The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 7: Never Let Your Guard Down

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 7
**SPOILER ALERT

In this past week’s episode, we finally got an episode that was not solely focused on one character. At times I don’t mind those episodes, especially when we really end up getting to the root of the character, but on the other hand watching everyone together is part of the magic of the show. This one gave us a look at all the characters and where each one stands at the present moment. I found this episode to be a bit lackluster and drawn out. At the end it did pick up a bit and I am excited for the next one, but considering it was one of the last episodes it was a let down.

Let’s discuss this little gem of an episode and break it down by location.

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Question of the Month at Oracle of the Film: Best Character of 2014

Another month is here and Luke has brought us a difficult question to ponder, who is the best character of 2014? I mean trying to pick an answer for that one seemed pretty hard especially from a group of movie lovers. I have to say that I am really jealous of Eric’s response! Luke also has an upcoming drunk quiz video and that should be the highlight of everyone’s holidays, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. Oh what a wonderful gift he will give us all. Cheers Luke!

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Who is the best character of 2014? It is a question that has been bandied around for decades (well, since 2014… halfway through 201… at the start of the month), and finally, maybe, we might just have some answers for you. Like all of the major challenges in my life, I ran running and screaming for the WordPress family to do my homework for me and got them to write you some answers. Hell, one of them might even be coherent. So, without further ado, let’s investigate the answers.

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October TV Favorites

It is already almost the end of October, so please excuse the lateness. I actually wrote this a while ago and it has been sitting here not getting posted, what the hell! I have been procrastinating a lot lately and feeling really bogged down with work, so much that writing for fun has been proving difficult. I have probably seen in the past two weeks, seen a good 10-12 movies. Now the problem is I am having writer’s block in getting anything written, do you guys ever feel like this? What do you do get yourself on a good writing schedule? Tips would be appreciated. I also have so much catching up to do on your guys’ blogs too, so please forgive! Ok I put it out there and admitted my inadequacies (insert sad face here). Moving on here are the shows that I loved for the month of October.

The Affair: Season 1 (Showtime)
I have been loving this new series on Showtime, it is both a romance story and thrilling drama in one. The show centers about writer Noah Solloway (Dominic West), he has three kids and a wife, who live a bustling busy life in New York City. As many New Yorkers are accustomed to doing, they leave for the summer to Montauk to get away from the city and to stay with his wife’s family. Her family is beyond wealthy and  infamous in town. Her father Bruce (John Dorman) is a very accomplished writer, he has sold millions of books and of course this only adds to some frustrations between Noah and him. If you are a fan of The Wire, then you will be excited to see McNulty and his old boss Rawls, back in action, battling with one another. In town he meets Alison (Ruth Wilson), a local woman who works in the town restaurant and is married to Cole Lockhart (Joshua Jackson). His family also has a legacy in town, as they have a ranch that has been in the family for many years. Noah and Alison launch into a steamy relationship, as the title states and with every episode we get two viewpoints of their love affair. From his perspective, we see Alison as flirty and sexy and in hers, she is much more reserved and sees him as a bit sex starved and anxious to rip her clothes off.

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Under this town lies deep seated secrets and relationships and that is what is at the core of the story. A local accident or murder takes place and everyone is being questioned. At this point in the show, the audience does not know who the victim is or what exactly happened. Slowly the story is coming together and I have to say it is pretty exciting to watch. If you like love stories mixed with crime drama, then you will enjoy this show. Also Wilson And West are great in this show and if you are a fan of either, you will like seeing them in these roles.

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Sons of Anarchy: Season 7 (FX)
After seven seasons, Sons of Anarchy is soon coming to an end. This has seriously been one of the best seasons ever! Not all final seasons are ever that great, sometimes they are bit underwhelming as if the show has run out of ideas, but not with SOA. Kurt Sutter has been pushing the envelope week by week and keeping audiences on the edge of their seat. The final season has focused primarily on the culmination of Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), who he is as a person, how he has matured and grown over the series and who he now is as a man. How he deals with problems in his personal life and the club are at the heart of the matter and primarily his relationship with his mother, Gemma (Katey Segal). If you are a fan of the show and you are up to date with the series, then you will know how exciting it has been. I don’t want to give out too much, but I will say if you have not see this show, do yourself a favor and binge watch it because you will not be disappointed at the end.

