Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 5: Episode 5 "Self Help" Eugene Reveals a Big Secret

The character Eugene Porter, on the show The Walking Dead, is played by Josh McDermitt. In the episode "Self Help" he confesses two secrets to the group, but one of them is a game changer.

Eugene Shares his first Secret with Tara in Episode 5 of The Walking Dead

In the Season 5 Episode of The Walking Dead titled "Self Help" Eugene - the brilliant scientist that is going to save the world - reveals a little secret to Tara. She catches him watching Abraham and Rosita have sex, and they talk. Tara thanks Eugene for saving her life, and he ignores her in his socially awkward way. He then confides in her with his little secret of sabotaging the bus. Eugene confesses to putting crushed glass in the bus fuel line to stop the bus early on.

Tara responds by saying she will keep this a secret, as long as he gets it together and move forward from this. Eugene says that there is a lot of pressure on him to save the world. He is nervous that he has no value if he didn't have the secret to stopping the zombie apocalypse. Tara says: "Welcome to the Human Race, %$&#$%@"

Abraham then starts accusing Rosita of wanting to sit around and not continuing on with the mission.

The group finds a fire truck, and they about to roll out when the truck stops.  Abraham determines that there is dead body parts stuck on the air intake for the fire truck. Zombies suddenly start pouring out of a tire store. The group starts fighting them off.

The Character Eugene Starts to Pull his own Weight in The Walking Dead

Eugene takes the fire hose and starts spraying down all of the zombies, and takes them all out. This is a turn for the character Eugene. Up until this point, he has been helpless and doesn't pull his weight. Now, he is starting to prove his value to the group. Abraham is completely amused by Eugene hosing down the zombies. He said he's never seen such a thing in all of his life. He also is laughing at a note spray painted on the group saying: "We are inside, let them die." The people that were inside are the ones that died too, and Abraham is amused at the irony of it all. He then pulls zombie parts from the fire truck air intake.

The fire truck breaks down again, so the group walks down the highway until they smell a strong stench in the air.  They see a colossal horde of zombies, and the group turns back, except for Abraham.  He says the group needs to go through the zombies.

Eugene's Secret Confession that Changes Everything in "Self Help"

Abraham grabs Eugene and the group starts yelling at the group. In the midst of the shouting, Eugene reveals the biggest secret of all: He is not a scientist, and he doesn't know how to stop the zombie apocalypse. This stops the group dead in their tracks.

Abraham is angered and punches Eugene in the face, leaving him bloodied and lying on the road. Abraham's reason for going thus far has been Eugene's secret mission to get to Washington D.C. with the cure.

This changes everything on The Walking Dead. The group now has little hope that they can stop the zombie apocalypse.

Interstellar is a Confusing Space Movie with Plot Holes

Interstellar poster with Matthew McConaughey
Interstellar Movie Poster

Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway star in the sci-fi space thriller, Interstellar. Find out why this movie was entertaining, yet flawed and didn't make sense at certain places. The following may spoil the movie for you, so if you haven't seen it yet, this contains spoilers.

Plot Holes in the Confusing Space Movie Interstellar

There were a few big problems with the plot of the movie, Interstellar. At the end of the movie, the movie-goer is left scratching his head, saying "What?" rather than feeling that the movie was complete and made sense.

First Problem: Actor Voices Were Not Clear Enough

First of all, the movie opened with old people talking about something. Honestly, I can't remember what they were saying. Their voices were not clear, and they were talking about something.

I have really great hearing, and I was having trouble understanding the voices. I was also with a person that was having hearing difficulties, and she said she couldn't understand what they were saying. This is a problem. If you want the audience to know what is going on, have clear voices, and do voice-overs until you get it right.

If you want to thoroughly confuse the audience, start a movie with inaudible talking, and you might really get people scratching their heads.

Second Problem: Movie Started out Very Slow

I went into the movie expecting nothing. I thought it was a space movie, and the movie starts out on Earth on a farm. The movie did not seem to make a good transition to Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) finding NORAD because a ghost told him the coordinates.

The ghostly addition to the movie was odd. In the farmhouse, the ghost was communicating with Murph (the daughter), but she wasn't scared of it. I thought the ghost was the dead mother. We find out later in the movie that the ghost was Matthew McConaughey (Cooper) in space, which is weird.

Third Problem: The Ghost and How Did Matthew McConaughey Survive?

I'm still confused about how Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) survived the spaceship breaking apart.  He then floated in his space suit toward a planet and when he started getting pulled into its gravity, he fell down until he was suspended into a blurry library. It then showed that he was responsible for moving the books, and sending a coded message of "Stay" to young Murph. He was telling his daughter to make himself stay. It didn't work. So then, Cooper, does something to the watch on the bookshelf to give the middle aged Murph a message. It doesn't say what the message is, but we can deduce it is the coordinates of where he is floating in space. They find him with only minutes left of oxygen, and take him back to the floating space station near Saturn, where an old Murph is about to die. 

