“Infected” – The Walking Dead

tumblr_mvq2bwO4QX1ruwr5go2_500Carol Peletier, remorseless murder machine and domestic violence survivor, has been exiled from the prison. Considering the fact that it’s been two episodes since she cold-bloodedly killed two former friends and burned their bodies, it’s about fucking time. I’d have thought Rick would kill her, but the Sheriff doesn’t seem to have her sociopathic tendencies and, rather, allowed her to trundle off into the sunset in a station wagon, with ample supplies, presumably to find a new group (as Rick suggested) or, far more likely, find a nice hole to die in. A bit too much mercy if you ask me, even if stubbly Rick made it very clear that if it had meant the safety of his children he would have been far less kind.

Meanwhile, Daryl, Michonne, an increasingly unstable Tyreese, and recently-confirmed alcoholic Bob manage to make it to the fabled veterinary college in search of sweet, sweet western medicine. What we learn, chiefly, from this is that, if it suits the plot, zombies only appear once an objective is complete, and that drawing on Daryl is a really bad idea. Bob, in hopes of preserving his looted brandy, made this mistake, and received one of the most cringeworthy stare-downs in television history. Along with the threat of a thorough, hillbilly ass-whooping should he decide to crack said bottle before the group can return to the prison. Great acting by Norman “Feedus More” Reedus in this scene, being pretty bloody intense with arms all a-glistening. And, now that his debilitating illness is out in the open, Bob’s a much more interesting character, and I’m hoping to see him devolve more over coming episodes. I think Daryl will lay a beating on the poor, skinny fuck, even if he can stay on the wagon long enough to make it home.

Voice actress Brina Palencia makes her first and last appearance on this week’s airing, playing Ana, a girl presumably Continue reading

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“All In” – Boardwalk Empire

boardwalk-empire-all-inWith the large numbers of first generation immigrants in America, circa 1924, it’s not a surprise that the writers on Boardwalk Empire decided to focus their pens on the various ethnic identities of the characters. We’ve had Jews, African-Americans and Italian-Americans, primarily, with a smattering of time spent exploring the Celtic connections in Atlantic City (in Season 1’s “Nights in Ballygran”). In “All In”, we’re privy to a brief look at another ethnic group – German Americans – of which Eddie Kessler is a part.

He’s sent on a routine pick up by Nucky, only for it to devolve into him leading Ralph Capone around AC before finishing up in a pub. We learn interesting details about Eddie along the way, most importantly that he’s not a typical immigrant. He came to America relatively late in life – after his sons had achieved job security and his wife had died – figuring he’d find a vibrant career. Working as an assistant to Enoch Thompson has certainly provided that. Eddie is an educated man who’s fallen in with some bad eggs, and he doesn’t seem to regret it one bit. When he’s telling his immigrant buddies that his promotion means he now deals in the more nefarious side of Nucky’s operation, he’s delighted. And Anthony Laciura hilariously imbues his character (Eddie, of course) with such a gleeful beam while his friends fire off their pretend Tommies that it’s hard not to feel happy for him, too.

When Ralph enquires about the gang war between Gyp Rosetti and Nucky (and Al), it’s Continue reading