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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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Is Darth Vader Coming to TV Next Year?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

News from the European Brand Licensing Show has sparked a new rumor about the future of Star Wars on television, and how Darth Vader is involved.

Jedi News has posted a brochure from the event, which details some of Disney’s alleged plans for the franchise up until the release of Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015. Of particular note is the “Darth Vader Themed TV Specials” listed under Spring/Summer 2014.

No additional information on these specials has been released at this time. But it obviously begs certain questions as to the nature of what a “Darth Vader Themed TV Special” might be about.

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The S.H.I.E.L.D. Report: Agent Michonne

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

- Those guys in the red masks really should have been tied to Red Skull somehow. But between the masks, the suits, and the hats, it did make for a pretty cool visual. Very comic bookish.

- When Akila first showed up on camera, and then she subsequently chopped that guy’s hand off, I couldn’t help but wonder if this show had gotten itself its own Michonne.

- While I maintain what I said about Clark Gregg a couple of weeks back, this cast is starting to grow on me. The chemistry between Ward and Skye isn’t exactly sizzling, but it is interesting. The short scene between Coulson and Skye was a nice little character moment for her.

- Ward had sort of a Clark Kent look going with those glasses, didn’t he?

- So Simmons is basically Emma Watson, right? Tell me that’s not Hermione Granger, I dare you.

- Hmmm, so maybe Coulson isn’t a clone. Maybe he’s a robot. If Akila could tell something was up with him, maybe she had an x-ray vision thing going on, and saw some of his robot parts. It seems a little too easy, though.

- So what are the odds on Chris Hemsworth showing up next month to coincide with the release of Thor: The Dark World?

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The Dead Reign, and the Dead Rain… – A Review of The Walking Dead S4E1

By Seth Miller
Staff Writer, Part-Time Ninja

 - Just a friendly reminder: If Daryl dies we riot (if the writers think it works for the story, then they have got to pull some 21st century Shakespeare out of their asses to justify it).

-Rick has really come along way since last season. He is okay with giving up control, he is acting more like the father he was to Carl before the apocalypse, and he is somewhat more welcoming to outsiders. I hope the rest of the season explores this. But since it looks like things are going to get rough, we may see the return of the Ricktatorship.

-Michonne may be cracking a smile or two and getting Carl comics (she also remembered the bags and boards), but she is all about revenge. With every trip she is taking, she is hunting down the Governor.

- After this week’s episode, Carol has become one of my favorite characters. She knows that in the zombie apocalypse, there is no story time for the kids. There is only knife-training time! Also, for the teenagers and adults, she teaches a media analysis course about the accuracy/inaccuracy of George Romero’s zombie apocalypse and a course on the importance of laundry (that one was in honor in Lori).

- The three questions are great in their simplicity.  You figure out how useful they could be in the prison’s defense, if they are dangerous, and if they are a danger to you. Anything else can be figured out later. Kind of hoping this becomes The Walking Dead‘s version of “so say we all” or “I’m the one who knocks.”

-The department store scene was amazing. The tension of the walkers crashing through the ceiling, the outside light against the store’s darkness, the great zombie kills, and the ticking clock in the form of the helicopter crashing through the roof comes together great. I hope the rest of the season keeps up the good work, and I really hope they haven’t peaked with this one.

-“Zombie apocalypse really sucks” moment of the week: No surprises here, it is the entire crazy lady story.

 -Zombie Kill of the Week: I’m going to go with Sasha stabbing a walker with a pool cue then breaking it half for the headshot.

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Warner Bros. CEO: “We Need to Get Wonder Woman on the Big Screen or TV”

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

This weekend, during a brief interview at the USC Gould School of law, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke briefly about the company’s DC Comics properties, namely those outside of Batman and Superman.

Tsujihara said the lack of Warner Bros. superhero movies outside the Superman and Batman franchises have been “a missed opportunity,” and that there are ”huge plans for a number of other DC properties on TV.”

Tsujihara specifically mentioned a certain Amazon Princess: ”We need to get Wonder Woman on the big screen or TV.”

For some time now, there has been speculation about a Wonder Woman origin series in the works at the CW called Amazon. It’s also worth noting that Grant Gustin has recently been cast as Barry Allen/The Flash in Arrow on the CW.

