funko vinyls Disney Series 5.  Yup, shut up and take my money….

Alice!
Mary Poppins! I wonder if she can pull out adorable lamps and teaspoons of sugar from her purse!
Carl and Russell!!! I definitely need one to collect and one to play with. They need to come out with an Ellie too!!!I love his cane and the tennis balls! So detailed.
Baloo and Louie… I love Jungle Book!
Jasmine and Jafar…. Sherif will definitely need these!
Genie and The Rocketeer…. Disney rocks
Merida and Dumbo… Love

Written by Adrian Puryear

The Walking Dead Review “Killer Within” S3E4

Sometimes real life gets in the way of writing about people *ahem* like zombies, but here goes my very late review of The Walking Dead episode “Killer Within”.

This episode made me cry, pound on the floor, scream, and at one point throw my cat off my lap.  Don’t worry, she’s ok.  And by the end of the episode, I was speechless.  A rarity.  This episode proved, yet again, how far this series can go.  The writers are very willing to do things to characters that would happen in real life.  No one is safe and we never know when our time is up.  There are few series that are not written by Joss Whedon in which main characters die.  A lot.  The difference between Whedon’s shows and The Walking Dead is that ***SPOILER ALERT*** Lori wasn’t anyone’s favorite character.  And if she was, you’re watching it wrong.

We start the episode with an unidentified person (other than their shoes) creating a path way through the prison to let walkers in.  Clearly this person has a problem with our group.  Upon the first viewing, the audience may not pay attention to the fact this person was obviously wearing prison clothing.  What is wonderful about this scene is that we are thrust into a scary situation.  We know that all of the group’s lives are at stake with walkers being let into the building.  We know someone has a vendetta against them.  And we know this person is slightly unstable because they put a deer’s heart as bait for the walkers.  It was an instant way of putting us at the edge of our seats for the next hour.

The next scene shows the group working in the yard of the prison.  Axel and Oscar ask to join the group.  They will absolutely do anything.  Again, Rick denies them and T-Dog speaks up.  ***SPOILER ALERT***… This was T-Dog’s fatal mistake.  Remember what happened to Dale a.k.a. Summer Santa?  He spoke up against the Ricktator, and yup, he died.  And even though I agree with T-Dog to a point, it’s a bad idea to speak up, because that’s when the walkers get ya.  So, T-Dog says that the prisoners should join the group and Rick tells the prisoners to stay in their block or leave. That is kind of bull.  If someone else came and was able to overpower Rick, would he leave?  No, because he is the boss.  Rick would not stand for that, so it is really surprising that Oscar and Axel do.  As much as I like Rick and thinks that he makes the right decisions for the safety of the group, this is overboard

Back in Woodbury, Michonne is being quiet and curious, looking at bullet holes in the Guard trucks The Governor and his cronies brought back.  She observes bullet holes and knows a much different story happened than what The Governor has led the group to believe.  She confronts The Governor.  And then he does something that is strategically crazy.  He asks her to stay in Woodbury and become part of the soldier team.  You really think a girl like Michonne wouldn’t question the mission and the motives behind them? She is already questioning your story, Mr. Governor, she sure as hell isn’t going to fight with you.  She walks away and I applaud.

At the prison, Glenn, under Rick’s orders, gives Oscar and Axel supplies and they are told to leave.  Oscar tries to get some sort of a relationship with Daryl by offering to help fix up the motorcycle.  It irritates me that those in Rick’s group are so willing to back down to his orders.  These people may be prisoners, but they are still people and are the only two who didn’t do something wild to the group.  Michonne and Andrea talk about Michonne’s plan to head to the coast.  Andrea is dumb as usual and suggests staying at Woodbury.  Michonne informs her that this is not an option.  Andrea thinks Michonne wants to leave because she has a gut feeling, but if Andrea wasn’t thinking with her vagina, she would realize Michonne had kept her alive this long and staying in Woodbury isn’t a good idea.

Back at the prison, the group has a brief moment of happiness.  A now one-legged Hershel takes steps with his crutches.  Everyone rejoices.  I almost wanted Hershel to cheer for himself, throw his crutches up and yell “Huzzah!”  But then he would have fallen on his replacement Summer Santa face.  Instead, something much worse happens.  The walkers arrive.  They took the bait!  Hershel and Beth lock themselves in a gate. Rick, Glenn and Daryl immediately whip out their guns.  Preg-o Lori, Carl and Maggie run back into the prison.  Carol and T-Dog try to reseal the gate that has been opened.  Caution: this is the cat throwing scene.  In the midst of the chaos, T-Dog gets bit on his shoulder by a dirty walker.  How cruel!  T-Dog was never my favorite, but he had his good qualities.  It was unfair that there were episodes in season 2 that he didn’t even have a line and then in season 3, we get to see T-Dog develop into a soldier who keeps the group safe.  I do believe it was unnecessary to kill him off so soon, other to show us that anyone is up for grabs.  Anyhow, he and Carol make it into the prison as T-Dog struggles for his life.

