Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bell to Bell: WWE Tables, Ladders, & Chairs…and Stairs Predictions

Much to the chagrin of many a fan, this is our third straight pay per view without the WWE Champion. Heck, it's our third straight month without the WWE Champion. When Brock Lesnar became champion, people understandably had expectations about his schedule. Fans assumed WWE had signed him for more dates. Not a lot of dates, but some. Personally, I figured we'd see him defend the title at least once before Wrestlemania season began.

Nope.

But that's okay, I guess. As always, it boils down to storytelling. Do they have a good story to go with this absentee champion? The answer is...kind of. It hasn't been said outright, but Brock not being there creates a certain aura around him. This is the man who is essentially holding the WWE Championship hostage. He's also the man who pinned The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX. He's the man who does the unthinkable. He's Brock Lesnar.

So Brock not being at TLC isn't a crime. Especially considering that in his absence, Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series both delivered, despite some of the TV shows being pretty lackluster. We've had things like The Authority losing their power, Sting making his first WWE appearance, as well as Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and (presumably) Bray Wyatt main eventing their first pay per views.

Obviously, TLC has some lofty predecessors to live up to...




PRE-SHOW MATCH:
Kofi Kingston & Big E. Langston vs. Goldust & Stardust

I'm not a fan of "The New Day." It's a stupid name for a group, they dress and act like the Harlem Globetrotters, and I just don't see any of these guys being furthered by this. Still, they're obviously being emphasized right now, so it makes sense to have them win. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of the much more interesting Goldust & Stardust. Incidentally, I'm growing pessimistic about us ever seeing a Dustin vs. Cody feud...

PREDICTION: Kofi Kingston & Big E. Langston






WWE UNITED STATES TITLE MATCH:
Rusev (c) vs. Jack Swagger

As I noted previously, it feels like Swagger was simply thrown back in front of Rusev so he could have an opponent for December. It’s pretty obvious he’s not going to be the one to take the belt from Rusev. Still, it could be worse. These two have history, obviously. I’ve got a bad feeling about Zeb Colter, though. He’s one of the best talkers WWE has, but supposedly he’s been having trouble getting around lately. That’s not necessarily surprising, as all that traveling can’t be easy for Zeb. In any event, Rusev wins.

PREDICTION: Rusev



WWE TAG TEAM TITLE MATCH:
The Miz & Damien Sandow (c) vs. The Usos

You know who deserves more credit than he’s being given for Sandow’s current success? The Miz. Granted, it was Sandow who made the most of what I assume was only supposed to be a one-night thing. But “Damien Mizdow” is a two-man show. Without Miz feeding him, he’s got nothing to work with. They really stumbled on something great with these two, and that’s why there’s no reason to take the tag titles off them now. These guys must be going to Wrestlemania. How could they not be? Unless they’re already feuding by then…

PREDICTION: The Miz & Damien Sandow



WWE DIVAS TITLE MATCH:
Nikki Bella (c) vs. AJ Lee

It’s felt like AJ has had one foot out the door since she married CM Punk. I don’t fault her for that. Everybody’s got a right to be happy and be with the person they love. After the Slammy Award speech she gave this week on Raw, it certainly feels like this might be her last night. If that’s the case, I really wish she was working with someone else. As anyone who’s read my stuff knows, I am not a Bella fan. I respect the effort that both twins put in. But…no. Just no. But alas, if AJ is on her way out, Nikki has to win. God willing, someone like Paige or Charlotte will come along soon and take the title.

PREDICTION: Nikki Bella



STAIRS MATCH:
The Big Show vs. Erick Rowan

I suppose a Stairs Match is no weirder than a Chairs Match. I don’t think it merited renaming the damn show, but giving these two a gimmick will probably result in a better match. From a storytelling standpoint, it makes sense to give a Stairs Match to two big guys, as it plays up the notion that this prop is really heavy. I imagine at some point in this match we’ll see Rowan slam Show on to the steps, as we’ve seen him pick up the giant before. It’s interesting to see Rowan spotlighted this way, as many thought he’d get lost in the shuffle after the Wyatt Family broke up. However, I’m going to say The Big Show takes this one home.



