The Walking Dead: Pilot

The Walking Dead episode 1 spoilers within.

The Walking Dead is a critically acclaimed show with a massive following. The show starts it’s 5th season this fall with more and more people watching the show before it’s return. After having just finished the fourth season myself (after a month long binge fest), it’s time for a review of the first episode.

Anyone who has seen a zombie movie or show, you know they all follow a certain pattern when they first start. Namely, our main character has to figure out that they are now in a zombie apocalypse and learn some of the “rules” that go along with them (what are they called, how do you kill them, how do you turn, what caused this to happen, etc.). Sometimes all of the questions are answered but often they aren’t. In the pilot episode, we are introduced to Officer Rick Grimes, our protagonist who has no idea what is going on. Rick wakes up alone in the hospital, finding traces of zombies and dead bodies around. During the episode through the use of flashbacks, we see that Rick was injured in the line of duty and at present is still recovering from his gunshot wound.

Unaware of what is going on, Rick makes it to his neighborhood only to be captured by a father and son who later release him after realizing he hasn’t been bitten. The father and son tell Rick about the zombies or as they are affectionately called “Walkers”. The next day, Rick and the pair make their way to Rick’s house where they see that some of their personal things are gone, leading Rick to believe his wife, Lori, and son, Carl, are still alive. We can see in another area, that Lori and Carl are indeed alive and are at a makeshift camp along with Rick’s partner, Shane, and a few others who have managed to escape (and Shane and Lori have started hooking up so that’ll be interesting down the road). The father and son tell Rick to try for the refugee camp in the city of Atlanta after the 3 commandeer the last of the guns form the police station. Rick makes his way there, leaving the others behind for personal reasons, but we learn at Lori and Shane’s camp that Atalanta is a bust and overrun with zombies. Unfortunately, Rick doesn’t know and makes a wrong turn in the city, becoming trapped and nearly dying many times. Eventually he makes his way into a tank left by the army and while inside, hears someone call him an idiot over the radio as the episode ends.

Thoughts:

This show did not hook me right away. Honestly, it took me until about the 4th or 5th episode to get into it and even then it was slow. Not until the second season did it really grab me for reasons I’m not quite sure of even now.

The Walking Dead is a bit like a soap opera with zombies thrown in. That’s the best way to describe the start of the show. As it goes on, things work out into a more complex dynamic that makes for better viewing. The zombies on this show aren’t scary (to me at least) but they could be to some. The zombies are more gross, some scenes being, well quite horrifyingly gross. You get over that though for the most part. There’s some mud that has to be trudged through to get to the good stuff but nevertheless, there most certainly is good stuff waiting on the other side.

Worth a Watch?: Make your way through the first season, it gets better from there. If you can handle some scary moments, gross stuff and a lot of drama, then yes.

3/5 Stars (for the pilot) 4.8/5 Stars (for the show)

 

Gif/Pic of the Week #29 The Blind Banker X/ Sherlock Emmys (August 27, 2014)

This week’s theme is a revisit of probably the least liked episode of Sherlock, The Blind Banker. Maybe I can find something funny this time. AND some bonus Sherlock Emmy stuff as well. Enjoy.

As a person who primarily speaks in sarcasm, this is a real fear.

If you ever wondered whose hair is the priority on the show. Meanwhile…

The face says it all.

The semester started this week. Probably should have tried to go to bed earlier so this didn’t happen in my early morning class. It did anyways.

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Smooth John, very smooth. The look from Sherlock is also quite extraordinary. (source)

Somehow I was able to find some stuff this time. Even Sherlock is surprised.

BONUS ROUND

LEVEL: EMMY WINNERS

“Actually, I do think our plan is devastating. We practically reduced our cast to tears by telling them the plan.” -Steven Moffat on series 4

Prepare yourselves for when Moffat is this happy, we will all suffer in  great pain.

“Haha Sherlock, very funny. We all know this is a co-lead part, thank you very much Mr. Lead Actor.”

I knew there was a reason I thought His Last Vow was the best episode. 7 shiny Emmys galore.

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Sherlock Wins Big at the 66th Primetime Emmys

Sherlock Sweeps Away the Competition

Photoshop is great, isn't it? (source)

Photoshop is great, isn’t it? (source)

Sherlock fans, we’ve finally made it in Hollywood. Sherlock won big time tonight at the 66th Primetime Emmys and both of its stars took away wins. To start out the night, writer and co-creator Steven Moffat took home an Emmy win in Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Sherlock: His Last Vow.

Steven Moffat accepting his Emmy (source)

Steven Moffat accepting his Emmy (source)

Next up, it was Martin Freeman’s turn. While not actually present, he took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for his role as John Watson in Sherlock: His Last Vow. Since there’s no picture of his win, I present this.

The poor man is probably asleep and doesn't even know he won (source)

The poor man is probably asleep and doesn’t even know he won (source)

Rounding out the night was our other boy, Benedict Cumberbatch. He too was not present (it’ll be a fun day in England tomorrow when they wake up). He took home the win for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie for his role as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock: His Last Vow. No picture again so we have this.

If that's acting happy, I can't imagine his actual happy right now (source)

If that’s acting happy, I can’t imagine his actual happy right now (source)

In total, Sherlock won in 7 out of its 12 nominations, more than half and a big win for the show. Don’t even go on Tumblr right now, the Sherlock fandom has awoken once again and is busy continuing its insanity. Case in point…

Any Sherlock fan right now (source)

Any Sherlock fan right now. Also proof that the Emmys are now shipping johnlock (source)

Even my beloved Fargo snagged a win for Outstanding Miniseries. While we might have to wait awhile before any new Sherlock, it looks as though it’s gotten such much earned recognition. Tonight was a good night Sherlockians.

 

News for the Week of August 25, 2014

66th Primetime Emmy’s Reminder

As a quick reminder, the 66th Primetime Emmy’s air tonight at 7:30 pm ET/ 4:30 pm PT on NBC. Sherlock and several of its actors are nominated in several categories (some in even the same category). A full list of nominees can be found here. An update of any Sherlock wins will come out late tonight.

Series 4 Update

There will be an Christmas special filming in early 2015 and airing Christmastime 2015. Series 4 will begin filming in later 2015 and air after the Christmas special, presumably on New Years Day in following with the past air dates for the show.

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