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Star Wars News: Episode VII Rewritten? Fisher and Jones on Big Bang Theory

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Numerous re-writes to Star Wars: Episode VII have recently taken place, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Since the departure of Michael Arndt as screenwriter, and the insertion of director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan in his place, the scripted has reportedly shifted to focus more on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Arndt allegedly had the focus on their offspring. Episode VII will reportedly give the stars of the original trilogy a send off, while Episode VIII and Episode IX will allow their children to take center-stage.

Actors reportedly being considered for roles in Episode VII include Jesse Plemons, Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver, and Hugo Weaving.

Meanwhile, Bill Prady and Steve Molaro, executive producers of The Big Bang Theory, revealed to TV Line on the Golden Globes red carpet that Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the show. The actors will be playing themselves, and crossing paths with Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer Debuts

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

The first trailer for season 4 of Game of Thrones premiered January 12. The new season debuts April 6 on HBO.

Based on the popular books by George R.R. Martin, the show stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, among numerous others.

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A Review of The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale – A Battle With No Winner

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

-The walker that they focused on at the end of the episode, that was the crazy woman from the woods in the season premiere. Nice way to bookend the beginning of the season with the midseason finale.

- Now that was one rough episode. The battle for the prison is over and everybody lost. The prison has essentially been wiped out, Hershel’s dead, the Governor’s dead, and the girls Carol had been looking after became certified badasses. They also abandoned baby Judith to the walkers, the group is separated, and the group has a psychopath among them. This episode wiped the slate clean of many things the survivors have used for structure in this crazy world and sets up a more chaotic second half of the season.

- Hershel, you wise old bastard. I didn’t really like him at first (he left walkers in a barn), but he grew on me as a character. Scott Wilson gave a marvelous performance. He was the heart of the group, kept them together when things went to hell, and he was their best doctor. The thing I’ll remember most about his final moments was the way he was smiling in the end.  When Rick was giving his speech about how you can come back from the things you have done, Hershel got this look of pride, and some hope that someone might be able to carry on that hope in his absence.  n honor of the life you led Hershel, I will be eating spaghetti on Tuesday (or Wednesday), and punch the first man I see wearing an eye patch.

- They kind of rushed through some of the stuff with the Governor. They spent two whole episodes building him up and trying to make him seem less like a completely psychotic bastard, but still the antagonist. But in the end, most of the encounters he had with Rick were essentially the same as they would have been in season 3. The Governor had some good bits in the beginning, but all the things that gave him better motivations for the final fight were almost non-existent once he showed up at the prison.

- MICHONNE KILLED THE GOVERNOR, YAAAAY! If anyone deserved to take him down, it was her. Rick may have gotten in a few punches, and Lilly finished the job. But it was Michonne who stopped him.

 -I officially like Tara. She may have come on too hard when we first met her, but she has grown on me in the past couple of episodes. While others just went charging into the prison, she had enough sense to realize the guy leading them just sliced a man’s head of with a sword. I hope she comes back to join the regular group of survivors.

- Lizzie and her sister would have made Carol proud. They grabbed some guns and ended up saving Tyreese. Rob Siebert brought up the point that Carol, by virtue of teaching the girls to be strong, saved Tyreese’s life and that they are square. That has some merit, but Carol still probably killed Karen, and the kids apparently abandoned Judith.

- Coming into this week’s episode, I had a feeling Hershel was going to die, as well as baby Judith. I know she died in the comics, but it still hurt like hell. In the comics, she was shot by a sniper while being carried in Lori’s arms. That was terrible, but the idea she was snatched by zombies and eaten is a hundred times worse. We didn’t see a body, so there is a chance that Judith survived. But I’m not optimistic.

- On top of that, a walker that was buried in some nearby mud killed Meghan. She may have been in the Governor’s camp and thought of him as a father, but she was still an innocent kid caught up in a madman’s rampage.

-Daryl fans certainly got more to cheer about this week. He called out Rick on his decision to banish Carol, got everybody ready to fight the Governor, used a zombie as shield, blew up a tank, and then shot Mitch with his crossbow.

- In the middle of all this craziness, Tyreese stumbled upon a flayed rat. I guess this means the psycho who was feeding rats to the walkers is still around. Who could it be? Where is he/she now? Will he/she continue their crazy agenda? Some have said that it is one of the he girls that Carol adopted and she was covering for them, this would certainly put a kink in Rick’s banishment of Carol.

- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: The zombie hiding out in the mud by the river.  Sad fact about the zombie apocalypse, the living dead are just going to pop out of nowhere.

- Zombie kill of the week: Daryl killing the walker with a piece of rebar, and then using it as a shield.

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A Review of The Walking Dead S4E7 – Where the Man Meets the Monster

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

Thoughts From The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 7:

-How is there still alcohol in the post-apocalyptic world? I’m assuming that one of the first resources to be depleted would be booze, because who wouldn’t start drinking at the end of the world?

- And he’s back! The Governor is back and he is going to attack the prison! After being spared by Martinez, the Governor joined Martinez’s group of survivors and life seemed to going okay.  But Martinez, and then Pete, asked the Governor to step up and be the leader. I loved what this two-episode arc has done for the character, and the new motivation that his surrogate family provides for him going into his next fight with Rick’s group.

- This episode wasn’t just about the Governor’s rise to power in the camp, but how he became the leader of Woodbury. He had a daughter that made him a better man, the world went to hell, he was called upon to lead, his daughter was killed, the darker parts of himself took over, and he still believed that he was doing the right thing.  I wanted to believe for a minute that maybe he wasn’t the same man that he was in Woodbury. But then I saw zombie Pete at the bottom of the lake, and I knew the evil S.O.B. was back.

- Was the Governor always going to take control over this group, or was he simply forced to because of mistrust? I think it was a bit of both. This dark side of the Governor has always existed, but his family controlled it. Then the apocalypse happened, and he lost his family. Without those safeguards, the Governor who killed and tortured people came to be. When he discovered Lilly and her family, he saw it as a chance to be who he was before. But being asked to lead a group of people forced him to become the Governor again. He knows this too. He will do anything to protect this new family, but what they want is to stay in the camp where it is safe. This causes all the old evils to come to the surface but now he has a living family he will do anything to protect them. This is the worst possible scenario for Rick and the people in the prison, because there is nothing worse than a villain who thinks he is righteous.

- In terms of the Governor’s family, Lilly is an X-factor. The Governor’s wife died before the zombie apocalypse, and wasn’t there to offer any sort of counsel or peace from the rigors of leadership. I don’t know if Lilly’s presence will change anything for the better, but it is a variable that was not there before.

- Martinez may have been able to get a group of people together and keep them alive, but he was doomed the moment he spared the Governor. He was able to put the past behind him and start building toward something good. But when the Governor showed up, he lost focus.  He probably could have made it if he just remembered not to be a dick around him, not ask for his help, and act like a leader. But he just couldn’t forget about Woodbury.

- Damn fine job by the effects department on the walkers who are trapped in the mud.

- While I was on the fence about Tara last week, I liked her this week. She didn’t seem to be trying too hard to be tough this week and she found a girlfriend. It’s always nice to see some romance in the middle of an apocalypse.

- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: Objectively, it has to be the moment when the Governor goes back to find the camp they were going to raid has already been hit by other people. But personally, I have to go with Pete being killed.  He was a good man who just can’t survive in this world.  Also, he was played by Enver Gjokai of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse and I love seeing Whedon alums getting roles on good projects.

- Zombie kill of the week: When the Governor shot the zombie trying to eat Megan.  Not for style, but that was the moment when the last shred of the Brian identity died.

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A Review of The Walking Dead, S4E6 – The Madness Returns

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

Thoughts on The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 6

- What the hell is it with people in the zombie apocalypse? They screw each other, and yet are completely oblivious to the other people around them! I get that people can use some companionship after the world has ended, but you could at least try to not do it in an enclosed space with a kid just a few feet at most away from you? Also, that little girl had to see her grandfather’s head bashed in, and now you are throwing in seeing her mom and new dad going at it! That is a recipe for one really messed up kid…

-In my recap of the Season 3 finale, I hated the fact that the Governor survived. One of the reasons I was against it was because I couldn’t see how the writers could introduce him to a new group without him being a complete psychopath, much less getting people to trust him enough to assault the prison again. But introducing an isolated family that has no idea about his identity has turned out to be a pretty good way to solve that problem. Getting a second chance with a new family has allowed us to see the Governor at his best, and David Morrissey is good at selling the idea that the character might have changed. The problem is that we know this is temporary and the evil bastard will return.

