The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

“Are You Mad at Me?!” Season 2 grinded to a halt at Hershel’s farm and its too idyllic collection of live bodies and sexual innuendo. The Walking Dead has started to stall in the latter half of Season 4 until Grove. This with Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) and her sis, Mika, collected with adults Carol and Tyreese and baby Judith. Until about 30 minutes in we are given the same character development episode that is starting to bog down this season. No more spoilers as more than one plot point ends here in tragedy. Lizzie and Mika have had an important … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 14, “Grove”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 12, “Still”

No spoilers, this time, really. Whoops, you missed my review of Episode 11, Claimed, because I haven’t written it yet – just notes. I’m sure you are waiting with baited breath. Some critics believe that television is a “dumbed down” medium with a superficial and hurried mode of narrative, which never requires the audience to think deeply about anything. Not so in The Walking Dead, even as the latter half of this season presents us segments that stand alone (some study I saw read the attention gap of the average American TV viewer is five minutes), but always connected to … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 12, “Still”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

***WARNING. SPOILERS AHEAD*** Terminus. Hinted at in the beginning of Season 4 as the “Sanctuary,” Episode 10 brings back the other members of the group not featured in 9, “After.” Daryl and the now Daddy less Beth; Tyreese, Mika, Lizzie and yes, an alive and well baby Judith Grimes (who didn’t think she would make it back after the bloody carseat tease in 4/8?). Judith appears well cared for with mysterious bottles of formula appearing out of nowhere except for the fact that Lizzie seems hell bent on suffocating her to death to avoid the attention of walkers. How long … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 10, “Inmates”

The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”

***WARNING. MANY SPOILERS AHEAD*** After the brilliant mid-season climactic Episode 8, “Too Far Gone,” possibly the best episode yet, we get a welcome return to Atlanta’s wasteland. The Group is split, we don’t know if baby Judith is alive, Rick is barely walking, his head recently severely broken up by The Governor. The Governor got his comeuppance in Episode 8, courtesy of Michonne’s Samurai sword and a gunshot to the head courtesy of his “wife.” He will reappear. We see nothing of the Group in After with the exception of Rick and his now very grown up and hardened teenager, … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”

AMC (1984 – )

What started as short run network owned by AMC Networks in 1984 changed hands 10 times before it came out with its first original series, Remember WENN, in 1996. God knows what its about but it must be good. In 2002 AMC started playing classic movies from all decades, a departure from its original format of Marx Brothers films or anything not released after 1960. Originally, AMC didn’t play 24 hours. Now with Mad Med, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, after watching all three,..and more to come… they signify a move from film to tv series as American evening … Continue reading AMC (1984 – )

Entourage (2008 – 5.11, 5.12)

Familiarity breed’s contempt?  Not in the case of the seasons finale (s) of Season 5, Episode 11: Play’n with Fire and Episode 12: Return to Queens Blvd. Amazing how Wahlberg, Ellin, Levinson, and Weinstein, etal deliver in this series beyond what even The Sopranos did at the same point in their series history.  Play’n with Fire is as brilliant as anything ever done in this series with Stellan Skarsgård as the maniacal director Verner Vollstedt behind Vince’s lead comeback in the laughingly titled “Smoke Jumpers.”  5.11, which serves as the climactic episode, has opening pyrotechnic scenes that are observed by … Continue reading Entourage (2008 – 5.11, 5.12)

Party Down (John Enbom, Dan Etheridge, Paul Rudd, 2009)

My favorite television series of late courtesy of Starz, aka Starz Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned television programming subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp. This is scintillating funny stuff – the dude that stole the show in Stepbrothers (one of the more underrated films of 2008), Adam Scott, forges ahead as glum, pill and vodka shot popping Henry Pollard, a down on his luck actor who’s claim to fame is a particular commercial that has him exclaiming “Are we having fun yet?!”  Next to him are other struggling actors including those played by the brilliant Jane Lynch, Kyle Bradway, Roman DeBeers, … Continue reading Party Down (John Enbom, Dan Etheridge, Paul Rudd, 2009)