Posts Tagged ‘Season Finale’

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Episode: 516
Airdate: March 29, 2015
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Tonight marks the end of another season of The Walking Dead, a date that always seems to come just a little too soon for fans. And that goes even more so for this season, a season which, heading into the finale, is the best since Season 1 – perhaps even just a little bit better. But in order for Season 5 to be the triumph it’s been setting up to be, it’s final act needs to deliver; after all, there won’t be any more TWD until October, so the events tonight will, by their nature, set the tone for the kind of anticipation fans will feel in the long interim months. And tonight, they did just that – they delivered. Click through for my full review and episode synopsis – it’s a big one, almost 6000 words; the tl/dr is at the bottom, along with a poll regarding who you’re most likely to see as a role-model in the zombie apocalypse. Enjoy!

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E16, “Conquer” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

All men must serve.

How soon a season passes. These ten episodes have gone by in the blink of an eye, and now we begin the long nine and half month wait until next April (I’m going to guess Sunday, April 5th as the premiere date). But before we get all mopey anticipating the long hiatus, let’s take a look at tonight’s excellent season finale. It managed to tie up even more loose ends, answer some questions, and began to move the pieces together for what should be a new season full of change. The power shifted tonight – but by how much won’t be seen until Season Five begins. Click through after the break to find out what we learned, and to see where we might be going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article is a review and partial recap of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – it will discuss major plot points and events in detail, and may contain strong language based on dialogue from the episode; read further at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 40
Airdate: June 15, 2014
Directed by: Alex Graves
Written by: George R.R. Martin (“A Song of Ice and Fire” by), David Benioff (creator), D.B. Weiss (creator), David Benioff (written for television by), D.B. Weiss (written for television by)

Here it is already – the season finale of Game of Thrones. Eleven short weeks (with the one week break between episodes 36 and 37), and another season will be coming to an end. The last two weeks have proven to be excellent episodes, with plenty of storylines coming to some sort of resolution, but plenty more left unresolved. This is, of course, the nature of the source material, a series of books that is still not close to being finished. How much further along will we find ourselves at this time next week, with a year to wait for the next episode? Click through to take a look at the Promo video, and get my take on what I expect us to see this coming Sunday.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E10 – “The Children” – will discuss major plot points and events suggested by previous episodes and the Promo video; read further at your own risk!>>
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If you want to read my review of Episode 22, the season finale, click here.

With the end of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tonight, the fact that the show has been renewed for a second season may come as a surprise to those who gave up on the show early on. There are some very good reasons for this renewal, so for those of you that stopped watching, and anyone else who is interested, I’m going to address some of the issues the show suffered from in the beginning, and how they have been dealt with in the interim. There will be spoilers ahead – click through if you’d like to read more.

<<Spoiler Alert: This article will be addressing events and issues that cover several episodes throughout the whole of Season One of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read on if you dare.>>
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Note: While I have made a habit of writing complete episode recaps combined with my reviews, starting with tonight’s episode of Agents I will be writing reviews and recaps as separate articles. I will place a link to the recap within the review, and vice versa, when both articles are complete

For my review of the season as a whole, click here.

Episode: 22 (S01E22)
Airdate: May 13, 2014

This inaugural season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has had its ups and downs, but fortunately for the series most of the ups have come recently, and the announcement last week that ABC is picking the show up for a second season means that they have noticed that the show is beginning to show some real potential. The “Uprising” story-arc has led viewers through the last six weeks at a break-neck pace, as events have kept the team on edge and always on the brink of disaster. Last week left us with some pretty big questions, and there are several more that have been simmering all season long, so the questions are: does the season finale live up to the rest of the “Uprising” arc? and do we get answers to any of the questions Tancharoen and Whedon have been teasing us with? Click through after the break to find out.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S01E22 – “Beginning of the End” – will discuss major plot points and events in the episode, as well as spoilers that apply to events in the recently released movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier; read at your own risk!>>
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The second half of Season 4 has been a story of journeys. Not since the opening season and the trip to the CDC have we seen so much movement, and never have we seen the group scattered so badly. Yes, Rick woke up alone before finding the group in Season 1; Andrea was separated from the group at the end of Season 2; and we spent a couple of episodes with Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob as they sought out antibiotics earlier this season away from the main group – but they always knew there was a home to go back to. These past seven episodes since the Mid-Season Finale and the destruction of the prison have been a series of focus pieces that have not only shown the group members alone and dependent on their own devices, but has enabled us to get to know them much more intimately than we had before. This, of course, sets the viewers up for a much more emotional season finale. New people have been introduced: the good (Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene); the bad (Joe, Len, and the other marauders); and the not-necessarily-but-could-be-ugly (Mary, and the other inhabitants of Terminus). All of this combines to bring us to what could be a grand climax at the appropriately named end of the line: Terminus. Does the finale live up to the season that’s come before? Click through after the break to get my take.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S04E16, “A.” TRIGGER WARNING: There is a sexual assault in this episode that I will be discussing. There may also be some mild language as I discuss some of the things different characters said in the episode. Read more at your own risk.>>
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Blooded after the hunt?

This Sunday brings us the Season Four Finale of The Walking Dead. What with the mid-season hiatus that has been the norm since Season Two, we did get a stretch run of sixteen shows over a twenty-four week period. The fact that TWD runs for almost half a year, however, doesn’t mean that the next six months until October are going to pass any faster. Previous finales have ended on a note of completion, giving us more answers than questions – even the subtle pan up from Rick and the group after their near-disaster at the end of Season Two, made it pretty clear what the direction of Season Three was going to be. This time around, however, we have a situation with so many unresolved issues, and with members so widely dispersed, that I suspect we’re going to be getting less a sense of completion this week, and more of a mid-season type cliffhanger. The question is: how cruel will Scott Gimple be to his loyal viewers? I have some new ideas that include a couple of shockers, and some suggestions that may ring bells with readers of the comic (although I won’t specify which of those they are, so as not to spoil the comic for anyone not caught up). Click after the break to watch the Sneak Peek and Promo videos, and to get my take on possible directions for this season’s climactic chapter.

<<Spoiler Alert: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Episode 416 “A” will discuss events from earlier episodes in the series, as well as discussing events that may be upcoming. Read only if you’re all caught up!>>
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