Movies, TV

The Walking Dead Season 5 So Far and Jaws

Right. It’s more than halfway through the season so I think it’s safe to say that so far, this is the best season of The Walking Dead. I mean, of course Season 1 is still the best. But that only had 6 episodes and of course introductions are always great and Frank Darabont is hard to beat. Not that I think that anyone’s trying to beat him. I think everyone pretty much agrees that Season 1 was great. I mean, it’s the reason why this series earned a big following in the first place. Aside from that the graphic novels are great, too. At least, the first issue was. Unfortunately, I never got to read more of it. But I have to admit that I understand the reason why some people have dropped out of watching this series as early as Season 2. Because in Season 2, the characters basically spent 3/4 of the season in Hershel’s farm and hardly dealt with any zombies. It was just full of human drama, which would be okay if this were a different show, but it’s The Walking Dead and people expect zombies. Actually, a lot of human drama would be okay if the characters were great, but Lori Grimes and Andrea are the worst characters on TV ever. It’s really too bad because I liked the actresses they cast in those roles. But I don’t miss that season. Except that Shane was there. Poor Shane. I understand why Rick had to kill him but I really wish he just went on his own and maybe would meet up with the group again later. Like in this season. Although, I think Morgan is the one who will be doing that. Remember Morgan? It’s so strange how a character that only appeared in two episodes prior to this season had such a big impact that when you saw him in this season, you just know something big is going to happen. And he hasn’t even met up with Rick Grimes yet.

Anyway. I really love how they were able to bring this show back. I have to admit towards the end of Season 3, I almost dropped out. The whole Governor and Woodbury thing just didn’t work. And yes, the prison was cool, but it’s really great that they got out of there. Even though it led them to Terminus, where a bunch of cannibals were waiting for their next kill. Well, that’s what the show is supposed to be about, right? Survival adventure.

What I like the most in this season is how they brought back the situations where you can put yourself in and ask yourself the question the characters are asking themselves. They did that a lot in Season 1 and in Season 2 as well and I guess it got lost in Season 3 and 4 because of all the Governor crap.

For example: You see some bottles of water on the road with a note that says “From a Friend”. You’re dying of thirst, but conventional wisdom tells you that you shouldn’t trust anyone. So. Do you drink it? Or don’t you?

It was kind of the same with Randall in Season 2. They debated a long time on whether or not they needed to kill him. I think they should’ve and when I first watched the show I hated Dale for saying they shouldn’t. But after a few more times of watching, I guess I kind of understand Dale’s point, that they shouldn’t become monsters just because the world ended. I honestly think now that if Dale hadn’t made that point, Rick would’ve ended up just like the Governor.

Of course, I’m really writing this blog entry because I’m really annoyed at some commentaries on the Internet. In the episode last Sunday, Rick gave a speech about how they, the characters, are the walking dead, and that’s how they will survive, if they think themselves that way. “We do what we have to do and then we get to live.”

I think it was an amazing speech and I totally got goosebumps when Rick gave it. And they were around a campfire and the thunder cue was just right. Goosebumps, I tell you. And then I went on the Internet and everybody ruined the thing. I guess I should know better. But I really don’t understand why people had to crap all over that speech saying it was too “on the nose” (What does that even mean?) and that it’s so corny when characters say the title of the show in their dialogue. What’s wrong with that? And what the heck are these people looking for in shows anyway? I mean, they’re all free to write their own shows if they think these writers are doing such bad jobs. Let’s see them do better, right?

But, of course, it’s pointless getting angry at these things. I mean, it’s not like I’ve never criticized anything ever before either. And I really should know better than to read comments on the Internet. But… There is that feeling you get after watching a show that you just want to talk about it or listen to people talking about it or read what people are writing about it. And because I love the show, I really want it to do well and hope that the next episodes get better that no critic would trash it. I mean, there will always be trolls of course, but who cares about them?

And, Jaws.

