Sleepy Hollow: Awakening

Wow! We’ve got betrayals and lying and turnabouts all over the place. First, Henry turns on Moloch, then Frank Irving comes back from the dead, with deceptions and a hidden agenda, and now Katrina has decided to throw her lot in with Henry. Or Hell, maybe she’ll have a whole new evil plan, that’s completely separate from all of the other evil plans running around on this show. And still no sign of Orion, The Angel of Death. Where’s he gotten himself off to?

Time for our obligatory scene of Crane’s bafflement with the current age. Discussing the non-uniqueness of his “man out of time” situation, with Abbie, in the local book store. Despite my misgivings every time they express they’re devotion to each other, I do enjoy seeing them together. Abbie and Crane just genuinely like each other and are true friends, something rarely depicted on mainstream TV, between men and women.

In the meantime, the ringing of the town  Liberty Bell causes several people to go haywire with magical abilities. And yes, Henry’s behind it.

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Jenny, breathlessly, tells Abbie about Frank and his confession to her, which I’m still having trouble buying into and  Abbie and Crane consider using the Gorgon’s head to freeze Frank, as some sort of nuclear option. They say they can attempt to restore him later, after Jenny expresses misgivings about such a plan.

Abbie and Crane investigate the supernatural attacks that happened in the square. Crane confesses to have caused the original crack in the Liberty Bell and that what Sleepy Hollow owns,  is just  a replica. He did that while creating a diversion to destroy the original bell, from which all the replicas were reproduced.

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Henry visits Katrina in person. He says he killed Moloch to save her life and that her destiny is to go Darkside. Can I just say…ick! He also says his destiny is to bring back the original Dark Coven, but he can’t do it because his blood is too diluted, but if she rings the giant  bell in the town center, she can accomplish The Awakening and together they can…TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

And he also throws in  some “we can be a family, again” stuff, for good measure.

The Awakening refers to the the development of magical powers in the descendants of the original Dark Coven that once existed in Sleepy Hollow. Crane, Abbie, Henry and Katrina are now all on the same page. All that remains is for  events to play out.

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But first…shopping at Home Depot! Crane discovers power tools, batteries and bobble-headed, garden gnomes, while they shop for supplies,  to blow up the bell, in the town center.

They begin their plans but Frank is there to stop them. He and Jenny engage in a running shootout. She shoots him several times, but  bullets don’t work on him. Henry and Katrina show up and it’s heartbreaking for Crane, to watch her act this way. She and Henry claim that the town was promised to the witches, for helping win the War of Independence. I still don’t trust that Katrina is fully in Henry’s pocket, either. She’s played both sides so often, it’s hard to know what the hell she thinks about anything. Also, this newfound interest in her old coven, comes completely out of left field. The writers are  desperately trying to give this useless third wheel some relevance.

Katrina drops some mojo on Crane and Abbie and then bricks them up behind a wall. Abbie and Ichabod are now trapped in the catacombs underneath the town. They deduce that the bell will be in the boarded up town hall, and make plans, as they make their way out.

Ichabod challenges Crane outside the hall, while Frank hunts down Jenny. Ichabod  tries to shoot Henry  but Henry’s magic stops him. Abbie tries to run him down with her truck but Katrina blows it up, seemingly with Abbie still in it.

But that was just a diversionary tactic. Abbie is about to blow up the bell, when Henry finds and stops her. Henry and Katrina tie the Witnesses to a stake and prepare to start The Awakening. Jenny, stuck in the catacombs,  plans to  use the Gorgon’s head on Frank, who demands to know where she sent his family.

As the bell starts to ring, the sleepers start to awaken. The Witnesses manage to shoot Henry, who dissolves into green embers, but his death seems to cure Frank. Katrina loses her shit over the death of her son and attacks Crane and Abbie. She opens a portal to somewhere and Abbie, in an effort to stop her, gets taken along for the ride.

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Ichabod is  alone.

Abbie wakes up alone in the forest. In 1781. She’s  in some deep shit now. She’s a  modern Black  woman stuck in an age where barbaric  attitudes towards Black people were openly displayed and she’s wearing tightpants. Attitude, will  just get her killed quicker. She needs to stay calm and use her head.

As she is locked in irons, she declares that the only person she can speak to, is Ichabod Crane.

