Ranking my top 5 Horror TV Shows: “Well good news I found a piece of pie with no blood on it. Anybody want a bite?”

Greetings TV Fans!  With all of the excitement centered on the release of the trailer for the upcoming Halloween film, I started to really think about some of my favorite horror films of all time and then I realized that there are quite a few TV shows that fit the bill as well.  Whether you enjoy campy horror, slasher suspense, or zombies galore, horror TV shows have been around for quite a while and still stand the test of time.  For today, I am going to be ranking my absolute favorite horror TV shows.  Please note that for this list I have decided not to include TV shows that overlap in fantasy, supernatural, and sci-fi.  For example, shows like Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and True Blood will not be included because I think they have so many other layers with elements of horror.  That being said, if you have read my blog before, you know that I am a huge fan of these shows, but I wanted the chance to let some other horror TV shows take the spotlight.   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series below yet. My top 5 horror TV shows are:

5

Slasher

I recently got the chance to binge-watch the first two seasons of Slasher on Netflix and I have to say that the show pulled me in right away.  If you are a fan of slasher films like Scream, this is the show for you.  The first season centers around the character, Sarah who finds herself caught in the middle of a series of murders that are very similar to the murder of her own parents.  The opening episode is beyond terrifying featuring the killer, The Executioner, who will give you nightmares for sure.  The second season follows a completely different story-line and has more of an Agatha Christie type feel, as we learn about a group of friends who were responsible for killing a girl many years ago and try to put together the missing pieces when they later return.  Each season brings different elements to the table, but has a healthy dose of gore, mystery, and twists that are not that easy to guess, which is refreshing.

4

Scream Queens

I am a huge fan of campy horror and I thoroughly enjoy films like Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, The Evil Dead franchise, and The Cabin in the Woods.  I think there is something to be said about the perfect blend of horror and comedy that is just pure genius.  Even though Scream Queens only lasted two seasons, this show had me laughing out loud and screaming whenever the Red Devil made an appearance.  The show follows a sorority who is targeted by the killer, but I have to say that Niecy Nash playing the security guard, Denise is the absolute best part of the show.  While you may think you have seen a million movies like this before, Scream Queens really delivers and I was beyond disappointed when the show was cancelled.

3

Bates Motel

Have you ever wondered what turned Norman Bates into the infamous killer in Psycho?  Bates Motel gave us the chance to really dive into the dark and creepy world of Norman Bates.  The show is a prequel and we get a glimpse into Norman’s life as a teenager.  The acting on this show is outstanding and the characters really draw you in, as you almost feel sympathy for Norman as you see the events that lead to his breakdown.  The show has an eerie and mysterious feel, drawing the viewer in seamlessly.  While we don’t see as much blood and gore in this particular show, Norman’s actions are bone-chilling and beyond creepy, which scare us in an entirely different way.  When Norman dresses up as his mother, it’s scary how he is able to emulate her mannerisms and words to perfection.  While the show answers many questions from Psycho, it also does a great job of paving its own identity, causing you to be on the edge of your seat at all times, never knowing what to truly expect from the Bates family.

2

Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead is another show that is the epitome of campy horror.  Bruce Campbell is a genius and I have been a fan of the Evil Dead franchise for a long time.  The show gave fans the chance to fall in love with Ash Williams, or “Ashy Slashy,” all over again, accepting that the only person who can stand in the way of evil is not afraid to deliver a well thought out pun just before destroying a deadite in grotesque and creative ways.  The show also allows fans to get to know the Ghost Beaters, Kelly and Pablo, who team up with Ash against the she-devil, Ruby, played by the absolutely fabulous Lucy Lawless.  The show recently aired its series finale, but provided fans with three seasons of fun, gore, comedy, and great music.  You are seriously missing out if you do not check this show out.  “Groovy.”   

