Alicia (played by Alicia Debnam-Carey) and Charlie (played by Alexa Nisenson) find John (played by Garrett Dillahunt) and Strand (played by Colman Domingo) but can’t reach them because of flooding and alligators. Alicia contacts Morgan (played by Lennie James) on the radio but he doesn’t reveal their location in case Martha (played by Tonya Pinkins) is listening as well.
Jim (played by Aaron Stanford) contemplates jumping off the hospital roof as he dies from his bite and refuses when Morgan asks for help saving the others, blaming Morgan for his bite. As they leave Sarah (played by Mo Collins) tries to get his beer recipe but he only offers a stream of insults. Alicia and Charlie look for a way to save John and Strand when they’re attacked by an injured Martha. Alicia’s attempts to offer help only enrage Martha further before she collapses from her wound.
Morgan and June (played by Jenna Elfman) lead the others downstairs to search for Althea (played by Maggie Grace). They check the generator and find a note from Althea saying she made a break for a freight elevator after her radio died and lost contact with them. Meanwhile Alicia and Charlie use Althea’s truck to drive through the flood and pick up John and Strand with a tied up and unconscious Martha.
I’m dying leave me alone.
Jim is pissed that he’s going to die and he’s letting everyone know it which may be a dick move but the man is dying. But part of what keeps the story on edge is wondering what Jim might do knowing he won’t make it and blaming Morgan. Alicia and Charlie found John and Strand but it seemed too easy and coincidental especially because we’ve seen people find each other with relative ease already. Even when Martha started shooting them they just had to wait her out until she collapsed from her gunshot wound, but saving Martha is an obvious mistake that will bite tem later. Despite everyone reuniting this is the penultimate episode which means sooner or later the other shoe will drop. Martha’s arc feels nearly finished so the only story threads are she probably takes someone out with her or a new threat will be introduced in the finale.
Morgan still feels guilty for getting everyone trapped and decides to distract the walkers outside the hospital so the others can escape. John contacts June to tell them they’re safe from Martha and she tells them where to find the hospital. Martha wakes up furious to find herself under Alicia’s care; Alicia only saved her because she knew Morgan wanted to but Martha cryptically says Morgan will soon thank her. While a despondent Jim watches Morgan drops a walker body on a car to activate the alarm allowing the others to escape to an ambulance.
Morgan refuses June’s pleas to come with them saying he has things to ‘make up for’ and she has to drive off with the others when the walkers close in again. They meet up with Alicia and the others, and everyone returns to the hospital with a fire truck to get him down but Jim refuses to go as he’s already dying. They rescue Morgan but before they can drive away walkers trap the fire truck. Morgan decides to create another distraction but Jim radios to stop him, after giving Sarah his beer recipe Jim jumps off the roof onto another car to activate the alarm and draw the walkers away.
If Martha wasn’t so delusional she might have appreciated the irony that without the group’s help she wouldn’t be well enough to continue killing the ‘weak’ people. Morgan decided to be a martyr and he looked borderline furious the others decided to rescue him. But togetherness and hope were the main themes in the second half of the episode, now that everyone is reunited they’re clearly staying together. Even Jim got in on the action towards the end which was a surprise because his sullen attitude seemed to be leading to Jim trying to attack Morgan out of revenge. Instead he gets a hero’s death and while Jim won’t be a character people miss next season he at least got a nice sendoff. Everyone started the second half of the season scattered so having them all be a happy family again was the only conclusion. We can’t have a show with three or four main stories playing out over the season that’s too much ground to cover.
When they get back to Althea’s truck they discover Martha has escaped, they drive off and Sarah decides to name the beer she makes after Jim (Jimbo’s Beerbo’s). Everyone looks to Morgan for a plan about what to do next and he suggests Alexandria once they find Althea. Meanwhile Martha finds Jim’s body and turns him into her latest walker pet and plans to make Morgan strong too. Jim would probably turn over in his grave (if he was lucky enough to have one) if he knew what his beer was called. There’s no way Morgan is going to get everyone to Alexandria, not unless this show is being canceled and the two Dead shows are being merged. When Martha once again threatens the group let’s hope they’re smart about not trying to save her this time.
“You can’t do anything about the fact that you’re going to die Jim, but you can decide exactly how you want to go.”
Everyone decided the needed to save Althea but they sure drove pretty far from the hospital where she likely still was.
“Can I do the honors when you become a skin muncher?”
So the alligator disappeared which was a letdown it would have given John and Strand something to do while waiting for a rescue.
