Tallahassee Vs. Daryl Dixon…Who Is Your Pick?

In My Humble Opinion:  This is a tough one!  Who’s the better zombie killer?

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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 Mid-Season Finale, To Be Continued, And Irregular Programming Apocalypse

In My Humble Opinion: One of my biggest pet peeves in today’s television world is the “Mid-Season Finale.”  It seems to be a trend that more and more networks are embracing and incorporating into their respective television line-ups.  Not only does the implementation of this absurd and often frustrating marketing ploy (cause let’s be honest, that’s all it really is) piss me off, but the term itself bothers me as well.  I mean really look at the term…Mid-Season Finale….how can you have a finale of something you’re in the middle of?  You can’t, it makes no sense, just go with Mid-Season Hiatus or be completely honest networks and call it, Mid-Season We Have You By The Balls And You Will Wait On Us To Air More Shows.  Okay, that might be a little long, but surely an acronym can be made up.  I mean I remember watching Breaking Bad back in August and before the Mid-Season Finale came on there was an announcement, “Be sure to catch the last episode of 2012.”  Really!!!!  It’s friggin August man, a network that valued its viewers would have just either shortened the season or gotten off its ass, filmed the entire season and aired it all at once….so what if it overlaps with The Walking Dead?  Something else that bothers me, not nearly as much as the Mid-Season Finale, but still gets under my skin is when a series ends a season with a To Be Continued episode.  Season finale’s have notoriously ended with cliff-hangers, and that’s understandable cause you want viewers to return the following season to find out what happened, but adding to that and making the episode To Be Continued is just bad form.  Networks want us to wait however many months till next season to find out how this particular episode should end?  It’s hard enough waiting till the following week with a To Be Continued episode dammit!  This brings me to my last point, and I have to call out USA because it seems to be the most guilty of networks  when it comes to what I call “Irregular Programming.”  I don’t necessarily have TV schedules memorized, but I can generally remember when a new season of a show is coming back on, except when it keeps changing.  I swear, Psych on USA is probably the worst offender.  The show will air for a few months, go off the air for a few, come back for a few, disappear for a year, come back for two weeks, be gone for a month, then come back for its Mid-Season Finale.  The reason I put Irregular Programming last is because I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about it since I watch the majority of my shows via On Demand anyway.  However, it’s just another example of how networks feel they can hold power of their viewers and do with them what they like, and of course, given how reliant we are on television nowadays we have no choice but to submit……

 


The Walking Dead Reaffirms The Stereotype That Black Characters Bite It First.

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In My Humble Opinion:  If you’re a black actor and you get a chance to play on The Walking Dead…your days are numbered.  I don’t know if Rick’s group has some sort of affirmative action thing where it only allows a certain amount of black characters in the group at one time or not?  Either way,  it’s safe to say that the stereotype of black characters being the first ones to bite it (pun intended) in the horror genre lives on in The Walking Dead. I’m going through the seasons so if I leave anyone out, please let me know.  First we had Morgan and Duane Jones, played by Lennie James and Adrian Kali Turner respectively.  They were the father son team that saved Rick in the pilot,  nursed him back to health and then parted ways when Rick left for Atlanta to find his wife Lori and son Carl.  Morgan and Duane were lucky in that they weren’t killed off;  they were just left behind with the thought being they would eventually all hook back up in Atlanta.  Of course, if you’re keeping up with the show you know we haven’t seen neither hide nor hair of the two characters since.  Next there was Jacqui, an Atlanta survivor that eventually decided to share Dr. Jenner’s fate and remain behind at the CDC while it self-destructed.  I know what you’re thinking, what about T-Dog, played by IronE Singleton?  I thought he was going to be a little bit more involved in Season 2, but he was used more as filler or background than as a true part of Rick’s group.  His only main piece of input comes when the Hershel Farm is overrun by walkers and he suggests the group head to the coast…which was actually a pretty good idea (of course it was completely ignored).  The transition to Season 3 had T-Dog really stepping it up and showing how important of a role he had in the group.  I for one was looking forward to him kicking some ass this season, unfortunately he became zombie chow just a few episodes into the Season.  Season 3 also introduced us to inmates Big Tiny, Andrew, and Oscar.  Big Tiny died in the very episode he was introduced in, Andrew died an episode or two after he was introduced (though he did have it coming) and Oscar only made it a few episodes more than his fellow inmates.  All hope is not lost however, we now have Michonne, Tyreese, and Sasha.  Unfortunately with the way things have been going on the show, I don’t have much hope for Sasha lasting very long and the only reason I see Tyreese and Michonne sticking around is because they are such fan favorites from the comics.  We’ll see how things pan out for the characters in a couple of months, but frankly I wouldn’t hold my breath.


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.

 


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.