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Scream
  • It
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  • Twin Peaks
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Goosebumps
  • The Strain
  • Hannibal
  • The Walking Dead franchise

 

1

American Horror Story

It should be no surprise that my favorite horror TV show is FX’s American Horror Story.  The show is created by Ryan Murphy and does an amazing job of covering every element of horror.  Each season features a different premise with a new type of evil never lurking too far away.  While each season is unique in its own way, my absolute favorites are Coven, Hotel, and Murder House.  The show is not afraid to test boundaries and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  There have been some moments on the show that have been so frightening that I was not able to sleep without seeing Twisty the Clown appear in my nightmares.  The show does a great job of bringing one’s fears to the surface, but it also really looks into the darkness that exists within society as well, which really elevates the show.  The most recent season focused on a cult, proving that humanity can be just as capable of performing evil as spirits and vampires.  I was also very intrigued by the comparison of each season to a circle of hell from Dante’s Inferno Dante’s journey through each circle exposes him to different types of sin and evil that exist in the world and within society, which adds even more complexity to American Horror Story.  I am beyond excited to see what the next season brings and what sins it will explore next.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite horror TV shows. 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale: “No One’s Gone”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 8, I learned that we really are all “connected by this single screwed up world,” as Al suggested.  The truth is important and the stories and memories we leave behind are sometimes all we have left to cling to.  We may not always find what we are looking for, but we touch the lives of so many without even realizing it.  Words and actions matter and more importantly, the truth can bring us some much needed comfort, reminding us that it’s never too late to become the person we are meant to be.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “No One’s Gone,” we learn that Madison and Al crossed paths in the past; making a much bigger impact on each other than anyone might have guessed.  Meanwhile, Morgan and Naomi try to make it to the infirmary to help save John Dorie’s life, Alicia shows up to finish things once and for all, and Madison’s fate is finally revealed.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 8 Mid-Season Finale are:

5

“Thought I’d mix it up today.”

When Al and the others show up at the stadium, the tank is surrounded by an overwhelming amount of walkers, but they are ready to cause a distraction that will allow Morgan and Naomi to get inside to help John.  The plan seems to be working, but Alicia, Victor, and Luciana show up with an RPG, refusing to make this go seamlessly.  Alicia and Al share some choice words over the walkie-talkie, while Al reminds her that she’s now definitely supporting the other side.  It’s great to see Al finally step into the action, as she trusts Charlie to record what goes on, not wanting to lose out on a chance to document their story further.  Alicia and Al get into quite the fight when Alicia shows up at the tank.  Al comes pretty close to being the main course meal for the walkers, but is able to get out of this without a scratch.

4

“We’re connected by this single screwed up world.”

During the episode, we flash back to the past before Madison found the stadium and learn that she crossed paths with Al.  While they initially start off not trusting each other, Madison eventually lets her guard down after aimlessly searching for a tape from one of her kids.  Al talks to Madison about the truth and tells her how it can change things.  She empathizes with Madison and explains that even though she didn’t find the story she was looking for, someone might be interested in her story one day.  Madison explains that she broke her promise to her kids and that “you don’t need a camera cus it just sticks.”  She tells a heartwarming story about her kids trying to help a wounded bird and nurse it back to health.  They named the bird “Amina” for short and took care of her, giving her a chance when no one else would.  Madison would open the box each day, fearing what she might find, but was shocked to see the bird flying around in their living room.  Madison was so touched by the actions of her children who refused to give up on this bird that anyone else might have turned their back on.  She explains that there is not a lot of that left in the world now and she never wants her kids to lose that.  When Madison and Al part ways, Al gives her some Ramen noodles and tells her that maybe they will meet again.  Later on, when Madison reunites with her kids at the motel, she reveals to them that someone helped her when they didn’t have to and that “It’s time for us to do the same.”  Her interaction with Al inspires her to build the stadium into a place where others can go to find a sense of belonging, protection, and people who will stand by them.  Madison’s words are absolutely beautiful and remind us that there is still good in the world.  Even though she and Al were strangers, they ended up helping each other, reinforcing the belief that there are still good people existing in this world.

3

“June, well that’s my favorite month.”

When Naomi goes into the infirmary with Morgan, John is holding on by a thread.  He asks Charlie to record him, but Al tries to get him to stay positive.  John explains that “it’s for her,” as he speaks openly to Naomi on camera and tells her to stop running and to help Morgan do the same.  Luckily, Naomi is able to stabilize John and it looks like he is going to be OK.  Naomi tells John that her real name is June, finally wanting to tell him something real and meaningful.  John’s reaction is beyond heartwarming when he tells her that June is his favorite month.  June touches John’s hand and the spark between these two is burning brightly again, allowing us John Dorie fans to cheer.  It looks like these two might get the chance they deserve after all, inspiring some hope in this distressing world.  I am absolutely thrilled that John is going to be OK because his character elevates the show, opening up possibilities for a new chapter.

2

“I’m not that person anymore.”