Source and Image: The Hollywood Reporter

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The S.H.I.E.L.D. Report: When Nick Fury Saves the Day

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Well, the American government may be shut down, but at least the folks at S.H.I.E.L.D. came to work this week. Unfortunately, what they’re turning in is fairly underwhelming as well. Thank God Nick Fury was there to save the day with a brief pre-credits appearance…

Thoughts From Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Season 1, Episode 2: 

Alright, so the Samuel L. Jackson appearance was cool. It certainly helps to have he and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) there to “legitimize” the show, and cement the idea that this is indeed the Marvel Cinematic Universe we’re watching. And this kind of thing is okay in the early going, as it gives the show a boost in terms of extra drawing power (not that it needs it at this point, what with the ratings it got last week). But the sad thing is, the scene with Fury and Coulson is the only thing I’m going to remember about this episode by the time we get to next week.

There’s been a lot of decent action on this show thus far, but none of it’s been to much avail yet, because I have very little investment in any of the characters we didn’t meet in the movies. The climax of this week’s episode featured Coulson and a bunch of characters I don’t care about yet being sucked out of a plane. That doesn’t exactly make for suspenseful television.

I get which characters I’m SUPPOSED to like, but I’m not sure there’s anyone I DO like. Chloe Bennet’s character, Skye, has dialogue that’s overrun with Whedonesque banter, and is grating. The Grant Ward character is fairly one-dimensional, though his crush on Skye gives him a touch of depth.  We had a hint of something interesting in the one-on-one scene between Skye and Ward. I’d enjoy seeing more of that. At this point, the two scientist characters just seem to be accents and science dialogue.

Meanwhile, Clark Gregg is lucky that he is likable. The entire Agent Coulson character hinges on his inherent charm and likability. Without that, he’d be screwed. Strictly speaking, he’s not a strong actor at all. He also doesn’t scream “lead of a prime time action show.” So if I were Gregg, I wouldn’t cheat on my wife, or get caught smuggling drugs or anything…

Speaking of Coulson: He’s a clone, right? Developed with artificial memories of Tahiti? It seems the most likely scenario, but you never know.

There is one exception to my character annoyance, however: Ming-Na Wen is pretty bad ass as Melinda May. Her strong, silent approach is very welcome.

 Granted, it’s early yet. And there have certainly been hopeful signs. But thus far, this is not the series I was hoping for, and it’s not necessarily one worthy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or for that matter, the name Joss Whedon.

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The Walking Dead Spin-Off in Development, Christian Serratos Cast as Rosita

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

AMC announced this week that a spin-off series for The Walking Dead is in development, which will feature a new cast of characters, and will be set aside from the events of the current series.

Robert Kirkman, writer of Image Comics’ The Walking Dead, will executive produce, alongside Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. The show is set to air in 2015.

“After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn’t be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe,” Kirkman said via press release. “The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing.”

Meanwhile, Deadline reports that Christian Serratos has been cast as Rosita Espinosa in the The Walking Dead, and will be a recurring character in the upcoming fourth season.

In Kirkman’s comic book series, Rosita is a young woman who had originally resorted to offering sexual services for protection after the apocalypse broke out. Eventually, she met and fell in love with a kind man named Abraham, who would join her in the series’ main group of protagonists.

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Grant Gustin Cast as the Flash in Arrow

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

Grant Gustin, best known as Sebastian Smythe from Glee, has been cast as Barry Allen/The Flash in the second season of Arrow.

The character is slated to appear in episodes eight, nine, and 20 of the second season.

The official press release for Gustin’s casting describes the Arrow version of Barry Allen as “a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante. “

In the DC Comics universe, Barry Allen is a forensic scientist who, after a  lab accident, gains super-speed powers and becomes the Flash. He was originally introduced in Showcase $4 in 1956.

The new season of Arrow premieres October 9 on the CW Network.

For more of Barry Allen, check out Flashpoint

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Is The Flash on the Fast Track to the CW?

By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder

This week, news broke that a TV series based on The Flash is in the works at the CW, the same network that broadcasts Arrow, and was once the home of Smallville.

A character, based on the famous DC Comics superhero, will be introduced on the upcoming season of Arrow (around the eighth or ninth episode). The network is reportedly still contemplating the potential for a spinoff. However, a pilot is currently being written by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, along with Arrow writers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg.

Apparently, this version of The Flash will be based on Barry Allen, who is widely considered the most famous incarnation of the character.

“Barry Allen’s story always has been a favorite of mine,as well as of Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns,” Berlanti recently told Deadline. “We wanted everyone to know about the show as that process commenced. We think it fits well both in terms of Arrow and as a standalone series.”

If a Flash series is indeed picked up, it will be the second show dedicated to the Scarlet Speedster. The Flash aired during the 1990/1991 season on CBS. The show starred John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen. Years later, a version of the Bart Allen character (who in the comics is Barry’s descendant from the future), played by Kyle Gallner, appeared on Smallville.

Source: SuperheroHype.com

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