There Are Spoilers In Our The Walking Dead Wrath Review – Episode Discussion
So the final episode of the The Walking Dead season 8 just went to air and this one was particularly important as it marks the culmination of the Rick v Negan war which has been going on pretty much since the beginning of Season 7 when Glenn and some others got smacked by Lucille.
I was really excited for most of this week waiting to see what would happen between Rick and Negan this week. The war has been going on for some time and last week we saw Negan move away from his past ways of trying to save Rick and his people, to seemingly commiting, just as Simon did to wiping them all out.
The first half of this epiosde sees things move in Negan’s favour. We see Negan start to lay a trap for Rick and his people. Last week we saw that Negan had known about Dwight leaking the plans to Gregory just at the end. So this week sees the progression of that information, as Negan knows where Rick will be, so he lays a trap and that’s pretty much where the end of this war will go and what this episode focuses on entirely.
Rick comes accross a road block that Negan leaves and finds clues about where Negan will be. I suppose he suspects that it’s a trap, but he still goes there anyway. Negan enters with his famous whistle and it all looks to be over for Rick yet again, but then it isn’t.
Last week I mentioned that Eugene looked to be an important key to winning the war. Rosita and Daryl weren’t successful in stopping him from making the bullets, but I had actually thought that he seemed riled up against Rosita the rest of her group. It looked that way in this episode as well, Eugene was rough with Gabriel, Eugene looked committed. But then in the end he wasn’t, the bullets didn’t work and he explained to Rosita that he simply changed his mind.
The way Eugene’s sabotage happened on the battlefield, when Negan’s troops were about to fire was a little unbelievable. But under the circumstances, I think I can believe it. Negan had used all his resouces, he was out of ammunition. Simon mutinied, Dwight betrayed him and Eugune was the last resource that Negan had (remember people are resources) and Eugene sabotaged Negan. It’s a disaster for The Saviours, but a big win for Rick and his people.
It’s not long before most of The Saviours are rounded up and Negan and Rick end up with one final, one on one moment. Rick wins the fight and after a short conversation about Carl’s letter and his wishes, Rick looks to finish Negan off and he’s dead.
At first I immediately didn’t like this ending at all for Negan and I especially didn’t like it for Rick either. In my head I was thinking how can this be? The Savious guns just exploded and now Negan is dead! But then as Rick was walking away, he said to his people “save him” and Sadiq went over and saved Negan. I loved this ending, because it fit in well with what the show was looking to do this season. It was all about saving people.
We’d seen a few episodes ago, a vision of Rick in th future and it was Negan who was one of the people living in the community. This is something that the show has been moving towards slowly and Negan has been becoming an increasingly more interesting character and is actually I think my favourite character in the show. I always like the idea of the “saved villain” in stories, so I’m very keen to see what they will do with Negan next year in the show. There’s a lot for where the Negan character can go and the ending seems to hint that he’ll be around for some time to come. I’m looking forward to all this.
One of the characters that was not at all happy with what went down at the end of this episode was Maggie. She was screaming on the battlefield that she wanted Negan dead, but Rick says that it’s not the way. At the end of this episode, it looks like Maggie has launched some sort of plot with Daryl and also Jesus where she makes known her plans to build up The Hilltop and is still commited to taking out Negan, even though it’s against Rick’s wishes. I’m very interested to see where this plot might go next season and what tensions could come about between Maggie and Rick in the future. The two have always worked together really well in the past and I love both these characters, but where they are heading might be different and what will happen with Negan being in the middle of all that I wonder?
As this was the last episode of the show. I have to mention that looking back on the season that just went by, we had some fantastic performaces from the cast of the show. Everyone including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio and the rest all put in great work this season. Everyone has been a joy to watch and for the characters who didn’t die this season, I look forward to seeing them all back next year.
Overall this was an excellent finale for the show this season. Both Negan and Rick have been fighting for such a long time now, that it seems to be a little bit of a relief to see this arc finally come to an end. It was a great journey and we were introduced to so many great characters since The Saviours were introduced, which includes communities such as The Hilltop, The Kingdom and the people at the dump and they were all very interesting. The ending in this episode with Maggie looking to be up to something and the imposing threat of a possibe herd of walkers heading their way looks interesting. I’m curious to see what new challenges will emerge in season 9 of The Walking Dead, but overall season 8 turned out to be excellent and delivered both on action and intensity each week.
The Walking Dead airs express from the US on Mondays from at 1.30pm and 7:30pm on Showcase on Foxtel
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!
Sea Of Solitude Review
Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.
This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.
The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.
On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.
Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.
In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.
The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.
The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.
Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.
Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.
Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.
The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.
I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!
In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?
In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.
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