“I am sorry for questioning your skills. You knew how to bite a dick, Eugene. I mean that with the utmost of respect.”
You know, I don’t usually watch Talking Dead, but I would have liked to have see Chris Hardwick’s reaction to this scene from this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.
Vulture has the GIFs of Eugene’s shining moment.
“Carol’s departure did feel like a huge missed opportunity. It felt like her narrative was building toward some definitive moment — either a mental break of some sort or a self-sacrifice to honor her humanity. Instead, it seems like the show just opted for her character development to occur offscreen.” The recappers at The Verge are 15% more likely to quit watching after this week’s episode. And nobody knows what the hell is going on with Carol. The show needs to learn to trust themselves to show character development, and not just tell us about it.
Vox thinks this was the worst episode since Scott M. Gimple took over as showrunner.
“At least this time they managed to kill someone, which is a step up from previous efforts, but this is still an embarrassing display of force. The group’s threat level lies somewhere between Cobra Commander and that kid on the school bus who liked to hit the back of your head when you were reading and then pretend he didn’t know what you complaining about” The A.V. Club also thinks the show is just waiting around for Negan to show us what the Saviors are really about.
Wait, Daryl can’t drive a stick shift? That seems unlikely. I mean, if I can, then crossbow owning, motorcycle driving redneck Daryl Dixon should know how to as well.
Uproxx as usual has some lingering questions after the events of this week.
Uproxx is also going to have nightmares for a while after piecing together the backstory on what happened in the apothecary.
I know it’s The Walking Dead, and people get killed off, but this is a bad month to be killing off another lesbian character.
The 90 minute season finale will air on April 3rd.
Have you ever watched the cast walking through the forests of Georgia and thought, man this would be so much better as a low budget western with members of ‘90s boy bands instead of actors? Well Syfy and Dead 7 like the way you think.
The first season had the hallway fight, and it seems like everyone agrees that the best fight from Daredevil season two is the stairwell fight scene from the third episode. Which you can watch right now. So good.
Here’s an interview with the stunt coordinator about how Daredevil’s fight scenes are different. I love that for such a quiet guy, Matt is such a noisy fighter. It’s a nice touch.
Alyssa Rosenberg is not a fan of the gore. I’m only a few episodes in, but it seems like this season has gone more “comic book” in tone. I noticed that the way the shots are set up feel more like panels from a comic, and the blood looks less real too, like the splatters are made up of dots.
Obviously the hero of the show is Foggy Nelson, not Matt Murdock.
A new season of Daredevil means I can post this video of Kevin Spacey and Charlie Cox interviewing each other, and one of them is much better at catching tossed index cards than the other. Also, t's weird to hear them with their real accents.
Cary Fukunaga will direct every episode of Maniac, a comedy that’s being shopped around that will star Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. It’s about a patient in a mental hospital who escapes into a fantasy world in his mind.
History has renewed Vikings for a fifth season, and also added Jonathan Rhys Meyers to the cast. The next season will also be 20 episodes, but will be split into two parts.
ABC has already cancelled Of Kings and Prophets. No word on what they plan on doing with the other 8 episodes (out of 10) that they’ve already shot.
Casting: Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant will play married realtors in Netflix’s comedy Santa Clarita Diet. I will watch that just based on this casting. Top of the Lake season two has cast Gwendoline Christie, and has also confirmed that Elisabeth Moss and director Jane Campion will be returning. When We Rise, ABC’s limited series has cast Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths. Good cast. FOX’s Shots Fired has added Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt and Stephen Moyer to the cast. Bruce Greenwood will play Baby’s father in ABC’s totally necessary Dirty Dancing reboot. Emily Browning has been cast in Starz’ American Gods. Franka Potente has joined the cast of Taboo, which I can’t wait to see.
50 Cent will host a variety show for A&E. We are about to have a lot of variety shows on the air.
Pilot Casting: Carl Weathers will play an Illinois state attorney on Chicago Justice, the franchise that is taking over NBC. CBS has found their new MacGyver in Lucas Till.
Did pirates kill Hannibal? The producers sure think so. Is this one of those things like with Doctor Who or Downton Abbey, where tons of people were downloading it in the U.S. because it wasn't out here yet? Hannibal has a lot of fans outside of the U.S.
Showtime will have the whole season of Dice available on-demand and on their streaming services the morning it is scheduled to premiere.
People Talking About TV
“On the other hand, Barry embraces his emotions and the help of everyone around him. His teammates are intrinsic to his success and growth as a hero. There are, of course, moments when he decides being closed off and dishonest is the better path, which is shown time and time again to be a mistake. But "The Flash" could have handled things much differently given the character’s tragic backstory. This sort of toxic, emotionally shut down masculinity easily slides into self-parody.” The tougher thing is to feel: The Flash and masculinity. I love the huge differences between Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, It’s part of what makes the crossovers with Arrow so great.
“Of course the problem is that the Huangs aren't only Chinese; they're Chinese Americans, which means that embracing culture isn't so one-sided, which Jessica learns when she unsuccessfully tries to force her kids to eat chicken's feet. For eldest son Eddie (Hudson Yang), pop culture and his peers also influence his desire to eat so-called "white people food" such as Lunchables and pizza. His mixed palate has already bridged the two cultures.” How Fresh Off the Boat uses food to explore the Huang’s cultural assimilation into Orlando.
What To Watch
I am only halfway through Daredevil, but I think I like this season better than season one. What did everyone else watch this weekend?
If you’ve already finished Daredevil, and you need something else, here’s one more post about why you should be watching Happy Valley.
If you are curious about NBC’s heart surgeon drama Heartbeat, don’t be. The A.V. Club gave it a D, and another review thinks it’s a strong contender for the worst show of the season. Ouch.
Io9 and I are both really enjoying The Magicians, especially now that they’ve laid all the Fillory groundwork, and it can get a little darker. Trust me, nobody is more shocked than me that Syfy is doing a good job adapting these books. Or that I actually like Quentin.
I completely agree with this post from Buzzfeed about the 17 shows you should be watching.
Mark your calendars: Netflix has announced that Bloodline will be back on May 27th.
Doctor Who will be available to stream again on March 27th, now that it’s moved over from Netflix to Amazon Prime.
I actually finished House of Cards, (it took me 6 months last time) but if you are still working your way through, the recaps from The A.V. Club are solid.
Still not sure when your favorite show is coming back? Here’s a list with all the dates.
Odds and Ends
Buzzfeed has discovered the Twitter account of all the random things that have labels from the 1966 Batman show. I agree with Buzzfeed, they are the best labels of all time.
If you are watching 11.22.63 on Hulu and you are pretty sure the credits keep changing, don’t worry, they are, and you aren’t going insane.
This week in late night politics: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee addressed the Supreme Court vacancy, and manages to get in a dig at the Indiana Jones movies, while Last Week Tonight looks at the logistics of Donald Trump’s border wall.
Trailers: Catastrophe returns on April 8th, and the second season looks just as good and ridiculous as the first season. Silicon Valley is still too close to home. This why I don’t live in the South Bay. However, I am completely on board for the new season of Veep. Bryan Cranston is a perfect LBJ in HBO’s All the Way.
It’s true, Detective Hoffman (the dog) is one of the best things on Angie Tribeca. The running gag of the cop barfing in the background always makes me laugh too.
Sterling Archer has at least 60% of the best lines on Archer, so Buzzfeed put together a list of 23 of their favorites.
That’s all for today, but I will be back with more on Thursday. Thanks for reading!
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