Mike Carey Writes Great Stuff

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Seriously, check him out.

Mike Carey

Writes Great Stories

I have been binge reading the books, and then the comics, of author Mike Carey, and I think you should as well. Mighty Dale and I discussed such above. huzzah.

Seriously, though, the Felix Castor books are absolutely top notch. Carey takes the template of his comic series Lucifer (which you should also read), and from it creates the world of British exorcist Felix Castor. It’s similar to both Constantine, and the Harry Dresden books, but of a higher order. The writing is very good, as well as the stories. Harry Dresden books are fun, but it’s not literature. The Felix Castor books run at a higher level, intellectually, while still being fun. Read them. Read them all.

Seriously. I am so glad I gave Mike Carey a try. He’s great.

 

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Z Nation Hits its Stride

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Season 2 Is Fun

SyFy Starts Getting it Right

I watched Z Nation mainly because I love zombies, like millions of other folk.  The first season was … just terrible. It tried to be somber and serious with “I give you mercy” and the like. Things like killing zombies with the Liberty Bell seemed stupid, rather than purposely cheesy, because of the incongruity with the serious tone.

When they repeated the joke with a giant cheese wheel, in season two, it worked. See?

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That’s just ridiculous, but now that’s the point.

No more. Season 2 dumped all the pretense of seriousness, and just went the Evil Dead route. That was the best decision they could have made. SyFy typically churns out utter crap. They’re the Little Debbie of networks. That’s ok. Nutty Bars are fucking awesome, but they’re made to be eaten alone, in one’s room, all at once, in one marathon of self harm and loathing.

Z Nation is junk food but they embrace it. That makes it so much better. I enjoy it now. I laugh at the absurdity, and it’s obvious that the show does as well. That goes a long way toward making a show enjoyable to watch.

Season Finale Next Week

I really enjoyed last night’s episode (the penultimate for this season). It was everyone’s “origin” story. Nice, short, and to the point. I liked it. Doc’s was (of course) silly, but showed his native altruism. Addy kills her hockey team’s best forward (that was great), and everyone else pretty much is what you expect. The best one, imo, was Citizen Z. He’s in prison for an Edward Snowden kind of whistleblower/hacker thing, and the NSA offers him a deal.
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Zombies. It’s as simple as that. Z Nation. Z is for Zombies.

The Walking Dead: Attics Exist

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So Many Dumb Things

I love the Walking Dead. I’m glad Glenn is alive. I really am. I think it’s awesome that the wall has been breached. That is a great plot point. It provides a nice nail biter to wrap up the (totally bullshit, and unnecessary) mid season finale.

Now let’s get into the meat of the episode, and why I think it was pretty lame.

Zombies

The number of zombies surrounding the town doesn’t seem insurmountable to me. They could pick off 50 a day, every day, and whittle them down, without all the horrible existential crises the residents endure. They did it at the prison, all day, every day. Granted the perimeter was much smaller but the concept is the same. Until the wall is breached, they have nothing but time and relative safety.

Houses

The houses are, apparently, adequate shelter when the wall is breached. That is until teen angst fucks everything up. That fight was kind of stilted, and of course they break the window on the door. Until that point, everyone in a house is safe, because the zombies don’t know they’re there.

Why don’t people have contingencies for this? Rick’s been there long enough to cobble together a plan to either secure one room per house, or… have a plan to wreck the stairs so that people can safely chill upstairs if their home is breached. That’s Zombie 101. It’s in the Zombie Survival Guide.

Attics Exist

Staircases and safe rooms aside… what the fuck about attics? These homes may not have good old fashioned, haunted house style attics, but they surely have a storage space accessible through a hole in the ceiling. You probably have one wherever you’re reading this. Look up. If zombies came in, you could get up there and be 100% safe until shit died down.

