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The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale, 2nd Highest in Series History

THE-WALKING-DEAD-Season-4-Finale-Poster-RickThe Walking Dead went out on a high note for the finale of its fourth season. The excellent episode delivered 15.7 million viewers of which were 10.2 million adults age 18-49. That’s a record breaking night for AMC which also saw a record for The Talking Dead which saw 7.3 million viewers and 4.7 million adults age 18-49. If that wasn’t enough, Comic Book Men had 1.1 million viewers of which 715,000 were adults age 18-49.

The fourth season of The Walking Dead was a record setting one. The series saw an average of 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode. Of that 8.6 million were adults age 18-49. That’s an increase of +24%/+22% over season three.

From an AMC release, here’s some statistical highlights.

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four finale of The Walking Dead

  • 9 pm airing – 8.0 national HH rating with 15.7 million viewers
  • 9 pm airing – 8.0 national rating with 10.2 million Adults 18-49
  • 9 pm airing – 7.8 national rating with 9.3 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three finale of Talking Dead

  • 10 pm airing – 3.8 national HH rating with 7.3 million viewers
  • 10 pm airing – 3.7 national rating with 4.7 million Adults 18-49
  • 10 pm airing – 3.7 national rating with 4.4 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three finale of Comic Book Men

  • 12 am airing – 0.8 national HH rating with 1.1 million viewers
  • 12 am airing – 0.6 national rating with 715,000 Adults 18-49
  • 12 am airing – 0.6 national rating with 666,000 Adults 25.54

The Walking Dead was a monster online as well. The show was the #1 non-sports related program on the night on Twitter with 1.01 million Tweets from 356,770 unique people. All that added up to 63.11 million Twitter impressions. There were also numerous hashtags related to the show that were trending.

On Facebook 3.1 million people had 5.8 million interactions about The Walking Dead.

 

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.16 – A

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4In the season finale of The Walking Dead Rick and the others begin to reunite at Terminus, soon realizing that the marauders are closing in, and that the so-called sanctuary is not exactly what it seems to be.

The episode opens up in the past, with everyone back at the prison, it’s simpler times, a time of happiness. Quickly flash to Rick, alone, covered in blood, sitting on a road by himself, and shaking. We know to expect a tense episode, and we’re not even at the credits yet.

Post credits, we see Rick, Carl and Michonne, still in the woods and surviving, making their way to Terminus. After a quiet moment of teaching, the three are interrupted by the screams of an individual surrounded by walkers. Their quiet moment has gone bad as the three are now on the run, having to change their plans and now figure out where to go to survive the walkers. It leads them to a car, and things are calm again. But that’s not for long… Rick and crew are surrounded by the crew Daryl has joined. And the crew has issues with Rick, they know he killed a member of their crew. But, I don’t remember them ever seeing Rick and I have no idea how they know who did it. But, that’s a plot hole I guess I’ll need to go back and figure out myself.

Out of all of the moments this season, this battle, between Rick and the “bikers” is the scariest of them all. I had no idea how they’d all get out of it and what’s needed to be done to survive, what is done, is brutal, visceral, and frightening. This is Rick unchained, all his pent-up anger is loosened.

But, throughout the episode, we’re shown flashbacks. The flashbacks are mostly between Rick and Herschel. We’ve never seen how Rick became a farmer, a shepherd, and here’s that back story. The episode is clearly about Rick’s finding peace, then losing it due to man, not the walkers. It’s also about what world Rick is giving Carl. As Hershel says, Rick’s war is over, but from the fight we just saw, it’s clearly not. Rick won’t know peace in this world. But, they’re back with Daryl! So… yay?

Rick and Daryl discuss Daryl’s journey and what happened and it’s clear these four are family now. Rick explains his anger that unleashes is a reason they’re alive. We’ve just seen it, and saw it with Rick and Tyreese. Rick is a killer for survival, not because it’s part of some rule set, and he’ll do what he needs to so he and Carl survives. What’s also interesting is Michonne with Carl. It’s clear there’s a motherly/sisterly thing going on with Michonne watching over Carl. It’s a great relationship and is another example of the growth of these characters over this season and the series. It all leads to Michonne opening up to Carl about how she lost her child and boyfriend, an emotional moment for her as she explains her “pet” zombies and how she deserved to drag them around as a reminder. To her it made her a monster and gone. She’s found now, with a new family. But, the dynamic between the three, Rick, Michonne, and Carl is a weird one, but shows how things have changed in personal relationships, along with the new threats.

But, the four have gotten to Terminus and are smart by sneaking in. There they meet the members of this crew and are welcomed. Something isn’t right. Much like Rick and crew, we’re suspicious as viewers, wondering what the spin of it all is. Should we trust them? That answer is quickly provided.