At Woodbury, Andrea gives Merle a map to the farm to find Daryl.  Merle and Andrea discuss the group that abandoned them.  Merle makes Andrea feel as though she is part of Woodbury with this statement.  Andrea then asks Merle if The Governor is a good man.  Why she would take Merle’s word over Michonne’s is startling.  It is true we don’t really know the relationship between Andrea and Merle before Rick joined the group, but we can assume based off their interactions that she is disgusted by him.  Michonne found her, rescued her and brought her back to health of some sort.  Believing The Governor is a good man because redneck Merle says so is asinine to me, but then again Andrea is asinine.

The alarms at the prison go off as Rick blames Axel and Oscar.  But because Oscar tells him the backup generators are causing the sound, Rick finally realizes they are not the cause of the harm.  They all go inside the prison.  Carol and T-Dog walk through the prison.  T-Dog tries to get Carol to safety.  T-Dog’s last moments were his most noble.  Caring for her and trying to keep her safe wasn’t something he needed to do.  Their relationship throughout the series has not been one that anyone would think much of, so it’s especially touching that he does this for her.  Lori, Carl and Maggie are trying to find safety when Lori gets sharp pains.  She tells them the baby is coming.  Of course the baby is coming.  Lori has to make everything harder.  Ok, ok, that is me hating on her, but it’s about the last moment I can because all her scenes after this aren’t very hateable.  Carl magically finds a boiler room and they hide in there.  Later on, Maggie tells Lori to de-pants.  While Lori is pushing, might I add, standing up and gripping very tightly onto some pipes, she starts hemorrhaging, and Carl looks on in terror.  It would be really terrible to not only see your mom without pants, but bleeding from “down there” would be just as bad.

The Governor plays zombie golf, which I have to say, is the only kind of golf that is cool.  He and Merle discuss Merle’s mission of finding Daryl as The Governor knocks down the undead with the golf balls.  The Governor convinces Merle that there is no telling whether Daryl is really alive based off the information Andrea has provided.  The Governor does promise Merle to put together a search if they can find better evidence that Daryl is alive.  And we know what The Governor’s search parties really do.  This scene is great because it puts both characters in a new light.  Merle cares and The Governor really doesn’t care about anybody, including his right hand man.

Just when Carol and T-Dog are about to make safety, two walkers block their way.  Out of bullets, T-Dog commits his last noble act, saving Carol by sacrificing himself to the walkers to give her enough time to get away.  The way the walkers tear into his throat, peeling skin away, is nauseating, but by the same token, it was bittersweet because he saved his friend.  But of all people, Carol?  I digress.

Andrea and The Governor share a drink and a little more…no…not THAT.. at least not yet.  They talk about their past lives a bit.  The Governor tells her his name is Philip.  He also reveals that his wife and child are gone, but that the wife died prior to the outbreak.  Note that he does not say what happened to his daughter.  And double note that Andrea doesn’t think to ask what happened to her.  C’mon now, he’s not good looking.  Question everything.  Well Michonne does when Andrea tries to convince her to stay.  Good job Michonne.

The episode gains momentum like crazy when Rick, Glenn, Daryl, Oscar and Axel all eventually make it to the generator room to stop the generator from running.  Inside the room, is Andrew… the crazy inmate from the “shit happens” episode.  He must be one tough little punk to survive what Rick did to him, putting him out in a yard with walkers.  Andrew is the culprit for the attack.  Rick and Andrew get into some fisticuffs and Rick’s gun falls out of his reach.  Oscar picks up the gun, and aims it.  Both Andrew and Rick think Oscar is aiming the gun at Rick, but last minute Oscar shoots Andrew dead, thus proving further is loyalty to Rick and the group.  Oscar then spins the gun around his finger and hands it back to Rick without a flinch.  Very cool.  What is funny is Daryl is like a sniper with his crossbow in the background the whole time.  He looks so stealth.

