Fear the Walking Dead: Embrace the Madness…

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Victor Strand was not wrong when he said, “The only way to survive a mad world is to embrace the madness.” It’s either that or you go even crazier, which happens. Just remember even though I want to forget the Governor and Shane.

Beware, spoilers lie ahead…

Sunday’s season finale of Fear the Walking Dead left me wanting more. There was no major, on the edge of your seat cliffhanger or overly emotional deaths. It’s kind of hard since I haven’t really become attached to any of the characters yet. But I’m dying to see how life out on Strand’s yacht is going to pan out.

The biggest death, if you could call it big, was actually Liza. The dysfunctional group finally found out where they were keeping Nick and Griselda (I still blame Liza for all of that) and made their way there. And before you say how stupid of an idea that is, going to some guarded area where there was a guaranteed military presence, I will tell you why it wasn’t that stupid.

David (aka Mr. Crazypants) broke open a huge facility where there were PLENTY of walkers locked up inside banging on the doors. Hmm…remind you of anything?

They had that enormous herd follow them to go after whoever might stop them and therein lies the genius behind that plan. But we all know what they say about the line between genius and crazy…

Once there, they finally find Nick along with his new buddy Victor but not before we thought both would end up as meals for the walkers. They were stuck on the other side of locked doors, lights flashing on and off making the walkers coming their way even creepier and no way of escaping, that is until the group finds them. Liza thankfully gets the key card to work and they continue to run for their lives.

Quick summary on other points: David and Ofelia find out Griselda is dead and after being tortured by David, Andrew makes another appearance wasting no time to aim a gun at David but instead shoots Ofelia (who survives, for now). Travis was not having that and went into full crazy Rick mode and punched Andrew in the face leaving him a wheezing, bloody mess.

They all jumped in the cars they had and drove to the coast where Victor had a house. A house anyone would want to spend their time in during a walker-filled world.

But they’re not staying there. Of course not. Because Victor thinks going on his yacht named Abigail is the best idea. Maybe it is except I have so many questions: What happens when they run out of gas? What do they do when they eventually run out of food? (And do not tell me fish!) Can walkers swim? (I doubt it but you never know!) I just would not feel comfortable staying out in the middle of the ocean.

All of these questions aside, during their soon to be short time spent at Victor’s house, Liza wanders onto the rocks near the beach followed by Madison. There we learn Liza was scratched/bitten and wants Madison to shoot her because she can’t and she doesn’t want Travis to do it.

Well too late for that because Travis then walks onto the rocks and makes you want to smack him because he keeps going on and on about the medication he still thinks will work. It’s not going to, Travis, so just stop.

We then hear a single gun shot ring out, Chris and Alicia running down to the rocks, Chris crying over his dead mother, Alicia watching on and Travis clearly freaking out while he kneels in the sand and ocean with Madison soon joining to comfort him.

There was also a moment with Nick and Madison where Nick basically says now everyone in the world is like him, not knowing where they’re going. He finally felt like the world was catching up with him, which is really sad and another reason why I think his character has so much potential. Please, writers, don’t let his character drift to the background!

Overall, I thought the season finale was pretty awesome and left you with so many questions that it’s easy to be excited to see what’s going to happen next season.

I’m not saying the show was perfect and it didn’t have me hooked as quickly as The Walking Dead did but if a show leaves me wondering then you can bet I’ll keep watching.

Until next time, give me all of your thoughts, complaints, predictions and hopes because it’s a long ten or so months before we get season two so let’s fill in that gap!

P.S. Less than a week until Rick and the gang returns next Sunday!

Fear the freshly turned Walkers…

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It’s Sunday so that means, well, quite a few things, but for us Walking Dead fans it means the fight to survive the zombie walker apocalypse continues.

Tonight brings around the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead and as I re-watch this season thanks to AMC’s marathon, let’s talk a little bit about these past five episodes.

The show started off slow which made me nervous because I was excited to see a new perspective on the Walking Dead world.

When The Walking Dead premiered in 2010, we were thrown into the middle of the chaos with Rick. We didn’t get to see how it started, how people initially reacted, what the government did or how the world ended up the way it did when Rick woke from his coma.

The end of the first episode of Fear the Walking Dead finally gave me that promising feeling I was hoping for. From there on it started to pick up. We saw more walkers, we saw people questioning whether they were still human, we saw the government step in and attempt to take control of things.

I’m still trying to connect with the characters though. Some are incredibly irritating (sorry, Liza & Chris) but some of them do have potential, including Chris. Oops, was that hypocritical?