- This episode reminds me of an issue of Daredevil during Ed Brubaker’s run. The storyline followed the Kingpin after he has lost his entire criminal empire, living out his life in a Spanish fishing village with a mother and her two kids. Eventually, a group of ninjas kill the family and the Kingpin returns to the world of crime. But what will turn the Governor back to the dark side is the Governor himself. The parts of him that desire control will eventually trump any noble aspects of his personality.

- I was so glad that the Governor’s henchmen abandoned him in the middle of the night. The fact they stuck with him through most of the stuff he did in season 3 strained credulity. It was good to see the writers realized there was no way in hell they would stick with him.

- I’m on the fence about the new character, Tara. She has one or two moments where she seems like a decent character, but there were times when I found her a bit annoying. And if you hurt your ankle on an empty road because you don’t tie your boot all the way, your odds of survival are pretty damn terrible.

- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: Seeing Megan after her grandfather was killed. It’s easy to forget that not all kids are like Carl, and this is some seriously disturbing stuff for her to see.

- Zombie kill of the week: The Governor popping a walker’s head off with a bone.

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A Review of The Walking Dead S4E5 – Hershel’s Hope

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

- Important lesson about the zombie apocalypse: Things don’t go bad, they go freaking horrible. The infected in the prison start dying, the fence is collapsing, walkers are everywhere, and Glenn got infected/zombie blood in his mouth.

- After this episode, I don’t think the group could survive without Hershel. Not only is he a doctor, but he is the only one who still tries to hold on to some sense of the dignity from the old world and keep the harsh reality from bringing the group down. He knows how bad things have gotten, but he will do his best to shield these people from everything that’s happening. He still won’t give up on them. That kind of hope and resilience in the face of the apocalypse is just as important as survival skills, and I don’t think anybody else in the group can match it.

- I am really worried about Lilly. Since the beginning of the season, she has treated walkers in a really unusual way. I’m not sure whether she was trying to lure that walker away, or if she somehow thought of it as pet. With Carol gone, I am scared about this kid’s future.

- This episode had what was probably my favorite action sequence the show has ever produced. Everything that could have gone wrong just happened in the span of a few minutes, and everybody stood a good chance of getting killed. It had everything. Guns, zombie hordes, arm breaking, fences snapping, and a fair amount of badassery. There were also some good character moments with Rick bringing Carl back into the fold, and Maggie potentially choosing her father over Glenn by shooting the intubated zombie.

- I am so happy that Sasha survived the plague. She has so far come across as a cool character, and Tyreese has lost too much at this point.

- Speaking of Tyreese, how does everybody think he is going to react when he learns Carol has been banished? Will he accept Rick’s decision, or will he want more justice? Also, how is Daryl going to react?

- While Tyreese and Sasha came out on top this week, Glenn got the shaft multiple times. He is sick and near death for the entire episode. Then an infected person coughs in Glenn’s mouth and he starts to suffocate.  Thirdly, he had to get an intubation tube stuck down his throat.  I also hope that Hershel gave Glenn a fresh tube or sterilized that other tube.

- Rick has decided to bring Carl back into the zombie killing life. I can’t decide whether or not Rick fully trusts Carl after he shot that teenager in the woods, but he at least is willing to let him fight to protect the prison. It’s also gratifying to see Rick come back to farming for a bit. In the season premiere, Rick was told by the crazy lady in the woods that you can’t come back from the things that you have done. Rick has been pushed in these last few episodes, but by the end of this one, he seems to have found a nice balance between the Sheriff Rick and Farmer Rick. I hope it can last.

- How many people actually made it through both the plague and the walker massacre? I know the core group and the kids Carol was looking after made it. But are they the only ones left, or are there others? Either way, the virus is apparently gone, and the fences can be rebuilt; the group may just make it out of this and…aw, crap…

- THE GOVERNOR HAS RETURNED. Is he the one behind the zombies on the fence? Where has he been? What happened to the other two guys who were with him? With all the activity outside the prison, how did nobody see the Governor skulking out there?

- “Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: This entire freaking episode!