Back in the boiler room, Lori is fading fast.  She refuses to lose her baby and instructs Maggie to cut her open.  She then gives Carl this very loving speech that was very tearful.  He was the best thing that happened to her yada yada.  I’m not going to lie, I wept a little.  Only because it would be very sad to watch your mother die like that and a sad way to leave your son behind.  The whole thing was very poetic.  In a very visual way, Maggie cuts Lori open with Carl’s dirty knife.  She tries to pull the baby out, but can’t by herself, so Carl helps.  The baby at first seems to be dead, but eventually cries.  Carl takes off his jacket and Maggie wraps the newborn in it.  Maggie tells Carl that Lori will turn.  Maggie heads out of the boiler room and then we hear a gunshot.  Carl walks quickly past Maggie with no eye contact.  Now I have two problems with this.  Who in the hell thinks it’s a good idea for the group to take care of a baby?  There is no food with a dead mother.  The noise of the cries will attract walkers.  Someone will always have to hold it and therefore not be prepared for attack.  Inuit people leave behind their youngest and their oldest if they are holding back the journey.  That’s a true story. Why wouldn’t you just take them both out?  Granted it’s sad, but considering we all assume it ain’t Rick’s baby, it’s not that sad.  My other discrepancy is that we never see Lori’s body.  It may be to be poignant, but I have learned that if it isn’t shown on screen there is no proof it happened.  I truly believe that Carl did not shoot Lori.  But the thought of it is enough to make him grow up quickly.  Carl is a man in a boy’s body by the end of this episode.

Rick, Daryl and Glenn go through the prison taking out more walkers.  They find T-Dog’s remains.  Daryl finds Carol’s scarf that was wrapped around her head.  They go outside and see Hershel and Beth.  They know T-Dog is dead and Carol is missing.  Rick turns to get the others and sees only Carl and Maggie holding a bloody, newborn baby.  Rick immediately falls down and cries as everyone watches.  And this really was the most upsetting moment of the episode.  The fearless leader cracks.  One half of his world is gone and all he has to live for are these two children.  It sets the tone for the next few episodes with Rick and what goes on in his mind.  Until next time, “goodnight, love.”

written by Adrian Puryear

Oz the Great and Powerful — New posters released

I am so excited for Oz the Great and Powerful to come out.  As a kid, I read all the Frank L. Baum books and with special effects being so awesome right now, I expect this will be an awesome movie.  I love The Wizard of Oz because it still creates a world that is a little eery and scary, but totally cool.  Below are the new posters released.  Check out whats happening in the backgrounds of each one.  So exciting!

Rachel Weisz as Evanora.
James Franco as Oscar Diggs.
Michelle Williams as Glinda.
Mila Kunis as Theodora.

Written by Adrian Puryear

Apocalypse Success

Apocalypse Success

Apocalypse Success

The Walking Dead Review “Walk with Me” S3E3

I am aware that it has been 3 whole weeks since I have written a Walking Dead review.  After seeing the Walk with Me episode twice, I really had to think about where this episode was taking the series.  I couldn’t decide if I really enjoyed this episode.  Then 2 Sundays ago, Killer Within aired.  That episode had me reeling until last week, and then after last night’s episode, Say the Word, I felt like I was back to Walking Dead normal.  As normal as that can be.  And now, for the next review of The Walking Dead.

As said above, I wasn’t too impressed by this episode.  We start out with the helicopter.  This has been a question on viewer’s minds for a long time— Who is in the helicopter?  The military, apparently.  But this is disappointing because of what happens to the group later on.  The helicopter crashes and the passengers are severely injured.  In a very comic book-like shot, Michonne and Andrea see the crash from a field and they, along with Michonne’s zombie slaves, walk toward the scene.  These shots are so awesome because it is like looking at the colored version of the comic book.  As the two walk up to the scene, they hear vehicles also swarming the area.  Michonne gets everyone hidden so as not to get caught by other humans.  Michonne’s pets start getting restless because of all the tasty human meat surrounding them and start to get rowdy.  It seems that she doesn’t even think twice about it, but she cuts their heads off.  It didn’t seem genuine.  Why is it that she kept them, anyway?  Why did she make them her repellent if it was so easy to kill them?  It is assumed she knew them before they had turned; there really doesn’t seem a point in keeping them if she hadn’t of known them.  It really bothers me she did this so suddenly.  In the comics, it really did seem to have more meaning behind it.  Shortly after this, none other than Merle Dixon appears behind Michonne and Andrea.  Now this would have been more surprising had the trailers for the episode already not spoiled that he would be back.  What was surprising was his B.A. zombie killin’ prosthetic on his hand-less arm.  Upon seeing Merle, Andrea passes out, which would have been a lot of viewer’s reactions had we not already seen Merle in the trailer for this episode.

When Andrea wakes up, she and Michonne are blindfolded in the back of a car with Merle and an unknown (The Governor) in the front seat.  She can see the entrance to what we will find out is Woodbury with junk cars and zombies hanging from trees.  I would assume blindfolding them is so if they do try to leave, they are disoriented and don’t know how to get back to where they came from.  But since Andrea later decides that The Governor is irresistible, this scene bothers me.  TV Series Andrea is a nitwit, but any nitwit knows that if a man blindfolds you and puts you in the back of his truck to take you to his neighborhood, you probably aren’t fully safe there.  It also bothers me because the dead zombies hanging from the trees proves exactly what to others?  If it’s for people, this would just make me scared of whatever is behind those walls because clearly they find a thrill from killing the walkers, which we later find out is true.  And if it is for the walkers, that’s just non-sensical.  They can’t think, so how could they even begin to process, “Oooooh… stay away from there cuz they’ll kill us!”  They can’t!

