Login Successful: Halt and Catch Fire Renewed For Second Season

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In My Humble Opinion:  Halt and Catch Fire being renewed for a second season may be the best news the AMC  network has had for a while.  Yeah you read that right, I’m more excited about a Season Two of Halt and Catch Fire than I am about the news of a Walking Dead spin-off, because frankly…Halt and Catch Fire is a much better show.  Now, before you go all crazy Rick Grimes on me, I will say, The Walking Dead is a good show okay, but if you haven’t checked out Halt and Catch Fire yet, Alt+Tab / switch screens and make it a point to do so.  I may be partial because the show takes place during the PC boom of the 80’s, a decade near and dear to my heart but there are plenty of other reasons as well.  The writing is great, the characters are complicated, and the pace (yes I mean both the speed of the show and the lead actor Lee Pace) are just spot on.  In fact, I will say this here and now, Lee Pace’s Joe MacMillan could easily fill the void once filled by Jon Hamm’s Don Draper.  Both characters could sell ice to Eskimos, and have mysterious backgrounds that capture the viewer’s interest from the get go.  Hmmmmm, Joe ‘Mac’Millan…little nod to Mac computers?  Anyway, in addition to the work by Lee Pace, the rest of the cast turns in superb performances as well.  Mackenzie Davis as the young protegé/rebel Cameron Howe can’t decide whether she wants to buy into the system or maintain her counter-culture mentality (though it looks by the season finale she’s definitely leaning towards the latter).  Her love/work relationship with Joe MacMillan was a focal point not only her character for in Season One but MacMillan’s as well.  Two other fascinating characters are those played by Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe.  McNairy and Bishe play married couple Gordon and Donna Clark who both realize that they’ve grown up and have responsibilities but long for the days when they were young, adventurous, and the world was theirs for the taking.  Side Note: McNairy and Bishe also played a married couple in the film Argo…there go impress your friends.  While you’re at it, tell your friends to check out Halt and Catch Fire!


The Walking Dead Season 4 Preview

In My Humble Opinion:  I can’t wait…who else can’t?

 


The Walking Dead Q & A

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In My Humble Opinion: I love being sent stuff like this so that I can offer my insight.  My insight may not always be right, or what you agree with but hey, that’s why it’s called my humble opinion.  A friend of mine posted these questions and I offered my take on them.

1.  Rick was plenty crazy when he was wandering around outside the prison, no?

Rick lost it for sure…and now he seems to be okay again?  Well he seems to be okay for now, who knows when he’ll lose it again.  I think the whole “crazy” thing was a cop-out by the writing team to try to build suspense or keep the story moving…unfortunately it was a dumb idea in my opinion.  Yeah I’m sure that the strain of what he’s been through and leading the group is getting to him, but let’s be honest if anyone would be seeing visions of a dead Lori…wouldn’t or shouldn’t it be Carl?

 
2.  We still should not trust Merle at all.  I really thought there was a chance he would kill Herschel when they were having their bible study.

Me and a friend of mine have a soft spot for Merle.  I agree he isn’t the most trustworthy guy by any means but I think the scene you referenced above actually showed that Merle may have at one point been trying to better himself in Woodbury.  Of course I could turn right around and argue that a “reformed” Merle wouldn’t have locked Glenn in a room with a walker trying to kill him.  You watch out though, I think ole Merle is going to be a character to keep an eye on…I think he just might surprise us.

 
3.  Andrea is an idiot.  Every time I think she’s about to be cool, she does something stupid again.  That being said, I thought the prison gang’s response to her appearance was mean and dickish.  Except for Carol, who I am starting to like.

Don’t get me started on this…sorry but for lack of a better word, Bitch!.  Everything about Andrea annoys the hell out of me.  The way she walks around like she is king shit or queen bee.  Just her smug attitude gets my blood boiling, like everyone that survived the zombie apocalypse needs to run everything by her for approval or something?  That being said, I do see her point about not wanting to spill anymore blood and trying to broker the peace between the prison and Woodbury, but still, the way she went about it?   I was almost hoping the Gov. was just going to shoot her when she came back to Woodbury…yeah she is that annoying.  I will applaud her however on the fact that although the zombie apocalypse has occurred, she still feels sexy enough to put on a thong in the morning.

