The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 4: “Slabtown”

I typically watch new The Walking Dead episodes 3-4 times before finally sitting down to write. I just spent the last 20 minutes staring at the “play” button on my TiVo menu, unable to will myself to press it. I’ve watched it twice, and that’s really about all I can handle. Why didn’t I care about the return of Beth? Mainly because I forgot she was even gone in the first place.  Continue reading “The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 4: “Slabtown””

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The Walking Dead – S5, E3: “Four Walls and a Roof”

While watching “Four Walls and a Roof,” Steve pointed out that there were Bible verses printed on wall hangings in Saint Sarah’s Episcopal Church. He nonchalantly asked me if I thought they had an significance, and then he promptly went back to crushing his candy. My husband notices really intriguing details, he just doesn’t obsess over them like I do. While I give him full credit for discovering this fascinating detail, I am the one who dug into it. Of course, specific passages highlighted in a church during a zombie apocalypse are clearly not a coincidence. The following verses are listed on a wooden, tablet-esque wall hanging that can often be seen in the background during particularly tense moments: ROM 6:4; EZ 37:7; MA 27:52; RE 9:6; LU 24:5. Continue reading “The Walking Dead – S5, E3: “Four Walls and a Roof””

The Walking Dead – S5, E2: “Strangers”

It’s no secret that I have been progressively disappointed in The Walking Dead, but this is the first time that I can remember actually zoning out. The whole middle of the episode is a blur. There were some swimming walkers, and the next thing I knew, everyone was drinking the church wine. It had been a long day and I assumed it was just me. I watched it again this morning, AND THE SAME THING HAPPENED. I caught on this time, and I forced myself to maintain focus. It was difficult. Water-logged walkers, a shady priest, someone watching in the woods – it sounds so promising. Something is just missing. Continue reading “The Walking Dead – S5, E2: “Strangers””

The Walking Dead, Episode 416: “A”

I had a thorough discussion regarding “A” with my mother last night, who is one of the true authorities out there on The Walking Dead. My mom’s main concern about this episode was one that had not occurred to me, but now that she has brought it up, I must admit that I find it quite disconcerting as well. How exactly does one cannibalize a human during a zombie apocalypse? The virus is in everyone, so when someone dies, he or she will inevitably become a zombie. What is the turnover time here? Apparently, a good method is just to “chop them up and toss ’em on the grill,” at least according to mom. Maybe. Hopefully this will be addressed in Season 5, because it is a significant issue. Continue reading “The Walking Dead, Episode 416: “A””

Breed by Chase Novak

The obscenely wealthy Twisdens seem to have it all. Alex comes from a long, long line of rich snobs, and his wife, Leslie, has a bright future in publishing and is truly in love with Alex. Yeah, nauseating. But don’t worry, their situation quickly changes. After years of marriage and still no heir to the Twisden dynasty, Alex and Leslie fear that procreation is not in their future. Alex, however, stumbles upon a questionable fertility doctor somewhere in the depths of Slovenia. Believing that this is their last hope, Alex drags a hesitant Leslie on a journey to visit Dr. Kis. Kis, an angry and frightening little man, carries out a series of painful injections on the Twisdens and bids them farewell. Sure enough, Leslie quickly finds herself knocked up. She also finds herself gradually covered in a course hair and with a newfound appetite for dog. Alex has developed similar traits, but they try to shrug it off and enjoy the certainty of an impending child. Continue reading “Breed by Chase Novak”