The whole movie, they talk as if an intelligent alien race built or guided the humans to space to find an alternate planet to live on. The confusing part becomes the fact that it wasn't aliens that built this spacial library where Cooper can communicate with himself and young Murph. 

What makes it even more confusing is that Cooper gets the coordinates of NORAD from the ghost, so why would he give the coordinates to himself, if he is telling his daughter to make himself stay.

Also, Cooper is attacked by Dr. Mann (Matt Damon) earlier on, and Cooper is left with his face mask depressurizing. Brand (Anne Hathaway) flies a space ship over to him, but he would be dead in that amount of time. Somehow Cooper survives.

Fourth Problem: Romilly Would not have Waited 23 Years

In the movie, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway and the other guy go down to the water planet. She says for every hour they are there, 7 years passes on the ship above. So they finally leave the planet after it is a dud, and they get back and Romilly has aged 23 years. This is pretty out there. No one would wait 23 years on an away mission. This part was unbelievable.

What Did Work in the Confusing Space Movie Interstellar

The emotions in the movie are easy to connect with.  There is a message that you can miss out on a person's life, if you make certain choices.  I could connect with this.  It shared the importance that you should make every moment count, even if you are in a space ship trying to save the world.

In the end, Cooper races to go find Brand (Anne Hathaway), who is now alone on some planet.

I did not find the older people talking on the video screens relevant to the movie, and think it would have been far less confusing if they were not shown at the beginning of the movie.

These emotional scenes of separation, and the scars from it almost evoked tears from a movie goer I talked to. I could see that.

Overall, this movie was confusing and it is therefore deemed a Redbox movie. It is not worth paying movie ticket prices to get confused at a space movie like Interstellar.

Watch the Interstellar trailer below:

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Michonne Character Spotlight from the Walking Dead Television Show on AMC

Michonne killing zombies with her sword
Michonne taking on a group of zombies with her sword

Michonne is one character in the hit AMC television show, The Walking Dead, that I wouldn't want to mess with. She is played by actress Danai Gurira.

Michonne's weapon of  choice is the Katana sword.  She would rather slice zombies with her sword, than worry about shooting and reloading. Although, Michonne has carried a gun in the television show. In Season 5, episode 2, Michonne comes across a zombie, and beats it in the head with the butt of her automatic rifle, because she is without her favorite Katana sword. Find out if she gets it back (below).

Michonne's First Appearance in The Walking Dead Television Show on AMC

Michonne makes her first appearing in AMC The Walking Dead television show at the end of Season 2. She shows up mysteriously in the woods as a hooded figure with a Katana, and decapitates a zombie that is attacking Andrea. It shows her with two zombies shackled behind her. They have no arms, and no jaws, because they were cut off, for obvious reasons. In this Season 2 episode, "Beside the Dying Fire," it is revealed that this is the character Michonne from the graphic novel.

There are different variations of this next question regarding Michonne's mules:
Who are the two zombies in chains behind Michonne?
Who are the two walkers Michonne has in chains?
Who are the two walkers in chains?

Where Michonne's Two Chained Walkers and Katana Sword Come From

Later in the series, Michonne has a flashback, which reveals that one of the walkers was her boyfriend, Mike, and the other is his best friend Terry. Mike was bitten by a walker trying to break into the house. Michonne bandages him up, but this is before she understands that he will turn into a zombie. Michonne searches a neighbor's house for medical supplies. In her search, she finds a Katana sword. When she returns home, both Mike and Terry have become zombies.

Michonne is angry with Mike and Terry for getting high, which ultimately led to them being bit by walkers, and resulting in the death of her young son, Andre. She keeps them alive because they were her "last link" to her past life, before the zombie apocalypse.

In Season 3, Mike and Terry start to make too much noise while she has taken cover, so she kills decapitates them. Otherwise, the Governor, and his band of men would have found her spying on them. The benefit of keeping zombies Mike and Terry around, was because walkers don't eat walkers, and they helped keep Michonne somewhat camoflauged from zombies lurking nearby.

Michonne Loses Her Sword Temporarily at the end of Season 4

At the end of Season 4 in the Walking Dead finale, Michonne's Katana sword is confiscated by the Termites. However, the surviving Termites become The Hunters, and kidnap Bob and eat his leg. They plan on harming Rick's group at the church and eating them too, so they come up with a plan to stop them. At the end of Season 5, episode 3, the Hunters are stopped, and Michonne gets her Katana sword back. She is pretty happy to see it in one of the enemy's packs.

Conclusion: Michonne is a pretty tough character on this hit television show on AMC. Zombies don't stand a chance.

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