Monthly Archives: November 2014

Women of the Walking Dead

(Guest contribution by Maye from Woman Writes)

Warning: minor spoilers from last nights episode ahead!

From the beginning of “The Walking Dead” there has been observations and complaints about the show containing an outrageous amount of sexism. As a writer of my own blog that includes my views on feminism and gender roles, I decided to look further into these accusations.

I read a lot of reviews of the first couple seasons from 2012 that speak strongly about the pathetic portrayal of women in the show including the stereotypical roles of the female characters like house cleaning and chores and the fact that none of them are allowed to fight physically for themselves with the exception of Andrea.

But even Andrea, the one character breaking the barrier of female gender roles gets reprimanded by Lori for not helping out enough around the house. Then Andrea gets her gun taken away while Carl, an 11-year-old boy can carry his own gun around. What’s up with that? There are so many more examples of the poor portrayal or women in this show and the hyper masculinity of the men, I could keep writing for pages. Like the anti-abortion message when Lori gets pregnant, or how none of the women have any sort of say in any leadership position.

But instead let’s move on. Not being an avid watcher of the show myself, I couldn’t comment on the most recent seasons since I stopped watching after season 2. So I decided to watch last night’s new episode.

I didn’t think the female characters were portrayed as poorly in this particular episode. Maybe the producers got the hint. Like when Maggie has Abraham at her mercy or when Rosita is the expert over Glenn, the one male in their group in the woods (although we have to admit that Glenn has never been portrayed as super masculine anyway).

But there are other scenes that made me cock my head a bit. Like the very last scene when Sasha is doing the male cop/prisoner a favor. Why would she be so stupid as to turn her back on him? She knows better than that. Or when the female cop is verbally put down by the male cop once they were captured the second time. Her plan just wasn’t good enough, the man needed to derive a better one. Also the scene in the hospital between Dawn, Beth, and the male cop, where the woman cannot override the man once he’s made his decision, even though she is supposed to be the “leader”.

I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that this show is so popular and loved by so many fans, but needs to work on its portrayal of female characters. It has so much potential to show strong women in leadership positions or even just women whose opinions matter and can make their own decisions. That would get a positive message out to female viewers instead of continuing to “put them in their place”, a message we females have thrown in our faces by society every day. I don’t want to watch it on TV too.

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Falling Behind

I wish there were more hours in a day so that I could watch everything I want to watch. Unfortunately, time is limited and I’m starting to fall behind on some shows.

A lot of fall shows are either coming close to their winter hiatus or ending for the year (or ending for good, like Sons of Anarchy), so let’s talk about where things are going with my favorite shows and what’s coming up in the next few months.

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Look Both Ways

Warning: Spoilers ahead! Don’t read it if you haven’t seen it!

I knew that something was going to happen in this weeks episode to land Carol in the care of the people at the Grady Memorial, but not knowing when made it agonizing to watch. I jumped a foot when her and Daryl were sitting in the car and a walker slammed on her window!

I probably should have anticipated that it wouldn’t happen until the end of the episode, but Carol is just such an important character at this point that it made me anxious to know her life might be in danger. Carol has changed a lot since season 1, so let’s take a look back at how Carol has evolved over the years.

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‘Frozen’ meets ‘Breaking Bad’ with ‘Do You Want to Build a Meth Lab?’

This is hilarious!

Let’s Shake Some Dust!

Everyone has their favorite TV show, whether it be Lost or Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Mine ended almost 10 years ago.

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The Return of Walt Longmire

A&E, why did you have to go and cancel one of my favorite shows?

Longmire is easily in my top 5 favorite shows, so I was really surprised and really upset to find out it had been cancelled. But I got a nice surprise in my WordPress Reader this evening…

Michael Slezak from TVLine is reporting that Netflix is in “deep negotiations” to order a fourth season of the Wyoming-set crime drama. Yay!

If you haven’t watched Longmire, please do! The first 2 seasons are streaming on Netflix right now. The third season just wrapped in August, so it might not be up for a while. I really don’t like any sort of crime dramas, but Longmire is so captivating for some reason. It’s probably the beautiful, small-town, sheriffs office setting. While there is usually a case-of-the-week (which I hate), there is also an actual story from episode to episode. The show is based on the “Walt Longmire Mysteries”, a series of mystery novels by author Craig Johnson.

The show ended with a cliffhanger, so I’m really hoping Netflix closes this deal.

Walkers are Everywhere

Since The Walking Dead is on tonight, I thought I’d talk about something TWD related that doesn’t have to do with the show for a change.

A lot of times, when video game companies come out with games based on movies or TV, they don’t do very well. For example, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. I’ve never played it, and I don’t really want to based on what I have read/seen.

While this TWD related game didn’t do well, The Walking Dead Game by Telltale Games has been incredibly successful. If you’re a fan of the show, you will probably really like this game. Even if you’ve never read or watched The Walking Dead, the game is great on its own. It has its own characters and its own storyline.

If you’re unfamiliar, this game is episodic. It’s split into “seasons” and “episodes”, much like a TV show. There are currently 2 seasons, each with 5 episodes. A third is currently being developed. The Walking Dead Game has received global acclaim, receiving over 80 Game of the Year and other awards.

The great thing about this game is that it focuses more on telling a good story rather than having a lot of action. In an interview with Game Informer, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman talks about what interested him in making the game with Telltale Games: “They came to me with a proposal that involved decision-making and consequences rather than ammunition gathering or jumping over things; I was impressed by that.”

I have to mention it get’s really emotional. You have to make split-second decisions that determine who lives and dies. The last episode of the first season had me in tears. I’m not going to spoil anything; just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, or even if you’re not, give The Walking Dead Game a play. It’s a really great story, and a really great game. I still have one episode left of the second season. I don’t want to play it because I know I’m going to have a hard time waiting for season 3, and I know I’m probably going to cry!