As you guys know, I love both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones TV series. But lately I’ve been working my way through Breaking Bad (just finished the third season) and House of Cards (just finished the first season). Both shows are ridiculously addictive and yet I just bought a new TV series to work my way through this winter: HBO’s Rome. I’ve heard both good and bad things about it but it was on sale at HMV so I figured I might as well give it a try. If I totally hate it I can sell it to the used DVD shop down the street.
So what TV series do you guys follow? What would you recommend to other people? Why? Have you watched Rome? If so, how was it?
Since I don’t analyze TV shows/movies as in-depth as I do books here are just some of my general thoughts on the finale tonight:
1. I was convinced Glenn or Daryl were going to die for pretty much the entire episode. I’m not sure why but knowing that Glenn is dead in the comics always makes me nervous when he’s in any sort of peril.
2. Morgan’s back! And he’s not crazy! He’s oddly zen and I really hope that in Season 6 they go a bit into his backstory and we find out how he went from the total crazy person he was in ‘Clear’ to one of the more sane people in the finale ‘Conquer’. Now that would be a story.
3. I kind of want Michonne to take over Alexandria. She’s got far more sense than Rick or Deanna. Rick’s riding the crazy train right now and Deanna is probably going to get there after losing her husband and son in such a short period of time. I don’t mean that Rick is as crazy as he was in the prison but he really does need to tone things down before he goes full Shane.
4. Go Carol!
5. Who are the Wolves? And what’s their endgame? They seem pretty messed up and I think they’ll be a major plot point in Season 6 but at the same time Scott Gimple has said that while people were the main threat in previous seasons, they won’t be in Season 6. (That was in the letter Chris Hardwick read aloud on Talking Dead.)
Did you guys watch the finale? Thoughts?
So after that rather lively discussion yesterday (which is still ongoing if you want to chime in) I think I definitely deserve a lazy Sunday. So today I’ll be writing a couple of reviews for the week ahead, possibly writing a Forgotten Figures article and of course watching second half of The Walking Dead season 5.
They sure left off on a cliffhanger with the events at the hospital and I’m very interested to see how their trip to Virginia goes. Will they find sanctuary or will the place be overrun? Due to the series’ current pattern I’d say it probably is too good to be true and won’t be a shelter for Rick and the gang. Or it will be a decent shelter before the series’ next villain decides he wants it or makes everyone take sides as to what they’ll do to survive. Still, I’m very interested in seeing how the characters cope with the death of a certain character, particularly Maggie and Daryl.
On another note, another of my favourite shows is coming back tonight as well: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I’m so glad that HBO has both expanded his writing crew as well as given him 35 instead of 24 episodes for the season. John Oliver uses his comedy to take on some pretty tough issues in a funny yet horrifying way that makes you both laugh and want to weep for humanity at times. It’s great entertainment and it’s more informative than the ‘real’ news so I’m also very excited to have it back.
What are you guys up to this Sunday?
I hadn’t really intended on straying from books so much, but hey, Sundays are lazy days for me. So let’s talk about one of the most popular shows on TV: The Walking Dead.
I really loved last Sunday’s episode. We got to see so much more character development on both of their parts. I like the idea that both of them are struggling to move on from their painful pasts. For them, the apocalypse was a sort of second chance, a chance to fit into the new normal and have a whole new family to replace the awful ones they came from. And the fact that we got to see Atlanta again, particularly how nature is reclaiming the man-made structures. It was sort of depressing bonus, but a bonus nonetheless.
The cliffhanger ending at the end of ‘Consumed’ is partly why I’m so psyched for ‘Crossed’. But there’s more to it than that:
To me, it looks like Daryl and Noah are going to go back to the church and get Rick and the group to come storm the hospital. Carol’s life is still in danger because of her injuries, though. Will they make it in time? And will everyone make it out alive?
I’m not sure. What do you guys think?
Spotlight is my Saturday feature in which I highlight a book I’m looking forward to or really enjoyed. This week, I want to highlight one of the best zombie books I’ve ever read: The Return Man by V. M. Zito.
The outbreak tore the U. S. in two. The east remains a safe haven. The west has become a ravaged wilderness. They call it the evacuated states.
It is here that Henry Marco makes his living. Hired by grieving relatives, he tracks down the dead and delivers peace.
Now Homeland Security wants Marco for a mission unlike any other. He must return to California, where the apocalypse began. Where a secret is hidden. And where his own tragic past waits to punish him again.
But in the wastelands of America, you never know who—or what—is watching you…
If you love AMC’s The Walking Dead, you will absolutely love The Return Man. Heck, if you love zombies, good characters, fast plots and conspiracies, you’ll love V. M. Zito’s debut novel. Basically: You’ll probably love this book.
Not only is Marco a great character you can sympathize with because he stayed back in the Evacuated States to return his zombified wife, but Wu is also amazing. Wu is kind of an ambiguous character because he’s not a villain, but he’s certainly not a hero in the traditional sense of the word. I can’t decide whether I like Marco or Wu better, so their journey together from both points of view was a satisfying thrill ride.
The plot is fast and dramatic (but believable) and the zombies are terrifying. No, they’re not ‘fast zombies’, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t scary. Believe me, with the descriptions Zito gives of the zombies and all the gore they cause, you may lose your appetite. The purpose of those graphic descriptions isn’t so much to gross out the reader as to bring home the point that in real life, a zombie apocalypse would be absolutely horrifying.
I wouldn’t recommend The Return Man for sensitive readers, but for everyone else: Go for it!