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The Walking Dead: Self Help

This is very much an Abraham and Eugene episode. We learn quite a bit about what kind of people they are and how the two of them have managed to cope with the end of the world. I’d also like to point out, that I have never read any of the books, despite being a huge comics and zombie fan. That was on purpose. I didn’t want to know what was in the books, so I’ve avoided those.  I understand that the show is very different from the books, (I am told), so basically I know nothing about any of these characters. That said, this turned out to be a very Abraham-centric episode, which I appreciated and hated at the same time. I just know it’s going to make me give a damn about Abe’s inevitable death, just like with Bob.

Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa

Eugene is a very strange man. If I didn’t know better I would say he has Aspbergers or something, but I don’t know enough about that disorder, to call it. But he does have this very flattened emotional affect and his tone of voice never changes. It makes for a very odd way of speaking. Eugene offers his emotions to no one. At any rate, he’s still being cryptic and did I say, I do not trust that man. I still cannot get behind his defense of the mullet, no matter what he says.

The bus suffers a blowout and crashes. Of course, crash equals dinner bell, so the walkers are right there and ready to eat.

Flashback to Abe killing a group of men  in a grocery store,  while walkers try to eat the bus. His very first word is Eugene. The group bails out of the bus, kicking ass, except for Eugene who is so hugely frightened that he has to be saved by Tara. For the first time in the show, I actually feel for him, as that actor really sells it. I imagine my reaction would be much the same. Surprisingly, he actually gets in a kill during this scene.

Of course, the truck catches fire! All crashes on TV catch fire, for no reason, no matter how small. Fender benders, flat tires, toy trucks. It’s a law. Tara suggests bikes next time because they don’t burn. It’s TV, so I wouldn’t bet on it. The group just have to walk it from this point.

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Flashback to Abe and a woman with children. I assume this is his family. Abe very much carries himself as a soldier with some sort of special training. How surprised will I be, to find out he was never even been  in the military? Since no one in this show is ever who he seems, not very.

The group beds down in a library, which is kind of  cool. It’s one of the first places I plan to raid at the end of the world. More specifically, all government buildings and their break rooms. To hell with fighting over shit in Walmart.

The episode gets it’s name as Eugene watches Rosita and Abraham go at it from the self help section. When Tara catches him, he’s got an elaborate excuse for it. She’s very tolerant. She doesn’t freak out about it, which speaks well of her. I suspect most other women would’ve made a major dramatic incident out of it. I think this is probably what prompts Eugene to open up to her.

(Eugene speaks intelligently,  so I know he’s smart and that I really shouldn’t hold that mullet against him, but I can’t help it. I hate mullets. I should probably examine why that is, but not now.)

Anyway, Eugene confesses to sabotaging the bus to keep it from reaching it’s destination. He’s close to some huge revelation because he didn’t have to tell Tara that. He says, if he doesn’t cure the disease, than he has no value. He’ll be useless and left to die. Tara assures him that he’s wrong about that but apparently he does not believe in friendship. He certainly has no idea how to do it. Eugene is an exceptionally, socially awkward, man who has real trouble with emotions.

We keep getting these brief flashbacks of Abraham in a store. Which brings to mind that the only children I’ve seen on this show are all walkers. I understand why that is, but it’s still a horribly depressing thought.

Rosita and Abraham argue about leaving the library, but she supports Abraham and they come across a fire truck. (At least if it catches fire, there’s water right there.) Of course, every time a vehicle stops, I’m going to suspect Eugene is behind it. And here come the walkers. Eugene has the clever idea to hose them down from the truck,thereby  minimizing everyone’s chances of dying. Good thinking.

(Side note: I absolutely cannot see people being sprayed with water hoses,without flashing back to the 60’s Civil Rights movement and attack dogs and Bull Conner.  I’m pretty sure that me having such flashbacks, was never the intention of the creators of the show. I’m watching this show through very different eyeballs than most of the other  people watching it and that’s not their fault, I guess.)

We get another Abraham flashback.

Eugene is reading HG Wells “The Shape of Things to Come”. Maggie thinks she understands why. People do try to make overtures of friendship to Eugene, but he’s so petrified of revealing whatever secret he’s holding, that it makes him very, very awkward. So his oddities may not, actually, be a cognitive problem.

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While making a rest stop they  encounter a horrid stench and we find out where that massive walker herd is.  It’s between them and their destination. Abe argues that they can plow through it but the others say  that’s a sure death. He grabs Eugene and they all fight about it but Eugene’s timing is perfect and he reveals that he lied about being a scientist. That he has no cure. I can’t say I’m shocked by this, at all. But after his confession to Tara, I at least understand about it.