An injured Rosita (played by Christian Serratos) is chased by the whispering walkers and collapses. Carol (played by Melissa McBride) visits Daryl’s (played by Norman Reedus) camp where his only company is a dog; she worries that he isn’t eating. Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) takes Magna (played by Nadia Hilker) and her group to Hilltop for shelter although she hasn’t been for a long time.
Jesus (played by Tom Payne) reads a letter from Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan) who’s living elsewhere and deals with problems as the newly elected leader but he clearly doesn’t enjoy the position and hopes for Maggie’s return. Carol asks Daryl to Hilltop with her and Henry (played by Matt Lintz) to watch over Henry for her as Carol can’t stay at Hilltop. Daryl refuses and says Henry needs to learn the hard way how the world works.
Michonne leads Magna and her group to their old camp which was ravaged by walkers, Magna becomes emotional after finding clothes that belonged to someone who died. Michonne refuses to give them their weapons and decides to head back; Magna is both furious and suspicious about Michonne’s refusal to go to Hilltop. However the others want the safety of Hilltop and decide to trust Michonne. Aaron (played by Ross Marquand) and Jesus meet for a secret picnic due to the falling out among the communities. Jesus hopes an upcoming fair at the Kingdom can help reunite them. They find Rosita collapsed by a tree, she left Eugene (played by Josh McDermitt) in a barn for safety and they take her to Hilltop as walkers close in.
That has to hurt.
Ever since the second time jump there’s been a lot to catch up on, primarily how and why the communities drifted apart. But even as we learn the depths of the rift what happened to Rosita and Eugene will likely bring them together anyway so it’ll be moot. The exit of Maggie’s character had been known for a while but the way she was written off feels very abrupt, there wasn’t any set up she’s just gone. The upside is it gives more screen time to Jesus who despite having been on the show a long time never had many major storylines. We’re slowly getting to know Magna and the others but so far she’s the one who stands out the most, or really at all. As the leader it makes sense we’d get to know her first but since they’re all sticking around I want to know more about them outside of being Magna’s people. Carol asking Daryl to watch Henry is basically an excuse to get him out of his self-imposed exile, this will mean seeing a lot more of Daryl and that’s always a good thing.
That night Daryl confesses to have been looking for Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) since they never found his body. He and Henry later save his dog when it gets cornered by walkers, Henry also spots an X scar on Daryl’s back similar to one Michonne has. That night Michonne attacks Luke (played by Dan Fogler) a member of Magna’s group after mistaking a guitar he was repairing for a weapon. Luke has a large collection of instruments he salvaged and considers it an art that shouldn’t die with the world.
Tara (played by Alanna Masterson) chastises Jesus for leaving so much and tells him whether he likes it or not he’s the leader of Hilltop and they need him. The next day Siddiq (played by Avi Nash) tells Michonne to come with them, she refuses worried about what might happen if Maggie sees her but he tells her Maggie’s been gone a long time. They fight off a group of walkers that show up and among them is the man from Magna’s group who recently died, Michonne puts him down when Magna is unable to.
Catching up with old friends.
X marks the spot; this slow buildup to the reveal of the new threat is a little tedious since we already know it’s The Whisperers. Carol tells Daryl he has to let go of his obsession over Rick when really he’s actually on the right track. This seems like setup for Daryl learning the truth about Rick and going to find him because that loose thread has to be addressed at some point before the show finishes. The second half of the episode showed a more vulnerable side to Magna and some background on Luke letting us get to know more of Magna’s group. When we learn there is a rift between Maggie and Michonne it makes the absence of Maggie more palpable because instead of getting to watch this play out we only hear it about through Michonne. But while the second time jump has thrown a lot of new things at us it’ll get easier to adjust as the season moves along, there better not be any significant time shifts for a while though.
Michonne is still unsure about going to Hilltop but when two Hilltop guards arrive and tell her about Rosita she tells them to deliver a message to Alexandria telling them what happened. Carol, Daryl and Henry arrive at Hilltop and when Daryl learns what happened to Rosita he offers to help find Eugene.
As predicted whatever issues Alexandria and all the communities had are getting pushed to the side as they deal with yet another threat. With only one more episode until the midseason finale we should get our formal introduction to The Whisperers next week. That’ll be exciting and set up for a hopefully action packed second half to the season.
“She can be a bit hot headed.” “That’s one word for it.”
Clearly Michonne has trust issues but some of her actions come off as really mean, even petty.
