The Walking Dead: Season 4 Mid-Season Recap

Welcome to Spoiler City, population: you.

So many questions and so little time!  Last December, the first half of season 4 of The Walking Dead wrapped up with the raid on the prison.  Oh, did I say not to continue reading if you have not seen season 4 yet?  Take caution, this is only if A) you have seen season 4 or B) you haven’t, but don’t really want to watch 8 hours of quality television.  

Here is what has happened so far:

The displaced people of Woodbury made nice with our group in the prison.  Rick chatted up a lady in the woods and narrowly missed being fed to her husband.  Glenn and Maggie were almost pregnant.  Carl wasn’t allowed to use his gun.  Carol was teaching knife skills to tiny children secretly.  Michonne looked for The Governor on her horse.  Then supplies ran short.  They went on a run.  A helicopter came through the ceiling of a convenience store and an alcohol bottle broke a entire shelving unit.  Then people died.  Survivors at the prison realized that the walkers on the outside of the fence were being fed rats.  Then a survivor died of the flu and starting chowing down.  Then people died.  Rick farmed, and then he quit when he realized his pigs probably caused the flu.  Tyreese got flirty with Karen, the crazy lady from the Woodbury crew.  Then he found her body burnt along with a man’s burnt body outside.  Tyreese raged out.  The group then quarantined the fluers vs. the non-fluers.  Maggie cried that Glenn was a fluer.  Beth got told her she still had a job to do.  Carl and Hershel went the woods to look for elderberries.  Daryl, Bob (a newcomer), Michonne and Tyreese went to look for meds at a vet.  Bob found his medicine: liquor.  Daryl got real mad.  Then they got stuck in a herd of walkers.  Tyreese beat his way out with a hammer.   Rick investigated the burnt bodies.  Carol confessed.  Then they went on a run and Rick kicked Carol out of the group and gave her a station wagon.  Some of the fluers became walkers.  Hershel gave a speech, killed a walker and cried.  Meanwhile, The Governor was sad and alone.  Then he found some girls.  Then he had sex with one next to her kid.  Then they joined a group.  Then he killed their leaders and became the new leader.  They raided the prison.  Hershel died.  The Governor died.  Lots of people died.  And we were all sad.

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No, no, no. SAD. SAAAAADD
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There we go. Just plain old SAD.

How do the events of the TV show line up with the comic books:

Up to the mid-season finale, The Walking Dead has done a great job of separating the story in all mediums, giving even the most well-read fans their money’s worth when watching. Many of the characters in the comic books are represented in the television show, but a lot of the context that brought them together has changed drastically. However, it’s our theory that, with the show moving so quickly, there will be a lot more content borrowed from the other forms of The Walking Dead.

Here are some of the most noticeable differences, separated by the rag-tag groups that split off at the end of “Too Far Gone:”

Rick and Carl Grimes:

In the show: Rick and Carl have left the prison totally defeated emotionally. Rick spent most of the first half of Season 4 protecting Carl from the dangers of the outside, but during the calamity of the gate collapse, Carl went Rambo on the walkers to earn Rick’s respect. They leave the prison together (without Judith!). Rick is badly wounded.

In other literature: Pretty much exactly the same thing. The only difference is that, along with the loss of Judith, he saw his wife Lori get murdered right in front of him. He then proceeded to go insane, with the phone and the whole shi-bang. Oh yeah, Rick also lost his freaking hand!

Predictions: This will be Koooooaaarrrrlll’s (Carl’s) coming out party. In the books, this was a big moment for Lil Rambo, as he was forced to care for an ill Rick. Couple that with Chandler Briggs’ puberty growth spurt, and you will have one temperamental young man.

Michonne:

In the show: In a fashion that only a bad-ass ninja like her can have, Michonne was busy hacking and slashing every single walker in sight, alone.

In the comics: Most of the comics focused on Rick & Carl. Michonne emerged to save them from an attack, as they drove off together and met back up with the others.

Predictions: Hopefully it will be more of the same, and Michonne will mow down every walker in between herself and the Grimes. They’ll need all the help they can get.  But because the show can get so deep, it would be good to see some introspective stuff from Michonne.  Who was she?  Who is she now?  Why did she cry about the baby? And who were the men who were her zombie slaves?  Maybe now is the time to find out.

Glenn and the bus full of useless strangers:

In the show: Still recovering from whatever gross disease was making people bleed out of their eyeballs, Maggie had put Glenn on the bus. Seemingly, Glenn is in the best spot, but we all know that everybody in the apocalypse is useless.  Plus, the bus was shot at as it sped away.

In the comics: Glenn and Maggie had actually taken off early with Dale and Andrea, making a retreat to Herschel’s old farm (which was not burned down).

Predictions: There’s no doubt in our minds that the bus full of useless people will become zombie fodder. Glenn will be forced to get himself out of a sticky situation again, but there’s no way they let him die.

Tyreese, Sasha, Bob and the little girls training for a role in the remake of The Professional.

In the show: It looked like Tyreese went off on his own, but he could have tried to follow Lizzie and Mika. Meanwhile, Sasha and Bob ran off together in a separate direction.

In the comics:  Tyreese was the one who was beheaded by Michonne’s sword in the comics. He was also MIchonne’s lover.  Sasha was not in the comics.  Bob stayed at Woodbury and we have seen him since.  The little girls seem to be the equivalent of Ben and Billy from the comics, a pair of brother’s who were a little odd.

Predictions: Tyreese has a leadership quality about him that has yet to be banked on.  Now that he is separate from the group, he may channel his inner Rick, especially if he is with the girls.  He may try to take on a father role to them.  Bob seems like he has a lot of development left in the show. We think it is possible he will be the cause of a lot more pain for our survivors.  Sasha doesn’t seem long for the world.  If Tyreese is to have any development, his overbearing sister will have to die.  We also believe that the little girl named Lizzie, the one who is a little more cuckoo will come clean about being the real murderer of Karen.  And maybe she will kill her younger sister.

Beth and Daryl:

In the show: Daryl and Beth escaped the carnage together. It’s almost too convenient for Beth, who has been after Daryl’s loins for over a full season now.

In the comics: Not applicable. Neither are in the comics.

Predictions: Daryl keeps everybody safe – well, everybody who looks to him for protection (RIP Merle), but something tells me that Daryl pushes her away; she will react similarly to the way Carol did in the comics. Carol, after being rejected by Rick when she offered to be shared by him and Lori (awwwwkward) and being cheated on by Tyreese,  jumped into the loving arms of a zombie. Besides, AMC has already announced that there will be Daryl-centric episode happening. Between Daryl and us, there’s no reason to let Beth become a third-wheel.

Carol:

In the show: Speaking of Carol… she is such a different person in the show vs. the comics and even a different version of herself than when we met her.  Last time we saw her, she had packed up her station wagon with a lot of gas cans and was on her way to find a different group after she admitted to killing and burning the bodies of Karen and David. Also, she felt like it needed to be done and didn’t feel very remorseful.

