The Butcher or The Cattle: The Walking Dead Season 5 Premiere

There are spoilers from last night’s premiere episode of The Walking Dead in this post, so if you haven’t watched it yet, come back after you have! 

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Yuck. My stomach is still reeling from the bat to head scene. I mean, we’ve seen a variety of icky deaths throughout four seasons of AMC’s blockbuster television show The Walking Dead, but last night’s trough bit was out of control nasty. There was something about the ease of swinging the bat that its handler possessed, like he was casually hitting a baseball. The psychotic vibe of the killer duos’ actions- swing, kill, slice their throats… drain for blood, repeat. Their evilness was truly felt.

As a reader of the graphic novels, I anticipated a bat to rear its barbed-wirey head at some point, but maybe not until a season six, or perhaps when the book’s next huge villain arrives, Negan, who is far worse than any Governor could have been.  Capture

And even though I had guessed the people at Terminus were cannibals the moment I saw the lady cooking on the grill at the end of season four, it was easy to assume nothing good could come from a “safe haven” with that kind of name, anyway. Right? Terminus. Sounds like, well, terminate… which I’m assuming is a bad word to hear during a zombie apocalypse, or in most circumstances.

lOverall, the first episode of season five was everything fans could have wanted. It was packed with action, and had just the right amount of story. The MVP for last night clearly goes to Carol. Good thing she knew there was a propane tank nearby, or that it even had any propane left in it, or for using a bottle rocket better than an unattended 6 year-old during a pyro-rampage on the 4th of July. If not for her, I’m sure Rick, Daryl, Glenn and Bob (who I was sure was going to get that knife stabbed all up and around his eyeball) well, they’d all be dead and season five, and mostly likely the show’s franchise, would wither into nothingness.
This season promises a lot, evidently shown through the relentlessness of last night. If that is the very first one they wanted to show the world, we are justified in knowing the rest of the season will not disappoint.

Joan Rivers: Comedienne, Feminist Idol or Bully?

Since the passing of Joan Rivers just yesterday, I have seen a mixed bag of emotions from social media, my friends and television. While the success and longevity of her career as a television host and comedian cannot be contested, it seems that many have much to say on what Rivers will leave behind. So what exactly is her legacy?

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Once a Daytime Emmy Award-winner for The Joan Rivers Show, the no-holds-barred television personality has made a significant impact on the way pop-culture related news is delivered. I have to admit that I would be too chicken to call out celebrities’ awful Red Carpet fashions and poor dating decisions… to their faces or on national television. While E!’s Fashion Police was fun and entertaining on a very surface level, it was easy to recognize when Rivers pushed the envelope.

While Time has labeled Joan Rivers “a feminisit idol,” many tend to disagree. Here are a few reasons why:

Top Three Did She Really Say That Comments by Joan Rivers

1. Earlier this year, Rivers touched upon the release of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, the three women who were chained, raped, and held captive inside sicko Ariel Castro’s house for over 10 years. While the three were recently rescued, the comedian stated that there is absolutely no room for complaints from the former captives because “they got to live rent free for more than a decade.” When she received backlash for the comments, she rebuted with this gem:

“One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars.”

*Does she have a point? What do you think?

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2. During an after-party thrown by Elton John in 2013, Rivers commented on German supermodel Heidi Klum’s dress. While meant to be a compliment, many believe it was one of the most awful things to come out of a celebrity’s mouth.

 “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.

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3. Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s hit show Girls isn’t what many would consider “typical Hollywood” but she’s normal to the rest of us normal folk. When Dunham appeared on the cover of the February 2014 cover of Vogue, Rivers wasn’t having it.

“You’re sending a message out to people saying, ‘It’s OK, stay fat, get diabetes. Everybody die! Lose your fingers.”

Just a day ago, Dunham made a touching response about how she respected the late comedian, but ended with the last laugh.

“…Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it’s made of polyurethane.”

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What do you think?

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