Archive for November, 2014

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Steve and Dan discuss events from the seventh episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, “Crossed”. This week, Steve and Dan are late, drunk, and simmering with rage. We talk yo-yos, plot-holes, and telepathic Bob.

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 7 “Crossed” at length, as well as referring to events in previous episodes.>>

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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the sixth episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, “Consumed”. This week, Steve and Dan discuss flashbacks, fire, and why Noah is a little bit of a douche. No dolphins were harmed in the recording of this episode. Tune in to hear more.

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6 “Consumed” at length, as well as referring to events in previous episodes.>>

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Episode: 506
Airdate: November 16, 2014
Directed by: Seith Mann
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Tonight’s episode answers several of our questions, questions that have been building throughout the early part of this season, and answers that are clearly leading Rick and the group to a big confrontation in the mid-season finale coming in only two weeks. This was another focus episode, taking place apart from the main group, but its events will have a huge impact going forward. 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 S05E06, “Consumed” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 506
Airdate: November 16, 2014
Directed by: Seith Mann
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Corey Reed

While the first three episodes of Season 5 of The Walking Dead provided a tight, focused storyline including pretty much the entire group (save for Beth), the last two episodes have gone further afield, as they have focused on people taken or otherwise departed from the group. Right now, if we consider all of the different PoV characters out there, there are actually four separate storylines sprung from that one single, cohesive story that we began with (with, of course, the mystery around Beth in the background). And if you consider the stinger from Episode 501, there is potentially a fifth. I’m pretty sure that this week we’ll see two, possibly three of those storylines reunited, leading us into the last two episodes of the first half of the season, and the inevitable big finish that we’re all expecting. Click through for my take on where we’re heading this week.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 6 “Consumed” includes promotional material from AMC, discusses recent episodes, and will speculate on future events.>>
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How many?

How many?

The last month and a half has been a particularly busy one for me, and as a result, I’ve fallen behind in my reviews of all the shows I’ve been covering, save for The Walking Dead. This happens about three times a year (the nature of teaching at a semester-based college – is there any other kind?), and while I’ve usually been able to catch up, some semesters take longer than others (in fact, as I was going through my notes this morning, I realized that I haven’t actually written up a review for one episode of Game of Thrones from last season – talk about overdue!). The good news (for me) is that I’ve been mostly keeping up on the viewing – it’s just the actual writing that needs to be done.

Just a few notes to help me catch up...

Just a few notes to help me catch up…

Over the next month or so, I’m going to be doing my best to catch up on my reviews, one show at a time, until I’m back up-to-date on all counts. This will mean that there will be “new” reviews being posted that are actually of old shows. You’re welcome to read them, but I understand if you don’t – they’re there more or less because I want to have complete seasons posted for when, eventually, I begin to archive posts on this blog.

So please bear with me for a bit longer – I will be catching up on all the shows I review. I’ll be beginning with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is having a strong second season so far; doing Z Nation next, which is a show I love to hate; following that with Forever which, while not as strong as Agents, is still a fun little procedural with a twist; moving on to Gotham, which has been getting progressively better as it grows; and finishing off with old reviews from the summer that I simply never got to (for The Leftovers and The Last Ship). I’ve also been taking notes on Constantine, as I had high hopes for it – unfortunately, it’s never quite lived up to those hopes, and looks as though it might be cancelled shortly – I may or may not get to those notes last.

And as always: thanks for reading!

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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the fifth episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, “Self Help”. This week, Steve and Dan over-analyze mullets, Eugene’s choice of reading material, and Abraham’s “dolphin-smooth” buttocks. Will Abraham find Eugene’s pressure washing technique useful in getting out, out that damned spot? Tune in to find out.

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

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Episode: 505
Airdate: November 9, 2014
Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Heather Bellson, Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Last week was a change of pace as we got to catch up with a long-lost member of the group; this week is another focus episode, again following a group that’s split off from the main bunch. While last week felt a little like a hiccup after three amazing episodes to begin the season, how will tonight’s turn out, with a much more action-oriented crew involved? Click through after the break to get my take on “Self Help.”

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E05, “Self Help” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 505
Airdate: November 9, 2014
Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Heather Bellson, Seth Hoffman

After last week’s departure from the main group, this week we’re going to get a second episode that deals with things away from Rick and the gang. Unfortunately for pretty much all of us, it won’t give us any of the burning questions left from the last two weeks; fortunately, we get to spend time with a couple of fan-favorite characters before rejoining the main story. Click through for my full preview of Episode 505.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 5 “Self Help” includes promotional material from AMC, discusses recent episodes, and will speculate on future events.>>
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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the fourth episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, “Slabtown”. Where is the line between rescue and abduction? Should you ever trust a man with rare art in his den? What’s the best flavor of lollipop? And should you really be sharing one with Officer Creepy?

<<Spoiler Warning: This podcast discusses events in The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 4 “Slabtown” at length, as well as referring to events in previous episodes.>>

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Episode: 504
Airdate: November 2, 2014
Directed by: Michael E. Satrazemis
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Channing Powell (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

After three stellar episodes following the larger part of the group of survivors, we get to turn our attention to Beth, whose mysterious disappearance in Episode 513 has left us hanging for about eight months (actually just one week shy, as the episode aired on March 9). So, who are these mysterious people with the white crosses in their cars that pick people up off the road? Click through after the break for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E04, “Slabtown” – read more at your own risk.>>
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