He’s a person who is highly intelligent, knows things and is a good liar. He wanted to survive so badly, that he was willing to trick people into a fake mission. Abraham, however, is much less forgiving than I am and beats the stuffing out of him. This is a huge emotional crisis for him.

Now, I understand the flashbacks and the depth of Abraham’s loss. Eugene did save his life, in a way. His arrival stopped Abe from eating a bullet and gave him a mission and hope for the future. Protecting Eugene gave Abe a reason to live. And his confession takes all that away.

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Yes,what Eugene did was underhanded and deceitful but I understand why he did it. I prefer to think positively about what he’s done. He did save Abe’s life. He gave Abe a purpose and hope. And when the lie became more dangerous to the group than telling the truth, he came clean. Initially, I believed he came clean, to save his own life from that herd of walkers Abraham wanted to ride on, but maybe he did it because he actually begin to realize that these people actually cared about him, outside of what he could do for them. Perhaps, his conversations with Tara and Maggie helped him realize that, although neither one of them knew that.

I was also wrong about his motivation for lying. Yes, he’s  socially awkward and before the apocalypse, he  was probably a geek who sat at his computer all day, read a lot of books and spent a lot of time in his head. I get that. He’s, unfortunately, smart enough to know he’s got no survival skills to speak of and he hates getting physical. He probably got bullied a lot as a child and has never learned to trust people with his emotions or physical welfare. He’s a pacifist, not because of ideology but because he’s terrified of all violence, probably because he’s been on the receiving end of a lot of it.  He’s also smart enough to know what he doesn’t know. So he lies and instead of people hurting him, they take care of him. But that’s still not enough for Eugene to trust them with his feelings, explaining his flattened affect, as well.

This  was a surprisingly emotional episode. Initially, I didn’t give much of a fig for Abe or Eugene. Since I haven’t read the books, I never gave any thought to their importance to the plot or as characters. I treated them the same way I treat all the characters who briefly show up and then get eaten. Like Eugene, I’m  not willing to become emotionally invested in people, who aren’t going to be on the show very long. But this show has a nasty habit of making you care deeply about these people.

Then killing them.

The Walking Dead: Strangers

This is a  more contemplative and emotional episode than last week, along with the usual horrifying imagery.

Our  group is walking through the woods as smoke rises from the place Terminus used to be.

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That night, Rick asks Carol’s  permission to travel with her as a way of apologizing for sending her away and Carol and Daryl try not to talk about what happened to her during her exile. I love the idea of the two of them being such close friends. Not sure if they’ll ever be more than that but that’s okay too. I can deal.

The two of them hearoises in the woods. Daryl says it’s nothing but the next day he tells Rick he feels the group is being watched.

The group comes across a screaming priest who is surrounded by walkers and they all spring into action, urged on by Carl.

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They rescue him but Rick is done trusting people. He asks the agreed upon three questions and the priest gives satisfactory answers but he still needs to prove himself because it’s obvious that he’s full of secrets.

They go to the priest’s church. It appears he spends most of his time rewriting/copying the Bible. He says he’s out of food but says there’s a food bank in town that’s overrun. (He does have a very unique sense of humor, though.) At the church,  Abraham tries to talk everyone into going with him and Eugene to DC, but the rejection of that idea is unanimous. Rick decides to leave Carl behind but not before cautioning him that he’s never safe, to stay alert and never let his guard down. Carl responds but then loses me about five words into his speech. I still can’t make heads or tails out of  whatever he was trying to say. (Unlike most people I actually like Carl. I think some people just reject the entire concept of teenagers in SFF TV shows. The existence of Wesley Crusher must have been very traumatizing to a lot of people.)

The group goes into town to scavenge for food. The basement of the food bank is full of water and the walkers are pretty soggy. And utterly disgusting. These are some of the most awesome looking zombies I’ve seen on the show. You can just tell they smell awful, although I imagine most people’s noses, in this world, are pretty numb. The smell of dead things probably overwhelms everything, including that of food. Father Gabriel panics almost allowing one of the walkers to eat him. And Bob is almost killed too but it’s Sasha who saves him.

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On the way back to the church, Michonne talks to Rick about how she found her sword and all the people she misses. She doesn’t miss her sword though. I do. But if she’s happier without it, I’m good with that.

