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Erick Von Erich
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April 4th, 2018, 3:39 pm #111

Season 8- Episode 14- "Still Gotta' Mean Something"
Negan escapes yet another near-death experience. He was left to die in a dark building, filled with walkers... only to get captured, somehow, by Jadis and taken to the garbage dump. We see him strapped to a low-rolling gurney and he looks to be in some deep shit. Then, in a fairly sloppy storytelling move, he suddenly has his arms free, has a gun, a flare and some of Jadis' personal photos. He also has Lucille back...despite the fact that it was lost in the same building and had been SET ON FIRE... but it's back, none the worse for wear. To quote Negan's catchphrase from this episode: "what the shit?"

A helicopter shows up, probably attracted by the flare, which of course goes out at the exact moment. Jadis had apparently been trying to signal them for awhile. The helicopter pilot; who doesn't bother to use his/her EYES; flies off and fans are left to speculate on the whole thing. We also saw Jadis' minimalist Ikea-ish little boxed bungalow; which again makes perfect sense for her character.

Meanwhile, Rick and Morgan are merciless as they screw over and kill some Saviors who had just helped them. The asshole Savior who killed Henry's brother is FINALLY killed off in a well-deserved gruesome scene, though.

But the bigger thing is how Rick killed the Saviors. The writers seem to be pushing Rick as a psycho and NEGAN as the nice one. Wait... Negan, the guy who showed up at Alexandria, two times, trying to kill EVERYBODY (fire-bombing it the second time), killed somebody in cold blood by slicing open his guts, got off on trying to slice Carl's arm off, killed all the males (boys included) at Oceanside, jizzed his pants while killing Glenn and Abraham...is supposed to be walking a morally straight line all of a sudden?!

Oh, and come back next week for yet another Savior attack. Don't forget about DWIGHT, who smokes cigarettes and says he's sorry! Negan also picked up a MYSTERY PASSENGER (my guess is that it'll be Gregory. Oh boy).

They have a few episodes (2?) to wipe out this terrible Negan/Savior stuff, but it won't happen. This show changes, week-to-week, in acting, direction, tone and basically EVERYTHING. So you never know which version will show up on a weekly basis. You could drop a truck full of nails on Negan and he'd show up in the next episode, whistling and smiling in his leather jacket, because the show thinks he's COOL. The stuff beyond Negan/Saviors could be interesting (the helicopter, Georgie and even Jadis, believe it or not), but at this point ANY type of new conflict would be an improvement. Like, an ongoing arc about everybody contracting dysentery.

I'm about ready to say "f*ck this show". I know, I know, nerds always say "I'll give it X amount of episodes/issues, then I'll drop it"...yet it rarely happens. But the amount of enjoyment I get from this show has been lowered and lowered and the inconsistencies drive me crazy. Better stuff to do with my time.
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Erick Von Erich
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April 18th, 2018, 10:38 pm #112

Season 8: Episodes 15 & 16
As I predicted five episodes ago (see above), they actually PINNED ALL THE OCEANSIDE KILLINGS ON SIMON. Are you f*cking kidding me?! So I suppose that guy Negan gutted in Alexandria? That was actually Simon in disguise! All the people Negan wanted to kill? I suppose that was Simon momentarily mind-controlling him with his Magic Mental Mustache! Yay, Negan! You're a swell guy.

Later on, Negan says his selection of killing Abraham and Glenn was "bullshit". He just didn't want to have Carl see his dad die. Oh yeah... so I suppose it was perfectly okay, about 10 minutes later, when he tried to CUT CARL'S FREAKING ARM OFF?!! Unless I'm missing something, when Negan first met the Cast, he didn't know who was who. Specifically, that Carl and Rick were father and son. He was still about 10 episodes away from thinking Carl was "cool as shit". I call total bullshit on this entire retcon of Negan's atrocities.

BTW, how the hell does Rick slice open Negan's throat...but his intent was to NOT kill? Hi, I won't kill you... but I will just slice your throat! Obviously, I'm not well-skilled in the art of Throat Slicing, but this had a less than 10% believability factor.

I'm perfectly fine with ejecting on this show, now. Everything's tied up enough, that I don't need to stick around for the next conflict or Evil Villain Group (yes, I know the "Whisperers" were teased in this episode). There's still a subplot about Maggie and Daryl wanting to go against Rick and kill Negan, but if there's one thing that's constant in this show, now, it's YOU CAN'T KILL NEGAN. His bad Fonzie/Cyrus impersonation will continue into Season 9.

I also gave the crossover episode of "Fear the Walking Dead" a try. Morgan runs, walks, drives, then walks again...all the way to Texas. He meets up with a fairly optimistic and skilled gun-slinger named John Dorie. "Like the fish, but I spell it with an i-e". Yes, that's how he introduces himself. Like Jerry and Ezekiel he seems like one of the few cool n' friendly people still around. They soon run into some random bandits, then meet another new companion, Althea... who has a big freakin' SWAT armored car! Shades of the LandMaster from "Damnation Alley" or that big truck from the 2005 "Land of the Dead". At the end of the episode, they're captured by, apparently, the main cast of "Fear the Walking Dead". A mystery about recurring "51" flags also popped up.

If I get a bug up my tushy; and free time; I might binge-watch "Fear"...but I've heard mixed reviews about that series.

I've watched this show for longer than I ever thought I would (started in 2012). I've had one of two breaks along the way, but I'm okay with stepping away entirely; or at least for another break until Season 9 is added to Netflix in 2020.
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