Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Walking Dead-Kinda on the fence

I didn't recap last week's episode of TWD because, quite frankly, I was too busy and didn't feel enough about the episode to come correct. It had Carryl-I should have been overjoyed! But alas, I was not. My friend called it a "filler episode". Those are episodes where something happens but usually it's dragged out until the last few minutes and I agree with his assessment. I feel like last night was filler-esque, but had enough action to move things forward. Next week SHOULD be a good one but we shall see.

Instead of recapping, because busy,I would like to take the time to vent-something noone on that show does which frustrates me to no end. I think I could survive in the Zombiepocolypse. I could whoop a walker like a mofo, cut a walker bitch and shank it like it's 1999 . BUT, I could not do the whole avoidey/not discuss anything thing that they do. It's so frustrating!! Carryl was together. Carryl understand and care about each other like noone else-how could she NOT tell him about the girls???? That weighs on her so heavily and yet she couldn't tell Darryl??? And Darryl couldn't express his guilt about "losing" Beth, especially after they grew so close??? I mean, really. So it was refreshing to see SOME sort of emotions last night, even if it was Maggie going all "Kelly" as an extremely intelligent gent put it (hahaha!), aiming her gun at Abraham and telling him in no uncertain terms that he better get over himself or else. While my Eugene lay out in the hot Georgia sun either unconscious or in a coma, Abraham was having an internal battle that only played out at the end. It was only when Eugene (and not the walkers we've come to expect) made gurgling noises and signs of life that Abraham took the bottle of water Maggie offered him and took a long awaited sip. That was his way of showing that he is not giving up. I think he was the only one who was actually suicidal out of the group, so you can see why Eugene's revelation was completely devastating to him. I'm now officially interested in Ginger Abe (platonically of course). 

 Tara was kind of on fire last night with the one liners, naming her group (Maggie, Glenn, Abraham, Rosita, Eugene and herself) GREATM, telling walkers not to bother making the trek to Washington and having some silly fun fishing with Rosita and Glenn.  And then there was Sasha. Sasha, the smart, tough, emotionally beaten gal who meets someone named "Bob" and loses any sense at all, gets set up by a cop in a very un-Sasha like way. I feel like we all were collectively shouting to her "DON'T DO IT!! Don't turn your back on him!!"  And then she did. Le sigh. It felt very uncharacteristic of her but it did get things moving.

Next week's episode looks pretty great. Hopefully the blog will be more inspired but until then, hope you all have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving full of family, friends and lots of turkey!!!! =)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Heartbreak thy name is Eugene...le sigh

Welp. Last night's episode of "The Walking Dead" was a tough one for good  ol' Pop Culture Kelly. You see, Eugene and I have been in a fictitious relationship all in my mind ever since he made his game changing debut on the show. He had me at his mullet. A nerd with a mullet is my jam-can't lie. As with any healthy fake relationship, I ignored the warning signs that he may not be all he was cracked up to be: A scientist who will save mankind from the Zombiepocolypse with "The Cure",that can only come from Washington, whilst rockin a sweet, sweet mullet-it all may have been too good to be true in hindsight. So it is with a heavy heart that I recap this episode that I have titled "WHY?!?!?!?!!? WHY!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?". My heart is broken. My dreams are shattered. But I cannot allow that to stop this blog from commencing so here you go- all 5 of you. #Selfless.

Maggie, Glenn and crew are riding in a bus on their way to Washington. Rosita and Abraham are having a VERY disturbing conversation about her shaving him and him being "dolphin smooth" (add that to the list of things I never, ever needed to hear. Ever). Glenn asks the question that we ALL have dying to ask Eugene: "Why the mullet??" Eugene tells him that a famous author/colleague liked it and that was good enough for him. All of a sudden the bus crashes and tips over-Abraham begins to have flashbacks to his life when the zombiepocolypse happened-and it wasn't pretty. He had beaten a man (and possibly two others) brutally to death in an abandoned grocery store. His wife and two children,who are hiding under cabinets, witnessed the brutality. They are visibly shaking and terrified-and malnourished. (It was only on The Talking Dead that we discovered that the men he beat to death were trusted freinds and neighbors who had raped his family-and his family then witnessed his rage and vengeance). I wish they made that clear in the show as it was pretty confusing. We thought that maybe Abe had beat them and that's why they were so terrified? But in the end, his family ends up becoming zombie meat and that's when Eugene find Abraham-as he was about to take his own life. Eugene was running (if you can call it that) from zombies and begged Abraham to help him. Abraham takes the gun out of his mouth and helps Eugene. And thus begins his mission of being dead set on finding "The Cure". He saves Eugene life from zombies and Eugene in turn saved him by giving him a reason to live-to find "The Cure" and to get Eugene to Washington safely.