 
4. Tyrese and his gang are going to end up having to fight the prison gang in the season finale, amiright?

I don’t know what’s gonna happen with Tyrese and his gang.  It seems like that whole group’s introduction could have been handled a little more smoothly.  Side Note: The writers seem to introduce characters and not know what to do with them half the time.  I read in EW that the actor that played Axel was little pissed he was killed off so soon.  He thought he was going to have a much more substantial role in the series.  Even Andrew Lincoln was upset that Axel was killed off so quickly and spoke out about it.  It’s hard to feel bad when characters die that have only been in about 3 or 4 episodes and for only about 3 or 4 minutes of those episodes.  Now from what I understand, in the comics Tyrese is kind of Rick’s right hand man, but with Daryl being around in the tv series maybe the creators are trying to throw a curve ball and Tyrese will end up being cozy with the Gov?  I do feel like the season is gearing up for this big showdown at the prison that unfortunately is going to be a big let down.  Whatever happens, Tyrese is a man who knows how to use a hammer amiright?

 
5. Andrea sucks for not killing the governor.

Well…we know how I feel about Andrea…she’s a big ole hypocrite when it comes to a lot of things anyway but I do want to bring this up with regards to the Gov.  From what I’ve been told about the comics the Gov. is a sadistic mofo.  The picture I’ve been painted of him is that he is the kind of man who would have actually raped Maggie…and made Glen watch…and then possible raped him.  Let’s be honest though, the Gov. in the show….is he really that bad of a guy?  He is the mirror image of Rick honestly, he’s doing what he has to do to keep his people alive and safe.  When Michonne first got there she was snooping around,  poking her nose in where it didn’t belong.  Did he flip out, order to have her killed?  No, at first he extended the olive branch to her and Andrea saying he could use them both.  He has/had  a soft spot in his heart and kept his daughter alive because he couldn’t bear killing her (and anyone that says this is just “sick” must think that Morgan who couldn’t kill his walker wife or Hershel who let’s not forget had a whole damn barn full of walkers are “sick” too)  What has the Gov. really done to make him “sadistic?”  Okay he has the heads in jars…maybe if Rick found a hobby like that he wouldn’t be having visions of his dead wife?  A friend of mine made the joke that at least the Governor is experimenting on the walkers seeing if there is a way to in fact cure them?  True politician style, he’s putting resources into medical research to strengthen our economy people haha.  One more point about the similarities between Rick and the Gov.  Remember Season 2 after Rick capped the two guys in the bar (yeah killed them cold blood) then had that young man interrogated by Daryl back at the farmhouse?  How is that any different from what the Governor did to Maggie and Glenn…hell the Gov. even had his own Dixon brother handle some of the interrigation…just like Rick!


Robert Kirkman Will Ruin The Walking Dead!!!!

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In My Humble Opinion: Everything I’ve read about the television show and comic book series The Walking Dead leads me to believe that Robert Kirkman will not only eventually ruin the show, but that he’s a giant insecure asshole as well.  The Walking Dead television series was created using Robert Kirkman’s comic book series as source material.  If it wasn’t for show creator and developer Frank Darabont, his reputation in Hollywood, and his creative genius while running the first season, the show wouldn’t be where it is today.  Unfortunately after the first season proved to be a monumental success, breaking all sorts of records for AMC, Frank Darabont announced he would be leaving the show.  Why?  Well many believed that it was because he couldn’t adjust to the schedule of a television series but it was later confirmed that he was in fact fired because he was upset about budget constraints and “executive meddling.”  Executive meddling??? And who was serving as an executive producer of the show, Robert Kirkman of course.  Okay, we can chalk this up to coincidence right, or maybe I’m even jumping to conclusions at this point.  Let’s move on…

Glen Mazzara took over as show runner for Season 2 and Season 3.  Now follow me here for a second.  Mazzara took over as show runner for one of the biggest shows in AMC’s history right after Hollywood heavy hitter Darabont left.  My theory is that he didn’t really want to rock the boat and basically conceded to whatever direction Kirkman wanted to take the show; after all it was Kirkman’s material they were working from so Kirkman knew what he was talking about right?  Unfortunately, adopting this mentality resulted in probably one of the most boring sophomore seasons I’ve ever seen.  Yeah okay, people will argue about how great some of the episodes were, and I agree some of them were, but if you really think about it…Season 2 moved slower than the walkers in the series itself.  Mazzara probably noticed this, read the reviews and decided, “You know what, I’m picking up the frigging pace in Season 3 damn it!”  This has resulted in some of the best episodes yet.  The first half of Season 3 has seen all sorts of action and suspense that was missing from Season 2.  So you’d think that AMC would be happy right…well maybe they were, but you know who wasn’t?  Mr. “I got picked last for kickball” Robert Kirkman.  He couldn’t stand that Mazzara was finally taking the show in a direction the viewers were responding to so his answer was…I gotta get rid of Mazzara.  Sure enough, Mazzara announced he was leaving the show after Season 3 because Mazzara and AMC have a difference of opinion of where the show should go moving forward.  I guess Mazzara’s direction translated into getting more viewers; after all, so far Season 3 has averaged more viewers than both Seasons 1 and 2.  Maybe I’m reaching again?  Okay, let’s move on one more time…

