The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 8 (Mid-Season Finale)

Okay, so, the mid-season finale is over and I just wanted to do a quick blog with my thoughts. With everything that’s happened already in the season, from the Glenn fiasco to the Morgan backstory and everything else, I truly had no idea what direction they were going to go in the mid-season finale. I half expected to be introduced to Negan or a new character to move the story into a new direction for the second half of this season. That didn’t happen (unless it was on that extra scene that was during that other show that I don’t watch).

The episode was good, it was intense, a couple of my favorite scenes were when Maggie narrowly escaped the walkers, the scene where Deanna was screaming near the end. That was probably one of the more haunting scenes from The Walking Dead since it’s inception. I did enjoy the talks with Michonne and Deanna as well as the talk with Glenn and Enid. I’m very worried about Morgan and Carol and what the Wolf escaping means for the guys.

All that being said, I do have to admit this episode ended and I still didn’t feel like that big moment had happened yet. Not that that’s a bad thing necessarily, there were plenty of cliff hangers, plenty of questions unanswered and plenty to lead us into the second half. So I’m not upset, in fact, I’m quite excited to see where it goes from here! And yes, they brought back the covered in guts walking through Walkers bit! I loved it! Kudos, hats off to everyone involved in the show, great first half of the season!

Thanksgiving – What are your traditions?

It’s that time of year, the time of year where we stuff our faces, sit on our butts and watch football with the family all the while letting each other know what we are thankful for. I don’t really have anything witty to do for this blog but I wanted to do a quick one just to tell everyone that reads my blog Happy Thanksgiving! I know, personally, I love smelling the smell that fills the house on the day you do your cooking (be it on Thanksgiving or before, or after, we are doing ours Wednesday because of work but it’s the same Holiday regardless of when you celebrate it)! Right now my house smells of turkey cooking in the over, pies that were baked last night. Delicious. Thanksgiving morning/day is Macy’s Parade time then football, today is all about the family, food and Dan Gheesling playing Fallout 4 Youtube Videos! Earlier today I let our son pick out the present he wanted to get Mom for Christmas and we got that on order, he picked a very cool piece of art for her, I think she’ll love it! I’m debating on when to put up the Christmas tree this year, typically it’s the day after Thanksgiving but we both have long work days that day, so not sure yet. I don’t know if I want to get into putting pictures of food and stuff in these blogs, it may be cool but at the same time some people hate it. So I haven’t decided YET, but if I do decide to start using pics and stuff in blogs and you don’t like it, just ignore it, if you do like it then enjoy it!

Among many things, such as my family, friends which I won’t name individually but know that if you fall into this category I am very thankful for each and every one of you! There are A LOT of people that I miss dearly this Thanksgiving but I’m sure they are celebrating and thinking about us as we celebrate and think about them, it’s a beautiful thing. And I am thankful for all of you that read my blog as well. Since it started it now has over 4,000 views, which is phenomenal considering I am boring as crap. In any case, spend time with those you love, enjoy some fantastic food and some fantastic football (the Panthers play the Cowboys) and then watch some awesome TV, play some awesome video games and share that love with your friends and family!

—Other Notable Things I’m Excited About—————————–
Turkey
Family
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Fried Dressing
Football
Youtube Fallout 4 with Dan Gheesling

Scream Queens – Season 1 Episodes 1-9

So in today’s blog I wanted to talk about one of my favorite new series on TV right now….Scream Queens. A show that I did NOT expect to like as much as I do. We are nine episodes in and have four episodes to go in this season so I wanted to do a quick blog to share my thoughts thus far. This blog is releasing just a few hours before episode 10 airs. But here are my thoughts so far…

So this started out beautifully, the not-so politically correct humor made it so fun to watch that I was instantly drawn in. Then, I realized the story I was watching develop was a great one! It does follow the guidelines of one of my favorite horror movies of all time, Scream, in that you are left guessing who the killer is constantly. And I love the way that is accomplished in this show! From the first episode I have been making guesses, arguing with friends who the killer might be and then changing my mind based on new info! So, kudos to you writers! There are only 4 episodes left in this season and I still only know for sure the two killers that have been revealed, the third killer I still don’t know. I have heard many guesses and have a guess myself but I really don’t have anything to back it up except hunches. And this is a great thing! When a story leaves you guessing this long into the arc it’s a good sign they have written it well! The corny, raunchy and down-right hilarious jokes littered throughout the series are incredible. There isn’t really anything about this show that I don’t like, except I can’t figure out how they will do a second season unless each season is a stand-alone story, or structured like American Horror Story, which I wouldn’t be opposed to.

