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The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary

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

WOW! So after last season, I had slowly been losing interest in The Walking Dead. It wasn’t that season 4 was bad; I did like that they took the opportunity for more character development while the group was separated, but it made each episode seem very slow-paced, and less like a zombie-apocalypse.  There were some episodes that were really good (like the one where Carol, Tyreese, Lizzie, Mika and Judith find that house…ugh), but for the most part I was feeling bored. Character development in season 4 for characters that have been around since the first season isn’t really necessary.

The season 5 premiere last night left me satisfied and wanting more. In the first five minutes, we are reminded that this is The Walking Dead, as Terminus members are brutally murdering people that had been lured to the “Sanctuary for All”. Bob, Rick, Daryl, and Glenn are all in line to have their throats sliced open, when an explosion outside distracts the butchers. What could that be…

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Week in Review 10/11

Another week of TV has come to an end, and there’s so much to talk about!

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Sunday

The Strain came to an end this past Sunday, and quite a few people, including Marc Buxton from Den of Geek, were not happy with the way it ended. It’s true that nothing was resolved in the finale, but from what I understand this series is closely following the novels written by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. I haven’t read the books myself, but I have heard that the season 1 finale ended the same way the book ended. The subsequent book, The Fall, takes place 2 weeks after The Strain and the final book, The Night Eternal, 2 years later. I enjoyed the first season of the Strain and am looking forward to season 2.

Monday

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The Strain: Season Finale

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

Season 1 of the Strain came to an end last night, and I’m already looking forward to season 2. The FX series has easily become one of my favorites over the summer. I really enjoy the team of characters that are working to fight the Master, although I’ve recently read some criticism for Eph. People don’t like him because he doesn’t fit the archetype for protagonist; I find this a welcome change. He is arrogant and selfish, but he, like everyone else in his ragtag group, has to learn how to work together to save not only himself and his son, but the entire human race. I think his transformation has been interesting and more realistic than the perfect group leader.

Anyways, to talk about the actual episode, I felt satisfied with the way it ended. There is much more left to the story, yet there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger. I actually thought that Eichhorst might be killed during the final fight, and that might be Palmer’s way in to being the Master’s right hand. I’m glad he didn’t die though, I do really love his character.

Now that Palmer is healthy and evil as ever, he is a force to be reckoned with. He wants to be turned, and he will do anything to please the Master. I’m glad that Fitzwilliam has realized the evil within him and has left him. Perhaps Fitzwilliam can join Team Setrakian now.

Gus has been kidnapped by Quinlan and his team of vampire hunters, and we learned that they are working for the Ancients. The Master is another Ancient who has gone rogue, and the others want to stop him. They make an offer to Gus, because he wants revenge and they need a human soldier to help defeat the Master. I’m wondering why they have never approached Setrakian for this job; he has spent his entire life in search of the Master to get revenge. Perhaps they have approached him and he declined their offer.

Team Setrakian locate where the Master is rebuilding his coffin and make a second attempt to eliminate him. Fet, Dutch and Nora took on Eichhorst and a horde of vamps, while Setrakian, Eph and Zach approached the Master. They planned the attack during the day so they could use the sunlight to their advantage; Eph and Zach begin breaking all the windows while Setrakian made the attack. The sunlight hurt the Master bad enough for all of his vamp followers, including Eichhorst, to retreat from battle in a weird moonwalk fashion, but the Master crawled down the side of the building and ran away, in direct sunlight. So their sunlight plan didn’t work out too well…they are going to need a new plan to defeat the Master since sunlight doesn’t kill him like Setrakian thought. Perhaps they will all join forces with Quinlan’s team in season 2.

While I’m pretty upset that season 1 has come to a close, at least next Sunday the Walking Dead returns. At this point, I like the Strain more than the Walking Dead, but I’m just glad I will have SOMETHING to watch on Sunday nights. Is anyone else looking forward to the Walking Dead? Or have you grown tired of it after 4 seasons as a lot of people have? It isn’t as exciting as it used to be for me, but I still want to watch it. I’m pretty curious about this spin-off that Robert Kirkman is working on, too. While on one hand I think that it will be interesting, it’s kind of just overkill. It’s better to leave some things to the imagination.