There Are Spoilers In Our The Walking Dead: Do Not Send Us Astray Review – Episode Discussion
So episode 13 of the 8th season of The Walking Dead just aired and in this one, Simon and the rest of the Saviours mount an attack on The Hilltop as per Simon’s wishes expressed in the last episode. Will Simon however be successful and what might happen as a result?
For the most part, this episode is one of the most action packed ones recently. Simon’s attack I thought was enjoyable to watch and there was a lot of shooting between The Hilltop and The Saviours. This combined with the tense atmosphere of one group going in there for revenge (Simon’s group) and the other fighting to survive (Maggie’s group), meant that things got pretty serious very quickly.
Simon having not planned things very well seemed to not really have a way in until Daryl rode by on his bike and had the central gate opened as he went inside the Hilltop, this allowed Simon to have the opportunity for him and the rest of The Saviours to get in before Maggie and the rest of her people could close it.
The Saviours looked to be taking a lot of ground initially as The Hilltop retreated into the house, but it was all a trap and they were waiting for Simon’s group to come more inside before they started retaliating. Rick also appeared in this episode with a few others and flanked The Saviours from behind until they all rallied and retreated. It’s a small victory in the war of Rick’s, but not one that came without a cost as Maggie points out after the initial fight.
A few episodes ago we saw Negan mention his intention to scare everyone by dipping things in the blood of The Walkers and having the people at The Hilltop turn as he thew infected stuff into the town somehow. It seems that although Simon had ditched this as a scare tactic, things were not all forgotten and there were several arrows used as well as other weapons which wounded quite a few people at The Hilltop. When they were treated and thought to be safe, it was not until the night when they all turned and started eating everyone one by one.
The whole thing with the people turning at night caught everyone by surprise and did take quite the toll on The Hilltop and especially Maggie. We see her after the first battle counting the cost of the lost lives and again at the end of the episode mad about the amount of graves that were now there. It’s “the cost” she says. This is likely going to put Maggie’s character on some type of path of revenge, but what she could do or what she might do from here I’m not so sure. Rick is still the leader and I know he needs to somehow find a way to save everyone. This has me curious as to what’s to come for us in later episodes of the show.
It looks to me that while The Saviours didn’t exactly win the fight in this episode, the cost was massive to The Hilltop and they didn’t really win either. I think a few episodes ago when Simon said that the people at The Hilltop “don’t scare” was true, even after all this, we don’t see that with Maggie or anyone else. They’re all insanely bent on surviving and they will all get through this somehow, they just don’t break.
I also wonder about Simon as a leader of The Saviours. During his first fight he had a complete disregard for the people Maggie had as prisoners and they all know about it, they heard him. His own people would know what he said too as they were all behind him, if they care at all for their friends this can’t really be good for Simon.
Overall this was an interesting action based episode of the show. There were quite a few developments following Simon’s attack on The Hilltop which brought a massive cost both to Maggie and the people that she leads there. With both Maggie and Rick now at the Hilltop together, I’m super keen to see these characters interact with each other more in the future as they’ve been separated for so long now in the show. I’d also like to mention that I thought the performance from Lauren Cohan was exceptional this week and I also really enjoyed Andrew Lincoln’s intensity during the action sequences in this one. Looking forward to see what happens next week.
The Walking Dead airs express from the US on Mondays from at 1.30pm and 7:30pm on Showcase on Foxtel
Need For Speed Heat Australian Release Date
The Need For Speed Heat Australian release date is November 8 2019. The game will be published by Electronic Arts and comes developed by Ghost Games. The game will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
EA says “The game deepens and expands everything Need for Speed fans love – expressive customisation, authentic urban car culture, and an immersive narrative that pulls you into the game.”
What is Need For Speed Heat about?
Need for Speed Heat sends fans to Palm City, a brand-new open world where street racers have gathered to make their names known. By day, players compete in the Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. At night, players risk it all to build their Rep in underground races where a rogue police task force roams the streets, ready to take racers down and swipe all their earnings. The roads, the risks, and the rides never end in this street racer where a player can roll deep with their crew, build their garage full of hot cars, and make the city their nonstop playground.
Riley Cooper, Creative Director at Ghost Games said “Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is a film which comes written and directed by Quentin Tarantino who some may know for films such as The Hateful Eight (2015) or Pulp Fiction (1994). The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning and Al Pacino. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is about a fading Hollywood actor and his stunt double who are striving to achieve success in the final years of the Hollywood golden age.