When Alicia is in the tank, she spots the Ramen noodles and demands to know where Al got them.  Everything clicks in her head when she frantically searches through the tapes and finds one titled, “Amina.”  Alicia watches the recording of her mother, Madison, carefully listening to each and every word, displaying her grief across her face.  Alicia still wants to take revenge on Naomi, however; and demands that Al convinces her to come out.  Al strategically leaves on the walkie-talkie to warn Morgan and Naomi.  Morgan offers to go first because he doesn’t want anything to happen to Naomi.  When Alicia comes out, he stands in front of Naomi and she is shocked that is willing to give his life for a stranger.  Alicia’s rage is almost uncontrollable now, as she points the gun at them and screams, “My Mom’s dead because of what you did!”  Morgan doesn’t give up on Alicia and even when she says that she’s not that person anymore, Morgan tries to get her to realize that it’s not too late and that things can change.  Morgan explains that they did for him and they still can for Alicia.  He ultimately gets through to her when he tells her that they already have because he’s not dead.  Alicia breaks down crying and the immediate threat is over, as she finally allows her emotions to break through.  This moment is absolutely heartbreaking, as Alicia shows her own vulnerability.  It’s shocking that she waited this long to cry, but her actions are understandable and I just hope that she can take comfort in knowing how much her family cared about her and how she still has the opportunity to become who she is meant to and to help others in need.

1

“It was never about the stadium.  It was about the people.  It was about us.”

Al asks Alicia what happened to her mother, as she made quite an impact on her as well and Alicia replies with, “You want the rest of my Mom’s story?  Pull over.”  All of the pieces finally come together, as we learn about the last moments for everyone in the stadium.  Charlie explains that Mel saved her life and got her out of there in the car.  Naomi reveals that she tried to talk everyone out of leaving, but they had already made up their minds.  She explains that she was then surrounded by walkers and made a run for it, thinking that everyone was already dead.  She was then later picked up by the Vultures, but it’s clear that Naomi was just trying to survive like everyone else.  We learn that Victor got burned when he saved Alicia from running after her mother and then we finally learn the fate of Madison.  Madison recognized that her friends and family were in danger and lured the walkers away from them with a flare, trusting that the walls would hold.  No one else believed her and the other people died trying to escape, but Madison knew that she was right.  Once she saw that her family would be able to get away safely, she tried to make it to the tunnels but was trapped with nowhere to go.  As the walkers surrounded her, Madison threw the flare into the hoard and a bright glow reflected off her face before the explosion hit.  Madison gave up her life so that her family and friends could live.  After the story is recorded, Al labels this one “Madison,” reminding us that her story is never gone.  Madison will live on through her family and her actions will hopefully inspire them to continue to try and do the right thing.  We will need to wait until August 2018 for new episodes, but we have now lost two main characters and I’m interested to see where we are going now.  While we know that new threats are always right around the corner, it will be interesting to see how the dynamic of the show shifts now that we are focusing on different characters and story-lines.  I’m absolutely open to the change, but I will miss Madison, as Kim Dickens did a phenomenal job as the main protagonist on the show.  RIP Madison.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 7: “Cause I’m a Chick with Layers”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 7, I learned that it’s pretty much impossible to stay on the sidelines for too long, especially when walkers are involved.  While we may have too much pride or feel an obligation to our family and loved ones, sometimes we need to learn when to let go and choose a side.  It might not always be the right decision, but it could be the determining factor of our survival.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now,” Naomi and Morgan desperately try to save John Dorie’s life, Charlie tries to say she’s sorry, and Al realizes that she cannot hide behind her camera forever.  Meanwhile, we learn more about the moments leading up to the fate of the stadium, as Madison is conflicted over what to do next.  But will her pride ultimately lead to the death of the people she tried so desperately to protect?  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 7 are:

5

“Why did you save me?”

In the beginning of the episode, Morgan and Naomi try to keep John stable, recognizing that they need to get some medical supplies to give him a chance.  Everyone begins opening fire on each other and Morgan notices Charlie out in the open, who is trying to get to Mel.  Morgan tries to tell her that he is gone and instructs her to come with him.  Morgan is always trying to do what is right and recognizes that he needs to protect her.  Charlie asks Morgan why he saves her, especially since he knows what she did to Nick and Morgan simply replies with, “Because this has to stop some place.”  Again, Morgan is the voice of reason, but he is being drowned out by the deafening chaos surrounding them.  You would think that everyone would want to put their differences aside and focus on surviving, but people end up becoming even more dangerous threats to each other than the dead walking among them.  Charlie clearly feels remorse over what she has done and tries to explain that what happened was her fault.  While Charlie is far from innocent, her confusion is understandable.  Her parents died which was traumatizing enough and she has been living in a very different world, clinging to the only person who has been there for her, Mel.  I’m not sure if we can ever really trust Charlie again, as that familiar saying, “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me,” comes to mind.  However, she is a child and has been burdened with way too much at such a young age.  Either way, she understands regret and feels responsibility for what happened, which proves that she is not a lost cause just yet.