So yes, watch this show if you haven’t!

—–Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————-
New episode of Scream Queens
Man in the High Tower
Panthers are 10-0!

Adventure Time – Stakes

So I watched the recent Adventure Time arc, Stakes. It is about Marceline and her life as a vampire, but more importantly, how she became the Vampire Queen.

Without giving too much of the story away, I will say I actually really loved the vampire characters and the entire theme and tone of the series. It had the typical fun of the usual Adventure Time, but also had some real fear, (the vampires are really scary!) the feeling of suspense, (Jake’s deep fear of the bloodsuckers) and the heavy questions that come with looking at forever and an unending war.

Though it is aimed at the younger crowd, the vampires are amazing. Each are different with different skills, powers, and viewpoints. My personal favorite is Hierophant, the so called ‘old-school vampire’ who still needs to be invited before he enters your home.

So if you like horror that is a bit kitschy, but really unique and intriguing, Stakes is for you!

Keep watching.
Dwayne

Art by Dwayne Biddix - @dlx_artist
Art by Dwayne Biddix – @dlx_artist

Character is copyright of it’s respective owner, this is fanart by Dwayne Biddix. This art may NOT be used without my permission.

The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 7

This is the episode before the mid-season finale and I was very excited to see what direction the story went for the first half of the season to lead into the second half!

Well, I guess that answers the question about Glenn. I guess it makes sense since the rumor is that Negan is on the way, so they need to save Glenn for that heartbreaking scene.  Here is my thoughts on the whole situation. The death of Glenn in the comic is so iconic that I’m afraid that is ruined now in the show, since they faked it. So here’s what I would do, if I were the writer. I would flip the script. I would put Daryl in Glenn’s place with Negan, have him kill of Daryl. That way, it will be as iconic as in the comic because Daryl is a beloved character in the show, non-existant in the comic and would have the the same shock  value as far as iconic goes in the show as it was in the comic. Or at least close. To me, that’s the only way out at this point. You have fake killed Glenn at this point so the huge initial shock of his death at Negan’s hand is gone. So do something no one would expect to really make it iconic. Oh, and we get to keep Glenn in my scenario! I’m not going to speculate or discuss Enid at the moment.

Maggie, I loved her character in the beginning, but for the past few episodes her fake southern accent is becoming very distracting. I hope they figure out what’s causing that and get it under control before it makes her character too annoying to like anymore.

Morgan, even in this state, is still in the top tier as one of my favorite characters on the show. I am biased, I know, because of his role in the show Jericho, I have loved everything he has done. I sincerely hope they keep him in the main character role and use him more and more in some way.

The best quote of the night, “The people around you dying, that’s the hard part.” The best commercial during the show, the Fallout 4 commercial of course! What’s with the blood going through the walls? I have no idea. No clue.

I did quite like the interaction between Glenn and Enid in this episode. Sure, she did pull a gun on him but it all worked out for the best…so far. The dialogue was good, the scenes were good. The two had good presence on the screen together. I think that segment was a win! Not that they are friends or anything, just good presence.

Overall, I think this episode was good. I am not sure how I feel about the whole Glenn situation still, the feelings still aren’t processed. But overall, I think it was a successful episode.

——Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————
Saints & Strangers started today (DVR’d)Fallout 4
Glenn is on Talking Dead tonight
The Man in the High Castle

Fallout 4 — Early Thoughts

Needless to say, I was one of the millions that was so excited for the Fallout 4 release I was counting down the hours. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon and it was delivered safely on release day. When I opened the package, before I even installed the game, I looked at the cool poster that came with it. I got it for the Xbox One so I also got a download of Fallout 3 for free, which I was very excited about. I haven’t played 3 yet so no spoilers! So yea, I thought I would take a minute, since I have several hours invested into it at this point, not too many but several.

First, let me say, I LOVE it. It’s a truly beautiful game. The graphics are amazing, the story line, so far, is phenomenal. I liked the character design element, I liked the intro to the world. So anyway, the game started and as soon as I got out of the vault I immediately started the exploring, which I am certain a large number of people did! I did that for a while, found some stuff then decided to progress the story. I did so and then got to the point where you can build stuff. As soon as I started messing with that I spent a lot of time playing around with that before I realized I should probably do some more quests and progress the story. I have done several quests and helped stabilize several places so far. I have, not once, got bored with the game while I was playing it. It stays fresh and exciting. I really just wanted to do a quick blog to express my thoughts thus far, before I got too far in.

Overall, amazing, that’s the best word to describe it. There are tons of videos on Youtube, twitch and other places you can watch some of the gameplay. Even if you don’t want to buy it and play it, it’s a fun game to watch someone else play!

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New Episode of The Walking Dead
The Man in the High Castle New Episodes
Working on a short fiction to submit to a publisher
Thanksgiving week = 3 days off the day job!

The Walking Dead Season 6 Episodes 4, 5 & 6

I got a bit behind in my blogs about The Walking Dead so I am just going to clump all these episodes together and kind of summarize my thoughts about them overall.

So far we still don’t know if Glenn is truly dead, undead or not. We did get a little of cliff hanger on Episode 6 when we heard someone’s voice on the walkie talkie saying help. Everyone that voted on Talking Dead seemed to think that was Glenn’s voice, but I am unsure. Daryl has apparently given up his crossbow and his bike, which I think maybe it was time to sort of revitalize his character anyway, so that could be a good start. I LOVED the way they they did the Morgan episode, some say it was slow and/or boring but I think it was fantastic. And it doesn’t make me dislike Morgan’s character in the slightest, in fact, I think I like it more. And what is the deal with the blood running down the wall in Alexandria?! I guess we will have to wait to find that out!

There are only two episodes left before the half season break this year and there are a lot of things going on, I am very excited to see how they kind of wrap it up for the mid-season finale!

Art by Dwayne Biddix - @dlx_artist
Art by Dwayne Biddix – @dlx_artist

Predictions: I still think that we will find out Glenn was rescued/captured by the Wolves or some other new introduction group as I think the Alexandria story line has almost served it’s purpose for now. I’m not saying they will be leaving Alexandria anytime soon, I am simply saying that I think soon another part of the story will be revealed. For those that have read the comic, you know what I am referring to. No spoilers since it’s just my prediction anyway.

——Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————–
New Episode of The Walking Dead
The Man in the High Castle New Episodes
Working on a short fiction to submit to a publisher
Thanksgiving week = 3 days off the day job!
Fallout 4 (I’ve invested several hours already)

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The Man In The High Castle – Season 1 Episode 1 & 2

The Man in the High Castle is an original Series that’s available on Amazon Prime. I was searching for something new to watch and honestly just stumbled upon this series, and boy am I glad I did! The basic idea, from my understanding thus far, is this story is set in a different future than we are in, the Nazi army won World War 2 and this story is set in that reality. Japan controls one part of the US, there is a neutral zone and the Nazis have the other part. The story, so far, is centralized around a few main characters. The writers have done a great job in just two episodes of making you care about what happens to the characters. The writing is very well done, the actors are doing a splendid job and it’s an overall fantastic experience so far!

More good news, the rest (I assume) of season 1 came out on Prime today! So that means some binge watching is in order! If you like things based on history, alternate forms of history, war type settings and a good, solid drama then I suggest you watch this series!

—-Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————-
The Panthers are STILL undefeated
South Park is AMAZING this season (possible blog incoming)
AHS is still going strong
New episode of Scream Queens soon