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Tonight’s première of TWD will leave many moved. If you have not seen it yet, here’s a clue/spoiler….
Two of the best characters to date cop it big time… Don’t include Darryl, Rick or Michonne 🙂
The Walking Dead: Season One Review
Original Review over at HorrorAddicts.net
There are zombie movies and TV shows, and then there is The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead tells the story of Rick, his wife Lori, their son Carl, and a band of survivors who are trapped in a world gone to shit, and they will do anything to survive.
The series kicks off with Rick and Shane. Both of them are cops, and damn good ones at that. Although from the get-go, it is obvious that Shane is not as peachy clean as he makes out 🙂 (more of that later).
Early on into the piece, a high speed chase takes place down the Interstate. Rick and Shane barrel off in the cruiser and help set up the blockade to catch the crims. As luck would have it (or fate), Rick gets shot during the gun-fight and ends up in hospital in a coma.
Fate has a way to deal a harsh blow. And in this series, no one is innocent as a virus is released, killing all but a handful of people. But it doesn’t stop there. The virus not only takes the lives of millions, but brings them back from the dead, and the dead are hungry for one thing – blood!
Rick – Rick awakens from his coma, sometime after the epidemic has done its damage, and he stumbles out of the hospital to see what is left of humanity… The dead are everywhere, littering the sidewalks and streets like common trash. As he struggles to find his family in a world gone to hell, he must come to terms with the Dead been risen from the grave, and make choices he wouldn’t otherwise consider.
Rick has a chance meeting with Morgan. A street-wise survivor who will do anything to keep him and his son safe from the Walkers. He forms a fast friendship with Rick, and they agree to keep each other’s backs, even if it is by CB Radio.
In his journey to find his family, he has an unlikely meeting with one character who will become a regular on the show – Glenn. Glenn’s knowledge of the streets of Atlanta turns out to be a valuable asset, and it inevitably saves Rick from what would otherwise be his very short-lived appearance. Glenn navigates Rick to safety and after some run-ins with a horde of Walkers, (and of course hot-head Merle), Glenn takes Rick back to base camp.
When he does find his beloved family in the middle of the bush (but close enough to Atlanta), the reunion is not euphoric. Lori – thinking that Rick had died – had been sleeping with Shane (for some time apparently), and Shane thinks he is the one destined to keep Lori and Carl safe.
If the group is to survive, they will need to band together, set aside their old-world prejudices and do whatever they can to survive one day after another. For tomorrow, the Dead may just have their fill.
Along for the ride in Season One are:
Merle – Merle is the original hot-headed, trouble making SOB. A former criminal, he is extremely racist, spiteful and very cynical about everybody and everything which causes nothing but trouble between him and anyone else that he comes into close contact with.
Daryl – Daryl is the younger brother of Merle. Unlike his hot-headed brother, Daryl does have some redeeming qualities, even if he acts like a hillbilly and eats road-kill. Daryl is a survivalist, and a skilled tracker and hunter. He is also an expert with his favorite weapon of choice, a crossbow.
Dale – Dale is the ever present voice of reason in this post-apocalyptic world, even when it is not asked for. His biggest flaw is his compassion for humanity and his over-protectiveness for Andrea. Dale serves as the father-figure of the group, even if his thoughts and morals are not exactly shared by anyone else, especially Shane.
Shane – There is a lot that can be said about Shane. Unfortunately, not any of it is good 🙂 Shane is a man of action, which for him, is not always a good move. (Shoot first ask questions later). He was a Sheriff before the outbreak happened, and a good friend to Rick. Since the outbreak, he convinced Lori that Rick was dead and set-up home (in a tent) with his new family. Shane is aggressive, single minded, narrow minded and quick to pass judgment on anyone who doesn’t agree with his opinion.
Carol – Carol the meek… Carol the silent… Carol the schemer. 🙂 There is something that can be said about the quiet ones.. They are often the most dangerous.. But, I am not going to spoil anything for you here. Let’s just say that in Season One, we meet Carol, who is frequently abused by her idiot husband, Ed. Carol’s world revolves around Ed and their daughter, Sophia. What Carol lacks in confidence and self-esteem, she certainly makes up for with her empathy. As mild as she is in Season One, just wait til you see her in later seasons.