Before going into this film, I must admit I was quite excited about it. This is the 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, who is one of my favourite directors of all time and the cast is filled with so many great actors there’s no reason to not want to see this one. Even though my expectations for this film were set very high, I came out of the cinema incredibly happy, very entertained and extremely impressed with what I just saw. Quentin Tarantino has truly delivered something very special this year and I highly recommend going to see it.
The way the story is told is very interesting. The audience follows the career of Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is trying to maintain his stardom and Hollywood status in a time when things are changing. The actor is trying to transition from being a major TV star to a Hollywood actor, but it’s very difficult. On top of this, Rick Dalton is ageing and he is no longer in his prime, he’s sort of becoming obsolete. Cliff (Brad Pitt) is sharing a similar fate with his career tied to the success or failure of Rick’s. In contrast to these two, Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) is a character who is everything good about Hollywood in 1969, her personality is welcoming, she helps people and she’s friendly. Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate is the ideal Hollywood star of the time.
Quentin Tarantino with this film captured the spirit and essence of Hollywood in 1969. I felt like I was watching real people going through real things. The attention to detail on each of the characters and also watching them develop as the film progresses was very well done. This film also one has of the best endings and is maybe the best film that I’ve seen in 2019.
The actors were all great, I really enjoyed watching Leonardo DiCaprio in this film. The actor has a very wide range of things he could do as his character Rick Dalton is going through quite a lot and there are a lot of different emotional elements. On top of this, as a character who is an actor, Rick is seen acting in other films within this film as different characters he is playing. There are some very good performances within this film from Rick Dalton and in some ways, I wish I could watch the films that he was making within this film. Brad Pitt does very well and so too does Margot Robbie. Dakota Fanning surprised me a lot in this film as I didn’t even recognise her as Squeaky Fromme, she was only in the film for a bit, but for that time she was, she was very impactful.
Overall, I have no further comments to make about this film without having to go into major spoilers discussing all the different elements of it. It’s hard to write a long review for a film when everything was awesome in it. The directing, acting, writing, music and everything else about Once Upon A Time In Hollywood was awesome and Quentin Tarantino exceeded my expectations for this film. It may just be one of his best ones yet. I highly recommend going to see it at the cinema this week or as soon as you can. I am already wanting to see it a second time and probably will re-watch it on Blu-Ray when it’s released.
Crawl is a film which comes directed by Alexendre Aja who some may know as the director of The Hills Have Eyes (2006). The film stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper.
Crawl is a film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) who attempts to save her father (Barry Pepper) who is trapped in his house during a category 5 hurricane. Tremendous damage has occurred to the home and the surrounding area during the storm, with the streets slowly flooding But that’s not the only danger to be wary of, the flood waters have paved the way for dozens of alligators to come into town and they’re ready to feast on anyone still around. Will poor Haley and her father survive though?
Going into this film. I was actually quite excited. I do enjoy these action films where there’s some creature out there and it’s preying on whatever character the film is about. This film is a little similar to The Meg, but it most reminded me of Anacondas (2004). All of these films and Crawl included wouldn’t be ones I’d say were legendary films, but gosh, I definitely have fun watching them!
Crawl as a story is about survival. There are themes all throughout it related to man vs nature and also the idea of the apex predator is scattered all throughout it. Both characters in the film are constantly challenged and struggle to survive in the a town getting torn apart by the storm.
The main reason most people would go to see Crawl at the cinema would be for the action and that’s the same reason I wanted to go along and see this one. I wanted to see what the alligators could do and I wanted to see some people get eaten up. Did I get that? I certainly did! Did I need much more out of this? Probably not.
As for Crawl being scary. I’m not too sure, I find it all quite fun. But there are people who this would probably frighten a little. Much of the film is cgi and for what it is and for the type of movie this is I think it was just the right quality. They didn’t try to go too big like in The Meg where the cgi seemed to struggle in certain areas. Although the limitations of the cgi are visible in Crawl, it’s not too bad in the end.
The acting in Crawl isn’t too bad. Kaya Scodelario is who you’ll be watching for basically the entire film and she delivers a pleasant performance. Some may recognise this actress from her appearance in The Maze Runner (2014) where she played Teresa. Hopefully there is more to come from her in future films.
The tone of the film, while at times can be a little intense with all the danger out there did actually feel a little light. Alexandre Aja seemed to keep the tone not too serious and embraced the silliness of it all in certain areas to keep it light and fun. But it was also tense and scary when it needed to be.
Overall I had a good time with Crawl at the cinema last week. This isn’t a film that is going to blow anyone away with how good it is, but it’s something to see for a bit of fun over the weekend. You get to watch two characters try to survive a massive hurricane and not get eaten by alligators. Crawl was 1 hour and 27 minutes of fun!
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