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Thursday, October 14, 2021

[Episode 155] Season 11, Episode 8 of The Walking Dead, "For Blood"

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You'd think, in the #TWD's final season, they wouldn't be introducing such fascinating characters like #LeahShaw, who is (as of the end of this episode) the #ReaperQueen. But here we are: Pope is dead (long live #RitchieCoster: a BRILLIANT actor, gone too soon), #DarylDixon, #MaggieRhee, #Negan, and Elijah are (hopefully) on the run, and who knows where Leah's mindset truly lies? Meanwhile, will #TheCommonwealth swoop in on time to assist #AlexandriaSafeZone or arrive amidst the aftermath, in order to salvage potential Nasties/Plebeians?
After hacking, slashing, and burning this episode down to just under 2 hours, you best BELIEVE there's a decent amount of pre-show and post-show, plus all the edits you can handle in between. And, keep in mind, we should a WHOLE LOT smarter in the final edit! Support our podcast? Buy us a Coffee! ...or maybe even join a membership tier?

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  • When Leah Shaw tells The Reapers that Daryl Dixon killed Pope
  • Elijah caught some shrapnel: We know walkers prefer fresh blood.
  • We wanted to hear Pope's side of the story of what happened between he and Maggie Rhee.
  • Negan reminds us that our group has been brutal, too: How Aaron got Gracie.
  • Kill everything before it can kill you(?)
  • Bossie was the first Reaper that Pope kills
  • Reapers are in a constant offensive, war-like state: everyone is an/the/my enemy.
  • Leah considering an alternative lifestyle? …happiness, perhaps? 
  • Did Leah just mark Daryl? 
  • Hwacha is a late 16th, early 17th century Korean weapon used in sieges.
  • We’re sad we don’t get to have more screen time with Ritchie Coster.
  • Between Leah & Daryl, who does Dog Dixon choose? 
  • Aidan: Pope loses his mind much like Shane Walsh.
  • The distance between Meridian from Alexandria Safe-Zone.
  • The sinking feeling that Maggie may have returned to receive help for (what's left of) her current family, not necessarily to assist the family she left behind.
  • (Not really) Feeling a connection to Elijah, seeing his sister as a walker 
  • Leah may have suspected Daryl was lying to her the whole time, "It’s hard to watch someone you care about change when they're hurting people you care about too."
  • Should Daryl have confessed to Leah earlier? Would it have made a difference?
  • Daryl and Leah will never chose each other over their respective families.
  • Pope may have foretold his own death when telling Daryl about his rescue dog, Tick.
  • Is it fulfilling enough for Daryl to live in service of others? Does love get you killed? Can you escape it?
  • Pope was about to kill his own people (again), Leah's family, which is why she has to kill him. Daryl, too?
  • Dog better survive the battle at Meridian. Are dogs people?
  • Rosita Espinosa’s multi-faceted badassery and how her training, in early Season 10, finally bears fruit.
  • How Rosita survives where Reaper, Paul Wells, in a similar situation does not. He goes out similarly to Paul "Jesus" Rovia when he/we encountered The Whisperers.
  • Aliza is worried about Lydia, as she was last one holding the front door before walkers busted through it. Rachael is worried about Connie, leaving with Carol.
  • Second callback (the 1st was Rosita's pose in the doorway) to Close Your Eyes (Fear The Walking Dead 4x10): Judith Grimes & Gracie stuck in the basement like Alicia Clark & Charlie.
  • Aaron describes what it means to be a leader, in contrast to Pope in the scene just prior. But is Gracie wrong? Shouldn't Aaron stay behind more?
  • Where is Jerry?!
  • Antony Azor effectively delivers a line as R.J. Grimes!
  • Aidan predicts Father Gabriel will be our first significant death. 
  • Who's graves is Reaper Mancea praying over and why Gabe abstained from killing/reporting on his encounter with him: https://screenrant.com/walking-dead-gabriel-reaper-not-kill-maggie-lie/
  • Gabe's smile when he finds the rifle. Maggie the Grouch and they way she and Gabe emerged under Meridian's refuse.
  • How touching it was that Connie proactively wants to go with Carol and whether that closes the book on that arc.
  • Magna possibly continuing to deflect her own guilty/resentful feelings towards Carol.
  • "The One" with whom Elijah is seeking revenge.
  • Using your fear, like Judith tells Gracie, and why it's ok that Gracie didn't.
  • Alden's fate!
  • But why weren't we concerned for Maggie et al as the hwacha goes off?
  • One of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, "The Dark Horse Famine", was in charge of food distribution and used the Scales of Justice in the process: The reapers must be on the side of the righteous.
  • Questions that still need answering: The sparked ignited the feud between Pope & Maggie.
  • Aidan's twisted intro for Angela Kang’s new podcast,which pulverizes episodes of SQUAWKING DEAD. gulp
  • Will Carol and Leah ever meet?