In the comics: Well, Carol never escaped prison, or even made it to the stand-off.  As said earlier, she asked to join the marriage of Lori and Rick and when she was rejected, walked right up to a walker and made out with it, subsequently, getting her face eaten off in front of the group.

Predictions: Carol will be at the Alexandria Safe Zone (rumored to be called “The Sanctuary” in the show).  It is the next place we go in the comic series and only makes sense that will be our next stop.  But with the way Carol left, not to mention the fact Melissa McBride has been making the late night circuit, we know that wan’t the last of Carol Peletier.

Burning Questions:

Question 1: Is Judith alive?

Hush Comics as a whole are torn on this issue, but we feel that Judith has nothing to offer to the story, and she (similar to Lori) was removed from the situation in a way that allowed The Walking Dead to stay on television.

Question 2: Who is the next core character to die?

According to an article from Comicbooks.com, the next character to die will be “somebody who hasn’t died yet in the comics.” Now, this narrows it down to: Maggie, Rick, Carl and Michonne. The most believable of that list is Maggie. Knowing TWD, I think there’s a play on words. I think that this implies that somebody who isn’t in the comics at all. And this list is much more interesting: Beth, Sasha, Daryl (yeah right!) and the two little girls.

Question 3: Where do we go from here?

Well, that’s the big question. This time, there’s no RV to the rescue and no Greene farm to go back to. Right now, we have several main characters all on the road, and all alone. Maybe they’ll head to Nebraska? The logical answer is that they will find a remote village, maybe by the name of Alexandria. However, I kind of hope that they take their time. The real fear in the apocalypse is the open road.

Question 4: Who else will join the ranks of the Survivors?

Abraham, Eugene and Rosita will definitely be making their debut this season. The trio were an integral part of the group in the comics, so I expect them to be great additions to the show.

 

Want to know more?  Check it out this video AMC released.  It gives the audience some scenes that make us speculate even more.  And don’t forget to watch The Walking Dead tonight on AMC!

All credit for pictures and videos are credited to AMC Television.

Written by Adrian Puryear and Sherif Elkhatib

Monthly Movie Preview: February 2014

Hello, February!  This month in the theaters brings us a few action flicks, a few romance flicks and then there is The Lego Movie  Enjoy our previews and quit reeling over the Broncos.:

Feb Movie Preview

February 7 – The Monuments Men

Starring: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman

Most of you have probably seen the ad for this movie A LOT.  You may even be sick of seeing the ads.  Nevertheless, I don’t think you can ever go wrong with a George Clooney movie.  Written, directed, produced and starring Hollywood’s most generous bachelor, The Monuments Men is based off the true story at book by Robert M. Edsel.  The story follows the Allied group of men in the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program.  The previews don’t make it look much different than any other WWII picture that has come out lately.  However, I always love WWII movies, but for others the actors alone are probably worth a go.  Bill F’n Murray is one of the stars, and he always gets my vote.  – A

February 7 – The LEGO Movie

Starring:Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie

Sporting an All-Star cast (both flesh-based and brick-based), The LEGO Movie is the first LEGO movie to hit the big-screen. Chris Pratt (Parks & RecreationGuardians of the Galaxy) plays the main character, Emmett, who is chosen as the Special, the lego capable of saving Lego World from the evil Lord Business, played by Will Ferrell. Lord Business’ aim is to stifle creativity by gluing the Lego world together. And somehow, Taco Tuesday fits in there. This movie looks hilarious, especially Will Arnett’s Batman. It will also mark the first time Batman is in a movie with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (hopefully not the last… still holding out for that crossover!). It’s my most anticipated movie of the month, bricks down. – S

February 7 – Vampire Academy

Starring: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Bryne, Sarah Hyland

OK, I’ll be honest; I’ve never read the books Vampire Academy is based off of.  Following the Twilight craze among teen and tween girls (and let’s face it, 50 year old divorceés) anything that was Young Adult fiction and vampires was doomed for me.  The Vampire Academy books (there are 6) have sold millions of copies and made the New York Times.  That being said, the story follows to besties who go to St. Vladimir’s Academy.  There is love, lust, teen angst and probably a lot of cheesiness.  But with the media circuit on the morning shows this week, the movie doesn’t seem that bad.  There are scenes I laughed at.  Out loud.  It may not be worth the trip to the theater unless you are 13, it’s your first date without a chaperone, and the guy you are dragging there with you thinks he might get to 1st base.  Otherwise, this might be perfect for 20 somethings to watch on Netflix, alone, and with tons of guilty pleasure.

February 12 – RoboCop

Starring:Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Michael K Williams (Omar from The Wire), Aimee Garcia (Jamie Batista from Dexter)

Reboots have always been a mixed bag for people; we have a rose-tinted glasses about how we remember things. In the case of RoboCop, I have fond childhood memories of watching him fight crime with a gun that comes out of his hip. The general story appears to be the same; however, the times have changed and so have the messages this iteration brings about. Being PG-13 doesn’t mean the same thing it did when the first one came out either. Alex Murphy’s death already seems forgettable compared to the original but it won’t stop me from going to see it and enjoying every second.  RoboCop could also be the hero Detroit wants and so desperately needs.- R

 

February 14 – About Last Night

Starring: Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant, Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald

Kevin Hart is really saturating the market right now as one of the few stand-up comedians that are regularly crossing over into movie comedy. Following up January’s Ride Along, Hart stars in a romantic comedy about two couples who try to play the game of love and not give in to another person. It’s based off a 1970’s movie, Sexual Perversion in Chicago. Anything with Kevin Hart and Regina Hall is bound to be hilarious, but I wouldn’t really go see it I can’t think of anything more creative to do on Valentine’s Day. Men who are forced to go see this will thank the stars that RoboCop comes out two days earlier. – S

February 14 – Winter’s Tale

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jennifer Connelly, Russell Crowe, Will Smith (the Will Smith)

Winter’s Tale is hard to predict.  It will either be a movie every couple who goes to the theaters on Valentine’s Day will see, or maybe no one will go see it.  Based off a novel by Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale is a complicated story of a man, Peter Lake, played by Colin Farrell, who loves a woman, but gets trapped 100 years in the future trying to find her.  He also has a really cool pet horse.  Oh, and Will Smith is in it, although he isn’t in the previews.  Yeah, the Will Smith.  More than likely to be similar to The Time Traveler’s Wife, Winter’s Tale may be another one to watch on Netflix, alone, at home, in your flannel jammies, a box of tissues, and not wearing your bra. – A

February 21 – Pompeii

Starring: Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning,

Pompeii could be a decent movie.  Don’t expect it to be timeless, but the poster is a little misleading.  The poster shows a lover’s embrace in front of the exploding volcano, maybe suggesting eternal love, no matter how creepy that really is.  But really, the preview makes it look like Dante’s Peak meets Spartacus.  Starring Kit Harrington, who also plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, Pompeii tells us the story of a Roman slave and gladiator who falls in love with a wealthy merchant’s daughter.  He must save her before the lava gets them; we probably know how that ends.  Well, maybe.  It’s genre is listed as “action/adventure”.  I have also read that the movie took so long to make not only because it is 3D, but also to make it historically accurate. I was really interested in the culture of Pompeii when I was younger, so that factual aspect really attracts me, but if it really is historically accurate, are the characters even worth getting attached to?  I’ll have to see it to find out. – A