4

“You know what, it doesn’t matter.”

After Alicia attempts to take out Mel in his truck, he climbs out of it severely injured, barely able to move or talk.  Alicia slowly walks up to him, clutching her gun and asks Mel, “How long was she with you?”  While we don’t know exactly who “she” is, we can only assume she means Naomi, but is it possible that she may be referring to her mother, Madison?  Either way, Alicia doesn’t give much time for Mel to come up with an answer, as she tells him it doesn’t matter and swiftly stabs Mel in the head, ending his life.  There is no remorse in Alicia’s eyes here, who has allowed her quest for vengeance to take over.  This can be extremely dangerous, as Alicia seems to turn off her sense of right and wrong.  Alicia has tried to do the right thing in the past and even went out with Nick to help save Mel’s life, but now realizes that she unleashed a monster in the process.  While I’m not sure that Alicia should be judge, jury, and executioner, her grief has clearly escalated to an entirely new level, as she turns off her emotions to take out anyone who gets in her way.

3

“Stay with me.”

After John is shot, Naomi tries to do everything possible to save him.  Morgan lets her know that he is his friend and helps as much as he can.  After Mel drives away in the truck, the medical supplies go with him, and her only option is to get to the infirmary at the stadium.  Morgan tells Naomi that John never gave up on her and was looking for her since the moment she left.  In a heartwarming moment, Naomi finds the scrabble pieces that John kept with him, bringing tears to her eyes and mine as well.  It’s absolutely apparent how much Naomi still loves John and she does not want to lose him.  While we are unsure if John will be able to survive, Naomi is ready to do whatever is necessary to try and save him.  I am desperately hoping that she will be able to do so, as I am not ready to close the book on their love story just yet.  After all, doesn’t someone deserve a happy ending here?

2

“You’re holding on to something that’s gone.”

When we flash back to the past, we see that Madison and the others find Mel and agree to help save him after Charlie asks them to.  While Charlie has burned them in the past, Madison still wants to do what is right and allows Naomi to take care of him.  Mel tries to make a deal with Naomi, recognizing that she is new to the group and gives her something to really consider.  He even tries to tell Madison about Ennis’s plan, but Madison doesn’t want to give in.  Madison is holding on to her pride and her promise to her children.  It’s clear that she has worked extremely hard on making this stadium into a home for them, but it doesn’t seem like this home will last for long.  Madison doesn’t want to admit defeat and suggests that they begin building up the walls surrounding the stadium.  Victor and the others agree to help, not wanting to go against their leader, but it’s clear that not everyone is convinced that this is necessarily the best plan.  Naomi tries to get Madison to see reason as well, but to no avail.  She ultimately sides with Madison and says that she will get the infirmary ready.  Ennis unleashes an overwhelming amount of walkers upon the stadium covered in oil.  Madison prepares to try to get to Nick and Alicia, who are in the truck outside the gates and sees the flames, glowing with intensity.  Later, when Al drives up to the stadium, we see that the Ice Cream Truck has been sitting there for some time, abandoned and burned up, but we still do not know the fate of Madison.  I’m still hopeful that she was able to make it out alive, but we will need to wait and see.  We are also still unsure on what convinced Naomi to join the Vultures, especially since she was still helping Madison in the end.

1

“I think I know who you are.  I think I’ve seen it.”