Andrea and Michonne are taken to a medical ward, of sorts, where Andrea is given fluids.  She and Merle seemingly have a touching moment talking about the group who left them both behind.  Andrea informs Merle that the last time she was with the group, Daryl was alive.  As nice as it is for Merle to know that his baby brother is still around, this scene is too soft.  Why is Merle all of the sudden a nice guy?  He isn’t a kitten, but he is not the guy who kicked the crap out of T-Dog, either.  Throughout the episode, he is submissive, mostly to The Governor, but not dominating towards the other residents of Woodbury.  The importance of this scene, though, is that it gives Merle some sort of hope.  He realizes there is a big world outside those gates, something many of the other residents don’t seem to know, based off how The Governor runs things.

When The Governor enters the room, Michonne demands their weapons back.  He tells her the two can leave the next day.  But the thing is, Michonne is more confrontational in the comics.  She is scary and can hold her own.  This chick can hold her own, but she doesn’t evoke any fear from The Governor or the audience.  As the episodes have gone on, she is getting a bit tougher, but she is also more analytical.  She is always picking apart the situation and how people are acting.  Someone needs to in this duo, because it is obvious Andrea will pretty much be attracted to the worst kind of people, always.  This is also the scene where Andrea and Michonne find out that all dead people become walkers, no matter how they die, as The Governor and his crew stabbed the dead men from the crash, only bringing back Lieutenant Welles.  If I were Michonne, it would be hard for me to believe that all the dead become the walking dead no matter how they die because this group is not trustworthy.  But they both easily believe him.

After they spend the night in their new room.  Michonne and Andrea get a tour of the “town” Woodbury.  They are told about the strict curfew and the tour guide attributes the safety of Woodbury directly to The Governor.  Meanwhile, The Governor speaks to Lieutenant Welles and promises him to return his crew to Woodbury if they are alive.  I hate to say it, but David Morrissey did not impress as The Governor in this scene.  The Governor is sadistic.  He is not supposed to be likeable. David Morrissey is a little likeable, albeit a tad creepy, but too likeable.  The Governor then goes to the lab where Milton experiments on dead walkers.  He directs Merle to find out more about Andrea.  Merle doesn’t put up a fight, which I still find strange because this is Merle Dixon we are talking about here.  When Merle leaves, The Governor and Milton look at a table which holds Michonne’s now headless pets.  They discuss how she cut off the arms and jaws to stop the desire to feed.  I would have to guess she did this to them before they turned because it would be hard to cut off a jaw that is gnawing at your flesh.  As the two talk about it, The Governor gives us a glimpse of his weird-o –ness by taking his finger and touching the walker head where its jaw used to be.  Ewwwwwww.

Later, The Governor fixes breakfast for Andrea, Michonne, Milton and himself.  The only notable thing about this scene is they constant discussion of the tea Milton makes.  The Walking Dead rarely does anything without some kind of meaning to it, so either this will wind up being a fun bit of trivia or there is something up with that tea.  Otherwise, Michonne still tries to be tough stuff when questioned about her pets where she just argues she wants her weapons back.

Now the next scene is the one that bothers me the most.  The Governor drives up on the group Lieutenant Welles left behind while waving a white towel.  He comes up peacefully and then out of nowhere shoots the man who was speaking in the chest.  Now this is a military group.  How did they not see that coming?  On top of that, how did they not notice the group from Woodbury who surrounds them?  These people were military!  They should be pretty good at noticing people or walkers surrounding them, especially in this post-apocalyptic world.   The Governor then orders a man, who the Talking Dead referred to as “Evil Glenn”, to take weapons from the dead.  They go back to Woodbury and announce that the military group was dead.  Everyone easily believes this, and why wouldn’t they?   No one but Michonne finds it strange.

The episode ends with The Governor looking at a picture of his family, a wife and daughter.  He goes into a room and drinks his whiskey.  The camera pans to show human heads floating in tanks.  And as creepy as this is, it doesn’t totally freak me out.  Seeing his zombie daughter would have been freaky, but floating heads?  Its only “eh” on the freaky meter.

Overall, this episode was missing something.  And I know exactly what that something was.  Rick Grimes.  This show is amazing and without our core protagonist and his group, it really lacks the allure the other episodes have.  Thank the zombie gods that the following episode has our group back!  Stay tuned for my next review!