February 21 – 3 Days to Kill

Starring: Kevin Costner, Amberd Heard, Hailee Steinfeld

Do you ever wish you had three whole days to do whatever you want?  For me – watch all the Star Wars films… three times…  While it’s not exactly the theme of 3 Days to Kill, it comes pretty close.  Ex-secret service agent, Ethan Runner (Kevin Costner), is pulled back into duty and given a special assignment.  To kill!!  His agreement to this killer task (PUN DROP) is given on the stipulation that his employers can cure a strange sickness plaguing Runner; a sickness that has left him with only three days to live!  Hence the “3 Days” to perform his task. Growing a budding bond between estranged father and daughter, conducting a killing spree and trying not to die of an unknown and crazy illness all within 3 days?!?!  Sounds like a movie to me!  Kevin Costner is making a comeback of sorts to the silver screen this year.  Following up from Shadow Recruit last month, Costner will play the lead in 3 Days to Kill and then star in Draft Day (stay tuned for April movie previews!), all following last year’s Man of Steel.  An acting veteran with this much energy in him is bound to deliver a good time on the big screen. – T

February 28- Non-Stop

Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore

Need a reason to see a thrilling movie this month?  Two words for you –  Liam Neesan.  One of Hollywood’s ultimate bad ass, action heroes will star in Non-Stop late this month.  As the plot goes, Bill Mark (Neeson), US air marshal, thinks it’s just another day in the life as he soars through the air on a transatlantic flight when he receives a perturbing text message from an unknown fellow passenger. The message – “I’m going to kill someone on this plane every 20 minutes.”  That is, unless Bill can wire $150 million into an offshore bank account before the flight lands.  Let the action roll.  As for us, the viewers, we’ll just kick back, eat some popcorn and watch Liam take us on yet another entertaining thrill ride.  This film brings a new and unexplored theme to the heist and thriller genre.  The Hush team is excited and in high anticipation for Non-Stop.  At the very least, it’ll be great to some sweet justice delivered by Qui-Gon Jinn.  It’s going to be the best airplane based movie since Snakes on a Plane!  (Only slightly joking…) – T

Written by Adrian PuryearSherif Elkhatib, Taylor Lowe and Robert Michael

So Far This Week… January 22, 2014

With the expansion of Hush Comics, we have decided to give bi-weekly news updates.  Anything we find news-worthy will be posted here every Wednesday and Sunday.  Have anything to add?  Post it in the comments!

So far this week…

Quickly following the release of the next DC Animated film which debuts in less than two weeks (February 4th), Justice League: War, it has been announced that an animated adaptation of Grant Morrison’s Batman & Son story titled Son of Batman will be released in the Spring of 2014. Chronicling the introduction of Damian Wayne, this will be a great addition to the DC Animated library. Check out the trailer below.

DC won’t be the only comic book company getting some animated love; Marvel will be releasing an anime-style movie called Marvel Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, coming straight to DVD on March 25 I’m really excited to see a darker animated film of two of the most brutal enforcers in the Marvel universe. You can find more details here or just check out the trailer below.

Everybody holding out hope that the open world bounty hunter game, Star Wars 1313, would still be produced after LucasArts was sold are going to be sorely disappointed. Disney has officially dropped the trademark on the game’s title, essentially dropping it in the sarlack pit for good. Wanna know more about this  game changer that could have been? Click here.

Don’t be too down in the dumps, Star Wars nerds! There have been heavy talks about a Boba Fett spin-off film. Only thing is, he might not be the Fett you grew up with. If you’re intrigued by Lawrence Kadsan’s (acclaimed Star Wars producer) alteration of the great bounty hunter, check this out.

In an amazing show of love, a couple in Denmark have crafted a table-top version of a Mass Effect reaper, a world destroying drone for the popular science-fiction video-game. It’s terribly realistic, which does the nearly month-long construction justice. You can learn more about this couple and their pet drone here.

It’s a LEGO’opoly out there! LEGO and Marvel have once again teamed up to come out with LEGO sets (and assumed videogame connection) for Captain America: Winter SoldierAmazing Spiderman 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, the latter of which will be released in August, right in time for the film. You’d think will all these sets coming out that the price would decrease.

In comics news, Dr. Who will be finding himself a new home after leaving IDW Comics (home to some of our favorite independent comics like TMNT, Samurai Jack and Locke & Key) for a lesser known Titan Comics, ending a six-year run with IDW. We’re not sure how we feel about it, but check the facts and let us know how you feel.

It’s been a while since Bruce Willis has blown something up in a futuristic sci-fi thriller (uh, you mean like in Looper?). This film, titled Vice, portrays a society where people are allowed to take out primal urges on androids. Complications arise when one of the androids becomes self-aware. There are more details here.

The script for a new Fantastic Four film, slated to release in June 2015, has been finished, with casting to begin within a month. I might be the only one who thinks Marvel is beating a dead horse with the FF franchise, but I am excited at the prospect of Michael B. Jordan (The WireFruitvale Station) playing the Human Torch. Those interested should check out this article.

So if the New 52 Justice League International didn’t work out, and the current Justice League of America isn’t working out… the next logical step is to release Justice League: Canada, right? DC Comics logic has me confused. It’s since been renamed Justice League United, and features another ensemble cast of lesser-known DC characters. Check out our reviews when this book drops April 23rd.

New trailers have been released for Maleficent and 300: Rise of an Empire, both of which are on our ‘must see’ list for 2014.

Quentin Tarantino is PISSED! Somebody leaked his finished script for what was supposed to be his next film, a Western titled The Hateful Eight. The leak caused him to go on a Pulp Fiction-esque rant, the entirety of which can be found here.

Miniature Dollhouse reunion, you say?!  It’s true!  You can watch the trailer for Lust for Love starring Franz Kranz, Dichen Lachman, Enver Gjokaj and Felicia Day right here.  Then you can squeal about Whedonverse.

Check back on Sunday to get a new round-up!

Written by Sherif Elkhatib

Weekend Wrap-up… January 19, 2014

With the expansion of Hush Comics, we have decided to give bi-weekly news updates.  Anything we find news-worthy will be posted here every Wednesday and Sunday.  Have anything to add?  Post it in the comments!

So far this week…

Let’s go ahead and start with some pretty awesome local news; Peyton Manning has led the Denver Broncos to Super Bowl XLVIII, where they will face off with the Seattle Seahawks. Catch a recap of the game here.

The Oscar nominations for 2014 are out. Some of our movies got screwed, others got praised. Check the list out here and tell us how pissed about them you are. Note: Tom Hanks, Monsters University and Fruitvale Station all deserved some love.