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Boardwalk Empire: Season 5 (HBO)
This last season just ended and it was also the series finale for the show itself. I have to be honest, I do not think this show was ready to end, unlike SOA which timing wise feels right, but with Boardwalk, I feel that it could have had another 2 seasons to finish telling the complete story. To date, Boardwalk has never disappointed, it has to be one of the best shows in my opinion ever created. One of the primary reasons I love it, is because it has Martin Scorsese’s touch. The writing is exceptional, every scene flows into the next and the cinematography is beautiful. Rarely do I say that about television shows, but every shot is executed perfectly and arranged in a way that the symmetry and composition of the frame is on point. It is obvious that meticulous precision goes into the camera shots. The costumes are gorgeous and only add to the exacting of the show.

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This final season flew by quick and gave us a look into Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) past and how he grew up and came to the point in his life where he is in the present. Again, I don’t want to give away too much here, because if you haven’t seen the show, but plan on watching it I don’t want to ruin anything. What I will say is that in this final season, we see how the main characters all end up, so I can tell you that every story is finished and shown, including Nucky, Capone, Chalky White, Van Alden, Eli, Gillian and Margaret. Also because the show is tied into historical events and people, we see the culmination of Al Capone’s ruthless career and how he got caught, the status of prohibition, trade with Cuba, Joe Kennedy’s rise to power and the stock market crash. I love that the show highlights and weaves historical moments with the narrative of the main characters and everything blends together seamlessly. Regardless, this was a great season and I have to admit the ending was a bit disappointing and felt rushed, but overall the show is fantastic, so if you haven’t seen it you should give it a shot.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 6: Hot on the Hunt

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 6
**SPOILER ALERT

This past week’s episode was another one solely focused on a few members of the gang. This time, we see where Carol and Daryl took off to and how Carol came to land in the hospital where Beth is currently located. The majority of the episode was the untangling and unearthing of what both Carol and Daryl  have become. Before they met, they were each different people, Carol an abused mother, and Daryl a low-level redneck with not much to his name. Now after everything they have been through, they have both matured in different ways, becoming stronger and more empowered and most importantly their self worth has grown.

At this point in the apocalypse we see that Carol has become hardened and doesn’t believe in God much anymore, let alone humanity. This struggle of believing in yourself and the goodness of other people was the basis of the episode. At times I felt this one was a bit slower, but I am sure that these types of episodes are strategically placed in order for us to see some character growth. Especially since Carol and Daryl are two of the most popular characters at the moment.

Let’s talk about what happened this week.

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What To Watch This Fall TV Season

What To Watch This Fall TV Season

If you are like me, then you go through TV shows like worn out old tennis shoes. They need replacing every few months because seriously you wear them to death. That is pretty much me in a nutshell when it comes to watching TV. As soon as I finish a few shows, I need new ones to take their spot. I am always on the hunt for the latest and greatest,  yet I like to keep my faves in my back pocket. I know I can always go back to those and they will deliver a good watch. Lots of new shows premiered this fall season and if you need help trying to figure out what to watch, then I hope my guide will help you pick something that is worth your time. A lot of these have already started, but you can find many of them by going to the network’s site where you can still watch them.

Gotham: Season 1 (Fox)
If you are a fan of the DC Comics franchise and all the characters and super villains, then this one is just for you. The show is primarily about Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and a young Bruce Wayne aka Batman before he became the superhero that we all know and love. It also gives us the origin stories of such villains as the Penguin, Catwoman, Riddler, Joker, Poison Ivy and more. At the moment Penguin’s back story is one of the main highlighted stories, so just keep that in your back pocket.

As the title states it is primarily about the ins and outs of Gotham city and all the horrible things that are going on deep inside the city. One thing I really enjoy is that it has a comic book like feel to it, which is another reason why this show works. When one of the villains ties a weather balloon to a political figure, we see them go up in the air with a balloon, this really looked like it was taken straight from the comics. I am sure this will turn into a cult favorite and will have a strong presence at next year’s San Diego Comic Con.

