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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 16 “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life” ends with a touching tribute

Curious choices defined The Walking Dead’s season 7 finale “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life”, and while it didn’t quite make up for what’s been an average season at best, it featured all the big beats characteristic of a landmark episode mixed in with those small character moments that teetered between nauseating and genuinely touching.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 15 “Something They Need” sets things up nicely for the finale

“Something They Need” wrapped up everything the way you would expect, setting some final pieces in place for the inevitable showdown in next week’s finale. The problem with this is that the absence of anything unexpected, outside of some nice bits of drama over at The Sanctuary, resulted in a clean episode that lacked any sort of dynamism or excitement. I have no doubt that this is largely due to what’s been plaguing this season of The Walking Dead, in that the writers have overindulged in bottle episodes and refused to be more economical with their large cast, which has forced them to speed up certain sequences that need to be longer to at all be believable, like this week’s visit to Oceanside.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 14 “The Other Side” hits the right emotional beats

As we near an obvious showdown between Negan and team Rick we continue season 7’s clumsy attempt to atone for a defining sluggish pace and what has been the series’ most inconsistent show of quality since the first half of season 2. Thankfully, like last week’s enjoyable “Bury Me Here”, the show continues in the right direction with “The Other Side”.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 13 “Bury Me Here” puts Morgan in the spotlight

It’s no secret that The Walking Dead is beginning to lose momentum. Seven seasons in and it seems the monolithic survival-horror series keeps tripping over itself more often than not, with inconsistency now a defining trait. Unlike Game of Thrones which takes a vignette approach to it’s larger cast, TWD often features stretched bottle episodes that are overlong and push major characters to the side for weeks. Morgan and Carol have suffered because of this, and even though these are two of the strongest characters on the show, their absence this season has been felt with the lack of quality.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Mid-Season Finale “Hearts Still Beating” brings hope back to the show

As the front-end of The Walking Dead’s average seventh season comes to an end we get another glimmer of hope on the horizon, but those small sparks are still overshadowed by a script that leans a bit too heavily on Jefferey Dean Morgan, overindulging in Negan’s affable sociopath shtick. The showrunners are so confident in their new big bad that they have pushed for 90-minute run times for each episode in which he dominates the screen, and only once – last week – has this been justified. Thankfully, “Hearts Still Beating” is just as good as “Sing me a Song”, though we still need a better showing from this series if they are going to atone for how horribly inconsistent it has all been since they killed off their most likeable character.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 7 “Sing Me a Song” sets things up nicely for the mid-season finale

Ratings are sliding for The Walking Dead and a big chunk of viewers are sounding off on social media; while it’s far from a consensus, it’s safe to say many have been disappointed with the way this uneven season has been flowing (remember Ezekiel? You’d be forgiven for forgetting already). A stubborn insistence on overlong momentum-killing bottle episodes may have caused this push back, or it might still be the fall out from a very unnerving, upsetting and painfully drawn out character death from the premiere. Whatever the main issue, we can be thankful for episodes like “Sing Me a Song”, which starts to set things up rather nicely for what should be an entertaining mid-season finale.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 6 “Swear” shows slight improvement in an uneven season

We’re onto the sixth episode and so far The Walking Dead’s seventh season has been terribly uneven. Thankfully “Swear” is one of the better episodes so far, but even then it is an oddly placed, oddly paced bottle episode that serves as the obligatory catch-up with Tara and Heath but little more.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 5 “Go Getters” sees a lack of any real tension

If last week’s “Service” showed me anything it was that the very excellent Jeffrey Dean Morgan is turning in an uncharacteristically dull performance as Negan. There’s something about having pretty much the same cadence for every single darkly jolly line that starts to get dull after awhile, so it was nice to leave him behind for an episode while still getting a dose of The Saviours and their overbearing ways.... Continue Reading