The Santa Clarita Diet, A Breath of Freshly (Decaying) Air

img_7547You know, I don’t get tired of zombie stories. When it’s one I’ve seen before, then of course it’s less interesting. But when it brings something new and fun, I’m all in.

I’ve already binge-watched the entire 10 episodes of the Santa Clarita Diet, on Netflix. We intended to watch a couple episodes, but before we knew it, they were all gone. Like potato chips, I couldn’t have just one.

On the gore-o-meter, I suppose it’s pretty high. It didn’t even give me a twinge (I have a really strong stomach), but my husband got a little queasy after the fact. There is a lot of blood. And vomit. And dead bodies. And body parts. If you’re into horror movies and The Walking Dead, it probably won’t bother you. If not… maybe you don’t want to watch it while eating anything with tomato sauce.

I love anything with Drew Barrymore, and she brings her goofy brand of humor to this family sitcom. Timothy Olyphant pretty great too. In fact, I loved everyone on the show. I really thought that Skyler Gisondo as the geek next door stole the show. Maybe it’s because I’ve always loved geeks, and he’s awkward and lovable.

When she first becomes a zombie, Sheila (Drew Barrymore) is completely controlled by her id. Since she was so uptight when she was alive, everyone notices the difference. She went from stereotypical suburban mom to giving out advice on fulfilling your desires. And taking no crap from anyone. Yeah, she needs to eat, but the show doesn’t just focus on her quest for human flesh (though there is that), but also on her trying to navigate the world she lives in with very little impulse control.

The writers don’t tell us how Sheila contracted her zombie-ism. She quips that it might be because of bad clams, but there’s no “real” speculation. I’m hoping that we find out, but for right now, I’m just along for the ride.

It’s too early to tell if there’s going to be a Season 2, but I certainly hope so.

Have you seen it yet? What did you think?

Walking Dead Weekly Wrap-Up

images-1What was this episode about?  Can someone please tell me?

Spoilers ahead!

This was mostly a Woodbury episode, with lots of interpersonal drama.  Milton knows the Governor is a bad man!  Andrea knows the Governor is a bad man!  News flash!

Um… let’s see, did anything else happen in this episode?  Not that I remember.  I mean, it was interesting how Andrea ran away from the Governor and they ended up inside that place with all the biters.  That was cool.

This was definitely a filler episode, and if all of them were like this, I’d have long since been done with the show.  Of course, all this could be because this was the all-Andrea episode, and I never really liked her.  I do, however, like Milton, and think he would make a great addition to Rick’s family!

I believe we only have two more episodes left, which makes me sad.  My plan is to go back to the beginning and start over.  Between that and the graphic novel, it should get me through the summer, anyway!

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imagesYou know what I liked best about this week’s episode of the Walking Dead?  No Woodbury.  No Andrea. No Governor.  I’m so sick of that storyline and want it to be over.

Spoilers ahead…

No, there wasn’t a lot of killing zombies or action this week, but it was the back to basics drama I enjoyed so much.  As soon as I saw the man on the roof shooting at Rick, Michonne, and Carl, I sorta knew it was Morgan.  Carl keeps racking up the body count.  I know he didn’t kill Morgan, but he just doesn’t hesitate to shoot now.  Something that became a huge contrast later on when Morgan told Rick that his son died because he did hesitate to pull the trigger.  Carl knows what needs to be done and does it.  He’s immature, but he’s not a “kid.”

I liked that Rick was back to being a good guy, and tried to help Morgan, even though he’s now about as crazy as they come.  I also think the group can take some good ideas from him with the booby traps.  Seeing Morgan again made me remember how many people helped Rick stay alive early on.  Without Morgan and Glenn, he would have died.  If Hershel had refused to help Carl, something inside them all would have died.  I know the group has become cautious about strangers, but if anyone had been as cautious as he is now, he would have died.  What are you willing to do to survive?  Is Rick responsible for the hiker’s death?  He refused to help him… twice.

Morgan said to Carl, “Don’t ever be sorry.”  Carl had to pull the trigger.  What’s the right thing to do?  Is it about survival at all costs, or does the price come too high if we give up parts of our humanity?  That’s the best thing about this show… it makes me wonder.