My sister-in-law M, my brother J, T and J2 in Amity, Universal Studios Japan. Feb 2, 2015. (I’d like to see how many Japan pics I can work into my normal blog entries. :P)

Perhaps because we passed by Amity at Universal Studios Japan and it took me a while to realize what movie it was from, despite the place having a great white shark hanging upside down from a pole, or because I’ve just heard the line “We’re gonna need a bigger boat” too many times in movies and TV shows and I could never relate to it, despite that I knew it was from Jaws, but anyway, today I decided to finally watch the movie.

Now, it’s a classic and it’s Steven Spielberg so I knew it was going to be good and I decided to watch it in the office in fact and not at home alone at night so I wouldn’t be scared because I’m just a scaredy cat like that, but given that it’s a 1975 movie, I really thought that I would be disappointed with the special effects and things. I mean, it’s 2015. The movie is literally 40 years old. But I guess that’s the character of a true classic, right? If it stands the test of time.

I don’t know about you, but I was so scared of that stupid great white shark and I know we should love all animals and all that but towards the end of the movie I really wanted it to die. And OMG, it died in such a cool way, I totally get why this movie became a classic.

Anyway, new respect for Roy Scheider, whom I always liked in Sea Quest and never knew until now that he was the one who said said famous line, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” And Richard Dreyfuss, to me, has always been one of those familiar Hollywood names but I never knew where he was from and now I know. And he’s funny. I don’t know if he was supposed to be funny in this movie but he was.

Watching movies like this make me understand why people say Hollywood’s gone down the drain. I mean, yes, Inception was amazing, but this is the kind of thing that sticks with you. I mean, I think I might now get paranoid the next time I swim in the beach. This movie is powerful!


The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale

Before anything else, I’d like to say that there are spoilers in this post. Of course.

I’m not going to say that this show is perfect or that it’s one of the best shows on TV ever. Although I guess it did already make history since it’s really the show that brought the “zombie genre” into the mainstream. Though I guess it has to do with the rise of geek and nerd culture as well, but I don’t want to start talking about how “timely” everything on TV is or how some shows were “ahead of their time”, like Police Squad. Why do I always start my blog entries with disclaimers like these? All I want to do is fangirl about The Walking Dead!

I don’t know why The Governor was such a big thing. I guess he was a big character in the graphic novels and David Morrissey is a great actor, but I didn’t really like him and what he brought to this show. Or, it was nice and exciting in Season 3, but I was totally bored with the 2 episodes in this season that they dedicated to him. I just kept waiting for Rick and the others to show up and when they didn’t I was really disappointed. Although I guess all that boredom was necessary for it to be relevant when he came to the prison in the mid-season finale and killed Hershel. Though any circumstance that ended up with Hershel being dead would’ve been a big deal to me. I really liked him and his somewhat pacifist nature.

Anyway, I’m glad The Governor was over and done with mid-season and the 2nd half was able to tackle another story. Or I guess I should say several other stories, since each episode dealt with a small group of characters, only 2 or 3 of the main cast at a time. I liked these episodes and I like that they did this to show the characters’ individual strengths. So when Rick says what he says at the end, you kind of feel the weight.

He says that the new bad guys are going to feel stupid once they find out that they’re messing with the wrong group. And it was amazing. It gave me goosebumps. Sure, it was totally dramatic and such a scriptwriter line that you wonder if Rick Grimes the character and not just Andrew Lincoln the actor was talking to a camera because it was that kind of cheesy, but I think it was a great line and it totally worked for me.

I’m saying it worked for me because now I know I’m going to get impatient waiting for season 5. But one of the best things about The Walking Dead is that when its season ends, a new season of Game of Thrones begins! 😀 So. I’ll probably be fangirling about that next week!

In other news: I went to my elementary & high school alma mater today with my friend M. She’s looking for a school for her sister who’s just about to enter high school. Sort of. I saw my old teacher who was also my adviser when I worked at the school paper and she remembered me and she was still as sweet as ever. I suppose it would be more productive (despite that this is a personal blog that I’m not making any money out of) if I wrote about nostalgia and going back to school and graduations (given that it’s graduation season) and all that, but gosh. The Walking Dead is more interesting to me at the moment. My my how my priorities have changed. 😛 I wonder what my teacher will think.


Why are there mid-season finales again?