Andrea – In her former life, she was a civil rights lawyer. It is no wonder that she doesn’t take BS from anyone, not even her father figure, Dale. Andrea is more comfortable with a gun than being in the kitchen “playing house”. Andrea is opinionated, head-strong and although a rank amateur with a gun, she soon becomes a great sharp-shooter, thanks to Shane’s teaching.
Lori – Wife to Rick and mother to Carl. In this Walker-infested world, she is determined to shield Carl from the harsh realities that surround them constantly. Self-critical and always trying to find a solution to her family issues.
Carl – Son of Rick and Lori. When we first meet Carl, he is a young boy, and already eager to be an adult. The Walkers he finds more curious than a menace, and his curiosity does land him into trouble on more than one occasion.
Glenn – As I said before, Glenn is street-smart and for the most part, quiet. He is the one most favored to gather supplies for the group. Even if his actions do land him in trouble of his own at times.
Season One lasted for six episodes, and ended with Rick and his group of survivors gaining access to the C.D.C., only to find out that the building is on a countdown to self-destruct.
Unlike other Zombie shows, The Walking Dead certainly has raised the bar on survival horror themed entertainment. The characters, they grow on you…Even the ones who are annoying and deserve to be killed off.
There are other shows that have tried to cash in on the phenomenon that is TWD, but not one of them comes close to this one.
In my next TWD review, I will focus on Season Two, Life On The Farm
Plot: The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fast Review: Better Call Saul is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets the infamous Walter White. When we meet this shady lawyer, the man who will become Saul is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny and hustling anyone he can to make ends meet. Working alongside and often against Jimmy is fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks).
As we all know, this series is a spin-off from the hit TV series, Breaking Bad. Not often does a spin-off come close to its predecessor, but in the case of Better Call Saul, this series will definitely rival BB.
Great cast; Great locations; Great storylines; And great acting. Vince Gillian and Peter Gould have outdone themselves with this.
Verdict: Trust Me. I’m a lawyer 🙂
Rating: 10 out of 10
Plot: A medical student finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.
Review: Zombies… The whole Zombie genre has been done to death (lol). There are some shows that jump on the latest fad and ride it into oblivion. Other shows are quite an exception.
Take iZombie. iZombie tells the story of Liv Moore (NZ actress Rose McIver), and how at one fatal booze up on a boat turns her life upside down, from being an up and coming Med Student to working for the Seattle PD Morgue, and having an appetite for brains…
Despite the title, this show is surprisingly funny and takes the light-hearted look at life as a zombie.
I will not say too much about this series here, as that will give away too much. But, if you like horror-comedies and absolutely dig Zombies, then this is one show you do not want to miss.
Verdict: Live More 🙂
Rating: 9 out of 10
Plot: THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is a new single-camera comedy about the life and adventures of the last man on earth. PHIL MILLER (Forte) was once just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank – now he’s humanity’s last hope. Will he ever find another person alive on the planet? Would hoping that she is a female be asking too much?
Review: Thanks to an unlikely event, Phil Miller (Will Forte) wakes up one day to discover that he is the last man on Earth. The Last Man On Earth is an end-of-the-world comedy that follows the adventures of a less-than-average man who discovers what life is like when no one is telling you what you can and cannot do.
From the first episode, I found this show to be funny. Sure it has it’s dry moments, which there are several. But what the shows lacks, it makes up for in later episodes when Phil tries to score with the “woman of his dreams”.
Being the last man on Earth has advantages, as Phil so aptly demonstrates… Such as: All sized balls for friends; Reckless driving; Blowing stuff up; Setting himself on fire; Living in any house he wants; And of course, using a swimming pool as a toilet.