In the beginning of the episode, Al is still recording everything on her camera.  Morgan tries to snap her out of this, but she says that this story isn’t hers.  He reminds her that John’s story is about to end and that a good man will die if she continues to hide and she ultimately makes the right decision and gets involved.  Al pulls up in the tank and Alicia temporarily stands down.  Al agrees to take them to the stadium and Morgan tells her that he thinks he knows who she is.  Al says that she is “a chick with layers,” and drives straight into the stadium, proving just how strong and fearless she is.  However, the stadium is completely infested with walkers who immediately surround the tank.  It doesn’t look like it will be easy to get to the infirmary, if it’s even still standing at this point.  Al and the others are faced with a new obstacle, but will they be able to make it out alive?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 6: “Just in Case”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 6, I learned that it’s always a smart idea to have a contingency plan in place…just in case.  While you may never need to use it, being prepared is never a bad idea.  After all, having a plan is better than no plan at all.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Just in Case,” John Dorie is desperate to find out what happened to his Laura/Naomi, Victor asks Madison an important question, and Alicia’s rash decision may have irreversible consequences.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 6 are:

5

“I want answers.”

In the beginning of the episode, John Dorie and Morgan stop a man associated with the Vultures and John is not messing around.  Both of his guns are out and he means business.  He demands answers and when the man makes the mistake of reaching for his gun, he shoots off his fingers.  John is still clearly grieving over the news that his love, Laura is gone and wants to know what happened to her.  In a revealing moment, he explains to Morgan that he just wants to know that she didn’t suffer, which allows us to fall in love with John Dorie all over again.  His good heart has been broken and while the pieces may never come back together, he still wants to do right by her and protect her memory.

4

“Cause I know who you are.  That and I really like drinking with you.”

We flash to the past and Victor’s guilt has been slowly eating away at him, as he knows he lied to Madison and feels like he is not worthy.  Madison and Victor sit down to have a drink together away from everyone and Victor takes this moment to ask her why she saved him, especially after what he did.  He tells her that she had plenty of opportunities to walk away, but Madison always stayed by his side, refusing to give up on him.  Madison’s answer is real and to the point, reminding us why she is such a great leader and mother.  Madison makes the hard decisions, but she puts everyone else before herself, which can sometimes make her vulnerable.  Her compassion and love for others keep her going, however; and she always believes in the potential of goodness, even when it may seem like someone is too far gone.

3

“Well lucky for you I’m not you.”

After Naomi tries to run yet again, Madison and Victor agree to accompany her to an old FEMA building.  Naomi is still keeping her guard up and tries to do this on her own, but Madison and Victor do not take no for an answer.  Victor thinks that Naomi is a coward, but Madison still tries to see the good in her.  It’s clear that Victor doesn’t trust Naomi, but it seems like a lot of his anger is directed more toward his own actions.  He later tells Madison about his contingency plan, unable to lie to her anymore.  He tells her that not everyone can be saved and that people don’t change, but once again Madison teaches him a lesson about forgiveness.  Madison couldn’t leave Victor to drown and perhaps he needs her just as much as she needs him.

2

“Her name was Rose.”

Victor and Madison save Naomi after she is surrounded by walkers.  She tells them about the “just in case” plans she learned about here and breaks down sobbing.  While we know Naomi lost a child from her previous conversation with John Dorie, we now get the whole story.  Naomi’s daughter was named Rose and she became very ill with pneumonia.  Naomi rushed off to find her medicine and was actually able to retrieve what she needed, but it was too late.  Rose died and turned and when Naomi returned, all of the people who had taught her so much were turned too.  Naomi feels responsible for all of this and explains that she cannot run anymore.  While it’s difficult for her to face this, the guilt is too much to handle alone.  Everyone has the chance to start over, but sometimes you need to return to the past in order to move forward.  Naomi may not have closure, but she is finally able to open up her old wounds and breathe.  Madison later speaks to Alicia and tells her to bury the guns and supplies by the motel, making a contingency plan of her very own.  Perhaps all of this has taught Madison a valuable lesson as well.  While the Vultures leave after they return with supplies, Madison has learned that you can never been too careful…just in case.

1

“What you’re doing is only going to make things worse.”

