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The Return of ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4

Last night the long wait to walk with the dead finally ended. ‘The Walking Dead’ returned with a bang with an episode aptly titled “After”.

“After” picked up right where the mid season finale ended. The episode was focused mainly on Rick and Carl and the changes that the two of them have gone through. Michonne was the other main character featured. If you have not seen it yet, I’m sorry ladies, no Daryl until next week.

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‘The Walking Dead’ is notorious for making one specific character the focus of an episode. Carl was the one in the spotlight this week. Carl is beginning to grow into a man, and now that his father is out of the game for a bit recovering from his injuries, he is one going out and finding supplies. Carl has a melt down while Rick is passed out on the couch. He tells Rick that he would be fine if he died. He pretty much blamed Rick for Hershel’s death and the Governor’s attack that separated their group. I do not want to give too much away, but there are a couple of close calls while he is out on his own. Carl’s innocence may have been lost, but like the 13 year old boy that he is, there is nothing that 112 ounces of pudding can’t fix. Chandler Riggs is without a doubt one of the most promising, young actors I have ever seen, and I for one can not wait to see how he continues to grow.

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Michonne has become not only a main character, but a fan favorite. How much do we know about Michonne’s past? Well until last night, not very much at all. While on her own, she falls asleep in a car and we join her, her dead boyfriend and his friend in a dream. *SPOILER ALERT* Michonne was a mother. In this dream, we get a little insight into who Michonne was before the walkers and how she became who she is today. The dream also helps to explain shy Michonne got emotional in the last half of the season when Beth handed Judith to her. She does not get emotional often, but there are some tears that flow from her after she takes down a group of walkers. I loved getting to see the real Michonne.

There were a few humorous moments mixed in with the drama. There is a reunion at the end of the episode.

I for one am loving the direction the season is going. Here is a sneak peak at next week’s episode “Inmates”

 


Blood and Tears, The Walking Dead Season 4 Mid-Season Finale

The season 4 mid-season finale of The Walking Dead aired last night on AMC.  The episode was aptly titles “Too Far Gone”.  For those that have already seen this emotion and action packed episode, you will know exactly what I’m talking about, and for those of you who have yet to see it, get the Kleenex ready.

The Walking Dead is no stranger to emotional episodes, but last night’s mid-season finale was by far the most emotional episode to date.  I am not one that generally cries during television shows and movie, but “Too Far Gone” really tugged at my heart strings.

The build up to the showdown between the group at the prison and The Governor and whatever group he has brainwashed at the time has been building for the last season and a half, and last night’s final showdown did not leave me disappointed.  For a minute, I really thought The Governor may have turned a corner,and I think he did too and Rick’s words to him, “we can come back”, really got to him, but he did not want to accept it or appear weak. Which brings us to the first emotional loss of the night, Hershel, who was brutally taken out in front of his daughters.  I kind of seen it coming, but I figured he The Governor would go for Michonne.  After all, she is a tough, key member to their group.

The past conflicts between Rick and The Governor was finally capped off by the murder of Hershel and all hell broke loose.  The Governor then ordered his “militia” to storm the prison and “kill them all”.  The tank and the gunfire were not all that had to be worried about during the fight for control of the prison, the noise of the battle drew in an army of walkers.  I thought for sure that there would be more major deaths when that happened.  Almost everyone was injured one way or another.  The backyard brawl between Rick and The Governor was amazing.  Just when Rick was starting to lose the fight, Michonne and her sword got the best of The Governor.  I thought the were going to leave him in the field for the walkers and have him go the way of Merle, but Lilly came in to end it, but much like Lori and Andrea, we never see the end result.  Is the Governor really gone or did Lilly get attacked and is he now a walker?

Perhaps the most emotional scene for me was after Rick found Carl.  Rick asked Carl where Judith was and he said he did not know, so they set off to find her and come upon an empty, bloody car seat.  Is Judith dead or did someone come through and save her?  In the full season preview, Carol is back with the group.  I think she came back to explain herself and talk to the entire group, but the showdown was going on.  I think she found Judith and took her to the bus.  If you notice, when the girls are carrying Judith in her seat, she is securely belted in, but when Rick finds the seat, the straps are properly unhooked.  Walkers can’t even properly use the stairs, so I highly doubt they can unhook a car seat.

“Too Far Gone” was by far, in my opinion, the best episode to date.  The way that brutality and raw emotion was seamlessly blended together into one powerhouse of an episode really proved just how talented the writers and the cast of The Walking Dead really are.  Everything about it was completely mind blowing, and the transformations in the characters we have seen throughout the seasons I feel came full circle last night.