CHAIRS MATCH:
Kane vs. Ryback

I can’t help but think this match might have more of an epic feel if Kane were still dressed as “The Demon,” as opposed to a JCPenney catalog model. I’ve got to believe Ryback’s going over here. He seems to be a legitimately dangerous person to be in the ring with, but we can’t deny that he’s freakishly strong, and he seems to be legitimately crazy. At the very least, that makes him an interesting person to watch on television. But a future megastar? That remainds to be seen.

PREDICTION: Ryback



LADDER MATCH FOR THE WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE:
Luke Harper (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler in a ladder match? NOW they’re on to something. Needless to say, this match is a potential show stealer. In terms of who wins, it’s a toss up. Ziggler has won and lost the belt twice already this year. So the notion of him winning it again isn’t exactly far-fetched. But if WWE really wants to give Harper a try, I can’t see why they’d have him lose his first high-profile title defense. Frankly, I’m not sold on Harper yet. But this match could go a long way in changing that.

PREDICTION: Luke Harper



STIPULATION TABLES MATCH:
John Cena vs. Seth Rollins
If Cena loses, he is no longer number one contender.

So if John Cena isn’t wrestling Brock at the Royal Rumble, who is? The only logical substitute seems to be Randy Orton, who many believe will return at TLC. But they’ve got a Rollins/Orton feud built in for when he comes back, so it seems unlikely they’d divert him from that. As lame as it would be, it looks like it’s going to be Lesnar vs. Cena for a third time. Let’s say Cena wins, and the Orton comes back with an RKO to Rollins (From outta nowhere!!!!!).

Rob’s Prediction: John Cena

TABLES, LADDERS, AND CHAIRS MATCH:
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose



Much like Ambrose and Rollins main eventing Hell in a Cell, WWE has the chance to put a great spotlight Ambrose and Wyatt at TLC. Has their program been worthy of a pay per view main event? I can go either way on that one. When Bray’s mic work has been focused, and he’s not doing his evil laugh for no reason, the promos have been decent. But based on what they gave us at Survivor Series, I’m hoping the match overachieves. I’d love to see Ambrose win this sucker. Hell, he hasn’t won a single pay per view match since he struck out on his own. Sadly, I see more of the same here. But will it harm Ambrose? Probably not. I think what gets him over is his “unstable” vibe. You never know what he’s going to say, what he’s going to do, and THAT’s what makes him such an awesome commodity for WWE. Dean Ambrose will persevere. Hopefully for years to come.


PREDICTION: Bray Wyatt

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Flash “The Man in the Yellow Suit”: A Review In Reverse

When Doctor Wells opens a hidden door inside his secret-future-room and reveals the yellow costume of the Reverse Flash, everything the viewer has seen since the episode began is thrown into doubt. How could he be the titular “Man in the Yellow Suit” if we all watched him get his butt kicked by the man himself in the force field chamber? Wells is playing a strange game with our hero, aggressively egging him on in his nascent heroism as the wheelchair-bound mentor Dr. Wells and now revealing that he might be Barry's life-long nemesis, once that seems placed on the Earth to taunt The Flash into becoming more powerful. Either way, the villain seems determined to “make The Flash a better hero,” to paraphrase the motivations of the last pre-New 52 Reverse Flash.

Only the timely intervention of Ronnie “Firestorm” Raymond 'saves' the Flash from a fatal beating from his rival, a still-disturbed Ronnie flies away, leaving his ex-fiancĂ© Caitlin in the same shocked state she's been in ever since she first saw Ronnie again in the parking garage, her wish for a reunion taking a much darker turn than she hoped.

Flash's inability to catch the Reverse Flash after receiving a direct challenge from his nemesis left him questioning his whole life, leading to an awkward reveal to his step-sister Iris of his love, not know that Detective Thawne (let in on the secret of the existence of Meta-humans in this episode, something he must have known about anyway, being the head of the anti-Flash task force!) had popped Iris 'The Question' (the “move in with me” Question, not the other one...or the objectivist one).

The sudden arrival of “Man in the Yellow Suit” throws Barry's life into turmoil, forcing the reveal of big secrets and hidden feelings in the mid-season finale of The Flash.

