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Blog Entry 5/6 – Fear The Walking Dead – Season (so far) review

Hello everyone and welcome back to ChrisCarp’s Rambles! Today we are going to talk about Fear The Walking Dead. I wanted to share my thoughts on the new season so far. So let’s jump in…

The first episode of the season, as expected, was very centered on Morgan and how he is planted into the show moving forward. Don’t get me wrong, I love Morgan, but I feel that they spent too much time on the first episode of Fear and the finale episode of The Walking Dead setting it up. That said, the first episode wasn’t bad but wasn’t anything special. I did like the introduction of the new characters and am excited to see how they are used.

The second episode was a bit more along the lines of what the show normally is. I really enjoyed the first part of the episode when they are showing life inside the walls with the farms. 

As usual Nick’s character (and acting) is super annoying and I wish they’d leave him out of the show completely typically. The scene where he is driving out, however, was very well done and very relate-able and made me ALMOST like his character. I have no idea what is going on with the arrival of the people boarding the zombies and sitting there drinking. I do like the idea of this and the introduction of the new characters. I’m actually a bit more excited about this show than the original Walking Dead. The concept of what they do is very interesting. I really enjoy the direction of the show showing how life works in the walls. Turns out it was a flashback and then we move to Morgan again…

In the third episode of the season we see Nick destroying all the crops and burning them. I was a bit taken by surprise when we went back into a flashback sequence instead of present. But then it went back to present, thank goodness. I was very excited to see this first interaction!

The vehicle crash and first interactions between the newer characters and the old characters instantly drew my attention and I was very excited to see how it went. By the way, I am writing this review as I watch it live so it may be a bit scattered. I absolutely love the ton, and setting in this episode. The background noises, the whole thing is amazing. I may have said it before but I must say it again…I think this show is overtaking the original as far as interest by me. I really am enjoying the interaction between Nick and Morgan in this episode, which makes me happy because normally I don’t like interactions between Nick and anyone. Morgan showed him immediately just how bad-ass he was. The camera usage on this show does leave me wondering how hard/easy it is to get batteries in the apocalypse.  I have no idea what the hell Nick is trying to accomplish and wouldn’t even toss Morgan his stick. After punching him in his bum leg. This is why I can’t stand that character.

‘Because the truth matter’,  ‘The truth isn’t about words, it’s about what really happens’. This was my favorite line of quotes of the season so far. It was so meaningful and in depth. Very impressive writing. Too bad it went back to a scene with Nick after that. And then Morgan has to come save him, after all that. That’s why I love Morgan, but he should have just left him be for zombie food.

That being said I am excited to see where this interaction takes us.  ‘I don’t kill’ is Morgan’s reasoning for not leaving Nick for Walker food. I get it, but gah. Then we cut to more flashbacks.

Morgan not being at 100% is depressing but at the same time, his 50% is better than most characters anyway. I do have to admit the acting in this second half of the episode has really fallen off. But that’s okay, the story is still going amazingly so far. And the horn honking, annoying, but it’s an important element of the story so I get it. Sorry if this is running a bit long, I seem to review more in depth when I do live rather than a few days later. But again, these blogs will alternate between styles and topics as I feel like it. Anyway, the scene where they are pulling out the vehicle seems so off to me, why not start the thing and help the truck pull it out? If it won’t start then what’s the point in pulling it out to start with? Morgan’s talk with Nick is very well written. Wait….is Ann the one leaving the flags with the numbers? It makes me wonder after seeing the secret hiding place and the way it was labeled. Also, is Madison not alive anymore? It seems they are only using her in flashbacks and making it so we get the feels when we see her on screen. It makes me worry. Err, what. WHAT. Nick gets shot by Charlie!?! Oh, spoilers by the way. I don’t even….WOW. Holy crap. Wow! I can’t believe they are seemingly going to kill off Nick! They did it. WHAT, they did it! This is what The Walking Dead used to be! That caught me by complete surprise! Did they? I have no idea. I think so.

Alright that’s it for this blog. Thank you all for sticking in there with me and reading!

