Reckoning

Reckoning


Noah Plot Summary Revealed…CAUTION SPOILERS BELOW

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Noah is a young boy, standing on a hill with his father Lamech. Lamech is about to give him the serpent’s skin of the original serpent in Eden, which has been passed down for generations. Suddenly, a large crowd approaches, led by a young king named Tubal-Cain, who wants to make that hill into a mine. Seeing Lamech, Tubal-Cain kills him and takes the serpent’s skin, while Noah runs.

Many years pass. Noah is living with his wife Naameh and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, when he sees a small miracle: a drop of water hits the ground and a flower grows instantly. That night he has a dream where he sees the mountain his grandfather Methuselah lives on, and water covering the earth. He realizes that the Creator is trying to send him a message. He and his family run to visit Methuselah. On the way, they find a group of recently killed humans, and among them, a girl who is still alive, named Ila, and they adopt her. Also, Tubal-Cain’s men chase them, but they are afraid to enter the dark region that is inhabited by Watchers, fallen angels who look like stone golems.

It is recounted that the Watchers are friends with Methuselah because he saved them once. They came to earth to help the humans, but after learning from them, the humans tried to enslave and kill them. They tried to run, and Methuselah helped their escape by fighting the waves of human soldiers with a burning sword.

Noah speaks with Methuselah and receives a seed passed down from the Garden of Eden. He plants the seed on a plain, and an entire forest grows upon it within seconds. This miracle convinces the Watchers that Noah is chosen by the creator. Noah announces that all the wood will be used to build an Ark, and they start to help with the construction work.

Roughly eight years pass. As the Ark nears completion, animals start to leave the forests and walk into the ark, where they are put to sleep by incense that Noah prepares. Meanwhile, the surrounding lands have been running short on food, and the humans, led by Tubal-Cain, are beginning to eat human flesh. A horde of about 200 men, led by Tubal-Cain, approaches the Ark, and Tubal-Cain threatens to storm it, but the Watchers force him to turn back.

Noah realizes that his three sons need wives, and that Ila cannot serve because she is barren. He disguises himself and goes into the human camp in order to find three women, and take them into the ark. At the human camp, he sees humans being slaughtered for food, and some people behaving badly, and intense crowding and filth. He is stunned by this and gives up the effort, and becomes convinced that the Creator wishes for the entire human race to come to an end. Back at the camp, Methuselah blesses Ila and her barrenness is cured.

Shortly before the rains start to drop, Ham decides to go to the camp himself and find a woman. He falls into a pit filled with the dead and encounters a frightened young girl named Na’el. She is willing to go with him, but as they run back to the ark, her foot gets caught in an animal trap. Noah comes to help but sees the human horde coming to raid the ark, so he forces Ham to leave her behind and save himself. Seconds later, the human horde reaches her and tramples her to death as it passes. All of Noah’s family gets in except Methuselah, who chooses to die in the flood. As the ark gets launched, all the Watchers sacrifice themselves fighting the endless human waves. This allows them to return to their original forms and return to their Creator, who has forgiven them. As the flood waters rush toward the ark and his remaining soldiers drown, a wounded Tubal-Cain seizes the opportunity to survive and crawls up a pathway to a high point of the ark, hacking his way inside the vessel where he is eventually found by Ham. The wicked old king plays on Ham’s anger toward Noah for allowing Na’el to die. Outside, the family listens to the dying screams of those outside the ark. His family implores him to let some of them in, as they “have room,” only for a shell-shocked Noah to reply that there is no room for them.

Ila wakes up, feeling ill, and goes to Naameh who deduces that she is with child. At this exact moment, the rains stop completely. Ila says it is because the Creator smiles upon the unborn child. Naameh, Shem, and Ila inform Noah of this, but the patriarch rationalizes that the Creator’s wish to destroy humanity also extends to his own family, who he initially thought would simply die of old age once the flood waters recede. He tells the family that if the child is a boy then he will replace their youngest as the last man, but if a girl is born, he will kill the child upon her birth, much to Ila’s horror. Not truly willing to do such a thing so much as feeling it is a duty to the Creator, a tearful Noah climbs to the top of the ark and asks for the Creator’s counsel. Finding no answer, Noah resolves to do as he told his family. Meanwhile, Tubal-Cain finds aid from the naive Ham (eventually acquiring the boy’s help in a plot to kill Noah) and Naameh makes one final, unsuccessful attempt to dissuade her husband.