 Yes, I wrote that recap in reverse, it seemed appropriate to for an episode that turns everything on its head and capped off a stellar run of initial episodes that have defied expectations for the network's sophomore superhero effort. While I am sure that the network was counting on the (ahem) flashy visuals to get people to tune it, it's the storytelling that's proven to be the show's most special effect. No one tell The CW that, or they will take the money away that was used here to stage an incredible, award-worthy speedster duel inside a domed football stadium.

The Reverse Flash was everything he needed to be: ominous, scary and clearly a force to be reckoned with. His constant vibrations coupled with his glowing red eyes quickly established him as inhuman cold, the true reverse of the warm, enthusiastic energy that Grant Gustin's Flash shines with. It's telling that Gustin was unmasked/not in costume during both of his fights. I have a feeling that the show-runners have discovered how hard it is to convey emotion through a mask that covers as much as The Flash's does. It's not something they saw a lot when they examined Stephen Amell's stone-faced Arrow.

As incredible as it was to see the show's seminal mystery explored so early in the show's lifespan, the show-runners have also started to pay off on the Barry/Iris situation by finally setting up a real love triangle between the step-siblings and Detective Thawne. Having Barry give her 'a' ring and Eddie the keys to his home (and have him learn about Barry's feelings) has set a definite timer on the storyline requiring to resolve itself and not sink into endless teen soap-style pining.

Almost overshadowed by this and arrival of the Reverse Flash are two introductions: Ronnie Raymond, the nascent Firestorm is confirmed to be alive by shaken Caitlin, and long awaited return of Amanda Pays to Flash television programs, where she is portraying a new version of Dr. Tina McGee, here as the head of STAR rival Mercury Labs. Pays' new McGee hopefully is more than just an elaborate cameo or reoccurring character, in her brief scene she clearly could hold her own with Dr. Wells and Detective West, she'd be welcome to take over as this new Flash's scientist/mentor after Wells' schemes are revealed.

 If there was any misstep this week, it's the tricky ground the show is getting into with time travel. Clearly this was going to be an issue that was brought up from the start, thanks to Dr Wells' future-paper and the night in the past Barry's mom was killed, but you can't just strap on a tachyon powered vest, start implying that the two Flashes have fought each other a different number of times each so far and not start to lose the casual fan who's not looking for Doctor Who levels of pseudo-science.

 Flash Facts:

 -Jesse L. Martin's continued clear and totally authentic-looking joy at witnessing Barry's speedster antics will never get old. Never.

-Caitlin is going to have to get “frosty” if she is to be near her fiery beau again!

-Speaking of rings, Wells has a Flash ring! It even allows him to 'access' his suit! Will we ever see a Flash suit that could fit inside the ring?

-So Detective Thawne is not the Reverse Flash, or at least not yet. Sure Dr. Wells has the suit, but that doesn't mean that he was the time traveler who was wearing it.
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Bell to Bell

Before we get into Raw, let's talk about the elephant in the room...



CM Punk signs deal with UFC, will fight some time next year. This is an interesting move for Punk, considering just how many doors seem to be open for him these days. He's writing for Marvel, he was supposedly thinking about forming  a band for awhile, I'm sure he could act in various movies or TV shows if he wanted to. But he went the MMA route. I give him props for wanting to take a risk like this and try something new. Certainly it's a huge disappointment to WWE fans who still long to see Punk in the ring. WWE now has even more egg on its face, as Punk trashed them so hard on that Colt Cabana podcast, and then signed with an organization that could be considered their competitor. But I suspect there's still hope for reconciliation. Let's give it a few years and see what happens.

Thoughts From Raw:

WWE changes Pay Per View name to Tables, Ladders, & Chairs...and Stairs. Point blank, this is stupid. The idea of a "Stairs" match adds next to nothing to the pay per view's drawing power, much less adding it to the name of the damn show. 

Roman Reigns wins Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year. Considering these were supposedly voted on by the fans, I'd say this is a good sign for WWE, as they clearly want Roman Reigns to be their next guy. I'm still not convinced he's ready, though. He might need a little more time to cook as a singles star before they give him the top spot. But hey, "power to the people," and all that...