“I know what it’s like to worry about your family. Carry the burden of protecting them. To feel guilt when they suffer.”
Fight training and a picnic; not a typical date but definitely a practical one.
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A long wait, for sure. A tale told longly, yes indeed. But, as your Fictionmonger, I am happy to inform that I’ve gotten the always busy Brandon Scott to release his next part to this four-course tale. And, as you would expect from him, it only gets darker. In this installment, we meet the sadistic Water and see what she can do with her powers.
In a move that only makes me like the franchise more, Once Upon a Deadpool is a new movie that’s also not at all a new movie. I would expect nothing less from the merc with a mouth though. The gist is simple, but with the announcement of this silliness new, I don’t have a ton of information to give—but here goes.
Once Upon a Deadpool is Deadpool 2 but made to be PG13. All the old stuff just re-edited with a parody of The Princess Bride to tie together the whole thing. I must imagine that the film cuts to the two of them (Fred Savage and Ryan Reynolds) whenever the movie gets a bit too harrowing or graphic for a younger audience.
Whether they get the Princess Bride reference is another story.
With recent news of Deadpool likely being folded into the rest of Marvel (a fact I am absurdly excited about), we can look forward to some truly odd and interesting character interactions. Can you imagine, for instance, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or Tony Stark or Thor interacting with Deadpool? The interplay would be amazing.
Regardless, it’s something worth seeing. Some funds from ticket sales go to a charity as well, so it’s also a good cause. And, even if you’re just in the mood for a good movie, the new content is sure to be pretty darn funny.
Though perhaps this trick isn’t as uncommon as I think, just as a novelty alone, a Christmas recut of a popular movie with minutes of new footage is something amazing. Only as meta a character as Deadpool could have his movie come out twice, and this time with new pop culture gags.
Since we don’t have a new Star Wars coming out this Christmas time, if you need a movie to watch in theaters, you could do a lot worse than Once Upon a Deadpool.
Rick (played by Andrew Lincoln) hallucinates seeing himself from the hospital at the onset of the outbreak, then wakes up to see the walker horde bearing down on him. He frees himself from the rebar he fell on last episode and badly wounded just makes it onto his horse and makes it to an abandoned cabin
While just barely keeping ahead of the walkers Rick hallucinates seeing Shane (played by Jon Bernthal) watching the scene of the accident that put him in the hospital before the outbreak. Shane reminds Rick of some of his more violent acts and says that’s what it takes to survive; to be like Shane. Rick refuses and wakes up and just escapes from the horde of walkers who just showed up and gets back on his horse. Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) learns Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan) is in Alexandria and stops her from getting to Negan’s (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) cell.
Michonne tries to talk Maggie down but she wants revenge for losing her husband and raising her child alone. She needs to see Negan die and says Michonne would have killed him if it was her; unable to rebut Michonne lets her in. Maggie demands Negan get on his knees but he rehashes Glenn’s (played by Steven Yeun) death to taunt her. He demands that Maggie kill him before breaking into tears begging to be killed, he wants to be with his dead wife but can’t kill himself and can’t bear his imprisonment. Maggie declares him worse than dead and locks him up.
Woman on a mission.
No other character on this show has gotten such a grand sendoff and nobody else likely will. Rick just saved himself but there is a finality to his journey, it doesn’t feel like a ‘will he survive’ story as much as a ‘how will he go out’ story. But whatever happens there are lots of great character moments, like getting to see Shane again and watching them casually banter about his murder and how Rick led everyone was fun.
Maggie finally makes it to Alexandria and her rage and grief are palpable. It seems like almost no time has passed since Rick spared Negan but for Maggie it’s been over a year of trying to live with it and move on but not being able to. There’s nothing MIchonne can do or say but seeing how broken Negan became gave Maggie the closure she needed. She wanted to kill Negan but all she saw was a broken man tired of living but too scared to kill himself. This is a satisfying conclusion to Maggie’s current story arc but with news that Lauren Cohan is also leaving the show could Maggie’s happiness be short lived?
Maggie leaves Negan’s cell when she and Michonne get word of trouble by the bridge. Meanwhile Rick is slowly bleeding out and passes out on the horse, next picturing himself on Herschel’s (played by Scott Wilson) farm. Rick tries to apologize about his death and what Maggie lost but Herschel says it will make her stronger. Rick says he can find his family there but Herschel tells him to wake up, Rick briefly wakes up before passing out on the horse. Rick finds himself in a field full of the bodies of everyone he loves. Sasha (played by Sonequa Martin-Green) rises and tells Rick he ‘did his part’ like she did.