Blog 4/17/18 – Comics I’ve read recently — What’s for Supper Recipe \ Venomized #1 \ The Amazing Spider-Man 798 \ The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Venomized #1
Variant Cover B by Mark Bagley
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $4.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the art and story both in this issue. I also enjoyed the fact that so many characters were included in the story. It intrigued me enough to be excited for the next issue!
The Walking Dead #178
Variant Cover B by Bill Sienkiewicz
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: The art is up to par with the usual. The story isn’t terrible but it wasn’t very captivating. I do have to admit that I’m excited to see more about this new group.
The Amazing Spider-Man #798
Regular Alex Ross Cover
Release Date: 4/4/18
Cover Price: $3.99
Purchased from: Midtown Comics
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Thoughts: I really enjoyed this issue. In fact, I have really enjoyed this whole arc so far. It leaves me wanting more every issue! Give me more Red Goblin!
My current comic stash (recent comics from 12/4/2017 onward, old comic collection is still being stashed): CLICK HERE

What’s For Supper?
2 Yellow Squash
1 Large Onion
1 Ear Corn
3 Heads Broccoli
1 Potato

Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Dried Basil
Dried Dill
DirectionsCut squash, potato and onion into small squares. Cut corn off ear. Put squash, corn, potato and corn into a hot pan with 2 TBSP of butter. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried dill and dried basil. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 9 minutes. Take off lid and stir. Add Broccoli and put 2 tbsp of water over broccoli. Cover and cook another 7 minutes (or until potatoes are tender). Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

The Walking Dead Season 8 Review

Season 8 just wrapped up on 4/15/2018 and I wanted to put down my opinions and thoughts about this season. Let me start by saying that I didn’t hate this season, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. The first half of the season was entertaining enough but the second half of the season sort of lost some steam in my eyes. I know they were hoping the death of Carl would have a lot of shock value and raise a lot of fur but it didn’t do it for me. Negan, while still entertaining at times, seems a bit overdone at this point. I’m also really not enjoying the ‘trash heap’ people and story-lines.  Also, they are severely over-playing their hand with Morgan. I do love the Morgan character but they are really pushing him too hard in the later episodes to prep him for the intro into Fear The Walking Dead.

So going into the finale episode I didn’t expect too much, nor did I really know what to expect at all. I didn’t know if they would wrap up the ‘war’ story line or if they’d just leave more hanging until next season like they have done before. Up until the finale episode the viewers has dropped steadily from 11 million viewers per episode to just over 6 million. Which is consistently lower than any other season. Anyway, back to the finale episode… I was overall pretty upset with the finale episode. It was pretty flat to be a finale. I didn’t like the set up with Maggie, Jesus and Daryl. The Negan scene was week and a bit lame. Just overall not very happy with it. This is a story for another blog but I was quite happy with the premiere of Season 4 of Fear The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Season 6 – Episode 15

The Walking DeadTonight was the pre-season finale episode and I just wanted to do a quick blog to discuss a few ideas I had during the episode.

I had previously predicted that Daryl Dixon (since Jesus has sorta showed up and taken over the good looking role) would get killed either this season or next season. He did in fact get hurt in this episode so I may have been a bit hasty in that prediction. I don’t think they would have played this game again and made us ‘think’ he was dead and then him not be after the stunts they pulled with Glenn. Instead, I think this may have been a diversion for Glenn’s death by Lucille which according to the snippets from the Finale was going to be on there. Perhaps this whole season was just preparing us for Glenn’s death and now it’s about to happen, like in the comics.

Another quick note worth mentioning is I think the guy at the farm looking for the horse could have been a prelude to The Kingdom, comic fans will know this. I did notice this was also mentioned on Talking Dead as well.

Anyway, the only thing that confuses me is Dwight has both Glenn AND Daryl at the moment and one of those two are my big prediction to be killed off but I’m not sure Dwight is the character to do it. The only thing I can think is perhaps Dwight is part of the Saviors (which I’m not sure what he is really part of) and Negan is on the way to him now and then Negan basically has his pick. He would take Glenn or Daryl and use as the bargaining chip with Rick and when Rick denies the bargain he kills Glenn/Daryl. I could be completely wrong on that prediction but that’s the only thing, at the moment, that I can think of that would make sense to get the characters in the right place for the plot that fits my prediction.