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

[Episode 154] The Walking Dead: World Beyond | 2x01 | Konsekans

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BE ON THE LOOKOUT for flying BONES that were PICKED this episode, as we sorted out the graveyard of hallucinatory misunderstandings and incredulous feats. That aside, although the Season 2 Premiere was on the underwhelming side, the implications set forth in this episode are anything but and allowed us to extrapolate a whole lot (we'd be lying if #MattNegrete's Inside the Episode exclusive, for #AMCPlus subscribers didn't help a bit, which is another critique on the episode)
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  • Not a very well-received return: the amount expectations play into our enjoyment and Hope Bennett's hallucination pissed the girls off, for various reasons.
  • Speaking of Hope's tumble, it evoked memories of the Fear The Walking Dead pilot (school Madison Clark taught in). Also calls us back to last season.
  • Hope was having her hallucination walkabout in a school, but was Iris Bennett's dream situated in a school, too?
  • The Bennett sisters' role reversal has never been more clear than in this episode (even though we saw scattered moments in last season).
  • Felix Carlucci's birthday took place in the pilot and Iris' is in this episode. Which brings us to how well they explained the span of time from the start of the series to even the events of this episode.
  • Speaking of Felix, making himself a home with Will Campbell (amidst the realization of the loss of Campus Colony), I think we all would love to live in The Perimeter/The Hudson Valley (Upstate New York).
  • The sculpure they pass on the way into the Perimeter colony is called Verité ("Truth" in French): More breadcrumbs that drop that ultimately lead to Iris figuring out that it was the Civic Republic Military that was responsible for the destruction of both Omaha and Campus Colony.
  • Verité et Konsekans = Truth and Consequences. There will be consequences for finding out the truth.
  • Even the best and brightest would end up like Candice Froder: You need someone (Indira) or something (Lt. Col. Elizabeth Kublek) to fight for. Think local or think global?
  • This season will definitively answer the question of why the CRM genocides Omaha & Campus Colony.
  • Maximum Cohesion is required to ultimately survive? And playing the game of why Kublek and The Civic Republic may be right. Forbidden Truth and comparisons to The Commonwealth.
  • Huck's Conundrum: Her warning to Hope about telling Kublek everything... especially the code-breaking.
  • No, Iris is not a psychic, but with a mind that has advanced pattern recognition and genius level comprehension... Attempting to count the breadcrumbs that lead to her horrific discovery.
  • Hope without Iris is a little lost on the fall of their home and Omaha: This season may shine a light on Iris this season, over Hope (from last season).
  • Exploring the all the angles of the incredulous fight between Iris and the CRM soldier.
  • CRM Soldiers wear the helmets that they do much in the way executioners wear hoods. It's an odd feeling to watch the unmasked soldier, an actual person, die.
  • The discomfort in knowing The Civic Republic has positioned themselves as humanity's last hope (right after they destroy Portland)
  • Major General Beale might be Anne/Jadis? ...and how people are begging for more Rick Grimes clues (or else they will go feral).
  • I know this Season Premiere didn't meet built-in expectations and you wanted to see all the characters, but that might've been a good idea (exploring characters before they meet again). Rachael tries to simmer down expectations with FearTWD, because of this.
  • Trying not to take it personally when people "criticize" the characters we love, like Carol Peletier or Morgan Jones, and why it's good that they don't behave like we do.
  • Even though a majority didn't understand Hope's hallucinations, the only thing that matters is what her warped visions showed us: touching on scenes and settlings the audience is familiar with to echo her journey this far, with the unimaginable destruction that has befallen those very settings, and what Hope concludes is the thing she must fight against.
  • Hope thinks locally and heals the fissures between her and her father for her birthday.
  • Highlighting Anna Khaja who plays Indira.
  • Hope thinking beyond the CRM's desires means that maybe we should keep an open mind about Iris' ability to take them down? Seems unimaginably impossible from our POV, but you never know!
  • Kublek knows she's not the best and the brightest and a true believer. She would gladly lay her life on the line for The Civic Republic's brighter future. But what about Rick Grimes?  Being a 'B' might be a living test subject.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

