Posts Tagged ‘Sneak Peek’

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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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Episode: 504
Airdate: November 2, 2014
Directed by: Michael E. Satrazemis
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Channing Powell

Season 5 has hit us with three great episodes in a row, maintaining a frenetic and tense pace that I didn’t think would be sustainable. This isn’t a case of AMC and showrunner Scott M. Gimple blowing all of their shots and leaving nothing in the tank; in fact, if the previews (not to mention Daryl’s mysterious companion at the end of last episode) are any indication, the tension is about to get ratcheted up yet again. Click through to read my preview of tonight’s episode.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 4 “Slabtown” includes promotional material from AMC, discusses recent episodes, and will speculate on future events.>>
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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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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: 102
Airdate: July 6, 2014
Directed by: Peter Berg
Showrunner: Damon Lindelof
Written by: Damon Lindelof (creator), Tom Perrotta (creator)

Last week’s premiere episode of The Leftovers introduced us to several different storylines, following people in and from the fictional small town of Mapleton, New York. There were a lot of characters, a lot of stories, and while this meant that things were at times a little disjointed, the upside for the show seems quite high. Lindelof and Perrotta set up several mysteries that will likely be full ten-episode arcs, as well as giving the audience some smaller-scale arcs in order to give some sense of resolution, even in the first episode. Taking a look at the Promo videos released by HBO this week, it appears that we’re going to see some further development from characters already become familiar, and a few that we’ve only had glimpses of so far. Click through for the promo videos and my thoughts on what we have coming up.

<<Spoiler Warning: This Sneak Peek of The Leftovers Season 1, Episode 2 “Penguin One, Us Zero” includes promotional material from HBO, and will speculate on future events.>>
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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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It’s about a year and a half before the official release date of the J.J. Abrams helmed Star Wars Episode VII (currently planned for December 18th, 2015), but already the “leaks” have begun from the set in Abu Dhabi. Recently, TMZ got hold of a whole slew of photos; below, I’m sharing a series taken inside a warehouse where sets and props are being built from the ground up. It looks as though Abrams intends to shoot with tangible items rather than relying on CGI all the time – and I have to say, I believe this is the right choice. The original trilogy used models and built sets, and the movies hold up well all these years later; but some of the CGI in the prequels already looks dated. If you want to avoid spoilers regarding Star Wars Episode VII, don’t click through – for the rest of you, enjoy the photos!

<<Spoiler Alert: The following pictorial contains photos that give away information about the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII film. Do not click through if you want to remain spoiler-free.>>
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Episode: 39
Airdate: June 8, 2014
Directed by: Neil Marshall
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)

How quickly this season is going by. This coming week brings us the penultimate episode of Season 4 of Game of Thrones, and soon we’ll be facing the long, hot, then kinda cool, then downright cold, then almost kind of warm again, wait until the next season begins. The good news is that we do have two more episodes to enjoy before the wait, and if this season runs out like each of the previous three, the true climax of the season should be this Sunday. In Season 1, we had a rather unexpected execution; in Season 2, the Battle of the Blackwater; and in Season 3, the infamous Red Wedding. So what will Season 4’s ninth episode bring us? How can Benioff and Weiss follow last week’s absolutely stellar outing? Click through to get my take on where we’re going.

<<Spoiler Alert: This preview of Game of Thrones S04E09 – “The Watchers on the Wall” – 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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Valar Morghulis indeed. With only three more episodes to go in this, the fourth season of Game of Thrones, there is much speculation about where, exactly, the endgame will take us prior to the nine and a half month hiatus (I wonder how many babies will be born early next April?). Using the books as a guide, there are some speculations that can be made, some more likely than others. Remember, Benioff and Weiss have consistently shown a willingness to depart from the source material, while remaining in general true to the main themes and overarching story. In the following article, I’ll be taking a look at each of the main factions, and basing my speculations on my knowledge of Martin’s books. If you do not want to know anything about possible future developments, and/or you are waiting to read the books, do not click through to the main body of the article: Here there be spoilers! And to be clear – one of the things I reveal below is the outcome of Tyrion’s Trial by Combat coming up in the next episode of Game of Thrones; if you want this to be a surprise, DO NOT CLICK THROUGH!

<<Spoiler Warning: The following article discusses at length events from the third, fourth, and fifth books of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, in service of speculation on what we might see in the final three episodes of Season 4 of A Game of Thrones. Click through only if you want to read extensive spoilers!>>
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Series: The Walking Dead
Issue: #127
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Penciller: Charlie Adlard
Cover: Charlie Adlard

Fans of the AMC television series The Walking Dead often complain about the long break between seasons – I know I have – but if you’ve been missing your Rick fix since the end of Season 4, now might just be a good time for you to get a taste of possible things to come. Having just finished a major story arc, TWD creator Robert Kirkman and his fine team of inkers, letterers etc. have moved their characters, old and new, familiar and not, into a new story arc ripe for the joining. If you’ve been wondering what this whole comic book fad thing is, now might be a good time to take the plunge. Click through for my review of this “New Beginning.”

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Walking Dead Issue #127 will include spoilers from the current issue, but more importantly, will refer to recent events in the comic book series, and thus should be avoided by those intending to read back issues.>>

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