Things quickly dissolve, and Rick and crew are under fire again, up against unknown forces who want something…. we don’t know what, we don’t know why. It’s tense, very tense, and I felt my stomach tighten as the action progressed. I expected the worst. But, through it all, there’s some good moments, as Rick and his team is reunited with Glenn and his. It’s a joining of forces we’ve been waiting for.

After all of that, we’re back in the past. Happier moments. Rick, Carl, Herschel, joined by Beth working on the farm. Cut though to the present, and Rick is about to lead another revolution, and take on Terminus. A hell of an ending as it looks like season five is starting off with war.

Next season can’t come soon enough…. I left the episode shaking, jaw dropped, and counting down the days.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.75

TV Review: Comic Book Men – Episode 316 – Knights of the Stash

Warning Spoilers Ahead

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Jason Mewes invites the guys to a Renaissance fair for medieval revelry and a customer brings in one of the most valuable items the Stash has ever seen.

The most valuable item is interesting and kicks off the show. This is an item I’ve never eve heard of, which is a reason I like the show. As usual it’s a fun thing about the episode, I find something about geekdom that’s new to me. The end decision about the deal, I’m not too sure on, but it’s always interesting to hear Walt’s thought process on how he comes to his decisions.

I’ve never been to a Renaissance fair. There’s little about it that interests me. So watching how these guys react going to one is entertaining. It’s all clearly set up and none of it is realistic in that you or I could experience one like they experience it. The situations are fun, and in the beginning the crew is rather mixed in their enjoyment, but that generally turns. The most interesting thing is that there’s a good debate about how Walt judges the folks who appreciate Renaissance fairs, but they themselves have no issue with comic related cosplay. I wish there was more discussion of that, as it’s well worth it. But, thankfully most of the group seems to disagree with Walt, who’s the judgy one of them.

Overall, the episode was an ok one, maybe the weakest of the season, but there’s still moments that got me to laugh. I do appreciate it on some level…. still not sure I’ll ever go to a Renaissance fair.

Featuring: Ming Chen, Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic Overall Score: 7

A Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale

Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sun., Mar. 30 at 9/8c.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.15 – Us

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4The Walking Dead opens up with Glenn, Abraham and the rest chatting as they make their way towards somewhere. It’s a bunch of small moments that allow us to get to know each of them a bit more. There’s questions as to what’s Tara’s thoughts and feelings towards Glenn too (though it’s clear it’s not that type of “like”). They then come across a sign we’ve seen before, the one Maggie wrote, for Glenn to head to Terminus. It’s a moment of joy in a bleak world.

The episode quickly shifts to Daryl and the new group he’s with. But also a quick flip to Michonne, Rick and Carl and their journey. There’s issues over with Daryl and his new “friends” particularly a person named Len. But, there’s rules to this group, that at least they seem to stick by. It’s tough to tell, are they bad, or neutral in it all?

Back to Glenn and his group. They’re gaining on Maggie, but that leads them to dark tunnel full of who knows what. Abraham has a mission though, to get Eugene to DC, and that causes them to have to part ways. Abraham leaves Glenn and Tara with supplies, showing off how good his group is. Glenn and Tara for some reason head into the tunnel, filling them and us with tension as they make their way through the darkness. You can hear the walkers, but with so little light, we, and Glenn don’t know exactly how many. Of course Glenn’s plan to get past the walkers can’t go perfectly. There’s a great moment though after some solid tension. I found myself yelling “get some” as bullets flew.

From that happy moment, we then flip back to Daryl who is getting used to, and figuring out this new group. They’re brutal, but they have rules, and seem to protect each other.

Back to Glenn and his expanded group, they reach Terminus, our first eyes on what exactly it is. It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for, Terminus has arrived.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.25

TV Review: Comic Book Men – Episode 315 – Certified Guaranty

Warning Spoilers Ahead

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, a college hopeful goes to the Stash to appraise his collection and learns the value of comic book grading. Walt buys Wayne Gretzky memorabilia.

I used to work in a shop and part of the fun of it was getting in collections to our shop. We were located in a college area and had lots of college kids coming in, and girlfriends selling their ex’s collections (but that’s another story). So, the show kicks off with the college kid coming into the shop to sell his impressive collection. For those who might not know, the show goes into comic book grading and the services out there, like the CGC.

There’s a segment about the movie Jingle All the Way, and the acting/entertainment ability that is Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was shocked at how much the figure that was brought in is going for.

The Gretzky discussion is interesting. I remember getting all kinds of weird stuff coming into the store. Stuff that had nothing to do with anything we sold. But, it was items I personally, or other staff, were interested in. That was so much fun, and a fond memory of my many years as a counter jockey. Watching Walt deal with the guy sending the items is beyond entertaining. Him squirming has become an fun thing of the show.

