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TWD: Strangers

It’s a BobBQ!

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

Poor Bob. I really didn’t think that it was the leftover Terminus members lurking in the woods. I knew that Gareth and some others were still alive, but I didn’t think they would have come back so fast. But we’ll get to that, let’s talk about the episode: Strangers.

At the start of the episode we meet a new character, Father Gabriel, who seems harmless. But as we all know from past experiences (i.e. Woodbury, Terminus), nothing is what it seems. Does he have a connection to Terminus? Or perhaps to the people who kidnapped Beth? We don’t know yet, but for now he is providing the crew with a place to sleep, food and WINE! I know I would need some wine after everything that has happened.

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Week in Review 10/18

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Sunday

The Walking Dead season 5 started on Sunday, and it set records. More people tuned in to the premiere than Sunday night football! AMC posted an interview with Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on the show. He talks about the new season, as well as the finale of season 4.

Monday

Rebecca Jane Stokes from Den of Geek reviewed this weeks episode of The Blacklist, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars. The Blacklist might not be getting rave reviews from critics, but it continues to dominate Monday night’s prime time ratings.

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AHS: Massacres and Matinees

Freak show has only had 2 episodes so far in this season, yet it’s already had tremendous success. The season 4 premiere had such high ratings that FX has already renewed the series for a 5th season! In fact, the premiere has set the record for the network’s most watched TV show episode ever! FX has some really great shows, so that is very impressive!

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

This week, couple Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis) and Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett) join the Freak Show. Dell Toledo is a strong man, and Desiree, as she describes it, has “Proper girl parts and a ding-a-ling. I’m a full-blown hermaphrodite. Put that on your banner.”

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The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary

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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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AHS: Freak Show

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Everyone’s favorite series American Horror Story: Freak Show premiered last night! Yay! And what a freaky premiere it was, indeed! I’ve never been afraid of clowns, but after last night…we’ll get to that after.

Early on, we met Sarah Paulson’s two-headed characters; conjoined twins Bette and Dot. This is going to be really great to watch, especially since Paulson is acting out two very different characters. Bette is sweet and naive, while Dot is bitter and untrusting.

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SOA: Some Strange Eruption

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The war in Charming is getting worse every week, with the body count going up every episode. How many more people are going to die before the truth is revealed about who really killed Tara?

A lot goes down in episode 5. One of the most interesting plots unfolding is the relationship between Althea Jarry and Chibs. Not only is she on SAMCRO’s payroll, but they seem to have feelings for each other. I cannot see this relationship ending well.

It seems more and more likely the Charlie Barosky is the one that revealed the warehouse location to the Chinese. He and the club approached his own employee who was patrolling the warehouse to question him. He claimed he got an anonymous phone call offering him money to stay away from the warehouse the night the Chinese made their move. Barosky shot him right in the head after he said he didn’t know who paid him to stay away from the warehouse. Did Barosky shoot him so he couldn’t reveal the truth to the club? It almost seems that way. Either that, or he really didn’t know it was Charlie behind the phone call, if it even was him.

Juice was in a really bad place in last nights episode, as usual. Juice has always been one of my favorite characters, though a lot of people don’t like him. Theo Rossi explains Juice’s character very well to Entertainment Weekly; he makes a lot of mistakes, but everything he does is for the benefit of the club, at least in his mind. When Juice is alone, his mental state deteriorates. Last night, he killed a motel employee who entered his room because he was of asian descent, assuming he was part of Lin’s gang. He really thought he was doing the right thing, but this action only made his instability more clear to Gemma, who then decided it would be best to put him down rather than let him go on his own. Juice is smart though, and saw right through Gemma’s lie and turned the gun on her. They cut the episode with Gemma begging for her life while Juice pointed the gun at her. Will he do it? I definitely don’t think that is how Queen Gemma goes out; it’s way too simple. The truth about Tara still hasn’t been revealed to Jax and Nero, and nobody but her and Juice know what happened that night.

Lin approached Nero and told him why his crew has been attacking SAMCRO, demanding that he bring Jax to him, threatening to kill him and his son if he doesn’t cooperate. After Nero gave Jax a swift punch in the face, Jax explained his motivation for attacking the Chinese; he thinks they killed Tara. Nero helps Jax once again, lying to Lin about Jax having a plan to attack him and his men, so they attack first. Fake police intercept and Jax is able to get a few good swings at Lin. Lin tries to tell Jax that he had nothing to do with Tara’s death, but Jax obviously didn’t listen. Anybody would deny killing a supposed ally’s wife. Jarry warns Chibs that the real police are on their way, so SAMCRO has to pack up and leave. They arrested Lin and his crew on gun and drug charges, and Jax and some of the guys shot up the rest of Lin’s crew very carelessly on a street with cars driving by. I have to say, the confrontation between Jax and Lin was less climactic as I thought it was be, but of course they have to draw out this war a little longer; it is the final season after all.

Every week I get anxious about what is going to happen because of Kurt Sutter’s constant reminders that people are going to die. I love all of the main characters, and even though I know that it isn’t real, the characters are so well written and played that they feel real to me. That is how you know you are watching a good show.

Does anyone think that Juice will kill Gemma? Is he going to join the Mayans? I wouldn’t be surprised; he is so desperate to have a “family”. What is going to happen with Jarry and Chibs? Is Barosky working with the Chinese behind SAMCRO’s back? And most importantly, when will Jax learn the truth about Tara? Will it be after he kills Lin, when it’s too late?

The Strain: Season Finale

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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.