Favorite line tonight: “Stumbling around in three feet of slime for some peas and carrots…now that’s living.”-Michonne.

Rick finds Carl behind the church, staring at some scratchwork around one of the  windows. Some of the scratchings mention someone ‘burning in Hell for this’. A story about Father Gabriel’s sins is beginning to piece itself together. There’s not enough there to tell exactly what his secret is, but he does have one. Probably more than one. And they’re pretty waterlogged.

Carol and Daryl need to talk but Carol’s still not  ready to talk about the girls yet. Daryl says it’s okay. They can start over from scratch. The two of them find a car. Carol says they might need it later.

They get back to the church and everyone sits for a meal. Sasha and Bob are  in love. They’re a cute couple but Bob reminds me of the comedian, Kevin Hart, too much to take their love seriously. Rick is playing with Judith and Maggie and Tara talk. Maggie forgives Tara for the death of her father at the prison.  Abraham offers a toast to their survival and  asks if that’s all they want to do with their lives. He convinces everyone that they should all go to DC with him and Eugene. Did I say I didn’t trust Eugene? I think that bears repeating. I think it’s the mullet. Scientists and mullets are just not a good combination!

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Bob goes outside to vent because he’s emotionally overwhelmed but then is conked out by an unseen attacker. It turns out that the denizens of Terminus are not ALL dead. Some of them are still very much alive, and hungry. They’ve decided that Bob is going to be their next meal, starting with his legs. Gareth gives an impassioned speech about how they’re just doing what they have to do to survive but I really don’t think anybody’s going to buy that excuse for his barbarism. After all, the villain is required by law to make up some elaborate philosophy for why they’re an asshole.

Father Gabriel sits in the dark, praying over an old photo of him and a woman who looks suspiciously like the walker that tried to eat him earlier.

MY TWO CENTS:

This episode was the emotional continuation of last week. A time to renew old friendships, make apologies, catch up, and create new relationships.

I liked that Rick offered an apology to Carol and that Maggie forgave Tara.

Gareth is, of course, disgusting and I hope he dies bloody, but not before somebody saves Bob. How cruel are the writers going to be to allow Bob to find the girl of his dreams and a backbone and then kill him off? But that’s one of the things I like about this show. Characters experience lasting consequences that affect them forever. It’s not simply forgotten by next week’s episode.

I’m starting to get some idea of what Father Gabriel is feeling so guilty over and if I’m right, then yeah, he’s got a lot to answer for. Wanna take bets on how long he survives?   Anybody?

Supernatural 10×2: Reichenbach

Reichenbach is a reference to the episode of Sherlock Holmes where he returns after his death at the hands of Moriarty. Sam finally meeting up with Dean after he’d though him dead at the hands of Crowley is pretty much the only resemblance between these two episodes.

A young boy hears a struggle going on in his house. He goes downstairs to find that Dean Winchester has murdered his father. Cole.

Sam is still Cole’s prisoner and trying to stress to him that Dean is not Dean. He tries to tell him about the existence of monsters. The supernatural kind. But Cole just thinks Sam is crazy and prepares to torture him.

Dean is spending some time at the Strip Club and beating up a bouncer while Sam feels Coles wrath. But Sam is defiant and it’s kind of nice seeing this level of spirit from Sam. It’s been a while since we’ve seen him express anything much stronger than fear or exhaustion. Okay, I’m not happy about the torture though. image
Cole is about to get serious when his phone rings. It’s his wife. While he’s having family phone time, Sam manages to free himself. Of course he does because that’s one of Sam’s superpowers, I think.

Dean and Crowley confront at the bar. Crowley is concerned about Dean’s anger issues.

Castiel and Hanna are still hanging out and it’s becoming very obvious to him he has no more juice. Cas tells her that her willingness to help him is very human. She’s puzzled by the compliment. Hanna has no experience being human or being around humans. She’s pretty much where Cas was when we first met him, only cuter and less intimidating.

Sam calls Cas and tells him that Dean is a demon. Cas is incredulous and they plan to meet up at Crowley and Dean’s (which sounds like the name of a 70’s rock band) last known location. Hanna comes along for the ride even though Cas says she doesn’t have to.image
She tries to tell Cas that the Winchesters are bad for him but he don’t wanna hear that and defends his relationship with them. He then passes out at the wheel of their vehicle and nearly hits a semi-truck and crashes off the road. I totally didn’t see that coming and I’ve been pretty good about predicting all kinds of things in my favorite shows this week. (Apparently I’m awesomely psychic. Or maybe the writers are just lazy.)