- Zombie kill of the week: Tie between Hershel snapping Doctor Caleb’s arm, followed by knife to the eye; and Maggie for tagging a zombie in the head while avoiding the bag Hershel needed to intubate Glenn.

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A Review of The Walking Dead S4E4 – Released From Prison

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

- This is an open question that I’m just throwing out there: Would anybody really pick a Hyundai as his or her vehicle of choice for the zombie apocalypse?

- After the events of the past three episodes, this show focuses on two groups searching for supplies, and takes a step back from the flu pandemic at the prison. Rick and Carol go for supplies in the suburbs, while Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese, and Bob finally get to a veterinary school to get supplies to stop the pandemic. This was necessary to decompress from all the insanity at the prison and address the fact Carol straight up murdered two people. In the end, Daryl and the others got the medicine, and Rick banished Carol from the prison for killing Karen and Dave.

- The episode opened with Carol talking to Lizzie in quarantine and at one point Carol told Lizzie not to call her “mom.” Then at the end, Carol told Rick to think about the girls that she had adopted. These two things make me wonder about why Carol really killed Karen and Dave. Has the loss of Sophia had a deeper psychological effect on Carol than we previously believed? Carol lost her daughter in probably the worst possible way. Following her loss, she did a complete 180 and became a post-apocalyptic badass. But after the zombie outbreak in episode two, she became the surrogate parent of two girls. Faced with the prospect of losing a child again, she made a drastic decision to protect them. It has blown up in her face, and now she has deal with being separated from them.

- Carol will probably show up again in some other community (maybe running it) or living in the wilderness on her own. Personally, I hope  she comes back Road Warrior style as the leader of a band of nomadic outlaws, driving a massive truck with a pair of walkers strapped to the hood.

- Rick may have started the Ricktatorship up again.  Carol was guilty of murder, but if Rick really believed in the prison council he would have brought her back so they could have made a decision.

- I think that the survivors Rick and Carol found in the suburbs became a test for Carol, at least in Rick’s mind. He asked the three questions, and didn’t quite trust them, but he decided to have faith in them when Carol did. But the girl ended up devoured by walkers, and the guy was nowhere to be found. Rick trusted Carol, but she was apparently wrong. Thus, she’s banished.

- It has been confirmed: Bob is an alcoholic. There were some suspicions after the supermarket incident, which he felt guilty about. But he nearly risked the lives of his cohorts for a bottle of booze this week. Daryl seemed to have some sympathy for the guy (probably because Merle was an addict as well), but Bob put his needs above the family that Daryl has wanted for so long. Daryl told Bob he wasn’t alone after his confession about the supermarket, but in the end he was alone again.

- I still have some sympathy for Bob. He has been with, and maybe grown close with two previous groups only to see them all get killed. There is only so much one person can take before they snap. Bob being an alcoholic is the least terrible thing he could have become.

-“Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: The gas station workers killing themselves with antifreeze to escape from the zombie apocalypse.

-Zombie kill of the week: Giving it to Michonne this week when she decapitated two walkers at once in the vet school.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Cross Over with Thor: The Dark World

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be doing a crossover episode with Thor: The Dark World later this month.

After the film is released on November 8, the November 19 episode of S.H.I.E.L.D., titled “The Well,” will pick up where the events of The Dark World left off.

The episode synopsis reads: “In the aftermath of the events chronicled in the feature film Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pick up the pieces–one of which threatens to destroy a member of the team.”

While no cast members from The Dark World are scheduled to appear in the episode, numerous guest stars have been announced: Peter MacNicol as Professor Elliot Randolph, Michael Graziadei as Jakob Nystrom, Erin Way as Petra Larsen, Toby Wilson as Neils, Alex Neustaedter as Maynard, and Sylvia Brindis as Elena.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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A Review of The Walking Dead, S4E3 – Carol Peletier: Murderer

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

- Out of all the possible ways that conversation at the end of the episode could have gone, I never considered Carol would tell Rick she killed Karen and Dave. I did not see that one coming.

- It was great to rewatch the episode with the knowledge of what Carol had done. Her whole trip outside to fix the filter on her own may have been some subconscious suicide attempt. The questions it raises are just as compelling.  Did Karen and Dave turn before Carol killed and burned them? Would she do the same thing to the girl she is raising? What will Rick do now that he knows? Will Rick tell Tyreese? What will Tyreese do if he finds out?  So much to consider for next week…

- Way to go, Tyreese! After everything he has been through, he can still take his hammer and smash his way through a horde of zombies. Somebody is really shooting up the charts as one of my favorite characters, right up there with Daryl and Michonne.