AJ Lee wins Slammy Award for Diva of the Year. It's always interesting to see how WWE uses AJ, the wife of such a controversial figure, CM Punk. Seemingly, very little has changed. But now that Punk has signed with UFC, you've got to wonder just how much either side wants to be around the other. In any event, the fans clearly have no desire to see her go. 


John Cena and the Big Show square off in the main event. This one was kind of a snorefest. I joked on Twitter that this was like taking a trip back to 2004. How many John Cena/Big Show matches have we seen in the last 10 years? And how many times have we seen Cena hoist Show up for the Attitude Adjustment? It just had a "been there, done that" feel to it.

Bray Wyatt cuts a go-home promo before TLC. Holy crap! Bray Wyatt is actually acting like a heel! He even said: "I despise each and every last one of you." And he cut down on the laughing. I maintain that Wyatt's mic work isn't as good as people say it is, but this week was an improvement. He's gettin' there. Dean Ambrose's entrance with the ambulance was cool too. These guys work great as enemies.  And of course, it's exciting to see them getting to main event a pay per view. At least I'm assuming they're the main event...

WWE gives Luke Harper vs. Eric Rowan away for free on Raw, with no build up. How stupid was THIS? You had a built-in program here between these two former members of the Wyatt Family. For the Intercontinental Title, no less! Why would you blow off that initial explosion between the two without even telling us what's coming? 

Charlotte makes her long-awaited Raw debut. Pleasantly surprised to see Charlotte show up on Raw, wrestling Natalya no less. This girl is definitely a breath of fresh air. And wouldn't you know it, she can actually wrestle! I'd love to see her reach the main roster after Wrestlemania season. She beats the hell outta seeing the Bella twins, that's for sure.



Seth Rollins cuts a promo on Sting after he wins the "This is Awesome" Slammy Award. Depending on how many matches WWE can get out of Sting (supposedly his current deal only calls for six dates), a Sting/Seth Rollins match might be interesting. Rollins is one of the top bad guys in the company right now, and it would be interesting to see what a man of his talents could do with someone like Sting. Will it happen? Probably not. But you never know.

Rusev to face Jack Swagger at TLC. We already know Rusev isn't going to lose at TLC. But it's still interesting to see him interact with various different personalities on the roster. That's why it's somewhat curious to see he's facing Jack Swagger yet again. Still, Swagger had kind of a cool moment this week, on the mic no less! Short, concise, and to the point. He looked like the bad ass grappler WWE has apparently wanted him to be.



Kane continues to wrestle in black dockers. So Kane is basically an active wrestler again, right? And there's no Authority on TV anymore, so he's not really "Corporate Kane." So can we maybe get him his black and red tights back? The contrast of the demonic music/pyro against this bland-looking wrestler sends mixed messages to the audience.

Rob Van Dam makes surprise appearance to present a Slammy Award. RVD was definitely a pleasant surprise, but I can't help but think it would have been that much better if, during his last few runs, WWE had build him up as the main event level star he's always been. Chris Jericho (who is apparently coming back next week) got that, but clearly RVD got the shaft. 

How Jen Got Her Nerdy Back!

In order for me to tell you how I got my geek back, I have to briefly touch on how I lost it in the first place, though I won’t go into a lot of the gory details.  I married, and later had a child with, someone I thought I would be with forever.  His fondness for my girly, geeky personality soon faded to contempt.  My comic books and action figure collection went from being an asset to an embarrassment.  My quirky, creative, artistic side went from awesome to awful.  I was told that I must sell my beloved collections and focus on other hobbies that were more mainstream and adult – so I did.  I sold almost everything in a one-day sale at a flea market.  Everything that was left was packed into cardboard boxes and went into a shed. 

As fate would have it, the shed was made by a well-meaning family member of his out of reclaimed wood, reclaimed wood that was later found to be rotten and full of termites.  As hard as it had been to sell my beloved treasures, it was much harder to throw away my half-eaten comic books and desecrated collectibles.  At least the items I sold went to a good home.  My poor comics in the shed had provided sustenance for the little beasts that destroyed them and left me heartbroken with a mess to clean up.  I swear I saw one leaning back in a corner with a swollen belly finishing up with a toothpick for dessert.