During last night’s Talking Dead, it was announced that season 4 of The Walking Dead will resume on Sunday, February 9th.  I personally can not wait to see what happens when the season picks back up.  The group is scattered and nobody knows how many made it out alive and many that did were injured.  How will the group find each other? Did they have a plan or will it be like the farm at the end of season 2?  I for one can not wait to find out.


Video Game Review: The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (with some “cheats”)

The Walking Dead Survival Instinct-coverI know I’m late on this review, but this has been a highly requested review from a few of my readers.  I also decided to do this to test the possibility of maybe doing more video game reviews.

I picked up The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct the weekend it was available.  As a fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus and Michael Rooker, naturally I had to give this game a try.  Like many other video games, everyone plays it differently and different people are better at certain games, like me, I suck at sports games, but I have a natural gift with this type of game.

The graphics and story line of the game were amazing.  It was nice to see the Dixon brothers get their own game.  On a scale of 1 to 10 how challenging the game was for me, at first a 7, but once I played a couple of levels, it went down to about a 4.  Below, I added a cheat of mine to make missions go a bit faster.

When the game first starts, you are playing as Daryl and Merle’s father on a hunting trip, but only for a couple minutes then you die and play as Daryl.  I loved that there was an overall mission, find Merle and evacuate,  to the game and it wasn’t about just running around and killing walkers.  There is a mission for every level whether it be saving a survivor, finding a part for your car, finding gas or of course, finding supplies.  I liked that the level of difficulty of each mission fluctuated.  Unlike most games, the missions didn’t get harder as the game went on, but went up and down.  As a matter of fact, I had the most difficulty in the middle of the game as apposed to the  end.  The game does not plateau like many others of this genre do.

I liked the over all flow of the game, but I do have a couple of complaints.  For starters, you can’t choose which Dixon you want to be, you have to be Daryl, sorry Merle fans.  I understand why this is, but it would be cool to be able to choose Merle or Daryl.  My next complaint, the way the game saves.  I don’t know if this is just for Xbox 360 or all consoles, but the only way to save was to complete a level.  If you don’t complete the level you are on, you have to start it over.  A save option would have been nice.  My final complaint is the length of the game.  It is way too short.  I would love to see a part two of this game with some more options and maybe a bit more length to it.

All in all, I really liked The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.  Even if you’re not a big gamer, the game is fun.  It is a must have for any fan of The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker and of course, our favorite dysfunctional, fictional brothers, Daryl and Merle Dixon.

*My Personal Cheat*

At first, I struggled, but I quickly found easy ways to get through missions.  For example, when I had to find a part to fix the car, this is after you get the crossbow, I would find a car or a truck and stand on top of it.  After I was in the center of the roof, I would fire a gun and bring all of the walkers out.  They would surround the car then I would switch back to the crossbow and kill all of the faster ones that came out.  After that, you have a walker free environment and tasks become much easier.

 


Recap/Review: ‘The Walking Dead': Season 4 Episode 1: “30 Days Without An Accident”

The long wait for season 4 of the AMC hit show, ‘The Walking Dead‘, was finally ended last night with the premier of episode one, “30 Days Without An Accident“.  When we left our favorite group of walker killing survivors at the end of season 3, The Governor went even crazier and is now MIA, a few key members were killed, Daryl was getting over the loss of his brother and the prison group was welcoming the citizens from Woodbury which left a lot of questions for season 4.  Will Daryl finally get some?  Will The Governor finally get what’s coming to him?  Will the merger of the prison group and the citizens of Woodbury work out?  Will the group finally find a little peace and some time to catch their breath?

iRecap:

Season four of ‘The Walking Dead‘ picks up about 6-7 months after the showdown with The Governor, and the prison seems to be a peaceful sanctuary from the nightmares outside of the walls and fences.  The prison has been transformed into a community complete with a small farm with animals and crops that Rick and Hershel tend to to help feed their growing group.

At the end of season three, Carl shot a boy in the woods after the showdown at the prison.  Because of this, Rick has become somewhat anti-gun and stepping up to more of a father role as apposed to his role in previous seasons as the hero and leader of the entire group.  His focus is more on Carl and giving him the most “normal” childhood he possibly can given the circumstances.

The walkers have been a problem for them even inside the prison walls.  This has not changed, but now they are threatening the fences that keep the prison safe from them.  The walkers have begun to gather and push at the fences.