Many months pass. Ila, now hugely pregnant, and Shem build a small raft to escape Noah’s plot to kill their child. Noah burns the raft. The shock of this causes Ila to go into labor. With Naameh’s assistance, the terrified young girl gives birth to twin girls. Hearing the babe’s cries, Noah pursues Ila to the top of the vessel. As Ila sings to the crying infants to pacify them before they die, Noah looks upon the girls and decides to let them live.

Tubal-Cain has seemingly manipulated Ham into believing the king is killing Noah for the sake of Ila and Shem’s offspring as well as vengeance for Na’el, and Ham lures Noah to the tail end of the ark on the pretense that the animals have awoken and have begun cannibalizing each other. As Noah and Tubal-Cain engage in a brutal fight, the ark hits a mountain and Tubal-Cain is thrown through the shattered wall of the vessel, being greatly injured. As the king rises and attempts to finish a similarly injured Noah off, a repentant Ham stabs Tubal-Cain in the ribcage, killing him.

As the rest of the family begins making a new life for themselves, Ham decides it is time for him to leave, still angry at Noah for what happened to Na’el. Ila confronts Noah on allowing his grandchildren to survive, telling him that the Creator gave him the choice of whether mankind should be saved or not. When she asks why he didn’t kill them, Noah reveals he had nothing but love for the babies when he first saw them, because he saw the goodness of mankind. Later, the family stands atop a cliff face and Noah blesses them all as the beginning of a new human race. They watch as the Creator sends a rainbow from the sky, covering all of the Earth, signaling his promise to never destroy mankind again.


The Walking Dead: Alone – According to Travis

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In Travis’ Humble Opinion:

In attempting to review this week’s episode of the Walking Dead, I’ve had a hard time not making it about all the things that are and have been frustrating me about the entire series.  Maybe it’s because this week’s episode was a good example of a bunch of them or maybe it’s just that some of the issues the show is having are making it harder for me to enjoy it.  Either way, big sigh, here we go.

                Right out of the gate we get a completely irrelevant flashback about character Bob Stookey, about whom we know little at this point, other than he was/is an alcoholic and he has some medical training maybe.  So here we go with the writers (and I feel inclined to blame Robert Kirkman primarily because I don’t like him) beating us over the head with this “new found” focus on character development.  So what does this little flashback tell us about old Bob?   Ummmm…that he wants to be around people because wandering around by yourself sucks?  That he’s not afraid to die?  I don’t even know really.  Then, following the pattern set up for this season, or this half of this season, or whatever it is, the focus is on a couple of smaller groups, in this case some Maggie/Sasha/Bob and some more Daryl /Beth, as if we didn’t get a full dose of that pair last week.  Although, I can see why they added the Bethryl  (did I just do that?) interludes as the material for the other mini-group is pretty poor. 

                So stuff happens, conversations are had, characterization happens for some of the people we didn’t know that much about, and at the end of the day, down the road we go again with no end in sight, save some vague place called Terminus that we know even less about than Bob Stookey at the end of this episode, which isn’t much.  My opinion?  The tease on this place has been way too long already and there’s no way it will live up to this kind of buildup.  This is what drives me insane about this show.  There is no forward momentum whatsoever, no narrative drive.  I mean, I realize they’ve been out there a long time and survival is key, but shouldn’t they at least be attempting to see if there is any salvation to their predicament?  Maybe try to at least leave the state of Georgia or the tri-county area at large?  Could be the zombie pandemic ends as you head north when you stop seeing Stuckeys, Rick and company will never know because they never leave the 20 mile area around where they’re from.  As Sean is fond of pointing out, perhaps T-Dogg’s “let’s head for the coast” idea is starting to look a little more appealing.