DC’s Batman Eternal, a weekly release in honor of Batman’s 75th Anniversary, will see the return of a sorely missed Stephanie Brown (beloved, blonde, Batgirl), who is yet to make a New 52 debut. Get an exclusive preview of the first four issues here.

Don’t Look Back! The mid-season premiere for Season 4 of The Walking Dead is out. We have tons of predictions where our wayward travels will go after the fallout of the mid-season finale. Check it out here.

The sequel to Man of Steel, tentatively named Batman vs. Superman, has been delayed until May 6, 2016, where it will go against an “untitled Marvel movie” in the box office. Power play or tactical retreat? Check out the details here.

If you’re not excited for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, you might have to check your nerd pulse. Here’s a couple posters to ogle at while you wait for the May 2nd release date, courtesy of Sony Pictures.

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As Forever Evil wraps up in the DC Comics world, we see the induction of Lex Luthor into the Justice League, coining the term Injustice League, a callback to the late 1980’s team. Along those lines, the original Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, makes his New 52 debut. Check out a very vague preview here.

Don’t everybody jump at once, but the main role in a 1984-inspired movie called Equals has been awarded to Kristen Stewart after Jennifer Lawrence passed on it. If you’re as skeptical as we are, maybe this article can persuade you to think that it will be okay… just like everybody else.

Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are best buds now, because they are now in talks, with rapper Q-Tip, to produce a television drama based on the 90’s Native Tongues movement. Native Tongues is a collection of progressive Hip-Hop artists. There’s not a lot of information on it, but here is a link with a bit more detail. I personally can’t wait for more news on this, so we will keep you in the loop as things progress.

Don’t think SHOWTIME ruined Dexter quite enough? Well there’s rumor of a possible “spin-off,” but only if it stars Michael C. Hall, Dexter himself. You never know; it couldn’t possibly be worse than the finale. Find out more here.

HALO nerds can finally escape Siri and her limited functionality for Cortana, the sexy blue-skinned AI from the games. Beginning in April, all new Microsoft Lumia phones will comes equipped with this new voice assistant. Read this article and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the next Jaoquin Phoenix (from Her).

I’m starting to get the vibe that Scott Synder is just a creepy dude – and that’s okay. The writer of BatmanThe Wake and American Vampire is penning a new horror series titled Wytches. Find out more about this series, debuting later this year with image Comics. If you’re interested, peep this exclusive interview Synder had with Hero Complex.

Bad-ass women will have something to cheer for, as Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger is getting her own television series. Talks have progressed, and writers have already been brought on (bonus points for hiring Whedon-verse writers!). The series will follow Carter as she rises through the ranks after the events of First Avenger. Here are some more details.

The creative team behind Batman, Incorporated, Chris Burnham (artist) and Grant Morrison (writer), are back in an image Comics horror book titled Nameless. Not a whole lot of detail has been released, but both Burnham and Morrison have admitted that the series gives them the “heebie-jeebies.” Image Comics sure is bringing the pain with horror series!

What a way to wrap up the week. Check back in with us Wednesday for more news bytes!

written by Sherif Elkhatib

So Far This Week… January 15, 2014

With the expansion of Hush Comics, we have decided to give bi-weekly news updates.  Anything we find news-worthy will be posted here every Wednesday and Sunday.  Have anything to add?  Post it in the comments!

So far this week…

The Golden Globes happened.  American Hustle and Breaking Bad won, and thats all that really matters.  Check out the full list of winners here.

Peter Parker will finally be back in the Amazing Spider-Man re-launch.  Read more here.

The Razzie nominations have been announced.  Ouch.  Get the gist here.

The CW is going to air a Labyrinth mini-series.  80’s babies rejoice!  Read about that here.

Arrow, Chozen and Archer all premiered this week.  Haven’t seen them?  Well, we don’t have a link for that.  But you should set up your DVR.  Seriously.

Under the Dome has a premiere date for the summer.  Check out the info here.

Wally West makes his return in The Flash Annual #3.  Excited?  Not excited?  Don’t know who Wally West is?  Brush up here.

The Batman TV series from the 1960’s is coming to DVD.  Read about it here, then get ready to binge watch onomatopoeias.

Comic-Con International announced 20 more guests today including Jim Fucking Lee.  Read about the others here.

There is gonna be a Magic: The Gathering film.  Nerds of them all rejoice.  Read about it over here.

Michael Douglas is now playing Ant-Man.  Is Rudd out?  Find out here.

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker will be in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Don’t know who that is?  Read about it here.

Fox is going to do a television series called Gotham based on the younger years of Bruce Wayne.  Interested?  Check out more here.

The Last of Us DLC gets a release date.  Find out when here.

There is going to be a Veronica Mars web series.  Lots of shows from 10 years ago are getting love lately.  This is good news for mid-twenty somethings everywhere.  Read the details here.

NBC greenlit a Constantine pilot.  Don’t remember the flick from 2005?  Jog your memory here.

X-Men‘s Nightcrawler is getting his own comic series due out in April.  Check out some rough sketches here.

Marvel Knights: Wolverine vs. Sabretooth released yesterday.  Order your copy here.

 

Wow!  That about sums it up, for now.  It’s only Wednesday and the nerd world is a-boomin’!  Check back on Sunday to get a new round-up!

written by Adrian Puryear

 

 

Hush Comics Best of Worst of 2013: Volume Two

Volume Two: Best of 2013 Movies. Did Despicable Me 2 make you hi-five a fully grown man? Did you feel like Pacific Rim was lacking in the global destruction department? Was Michael Shannon your villain of the year? A fancy-pants bunch of nerds discuss these issues and much more in this episode of our Year End Review filmed at the Buntport Theater in Denver. Happy New Year! Enjoy and leave a comment.

Hush Comics Best of Worst of 2013: Volume One

Ever wanted to know what we all sound like in a room together?  Get a taste with Volume One of our Year End Review 2013!

 

 

Hush Comics featured on Nick Furious’ Podcast!

Hush Comics was featured last night on Nick Furious’ podcast Rips and Raps.  Nick Furious is an emcee based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out last night’s show at the link below!

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The Walking Dead Review “Too Far Gone” S4E8

“Too Far Gone” .  Battles were fought.  Some won and some lost.

If you don’t want to know the specifics of those winners and losers, then for the love of whatever God you pray to, don’t read ahead.  In fact, if you haven’t seen the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead don’t go on the internet.  Just don’t internet.

The episode starts with The Governor giving his big campaign-style speech about how they all need to take the prison.  He becomes a voiceover for himself as he abducts Hershel and Michonne from the prison gates.  He explains to his groups that their territory isn’t safe, the prison is and that the people who currently live in the prison killed his daughter and the town of Woodbury.  Once Tara, his lover’s sister, says she’s “in” the others join in.  What sheep.  How can so many groups of people be sheep in this world? I suppose it is one of the points of this series.  Meanwhile, his lover, Lilly, is the only one who questions his actions and motives.  He has already admitted that he kidnapped two people from the prison.  Yet, he believes his sweet-talking works on her, but it will prove him fatal.