Daryl is again kind of the white knight of the group.  He is finding new people to bring in to their new little “community” and he still goes out hunting to help provide food for the surviving group.  Carol still seems to have it pretty bad for the badass with a heart of gold.  Their relationship has become even more playful and flirty than it has been in the past.  Carol even gives Daryl an adorable little nickname that he so shyly reacts to.  Their interactions in last night’s show will definitely make the “Caryl” fans very happy and it certainly makes the possibility of a hookup look more promising.

Let’s not forget about the prisons most loved couple, besides Daryl and his crossbow, Glenn and Maggie.  When we left them last season, they had gotten engaged and seemed incredibly happy.  When we see them in last night’s premier, they are just waking up and talking about a run that the group has planned.  We all know Maggie is one badass chick that is quite capable of taking care of herself, but Glenn has a problem with his bride-to-be going out on the run with the others and he talks her into staying.

With the merger of the two groups as well as newcomers that Daryl and Rick bring in, there is bound to be some new love connections.  Not even the big man Tyreese is safe from cupid’s arrow.  He now has a bit of a relationship going with one of the ladies from Woodbury.  Adorable little Beth even has herself a boyfriend, but with the whole zombie apocalypse thing going on, can things really end up happily ever after?

Michonne come riding up on a horse and she has been away for a little bit.  She has been going out on runs of her own trying to track down The Governor.

Our favorite one legged farmer, Hershel, has a surprise.  Like Lt. Dan, Hershel has a new leg!  There is no explanation given in the episode for how Hershel acquired his new appendage, so let the minds wander.  Hershel has a couple of discussions with Rick, one of them is pretty funny.  Hershel also brings up another aspect from the graphic novels, The Council.

Rick goes out to check the snares that have been placed in the woods to help bring in more food, and this is definitely a very bizarre trip for him.  While out, he comes across a wild hog and just as he goes to approach it, a woman that appears to be a walker approaches it first.  As Rick goes to walk away,  the woman speaks to him, she is not a walker, but a woman down on her luck living in the woods with her husband.  She and Rick have a talk about them joining the prison group, but Rick wants to meet her husband first, so they set off towards her camp.

Carl has had some issues and has become fairly hard to say the least.  In the beginning of the episode, it looked as though Carl wasn’t going to be such a little jerk, but that is short lived when he comes across a group of the other kids from the prison hanging out by the fence naming the walkers.  He has a very “Carl moment” with a very sassy little girl who kind of stuns him a bit.

Daryl leads a group out on a run to the local “Big Spot” store for supplies.  In the first scene of the run, Daryl shows a more care-free, funny side while he jokes around outside the store with Beth’s boyfriend Zach.  He has definitely come a very long way from the bitter, hard redneck we met in season one.

The remainder of the show flips back and forth between Rick and the crazy lady from the woods and the group on the run.  Back to Rick and crazy lady, Rick is walking with her back to her camp and she becomes even weirder the closer they come to her camp.  The run that Daryl and the others are on seems to be peaceful with minimal walker interruption, but we just can’t have that now can we?  The walkers were not in the store, but chilling at a crashed helicopter on the roof.  The roof is leaking a bit of water which can only mean bad things.  As the walkers hear the movement and banging around inside the store below, they begin to walk across the roof, then all hell breaks loose.  For the first time in ‘TWD‘ history, walkers begin to fall through the ceiling, it was literally raining walkers.

Back to crazy lady and formally crazy Rick, their conversation has become quite heavy.  They talk about what each of them has had to do to stay alive in the new crazy world.  On the run, Daryl and crew are forced to fight a horde of walkers falling from the ceiling and to make matters worse, remember that crashed helicopter on the roof?  Well it is tired of being up there and decides it wants to slowly begin to crash through the ceiling along with the walkers and it’s coming in down just above Daryl who is trying to fight off a group of walkers.  In badass Daryl fashion, with the help of Glenn and Zach, he gets out of the way just as the helicopter comes crashing in.

Now at camp crazy, the woman bends down to a burlap sack and begins talking to it, that’s when Rick realizes that the woman’s husband had turned and she kept his head in a bag.  desperate to feed her walker head husband, the woman attempts a sneak attack on Rick.  Rick counters and the woman falls to the ground.  Upon standing up, she gives Rick a sob story and says “we cannot come back from the things we’ve done” and she tells Rick she wants to be with her husband and she tells him not to end it when she’s done.  After saying that, she stabs herself.

Back at the prison, Carol is in the library reading to the kids.  When she is finished with the story, she pulls out a small case of knives.  like any good teacher in a zombie apocalypse, she teaches the kids “knife fighting 101″.  Glenn and Maggie have a discussion in the privacy of their own room about starting a family.  Glenn of course against it because of what happened to Lori and all the other craziness going on around them, Maggie tells him “I don’t want to be afraid of being in love“.  Cliff hanger with them and their discussion.