They find an abandoned library and rest there. Well, some rest. Abe and Rosita get it on and Eugene watches. Again, things I never needed to see. Ever. Tara approaches Eugene to thank him for helping her kill a zombie (his first kill!!) and he confesses to her that he watches Rosita and Abe knockin dem boots (this time it was from the self-help section in the library). Abe and Rosita know that he watches and they just don't care. Not awkward at all. Eugene then drops the first of a few major bombs this episode: that he caused the bus to crash by inserting crushed glass into the fuel tank. He didn't want to leave Rick and especially did not want to leave Father Gabe. He saw them all forgive what many would consider unforgivable and he wanted to stay there.  Tara is pretty chill about this revelation to be honest. She thanked him for trusting her with the secret and assured him that they all have each other's backs. They're family. She told him not to tell the others though and he agreed to that. So then after killing a bunch of zombies with a fire hose on top of a fire truck (pretty awesome, have to say!!!) Eugene has grown confidence and has some trust that the gang will support him no matter what. When the firetruck they salvage breaks down on the road, Abraham is hell bent to keep going-even if it means going through an entire herd of zombies. Glenn and Rosita can no longer back up Abraham as he has done lost his mind-and that's when Eugene drops the biggest bomb of them all: He is NOT a scientist, he does NOT have a cure, and a famous author/colleague did NOT say that his "tennessee tophat" was remarkable. Abraham explodes-his entire life's mission is now obsolete and he now has nothing to live for. All those people (who Eugene rattled off in order of deaths) died for this mission that was all a lie. Abraham cannot contain himself and beats Eugene within an inch of his life. When the rest of the gang stops him he goes off to collapse and cry. His resolve, his hope, his only life's mission is over. And with that, we are left to wonder if Eugene IS in fact alive and if he does live, what will happen to him???? They are a forgiving bunch but this may be too much to forgive. Too many people died all to get Eugene to Washington. I, for one, feel hurt, betrayed and deceived. He has a LOT of making up to do. It looks like next week will be a Darryl/Carol-centric episode so we may have to wait to find out Eugene's fate. As for me, I will now go back to bed, under the covers and grieve for my loss the way a mature woman does-with Ben and Jerry's, the movie "The Notebook" and lots of tissues. Le sigh. =(

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

We finally know where Beth is...and???

So Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" was devoted to finding out where Beth has been-and I don't feel it was a particularly great episode.  I feel like we could have had maybe 20 minutes focusing on her, 20 minutes on Rick or Glenn, and 20 minutes of waaaaaay too many commercials....but that's not how it went. So basically, to sum it up, there are more bad people in the world of the Zombiepocolypse. The people that have Beth salvaged a hospital and live and work there now. They "saved" Beth from "rotters" but not in an altruistic, 'I just want to help' way-it was in order to have more worker bee/slaves to help keep "The System" they built alive. Dawn, the leader, is a cop and is the anti-Rick. She hits Beth a few times for no apparent reason really other than she damn well felt like it-and she likes her uniform cleaned and neatly pressed. In the Zombiepocolypse. Ok then. She also believes that this system is only for the time being-someone out there will come for them. (Hashtag delusional). Another cop, Gorman, is a disgusting rapist who sees Beth and sees a new victim. Dr. Edwards is a seemingly nice guy who explains the system to Beth and tells her whatever she takes she owes-and it seems that the people there never really stop owing. There is a patient named Noah who was "saved" as well, but as we learn later on he was only "saved" because they thought of him as weak. He was with his dad, who was big and strong and they left him to be eaten by the "rotters". Noah sees past Beth's young, petite blond exterior and sees her strength. He opens up to her and tells her that he is planning on busting out of there. Joan, another patient, is clearly victimized by Gordon and is hell bent on getting out. Joan confesses to Beth that Dawn knows exactly what Gorman does but doesn't stop him because it's "easier to make a deal with the devil when you're not the one paying the price". Damn. She manages to escape but gets bitten by a zombie. She wants to die and begs for that, but instead they SAW HER ARM OFF to keep the bite from spreading. It was pretty horrific because not only has Joan lived in an unending  nightmare with Rapester McGee Gordon, she now has to endure that with one arm now. It's sad. There is another victim rushed in who had fallen off a building and our good doctor refused to treat him. When Dawn forced him to, he did the bare minimum. Later on he asked Beth to give him his medicine, which ended up killing him. Noah gets the beat down for that because he takes the blame but Dawn knows it wasn't Noah who did it. When Beth confronted Dr. Edwards about why he gave her the wrong name of the medicine to inject, it comes out that the patient was a doctor and he didn't want to get usurped, so he killed him (naturally). Beth has enough and she and Noah hatch an escape plan. She goes into Dawn's office to steal a key and sees Joan's dead body on the floor, apparently Joan took her own life. Rapey McGee comes in, catches Beth and is about to attack her when she cracks him over the skull with a candy bowl. Joan becomes a zombie at that point and eats her abuser like whoa! It was pretty awesome. Beth and Noah escape, and they run outside to where the walkers are coming for them. Noah, hurt from the jump they had to make down the elevator shaft (ewwe), looks like he won't make it. But then, two officers come out of nowhere and tackle Beth. Noah flees and Beth smiles-she's just glad Noah was able to make it out alive. They return Beth to Dawn and Beth lays the verbal smackdown with "You're wrong! Noone is coming for you!! All this is for nothing!!" Dawn, being Dawn, lays the physical smackdown on Beth because, she's Dawn and the truth hurts. Then we see another 'victim' needing to be saved and guess who it is??? CAROL!!! YEAH!!! Carol will kill them all in her Robo-Carol way for sure.THAT will be a great episode!!! Hopefully it's Noah that is with Darryl because I really like him. He would be a great addition to the group-and an age appropriate love interest for Beth (aka NOT Darryl). I'm looking forward to this Sunday's episode!!