The Governor holds Michonne and Hershel in an RV as his personal inmates. He talks to them and Hershel tries to convince him that they can all live in the prison.  The Governor tells them they won’t get hurt, but they can’t all live together. At one point, Hershel calls Philip “Governor” and he is very quick to order Hershel not to call him that.  It seems so odd that he is promising them they won’t be hurt when we all know they are bargaining chips yet he doesn’t want to be called by the name he deserves to go by.  The two golden nuggets of this scene were The Governor telling Hershel, “You’re a good man; a better man than Rick” and Michonne telling The Governor, “I’m gonna kill you.”  Oh, Michonne.  What a clairvoyant.

michonne gonna kill

The Governor has the group packing up for war as he leaves behind Lilly and Meghan. Lilly wants to just move somewhere by water since it seems safer.  The evil mastermind says his goodbyes to Meghan, who is making make believe peanut butter sandwiches out of red mud.  The Governor picks her up in his arms as if she is his own.  He believes that her legacy for the world will be to be alive.  We know that children who can’t protect themselves can’t stay alive.  The Governor does not know this yet.

Back at the prison, Maggie and a healing Glenn have cute couple banter.  Their anniversary is coming up.  Sometime.  Daryl and Rick discuss Carol’s ousting.  Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the entire talk, just Daryl’s mediocre reaction to it.  When Rick says he was worried about Tyreese’s reaction to Carol, Daryl threatens too late he would have taken care of it.  Daryl and Carol forever.  Sasha thanks Bob for helping save her life by treating her with meds.  He still feeling bad about life, probably the alcohol incident.  He was staring at and holding a shoe box.  What is in that box?  We will have to wait until February to find out.  Tyreese approaches Rick and Daryl before they approach him.  He found another rat that had been ripped apart, but by a human.  Right as Rick is about to tell Tyreese the “truth” about Carol (there is much debate in the Hush household about whether Carol really killed Karen) the prison gets hit by something big enough to rattle the concrete.  Rick and the rest run outside and are encountered with The Governor and his crew with the tank.  The Governor wants to talk and Rick tells him there is now a counsel.  When Rick is presented with the bargaining chips of Michonne and Hershel, who are brought out on there knees, it becomes clear that one if not both of them will be killed.  Comic book readers immediately know what is going to happen.  Clearly Rick in the TV series has not read the comics because he says, and I quote, “I don’t make decisions anymore.”  Uh, what?  Obviously there is a counsel for the poor decisions that were made but this seems a little more urgent than just throwing your hands up and saying, “Nope.  Uh-uh.”  But of course The Governor lets him know what is what and responds, “You’re making decisions today.”  Gulp.

The Governor music bangs loudly. Alisha stands behind Hershel and proves what a sheep she is.  Rick hugs Carl and walks down to the gate to have the chat.  As they start, Daryl begins to hand out the weapons to the group and conduct a plan for escape.  As Rick tries to negotiate, we see that the prison watchtower is ablaze from the tank.  The Governor and Rick go back and forth about who owns the prison, whether they can live together, that there doesn’t need to be violence.  Yada yada.  Negotiations cannot be made.  Did anyone else notice that Michonne has a band-aid on her forehead from getting pistol whipped?  Hershel must have found it in the RV.  What a sweetie.

Lilly sits by the river in a lawn chair.  She sees a walker on the other side and he adeptly makes it through the water considering he is lifeless.  “Mommy, can you please help me dig?’ Meghan calls out.  It is then that I knew Meghan was a goner.  If anyone digs in this world, it is for graves.  Meghan is still playing in the red mud and finds a sign that reads “WARNING: FLASH FLOOD AREA”  Just as she is able to read the sign, a hand reaches out of the mud from below her, in true zombie horror movie fashion.  The buried walker rises from the dead and takes a big bite from the little blonde-haired girl.  Take note blondies, dye your hair before the apocalypse because your future is bleak.

horror movie zombie

Back at the stand-off, some walkers approach The Governor’s group.  He shoots them, though not adeptly, but they die evenutally.  Carl and Daryl aim for fire in the background and Carl talks big game.  Daryl calms him down.  Two of the little girls from Carol’s Knifefighting Academy carry baby Judith in a baby seat.  Lizzie tells the other girls that they should all have guns.  I would not want her on my island if it was just us.  But in an crisis, she is kind of smart.  Back at the non-negotiation, Rick tells The Governor that without the fences, the prison is worthless.  “We can all live in the prison, or none of us can.”  This was all The Governor needed.  He jumps down from the tank, grabs Michonne’s kitana, and puts it up to Hershel’s neck.  hershel with sword

Rick calls upon Tara aka “you in the ponytail” and asks if this is what she really wants.  Mitch chimes in saying they want what he (Rick) has.  Considering his brother was just stabbed in the back, he is such a dick.  Rick tells the group about having the people of Woodbury as their leaders in the prison and that they can be one of them now.  “We can still come back.  We’re not too far gone. I know we all can change.”

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Hershel smiles at Rick ever so slightly, motioning that all those talks and pieces of advice had finally worked for the shows hero.  The Governor does not like Rick’s speech.  He snarls “LIAR” and slices Hershel’s neck with the kitana.  Is this a direct reference to the labels we saw in the last episode?  It would be great writing if it was.

The slow motion reactions of the group to Hershel’s death are palpable.  Maggie and Beth scream with no sound.  Choosing this effect worked so well for the emotion of the scene.  Rick screams, draws and fires his gun.  Michonne quickly rolls behind the cars of The Governor’s group to get out of the way of the gun fire.  Both groups are aiming for anybody they can.  Hershel isn’t fully dead, which is hard to watch him wiggle on the ground with half his neck detached.  Michonne gets out of her restraints.  The Governor takes her sword and begins to literally hack Hershel’s head off his neck.  For a split second, it seems that he is maybe stopping a zombie head from coming to life, but it is really just The Governor being a sick and twisted fuck head.  Ces’t la vie.

As the Governor gets done practicing his slicing skills, he looks up to see Lilly carrying a deceased Meghan.  He runs towards them.  Tara hides behind a truck and is panicking.  Alisha, her lover, tries to calm her down, but Tara brings up probably the most valid point ever said in The Walking Dead, “He chopped a guy’s head off with a sword!”  That sums following people for the sake of it pretty damn well.  The Governor takes Meghan’s lifeless body from her mother’s arms and shoots her in the head before she reanimates.  He has no emotion on his face.  He comes back to the group and commands them to all go for the prison and “Kill them all!” an iconic panel for comic fans.

kill them all

From the time Hershel is so brutally murdered to the time The Governor orders the raid on the prison is only 3 minutes of screen time.  All this happens in 3 minutes.  Just soak that in for a minute.