When I read about this, it was the kicker for me.  I don’t know all the details of what really went on in any of these scenarios.  No one knows how everything really went down except for the parties involved; but when I read that Tony Moore, Co-Creator of The Walking Dead comic book series filed a lawsuit against Robert Kirkman which stated that Kirkman deceitfully engineered Moore into surrendering his rights to The Walking Dead comic book and the eventual television series I realized I wasn’t jumping to any conclusions.  What really struck me with this one is that Moore and Kirkman were/are childhood friends.  Kirkman screwed over a childhood friend that helped him ignite The Walking Dead into what it is today.  It’s clear that Robert Kirkman is an insecure ass that will do anything and everything to keep people from stealing his spotlight.


The Walking Dead Season 3…Is The Prison Really That Great?

In my humble opinion: I know we’re all excited for season 3 to premiere on AMC this Sunday, but I find myself asking…would I really want to take refuge in a prison?  I know in the comics, that’s how it goes and it’s cool and all, but I still can’t convince myself that if I was being chased by an army of the undead I would corner myself in a place that is designed to keep things in…not necessarily out.  I’ve had conversations with a friend of mine and we’ve come to two conclusions as to where we would head.  1.  The local Sam’s Club, Costco, or Wal-Mart…whichever is closer.  If you’ve seen any of the aforementioned destinations then you can attest to the fact that they are huge concrete buildings with limited entrances and exits, not to mention a plentiful amount of supplies such as food, clothing, generators, weapons, and entertainment.  I mean just because you’re avoiding flesh-eating monsters doesn’t mean you can’t take time out for a little XBOX action right?  2.  T-Dog had a pretty damn good idea at the end of season 2…head for the coast.  I mean if you can get to the beach and find a yacht or a large enough boat, then you can just sail up and down the coast, coming ashore whenever you need supplies.  I’ve never seen a zombie swim before, so odds are you’d be pretty safe; and let’s say they can swim, you’d only really be in danger if you crossed paths with a zombie Michael Phelps.  Anyway, wherever our characters end up, I’m still hyped for the season 3 premiere, just thought I would share my opinion as to where I’d go…but then again I guess a Wal-Mart full of zombies isn’t as exciting as a prison full of zombies.

 


The Killing….Dead in the Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my humble opinion:  AMC may have made a mistake by cancelling The Killing.  I understand that the fans were upset with how Season 1 ended and the ratings suffered in Season 2, but doesn’t that in itself show how passionate people were about the show; that they would react so emotionally about it.  I’ll admit, I thought the second Season was a little slow, but there were still some solid moments, not to mention performances, e.g. Joel Kinnaman as Stephen Holder.  Hopefully, from what I’ve read the show will find a home on another network, I mean it happened with Southland and Medium?  Another thing, if AMC is going strictly by the numbers, then how did Hell on Wheels get renewed?  I mean Hell on Wheels premiered with 4.36 million in viewers, falling to 2.84 million by the first Season’s end.  The Killing started Season 2 with 1.80 million in viewers, dropped as low as 1.31 million, but then climbed back up to an average of 1.64 million for the last two episodes.  In all fairness I have not seen an episode of Hell on Wheels.  Hopefully Joel Kinnaman will make good on his word about just filming another Season of The Killing on his own if a third Season didn’t get picked up.  Hey Joel, need a writer, I’m available????


Actress Katie Findlay (known for playing Rosie Larson in AMC’s The Killing) to star in Walking Dead Season 3…..as Zombie

In my humble opinion:  This would be an awesome (granted unlikely) tie in between the two shows.  Let me be clear though, this is just from my own mind, I haven’t read anywhere or heard anything about this actually happening, but how cool would it be if Rosie popped up as one of the undead?  I really do think the people at AMC incorporate little nods or subtle references to other shows on their network.  Case in point:  I was watching Breaking Bad Season 4 the other day (awesome show), trying to get ready for the upcoming season.  There is a scene where Walter is being ordered by his wife Skyler to return the car Walter had just bought for his son to the dealership.  The car is a brand new, red Dodge Challenger and Skyler insists that when Walter returns the car he asks for the manager Glenn.  “Glenn?” Walter asks…then pauses.  This was obviously a nod to the character Glenn from the Walking Dead and the car he fell in love with in season 1 (you remember Glenn speeding out of the city in his new red Challenger right?)  Anyway, whether Rosie Larson’s Zombie shows up on The Walking Dead or Don Draper finds a time portal and agrees to head up the marketing campaign for Walter White’s new miracle drug, AMC’s shows are worth a look.