“Conquer” – The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale Review

30 03 2015

The Walking Dead Season 5

Open the trailer, Aaron said. It’ll be great, he said.

This season’s finale could be summarized by Daryl and Aaron’s food trailer scene- lots of zombies, high tension, and somehow the main characters made it out alive. That’s not a critique- people be dyin’ left and right this past season, and I was afraid Glenn or Carol were going to get killed off. So, it was a relief at the end when only Kindly Architect Husband and Pete, the World’s Sloppiest Surgeon, had bit the dust. Plus, there were some great character moments/twists scattered throughout, including phantom Morgan finally reappearing.

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Life is precious…to my bow staff!

Speaking of Morgan, apparently he became a Ninja Turtle on his off time. He took out the two Wolves and then the zombies with his bow staff like a pro, but was anyone else a little disappointed at how dumb those two Wolves were? I mean, how in the world could that guy set up such an elaborate trap with the food trailers? Obviously these guys can’t be the ringleader. Could it be someone from the comics, or is this a purely new creation for the show? Anyway, kind of an awkward reunion for “all life is precious” Morgan and bloody Rick while he executes Pete.

*Cue awkward music

Rick, in his one scene not covered in red.

It was a bit of a drag that it took Rick the whole episode to figure out, hey, maybe Michonne’s right. Maybe I shouldn’t just kill people and take over the town- maybe try talking without blood all over my face (strike two on that). Honestly, if Pete hadn’t stumbled in and messily killed the town’s only Mr. Rogers in front of everyone, I’m not sure if Deanna would have let Rick stay. Even when he brought in the zombie, she could still live in denial. I hate that he died, but honestly it was obvious from his first scene that he had a countdown timer over his head. I guess the Alexandria Architect School is now officially closed.

Carol remains one of my favorites. I don’t see how you can watch a scene like the one where she taunted Pete at knife point and not love her. She’s a survivor, a cutthroat (hah!), and oddly likable, whether she’s terrifying a nosy kid or baking a wholesome casserole. As I said earlier, I was afraid she would get the ax, mostly because she’s been getting a lot of screen time and she was to appear on The Talking Dead later.But hey, she made it!

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Let’s open more random trailers!

Elsewhere, Glenn has become the luckiest zombie killer alive, although I still question his judgement with Nicolas. Sasha’s…a little out there now. She does know there’s mattresses back at her house, right? Gross. Father Gabriel somehow lived to cower another day (although he finally killed a zombie), and Eugene finally apologized to Abraham for the whole lying thing (but he still hasn’t apologized for the mullet).

I guess we’re set up for next season now. The Wolves made an underwhelming debut, Morgan joined the team, and Deanna may go a little crazy. Oh, and the Wolves definitely know about Alexandria now. And Carol will probably perfect her cookie recipe. Happy waiting, everyone!

 





“Skip” – Person of Interest Review (Season 4, Episode 18)

25 03 2015

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Holy plot development, POI! At first glance, it didn’t seem like this week’s Person of Interest would be more than a number of the week starring Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) as Frankie the bounty hunter. However, during the hour we also got developments for side characters Harper, Iris, and Beth. All this plus some great moments between Root and Finch made for an effective mix of procedural and serialized television.

First off, Frankie Wells was one of my favorite POI’s lately. I wouldn’t mind her returning in some capacity later, as she had good chemistry with Fusco and Reese and also could handle a fight scene (turns out Winnick is a black belt in the real world). The fact that former POI Harper (or Athena, etc.) was entangled with Frankie’s target only sweetened the deal. She may be the only person who’s successfully talked herself out of a firefight like that on the show.