Back in present day, perhaps everyone should just take a moment to pause and listen to Morgan Jones.  He is the voice of reason here, but everyone is on edge, refusing to abandon their quest for vengeance.  Morgan tried to keep the Vultures away, but they show up anyway.  After Mel makes a comment about being sorry about Alicia’s brother, her vengeance turns to pure rage when she tells him that she’s not sorry about his brother.  Alicia has not gotten a chance to really process what has happened to Nick and is running on pure anger.  She is not thinking rationally and is unable to make the decisions that are best for the group.  It is revealed that Naomi is alive and now with the Vultures, which I can’t say is that surprising.  However, when John Dorie sees her and whispers, “Laura,” his hope is temporarily restored.  Naomi is just as surprised to see John, but doesn’t get a chance for a happy reunion.  Alicia is beyond upset to see Naomi and can no longer channel her rage.  She turns the gun on her, but John steps in the way and is shot.  While we don’t know the fate of John just yet, the shot looks fatal.  Just when John finally gets to see the love of his life again, a cruel fate steps in their way and may separate them forever.  While one cannot be angry at Alicia, who is clearly grieving over the loss of her brother, this unfortunate accident cannot be reversed.  At this point I have so many questions.  Is John really dead?  Why did Naomi join the Vultures?  Where is our Madison?   We will need to wait 2 weeks for a new episode, but I have to say that John Dorie has become my absolute favorite character in only a few episodes and I will be absolutely heartbroken if he is truly dead.  His story was so real and relevant and I am hoping that he can be saved somehow.  Naomi does have medical training, but I’m not sure that will be enough.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 5: “Let’s Not Waste Another Second”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 5, I learned that repeating the same routine over and over can slowly kill you.  You may not realize it right away, but it will eat away at you, stirring the loneliness within.  We all need purpose and meaning in our lives and that’s exactly what John Dorie gets when he finds his “Laura” wash up on shore.  Quiet nights of playing Scrabble and watching old movies transform into real and true moments, building a relationship and a love for someone else that make the loneliness fade away.  But what happens when that person leaves?  Will that feeling ever return or will we spend our lives trying to hold on to it while we close ourselves off to the rest of the world?   Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Laura,” John Dorie opens up to Morgan and we get a much needed glimpse into his past with Naomi, otherwise known as “Laura.”  The episode has a calming quiet about it, as we invest ourselves into John’s life and truly empathize with him after Laura leaves, giving us a better understanding of this new character.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 5 are:

5

Rinse and Repeat.

In the beginning of the episode, we get a glimpse into John Dorie’s past and spend each lonely day with him.  Every morning he wakes up to his singing fish alarm clock and sighs in bed, anticipating that there will not be much different from the day before.  He makes himself some breakfast and sits out on his porch, taking in the view of the river and the beautiful landscape surrounding his home.  Every now and then a walker washes up on shore and John eliminates the threat, as if he were handling a common pest problem.  The day leads up to a solitary game of Scrabble and a re-watch of an old movie with some popcorn.  While John is clearly living the simple life, the monotony and repetition doesn’t leave much to look forward to.  Everything changes, however; when John finds a woman who washes up on shore.  We immediately see that it is Naomi and she is badly injured.  John doesn’t hesitate to bring her into his home and to save her life, letting down his guard in the process.

4

“You look like a Laura.”

After John helps Laura with her wound, he can tell that she is hesitant about revealing too much to a stranger.  He is the perfect gentlemen and offers to sleep on the couch and decides to call her “Laura” until she is comfortable with telling him her real name.  He strikes up a conversation about soup and admits to her that “it’s been a while since I had company.”  It’s clear from the moment that John meets Laura that there is a spark between these two.  John tends to wear his heart on his sleeve while Laura has her guard up.  She initially goes through John’s place and tries to take off in his car, but he calmly tells her that all she needs to do is ask, revealing his good nature and open heart.  Laura is still on edge with John, but seems to be warming up to him, slowly letting her guard down now as well.

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John teaches Laura how to fish.

After going on a run to the local store, Laura asks John to teach her how to fish, recognizing the importance of knowing how to utilize the resources of the river.  The two go out every day and are getting closer and closer.  John reveals to Laura that “Tuesday is movie night” and she even starts to watch some films with him and play Scrabble, keeping him company and making the days that much more fulfilling.  Laura agrees to help John push a car in front of the opening to the river to help keep the walkers away from his property, but is shocked when John refuses to pull a gun on the walker that gets into the car.  It’s clear that John is haunted by something in his past, but is not ready to deal with it just yet.

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“Doesn’t matter how many people tell you it’s not your fault.  It only matters if you believe it.”

Laura reveals to John that she lost a child and bursts into tears.  John gives her space but it is the first real time we see Laura truly opening up to John.  She is not the only one who needs to get something off her chest, however; as John tells her the story about him being a cop and firing his gun at a robber accidentally.  He tells her that it was an “intentional mistake” and was horrified when people referred to him as a hero.  In this moment, it’s clear how much these two truly need each other.  They have both been carrying around this guilt, unable to shake it.  While Laura runs away from her guilt at every chance she gets, John stays hidden away from people.  In this moment, they stop running and they stop hiding, as their worlds collide and they take some comfort in knowing that they can share their pain with the other.  While John is ready to stop hiding, it seems that Laura has not been able to completely face her demons just yet.

