The Walking Dumb 11-29-15

Here’s my review of the mid-season finale in 189 words or less. There may be a spoiler, but it’s not likely to matter.

The Good: Best line ever spoken from a mother to her young son: “Pretend you are somebody that’s not scared.”

The Bad: Where did the ants come from? I understand the metaphor. The zombie herd is about to devour Alexandria. I get it. But a trail of ants making it to the second floor bedroom to devour a half-eaten cookie is beyond heavy-handed.

The Ugly #1: I am tired of Morgan. I really wanted to see the wolf hostage eliminated. However, I am really disappointed with Carol’s timing. All that said, I refuse to believe that Carol could be suddenly struck incompetent and fail so miserably. The result is just another instance where the writers chose plot over character.

The Ugly #2: Sam, listen to your mother and stop calling for her as you weave through the zombie herd. She is holding your hand. Perhaps she should have been more direct and told you to pretend you were someone who shouldn’t be fed to the zombies.

Truth of ‘Shakespeare’s skull’ to remain a mystery

Like to size up the cranium that once held the brain behind Macbeth, Hamlet, and roughly 1,500 words we still use today?

Source: Truth of ‘Shakespeare’s skull’ to remain a mystery | Fox News

I can’t reallyjuliet_statue-200x300 say that I blame them for denying the DNA test. The skull has no inherent power other than to those who believe it is his. Either you believe it or you don’t. When it comes to Shakespeare legend, I personally prefer the famed Juliet statue in Verona. It’s a shame that it is apparently gone now too. There is something comforting about rubbing the breast of Juliet for luck.

 

Drunk Russian sailor crashes 7,000-ton ship

What shall we do with a drunken sailor? Don’t give him control of a huge cargo ship, for starters.

Source: Drunk Russian sailor crashes 7,000-ton ship – CNN.com

Why does everyone have to pick on drunken sailors all the time? Where’s the Drunken Sailor Anti-Defamation League when you need them? A completely politically-correct title could have been “Russian ship not engineered to adequately sustain poor human performance.”

The Walking Dumb 11-22-15

There is likely to be a spoiler or two here. You’ve been warned. Here’s my assessment of the last episode of The Walking Dead in 259 words or less:

The Good: We received some resolution about Glenn. It was predictable and fairly lame, but it was resolution.

The Bad: A tremendous amount of time was expended showing Rick and others reinforcing a wall because of a tiny hole in the metal that was seeping blood. This blood-seeping hole was even the focus of last week’s preview. Instead of trying to figure out how a continuous stream of blood could seep through a hole that is five feet off the ground, Rick decided to measure and saw and fasten a wooden band-aid. After all his efforts, he was rewarded by having a another section of the wall completely demolished during the collapse of an unstable building. Look around you Rick, you’re missing the big picture. Intentional for sake of metaphor or not, the entire story-line was dull.

The Ugly #1: They are surrounded by an unmitigated herd of zombies (not to mention the Wolves). Maggie is unable to get out to search for her husband. Rick is paralyzed and content to wait for the others to hopefully eventually return. And yet, a teen-aged girl is able to escape Alexandria and live in the town on her own with nothing more than one handgun and few bottles of water.

The Ugly #2: Karl found that stupid hat again.

Bottom line: I am fully prepared to be disappointed by the mid-season finale next week.

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