                So we’ll see what happens next week.  Looks like we’re getting a big ol’ dose of Tyrese and Carol, i.e. another week of running in place.  I pretty much feel like I could tune out for the next couple of weeks and come back for the season finale and won’t have missed much.  In fact, maybe that’s the strategy for the Walking Dead.  Watch the first and last episode of each half of each season and just skip all the filler.


The Walking Dead: Alone – According to Sean

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In Sean’s Humble Opinion:

The Walking Dead’s pace lately has been snail-like at best.  Extending this season to 16 episodes is probably one of the worst things the show could have done.  We’ve had far too many “walk around / sit around looking glum” episodes and not enough “defend the prison, fight for your life, run from the walkers, exciting” episodes.  I will say that the shining light was Rick hiding while intruders came into the house he was staying in, that at least sparked some excitement and suspense.  Other than that the sluggish pace can be blamed on the fact that the creators/show runners want to focus on characterization…fine with me, but surely there are ways you can do this and be more exciting than Ben Stein calling attendance, “Bueller, Bueller, Bueller…”  Here are my biggest issues with the most recent episode Alone.

  • Okay, I know I said “this episode” but I have to get this off my chest.  When you watch The Walking Dead lately, are you like me in that you think you’ve accidently turned on the Outdoor Network?  I mean I understand the survivors want stay away from populated cities where there’s lots of walkers, but seriously these characters spend more time in the woods than Jeremiah Johnson.
  • Characterization:  The opening flashback of Bob walking alone.  Okay, if it was to help us learn more about him, about the only thing I learned was that…he got used to walking alone.  Oh and he’s an alcoholic, sorta.  I mean all it really shows is him sipping on some cough medicine right?  And haven’t we already established he’s a drunk?  He openly admitted it to Daryl at the beginning part of the season.  If you want to develop characters through the flashback concept, then take a cue from Lost and show what these characters were like BEFORE all this happened.  I mean honestly, Glenn, a character that’s been with us since the beginning, all we know about him is that he used be a pizza boy?  Oh and don’t treat the past like a big mystery.  The whole, “What did Daryl do before the apocalypse” was somewhat entertaining, but why not treat the viewer to a flashback of what his life was really like.  Instead of him telling the story about him, Merle and the tweaker, show it!  Doing this will help the viewer’s connect more with the characters and be a welcomed change of pace.
  • The Fog scene – Pretty cool – But really?  4 seasons that span what…3 to 4 years and you just now came up with it?
  • Daryl and Beth coming up on a graveyard was pretty ironic I thought.  Though I was little confused when Daryl says, “We’ll just take some” then in a shot later in the episode it looks like they pretty much took everything…screw whoever lives here!
  • Maggie, Bob, and Sasha’s camp.  Seriously?  How close do you want to let Walkers get?  The trip wires with hub caps tied on were close enough a walker could pretty much reach out and grab one of them from it?  Even if you heard the hub caps clang together, you’d have about what 5 seconds at most?
  • Why is there any argument whatsoever about going to Terminus?  Sasha doesn’t wanna go because she wants to “survive” and they should stop at the first town they come to.  Hey, why not travel to a town that says…”Those who arrive, survive” seems like you’ll be accomplishing your survival goal if you head that-a-way that right?  It was a pathetic excuse to have this group break up and then have a big emotional reunion at the end.  I can still see Maggie walking up and smiling ear to ear so happy to see Bob again.  Hey, you could have solved all this by…not leaving in the first friggin place!  You can’t have a great joyous reunion with people who voluntarily left one another!
  • Our perceptions of these people are based solely on assumptions or stereotypes we subscribe to.  I keep reading about how these characters have changed so much, but what evidence do we really have to base that on?  Glenn was a pizza boy; we’re assuming he’s changed because we have assumptions of what a pizza boy’s life would be like.  Okay, yeah they’ve changed since we first met them, but the show could take this so much further.  We assume Rick is this natural leader with morals of the highest regard, but think back to when the series began and he was talking about the issues he was having with Lorrie.  Maybe he had an affair that sparked all that, maybe he was a drunk before it all happened too.   There’s just so much you could do with the flash back idea that would create a little momentum in the show and not this ho-hum, “let’s get to Terminus and have it not live up the hype that we’ve created for it whatsoever” vibe.