DeAno’s Perspective: Fear the Walking Dead Episode 101

Spin offs are interesting things.  Sometimes they can be really great and serve as a great extension to the original universe (like The Flash is to Arrow), and sometimes they just don’t work out (The Finder quickly got cancelled after spinning off from Bones).  Which side of things does the spin off from AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead fall into?

Well, I’m honestly not sure yet.

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The original show kicked off after the fall of man to the geek/biter/walker hoards, but Fear the Walking Dead takes us back to the events that were taking place while good ol’ Rick Grimes was peacefully resting in his coma.  The dead coming back to turn humanity into Happy Meals is little more than internet rumors as we start this series off with Nick (Frank Dillane) waking up from a heroin filled night of fun with his friends, only to find one of his friends dead and a second friend being eaten by his girlfriend.  Understandably he gets the hell out of Dodge only to be hit by a car, and it’s in the hospital that we meet more of our main cast.

All the actors in this show seem to be doing a good job in their roles, and the roles are written well, so let me go ahead and skip all that and get to the part that I’m having issues with: the pacing.  This inaugural season of FtWD is only six episodes long, which isn’t really a lot of time to work with.  The first episode of The Walking Dead started off slow, but by the time we got to the end of it we were rolling.  Here, not so much.  In this pilot, things started at a crawl and sort of ended at a medium-high stumble.  I watched this episode several times to see if that initial evaluation would go away, but it just hasn’t.  For a 90 minute premiere, I was expecting more.

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Having said that, the characters are so far interesting and dynamic, and I’m kinda looking forward to seeing what happens with their personal dramas when they start to realize how completely and irretrievably screwed they are.  Gonna keep watching, but they need to pick things up.  Quickly.

So, that’s my random rambling.  Yesterday we asked some of you on our Google+ Page what you thought of it, and reactions were surprisingly mixed.  Let’s keep the conversation going here in the comments, and I’ll see you next week when we take a look at episode 102, “So Close, Yet So Far.”


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Show Details

Network: AMC
Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Mercedes Mason, Lorenzo James Henrie, and Rubén Blades.
Created By:  Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson.
Availability: Show is aired weekly on AMC Sunday nights in the U.S.A.  First season is six episodes.

Hateful Eight Trailer Released (For Real This Time)

Those of you who’ve been with us for awhile may recall that this isn’t the first time I’ve tried showing this trailer to you.  After a few hours of a frustrating game of what essentially boiled down to whack-a-mole, I gave up and promised to post it the instant it appeared again, and today is that day so check it out below before something else goes wrong!

The Hateful Eight stars Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as John Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Demián Bichir as Bob, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage, and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.  The movie will have a limited release on December 25th 2015, and a full release in the U.S. on January 8, 2016.  Are you excited to see the latest work from Quentin Tarantino?  Let us know in the comments!

Sense8 Renewed for Second Season

I’m so happy right now!  As you all may recall, I absolutely loved the Wachowski’s Sense8. I enjoyed the personal struggles of the characters and how they came to rely on each other for help, and I was also intrigued by the bigger threat that they would have to overcome as the story continued.  I was getting a bit worried that there was no news on a renewal, but with a single tweet my worries were set aside, now replaced by high anticipation!

Andy and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski have stated before that they have a five season plan for Sense8, and I’m absolutely looking forward to the second stage of that plan unfolding.  No word on when the second season will premiere at this time, but keep it locked to Geeks of the Round for continuing coverage of this show and much, much more!

New MGSV Trailer Reveals Mother Base and Online Features

Although there’s been a highly public huge falling out between Hideo Kojima and Konami, Kojima’s latest masterpiece in the Metal Gear Solid series is looking, well, solid.  In this video walkthrough straight from Gamescom 2015, we get our first real look at the function of Mother Base, as well as how the massively online component of the game functions.  Check it out below!

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is scheduled for release on September 1st, 2015 for the PlayStation 3, XBox 360, PlayStation 4, XBox One, and PC.

Arrow Gets New Costume, New Characters Revealed, and More from SDCC 2015

Lots and lots of news dropped for season 4 of Arrow over the past several hours.  I’ll try to get you up to speed.

First off as you can see at the head of this article we have Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) sporting a brand new Arrow costume!  He seems to go through a lot of those, but he’s not the only one suiting up.  If you’ve been watching our Arrow Discussion Vidcasts, then you know that I’ve been harping for a long time on the fact that John Diggle (David Ramsey) is always going out into the field but doesn’t have a costume.  Well, that’s finally getting addressed!

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Not the greatest look at it, but I’ll take what I can get for now.  I know there’s been lots of speculation on the Interwebz that John Diggle is actually John Stewart (Green Lantern), but I never took much stock in that.  Given this costume, I think it’s far more likely at this point that he’ll be Guardian.

See the similarity?

See the similarity?

Moving on, Neal McDonough will be making the jump from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (he plays Howling Commando Dum Dum Dugan) to DC as he’s been cast as season 4’s Big Bad, Damien Darhk, who was a member of the League of Shadows that went rogue.

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Also joining the ranks, but yet to be cast, are Batman villain Anarky and the costumed hero Mr. Terrific, who’s said to be working closely alongside Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) and will apparently be gay (don’t care about that personally, but they made a note of it so I’m doing the same).

All in all, season four is set to be the best one yet!  Which bit of news are you most excited to see come into play?  Let us know in the comments, and remember that season four of Arrow kicks off on The CW on October 7th, 2015.