- Despite all zombie-bashing goodness, Tyreese has been put through the ringer. His girlfriend was killed, his sister is possibly going to die, he got the crap kicked out of him by Rick and nearly devoured by a horde. I really want Tyreese to find the medicine so that his sister can survive. The guy has been through way too much. Everybody in this show has endured some tragedy, but I can’t think of anyone who has gone through that much in the span of one episode.

- Tyreese and Carol may be all that people talk about until next week; but I really loved Hershel in this episode. He has come a long way from the man who kept zombies in his barn. In a way, he was the bravest one in the episode. You can run from or fight zombies, but all you can do with a virus is stay away from anyone who is sick and hope to hell you don’t get it. But instead of doing nothing and hoping the antibiotics show up in time, Hershel is trying everything he can think of and exposing himself to a disease that will probably kill him. And to top it all off, he had to go into the woods with gun-toting Carl. I’m surprised Hershel didn’t have a heart attack when he saw him.

- Damn it, Doctor S! You’re a doctor, you know to cover your mouth when you cough! Now you’ve guaranteed Hershel is going to get sick! Nice going…

-“Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: Seeing the zombie that couldn’t move from the tree and had moss growing all over it.

- Zombie kill of the week: Based on sheer quantity, Tyreese bashing through a horde of zombies with his hammer.

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A Review of The Walking Dead, S4E2 – Zombies, Horses, and a Baby

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

Jesus, when things go bad on this show, they go really bad.  It starts with the zombie rampage in Cell Block D. Then they have to quarantine some of the survivors, and then the fence almost breaks. Rick has to sacrifice the pigs to lure the zombies away from the fence, and then the quarantined survivors are killed and set on fire. To top everything off, there is a saboteur in the prison. These people cannot catch a break. I wonder how far this quarantine will go. What are they going to do if the plague gets worse???

-In terms of the saboteur, I think there can be only two scenarios. One is that the saboteur is someone who is still loyal to the Governor. The other is that someone has gone crazy. I find the latter to be more believable, given the fact that the people from Woodbury came to the prison because the Governor went crazy and killed so many of his own people.

- So Rick picks up his six-shooter again and give Carl back his gun. All the talk about people being the best defense against zombies was true. But for Rick it also means having one more person around to deal with things that he would have handled, were he still in charge. But when he had to slaughter the pigs to lure the walkers away, the idea that he could be a simple farmer disappeared. The question now is whether this means the return of the Ricktatorship, or will Rick work with the prison council?

- I was apprehensive about Carl getting his gun back. Rick has been working to prevent Carl from becoming someone like the Governor, and it seems Carl has made progress. But I think part of the reason Rick gave Carl his gun back is because Carl seemed reluctant to shoot a walker in order to save Michonne. This doesn’t seem like the Carl we’ve known the past few seasons. It makes sense for him to have a gun given the virus going around, but I don’t think he has made a complete 180 from where he was at the end of last season.

- We get some more hints about Michonne’s backstory, which seems to be taking a slightly different route than what we readers of the comics have seen. Danai Gurira really sold this scene but my favorite part was baby Judith. When Michonne started crying, Judith stared at her with a look that seemed to say: “Beth, get me away from this crazy lady!”

- Carol is back on mom duty again, as she takes care of two girls whose father has died. At first she seemed to be doing pretty well. But then she criticized Lizzie for being unable to kill her dad, even though she told them they didn’t have to do it. I get tough love, but you shouldn’t do it when the person you’re chastising wasn’t able to do something they supposedly didn’t have to do. But some tough love was needed though when Lizzie started to get upset the zombie named “Nick” was dead. In the end, Lizzie seemed to come around. So it seems Carol’s tough love philosophy is working.

- God damn it, Carl! Carol is teaching those kids valuable skills to survive the apocalypse and you ratted her out to Rick.  What the hell?!?

-“Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: The fact that a flu plague is breaking out and there is no medical infrastructure to fight it.

- Zombie Kill of the Week: Daryl firing a crossbow bolt that misses the bars of a cell door and lands in Patrick’s head.

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