Speaking of which, are the show runners intentionally running us through a parade of potential Shaw replacements? At least three person of the weeks could be candidates for the no-nonsense female BA position: Floyd (Jessica Pimentel) the rookie detective, Harper the con artist, and now Frankie the bounty hunter. Coincidence? I think not.Yes, I know Shaw’s not technically dead, but according to her own interviews she will be on the shelf for at least another season due to her new set of twins.  Maybe we’ll get to vote our pick by the season finale, American Idol style…

Rirus shippers rejoiced as the couple became official. What do you think? It’s obviously too early in the series for Reese to finally find love (and happiness), so something’s gotta give. Is she a Samaritan plant? That seems unlikely, as Samaritan would probably instantly try to kill Reese if it thought he was a threat. Is she part of some other group, or is she destined to take a bullet like every other love interest he’s had (RIP Carter)? From a writing standpoint, there’s no real reason to have him lose another person, since Shaw’s “death” is more than enough motivation to take on Samaritan. Personally, there’s a little part of me that would love to see him catch a break for once.

Finally, how about Root and Finch’s surprisingly endearing friendship? Amy Acker and Michael Emerson killed their scenes together (as usual), especially after they took a darker turn. I hope Root doesn’t lose her dark side completely though. She’s much more fun when she’s still a little bonkers. At least she was nice and only ruined Finch and Beth’s budding relationship- you know, instead of killing her. So, happy ending? It is until you see Harold carrying unwanted flowers away like he just lost his prom date.

 

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Only certain people can get away with disrespecting Reese’s desk…

Points of Interest:

1. Fusco’s crush on Frankie was hilarious to watch. I’m not sure if it was her looks, her handling of Reese, or both.

2. After Harper’s “deal,” I’d like to see her and Zoe have an episode together. Fixer and deal-maker.

3. There’s a week break before the next episode. Isn’t network scheduling the best?

4. Is Samaritan finally going to be beaten this season finale? The war is heating up, but what villain next season could possibly follow this evil Machine’s threat level?

5. I wonder if the Beth storyline is wrapped up. If so, bummer for Finch, right? Months of planning AND he’s stuck singing “All By Myself” yet again…

 

Final Score:

POI four half bear





“Karma” – Person of Interest Review (Season 4, Episode 17)

11 03 2015

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A lot of people were sharing their feelings this week on Person of Interest. Between this week’s POI who was a psychologist, to Iris (Wrenn Schmidt) returning (yay!), almost every scene had a least one shrink in it. And hey, it’s actually a perpetrator this time! Oh, and also, Finch can be freakin’ scary when he gets angry (more on that later).

First of all, we got one of those nice, contained stories that help keep this show accessible for the casual or new viewer. “Karma” focused on a psychologist who helps his clients move on from violent crimes- by framing the criminals who got away for a different crime. Sure, they may not have been guilty of the new crime, but they already got away with a crime that they were guilty of. See, vigilante logic. Since Team Machine is comprised entirely of vigilantes themselves, this POI’s rationale causes a bit of a rift between them in whether to stop him from bringing backdoor justice or not to his wife’s murderer. Of course, once it’s revealed that he’s actually planning to take his life just to frame the guy, it became a bit more black and white.

Meanwhile, Reese goes through a few more therapy sessions of his own with Iris. At this point it’s obvious he’s just got a crush on her, because he’s certainly not going to spill his soul. I’m rooting for something to happen between them eventually, but not too soon. Any fan knows a relationship in the middle of the series will just end with her either being a mole or just getting killed off.

Finally we got a flashback to the days directly after Nathan Ingram’s murder. Yes, we knew Finch was broken by the incident, but we didn’t know how vengeful he initially became. He psychologically tortured and nearly killed Alicia Corwin in her own car, showing us just how dark he really went in the past. That scene with them together provided the most intense moment of this episode, and it was glorious. Geez, pissed-off Finch makes Elias look like a kitten. Person of Interest can handle the heavier themes just as easily as the humor, which is why I’m really looking forward to what’s in store leading up to the season finale.

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Darkest timeline Finch.

Points of Interest:

1. Reese + Iris = Team Riris.

2. Finch would make a terrifying villain. He did everything except say, “Let’s play a game” to Alicia.

3. Finch also gets repulsed at the best things, like getting an illegal gun from a bathroom waste can. Never mind the murdering part.

4. Best line goes to Fusco- “Hey Glasses,  tell him about your nutball friends. Maybe he can give you guys a group therapy discount.”

5. DID HE OR DID HE NOT KILL THE WIFE?! C’mon Machine, you tease!

 

Final Score:

POI four bear