Despite how I see him now, I do feel like Chris could end up becoming a stronger less annoying character. Maybe he’ll end up becoming the bad-ass son like Carl has grown up to be. That’s if Chris survives into next season. Avoid getting snacked on by those walkers, Chris!

Nick is another character I really want to see develop more. I actually liked the writers’ decision to give him the personal struggle of addiction. It’s not an easy situation to get through at all so to see someone trying to push through his addiction and hopefully break his habit during the horrifying end of the world, it brings a new dynamic to the show.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Alicia yet, although I can see a possible relationship of some sort between her and Chris developing in episode five. I’m not the only one who saw that, right?

Madison and Travis have had their moments, but I flip back and forth on whether I like their characters or not. And I think we can all agree Daniel is quickly edging towards the psychotic behavior shown by Shane and Rick. I’m all for fighting for the ones you love, except torturing a man the way Daniel did was slightly overboard. Poor Andrew.

I also remember coming across the question asking who might become the ‘Rick’ of Fear the Walking Dead and at first, I thought maybe Madison could go down that path. Now? I’m really not that sure. It’s too early to say. Especially when the Rick from season one of TWD is like a completely different person than the Rick we know now going into season six. Daniel sure as hell has the personality and disregard to end up being like Shane. (Just the thought of Shane makes me mad, the creepy psycho that he was. Kudos to good writing and Jon Bernthal)

Alright, that’s enough character discussion for now because I’m hoping these characters develop enough so we’re not left comparing them to the characters we’ve watched for the past five seasons of TWD.

Until next time, happy watching tonight and let’s meet up here soon after the season finale to discuss what cliffhanger will drive us nuts til next year!

It’s all out Civil War…

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Well, not quite yet. We still have some time before Captain America: Civil War hits theaters (May 6, 2016…just about seven months away, but who’s counting? Me.)

Although we have to wait for the third Cap film, it doesn’t mean Marvel won’t tease us until then. I can tell you I was thrilled to see the Team Cap and Team Iron Man photos released. And then I saw Natasha was on Team Iron Man…

Okay, Marvel, you better explain that thoroughly in Civil War unlike how us fans had the whole Bruce/Natasha relationship flung in our faces in Age of Ultron. I will forever be confused where that idea came from.

Don’t build up a close partnership and the possibility of a relationship if it works into the story line like Clint and Natasha and then toss it out the window. (And give Clint a secret wife and kids?! I still want to know what my face looked like in the theater when we first saw his family. It probably matched Steve’s during that scene.)

The same goes for Natasha and Steve. We got to see the awesome growth of their friendship in The Winter Soldier and now we’re supposed to believe Nat sides with Tony in Civil War? Please, I’m just praying it will all make sense.

I’m putting my faith in the writers and the Russo Brothers only because they did such an incredible job on The Winter Soldier.

Anyway, before I start rambling about more stuff this post wasn’t originally intended for, let’s get to why I’m actually writing this post.

Teasers leading up to Civil War. We’ve discussed the team photos, which also showed Bucky on Team Cap. I’m unbelievably excited to see how that plays out.

And of course, the after credits scene at the end of Ant-Man *SPOILERS AHEAD* that showed Steve and Sam finding Bucky in pretty bad shape was the ultimate tease. I wanted Civil War to start playing on the screen right then and there.

This week’s season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also gave us a potential Civil War easter egg during President Ellis’ address on TV in regards to the threats presented by the otherworldly beings popping up all over.

The battle of New York (thanks, Loki) is mentioned along with London (hey there, Thor) and Sokovia (yeah, you too, Ultron). This brings about a new task force titled the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, or ATCU.

Could this be what leads to Steve and Tony facing off against each other? Or something similar? Because we know the plot of Civil War deals with the Avengers disagreeing on how to ‘deal with situations’ so something like the task force could be behind it all.

I’m among the fans who thought putting Steve and Tony at odds with each other was a little uncalled for, especially right after we’ve just seen them become good friends and Avenger teammates. But over time, I’m becoming more and more excited and interested to see how this all plays out.

I can only imagine that Steve will be right about whatever craziness ensues and Tony will eventually realize his wrongs because with his current track record, when has Tony not screwed up lately?

Yeah, exactly.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Tony to death. Iron Man is one of my all-time favorite superheroes but when it comes to your favorites, you have to be able to admit when they do have faults. And Tony has plenty. I could write a feature story on the subject. (Relax, I’m not going to include it here)

For now, though, we’ll just have to see what else Marvel teases us with and resort to getting our feelings out through tweets and posts on the Internet. Like I just did. (Go me!)

Until next time, fellow Marvel fans, dazzle me with your theories and we can discuss together!