The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 6: Consumed

Consumed

Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) go on a road trip in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more…

So we finally get to go on a road trip with Carol (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead. So glad this episode was better than last week’s. Although it was more understated than I expected. Here’s what went down…

First up, we get a lot of Carol flashbacks in this episode. A little is stuff we haven’t seen, like what she did and how she coped when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) dumped her like a stray that didn’t live up to his expectations. Then we get some stuff that we had seen, or had easily surmised during her time away from the group. At first all these flashbacks seem irrelevant, but then, later on, when Carol and Daryl are chatting, you start to realise just how screwed over Carol has been at every turn in her life. And it has always been by men.

But more on that later.

So Daryl and Carol are tracking one of the Slabtown cars back into Atlanta in hopes they’ll find Beth (Emily Kinney). This is actually real cool because we get to see little snippets of previous seasons of The Walking Dead.

Is that Rick’s tank that Glenn (Steven Yeun) helped him escape from?

Oh, look, there’s the blast zone from the CDC.

Etc…

To make a long story short, here’s the trek in a nutshell:

  • Lots of car following that is ridiculous because can’t the Slabtown folk see them in their rear view mirror?
  • The death of a multitude of walkers… because… Carol and Daryl.
  • A slow little release of clues as to where they are headed. ie. Daryl asking Carol what the initials mean on a stretcher found in the back of a Slabtown car and Carol knowing the name of the hospital (Grady Memorial).
  • One walker attack that ends in the most stupid escapes ever witnessed in Walking Dead history:

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Yeah, a car that is going over the edge of a bridge and starting to flip will totally land on its tires…

  • Speaking of stupid, AMC we need to have a chat about dead bodies. Just because they are covered in a sheet doesn’t mean we can’t see how stiff and light they are when carried. With your budget, may I suggest you borrow Buster, the crash test dummy from Mythbusters?
  • There are a couple of run ins with Noah (Tyler James Williams) before the realisation they are all on the same team
  • Finally getting visuals on Slabtown just as Noah starts shooting walkers and making enough noise for the Slabtown crew to come and have a looksee

Carol (Melissa McMride) reaches cracking point in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

So while all this is going on the viewer is drawn into Carol’s backstory more than is first anticipated. We discover the safe place Carol takes them to is actually a shelter for abused women. It seems Carol and her daughter, Sophia (Madison Lintz), spent some time there back in the days when she was still a punching bag for Ed (Adam Minarovich). So we are reminded once again of how much Carol has changed and how much men have ruined her life. Yet she has always risen from the ashes of the life she left behind like a phoenix rising from the flames.

There are so many instances in this episode when we are reminded of Carol’s path so far and what I really think the writers were trying to remind us of is the fact that everyone has a breaking point.

I seriously think Carol is at hers.

Yet, even with all the shit she has copped from men over the years, even then, she still seems to trust Daryl, and, as a result, just keeps on going on.

Until the motherfuckers from Slabtown hit her with their car…

Carol (Melissa McBride) gets mowed down in Episode 6 (entitled 'Consumed') Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Yeah, not sure how well she will get out of this one, even with Daryl’s proclamation that he has ‘people’ just like Slabtown have ‘people’.

At least we now know who was in the bushes with him back at the end of Episode 3 (entitled Four Walls and a Roof)…

What did you think of Episode 6 (entitled Consumed) of AMC’s The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

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BOOK REVIEW: Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake
Publication date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Apocalyptic science fiction, horror, zombies, novella

Blurb

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It’s run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she’s determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

This book was okay as far as zombie novellas go. It was fast paced and engaging enough that I kept reading. The main character was likable enough, although a lot of the secondary characters felt underdeveloped.

The intro to this novella was awesome. It completely grabbed me and made me want to read on. The atmosphere and the location was completely believable with the evocative desdcriptives. There was plenty of fantastic tension building as well.

However, this story felt like it was rushed out before it was really fully polished. Many parts of the book felt, I don’t know… ‘instructional’, I guess. Procedural even. Maybe this is because there was no real character development due to the story length? I don’t know. But it didn’t quite work for me in these sections, especially when the new group of trainees were being introduced to the medical facility for the first time.

Also, I think this book is grabbing a little at the ‘ebola scare’ headlines in order to grab readers. While it was certainly the reason I agreed to review this book, I think the author really should have polished this novella more before release to deliver a story that was as completely engaging as the current worldwide hype on this subject.

Overall I am giving Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by Marilyn Peake 3 out of 5 stars.

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About the Author

Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES.