The tank takes down the gates the prison, and really, who else thinks this is really dumb?  The Governor was able to convince them to go to the prison to take it as theres.  By running the gates down, the Prison has no use.  And then.. oh Jesus, and then, they start blowing holes in the prison walls with the tank.  Uh, what?  The one command of “Kill them all” was really enough to make a fairly peaceful group of Winnebago dwellers go all Full Metal Jacket?  Well I guess for the sake of time left in the episode it was.  But holes in the prison walls is not really a safe habitat for the RVers now.  The RVers shoot there way in as The Governor rears the back.  Beth and Maggie stop shooting and run to the bus.  Maggie instructs Beth to get everyone on the bus while she gets Glenn because “we all got jobs to do.”  Oh now they are gonna make me cry, pulling out Hershel’s advice not moments after he died.

When The Governor finally makes it to the gates of the prison, Rick attacks him and starts punching him in the face.  A lot.  It’s awesome.  They engage in fist-a-cuffs for a while and neither of them are in good shape.  Random people from both sides are shot.  Maggie and Glenn get to the bus and find Beth missing.  Beth was going to find Judith, so Maggie leaves to look for Beth.  Daryl is surrounded.  On one side, he has crazy Neo-Governors shooting at him and on the other side he has walkers.  But did anyone really think Daryl would go down like that?  Nope.  He uses one of the walkers as a body shield to be able to approach the real killers and throw a good ole grenade their way.  Bob gets hit by a bullet in the shoulder and just then, the bus takes off.  Sasha says, “We’ll figure it out.”  Clearly, she has missed a bus or two before.  Tyreese is ganged up on by Alisha, who apparently is cool with guys getting their heads chopped off.  He jumps in the garden and BAM, Lizzie and her kid sister are holding guns.

little ba girls

They shot Alisha.  The clearly graduated from Knife School.  They run off and Tyreese tells them to go the other way.

The Governor is now on top of Rick strangling him.  He is inches away from death when:

gov gets it

FUCK YES Michonne!  She skewered him.  She fucking skewered him.  Best female character on TV right now.  And she just watches him writhe in pain.

Rick gets up and goes to look for Carl.  Daryl throws a grenade in Mitch’s tank.  Shit blows up.  Daryl shoots Mitch with an arrow.  Beth runs to Daryl.  She couldn’t find the kids, but Daryl tells her they need to go. Rick yelps for Carl and is then approached by walkers. Carl takes them out and he and his father hug.  They go to look for Judith and instead find a bloodied baby seat.  A little too bloodied to be from somebody picking her up out of the seat, but not too bloodied to have been a plate full of zombie finger food..  It does not look good for Lil Asskicker.  A walker approaches and Carl shoots it too much and then he finally cries. And not just any cry, but a sad, sad cry. Like a Jennifer Lawrence Hunger Games cry.  He and Rick walk away.

As The Governor fights for life, Lilly approaches him and shoots him in the head just as he shot her daughter.  A hoard of walkers enter the prison, one stepping on the white chess piece.  The King is dead.

stepping on the king

Rick and Carl are in the hills beyond the prison.  Rick tells his son, “Don’t look back.”

rick and carl dont look back

Wowza!  What an episode!  What a way to end!  So many cliffhangers.  The Governor is dead, but the rest of the group is in shambles.  At episode end, Glenn is with the bus, Daryl and Beth are together, Tyreese is alone, Sasha is with Bob, Maggie is alone and Rick and Carl are off in the woods.  Will they all come back together?  Will one of them stumble on Carol?  Will they join up with some of the RVers who feel badly?  The trailers hinted at some more comic book convergence, with Rick sick in the house alone with Carl. Another crazy thing is that Chandler Riggs is a growing boy. All the events in the books that occurred with him as a timid eight-year-old are now taking place with him as a pubescent young man with a deadly trigger finger. And where the hell is Carol?? We have to wait until February.  Oh, man.

Hush Comics gives “Too Far Gone” an A.  It was the best episode of the season thus far, but only because it was so full of action.  We finally have a dead Governor, but Hershel gone.  No more for our one-legged Summer Santa with the wisdom of a farmer.  Until February, fellow Dead Heads.

written by Adrian Puryear

Breaking Bad Review – “Felina” S5E16

I say this in all seriousness, if you are a fan of the series and have yet to watch the finale, do not read until you have watched the episode.

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It is our great delight to be writing our 100th post on the series finale of one of the greatest television shows ever made, Breaking Bad.  It is also bittersweet.  BrBa has been an inspiration to us here at Hush Comics to pursue our passion of pop-culture as well as any writing we do for our personal pleasure.  Now that it is really over, it is a little overwhelming that this chapter is closed.

At the beginning of the episode, Walt enters a Volvo that is unlocked.  Apparently, people in New Hampshire do not fear meth kingpins stealing their cars.  After he finds a screwdriver in the glove compartment, he unsuccessfully tries to start the ignition.  It is so bitter cold, and his coughing is much worse, so it is near impossible for his hands not to shake while he tries.  For a brief moment, police lights can be seen flashing past the snow-covered car he is sitting in.  He whispers to himself, “Just get me home.  I’ll do the rest.”  Walt has a definite plan in mind for what is going to happen in Albuquerque.  He takes the screwdriver to pull down the sun-visor and the keys fall into his hands.  When he starts the car, the song “El Paso” by Marty Robbins, whose cassette fell out of the glove compartment, plays.  The song refers to the narrator’s love, Felina.  You can read the lyrics here.

Walt arrives in New Mexico with the stolen Volvo and gets gasoline out in the desert.  He grabs some of his cancer medicine out of the trunk that is full of money (we assume he went back for the money still left in the cabin).  He then uses a pay phone to call someone named “Susan” claiming to be David from the New York Times.  He has already convinced her that he is writing an article on the Schwartz’.  The woman easily gives him their address after claiming he needs to get a photograph of them for the article.  Walt then looks down at this wrist, takes off the watch Jesse had given him a year earlier for his 51st birthday, and leaves it on the top of the pay phone.  As said on Talking Bad by Vince Gilligan himself, this was originally done for continuity purposes, as Walt is not wearing the watch in the flash forward scene at Denny’s.  But the “artsy-fartsy” explanation is that he is done with that part of his life, knowing what he is going to do in Albuquerque.

Gretchen and Elliott arrive home.  They are bickering about the difference between pizza and Thai food.  Their home’s entrance is so grandiose that they don’t even notice that Walt is waiting for them in the shadows.  As they enter their home, Walt follows them.  It is so creepy the way he easily allows himself into their house, just by hiding in the shadows.  The shot of him gently touching the wall was a brilliant showcase of Walt realizing what could have been his, had the circumstances been different.  He finds their collection of photos and picks up one of he and Elliott back when days were better.  Gretchen and Elliott make reference to having not been to Napa Valley in two years, which has been too long.  Ironically, our story started exactly two years ago.  Gretchen goes to turn on the fireplace and when she turns around, she sees Walt and screams.  Walt acknowledges the Schwartz’ and compliments their home.  Walt hold up the picture of he and Elliott and remarks on their view of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains.  This may be a geography error, since we assume they live in Santa Fe, and the Sangre de Cristos are in our home state of Colorado.  But the reference to the mountains named after the Blood of Christ are more important here.  The blood of Christ will play a major role in the following moments of the episode.  Walt compliments Gretchen on how she looked on Charlie Rose, giving a nod to the fact that Walt regrets not being with her in the end, perhaps.  He then asks them to walk to his car to show them something, a very eery invite from a man wanted in multiple murders.  Elliott raises a small knife at Walt, to which he responds with one of his final great Heisenberg lines, “Elliott, if we’re gonna go that way, you’ll need a bigger knife.”  Elliott promptly drops the knife.