[Episode 152] Season 11, Episode 7 of The Walking Dead, "Promises Broken"

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This episode gave us so much to work with in terms of parallels: people mirroring other people and scenes mirroring other scenes. #TheReapers & #TheCommonwealth, more than any other theme, are the most representative of those contrasting themes: The former being the natural conclusion had out survivors remained in the wild ("kill them all") and the latter a result of having the shelter and luck to survive behind walls (preoccupation with the seemingly trivial). There were many bones to pick, but we sorted through them and came out on top - all while having some laughs along the way.
I love the unedited version of this episode. So many mistakes! And, uh, Dave has a few senior moments that we had to minimize! The post show, we go into the development of our Spooky SQUAWKtober Cosplay Contest, so that's a nice bit of behind the scenes! If you want this and more, all while supporting this podcast, head here:

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  • The Walking Dead's 11th season titles sound like rock song titles/albums.
  • Sherrandy liked this episode a lot, Rachael had a little more than comfortable beef with it.
  • Recapping our last few episodes/interviews (because we've been pushing out a LOT of content lately)
    • THE OLD WAYS: Watch Party & Q&A
    • Announcing the winner of the Kirk Manley (AKA, @batmankm) TWD (Seasons 10 & 11) Tribute Art Weekend Giveaway
    • You should also check out the interview we did with him in our sophomore #TWDFamily Branches set of interviews, here:
  • Respecting Negan's brutal honesty, while beholding the opposite in Lance Hornsby's lies, and trying to gauge Maggie Rhee's word to Negan, in light of her actual promise that she would kill him.
  • When/Why did Maggie decide to kill Negan? Considering pre-TWD 9x05 time jump. Hershel Rhee kills Negan?
  • Pope and The Reapers are the natural conclusion to these large groups surviving this long. Makes Negan and The Saviors sound benevolent, especially in light of the truth Negan dumps on Maggie.
  • Maggie acting a lot like Alpha? #HateBang? Funnily enough, the masks Negan made looked a lot like Alpha's (and one like Miles from TWD 9x15)
  • Sorting out logistics: the building where Maggie's dead walker people were held and how The Reapers are, in fact, in Meridian (the last successful settlement Maggie had before The Reapers ran her out).
  • -1 Bone to Pick: Yes, matches pre-fall will still strike. Just ask this guy:
  • +1 Bone to Pick: Why do the walkers not see our group from 6 feet away?
  • Dave Rants: Negan's brutal truth allows her to actually have feelings after being switched off for years. By bringing her emotionally online, it allows him to be a real Savior. Or he could just be her killing cheerleader.
  • Yin Yang: Daryl Dixon breathing humanity into Leah Shaw resembles Negan trying to bring Maggie back. Will Leah challenging Pope have consequences?
  • +1 Bone to Pick: put away that damn shotgun, Leah. However, Leah is growing on us. As Leah pulls away from Pope, Yumiko Okumura easily slips back into her old life.
  • Oh Yumiko, just like the coffee table book (and the contents therein), The Commonwealth is establishing something that was never meant to be revived (and in many cases, can't be)! Comparisons to Michonne Hawthorne from the comic book.
  • Remember Reprocessing? "It's the Commonwealth's way!" of getting you to be doughy, doe-eyed members of society after how rough the outside world has undoubtedly become.
  • Fake Stephanie was definitely (may still be?) Commonwealth Military. And Sebastian Milton is amazingly horrible!
  • But who takes on the Rick Grimes role on the TV show? Getting-closer-to-the-comic-book-version Eugene Porter? He might know more than he's willing to say (even to his own friends) about (real) Stephanie Vega.
  • Speaking of Stephanie, she let's us in just a little to her feelings towards Eugene. Trying to unweave the cons-on-cons-on-cons (AKA con-ception).
  • The Hilltop formula redux: Pamela Milton is real dumb.
  • Dave loves the acting of Teo Rapp-Olsson (AKA Baby Milton) and can't wait for all the awfulness to come. +1 Bone to Pick: Fake Stephanie, kill those damn walkers!
  • Why Lance's plan to make Eugene the hero would've never worked. Why it would be great if Baby Milton was in his 30s
  • Father Gabriel's spooky (and potentially calamitous) encounter with his dark mirror Reaper Preacher. Callbacks to Gabie's initial entry into badassdome and why that matters. Mirrors Leah's inability to kill the woman she and Daryl find.
  • Speaking of Mirroring/Yin Yang-ing, check out these two literally mirroring one another:
  • Had Negan not embedded himself with The Whisperers - and Maggie not given him a chance - Maggie might not be able to defeat The Reapers using The Whisperers tactics (weaponizing walkers/guardians).
  • What happens to The Reapers if Pope is taken out? Leah taking on a remixed version of comic book Andrea Harrison and/or Sherry...? especially in light of Daryl being a shadow of Dwight.
  • Carol Peletier doesn't sound like she would have a problem with Leah, but what about Leah (with Carol) in light of the lack of truth between them, at the moment.
  • Dave recreates the scene with Reaper Preacher speaking to "God"
  • The irony of Tomi Okumura displaying so many flyers and posters of The Commonwealth Annual Lottery and why Hornsby might've grabbed him.
  • As King Ezekiel returns to Eugene & Princess, noticing his change in voice: is he playing suzie-homemaker (like Carol) or is he just on some real good drugs.
  • Pope's PTSD running rampant might lead his group to ruin, but will the show humanize him (in light of Ritchie Coster's acting)?
  • #TWDUniverse makes Dave sound like a good person (we know the truth, though):
  • The further we dive into Season 11 (and reach the summit of our knowledge within the comic book) the more exciting things are becoming (kind of like why we love Fear TWD)