Awards: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner of the Dream Realm Awards, and eight Top Ten Finisher Awards in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll.

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 5: Self Help

Self Help

Michael Cudlitz stars as Abraham Ford in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Okay, so straight up I’m going to let you know this was not my favourite episode of The Walking Dead. I’m not entirely sure why either considering there was plenty of action going on. The only thing I can surmise is the fact that the whole episode revolves around a group of people who I am not yet personally invested in (even if they are among the most fun Walking Dead Twitter users). Sure Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) were there but their screen time was minimal – as it should be because this episode was Eugene’s (Josh McDermitt) and Abraham’s (Michael Cudlitz) story.

Or maybe it’s just because I knew what was coming…

But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead:

So we start with a happy go lucky road trip. Everyone is chatting, Glenn is ribbing Eugene about his mullet and Rosita (Christian Serratos) actually gets to participate in this episode. So, of course, we know the shit is about to hit the fan – which it does via a bus explosion of sorts. No one is injured but the bus and the group successfully work their way through a group of hungry walkers.

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

Eugene is the only one who looks uncomfortable – especially when he has to kill a walker. After that small kerfuffle, Eugene wants to go back to the church. For someone intent on fixing the world, he sure isn’t keen on getting to DC in any great hurry. Gee… wonder what’s up with that?

So the group finds a bookstore to spend the night in until they can find another ride at first light. Having to stay over night in the town though, we get to witness Rosita and Abraham having sex while Eugene looks on. It’s not the first time he’s perved on them either. Ew, dude! Not cool at all! Certainly not doing anything for the fanbase over here either.

So Tara has a bit of a chat to Eugene until Eugene fesses up to sabotaging the bus. Apparently he is having an anxiety attack over being the zombie apocalypse messiah…

Abraham is getting decidedly unhinged in this episode and it helps that we get some flashbacks by way of his backstory. He won’t take no for an answer and they press on towards DC. Luckily they find a fire engine. Unfortunately it works only long enough to release a horde of walkers from the building it was parked up against. But that’s okay because Eugene was on top of the truck and hoses those fuckers down!

Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead 2

The truck seems mostly fucked but Abraham – once again – won’t take no for an answer and they get it running just long enough for it to break down out in the middle of nowhere. While Abraham tries to fix it, Maggie chats to Eugene about religion and life and shit, until a smell distracts them all…

Yeah, turns out all that noise Abraham was making fixing the truck didn’t attract the huge motherfucking horde of walkers just standing around in the middle of the road! There is a couple of paddocks full of them too, not really sure why either other than to cause a catalyst for emotions that have been bubbling to the surface for the entire episode… After all, how many illegal immigrants can you fit into a farm?

So, yeah, Abraham insists on going straight through the horde and everyone else cracks the shits with him.

This is when Eugene FINALLY confesses to not really being a scientist. *yawn* Yeah, didn’t see that coming… <insert sarcasm here>

Josh McDermitt stars as Eugene in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) Season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead

 

Then we get the conclusion of Abraham’s flashbacks. It turns out he had been overly zealous about protecting his family – to the point where they up and left him in the middle of the night rather than hang around with his aggressive form of crazy. Of course, that didn’t bode well for his wife and children and they quickly became walker snacks. In the process of Abraham deciding to blow his brains out, Eugene turns up with a trail of walkers and a mission…

And so Abraham found worth in his life again.

And now Eugene has gone and fucked it all up for him again.

So, what did you think of Episode 5 of The Walking Dead? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below!

You can read my Episode 6 recap here.

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AHS Freak Show Recap – Episode 5 Pink Cupcakes

Pink Cupcakes

Sarah Paulson stars as Dot and Bette in Episode 5 (entitled Pink Cupcakes) of Season 4 AHS Freak Show

So here’s what got my freak on (and off) about Episode 5 (entitled Pink Cupcakes) of FX’s American Horror Story Freak Show:

Freak On:

  • Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock) going full serial killer. Now his over acting finally works! His mum helping him fix his little ‘accidents’ is the perfect example of parenting done wrong.Francis Conroy and Finn Witrock star in Episode 5 (entitled Pink Cupcakes) of Season 4 AHS Freak Show
  • Speaking of, anyone who offers you a lot of money and takes you to an abandoned bus in the woods, run before asking questions. DO NOT turn around and get naked. And Dandy, make sure they are dead the first time round. Having a victim come round while you are sawing their arm off is not cool dude!
  • Mr. Stanley Penis (Denis O’Hare) messing with Elsa Mars’ (Jessica Lange) head. Ditto Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson).Jessica Lange and Denis O'Hare star in Episode 5 (entitled Pink Cupcakes) of Season 4 AHS Freak Show
  • Is that a clit in your pants or are you just happy to see me? Yes, it turns out Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett) is ALL woman after she miscarries. Of course this makes her completely unappealing to her husband now who is a fan of the boy and not the girl…
  • …speaking of, nice little crossover going on in the gay bar with Dell (Michael Chiklis) and Dandy crossing paths there. Wonder if this will be important later on?
  • Cupcakes. Who knew FX could make me dislike cupcakes?
  • Dora’s (Patti LaBelle) daughter calling Mrs. Mott (Frances Conroy) and getting a whole bunch of ‘I’m a good mother’ talk that made her feel incredibly uncomfortable.

Freak Off:

  • Is Miss Maggie (Emma Roberts) gonna be on board or not? Will she help kill the freaks? Only time will tell, but it’s something to dwell on for the time being.
  • Poor Jimmy Penishands (Evan Peters) not copping a break when it comes to the ladies.
  • Dandy Mott getting all naked exercising and monologuing. No more. I cannot ever unsee that FX!Finn Wittrock stars as Dandy Mott in Episode 5 (entitled Pink Cupcakes) of Season 4 AHS Freak Show
  • Elsa turning up on Mrs. Mott’s doorstep with Dot and Bette in tow.

What the FREAK Just Happened?

  • Those scenes where Mr. Penis is daydreaming about how successful he is going to be with all his freak-ariums – EXCEPT FX DOESN’T LET YOU KNOW IT’S A DREAM AND YOU THINK IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! Not on FX. I had several heart attacks in this episode.

What did you think of Episode 5 of FX’s AHS Freak Show? Let me know by commenting below!

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Awesome Giveaway: Feed the Zombies 2

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Want to win yourself some awesome zombie prizes again this Thanksgiving? Then you have come to the right place: Feed the Zombies 2 is coming your way on the 26th of November!

Want something to do while the turkey is cooking?

Why not feed your brain – and hope that it doesn’t become zombie fodder in the process?

While you are basting your turkey and trying not to consume too much wine while your bird spends HOURS in the oven, why not satisfy your literary urges by devouring some zombie novels? At only 99 cents a pop on November 26th 2014, you’d be brainless not to!

Yep, that’s right – 99 cents for a zombie novel! How many do you think you can devour on the one day?

That’s right, I am participating again this year. On offer this time round is Metanoia. For one day only it will be reduced to only 99 cents. As well as this great offer, why not tune in for some great zombie inspired recipes, book giveaways, scavenger hunts, games and so much more? There will be plenty of great authors offering up 99 cent books and other giveaways, so there will be something for every zombie genre lover out there!

To make sure you don’t miss out on Feed the Zombies 2, head on over and join the Facebook event by clicking here. And please don’t forget to tell your friends all about it ;-)

So who’s participating? Here’s the poster with all the amazing books on offer:

Feed the Zombies 2 poster

 

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BOOK REVIEW: Domino Children by Melina Jablonka

Domino Children by Melina Jablonka

Domino Children by Melina Jablonka

Domino Children by Melina Jablonka
Publication date: June 6th 2014
Genre: Young Adult

Blurb

In the war torn Europe of 1940, people see the Jews; their shops, smashed and looted, their homes, overrun, their synagogues, vandalized. But who sees the children? No one. Because they’re hiding. Five young people, with backgrounds from all around the continent find each other. Despite the odds, their stories weave, combine and fall together like dominos. This is the story of the Domino Children.

*My Book Review*

DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge in return for an honest review.

This is a book that I would not normally pick up. It’s about World War Two, and I am not a big fan of war novels. However, this novel is actually written by a Jewish girl who was fourteen when she first started writing this book. While she never witnessed the war, it is obvious that she has a great understanding of the Jewish persecution during that time.

Melina tells the story of the children who got caught up in Hitler’s prejudices. These children struggle their way through a world that is quickly closing in on them. Many have lost their parents and still more are in denial over this.

At times in this book the author’s age really shows. Great moments are brushed over and the story moves along without settling down into some grooves that could have been explored. However, there are plenty of moments when the author shines with her understanding of this culture and many great adult concepts are discussed with knowledge.

I really urge readers to give this book a go and am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. This is surely a young author to watch!