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Homeland: Season 4 (Showtime)
This show will only apply if you have seen the past seasons obviously, but this season is phenomenal. For me, Season 3 was decent, not great and there was something huge that happened in that season that in a sense looking back, it was actually a good move for the show. In Season 4, CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is now working in Afghanistan as the station chief.  She sends drone strikes into an area where a Taliban leader was supposed to be living, meanwhile a wedding was taking place, this was not known to her and many civilians ended up getting killed. One family member who survived , the young college student Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma) posted the video on YouTube and from there all hell breaks loose. Another agent is killed and this sends everyone into upheaval, what goes on from here is fascinating.

For one I love that there are so many  new characters and actors on the show, one of my faves Corey Stoll is on this season and Sharma is a great addition as well. I also like how the story ties into what is going on right now in the Middle East and with our nation that is obsessed with social media. If you have some time, binge watch the first 3 seasons so you can catch up on this one, trust me you will not be disappointed.

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Marry Me: Season 1  (NBC)
Are you looking for a new sitcom to watch? One that isn’t beyond corny and just plain awful. If so, then give Marry Me a chance, it stars Casey Wilson, who is one of my fave actresses from my beloved cancelled show Happy Endings and Ken Marino, who is just plain funny. He tends to play douche bag type of guys like he did in Party Down, Wanderlust, etc, but in this show he is totally not that type of guy. Together they are a newly engaged couple and are dealing with all the issues that come with a soon to be marriage, like moving in together, their families and friends and overall relationship stuff. The two of them together are funny and overall just silly and sweet. If you are in need of something to fill in the gap for your How I Met Your Mother withdrawal pangs, then this just might be the show.

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The Goldbergs: Season 2 (ABC)
If you read my blog, then you know what a huge fan of The Goldbergs I am! Like our fabulous T9M, I also love anything and everything 80’s. I grew up in that time period, I was a little kid, so a lot of what is featured on the show is a very distant memory for me, but nonetheless I was there and I have the awful hideous childhood pics to prove it. If you want a family sitcom that is just plain funny, then The Goldbergs will not disappoint. I love this show because nothing is ever perfect, the dad Murray walks around in his underwear when he gets home and he calls the kids morons and the mother is like a typical overbearing momma bear who just loves her kids and still treats them like babies. Overall, a great show if you are in the mood for some laughs and nostalgic moments.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)
I am a huge AHS and Ryan Murphy fan. Only he can do campy humor and drama in one show and make it work perfectly. The Freak Show season has been running for a few weeks now and it is awesome!! So far this is turning out to be my one of favorite seasons. I am literally freaked out and slightly grossed out with every episode. If you are interested in watching the past seasons, you could check those out and watch them in whatever order you like, since they are not connected to one another. I believe you can catch them on Netflix. For a quick recap of the past seasons in case your curious, the first one gave us a haunting tale of murder and mystery all within the confines of a family’s home, season 2 gave us serial killers mixed with a frightening look at insane asylum life, and season 3 brought us on a journey to New Orleans and a look into the secret world of sorcery and bitchcraft, I mean witchcraft. With season 4, he is taking us into a realm that inspires a lot of fears in people, circus life and scary clowns with a freak show twist.

What is going on deep beneath the surface of the circus tent is suspenseful drama within the performers, but more specifically with the ringleader Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange). The people who try to infultriate the freak show, Maggie Esmeralda (Emma Roberts) and Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), give the show an extra twist that make it worth watching. I have to say so far Dandy is my fave character. If you feel like having a good scare and like fun creepy drama a good amount of bitchiness mixed in, then this show will be perfect for you.

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The Paradise: Season 2 (PBS: Masterpiece Theater)
The Paradise is strictly a show for people out there who like TV shows or movies with an air of romanticism to them. If you have Eric’s taste or you are anything like him or Brian or Mikey, then you will totally hate this show. I also highly recommend this for people who like period dramas. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, an obsessed one like me, then you need something to get you through the next few months until it airs and this show works perfectly for that task. If you haven’t seen season 1 you can catch it on Netflix. The show is about a grand and beautiful department store in London, the shop’s owner Mr. Morey (Emun Elliott), who is extravagant and charming, shop girl Denise (Joanna Vanderham) and all the other people who work at the store and their rich clientele. I love seeing the sumptuous garments and ornate goods that are sold and the intricacies and details of the time period. There is always drama brewing behind the scenes of the store and I love watching it unfold. If you like corsets and romance, do check this one out.

