The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 13

Episode  13,  Beside the Dying FIre

Summary:

Its the season finale!!!

Episdoe twelve leaves off with Carl killing Shane after he turns, and ends with an awesome view of the horde coming.

The finale episode starts with the herd forming, walking through the night as they form up, heading toward the farm.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • The herd, there is just something awesome about seeing so many zombies moving.
  • The herd behind Rick when he’s about to tell him how Carl died.  They come up out of the darkness – totally awesome.
  • “Its a good a night as any.” Daryl after Hershel tell shim he’s willing to die to save the farm.
  • Hershel must have unlocked the unlimited ammo mod!!! (or at least the 100 shot clip)
  • Rick saving Hershel at point blank range.
  • (Daryl is on his bike with Carol) – Go Daryl, Go Daryl, Go Daryl
  • Hershel – “Christ promised a resurrection of the dead, I just thought he had something different in mind.”
  • Yay – Andrea is alive.  I hope she can keep running.  I be she’ll look fine if she can keep it up. She’s a fighter.
  • Rick telling them they are all infected. So what we need to do is put a collar packed with C4 and an EKG sensor around everyone’s necks. If they die, their head’s blow off.  So no problem if everyone is infected.
  • The black cowled chick who saves Andrea. I love the image of the two armless zombies chained behind her.

Things that I didn’t like about this episode…

  • The herd at the fence.  I loved the masses of undead – but if I was living at the farm I would have crews out every day building up a ring of fortifications around the farm.  Close in at first, and then farther and farther out.
  • How the hell did the undead get in the RV?
  • Holy crap, they left Andrea and Carol behind.  At least Carol makes it off with Daryl, but it looks like Andrea is screwed.
  • Carl runs of again 0n.  Please, please, just keep your eye on Carl.
  • Everyone is having a happy party but a Rick was just hiding from a walker.
  • Really Lori? You’re mad at Rick because he killed Shane in self defense?  You are such a BITCH!!!
  • Carol complaining about Rick.  He’s fought to save you and you are willing to betray him.
  • Rick, why would you tell them you killed Shane, even in self defense? You should have just let them believe he was turned first.  Especially when they are all quivering in fear and willing to just break and run.

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I just finished reading this for the second time. The first was many years ago, but I still cringed as I got to the “Red Wedding”.

The books are engrossing, pulling you in, but the third book was dark. What little happiness there was turned to ash by the end.

I can only compare the series to heroine. It gives you a high, but at a cost. Wow – I hope the 4rth book has a plotline that doesn’t have the main character getting slaughtered.

I get that the series is “realistic” – but for gods sake, can I just root for someone who isn’t going to be a bastard or croak?

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book, but other than Bran and John Snow’s plots, there is very little joy, and even those are mixed with due sadness.

The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 12

Episode  12,  Better Angels

Summary:

The twelfth episode starts with a touching eulogy for Dale. As Rick says his touching words several members of the crew take care of a small horde of walkers in cut scenes.

The swamp is driving up and the survivors have finally realized they aren’t as secure as the farm as they once thought.

The prisoner turned after Shane kills him.  So what the guy at the CDC whispered to Rick in season one was something like, “everyone has the virus now” or something to that affect. It’s further proven after Shane gets gutted.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • The survivors are finally being a bit more concerned about security. (If I were them I’d have put a few ring of fences around the farm.)
  • Shane trying to give the gun back to Carl.  In a weird way I agree with Shane on this one. The kid should be able to defend themselves.
  • Maggie telling Glen he can put his stuff in her room, even if he’s too afraid of Hershel to do it.
  • Rick talking to Carl, telling him the realities of the situation, but still being a dad at the same time.
  • Shane’s creepy stare when he sits down with the prisoner.
  • The fact that my son predicted Shane was going to do something shady with the prisoner.
  • Daryl’s tracking ability. And then Glen’s skill with a knife.
  • Rick gutting Shane after he realizes that Shane has brought him out into the woods to kill him. Shane if finally dead.
  • Nice shooting Carl – even if it made no sense that you were out in the woods.

Things that I didn’t like about this episode…

  • First of all – Dale is dead.
  • During the cut scenes no one is that worried about blood splatter.  It is an infection right?
  • God Damn you Lori!!!  Why would you tell Shane you’re not sure whose baby it is?  WTF  Please, your just making the guy more crazy.
  • Dumb Mad Men commercial.
  • Shane is such an ass. Why doesn’t Rick just shoot him and be done with it.
  • The fear in my gut when I wonder if Shane is trying to get Rick alone in the woods so he can kill him.
  • Why are they wandering around in the dark? Maybe it’s time to head home?
  • Rick is just way to calm after he realizes that Shane has brought him out into the woods to kill him. Although, I was happy to see Shane get gutted.
  • How the hell did Carl get all the way out into the woods?

Infestation (2009)

Infestation (2 Out of 5 Graves)

Okay, so let me make this really clear. I gave it 2 out of 5 but it is in the spirit of a fine chef ranking a hot dog at a ball game.  It might not be fine dining, but it is exactly what your looking for while chilling out with a cold beer.

It was a lazy afternoon when it came on, and there wasn’t much going on in the house, so we all kinda got sucked in, laying on the couch. The acting and the plot were questionable at times, but it was so bad it was good.

An awesome movie for a lazy day with nothing better to do.  And just like the hot dog, probably not that good for you in the long run.

The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 10

Episode  10,  Judge, Jury, Executioner

Summary:

The tenth episode starts with Daryl beating the hell out of the prisoner Randal, trying to find out what he knows. The kid convinces Daryl he’s a threat if they let him go. His own group has weapons and has raped woman. Rick decides it’s the right the thing to do to kill the prisoner, but Dale argues they should wait and discuss it.

On the annoying front, Carl is apparently allowed to do whatever he wants and go wherever he pleases. You’d think that parents would be on super overwatch given the fact that it is the zombie apocalypse.

So overall this was a weak episode. Too much drama and not enough action.  Plus ***Spoiler Alert*** Dale buys it in the end.  I really liked Dale.

Things I loved about this episode…

  • Dale sticking to his guns, always fighting for what is right.  Even if I don’t agree with him in this instance.
  • Daryl showing just how smart he is when he tells Dale how he knew that Shane had killed Ottis.
  • Hershel telling Glen he approves of him and Maggie being together. It was very touching.
  • Zombie Cow!!! (Maybe?)

Things that I didn’t like about this episode…

  • What the hell is Carl thinking when he goes in to see Randal?
  • Why is Carl running around on his own again?  Didn’t anyone learn about the buddy system?
  • Shane is still thinking about betraying Rick and the group.  I thought Rick had earned back his trust after saving him at the bus.
  • Carl being a dumbass.  Maybe Shane was right and the kid is just looking for a way to die.
  • Oh Damn, Dale just got his guts ripped out.  So once again, has no one heard of the buddy system. The kid wouldn’t have released the zombie and Dale would have had backup even if it did get out.

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an amazing story and powerful book. The author does what so many fear to do, kill or maim main characters, and move along to the next.

While it has a cutting freshness, the number and depths of the sub-stories is almost too much. Like a pleasure gone over to pain. I struggled with a sense of multiple personality disorder as I continued reading, and this is the 2nd pass for me. I read the series when it came out a while ago.

Overall, an excellent work and well worth the read and the money, especially given how much gets put on your plate – but it’s also not the first sword and “sorcery” book I’d put in front of you if you were new to the genre.