Crowley and Dean discuss the Mark and The First Blade. Crowley talks to him about addiction and he of all people should know. But he’s not scheduling an intervention. If Dean is going to keep killing he wants Dean to kill for him. He gives Dean an assignment named Mindy. Dean says this one time only. And once again I thought I knew how this scene was going to go and got it wrong. image

I guess Cas and Hanna ain’t gonna make it to the meet up. They’re now stuck in the cabin of the tow truck driver, in the middle of no and where, as their car is taken away. Hanna really does care for Cas and I’m very much liking the dynamic I see developing between the two. I think she loves him, but having never been human, she has no idea that’s what she’s feeling. She tenderly covers him with a blanket after he falls into an exhausted asleep.

Dean goes to find the woman Crowley has assigned him to kill and finds the husband, who hired him, watching outside. He goes to talk to the man and when the guy starts spouting some evo-psych bullshit about how husbands cheating on their wives is in the natural order, Dean kills him instead of the wife. Now that is classic Dean. The only difference is that in the past, the old Dean would’ve settled for just punching the guy and calling him a douche. This Dean is compelled by the First Blade to kill anybody who gets on his nerves.

Sam is still on the hunt. The bouncer Dean beat up earlier identifies him to Sam and promises to contact him if he sees him again but Cole has been following Sam. He knows Sam will lead him to his prey. This is,interestingly, Cole’s first Hunt and he’s about to regret it.

Cas wakes up in the cabin to find a little girl watching cartoons. She is the tow truck driver’s daughter. She is darling and seems completely unafraid of Cas. They have a mo. The two truck driver thinks Cas and Hanna are a couple. Hanna is flustered and puzzled by the assumption. Hanna spends a lot of time being puzzled.

Crowley is in the middle of what is, quite possibly, the most boring meeting of demonic entities in the universe when he receives a call from Dean, who says he killed the client. Crowley’s mad as Hell but Dean doesn’t care and pops the spit out of him. Crowley questions how demonic Dean really is. Dean challenges him and Crowley, because he’s the ultimate survivor, wisely backs down and says their partnership is over. There are still some disconcertingly human aspects of Dean in his body language and facial expressions. It may not be Dean but Dean isn’t far below the surface.

Crowley meets up with Sam. He says he’ll give him Dean because he can’t control him and that Sam is welcome to him. What’s his price, though?

Hanna goes back to Heaven to try to bargain with Metatron to save Castiel. She wants his grace back. But Metatron asks a high price. He says he has Castiel’s grace and promises to never be seen again if he is freed. Hanna smacks him around a bit because he’s disgusting and I’m fervently hoping she’ll smack him around a little more. Cas catches her and tries to warn her against making deals. He doesn’t want whatever bargain she would make on his behalf. Metatron then tries to make a deal with Cas because he really does have some of his grace left but the answer is still no. Metatron then vows to get free and kill everyone. Are we talking a new Lucifer somewhere down the road, maybe?

Crowley’s words about not being a demon are haunting Dean, when Sam finds him at a bar. It’s heartbreaking to watch this scene between them. I’ve never seen Dean display this particular attitude towards Sam. He claims he left because he didn’t want to be cured but I suspect it’s because he didn’t want to hurt Sam. He acts as if he doesn’t care about Sam but I’m not buying it. I know he cares and is still trying to protect Sam. You don’t just give up doing something that’s been the major impetus of your entire existence just like that. He warns Sam away which is something he doesn’t have to do but Sam is having as little of it as I am. He’s says he’s there to take Dean home and breaks out the demon cuffs. That’s when Cole makes his move. Tear gas knocks out Sam, and Dean and Cole have it out. Okay, my psychic powers are way off when it comes to this show. I should’ve seen this coming.

Cole tells Dean his story. He fights with Dean but has absolutely no chance against something like him. Dean is really enjoying himself, though. He quotes some Princess Bride (guess which lines) which is always a win. Dean shows Cole what he is but doesn’t kill him. Then Sam blindsides him with the demon cuffs and some holy water.

