Archive for October, 2014

Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the third episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, “Four Walls and a Roof”. Will the Hunters spell the end of Bob? Or will the Hunters become the hunted? Exactly how badass is Rick? And is it time to repaint the church?

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 3 “Four Walls and a Roof” at length, as well as referring to events in previous episodes.>>

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Episode: 503
Airdate: October 26, 2014
Directed by: Jeffrey F. January
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: TBD (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Bob was left in something of a tricky situation last week – no leaving his plight on the back-burner, as it were. Gareth and his group of remaining Termites, the self-described Hunters, will need to be confronted, lest Rick and the gang go the way of Bob’s left leg. So how are they going to get out of this one? Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E03, “Four Walls and a Roof” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Exciting news for our new podcast – it’s up and live on the iTunes Store, which makes it a lot easier to subscribe and download our latest episodes. If you want to listen and subscribe, click through on the link below:

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Dan and I will be recording several shows in the near future, including our ongoing weekly podcasts covering The Walking Dead, as well as other shows and media. Coming soon: our take on the series premiere of NBC’s new DC Comics crossover, Constantine.

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Episode: 503
Airdate: October 26, 2014
Directed by: Jeffrey F. January
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: TBA

This week’s episode, titled “Four Walls and a Roof,” may at first seem to hint at a new attempt at domesticity coming up for Rick and the gang; but I seem to remember hearing an old saying that goes something like: “Four walls and a roof do not a home make.” For the survivors, home is wherever they are, so long as they’re together. And with the events of last week, with three of them no longer in the fold, home is not feeling particularly safe at the moment. Click through for a look at this week’s preview trailer, as well as some of my observations on where we’re heading.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 3 “Four Walls and a Roof” includes promotional material from AMC, and will speculate on future events.>>
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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the second episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead. What is Father Gabriel’s secret? Is Judith the new leader of the group? And how best to utilize all the parts of a person when preparing them for dinner.

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 2 “Strangers” at length, as well as referring to events in previous episodes.>>

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Episode: 502
Airdate: October 19, 2014
Directed by: David Boyd
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Robert Kirkman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Last week’s season premiere was a fast paced adrenaline rush, bringing to a culmination all of the tension built up over the latter half of last season as the group, separated into smaller parts, converged on Terminus. Now, with the group back together and moving away from the cannibals, where are they going to go next? Abraham has a pretty clear idea where he thinks they should be going, but he’s not the only voice that will be heard. So what, if anything, have they decided to do?

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E02, “Strangers” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 502
Airdate: October 19, 2014
Directed by: David Boyd
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Robert Kirkman

Last week’s season opener was a stunning hour (or 42 minutes, really) of thrills and non-stop action, definitely in my top 3 episodes of all time – and perhaps my favorite. If you’d like to know more about my take, check out my review here, or find a link to my new podcast with my friend and fellow viewer Dan here.

So, after such an explosive start, how do Scott Gimple and co. intend to follow up? It would be impossible, both from a special effects budget perspective and because of the potential long-term damage to the hearts of fans due to adrenaline overdose, to try to continue at the same pace established last week. The producers will likely tone things back several notches, and allow us all to take a collective breath after the exciting events at Terminus. Click through after the break for a look at the Preview video and some early pictures released by AMC this week.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 2 “Strangers” includes promotional material from AMC, and will speculate on future events.>>
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Episode: 105
Airdate: October 10, 2014
Directed by: Luis Prieto
Showrunner: Karl Schaefer
Written by: Dan Merchant

What do you do when you’re a production company with a relatively small budget in the zombie wars, and you’re known better for shows specializing in cheese, sharks, and tornadoes? You add cheese and tornadoes, of course. Sharks might help this show as well, but for now, we’ll take two out of three – but unlike what Meatloaf told us years ago, sometimes two out of three is still kind of bad. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review will discuss S01E05 of Z Nation, “Home Sweet Zombie,” including direct references to plot points and events in the episode.>>
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My good friend Dan and I have decided to share our love of good (and sometimes not-so-good) television by recording a new podcast. We realized that there was a dearth of such things in the world, and not wanting to miss being on the cutting edge, we’ve decided to trailblaze. Call us innovators, if you will. (Okay, I realize that we’re about five years too late to be starting a podcast, but then again, I was ten years too late to be starting a blog, so…)

This is our first attempt, and I would really appreciate any feedback you’d be willing to share with Dan and I: positive, negative, or indifferent, or even tips from any of you who have experience with podcasts. We’re hoping to do one a week through the run of The Walking Dead, and we want to improve as we move forward. We had a lot of fun doing this – we hope you enjoy it as well.

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 1 “No Sanctuary” at length, as well as referring to events in previous seasons.>>

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Episode: 501
Airdate: October 12, 2014
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

While last season opened with something of a whimper, full of foreshadowing and suggestion, tonight’s Season 5 premiere was all about the bang. From beginning to end, it was a non-stop adrenaline rush, as the action never seemed to let up. And the episode ended with a very big reveal, and one that gives a hint as to where things will be heading. Season 4 was perhaps the most consistently solid season of The Walking Dead so far, so Season 5 has some big shoes to fill; if tonight was any indication, they’re starting off on the right foot – it should be a fun ride. Click through after the break to read my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E01, “No Sanctuary” – read more at your own risk.>>
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