Matt Dodge

After a mysterious disappearance, a new name, and a new life, the Governor is back on The Walking Dead. Picking right from last week episode, Martinez rescues young Meghan and his former boss from the zombie pit. He informs the Governor that they have a new settlement, but he must accept Martinez’ command and their […]

  Matt Dodge

There’s an old saying in politics: “What’s a leader without any followers? Just a guy taking a walk”. Last year on The Walking Dead, viewers watched the Governor turn from the benevolent leader of Woodbury into a murderous tyrant without a fraction of regard for others. The last time we saw him, the Governor had […]

  Matt Dodge

Four episodes into the new season, things are still looking very grim on The Walking Dead, even by the standards of a zombie apocalypse. The mysterious illness is still ravaging the prison with no signs of abating. Herschel is still alive in the quarantine building and trying to comfort the sick, including Dr. Caleb, the […]

  Matt Dodge

Four episodes into the new season, things are still looking very grim on The Walking Dead, even by the standards of a zombie apocalypse. The mysterious illness is still ravaging the prison with no signs of abating. Herschel is still alive in the quarantine building and trying to comfort the sick, including Dr. Caleb, the […]

  Matt Dodge

The Walking Dead is only three episodes into the new season, and already the entire prison settlement is at imminent risk and the survivors have started killing each other. The mysterious illness has begun to sweep through the jail and people are getting sick very quickly. The decision is made to establish a quarantine area […]

  Matt Dodge

Happiness is a tricky thing on television shows, because happiness is boring to watch. It’s why couples never stay together, why the conspiracy is never really solved, and why Walter White just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. The Walking Dead has faced accusation of low excitement and slow pacing (remember the farm? Man, bleep that […]

  Matt Dodge

Now we return to The Adventures of Farmer Rick and The Good Times Gang. Today Farmer Rick will show us the best way to grow your own crops, avoiding all those harmful chemicals and pesticides that you’ll find in –OH CRAP ZOMBIES! And with that, The Walking Dead has returned for another year of zombie […]

  Brock Swinson

With most shows, viewers spend countless hours discussing possible endings for the series. With Breaking Bad, however, there were certain truths that had to happen and most of us were able to sit back and let Vince Gilligan and his crew lead us to salvation. As writer and director of the final show, “Felina,” Gilligan […]

  Brock Swinson

The penultimate Breaking Bad launches with Saul entering his own version of witness protection. Played by Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, Mulholland Drive), Ed sets up Saul with a new identity and then escorts him below his vacuum store cover business where Walter is also hiding out with his barrel of money and a tornado of […]

  Brock Swinson

Designed to remind us of how far we’ve come, “Ozymandias” begins with a flashback. Before things got so complicated, Walter and Jesse cooked in a Winnebago in the middle of the desert. In his trademark whitey-tighties, Walter the teacher bores Jesse with his extensive knowledge of chemicals before calling Skylar with a planned story of […]

  Brock Swinson

Breaking Bad is arguably one of the greatest shows on television. This week, the writing staff and creators have actually topped themselves with one of the best episodes they have ever aired. Vince Gillian once described the show as a “modern western,” and that has never been truer than in episode thirteen, “To’Hajiilee.” In this […]

  Brock Swinson

The last episode ended with Jesse pouring gasoline on Walt’s carpet and soaking the living room furniture. “Rabid Dog” begins from Walt’s point-of-view as he pulls up to the house with Jesse’s car parked diagonally in the front yard. Somewhat hesitant of the possibility of having to shoot Jesse, Walt enters through the bushes from […]

  Brock Swinson

Since the beginning of Breaking Bad, there has been a growing hatred towards the character of Skyler White. She began as a character with a strong backbone and firm set of morals and seems to have become a target of ridicule and general loathing. On August 23, Anna Gunn sent in an op-ed piece to […]

  Brock Swinson

Within the realm of Breaking Bad, nothing is too peculiar. In last week’s episode, when Jesse was flinging out $10,000 wads of greenbacks like a paperboy (while fighting back tears of guilt), it seemed like his rock-bottom-moment was about to pass. On the contrary, it turned out he was only circling the drain. “Buried” begins […]

  Brock Swinson

Directed by Bryan Cranston, “Blood Money” began much like the first episode of the first half of season five, “Live Free or Die,” which showcased Walter White’s lonesome Denny’s birthday. Set approximately one year in the future, our loveable anti-hero—with hair—visits his abandoned former home to find a few local kids playing Lords of Dogtown in the […]

  Matt Dodge

“Can you keep it down? I’m trying to drink.” Although the idea is impossible, it feels as if Matt Weiner was afraid that Mad Men would get canceled after the end of this year, because this week’s season finale almost feels like a finale for the entire series. All the characters experience major changers, and […]

  Matt Dodge

“Wah, wah, wah.” Don Draper is a giant baby. That’s the metaphor that this week’s episode of Mad Men set out to teach us. He shrugs off responsibilities, only thinks of himself, whines when he doesn’t get his way, and ends the episode curled up in the fetal position. His flashbacks earlier in the year […]

  Matt Dodge

“I don’t want his juice, I want my juice.” We all knew that this was bound to happen. After at least a decade of infidelity spread across two marriages, Don was finally caught in the act. What made it so impactful and emotional was that it wasn’t Don’s wife that stumbled upon him in bed […]

  Matt Dodge

“Apparently, I am a curious child with a full head of hair and a thriving business. And you’re a terrible swimmer.” After spending the majority of its run in that strange time period of the early 60’s, when the Rolling Stones wore suits and hippies were beatniks, it’s quite enjoyable to watch Mad Men enter […]

  Matt Dodge

“He’s interested in the idea, and you’re interested in your idea.” After the craziness of last week’s drug fueled fever dream of an episode, Mad Men returned to some straightforward story telling with familiar tales of casual infidelity and accidental stabbing. We start in a meeting with Don, Ted, and Peggy, as they go over […]

  Matt Dodge

“I’m not from somewhere other than this moment?” Well that was weird. Mad Men has made it a habit to air an episode with a weirder bent to it around two thirds of the way through the season. Two years ago, it was the Rashomon-type of episode with the Sorbet, last year was Roger’s acid […]

  Matt Dodge

“It’s easy to give something up when you’re satisfied.” Welcome to Fifty Shades of Mad Men. This week we saw the new partners move into the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office, Peggy chafed under her new/old bosses, Pete aced like a slime ball and Don went into full sex master mode. Don likes power, he […]

  Matt Dodge

“You’ve given up on me at exactly the wrong time. I have big things coming, you have no idea.” I never would have guessed that this would be the episode of Mad Men where we see the end of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. But with a handshake and surprise press release, the agency is gone, […]

  Matt Dodge

“We’ve already met. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’ve had this meeting already too and it went well.” Mad Men has made it a point to keep episodes dealing with famous historical events focused on its character reactions, as opposed to the events themselves. This was the case with the assassination of President Kennedy in […]

  Peter Wicks

There was a lot of build up to the recent Walking Dead season three finale. We’ve been waiting for this showdown since the show returned for the second half. I’m sure the ratings remained, as they have all year, gargantuan for AMC. I assumed the body count would be equally large and the misery would be piled […]

  Matt Dodge

“It sounds like New Year’s Eve when they empty out the garbage, there’s so many bottles.” For everyone who complains that nothing ever actually happens on Mad Men, this was the episode for you. The structure of the episode perfectly balanced moving the plot forward and having interesting character moments. The episode opens with Don’s […]