The Walking Dead Season 6 Episodes 11 – 14

The Walking DeadI am going to do this blog a bit differently than usual for my Walking Dead rambles. Of course I loved all of these episodes so I will talk less about that and more about what I think is happening/going to happen. Keep in mind this is just my theories, nothing more.

So I think they have brought Jesus on the show as the ‘good looking’ male relief so they have the possibility to kill off Daryl for a big shock, maybe not this season. I say that because they have taken away from him and then somewhat given back to him. They have show his struggle and even Carol (his closest ally it seems) is apparently going away. I think this will be a HUGE shock if they do this but I think it’s possible. I think it’s possible that in lieu of Negan killing off Glenn like in the comics they may let it be Daryl instead. They may keep Glenn so they can show more of the family dynamic, something that Daryl can’t do.

I think Carol is ‘going away’ to perhaps find and deal with the Negan or other threats in her own way. I think she’s starting to feel too comfortable and she doesn’t like what that’s doing to her. That’s the only real reason I can think of for her current change in character.

I don’t know how or in what way but I think it’s crucial they start using Morgan for a bigger part of the stories soon.

I think we’ll see Maggie in charge of the Hilltop before the season ends.

Those are my biggest predictions for the moment. What are you thoughts? Do you think I’m right? Wrong? Why?

The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 10

The Walking DeadAfter last week’s HUGE episode of The Walking Dead I couldn’t wait to dig in to tonight’s newest episode! I just hope I didn’t over-hype it in my head before it came on (I am writing this part before I actually watch the episode, clearly). So how did it turn out? Spoilers ahead.

The first part of the episode came in and jarred me a bit because it seemed to have jumped forward a bit more than I expected. Carl is up and doing okay with just a bandaged eye, Alexandria is in decent shape and Rick and Daryl are about to go out on a food run. Things seem calm. Rick and Daryl find a truck filled with food, a huge score. At this point I posted on my Twitter (which if you aren’t following me you should FOLLOW ME now, or @chriscarp11!) that things were too calm, we could expect a big event to happen soon. Then we are introduced to a new character. It’s none other than Jesus from the comics! That means are about to get into some GREAT story lines! Rick started his questions but basically Daryl said no, so Jesus went on his way and took their food truck. The writers did a good job in that sequence of events making you feel a lot of sorrow for Rick and Daryl, well for the whole group really.

This episode really done a good job at spreading out the character time, we got to spend a little time with most of the cast, which is always a good thing. Even the Carl and Enid scenes were well done when usually I only like the Enid and Glenn interactions. We had a good scene of Daryl and Rick following the trail of Jesus, well, really it was mostly them running down the road and stopping long enough to establish in the plot that the doc that requested the soda is the one that saved Carl’s life. A side note, I’m very glad to see the Fear The Walking Dead scenes going on as well! Rick and Daryl do end up getting the truck back and leaving Jesus tied up and in the middle of the road with a Daryl flipping him the bird send off. At this point in the episode I just felt it in my bones that it still wasn’t right. Had Jesus and clan already unloaded the food? Did they do it on purpose so they could follow Rick and Daryl back? I didn’t know at this point but I just felt like it was too easy.

And it turns out that Jesus somehow ended up back on the roof of the truck and after a chase, same tag playing and a struggle the truck ends up in the lake, so no one gets the food. But we do see that Jesus is going to be a very funny addition to the show! We get to see Deanna return to the show in zombie form. We get some intimate time with Daryl and Rick which was very nice to help close the episode, and then some Carl time at the end too.  Then we close the show with Daryl, Rick and Jesus arriving back at Alexandria. We even get some Rick and Michonne time, even a bit of hand holding and kissing and yes, they did it! I didn’t see that coming!! Then Jesus just was right there in the room with a naked Rick and Michonne. Fun times!

All in all, another great episode, awesome character development! Now on to Talking Dead!

The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 9

The Walking DeadWow. I was so excited about the episode of The Walking Dead tonight that I was afraid I was going to over hype it in my mind and then I would set myself up to be disappointed. Boy was I wrong. This episode delivered, in a HUGE way. I venture to say this is one of the if not the best episode to date! So let’s dive in (spoilers ahead)…

So we start out the episode right where we left off, Negan’s gang is taking Daryl’s gangs stuff. Abraham is phenomenal in this scene (and the whole episode really). The scene builds up perfectly and then BAM, it delivers. I really thought we were about to lose a couple of characters right there in the first couple minutes. ‘If you have to eat shit, it’s best to not nibble’. This scene is just so well done from the writing to the acting to the music to the effects. A huge kudos.

