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TV Review: The Walking Dead S10E3 Ghosts

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The Walking Dead focuses on the characters and psychology in the third episode “Ghosts.”

The threat of the Whisperers return leads to paranoia sweeping over Alexandria; in the meantime, Carol battles with the need for revenge.

The episode is a focus on the slog of it all and the impact on the survivors. It opens with hours after hours as waves after waves of walkers attack a town and need to be repelled. Something is driving them and it’s unclear if it’s the Whisperers or not.

How does that impact individuals?

Carol, Aaron, Michonne, and Negan are all spotlighted as they struggle to deal with the situation. That includes interactions with the Whisperers and facing the threat that looms. Carol and Daryl have their moments as Carol’s mindset is explored especially after the death of her “son.”

Negan and Aaron are key too as Negan is tasked with helping Aaron. Has Negan changed and what of his past crimes? The tension is there and their back and forth are interesting. Aaron has lots of resentment towards Negan. Negan does come off as wanting to reform and leave his past behind. But, at the same time he’s not sorry. His words indicate that he sees it all as what needed to be done. It’s clear Negan will have his redemption in this season, the question is how and when.

The episode is a tense one as danger looms and the focus is squarely on the pressure of it all. It’s a good episode that revolves around the characters as the series always does. The Walking Dead isn’t about scares. It’s about the survivors and their dealing with this new world. The episode is important hinting at what’s to come and reminds us where the characters currently are.

Overall Rating: 8.05

Walking Dead Glenn Rhee Deluxe Version 1:6 Scale Action Figure is 42% Off

From the hit AMC TV series, The Walking Dead, comes this 1:6th scale The Walking Dead Glenn Rhee Deluxe Action Figure. Standing at 11 1/2-inches tall with tailored clothing, Glenn Rhee features a detailed head sculpt with realistic likeness to actor Steven Yeun. Glenn comes dressed in a long sleeved shirt, T-shirt, pants with belt, and boots.

Accessories include the following:
1x Pistol (Colt MK IV Series 70)
1x Pistol holder
1x AR-15 assault rifle
1x Knife
1x Sheath
1x Pair relaxed hands
1x Pair of fists
1x Pair of holding hands for gun
1x Pair of holding hands for knife

Deluxe Version includes following extra accessories:
1x Hershel’s pocket watch
1x Walkie-Talkie

The figure is on sale today for 42% off. Normally $189.99, you can get it for $109.99.

TV Review: The Walking Dead S10E2 We Are the End of the World

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The Walking Dead takes things back in the second episode with a flashback episode that reveals the origins of Alpha and Beta. Alpha attempts to toughen up Lydia as they prepare to walk with the dead. The Whisperers also create their herds.

The second episode of The Walking Dead is interesting. You could also call it “When Alpha met Beta.” That initial meeting isn’t quite as interesting as expected but it’s what unfolds that becomes really interesting, that of Lydia.

Through various glimpses, we get a sense of the horrors the Whisperers have done to survive in this new world. Those horrors eventually cracks Lydia and we see her break down and the repercussions of that. It highlights the abusive road that some have gone down and the deep psychological scars inflicted.

While not touched upon, contrast all of this with how the children of the various towns have endured and lived.

There’s some impactful moments that as a father of a daughter just chilled me. Lydia’s struggles. Alpha’s rejection of being called mother. It creates a cold and chilling experience. Add in Alpha’s actions and what she says it’s an interesting episode.

But overall, the episode focuses on the loss of self in this new world. Names are eschewed. It’s a shedding of identity and connection and with it humanity. Again, compare this to the communities and what they’ve done, endured, and built.

But despite that, there’s still something understandable about it all. These are individuals who have chosen a different way to survive. They see the walkers as both protection and destiny. This is a new reality and with it, new rules and norms are needed. And, as presented there’s a quasi-religious aspect to it all. But, Alpha still has depth and that’s in the form of her feelings for her daughter.

The episode creates a complicated relationship between Alpha and Beta and Alpha’s outlook on the world. It’s all much more complicated than what’s expected and the episode adds depth to characters who otherwise could easily have none. The revelations toward the end, such as where some of their walker masks come from, create a group that has layers.

It’s a creepy episode that focuses on the big evil of the season giving them history that makes them both more understandable and scarier at the same time.

Overall Rating: 8.35

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New York Comic Con has come and gone and we’re already focused on Baltimore Comic Con in a few weeks. What was your favorite announcement from NYCC? Let us know in the comments. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – Ms. Marvel Gets The Team Back Together In The Avengers Video Game – Expect a lot more characters to be revealed.

Entertainment Weekly – The Walking Dead renewed for season 11 with Lauren Cohan returning as series regular – Not too surprising.

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Walking Dead’ Season 10: Paola Lázaro Cast as Princess – Yay! Princess!

CBLDF – Colorado Comics Store Drag Show Continues Despite Protests – Good.

Reviews

CBR – Batman #80
The Beat –
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TV Review: The Walking Dead S10E1 Lines We Cross

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In the season 10 debut of The Walking Dead, the group in Oceanside continues to train in case the Whisperers return; tensions are high as the heroes struggle to hold onto their concept of civilization.

The Walking Dead returns with a packed episode that covers a lot of ground. It’s an interesting episode that attempts to explore the new normal and question who the heroes really are. With the threat of the Whisperers still looming, the civilization must focus on what reality is. Death looms over everyone as they reflect on those that passed and face new dangers.

The episode has some smart explorations, such as what happens to the infrastructure above. Satellites pose a risk and we see here what a challenge one presents when it crashes. It, as well as the opening, are reminders that this world doesn’t have the security that we take for granted. A fire in a forest is as much a threat as walkers or rival groups.

The episode’s highlights, like so much of the series, is the character and actor interactions. Norman Reedus’ Daryl and Melissa McBride’s Carol are the heart of the series still. Their friendship will be the emotional journey of this season and it does not bode well based on the finale.

While not an exciting start, the season 10 debut does a nice job of setting up the season to come. It’s not one of action but one of reflection and foreshadowing.

Overall Rating: 7.75

AMC’s The Walking Dead Fined $104,000 for Using the Emergency Alert System

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reached settlements this week with a handful of media outlets after they were found to have misused the emergency alert system (EAS) tone.

There’s a rule against using the tone outside of actual emergencies to “protect the integrity” of the system. The idea is that listeners won’t mistake the real tone for ones from television shows and vice versa.

The agency found that ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, AMC’s The Walking Dead, Animal Planet’s Lone Star Law, and Meruelo Radio Holdings all misused the EAS tone. The companies have agreed to pay more than $600,000 in civil penalties for the violations.

AMC’s The Walking Dead used the tone twice in the “Omega Episode” of the program in February 2019. The playing happened during eight instances. AMC will pay a $104,000 civil penalty and agreed to a compliance plan.

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