Halloween is coming, and while there’s always a lot of talk about potentially awesome costume designs, every year people don and assortment of truly questionable outfits. To help steer your holiday in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of sci-fi themes you may want to steer away from to ensure a smooth, hassle free night of handing out candy and getting wasted.
AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the most popular shows on the air right now, a genuine pop culture phenomenon that only seems to keep getting bigger. Along with HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s taken up the mantle of such previous genre heavy-hitters as Lost or The X-Files. And just like those shows before it, the level of fan passion inevitably means there’s going to be a ton of crazy rumors and fan theories as the story unfolds. Since The Walking Dead is based on the pre-existing comic series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, much of that speculation centers on how the show will adapt, alter, or abandon elements from the comics But every once in a while you get a real whopper that seems to have come out of nowhere. Like, for instance: what if the whole damn Walking Dead storyline is just a dream?
It’s happened countless times. You’ve got an otherwise great show or movie that’s firing on all cylinders…but there’s this one guy. This one bad apple who nearly spoils the whole bunch, simply by constantly doing stupid things or saying stupid things or hanging around looking at things with his stupid face. We’re not saying Carl from The Walking Dead is like that, but we are saying that if we had an awards show for that sort of thing, it would just be one long montage of Carl dying.
So, with The Walking Dead having returned in fine form even in spite of the presence of Carl, we decided to celebrate some of the absolute worst, the characters from science fiction television who constantly made us want to punch a wall, especially if their head was between our fist and said wall. We’ll be measuring them against the accepted international unit of measurement for terribleness, Jar Jar Binks. (For purposes of this article, five Jar Jars is equivalent to going full Jar Jar, meaning you should nuke the site from orbit, because it’s the only way to be sure.)
One last note: we didn’t set out trying to populate this piece with so many kids, but it just sort of worked out that way.
Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Four Walls and a Roof,” was absolutely brutal. Like game changing brutal. I won’t say anything more, but you can read all about it HERE if you’re so inclined. Thus far, the episodes in the young season 5 have been among the best in the series, and the writers and producers are striking a nice balance between grim and bleak and a more hopeful outlook, which is impressive given how dark the material has become. AMC released a preview of next week’s episode, “Slabtown,” as well as a handful of glimpses inside “Four Walls.”
One of the biggest threads left dangling at the end of season 4 was the disappearance of Beth (Emily Kinney). We saw that black car with the cross in the back window speed away, presumably with her inside, but aside from that, we knew little of her fate. Season 5 hasn’t really helped that much. Over the first three episodes we’ve gradually built towards that a bit, especially in last week’s “Strangers,” and we know Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Carol (Melissa McBride) saw the mystery mobile and took off after it.
As we approached the premiere of season 5 of The Walking Dead, AMC’s mega-popular zombie drama, my biggest question was whether or not they could maintain the progress and momentum created over the second half of season 4. By far the best run in the entire series, I wasn’t a huge fan of the season finale, but here we are, three episodes into the young season 5, and they not only kept it going, they’ve started building even more. The season started out with a tense, action heavy debut, and followed that up with a more introspective episode, which brings us to tonight’s installment, “Four Walls and a Roof. And this is the episode fans of the comics have been waiting for.
It should go without saying, don’t read this unless you’ve already watched the episode, or you just don’t give a damn, because we’re going wade through some deep ass spoilers.
AMC’s The Walking Dead may be massively popular, and has actually started to live up to it’s potential over the last ten episodes, finally. Still, you don’t normally associate it with tons of prestigious awards. But that’s about to change to a degree, as the upcoming spinoff will feature an Academy Award-winning director classing up the joint.
Deadline reports that Adam Davidson, who won an Oscar all the way back in 1991 for his short film The Lunch Date, which also wrote, will helm the pilot episode of the companion series. He doesn’t just bring the clout of that recognizable gold statue, which I imagine he just carries around with him at all times (I would), he also has a wealth of experience working in TV. He has directed episodes of Fringe, Lost, Community, and dozens of others. This won’t be his first time with AMC either, as he’s helmed the likes of Hell on Wheels, Low Winter Sun, and TURN for the network.