After what I like to call “the incident,” I picked out what was left from the rubble, put it in plastic boxes on high shelves and helped rebuild the rotten spots with new wood.  Between the boards, yearbooks, family papers, heirlooms and my pitiful books, I spent an entire day sifting through debris and ended up having to take an entire truckload to the dump.  My parents were the only ones willing to help me with the task and I spent a lot of that day alone with my thoughts.  The experience did help me to learn that stuff is just stuff and that I am lucky it was simply a shed and not my home.

I took away what I could from the incident philosophically and physically, but it felt as if a little spark inside me died that day.  I tried to maintain my art and writing, but that seemed to be a source of contention as well.  As our daughter grew it became more and more apparent that creativity had been passed down and was a part of her DNA.  It was as much a part of her as it was me, maybe more.  With the exception of a few projects here and there, I was content to put my energies into fostering her talent and doing my best to make sure she was in an environment in which she could thrive.

Despite my efforts, the marriage crumbled and I had to once again pick through my belongings and give some of my things over to another.  While I regret the ending of such an important chapter in a book that I thought would end with a happily ever after, my daughter and I learned that we could start over with a new story.

The universe does have a sense of humor though.  My ex-husband e-mailed me a little over a year ago, to tell me about an event at a comic book store called 99 Issues.  The e-mail indicated that there would be several comic book artists in attendance to meet fans and sign comics.  He said he wanted to take our daughter.  I was all for it as my newly-six-year-old, budding artist had been working on her own comic and art for some time. She could sit for hours drawing with a focus I had never seen in a small child.  In another twist of the tale, it happened that he had something come up and we had to swap weekends, so I would be the one to take her to the signing.  Neither of us had ever been to anything like this before, in fact we had never even been to 99 Issues.  The night before we decided to scope things out and visit the store to get the lay of the land.  That’s when we met Chris Barnett and Nolen Overton.  Chris immediately came over and introduced himself.  He walked us around the store, showing us comics by the artists who would be at the event, and answering our questions.  From that day on whenever we go into the shop, someone always greets us, they recognize us and they make us feel welcome.

The next afternoon we arrived at the shop.  Of all the artists there, my daughter was immediately drawn to the only female artist at the tables, Amanda Rachels co-founder of a local, independent publisher, Inverse Press.  Looking like a comic book beauty herself, Amanda was kind and gracious.  She and my little one became instant friends.  From Inverse Press we also met writer/co-founder Kevin LaPorte and artist Rando Dixon.

Every single person in that shop showed an interest in my daughter.  They all stopped what they were doing and took time to talk with her, answer her questions and look over her drawings.  I was so moved that these talented people would be so down-to-earth, so kind and so willing to share their knowledge with a little girl.  Steven Butler and Steve Scott were phenomenal.  And it wasn’t just my child; it was like that with everyone who came through the door, young and old alike.  The artists and writers spent personal time with each and every person.   We bought comics and art prints.  We got autographs and advice.  We laughed, talked and made new friends.

We rounded that shop a thousand times it seems and we kept going back to the Inverse Press crew.  For signing up for Amanda’s e-mail list, we were gifted with an autographed copy of an anthology with a short story from Inverse Press’s Clown Town universe.  While not suitable for my little one, it was just what I’d been looking for in a comic.  Clown Town will always be special to me as it was the story that brought me back to comics, back to writing and back to art.  Its tale of clowns who avenge abused children touched my heart and haunted me in a way I cannot express.  I will be forever grateful to Kevin and Amanda for that gift.  Soon after, I went in search of the rest of the Clown Town series and then on to devour every title Inverse Press has in their library.  I eagerly await their next release.

As strange as it may sound, it was truly a wonderful day in our lives that made a difference.  It gave my daughter new determination, confidence and a lovely memorable time that we recall often.  As for me, that little spark inside reignited that day and turned into a flame that burns hot and strong.  I got to share an old passion with my daughter and meet some of my idols.  I realized that I was free to pursue my hobbies and that it was something that my daughter and I could enjoy together.  I no longer had to set that part of myself aside.  I was even able to rebuy one of my Wonder Woman issues that was chewed up by the termites and get it autographed by none other than Dan Mishkin!