On a high note, I liked how Carl was suspicious of Michonne at first, and then after she helped him get the picture, he just said, “I think she’s one of us.”  I think so too, Carl.  What a sad world where he had to fight to get the last picture of his mother for his little sister, and how like a child to think of it.

The season has had some really great episodes.  Here’s to hoping they can keep it up.

Ugly Americans

by The TV Guy

imagesIn search of Disturbing?

In a quest to find something different, I let my mouse scan Netflix for something new. My attention was drawn to a brightly colored picture of a man and a “devil” woman. I lay my pointer over the picture, unsure of what lay beyond this icon. The promo talks about the characters in New York with mythical creatures everything from vampires and werewolves to zombies and other demonic beasts.  Social Worker Mark Lilly was responsible for assimilating these creatures into society.

Ugly Americans is likely one of the most disturbing cartoons I’ve seen in a while. It is wrong in an inappropriate and perverse way. But funny.  Really, really funny.  I could give you some hints but I would rather imagine your faces when viewing.

WARNING! No one under 16 or so should view this!!!!


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imagesThe midseason finale of the Walking Dead was this week, and now they won’t be back until February 10.  It’s terrible that I have to wait two months for the next episode!

This week’s episode was another great one.  Here be spoilers!

I’m so glad they got Glenn and Maggie back, but they lost Daryl.  That’s awful!  I’m actually a little surprised, but I guess it makes for good TV.  The Governor needed a tangible scapegoat, and I guess he chose Merle because he knows that Merle cares more about his brother than Woodbury.  I thought I saw a glimmer of something in Andrea’s eyes, so I hope she decides to side with Rick’s group when the $%*& goes down.  And it will go down.  I don’t think that Rick is going to be willing to leave without Daryl, and Michonne will help.

When Andrea walked in to find the Governor’s secret lair, I was a little surprised that she wasn’t more shocked and upset by it.  My husband kept reacting to the fact that the Governor kept his kid as a zombie.  I actually get that.  He just couldn’t let her go, couldn’t kill her.  Don’t get me wrong; the fact that Michonne put her down was a kindness, but I can understand how someone like the Governor could want to keep her around.

I love this new and improved Carl.  At this point, he simply does what needs to be done.  No fear, no second guessing things, “no more kid’s stuff.”  When he rescued those people and then locked them in, they must have been thinking, “WTF?”  And then it’s obvious that Carl is in charge of the people who are left, which seems weird from an outsider’s perspective, but from mine, seems totally normal.  How old is he now?  Twelve?  Thirteen?

Tyreese is the man in charge of the new group, and in the graphic novels, he was Rick’s right hand man after Shane was killed.  Of course, there was no Daryl in the graphic novels, so it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.  They’ve been taking themes and bits and pieces from the novels, but not taking them literally.

Eight weeks until the next episode… I know my Monday evenings (that’s when we watch) are going to be a little emptier.

Here’s an article I wanted to share, in case you’re interested in a different perspective.  It speculates on what will happen next, and talks about the dynamics between Daryl and Merle.

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This week’s episode was great!  There was some action, and action is definitely promised for next week. Now let’s just hope they follow through…

Spoiler Alert!

So… I really hate Merle right about now, though I hate the Governor more.  Merle is at least straightforward and honest (well, mostly), while the Governor is all about machinations.  I loved that Glenn stayed tough through the beating, and I have a new respect for Maggie, who hung in there even when she thought she was going to be tortured.  I can’t blame her for breaking and jumping in to tell the truth when she thought the Governor would shoot Glenn.

Glenn’s faith that Rick would come for them warmed my heart, and showed such a contrast from the way someone would be treated in Woodbury.  They’re not valued members of a group there; they’re subjects.

I find it interesting that Rick and Daryl agreed to take both Michonne and Oscar.  Both unknown quantities.  As paranoid as Rick and Daryl usually are, it seems an odd choice, but I guess with Maggie and Glenn gone, they’re almost out of fighters and have to take what they can get.

I wonder what’s going to happen when they break into Woodbury, because you know that s*** has to hit the fan.  What will Daryl do when he meets up with Merle again?  Who will Andrea side with?  I don’t much care about Andrea, because as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t really like her.  As to Daryl though, I have faith that he will side with the people who care about him rather than blind loyalty to his brother.

Another week of waiting, then on to the mid-season break.  *sigh*  Why did the Walking Dead have to be such a great show?