Back at the Schwartz house, Gretchen and Elliott stack piles of cash on their coffee table.  Walt informs them the total is nine million dollars.  When they want to know where it came from, Walt demands they give the money to Walt Jr. on his 18th birthday, which is less than a year away.  He instructs them give it in the form of a trust fund.  It really is the smartest way to ensure his family gets some money.  He knows any other way and the government will take the money.  He also knows that the only people who won’t steal his money are the people who have more money.  Elliott and Gretchen reluctantly shake with Walt on the deal.  To ensure they will do as he has asked, he sends a signal out the window to two people who then set laser guns aiming for the couple.

gretchen and elliott

He tells them it cost him 200,000 dollars to hire the “two best hit-men west of the Mississippi.”  It seems so laughable he would use that term.  Only cowboys in old movies say west of the Mississippi.  Also, a thought ran through our heads… the two best hit-men cost ONLY 200,000 dollars?!  And then the way Walt touches their shoulders as he threatens them and Gretchen’s reaction made me root for the Heisenberg master mind behind this act. Notice that he also mentions that if they don’t give the money to Jr., that they could be anywhere and be shot.  He says Prague in a number of places he lists; Prague is the largest city in … the Czech Republic.  He ends his speech by telling them, “This is where you get to make it right.”  Walt clearly feels that they did him wrong and by giving the money to whom it belongs, they will redeem themselves.

Walt drives away from the house and the two hit-men run to Walt’s car.  Badger and Skinny Pete reveal themselves and hand their regular laser pointers to Walt.  When they question the morality of what they just did, Walt hands them their share of the $200,000.  Immediately, they say they are feeling better about what they just did.  Walt questions Jesse’s two best friends about the blue.  They genuinely think that Walt has continued to stay in the game.  Walt gets visibly upset that Jesse is still cooking; meanwhile, Skinny Pete and Badger are stunned he isn’t in Alaska, but proud of him for cooking, yet upset that he isn’t giving them any.  Aww.. I’m gonna miss those nerdy meth-heads.

Jesse is in a wood-working shop making a box.  He is being careful with his craftsmanship and takes a moment to sniff the final product.  He cares about the art, just as he once did with the meth.  Is Jesse like Jesus, a carpenter? Well he snaps back to reality when he realizes he is caught on his chain in the meth lab.  Walt is at Denny’s and we are in the scene we started the season in.  He arranges his bacon into the “52” and then goes to get his ricin.  He stands in his now empty living room and remembers when it was full of life at his 50th birthday party.  Hank tells him he should go on a ride along to get some “excitement in his life” and Walt responds “someday.”  Two years later, Walt has gotten most of the excitement he will ever get in his life.

Lydia enters the cafe in Albuquerque wearing her Christian Louboutin heels, rolling her very expensive luggage, and very unsuspecting that Heisenberg has been sitting there waiting for her.  She orders her standard chamomile tea with soy milk and looks for her package of Stevia in the sugar caddy.  I think everyone was rooting for the fact that this package of Stevia was different than most and just praying that bitch would get the ricin treatment.  Todd comes and sits down, attempting to compliment Lydia on her shirt..er… blouse.  She not so slyly slides the bag of money to him under the table, just as she had done with Walt at one point.  Walt then pulls up a chair to sit with them at their table.  I like this Walt.  He is so cavalier, he does not give a flying fuck if people are afraid of him or that he is just out in the open.   He seems to think that the methylamine is running low and can teach Todd a way to cook without it.  As he goes into a coughing fit, it is hard to believe him as a viewer.  We do know the truth, but it would seem that in real life, Walt is dying.  He says he needs money and Lydia, being afraid of being caught by the police, offers to have Walt talk to Jack.  When the waiter comes, Lydia shoos him from the table.  She asks for more Stevia.  Todd and Lydia agree they are not going to do business with him.  But little do either of them know, Walt has done his business with them both.  Lydia pours the Stevia in her tea and stirs her poison right into her drink of choice.  Being a schedule-oriented person isn’t always a positive thing.

Mmmm Mmmmm.. Ricin!
Mmmm Mmmmm.. Ricin!

In the New Mexico desert, Walt uses his science skills to build a motorized device to set the famed M-60 on.  It was so great to see the use of science and logic by Mr. White.  And it made me root for him again.  I don’t want to.  He is an evil and terrible man.  But we know he is going after the Aryan’s.  And we know he is smarter than they are.  And we just want him to beat them so badly.

We cut to a very small town home.   It has familiar furnishings: the painted photographs of Skyler and Walt Jr., the couch with the knitted afghan draped over the back, the china cabinet that used to sit in the living room of the White residence and the large wooden spoon that used to hang on the dividing wall in the kitchen.  The phone rings and Marie leaves a message asking Skyler to pick up the phone.  Noticeably, Marie is wearing white, much Skyler does in season 5b because the life has been sucked out of her. Skyler is smoking as Marie tells her that Walt is back in town, as the car he stole was found at Denny’s.  Marie says that Carol, their old neighbor, or was it Becky, saw him at the house and he looked like the Unibomber.  There are calls about his “manifesto” being made to several different agencies.  It is hard to believe that Walt is making these calls, as he seems preoccupied, but it is plausible because it would throw the police off so he can carry out his plan. Marie’s house is being watched as is Flynn’s school.  Skyler is warned that her house is probably being watched, too.   Marie says that she knows watching the houses is what Hank would do.  As annoying as she can be, she is still a good wife to Hank.  She then goes on and on about how dumb Walt is and how he isn’t a mastermind.  Blah Blah Blah.  But he is.

The next scene is one of the most beautifully shot out of the whole episode.  Behind the wooden post, Walt stands waiting for her to finish her phone call.  Skyler lets him know he has five minutes.  He is wearing his favorite outfit, a green button-up with khakis and his beige jacket.  Skyler lights up a second cigarette, her great coping mechanism, commenting on how Walt looks, terrible.  The camera pans and we can see Skyler’s face reflected in the microwave with the smoke flitting over it.  I wish Vince Gilligan had never admitted it was a happy accident because the symbolism of her fading away in the smoke was the perfect touch on this good-bye.  Walt tells her that he wanted a proper goodbye, not their last phone call.  Calling your wife a stupid bitch probably isn’t the best way to end things. She asks if he is turning himself in and he says, “They’ll be coming to me” solidifying the hope that the gun is going to do some serious damage.  Skyler expresses her fear of the people who came and threatened the family. Walt assures her that they aren’t coming back, after “tonight.”  “What happens tonight?” Haven’t we all been wondering that for years now?  Walt hands her the lottery ticket with the coordinates of the desert on it.  He tells her what to say to the DEA.  He tells her what really happened to Hank and Steve and that they are buried where the money used to be.  Walt tells her to use the ticket to get herself a deal with the prosecutor.  Walt and Skyler’s next exchange is the best of the episode and could be added to the best quotes list.