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A lot of times I am on Netflix and I have no idea what to watch, so if you are like me and you are stuck, here are my recommendations for some Netflix only shows.

Peaky Blinders: Season 1 (Netflix)
If you already miss HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which just ended this year, then give Peaky Blinders a shot. This is basically a gangster type drama with some British grit mixed into it. The show is set in Birmingham, England in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I and the Peaky Blinders gang are notorious and ruthless. The boss of the crew is Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and they are mixed up in all sorts of arms deals and what not, but Chief Inspector Chester Campbell (Sam Neill) is on the hunt to catch them. He will use whatever means he can, even if it  means using female spies to infiltrate the gang. I am loving this show thus far and I absolutely adore all the guys who are super cute in their three piece suits. Word on the street is that Tom Hardy will be in Season 2. If anything that should be reason enough to get you to start watching this show.

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Happy Valley: Season 1 (Netflix)
Another show that came out of nowhere is Happy Valley. A drama that was originally on BBC, about a Yorkshire police sergeant, Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) and the crimes that go on in her sleepy, usually quiet valley. Not only does the show have a crime aspect to it, what it really is about is the strong relationships she has with her family and close friends. Catherine is a no nonsense, hard working type of woman. With the death of her daughter, she has taken on custody  of her grandson. Her sister Clare, a former drug addict (Siobhan Finneran) helps her in the raising the little boy. What is really going on here is that the father of the boy is a hardened criminal and is involved in a kidnapping scheme.

Catherine knows he is up to no good and wants to keep him away from his son, but he goes behind her back to try to spend time with him. The whole kidnapping side story was suspenseful and fun to watch and it was a a really interesting twist that kept me on the edge of my seat. I really enjoyed this show because it has a different feel to it than most cop dramas that are out there and Lancashire does a really good job. One show it does remind me of though is The Killing, which I seriously miss! If you are in the mood for a British crime drama, than give this a try.

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So which fall season shows have you been obsessing over or breaking up with, do tell?!

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 5: Army of Abraham

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 5
**SPOILER ALERT

Sorry guys I am a little late on my recap. This past week’s episode was another one focused on the character development of one part of the group, mainly Abraham and Eugene. Thus far, all we really know about them is that they have traveled from Houston to Georgia and are on their way to Washington, where they plan on delivering Eugene who has the cure for all that is ailing the world. From day one, we have all been seriously suspicious of Eugene, he doesn’t give much info about the cure and keeps on saying it is classified information. Abraham appears to be the type of guy we can trust, he doesn’t seem like someone who would just fight for anyone. Not many have really questioned them or tried to call their bluff, I mean would you? Abraham is a force to be reckoned with and has been so set on going to Washington and really the crew hasn’t had time to dissect their story with everything that has been happening. If you remember from the Bob episode, Glenn, Maggie and Tara agreed to travel with Abraham, Eugene and Rosita to Washington and agreed the rest would catch up to them later.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about what happened.

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The Walking Dead Recap: Season 5, Episode 4: Never Underestimate Beth

The Walking Dead Recap
Season 5, Episode 4
**SPOILER ALERT

Finally after all the waiting, we found out where our beloved Beth has been hidden. If you don’t remember last season she was basically kidnapped right under Daryl’s nose and we haven’t heard from her since. Some speculated that Gareth and his crew had her or maybe she was hiding in Terminus somewhere or maybe some other weird cult out there had taken her away. The point is we had no idea where she was and if she was even alive. Last year was a big change for the character of Beth, at first she was meek and barely even noticeable as Judith’s babysitter and Maggie’s sister, but with the death of her father she transformed into a true bad ass. Under the tutelage of Daryl of course she learned how to kill much more efficiently and started using her voice and coming into her own as a woman and an adult. This week’s episode only further served to build her character and show us how far she has come in the zombie apocalypse.

Ok get yourself a plate of guinea pig and let’s discuss what happened.

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