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Recap – Episode 4: Slabtown

2 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Slabtown

Another cliffhanger AMC? Not happy… But, anyway, here’s what went down in Episode 4 (entitled Slabtown) Season 5 of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Beth (Emily Kinney) gets her episode of glory when she wakes up in a hospital. One quick look out the window and we discover she’s in Atlanta. This is really cool actually, as we get another peek into a place we haven’t seen for a while. But any excitement is quickly quelled when Dr. Stephen Edward (Erik Jensen) and Lady Governor Officer Dawn Lerner (Christine Woods) enter the room. It seems along with a broken wrist, Beth also has a debt to pay off…

So this hospital is one Carol (Melissa McBride) would approve of, since if you don’t show an immediate display of recovery, you are stabbed in the brain and thrown down the human garbage disposal unit lift shaft to the walkers below. Beth, on the other hand, is quickly trying to work out how to escape her newest level of hell.

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for Beth, enter Officer McRapey Gorman (Cullen Moss). Thank you AMC, I will never be able to eat a lollipop without my stomach turning now. And it seems his lady friend, Joan (Keisha Castle-Hughes), agrees and will do ANYTHING to escape his gropey clutches.

3 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

However, not all is shit in this bleak new world. Beth meets Noah (Tyler James Williams). While Noah seems cool, we soon discover the hospital is even worse than we all suspected when he lets us in on some of the back story to this place.

Doctor Edward seems nice too … that is until a new doctor is bought in and he is asked to save his life. Of course no one knows he is a doctor yet, it isn’t until Noah and Beth plan their escape that this becomes apparent – and the lengths at which the current Doc will go to in order to remain the one true doctor. It seems telling Beth one drug but meaning another in order to kill the guy (which he totally knew before all the shit hit the fan) is okay in his book…

So, Beth and Noah finally decide to blow the joint, and the only way to escape is via the life shaft. Thanks to Noah being the main laundry bitch, he makes a rope out of sheets and Beth steals the key.

This is when it goes to hell in a hand basket.

Firstly, Beth discovers Joan lying dead on the floor of Lady Governor’s office. Dead, but not brain dead. So Beth has to hurry in order to find that key and escape before Joan turns. This is when she discovers the truth about doctor #2. But there’s no time to dwell on that because Officer McRapey is coming through the door and offering to shut his mouth so long as Beth puts out. Beth is totally okay with this, but that’s only because Joan is waking up and ready to feast on some Gorman brains! After this, Beth, conveniently, steals his gun.

Now it’s time for Beth and Noah to escape. It all goes well until (predictably) Noah falls down the lift shaft and twists his ankle. It’s up to Beth to do the shooting to clear the walkers as they escape the hospital from hell. Of course, this being The Walking Dead universe, the escape does not proceed as expected. Even though Noah has a twisted ankle, he manages to beat Beth to the gap in the fence. Which makes Beth smile – even as she is being cuffed and dragged back inside.

4 Emily Kinney stars as Beth in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

This is when Beth fesses up to Doctor Edward and lets him know she knows he screwed her over in relation to making her kill doctor #2. The doctor tries to justify his position but to no avail. Beth keeps quiet as she steals a pair of scissors.

Just when you think she is going to stab that doctor, a stretcher arrives and we discover an injured Carol being wheeled in.

Oh. Shit.

Melissa McBride stars as Carol in Episode 4 entitled Slabtown of AMCs The Walking Dead Season 5

Just some randoms:

  • I honestly think Carol is injured (as opposed to the theory that she is a Trojan horse sent in to bring down the hospital). It plays in well with the fact they kept referring to patients as having to recover quickly in order to be saved. I think Beth will have to fight for Carol’s life as a result. Plus, at the end of last week’s episode, Daryl (Norman Reedus) looked really distraught – just the way he would look if he had seen Carol injured and dragged away.
  • Did anyone else wonder what would have happened if Shane (Jon Bernthal) had have come across this group? He would have totally fit in with this crowd!
  • Actually, could you imagine if Rick had come across them at the start too? How would he have turned out if he had have stayed with this group?
  • Being back in Atlanta got me wondering about the gang Rick had a run in with in Season 2 – the one’s looking after the nursing home residents. I wonder if we will get to see a conclusion to this story as a result?
  • In fact, I really want to go back to Season 2 and watch it all over again to see if I can find any references to this new group
  • Oh, and as for finding out the fate of Carol or who Daryl returned with? Doesn’t seem like we will find out in Episode 5 (entitled Self Help) of The Walking Dead either since this is the promo video for next week:

 

Let me know what you thought of Episode 4 (entitled Slabtown) of AMC’s The Walking Dead Season 5 by commenting below!

Source: YouTube - The Walking Dead 5×05 Promo “Self Help”

You can read my Episode 5 recap here.

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