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“You may not think you’re a hero but I do.”

Although this episode is filled with an unnatural quiet, the walkers finally get through the car and make their way to John’s home.  Laura and John are surrounded, as they desperately try to hold off the walkers.  When Laura falls into a ditch, John has no other choice and fires off both of his guns, showing off some impressive shooting.  He saves Laura and he tells her that he loves her.  He gives her the other gun because he wants her to be safe and because he is afraid of what will happen if he keeps it.  When John reveals his love he explains that he didn’t want her to know because he knows deep down that she is just going to leave.  In a heartbreaking moment, John tells her “you’re alive.  This whole world feels alive,” revealing the hope that Laura has given him.  Laura does end up leaving, but leaves behind a message with Scrabble letters:  I love you too.  I’m sorry.  While Laura clearly does love John, she is still running from her past and is unable to slow down for even a moment.  After this scene, we come back to present day where John is sitting with Morgan.  He breaks down and wonders what would have happened if he didn’t tell her he loved her right away and that perhaps she would still be alive.  Morgan consoles him and says “waiting…that’s how you lose people.”  He reminds John that they are part of the world and that they have a real chance to make a difference with Alicia, Victor, and Luciana.  Like John, Morgan has been running away from his own inner demons, but now consciously makes the decision to stand by someone and to do something.  Real connections are what keep us going and even though Laura may be gone, the love John has for her is something transcendent.  Laura reminded John what it was like to truly be alive again and by sharing this story with Morgan, he does the same thing for him.  We may not seek out connections with other people, but sometimes they show up unexpectedly at our doorstep and it’s up to us to decide what happens next.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 4: “How Did You End Up Here?”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 4, I learned that some of us are born to run, but are we able to do so when we need to?  When it comes to survival, there has to be something more to live for than just food, as Nick explained.  Surviving becomes the everyday routine, but living is the hard part.  Living with guilt, living with emptiness, and living with the growing feeling inside you that you may never connect with the one you love again.  That’s the hard part.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Sunday’s episode, “Buried,” Al asks a big question and is in for an emotional roller coaster ride, as Victor, Alicia, and Luciana talk about why one day was so important.  Meanwhile, Morgan tells John that he plans to leave once Nick is buried and John discovers a painful truth of his own.   My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 4 are:

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“How did you end up here? That’s a big question.  Sometimes those are the easiest ones to answer.”

In the beginning of the episode, Al sets everything in motion when she asks the big question to Victor, Alicia, and Luciana.  We get to hear about one day in particular that changed everything for each character, which lets us into their hearts and minds for just a little while.  Luciana remembers heading off to the library with Nick when everyone went out looking for supplies.  Luciana tried to get Nick to stay on track and focus on finding food, but he reminded her that “people need a reason to stick around and it can’t all be about food.”  Nick’s eyes lit up at the idea of starting a library at the stadium.  Even though it seemed like he mostly wanted to do this for Charlie, his words have a lot of truth behind them.  Luciana talks about a book of maps and navigation that they came across.  They decided to flip to any page randomly and that would decide their fate and where they head to next.  Luciana gravely says, “I should have never opened that book.”  The book opened to somewhere north, but Nick realized that the book took them to somewhere much farther than on those maps.  It’s what sparked the idea to find seeds and fertilizer to replant and build up the stadium.  Luciana breaks down into tears when she talks about this.  Nick’s focus on re-growth seemed like a wonderful sentiment, but it is brutally destroyed when we remember that Nick is dead now at the hand of Charlie.  However, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t right all along about needing something more.

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“You’re either with us trying to keep this going or you’re not.”

When Al gets to Alicia, she remembers that very same day and talks about going out to the abandoned water park with Naomi to find supplies.  Naomi was the newest member to their group and Alicia was putting a lot of trust in her when they set out together.  Going on the run brought them closer, but that can be a dangerous thing.  After barely escaping a gruesome death on the slip n’ slide filled with walkers, they came across a stash of medical supplies which made the trip worth it.  Naomi told Alicia to keep a look out and grabbed the supplies, taking off for the truck.  However, she doesn’t make it very far when she realized there was no gas in the tank.  Alicia remained calm when she approached the truck and shared a little about how she went off on her own for a while and that she soon discovered it was not where she really wanted to be.  She offered to get Naomi gas and told her that perhaps she will come to the same conclusion.  Alicia’s willingness to let Naomi go showed her that she truly understood the need to run, but she’s been down that path before and she won’t leave her mother, Madison again.  Naomi ultimately came around and returned to the stadium with Alicia.  They explained that they were going to set up an infirmary but Naomi warned Madison that “things are going to get worse before they get better.”  She’s certainly right about that, but no one could imagine to what extent.