Dean is captured and Crowley has the First Blade. That was the deal, apparently. Cole has decided to research demons. Sam is driving Dean back to the Bunker. He says Dean was merciful to Cole but Dean says it wasn’t mercy at all. That beating up the man who’d spent half his life searching for his father’s killer was the worst thing he could’ve done to Cole and that Sammy is going to get it worse. I don’t believe that really. Without the Blade goading him on, I suspect Dean is going to be a lot less demonic than he has been. And this ties in perfectly with my belief that he really doesn’t want to hurt Sam. The worst thing in the world for Dean would be harming the one person he’s spent his life protecting. Is he really going to cause himself that much pain?

MY TWO CENTS

This weeks episode was a little better. Everything happened much as I expected it, except for some minor details, like Cas not making it to the meeting and Hanna’s meeting with Metatron. I knew Dean and Crowley would part ways but didn’t have a clue how that would come about. I’m still disappointed in Demon!Dean though. Sam was much more frightening when he was soulless. Dean really isn’t that dark. There’s a lot of human left in him. So it makes me wonder what Sam got up to in his search for Dean that makes his story arc darker than that.

And we know one more important thing, if Metatron is to be believed. Cas still has some grace left somewhere. If Cas is to be returned to his normal state, he needs to find it or make a deal with Metatron and, of course, he can’t possibly be trusted, can he?

If this keeps up I’m going to think the writers are being timid with these guys. Too scared to show the two of them being total d’bags.
Hey! It’s okay to make them unlikeable from time to time. Hell I didn’t like Dean for most of season one.

ETA: Dean does one significant thing during the episode, which should be noted. He kills a regular human being. As a general rule, Dean does not kill regular, non-possessed humans, except under the most extreme circumstances. Later though, he doesn’t kill Cole, which might lend some credence to the things he says to Sam later.

Here’s hoping that the beginning of this season is really just a slow burn leading up to some serious megashit at the finale.

The Walking Dead: The Butcher or The Cattle

The show picks up from last season with our crew and a couple of other strangers sitting in the train cars. It’s night and there are screams in the background. That’s not good. Everyone is huddled and frightened, discussing what they should have done and if any others are alive. It’s morning and some of the men are set loose from the cars only to be restrained in a giant warehouse. It appears as if they’re about to be tortured as baseball bats are readied and knives are sharpened. The other men who were restrained with them are killed and their blood is drained into a trough until finally only Glenn, Daryl, Bob and Rick are left. The other’s deaths are brutal and dispassionate and though I’m hardened to a lot of gore by countless horror movies, I still feel pretty nauseated watching this.