Or several months break in between seasons of TV shows? I mean, how do they expect us to get through those months? By not watching TV? I’m afraid I don’t understand.

I’m talking about The Walking Dead, which I still like, despite everything that’s been said about it. The show’s come a long way from what it was in Season 1 and Shane is still dead. I think I really need to get over that. Especially since many other people have died in that show. Though, I think that’s still the biggest death of all. The rest who’ve died, they were mostly minor characters. Shane was a major one, but he died anyway. Still I guess this show is a lot more merciful than Game of Thrones.

Anyway, I think this has to do with the Christmas season. People are supposed to be busy at Christmas so it’s unlikely that they’ll be watching TV. I’m sure there is some truth to this. But… I still don’t know what I’m going to do. I think I can be busy at Christmas but still have time to watch my favorite shows. It’s not completely impossible.

I didn’t like the last two episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They were still funny and I still like the characters (even Skye, shockingly) but I don’t like that Grant hooked up with, well, I guess they need that kind of drama and there were points in time in Buffy when Xander and Willow liked each other romantically but it didn’t last (thankfully). So maybe the story will take a different turn and be a lot better, too. I think we can all agree that all Joss Whedon shows need a bit of getting used to. And then you get completely and irrevocably obsessed with them.

And yes, this is another blog entry about TV shows. I did get excited about my trip to Europe and it was of course filled with unforgettable experiences. But those stories are for friends and family, when I’m talking to them in person. Meanwhile, these fangirly thoughts on TV shows are for the Internet. Nobody understands fangirling like the Internet.


The Walking Dead S4 E2

Why did I think The Walking Dead was going to start sucking?! I thought for sure that I would only be watching this season for loyalty’s sake and not because I would still be interested in the story or the characters. Well, they certainly proved me wrong.

I think it’s because I’d been reading on what’s been happening behind the scenes too much. They have a new showrunner now and my favorite character (Shane) has been dead for a long time… I really thought I wouldn’t be as interested to see each episode each week. Though I do agree with what most critics have said that at the end of Season 3, they’d killed off all the uninteresting characters and left the good ones. Well, I agree with that except for Merle and Carol.

I’m going to say it: I don’t like Carol. I don’t know why people started liking her. Sure she’s changed a lot since Season 1, but I’m not too impressed with her. I don’t think she’s done anything really impressive and she’s the first one who doubts Rick whenever there’s an opportunity to. And, why is she Daryl’s love interest?! I always thought of her as Daryl’s older sister. Needless to say, the whole Carol/Daryl pairing creeps me out. And, Merle, they killed him just when everyone was starting to like him. He didn’t even get the honor of killing The Governor, another character I never much liked. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a real badass and I like what he brought to the show, but he really does give me the creeps, and he’s one of the people who are purely evil. I mean, the reason why Shane was such an interesting character was because you knew he was actually a good person and he just got real twisted along the way. The Governor on the other hand, I guess he was “good” at the beginning because he loved his daughter and all but… Putting walker heads in a jar is… Beyond salvation.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to not like Tyrese. I know he’s a fan favorite from the comic books so I’m hoping he’ll become a better character but I don’t like that they started this season with him being all googly-eyed and in love. Of course, the ending of this latest episode has certainly changed that. So, yeah. I’m hoping Tyrese becomes a better character.

As for the characters I still love/am loving, at the top of the list would have to be Michonne! Michonne, you guys!! Did she make you cry in that scene where she hugged Judith? I was not able to hold back my tears. And Carl, is/has been on a really really good character development path. If there’s ever a character whom I hope they don’t mess up, it’s definitely Carl. More than Daryl. Yeah, I said it. I mean, of course I love Daryl (you can’t not!), but I think he’s in one of those rare places where no matter what the writers do with him, people will love him still. Just like Rick (well, for me, anyway). Carl, on the other hand, is on extremely thin ice. One wrong move and the audience might turn on him forever.

So. This blog entry was totally supposed to be about my shopping spree with my friends. But then I watched Episode 2 of The Walking Dead 4 and this is what happened. Sorry, friends. I’ll write about you in my next blog entry! 😉