Since that day, we have met other authors and artists such as Erica J. Heflin, Kate Frizzell and Nathan Smith.  We see Chris and Nolen and the rest of the 99 Issues gang at the shop and they know us.  We feel a sense of belonging and kinship.  We count ourselves lucky to have met so many talented and warm people.

Now in the evenings my girl and I both draw.  We turn off the television and make up our own stories and plan out our own comics.  We embrace our inner geek.  We create and we are happy.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Previously on The Walking Dead… Episode 508: Coda

This episode starts out with Lamson fleeing the scene after knocking out Sasha.  Rick catches up and administers quick and harsh judgment.  The others hostages still seem willing to try for a peaceful trade with Dawn for Carol and Beth.

Last week we saw Father Gabriel flee the church.  At first it was not clear whether or not he stumbled upon Gareth’s campsite by chance or if he was on a fact-finding mission all along, but one look at the maggot-covered remains of Bob’s foot brings him to tears.  He finds himself surrounded by walkers and runs away.  He makes it back to the church to be confronted by the horror endured by his parishioners when they were stuck outside, clawing to get in and begging for help.  Only this time, Carl and Michonne show him the mercy that he denied others.  They let him in and the walkers overrun the church.  Our group retreats to the rectory and uses the hole in the floor to escape, boarding the walkers inside the church.  Father Gabriel said that he did indeed go out to see for his self what happened at the campsite.  Carl and Michonne brace themselves for a fight as the walkers break through the door, but Abraham shows up just in time with the fire truck, smashing through the church and sealing off the exit completely.

We see Beth staring down into an open elevator shaft in deep thought.  Dawn finds her and proceeds to attempt to further manipulate Beth into being on her side.  O’Donnell overhears them talking and a brief fight between he and Dawn ensues.  O’Donnell gets dangerously close to the elevator shaft and Beth pushes him over the edge. Later, Beth sits by Carol’s bedside and tells Dawn that she knows she’s been manipulating her into helping her kill problem officers and to do her dirty work.  She tells Dawn that she will one day escape like Noah, to which Dawn predicts that Noah will be returning soon.  This upsets Beth even further.

The next scenes show Rick and company, including Noah, attempting to make the hostage exchange.  Dawn seems to accept the terms of the deal easily.  However, since she considers Noah to be one of her group, she will not let the group leave without him being turn over to her.  Noah agrees to stay behind in order to keep the peace.  Beth then moves toward Dawn and stabs her with a small pair of surgical scissors that she had hidden in her cast.  Dawn is shocked and shoots Beth in the head.  It’s not apparent whether this was an accident on Dawn’s part or self-defense – either way she looks shocked and horrified at having killed Beth.  It is also possible that Beth knew exactly what the outcome would be when she first picked up the scissors.

The scene happens very quickly and quietly.  At first there is a “what just happened?” moment.  Then we see everyone sobbing.  Daryl gently lifts up her body and carries her out.  Norman Reedus does some fine acting here.  His pain is palpable.  Abraham, Maggie, Glenn and the rest of the crew show up at the hospital just as Daryl steps out into the sunlight with Beth.  Maggie immediately collapses.  Maggie has been so strong through almost losing Glenn, the recent death of her father and the disappointment of Eugene’s lie.  The death of her sister is her breaking point.

Then in true sci fi/horror tradition, after the credits roll we get a bonus scene.  We see Morgan enter the empty church and find Abraham’s note to Rick.  His eyes widen and we fade to black.

Now there are more questions than ever and a lengthy wait to start on the answers.  Will Morgan and Rick reunite and how will that go?  What about Washington?  Have we seen the last of Dawn?  Will Abraham find a new mission to keep him going?  Will Daryl and Maggie recover from Beth’s death?  Will Carol recover from her injuries?  Is there a Daryl/Carol romance ahead or are they just close friends?  Is there more to Father Gabriel than meets the eye and will he fight with the group now?  What about Eugene and Noah?  How will Carl, Rick and Michonne fare the rest of the season?  The list of questions just goes on and on.