Rick is interrogated about the bag he hid in the forest while Bob pleads for their lives. No one cares. Rick then tries to bargain. That doesn’t work either. The man in charge acts like he’s at a business meeting with a clipboard. There won’t be leniency for them. He doesn’t care. There’s an explosion that rocks the entire warehouse. We’re back with Carol and Tyrese. Carol has decided not to stay with Tyrese and Judith but they are set on by a herd of walkers and hide in the forest until they hear gunfire which distracts the herd. Carol and Tyrese come across one of the men of Terminus. He’s about to set off more of the fireworks that they’d mistaken for gunfire. They overhear him talking about Carl and Michonne on a radio and take him prisoner, after which Carol makes plans to go to Terminus. She suits up with some blood and guts while Tyrese chats with their prisoner. He calls Tyrese a good guy whose going to die along with Judith because he’s too soft hearted. imageCarol approaches Terminus disguised as a walker. She blows up several tanks of gas with a massive gun (one wonders how long she’s been practicing with it because she’s damn good) and some fireworks. The explosion rips open the fence, allowing the unaffected walkers to just waltz right in. This is a great entrance for Carol. I’ve really missed her being with the group and I still think Rick was wrong to send her away but I can’t imagine what other solution he could have chosen. Tyrese’ prisoner is still talking at him but to what purpose? Tyrese is going to have to learn to kill again. I think this is a man that needs killing and I would have gotten rid of him by this time. But then I’m not Tyrese. Back at Terminus, the walker herd is filing in, some of them on fire. More gore as the people of Terminus run around like an anthill that’s been disturbed. The people in the warehouse, with Rick and the others, panic and fight among themselves, which allows Rick to make his play and free them all. We find that the rest of the group are still in one of the train cars. Carl’s belief in his father remains unaffected as they plan to free themselves. Carol is a one woman army. She’s like Rambo, as she takes out several snipers with that massive weapon of hers. I think all of us have severely underestimated her pragmatism and intelligence and I’m greatly impressed. She is a whole new animal from when we first met her in season one. Carol has wandered into a room full of loot. Apparently quite a lot of people have died at Terminus. The place seems to be nothing more than a deathtrap for the people lured to it. It is likely that the barbecue that was held several days ago, consisted of people. I can’t imagine where else they might have gotten spareribs as there was no livestock to be seen anywhere. imageRick and the others, having crafted several makeshift weapons,(including a double bladed, God only knows what, crafted by Michonne. She always gets the most badass weapons), and the group fights their way out of Terminus. Carol has found the candle room we saw last season. She has no idea what to make of it when she is ambushed by a woman. The woman explains that Terminus was once real but the wrong people came there and raped and tortured the people of Terminus, who decided they needed to change. They needed to become the butchers instead of the cattle. Carol and the woman fight among the candles. Carol wins that fight and interrogates the woman who asks to be killed. Carol lets the walkers have her. Tyrese’ prisoner takes Judith hostage and disarms him, while walkers bang at the door. He orders Tyrese out of the cabin. The man holding Judith attempts to contact Terminus. Tyrese breaks back in after killing all the walkers outside (totally badass!)and subdues and kills him. Sasha and the crew are concerned about the cure. I still do not trust Eugene. He still seems not exceptionally bright enough to know a cure but tells them how the disease was created and that the dead can be laid back to rest. Rick and the others break them out and they fight their way through what’s left of Terminus and the walkers. They all just barely make it out. They go to retrieve their guns but Rick wants to go back and finish them all. The others argue against this. imageCarol returns and Daryl grabs her and doesn’t let go. I watch him cry for only the second time in the entire series. Although he might have cried for his brother, I think I missed that moment. Rick figures out it was Carol who saved them. She then reunites Carl and Rick with Judith. The group all decide to get as far away from Terminus as they can. Rick makes sure to alter the signs to say “No Sanctuary.” Back at the train cars the people of Terminus are being tortured but they vow to take it all back and begin again. Coda: Morgan has returned. He is walking through the forest, following signs that have been carved into the trees. MY TWO CENTS: I loved this episode. I liked that we didn’t spend endless days sussing out what Terminus was really about. We got right to the plot and I very much appreciated that. There were some great action scenes and a number of questions got answered. I was very impressed with how they showcased Carol and Tyrese this episode, along with a couple of great shots of Michonne kicking ass with her Make-Sith sword. That was pretty cool. There was a lot of gore and violence this episode. No matter how much of this show I watch, I’m always shocked that they can show that level of gore on TV. I can’t seem to get over that. I love it though. But my all time favorite moment was watching Daryl break down at the sight of Carol. Hell, I almost broke down myself. Can the two of them find a future together? I don’t know but I’d like that, very much. Questions for tonight: Where’s Beth? Whose got her and how dangerous are they? Is Eugene for real, for real? I still do not like him. Whose gonna die this season?

American Horror Story : Freak Show

So far I’ve enjoyed the American Horror Story Series, mostly for its wit and not its scares, but this iteration, which includes most of the same actors from last season, appears to                                                    actually be working my nerves.

In a good way.

We are introduced to The Twins by, a terrified milkman. He finds a dead woman in a house  but that’s not what really horrifies him. That would be the presence of the two-headed girl, who is then taken to a hospital or asylum. It’s hard for me to tell. They all look alike. What amuses me is that he thinks he can conquer whatever he finds in that house, with a random kitchen utensil.

We’re then introduced to Jessica Lange’s character, Elsa, who has her own theme song. She seduces the nurse into giving her a uniform, letting  her in to see The Twins and visiting her show. This is a woman who gets what she wants, even though she’s been warned away from seeing the twins by, well…everyone. She brings balloons.

The prejudice is strong in this  time period. At every opportunity, we’re confronted by the extreme bigotry of random people. I guess the writers want to make us ask who the real monsters are. Is it the nurse who confesses that she would murder her child if it was born with a deformity or the people with the deformities?

Our first sight of the Twins and all I can think is that the special effects are astonishing.

The opening credits are suitably creepy  because…CLOWN!  Now I’m starting to get something of a chill, which is not helped by the following Skittles commercial featuring a talking spider the size of a Buick and  wearing a  top hat. I hate spiders. Really!

We’re back with The Twins and there’s an interesting choice to shoot this scene from the Twins point of view in double screen. Elsa asks some very interesting questions about how the two of them have sex and all I can think is whether or not it’s  incestuous sexual assault if the girl that doesn’t control that side of the body is unwilling. Is this a consent issue?

