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Posts Tagged ‘ Zombies ’

The Goggle Box – Saul Slows Down As The Walking Dead Goes Gruesome

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Dual blogged on I’m Talkin’ Here

Full spoilers below for Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead

Better Call Saul S01E07 – “Bingo”

It can’t be said that BCS has stuttered with this week’s seventh episode but it is more than accurate to say that this was the quiet beginnings of the path to Saul. Jimmy was so close, ready to move out of the salon and into a swanky office of his own, which he was hoping wouldn’t hurt his chances with Kim too of course. This is likely the last time we will see Jimmy get this close to real, legit success and it was handled in a surprisingly tragic manner. With Jimmy’s quiet moment in the final scene of the episode we saw a similar “lowest ebb” from him as we did from Mike last week. With both characters reaching their lowest, may we get nothing but climbs from now on? Climbs that find them both settle comfortably in the middle tier of course.

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Is The Walking Dead Actually A Good Show?

 

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Reblogged from I’m Talkin’ Here

SPOILERS BELOW!
Remember Lost? Good. Now, remember why you watched it? Was it because week on week it was engrossing and high octane? No, it was because it presented more questions than answers, and we all watched religiously trying to get to the end of the puzzle. I was a devout follower for two seasons, then I quit. It just wasn’t good. I returned and binged to the finale only out of sheer morbid curiosity. I wasn’t disappointed I had done so, but I do know that if there had been even a false resolution by season two or three, that would have been enough for me.

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Republic Of Telly Primed For Screenwriting Success

cookerThe Republic Of Telly go head to head with fellow RTE show Love/Hate and Ràsai Na Gaillimhe tomorrow night at the Zebbie Awards after they were nominated by the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

The award which is named in honour of acclaimed American actor O. Z. Whitehead, acknowledges the best scripts written by Irish playwrights and screenwriters during the previous year.

Stuart Carolan gets the nod for the season finale of  Love/Hate series 3 while James Cotter, Dermot Whelan, Bernard O’Shea, Shane Mulvey, Jason Butler, Chris Tordoff, Damien Fox, Stephen Shields, and Luc O’Cinnseala share the nomination for the Republic of Telly Christmas Special.

Ahead of the big bash at Dublin’s Sugar Club tomorrow night, we caught up with Stephen Shields to discuss the Republic Of Telly’s nomination and ambitions for the future now that leading star Dermot Whelan has announced his departure from the hit show. Continue reading

Film Review: Evil Dead

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In 1981 The Evil Dead hit theatres under the endorsement of Stephen King who called it “the most ferociously original horror film of the year”. It was a phenomenon, terrifying audiences and becoming one of the biggest “video nasties” of the time. Sam Raimi, director of the original, saw fit a few years back to authorise a remake of his classic much to the disdain of fans and there has been a nervous wait amongst devotees to see how this remake would turn out. Well, allow me to paraphrase King and say that what has been produced is the most ferociously original horror remake of the year.
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The Walking Dead: Season 3 Review

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So the little show that could, The Walking Dead, has now reached the end of its third season. Hard to believe really as it should have never found the audience it did given that it’s a cable TV show based on an indie comic and zombies were not yet back to being flavour of the month, but the figures don’t lie and with it breaking viewer records year on year and seeping into all popular media from memes to video games, t-shirts and it’s own panel discussion show. It is a series however that has infuriated fans at times as it drags at a horrific pace at times and takes extreme liberties with some favourite characters from the comics. So how was season 3? As usual, SPOILERS BELOW!
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The Story So Far: The Walking Dead Season 3 Part 1

walkingdeadAhead of part 2 kicking off in just over two weeks, let’s take a look back at what has happened so far in AMCs 3rd season of the hit TV show The Walking Dead. Again be warned, massive spoilers on the way. Continue reading

The Story So Far: The Walking Dead

Next up on our TV recap is AMC’s The Walking Dead, a series that on paper had no right to become as popular as it has, but has now consecutively broken all viewer ratings records two years in a row. Let’s see what makes it so good.

SOME SPOILERS FOR THE WALKING DEAD BELOW

In 2005 Robert Kirkman unleashed his seminal comic book series The Walking Dead on the world and it was instantly lauded with praise for its attempts to bring originality to the genre as well as the string focus put on the characters by the writer, usually preferring to give us scenarios of human survival rather than destruction. When Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) optioned it for a television series then there was hesitancy from fans as to whether or not he could pull it off, especially given the extremely envelope pushing nature of the series. Low and behold here we are now with a third season round the corner and, so far, no punches pulled.

We begin the series following police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) who has been in a coma for the duration of the zombie outbreak after having been shot on the job. Straight away the viewer connects on a strong level as we know just as much (or little) as Rick does. It doesn’t take long for him to realise something horribly catastrophic has happened and thus sets out on his primary quest, to find some sort of safety and to hopefully find his wife and child in the process. Much like the comics, season 1 follows the trend of focus on family matters, mankind’s destructive tendencies and the logistics of survival and only sporadically intersperses these moments with gore filled scenes of undead carnage. This approach alienated some casual viewers however as many tuned in for just such moments, wanting to sherk character development in lieu of the more squeamish scenes. By the end of this pilot series it was a case of “job done, now do more”. It wasn’t a perfect start, but it assured the majority that this show could work.

Season 2 hit screens after a near year long wait and in the time that had passed, many things had changed. Behind the scenes of the show, Executive Producer and Showrunner Darabont was at odds with AMC, his grand vision for the show not sitting hand in hand with the networks grand vision of what cheques they wanted to write. It has now transpired that Darabont even had a more adventurous premiere episode for the season that would have flashed back to the outbreak and show any and all amounts of carnage, but he was not able to get the budget for it. Alas it would transpire that Darabont left the show before the first half of the season had aired, and many wondered what that would mean for the shows future. The first half of season 2 had brought about many elements from the comic that fans had screamed for, but had also taken a somewhat slow approach too, something that clearly fit into Darabont’s grand vision. Without him, could the show pick up again? As it happened, yes, yes it could.

Producer Glen Mazarra took over as Showrunner for the second portion of the season, and fast paced is the name of his game. The second portion of season 2 is so far, some of the best television ever seen. In The Walking Dead’s own unique style, characters are picked off mercilessly (seriously, if this continues to adhere to the formula of the comics, don’t get too attached to anyone!). This is the biggest selling point of the show, literally nobody is safe. The final two episodes of the season brought about a hectic finale full of loss and destruction, culminating with an ominous shot of a famous location from the books, the prison. In the original story, this is the setting for some of the series most intense and game changing moments. Hopefully RTE will pick up the new season soon enough so Irish viewers can join in but for now you would do yourself a disservice not to watch this fantastic two seasons of television.

The Walking Dead Season 1 + 2 are available now from all good retailers and Season 3 will hopefully kick off soon on terrestrial TV

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