The name of the episode – “Coda” – was very appropriate.  It closed several story lines and brought a lot of things back around full circle.  It was also the ending of a beloved character.  I for one can’t wait until February and I’m sure that even then, the second half of the season won’t be long enough to satisfy us.  Rest in peace Beth.

Written by: @HGirl75

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Previously on The Walking Dead…Episode 507:Crossed

This episode was all about lining things up for next week’s mid-season finale.  We see that Noah was the one coming out of the woods with Daryl, as they reunite with Rick and company to form a plan to rescue Beth and Carol.  Rick is all for going in with guns blazing, but Tyreese suggests an alternate plan in an attempt to keep from having to kill more people.  Daryl supports Tyreese’s plan and Rick reluctantly gives in.

Maggie and Glenn are off trying to deal with Eugene and Abraham with the help of Rosita who wants to contribute to the group.  Eugene stays unconscious for most of the episode and Abraham refuses to be consoled.  Rosita shows her usefulness by helping to make a filter for safe drinking water and catch fish in a nearby river.

Before leaving for the hospital, the group begins busting up pews and looking for anything and everything to board up the building to make it as safe as possible against the Walkers.  Father Gabriel continues to struggle with his guilt, the church being torn up, and the massacre that took place inside the church with Gareth’s group.  Carl offers him a weapon to protect himself and he chooses a machete.  Gabriel uses the machete to take up the floorboards and leave the church without alerting the others.  He walks off into the woods by himself and is unable to kill an attacking Walker when he sees that he has a cross necklace.  He pushes the Walker off of him and continues heading away from the church.  Tyreese tries to comfort Sasha and get her to open up about Bob, which she declines.  She feels guilt for not having killed Bob herself.
Beth and Dawn have their confrontation and Dawn orders Officer O’Donnell to take the woman in Room 2 off the machines, “she’s not worth the effort.” After O’Donnell leaves Dawn gives Beth the key to the medicine cabinet. Dawn defends her actions by saying that Beth undermined her authority in front of one of her subordinates and she needed to assert her control.  Beth seeks advice from Dr. Edwards and injects Carol, who is indeed the woman in Room 2, with a dose of Epinephrine in an effort to revive her.
Tyreese’s plan to take hostages from the hospital and trade them for Beth and Carol does not go as planned.  The hostages seem eager to help take down Dawn and agree to cooperate.  However, one of the hostages tricks Sasha into letting her guard down long enough to knock her unconscious and make his getaway.
Our heroes have a gruesome fight with some Walkers lying out in the street.  At first glance it appears that they are all dead and melted, apparently due to a napalm raid conducted shortly after the outbreak.  Of course, as the humans start to walk by the dead they start to perk up.  Daryl’s matchup is particularly gory as he is forced to rip the head off one of the Walkers and use it as a weapon.
The Talking Dead panel consisted of comedian Paul F. Tompkins and Walking Dead actors Christian Serratos (Rosita) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha).  Serratos and Martin-Green both discuss their characters’ backgrounds and give a little insight into their actions.  It is host Chris Hardwick’s birthday and he has a birthday cake decorated with Bob’s roasting foot done in fondant.  He apologizes to Sonequa for trying to serve Bob’s “foot” to her.  The audience poll shows that 78% of viewers do no trust those at the hospital and feel that Rick was justified in his original plan to go in and slay them all.

Next week’s episode is entitled “Coda.”  I suspect we will be seeing the end of not only the first half of the season, but one of our characters.  Norman Reedus has hinted at some highly emotional scenes that he filmed for this episode, so I’m scared for Carol and/or Beth.  I can’t wait to find out what happens with Father Gabriel as I have a feeling there is still more to him than he has revealed.  I’m sure they will leave us with a major cliff-hanger, keeping us on the edge of our seats until February.
  

Written By: @HGirl75 (aka Jen S.)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Jurassic World teaser before the teaser trailer before the movie trailer.

Thanks to Comic Book Movies, we were able to watch this, and rewatch it for a hour already. The full Jurassic World trailer goes viral on Thanksgiving. Enjoy every second of it.