Rick wakes up on the ground having fallen off his horse, he’s on the bridge with walkers surrounding him. Rick looks done for when he’s rescued by the group and comforted by Michonne but he realizes this is also a hallucination. Rick is on the bridge when Daryl (played by Norman Reedus) kills a walker from across the river. Michonne leads the others to attack the walkers from behind but Rick doesn’t want them to die for him; spotting a box of dynamite he shoots it killing himself and destroying the bridge.
Rick’s last hurrah.
Rick has his goodbye tour throughout the episode as he keeps passing out, and aside from the thrill of seeing someone like Herschel the scenes all clearly telegraph Rick’s death. The most blatant clue was Sasha referencing her own suicide to help save the group which was clearly on Rick’s mind on the bridge. The episode followed the usual pattern; someone is nearly killed by walkers and the group rides in at the last moment to save the day. Rick gets his brief happy ending but the brutal reality is you can’t always make it in time, although having everyone witness Rick’s sacrifice makes it that much more powerful. He’s been with most of these people since the beginning of the series and they are all there to witness his heroic end. It’s definitely a great way to end Rick’s story and if you’re going to die better to do it with a literal bang. But before anyone breaks out a tissues and mourns Rick Grimes there’s one final twist ahead.
Jadis/Anne (played by Pollyanna Mcintosh) contacts the people from the helicopter and after confirming she has an ‘A’ asks to be picked up. Anne hears over the radio what happened and spots Rick on the river bank injured but alive, the helicopter arrives and she declares she has a ‘B’ and asks them to save Rick. Rick wakes up in the helicopter with Anne as they head to an unknown location. The scene shifts to a group of people surrounded by walkers and losing the fight. Shots ring out and they run to the woods and see a young girl wearing Rick’s sheriff hat who identifies herself as Judith Grimes (played by Cailey Fleming).
Anne is finally going to wherever she’s been trying to get to and is taking a surprise guest; after teasing Rick’s death all season we get the ultimate twist where he survives. The only downside is because Rick is still leaving the show we’ll be stuck wondering where his story will go for who knows how long. But in the present (or technically future) life goes on and Judith is all grown up and rocking the sheriff’s hat. Such a significant time jump means we don’t’ get to see the immediate aftermath of Rick’s ‘death’ given he was such a significant person in their lives. But it should be a major story arc explored as we see how everyone has adjusted to a Rick free world.
“I came to kill Negan. And you’re already worse than dead. That settles it.”
If an explosion can’t kill Rick Grimes what can?
“It feels like its ending.” “Little things do end. But it’s not the end of everything.”
It’ll be fun to see how everyone changed and Judith is now an actual character.
If you’re a classic Star Trek fan (Star Trek TOS), and you haven’t heard of Star Trek Continues, then you’re in for a treat.
Star Trek Continues is the professionally produced, fan made continuation of the original 5 year mission of Star Trek The Original Series. For those who don’t know, the original Star Trek series featuring Kirk, Spock, McCoy, et al, was a “5 year mission”. But the series was cancelled after only 3 seasons, leaving 2 years incomplete.
Star Trek Continues picks up roughly where TOS left off and has won numerous accolades including 3 Tellies and a Webby. While the original intent was to give us the TOS final years, the Continues series concluded after only 11 episodes.
The good news is that all 11 episodes are available to view online and we will be bringing them to you here on Sci-Fi Bloggers. And, even though there is only 11 of them, they, including the 2 episode finale, do a wonderful job of concluding the series.
The series is done in the same style as the original with authentic sets and sound, and features James Doohan’s son Chris reprising his father’s role as Scottie. Numerous celebrity guest stars also appear including Michael Dorn and John DeLancie, Warf and Q from The Next Generation (TNG), and several from The Original Series.
The Star Trek Continues Teaser Reel and the first full episode are below for your enjoyment.
STC Teaser Reel - Vimeo
Star Trek Continues E01 "Pilgrim of Eternity" - Vimeo
The latest installment in the Wizarding World franchise, The Crimes of Grindelwald, is here. Should you see it or no? Check out our round-up of spoiler-free reviews from some of our favorite YouTubers and decide for yourself.
So it’s a toss up. For me, I love the Harry Potter universe and have watched, and enjoyed, the first Fantastic Beasts movie a few times, so, I’ll probably see this one. If you plan on seeing it, you can grab tickets from Fandango and help support the blog at the same time by clicking here.