The show ends on the CGC segment and going over all of the big books. The numbers thrown out there is impressive. It really shows how important grading is today. It’s cool too that this is a kid trying to pay for college, so it’s nice the shop is willing to help him out and get him so extra bucks.

Overall, the episode was a good one. For me it brought back a lot of memories of my time working in a comic shop. I look fondly back on it all, and kind of miss it. The show to me is entertaining for that reason alone.

Featuring: Ming Chen, Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic
Overall Score: 7.5

AMC Teases Who Will Survive and Terminus for The Walking Dead

walking dead terminus

A Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead: Us

Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sun., Mar. 23 at 9/8c

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.14 – The Grove

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the walking dead season 4The Walking Dead opens up with Carol and Lizzie talking. Lizzie admits she shot people, and Carol talks about her personal life a little. It’s some revelations I don’t think we’ve gotten before, and shows we have much to learn about everyone. Tyreese though is having issues, fighting a fever and trouble sleeping through the night. This leads to a discussion between Carol and Tyreese about how the two children are dealing with this new world, each in their own way and each in a disturbing way. It’s a weird family dynamic, and that’s what this is in a way. Mika and Carol head out to find water, leading to an interesting discussion about how Mika sees the world.

They come across a house leading to some moments that add a lot to each others character. Lizzie for some reason don’t see the Walkers for what they are, while Mika has trouble dealing with the violence around her. The two are clearly emotionally disturbed and as the series continues, it’ll be fascinating to see how this all handled… that is if they survive. But, a house should give them some peace right? Instead it shows the psychological issues that have built up and hit everyone.

There’s a moment where you wonder if Lizzie’s world view might have come to reality as the group is endangered. The actions of each person is interesting and it’s actions that say it all. I honestly will say though, Lizzie after this event and what she says disturbed me as much as before. Mika’s innocence compared to Lizzie’s view is almost fresh and welcome….

Then comes the shoe dropping. We knew something was coming and it’s close to the worse case scenario. I thought this is where this plot thread was going, but didn’t expect it to quite go there. And there’s a huge question looming over everyone. How do you deal with this situation? We also have the situation that Tyreese doesn’t know what Carol did at the prison. Both are torn up as to what happened, and the choices are hard. Carol overall is dealing with it as loss as a mother.

The end of the episode is heartbreaking and devastating with actions and confessions that are jaw dropping. The final moments between Tyreese and Carol are amazing, showing off the acting ability of these individuals, something that’s not given enough credit.

The episode shows off why the show has it’s lovers and haters, frustrating some and enthralling others. Closing moments of the devastated house, a quite moment of a deer grazing, this is a show that mixes solid characters, writing, and directing.

This episode is a gut punch and reminds us of the difficult decisions that need to be made in a world where all rules are gone and survival is the only priority.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.25

TV Review: Comic Book Men – Episode 314 – Batcycle on Broad

Warning Spoilers Ahead

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, the guys have a chance to purchase a replica of the ’66 Batcycle and a customer sells his collection of Marvel fan magazines from the 70s.

As always the show starts off with a hypothetical, this one about the standards as far as members of the Avengers. It was pretty funny, and got me to crack a smile right away.

And the first segment is the Batcycle. The episode jumps right into the main draw of the episode and the motorcycle is pretty cool. The bike looks really nice, a great replica, and looks like it was put together. There’s some great jokes thrown around about it. It’s a tough one since you need a motorcycle license to drive it, and only a couple of them do have one. Johnson has some good incite as war as the bike itself. Overall, it’s pretty cool, but I wonder who’s watching the show while this is all going on. And the filming of them riding the bike is a bit all, it looks green screened, which is strange…. and then we find out how it’s done. And I was laughing.

From there a guy brings in a board game that I’ve never seen. The game is kind of cool, and shows how much licensing and design has changed. It’s a great piece of Marvel history. The game is interesting to say the least when it comes to the actual game play. This all leads to a discussion of family game night and the lie that is board game advertising.

As a break, which is awesome, is Greg Capullo on the radio segment of the show. It’d be fantastic to see more of this type of segment in future episodes. Capullo is an interesting guy and his inclusion helps open up non comic fans to the comic book world.

The magazine segment, much like the board game segment is really cool and the collecting of it all comes to the forefront. I’ve never seen the magazines myself, or even knew about it. So, I learned a bunch about it all. That’s part of the reason I dig the series, it shows off things I’ve never heard of or seen.

The final segment is all about Back to the Future and the show leaves on a funny note around it all. It’s cool and fun, and shows that collecting can be more than just comic books.

Overall, the show is fun and entertaining and lifts the current on comicdom. Hopefully we see more comic creators as part of the radio segments, the inclusion shows off something that’d make the show even more solid.

Featuring: Ming Chen, Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic
Overall Score: 7.25

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