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TV Review – The Walking Dead Season 1

The Walking Dead is a TV series that has received a lot of praise in the past, especially its first season. I was living in Japan when it became popular, and I had access to it through Hulu. I was able to watch up until about the middle of the third season, then stopped watching for some reason. I’ve now decided to start watching it again, starting with season 1. As I have watched this before, there were no surprises.

When I watched it the first time, I enjoyed it a lot. The second time around, some of the jump scares still worked. I hadn’t remembered some of them. But I found that it’s more than just a zombie show. It’s a show about people. It’s about humanity. It’s about how humans cope with extreme situations which seem impossible to survive. People do things they would never do in normal circumstances.

Although Rick is a police officer, he shows fear and breaks down emotionally. Shane shows how much a person can change in situations like this. Glenn shows how resourceful a person can be, even if he was a pizza delivery driver. There are a lot of characters with unique personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. Daryl is a popular character, and I like him more in later seasons. However, he comes across as a hotheaded man who wouldn’t hesitate to kill. I also like Dale. He seems very compassionate and cares deeply for Andrea and Amy.

I felt that episode 4 was emotionally powerful. Without giving any spoilers, something happens that I don’t know if I’d be able to get through it emotionally. Incredibly difficult. It has a strong impact, even when watching it for a second time.

Throughout the season, you feel both hope and despair. You wonder who will die and who will live. Below, you will see spoilers!

Most emotional deaths

I’d have to say that Amy’s and Jim’s deaths were the most emotional. Especially Amy’s. I can’t imagine what went through Andrea’s mind when she shot Amy as she became a walker.

Death I was happy about

Ed’s death with satisfying. The abusive asshole deserved it. And his death was particularly gruesome.

Overall Impression

I think it was a solid start to the series. I enjoyed it a lot, and was looking forward to season 2. I still am. I’d give this a very solid 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

How about you?

What did you think of The Walking Dead season 1? Let me know in the comments below.

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About December

So, December is almost upon us.

I have plans for December. I talked about how I plan to get back to the basics before. December is the month I start to do it. I have a pretty solid plan for it. Now, keep in mind that my work schedule is pretty heavy during the holidays, so I will be working longer hours and more days than usual then. Regardless, I’ll maintain a post a day. But what I post about will be back to the roots of this blog. This is what to expect:

  • Five book reviews. That’s right, five.
  • An author interview.
  • Resuming Quick Facts Astronomy.
  • And at least one worldbuilding post.

I really want to get back to doing these things. It’s part of what gave this blog its character. I also plan on doing something else new. You know I’ve been doing Star Trek episode reviews. Well, I plan on doing reviews of full seasons of different TV shows and movies. Coming soon will be season 1 of The Walking Dead, as it’s pretty short, and I just have two more episodes to watch.

Are you looking forward to December? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

No Doctor Who!

So, I was going to watch some Doctor Who on Netflix a couple nights ago. Guess what I found out? It was removed on September 15th! There goes my plan to watch Doctor Who.

Why was it removed? I guess it’s supposed to be on Crave TV now. I heard about it, but I haven’t checked their listings.

So, what will I do now? I’ve already started watching The Walking Dead all over again. I’d seen up to the third season, but not all of it. I plan on watching it all and catching up. My Star Trek viewing will not slow down. Actually, I think it should speed up. At the pace I’ve been watching it, it’ll take me years to get through all of the episodes.

I have some other series I should be watching. I should continue with Sherlock and start Firefly. There are movies I need to watch, including Interstellar, The Martian (once I finish the book, which I’m now reading), and more.

Well, before going to bed tonight, I think I’ll watch the next episode of The Walking Dead.

What Should I Watch on Netflix?

I have access to Netflix. I didn’t in Japan. I had access to Hulu, but never took advantage of it, except that I watched the original Battlestar Galactica. I could’ve watched the remake, but I didn’t. I wish I had. Netflix doesn’t have it.

Anyway, I do have a very long list of things to watch in my list now, and I’m going to start off with a couple TV series. I’m also going to make short reviews/impressions of each episode on here. So, what should I watch? Vote in this poll:

Also, tell me why you think I should watch what you voted for. But don’t tell me any spoilers! Thanks!

Damn You, TheWalkingDeadAMC!

Something major happened in The Walking Dead in this week’s episode.  Shortly after the episode ended in the eastern United States, the official AMC page for the show on Facebook produced a major spoiler.  This was before people on the west coast or anywhere else in the world could watch it.  I was pissed off.  And judging from the comments on that post, so were many other people.

Unbelievable that a network would tell everyone the biggest event in an episode of their flagship TV show, and not even think that there are many people who don’t want to know about it until they see it.

AMC, you screwed up.

Sparkly Zombie Vampire Asteroids from Mars

There’s always some kind of fad going on in popular culture.  These days, we have Hunger Games.  I hear Katniss this, Katniss that.  I haven’t seen the movies or read the books (the books are on my to read list, though).  But is it original?  Not really.  Seems similar to Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.

It seems that the big popular books, movies, and TV series these days tend to start or continue a popular trend.  Zombies are a big thing, especially with The Walking Dead, but there have been other zombie movies (Night of the Living Dead), computer games (Resident Evil), and novels (I Am Legend by Richard Matheson).  They all seem to follow the same theme.  So why do we keep enjoying them?  They’re mostly the same story.

Vampires used to be something to be feared.  They used to be dangerous monsters.  Now, they’re sparkly thanks to Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight series.  They’ve lost their bite.

For a while, Mars was popular in the movies.  Around 2000, we had a couple high profile Mars movies, Red Planet and Mission to Mars.  Where’s the movie adaptation of Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson?  I’d love to see that!  And then there were the asteroid disaster movies, such as Armageddon and Deep Impact.  Themes seem to get hot and then fizzle after a while.

The entire fantasy genre (especially high fantasy and epic fantasy) have The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to thank for its existence.  That’s still going on strong today, as elves, dwarfs, wizards, and evil all-powerful bad guys populate fantasy.  But it’s not original.

Is it difficult to find some sort of originality in books and movies today?  I’d say somewhat difficult, but it’s out there.  But because of the popularity of certain themes, it’s profitable for those who write about it.  Originality is risky, so why not jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of the fad?

I do have to admit that epic and high fantasy are a kind of comfort genre for me.  I love reading it.  I know that Terry Brooks is often criticised for Sword of Shannara being a copy of Lord of the Rings, but I still love reading his books.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?  Is there something you know is cliche and overused, but you still love it?  Leave a comment.