Phil manages to find Carol (Kristen Schaal). Carol is your very plain-jane kinda girl. Smart-assed, bat-shit crazy and knows what Phil is all about. As crazy as she is, she knows the score, so she hooks up with him, based on her criteria. One – she insists they get married; Two – their sex (if you want to call it that) is purely for breeding purposes. Here one would assume that any kind of sex would be good, considering Phil’s predicament…. He is the only man on Earth (so we are lead to think), and she is the only woman… Instead of making the most of it, he avoids – for the most part – sex with Carol like the plague…
Enter Hot girl.. Melissa Shart (January Jones). Of course, Phil develops an instant crush on her, but he cannot do anything since he is married to Carol, and Melissa doesn’t like cheaters 🙂
Being the Last Man On Earth would have some advantages, but none of them involve the idiot choices that Phil seems to make in each episode.
While it has it’s funny moments, I seriously doubt it will see Season 2.
Verdict: Don’t Shit In The Pool!
Rating: 6 out of 10
Plot: Having inherited the shop from his uncle, it’s business as usual for Granville at Arkwright’s corner shop.
Review: Granville (David Jason) returns in this sequel to to the series “Open All Hours“.
Arkwright is long dead and Granville now runs the shop with his daft son Leroy, the result of a one night stand in Blackpool. Granville has inherited his uncle’s shop, trying to sell nappy rash cream as a body building aid whilst the handsome boy is a hit with the female customers. Granville would like to get back with old flame Mavis, now back on the market, but she is guarded by her fearsome sister Madge though Mrs Featherstone, the one time Black Widow, is extremely interested in a dalliance with Granville – unlike retired nurse Gladys, who is no more interested in Granville than she was in his uncle.
The sequel series may not sit with some, and even some others have compared this to the original series, which finished up in 1985. Ronnie Barker may no long be with us, but David Jason is, and he brings back to the small screen the lovable character of Granville. The conniving, street-smart convenience shop owner who is always looking to make a fast buck from unsuspecting customers (such as the hair-net face mask incident), while trying his best to win the affections (and more) of his old flame, Mavis (Maggie Ollerenshaw), dealing with his half-wit son Leroy (James Baxter), and trying to play matchmaker with Gastric (Tim Healy) and the overprotective Madge (Brigit Forsyth).
Some familiar faces in this delightful reboot from the original series, and it is wonderful to see that even after 30 years, some things don’t change.
Verdict: May you stay Open All Hours for another decade 🙂
My Rating: 9 out of 10.
Remember Me (2014) – TV Series
Stars: Michael Palin, Mark Addy, Jodie Comer
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Plot: The day Tom Parfitt moves from his home into residential care, he becomes the sole witness to a violent death.
Review: BBC does it again with this horror themed TV mini-series. Remember Me tells the story of Tom Parfitt (Michael Palin). A widower who is about to move into a nursing home to live out the remainder of his days, However, there is a sinister ghost at work who is intent on keeping him alive to “take care of him”.
In this 3 part mini-series, we meet Hannah Ward (Jodie Comer), who plays the role of a nurse, who becomes obsessed with Tom’s obsession of the variations of the song “Scarborough Fair“. Mark Addy (Atlantis) plays the role of Rob Fairholme, the detective who assigns himself to discovering the truth about Tom.
I wont spoil the story here and give you any spoilers, but I will say that there are some influences here from The Ring and The Grudge. But told with a difference.
The scenery is amazing in this series. Creepy, gloomy, but perfect for this type of film. If you liked The Ring and The Grudge, then this series by BBC is a must watch.
Verdict: Will you go to Scarborough Fair?
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Ascension (TV Series)
Stars: Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt, Andrea Roth, Jacqueline Byers, Jessica Sipos
Plot: A young woman’s murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return.
Quick Review: 50 years into a 100 year space mission to find a new home planet, a murder takes place on board the spaceship, and all hell breaks loose. Yet, everything is not what it seems, as the crew of the ship believe that they are in deep space, when in reality, they are still on Earth, in a simulated spaceship, in an science lab of sorts.
Ascension was a good concept, but there were a number of flaws in this mini-series which did leave it somewhat disappointing.
Verdict: Deep Space None
My Rating: 5 out of 10