Then we move on to the rest of the story, it is a quick hitting episode with so many good things I really didn’t know how to begin this blog. We seen so many characters come out of their shell in this episode, many of them long overdue but it was worth the wait for the special feeling that it gave us in this episode when they all pulled together and made a stand. I feel the need to mention Carl here as well, he done a great job in this episode and it truly made the viewer feel just as it should have when ‘it’ happened to him.

Then in comes the Calvary for some serious badassness to help! The scenes, the acting, the writing, the dialogue, everything in this episode went above and beyond everything I had pictured in my head! Don’t miss this one!

Chris’ Picks of the day 1/10/16

So today I think I have went in and picked out some pretty awesome items for you guys! Let’s jump right into it!

I haven’t got to play Magic: The Gathering for quite some time but I used to play it almost everyday in High School. Recently, I have been watching some Youtube videos of some Magic playing and unboxing so it has got me in the mood again. In any case, here is an amazing deal for you all, great price and selling quick! There are two different ones, the Oath of the Gatewatch is a presale so it’s a good way to get your hands on one before they are sold out and hard to get:
and
CLICK HERE to see the Magic: The Gathering store page.

Next, because I am VERY excited that The Walking Dead is about to come back on, we have this awesome McFarlane Toys Daryl Dixon with Chopper Deluxe Box Set! It’s a presale and should be back in stock around January 12th the site says. Order yours today to make sure you don’t miss out on it this time! Great price too!

And my last item for today’s picks is Fallout 4, because, well because it’s Fallout 4! I am still loving this game! I will put the link for the Xbox One version but you can CLICK HERE to visit the game section of the store and get it for the PS4 as well. If you don’t have a copy yet, get yours today and get to playing, it’s an incredible game!

 

The Walking Dead (comic) – Issues 1 – 136

So I decided to start a blog about the comic of The Walking Dead (since I already do a show blog too). Now, based on the title you know this blog is covering a LARGE chunk of issues, so don’t expect me to discuss even a small percentage of what all has happened in the comic. This blog may and most certainly will contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read any of the comics, don’t read this blog unless you just want the info.

Let me start by making it clear up front this is one of my favorite comics. I have only read up to issue 136 so far so I don’t know what has happened beyond that as I try very hard to not read any spoilers about issues beyond where I have read. For this blog, I am going to give my thoughts as a whole on the whole series since it’s such a large chunk of issues. Then if I do blogs for smaller groups of issues I can go into more depth for issue by issue, like I do the episodes on TV. But in any case, for this blog, here we go…

The world that started it all, The Walking Dead world. Robert Kirkman and company got me hooked from the first issue of this series by creating a world that was needed badly for the zombie genre. It was a world that was ongoing where the characters could be developed (and killed), where we weren’t rushed to hurry and get to the point. It was a world where we get to immerse ourselves into the world and image how hard it would be to survive. The series so far has dealt with a lot of topics from the walkers themselves to the people to the struggle of hunger and so on. That being said, there are still SO many things to be introduced! There are so many monumental moments in the comic so far I won’t even attempt to name them all (read them for yourself, Comixology allows you to download them and read instantly if you’re into digital comics). But I will say the current story line is dealing with the Whisperers, people that wear zombie skin and travel among the herds to stay safe with the walkers. They use the walkers to stay safe, yes, you heard me right. That is a BRILLIANT take on a way to survive in this world! There are other story lines going on such as in the most recent issue I read Carl had just nearly beaten two boys to death with a shovel. Rick’s direction is there is no need to kill anymore so this does cause quite the stir.

Overall, I really enjoy reading this comic, even though I am not 100% caught up on the issues I love it when I sit down and read a few issues to get caught up! If you aren’t reading this series, you should be. If you love the show you should read the comics as well. They do not spoil one-another and both are tremendously enjoyable.

—Other Notable Things I’m Excited About————————-
Perhaps going to read Manifest Destiny by Skybound
Man in the High Castle
Started a new novel (details later)

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!

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