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TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 8 “How It’s Gotta Be”

I’m not quite sure what I just watched, and I find it hard to imagine a team of writers turning that script in and thinking that it would make for a satisfying, entertaining or even reasonable Mid-Season Finale. I love The Walking Dead, honestly, but “How It’s Gotta Be” was truly poor form for a show that desperately needs to win back viewer confidence. Let’s first start with the big reveal in the final seconds of the episode. Spoiler warnings are implied.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 7 “Time for After”

Eugene is a broken man. With his loyalty and decisions a major focus of “Time for After”, the penultimate episode before the Mid-Season Finale, we get to explore this character in a much more meaningful way than before. There’s some real depth here as he visibly struggles against his own conscious and deals with the decision he has made to stay loyal to Negan; it’s a surprise something like this didn’t come sooner – it certainly would have made more sense to – but Josh McDermitt sold it all incredibly well, portraying a man who is clearly trying his damn hardest to convince himself that he is Negan despite appeals by a feverish Father Gabriel and memories of his friends “travelling companions”.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 6 “The King, The Widow and Rick”

“The King, The Widow and Rick” is an episode title that suggests a clear and deep focus on all three leaders of the war against Negan and The Saviours. I mean, at least that’s the logical interpretation, right? Wrong. This sixth episode in The Walking Dead’s eight season took certain liberties to slow things down a little and move a few chess pieces around without attempting anything drastic (that’ll be saved for next week, I’m sure).... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 5 “The Big Scary U”

“The Big Scary U” was The Walking Dead’s finest outing so far into Season 8, revisiting the premier’s cliffhanger and further exploring The Sanctuary as Negan was presumed dead by his lieutenants. Time is again splintered so the episode can jump between various happenings as All Out War is slowly pieced together, which means some solid time spent with Father Gabriel as he is trapped in a trailer with Negan.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 4 “Some Guy”

Building King Ezekiel’s regal facade has been given little screen time on The Walking Dead. The “king” with a knack for role-playing to build a sense of escapism and confidence for his “Kingdom” only took on a pivotal role deep into last season, and with the way the show is structured the writers have had to speed through his otherwise intriguing approach to the undead apocalypse with piles of thin, expository dialogue. Spending an entire episode stripping all of that away would have been much more effective had their been more than two or so scenes getting to explore why he does what he does. Although, “Some Guy” does a decent job at taking the King’s righteous fantasy and letting the reality of a caustic combo of walkers and Saviours completely eat away at it all.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 3 “Monsters”

“Monsters” is very much a direct continuation from last week’s “The Damned”, and on the surface that is very wise choice for The Walking Dead, treating these as installments in a wider thread rather than thematically distinctive “episodes”. This week, we were dropped right back into the all-out assault against The Saviours, coming from Team Alexandria (et al) as Rick’s meticulous plan slots further into place, aggressively attacking outposts to cut off Negan’s defensive and offensive power. It was also a chance for the show to re-arrange what seems to be the major character arcs moving into this season, and while it’s still all very uneven in certain places at least we have optimism both in tone and a clear vision of where this show is going after a choppy seventh season; with “mercy” bring the motif, attempting to remind us that those who follow Negan are people too.... Continue Reading

The Walking Dead launches Season 8 Trailer and confirms release date

Get hyped! The eighth season of The Walking Dead is set to premiere internationally on October 23 in 180+ markets within 24 hours of the U.S. premiere on October 22. Even more exciting is that the cast and crew on The Walking Dead panel at this past weekends Comic-Con in San Diego presented an action-packed trailer for the upcoming season.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Mid-Season Finale trades blood for peace

Fear the Walking Dead’s double-episode finale took the necessary steps to reveal just how far Madison is willing to go protect her family, especially after Travis and everything else that they have gone through since the infection began. It’s a success in that respect, nicely paced while it worked towards one pivotal moment – and a slight twist – that cemented some semblance of peace between Broke Jaw Ranch and Walker’s through blood and betrayal.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6 “Red Dirt” fixates on fear

“Red Dirt” continues Fear the Walking Dead’s vast improvement over its previous seasons as Broke Jaw Ranch is thrown into a panic in response to news that the show’s latest villain, Walker, is coming to claim the land by force. That’s some great material for the show to start exploring, leaving the walking dead out of it for the moment and just examining how survivors of this doomsday-prepped ranch react in the face of fear. It’s handled quite well for the most part, lifting certain characters even further as we start to really uncover the complexity behind people like Troy and Jeremiah who, in their own ways, struggle to maintain control after some people start planning to abandon the ranch.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 5 “Burning in Water…” introduces a new conflict

Coming off one of their strongest episodes, the self-contained “100” with the focus solely on a returning Daniel (RubĂ©n Blades), Fear the Walking Dead pull us back into life at the supposedly safe Broke Jaw Ranch where Madison is holed up with Nick and Alicia, trying to prove their value to the suspicious community. “Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame” brings the ranch’s curious history to the forefront straight from it’s awkwardly quick cold-opener in which one of several founders – the first we, as the audience, hear of Otto having partners who helped start the ranch – awakes to find his wife has turned, making the immediate decision to end both their lives which spills over into their house-on-the-hill burning down.... Continue Reading