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Friday, October 1, 2021

[Episode 151] THE OLD WAYS | Q&A /w Director Christopher Alender

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Director #ChristopherAlender not only answered our questions about #TheOldWays, but was generous enough with his time to sit in on our #WatchParty, just prior! We not only got to find out about the #HappyAccidents throughout production and the twist and turns creating this movie took, but also a little bit more about Chris, himself: his background, the movies/narratives that inspire him as a film-maker, and what it took for him to release this movie as the pandemic hit - just after principle photography was filmed.
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Brigitte Kali Canales:
Cristina (Rachel on FearTWD)
Christopher Alender:
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  • Possible Sequel? Maybe even TV program?
  • Is The Old Ways Based on a true story?
  • What went into the floating scene with Miranda? Shout out to Stunt Coordinator, Mallory Thompson.
  • The most technically difficult scenes to shoot. Brigitte is a warrior and molting snakes look rad.
  • Everyone drank the not-goat's milk but Sal Lopez, who couldn't even drink that. Extra detail paid to sound.
  • Just cram in all the phobias in this movie, please.
  • Filmed at Camuy Caves in Puerto Rico. Wrapped principle photography 2 days before lockdown (but still had to film "domestically", even though it it cost more).
  • Casting was open-call and Brigitte Cali Canales ticked all the boxes to play Cristina.
  • Has Christopher Alender watched Brigitte on Fear The Walking Dead?
  • Chris owns a production company and does a lot of marketing for studios and produces a lot of The Muppets content. Did all the post-production himself, during the pandemic.
  • Most of the demon is practical effects.
  • Holes in teeth and elongated skulls are a real thing in South American culture.
  • Nahuatl, "One of the biggest languages you've never heard of."
  • Check out Felipe Flores' who did the poster art and, yes, you, too, can own The Old Ways merch:
  • Was originally supposed to be set in an ambiguous South American town or jungle, but they settled on Catemaco, for a plethora of reasons.
  • The movies and narratives that influenced The Old Ways. Spoiler alert: it's not straight horror.
  • And during the Q&A, The Old Ways had become the most popular movie on Netflix!

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