“Skyler, all the things that I did, you need to understand..”

“If I have to hear one more time that you did this for the family..”

i was alive

It is the first time Skyler ever gets the truth from him.  And it was the first time Walt admitted it to himself.  As the camera pans back, the wooden pillar divides the two, showing the wedge that has always existed between the two.

walt and skylerWalt then asks to see Holly.  How gut-wrenching to see this man rub his child’s head for the last time, knowing that he never really was a part of her life.  Cops are waiting outside of the town house.  Flynn exits the school-bus, noticeably not the Dodge Challenger.  Walt watches Flynn enter the home through the glass of a nearby window. It seems so gutsy of him to be out in the open with the police nearby looking for him specifically.

Walt pulls up to the Aryan’s headquarters for his meeting with Jack.  Kenny comes out and admires the Cadillac that Walt picked up at the Denny’s lot from Lawson.  Kenny directs Walt to the “clubhouse”, but Walt carefully parks his own way, despite Kenny’s protests.  The Aryan’s come out to greet Walt in a not so friendly way and take his keys and wallet.  They ask him to lift his shirt to show he isn’t wearing a wire.  I was surprised that Walt wasn’t more emaciated.  He asks for his things back, but they don’t budge.  A lookout is told to stay outside.  Inside, Jack comments on Walt’s hair, and Walt’s things are thrown onto the pool table.  Walt asks if Jack knows why he is there, but declines to do business with Walt.  Jack lets Walt know that Lydia sends them small amounts of methylamine and the system is fine. Todd tells Walt that he shouldn’t have come back, referring to him as “Mr. White” still.  As the men decide to take Walt outside to murder him, Walt brings up that he knows Jesse is still alive.  Instead of killing him, he is now their partner.  It is a little unclear whether Walt truly thinks he is their partner or prisoner.  Either way, the use of the word partner sets Jack off.  Jack wants to know where “the rat” is.  A good reference for how many viewers have been feeling about Jesse because he has been a snitch.  Todd tells him he is finishing a batch and goes to get Jesse.  Jack makes his fatal flaw by being an arrogant son-of-a-bitch.  He is going to prove “how wrong” Walt is.  This is a proven way to die in recent history with Walt, but to each is own.  Jack then says that he will put a bullet in Walt’s head.  Todd and Jesse come back to the clubhouse and in the time the rest are waiting, Walt makes a move for his keys, clearly the trigger for the machine gun waiting in his trunk.  Just when the door opens, he his able to grab his keys. Jesse comes in full view of Walt, and, out of the two, is the one who looks truly terrible.  His face is badly scarred, his hair is long and matted and he looks very scared.  He looks at Walt as Jack mockingly calls him his partner and then quickly looks away.  In the background, Kenny reclines in a massaging chair, making for very annoying noises.  Walt lunges at Jesse landing on top of him on the ground.  To the Aryan’s, he looks mad, but really he is the sacrificial lamb to save jesse from what is about to ensue.  He pushes the remote for the keys and the machine gun goes off.  In one of his most epic moments, the Heisenberg sets off the machine gun that kills all but two of the Aryan gang.  The whole scene seems to last forever as the M-60 goes off, and in the process seems to hit Walt. The bullets go back and forth and as the gun stops, there is a line of bullet holes along the homes exterior.  In the ceiling to floor shot inside, we see Kenny’s dead body still being bounced on the recliner, calling back to Jesse’s hydraulics’ in the season 2 Tuco shootout. Walt rolls off Jesse and Todd goes to look outside, because lets face it, he is NOT SMART.

mr white gun in your carHe calls “Mr. White?!” and Jesse comes up behind him strangling him to a slow and miserable death with the chains he’s been locked in for months, finally breaking his neck.  It was so reminiscent of how Walt killed Krazy-8 in season 1.  If you weren’t screaming “Yeah, Bitch!” and clapping, you’re a robot, and an evil one at that.  Walt picks up a gun and approaches Jack.  Jack puts a cigarette in his mouth and tells Walt that if he kills him he’ll never find his…. BAM.  Walt shot him in the head first.  The blood splatters on the camera and we know that this isn’t about Walt’s money.

jack dies He turns and faces jesse.  Walt slides the gun to him and Jesse aims it at his head.  When Jesse hears him say “I want this,” he drops the gun and tells him to do it himself.  As Jesse said in “Confessions” he will never do what Walt tells him to again, and he doesn’t.  A ringtone calling “Lydia, oh Lydia” is heard and Walt approaches Todd’s pocket.  Walt answers telling Lydia that he has poisoned her using her own Stevia and his ricin.  She is left alone in her room with her sick face and humidifier.  Walt exits the house and looks on at Jesse.  They give each other a small nod, the yep only desperados can give each other.  Jesse gets in Jack’s car and speeds away, half crying, half laughing.  As he drives away, Walt opens his jacket, showing the blood from the wound he did receive in his side.

jesse free

Walt then enters the meth lab. He taps the pressure gauge.  He walks and finds a gas mask.  He is reminiscing on the one thing he was perfect at in his life. He looks at his reflection in the pressure cooker, as he has done so many times in his time as The Cook.  In that reflection, we see the cop cars approaching.  He touches the cooker and as his hand slips away, his bloody handprint is left.

blood on the cookerHe falls to the floor and we see his blank, dead stare.  He lays dead with his arms out and the police slowly surround him as the song “Baby Blue” plays.  Was Walt Jesus, as he posed like in the final scene?  Hardly.  Remember, Mr. White is the Devil.  But the way he died, it was on his own terms, and he was able to save the only family he had left.  A friend of ours mentioned that Walt looked more like Leonardo DiVinci’s Vitruvian man.  Walt is every man and every man is Walt.  We are all capable of being heinous people, yet we are also capable of being our best selves.  Dying in the meth lab after saving Jesse, letting Skyler off the hook and giving his money to Walt Jr. was Walter White at his best self.

walt is dead

It’s hard to grade perfection, but we will give what is the only grade to give:

Hush Comics gives Breaking Bad’s“Felina” an A+.  There was no other way for the great Heisenberg to die but than to die in a meth lab. There was no other way for Todd to die but for Jesse to choke the life out of him.  Bringing the episode full circle, from the classic green shirt to allusions of the past.  It was the perfect end to a very imperfect chapter in the lives of those effected.

written by Adrian Puryear and Sherif Elkhatib