We are next introduced to two lovers in a field and a seriously, seriously  monstrous looking clown. I don’t have clourohobia, but looking at this guy, I’m considering getting it. The pretty blond manages to escape his lethal attentions but I kept wondering why she didn’t run away the moment she saw him. She just stands there, looking at him. I know its the what? The fifties? But c’mon! She couldn’t possibly have believed that was any sort of normal clown or that he would be hired by anybody.

Nope!
Nope!

Elsa is still on her recruitment drive. Flashback to the Lobster Handed Boy, in a diner, where she convinces him to return to the circus. I can’t help thinking, that at the time, this would have been a Whites Only diner and it occurs to me that people, back then, had an endless number of someones they could walk around feeling superior too. That seemed to be everyone’s  main superpower. No wonder some Americans think of it as a “golden age”.

Elsa returns to the circus, where the  Sheriff informs her that they are wanted out of town A.S.A.P. She pleads for more time.

We meet the world’s smallest woman. In real life, her name is Jyoti Amgr and  I can’t help thinking that she is adorable. Like a baby that never grows up. She even sounds like a baby. Okay, now I feel horribly guilty.  Am I  supposed to be thinking that about a grown woman?

We visit a dinner party where we learn that Lobster Boy makes his living as a novelty gigolo. All I can think about is the giant hoop skirt that the…What do you call a woman who pays for sex? A Jane? A Mary? And I guess Lobster Boy has got some good ol’ stuff because she looks like she’s having the time of her life.


Flashback to the meeting with the Twins. We can hear the Twins thoughts and I think they can hear each each other’s. Elsa susses out that the Twins killed their mother, why they did it, and that they had  best run away before someone else discovers that fact. The Twins have very different personalities. One of them is very prim and proper. She is disgusted by everything.  The other head is more accepting. The things she says are candid and  boldly honest.

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See! Differences!

We’re back with the murderous clown, who has kidnapped a couple of people. One of them is a child. He keeps them both in cages and terrifies them by flying into a rage and throwing things and kicking.  This show isn’t even trying to be subtle about bad clown. How does any human being look at that face and think it’s okay? Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope!

The Twins agree to join the circus and are disgusted and intrigued about all the behind the scenes shenanigans. It turns out that the carnies like to have a little fun with drugged up local girls, including the bigoted nurse we met at the beginning of the show.  Cut to scene of drugged up girl. I don’t want to look too closely at what they’re doing to her but it’s fascinating. Please! This is the fifties. Who is going to believe anything the nurse says when her perversity has been captured on film for all to see? She’ll become just  another one of those someones that people can feel superior to because that’s how everybody rolled back then.

We meet the rest of the Freak Show, including The Bearded Lady whose son is Lobster Boy. She’s also Elsa’s henchman and enforcer. She tries to convince the Twins that this place is good for them but they’re having none of it. Well, maybe one of them is.

Lobster Boy and his mother, The Bearded Lady are arguing at home. He wants out of the circus and longs for a  normal life. Mamma wants to stay put. Television has only made their lives worse and they can barely scratch a living at being freaks. A cop shows up to arrest the twins. He’s too damn good at his job and has a big mouth. He spouts more bigotry, which gets him killed by Lobster Boy. LB also wins the Twins gratitude. I’m sure he’ll take full advantage of that later. I’m sensing a full on love connection between the three of them.

The circus is open for business. The audience consists of a  Mother and son duo, who are far too creepily attached to each other. Elsa sings one of  my favorite sad songs, “Life on Mars” and it all ends in tears for everyone, including me. Okay, except for creepy Mom, who also turns out to be a mega-bitch when she insults Elsa’s singing, which I thought was beautiful, even as I was wondering if she was being dubbed.

The carnies dispose of the dead cop by chopping him up. Yeah, there’s definitely going to be repercussions for this shit later. (Possibly as soon as next week.) They are stealthily observed by Bad Clown. I’m uncertain if he’s part of the circus or if the carnies even know he exists. Since he’s not participating in the Great Cop-Chop, I’m guessing he’s not.

Elsa is feeling vulnerable and being comforted by The Bearded Lady. That’s another of her jobs, I suppose. We find out what Elsa’s deformity is and get some idea why she may have started this venture. We leave Elsa reminiscing about her past and listening to her theme song, “Auf Wiedersehen”.

<Sigh> She used to be a star.