Daryl finds Beth in her cell and delivers the bad new that her boyfriend had been bitten by a walker on the run.  Beth, normally very emotional, seems to have a very cold, detached reaction to the news saying “okay” to Daryl after he tells her.  Daryl seems a bit shocked at the change in her.  She walks over to a desk and on the desk is a work accident counter.  It says “30 days without an accident“, hence the episode title, on it and Beth removes the 3 resetting it to zero.  She walks over to Daryl and says “I don’t cry anymore Daryl” and embraces him.  The embrace and the look in Beth’s eyes seemed to give room to a possible hookup between the two of them in the future.

Rick, haunted by the woman in the woods and the things that she said to him, has a a pretty serious discussion with Hershel.  Hershel reassures Rick that you can come back from the things you’ve done and that people really can change.

At the end of “30 Days Without An Accident“, the peace in the prison looks to be in jeopardy and a real problem is about to rise inside the prison.

Review:

Last night’s premier was quite different from the premiers of past seasons.  It was kind of nice to see a season start off on a peaceful note.

The shift in the dynamic of the prison is very refreshing and the character evolution is incredible.  Seeing sweet little Beth becoming the hard one and hard ass Daryl become the sweetheart is quite a change, but those changes are making for a more interesting show.  The way that Norman Reedus portrays Daryl is nothing short of amazing.  His talent and experience allows him to take Daryl through these changes and make them believable.

I know it may seem mean that the writers are giving the group hope only to yank the rug out from under them after all they have already been through, but they are in a zombie apocalypse.  Not everything can be sunshine and rainbows or the show would fall flat in just a couple of episodes.  I commend the writers on the bold decisions they have made thus far.

Season four could perhaps be the best one yet.  I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds.


Walking Dead Season 3 Deleted Scene & Season 4 Preview

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I came across this deleted scene from season 3 of The Walking Dead.  I really wish they would have kept it in.  Enjoy!

With that, here is the SDCC trailer for season 4

 

 


BigtimeTeez: WoodBury A Zombie Free Community T-Shirt

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As a fan of The Walking Dead, I am more than happy to review BigtimeTeez“WoodBury A Zombie Free Community” t-shirt.  This WoodBury-400x400awesome funny t-shirt is obviously inspired by the Governor and his little zombie-free paradise.

The design on this TWD inspired t-shirt is large and reminds me of a tourist t-shirt that you would pick up on vacation.  I know if I did Woodbury-400x400 (1)not watch show, I would think it was a t-shirt from a real place.  The screen printing on this  shirt is very clean, and like all of BigtimeTeez‘ other funny t-shirts, it was printed by hand and made to order.

The t-shirt is very comfortable and the material is breathable, so you can still wear your TWD inspired t-shirt even in the warmer weather.  The “WoodBury A Zombie Free Community” t-shirt is offered in many different t-shirt color and size options.  It is offered in men (t-shirt and v-neck), women (form fit t-shirt and form fit v-neck) and kid (t-shirt) sizes.  This awesome t-shirt is also offered as a tank top, long-sleeve shirt, zip-up and pullover hoodie (all men standard sizes).

The “WoodBury A Zombie Free Community” t-shirt starts at just $16.99, depending on size and design options.  If that is not low enough of a price for you already, like BigtimeTeez on Facebook (Facebook fans get 15% off) and follow them on twitter for new deals,DSCF7515 (2) contests and announcements.  If you do not have Facebook or twitter, you can use code miss15 (all lowercase letters) at checkout for 15% off your entire order.

I highly recommend this t-shirt to any TWD fan that wants a funny t-shirt to show their love for the show.  Even if you are not a fan of the Governor or WoodBury, this is still a must have for your TWD inspired t-shirt collection.


The Walking Dead Season 4 Preview Weekend

October will be bringing us more than just Halloween this year, it marks the return of The Walking Dead!

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The new promotional banner for The Walking Dead season 4 is available online and will be displayed at San Diego Comic Con.  If season 4 is anywhere as exciting as the new promo banner depicts, it should be quite an incredible ride.

If you are having TWD withdraws like most of us, don’t you worry.  Starting July 4th, AMC will be having the season 4 preview weekend.  Every episode from all 3 seasons in order!

This fall The Walking Dead will air on AMC in the US and FOX in the UK.

Now for a little poll to get everyone even more into the mood for season 4!


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