Why the fuck didn’t Rick do that with the kids? Pop Sam (the loose cannon), Carl, and Judith, up in the crawlspace? Carl would be up there to take care of the other two, because Carl can handle shit if things go South. Zombies can’t climb. That’s a better tactical decision than putting a guaranteed failure into your escape plan.

BUT NO

Instead they bring a baby and a crazy kid, who can’t function (he never shut off the goddamn record) out into the zombies. ALSO… the gore is effective, but it’s hardly ever used. Think of all the situations the gore would have been handy in. It feels like a Deus Ex Machina, when there doesn’t need to be one. Besides they just used a deus ex machina with Glenn, the week before. It feels cheap.

We are forced to endure this.

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Really? Sloppy as fuck.

All because kids in danger raise the anxiety level for viewers. It’s cheap and poorly done, in my opinion. It’s so unnecessary. Throw the kids in the attic. That’s what Rick & Co. would have done. Rick’s not going to throw his baby under a stinky tarp and traipse out to zombie village. Of course he wouldn’t. It’s stupid. The whole situation is false and forced because it makes for “better tv”.  Bullshit. It’s a hack move.

Oh, and Sam?

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Glenn Lives! Everyone Else Is Screwed

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Sorry to put you through all that emotional turmoil.

HA HA GLENN. REAL FUNNY

I’m glad Glenn is alive. Really.  However the fucking wall breach right on the heels of the balloons is just too fucking soap opera. So… Scott Gimple, show runner for Walking Dead… this is just for you, buddy.

Dear Scott Gimple

The Zombie Apocalypse Has Begun

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It Begins

Here We Go, Guys

HOLY SHIT IT’S HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s right guys and girls the zombie apocalypse has officially kicked off. Grab your boots and baseball bats, and get ready to do some brain bashing. and I’ll see you in the apocalypse.

I Do Not Fear The Walking Dead

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Don’t Fear The Reaper

Alright guys, let’s discuss AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. It’s amazing to me that AMC has somehow managed to squeeze more juice out of the Walking Dead franchise, what with the show itself. Talking Dead and numerous video games I figured that this franchise had been squeezed dry, I was wrong. Fear is a prequel to The Walking Dead featuring less interesting people, a less interesting location and annoying kids. Despite the fact that the premise is interesting enough and many people would like to see how the zombie apocalypse began this show just doesn’t have any life to it.

The two leads are relatable enough. Kim Dickens as Madison, and Cliff Curtis as Travis are fine actors, but the characters are forgettable. So is the show. It’s so forgettable that I had to look up their character names on Wikipedia.

This show makes for decent Sunday night television, but pales in comparison to other AMC properties like Hell on Wheels and The Walking Dead. What is it with AMC and really really annoying kids? Between Carl in Walking Dead,  and the kids in Fear, the apocalypse may just be a blessing.

Think Of The Children

There are three kids in Fear.  Nick, Madison’s son, who is a college dropout and junkie because of course he is.  Alicia, Madison’s model student daughter who also proves herself to be a snooty, snarky, eye rolling little twat, who’s only interesting quality is that they stuck her in an interracial relationship. GASP! Nice try AMC, and last, least and everything else in between, Travis’s son Christopher, Christopher naturally resents his dad because ya know, that’s what TV/movie kids do.

Location Location Location

One of the biggest issues with this show is simply the location.  Los Angeles is as sterile and devoid of life as an abortion clinic, and it’s OVERDONE. People should be banned from making films and shows that take place in LA. That place has zero personality. it’s like God held the US by the East Coast, gave it a good shake and all the people who aren’t self absorbed assholes managed to hang on.

Think about it.  Entourage, garbage. I don’t care what you say, Entourage was garbage. True Detective season 2, garbage.  Now this, not quite garbage, but would have been much much better with a better location.

Guys, I ain’t telling you not to watch Fear, if you love The Walking Dead you might want to try it, but if not, you might want to skip this one, after all, Rick and Morty is on on Sunday night too and you wouldn’t want to miss that

……….would you?

Would You???

Would You???