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“You want to get to know me.  This is me.”

For me, Victor’s disclosure of that day is the most resonating.  Victor carried his past around him and tried to cling to the good man he was been trying to be.  However, we know that it is no easy task to move forward without looking back from time to time.  Victor had a car filled with supplies that he had been keeping hidden from everyone.  His initial plan was to run away and survive as long as he could, but he had second thoughts.  Victor spotted the “Vermont’s finest” bottle that he was saving to celebrate with Alicia and said, “I got a little reminder of what I stood to lose.”  Victor brought back the truck with supplies to Madison but didn’t tell her the truth.  Even though Victor had always done what he needed to do, he found himself staying with Madison to do the right thing, even if will not work out in the end.  Victor had finally become the good man he had been trying to be for so long but at what cost?

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“I should have convinced Madison to leave.  I should have kept the car secret.  We should have flipped to another page.”

While each character’s story about that day is emotional and sympathetic, this moment intertwines all three of them and reminds us that the day all results in the same outcome.  Nick is dead and the guilt is all too real and heartbreaking.  They all wanted to believe or stay or become a better person, but this had a consequence that can never be reversed.  While we all find ourselves replaying moments in our lives, regret and grief is something that we unfortunately need to experience along the way.  It can change us forever if we let it or it can remind us to hold on to the connections around us.  For now, it looks like Victor, Alicia, and Luciana are ready to turn to vengeance, but is it truly the right call?

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“The answers only matter if they’re the truth.”

The van pulls over and Morgan is surprised that they want to bury Nick in some random spot off the road.  However, he quickly realizes that Victor, Alicia, and Luciana have another agenda, as they dig up weapons and supplies, ready to take on the Vultures.  Morgan reminds them about the importance of burying Nick and suggests that they bury him by a tree since he liked to grow things so much.  In a beautiful moment, Morgan places the blue bonnet flower over his grave, symbolizing that something good can still live on in a world filled with chaos and emptiness.  While everyone argues about whether or not to go after the Vultures, John Dorie comes across Naomi’s pack and recognizes the gun he described in the season premiere episode.  It belongs to his love; Laura who we discover is actually named Naomi.  Alicia reveals that she is dead and John is distraught, as the hope that has been keeping him going for so long finally breaks.  Al promises to find out what happened to her and goes off with Victor, Alicia, and Luciana, while Morgan stays behind with John.  John tells Morgan that he was right about being better on your own, which is perhaps the most heartbreaking moment of all.  John tried to see the good in everything around him, but his belief has been harshly shattered.  Based on the preview from next week’s episode, it looks like we will get to learn quite a bit about John and Naomi’s time together, but there is another question that is much more pertinent.  If Naomi is dead and the stadium is gone, where is Madison?  I am desperately hoping that she is alive, but our favorite characters are dropping like flies.  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

 

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 3: “Because the Truth Matters”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 3, Al’s words really resonated with me when she explained that “the truth isn’t about words.  It’s about what really happened and what happened now.”  Well a lot has certainly happened now, including the death of a main character, proving that Fear the Walking Dead is not afraid to rip the Clark family even further apart.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Sunday’s episode, “Good Out Here,” Morgan attempts to teach Nick the way of “The Art of Peace,” but Nick’s desire for vengeance gets in the way.  Meanwhile, Al strikes up a deal with Victor, Luciana, and Alicia, and Charlie’s innocence has shattered.   My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 3 are:

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“Because the truth matters.”

In the beginning of the episode, Al agrees to take Nick and the others to where she saw the flag, but she wants their stories in return.  She tries to remind everyone that “we’re all breathing here.  Means we’re on the same team.”  She explains the importance of capturing the stories of others even if it is only read out loud once, explaining that our stories are all we have left in this world filled with emptiness and death.  While the others may not agree with Al, focusing more on survival, Al’s desire to keep the story alive and relevant explains how she has lasted so long.  The truth is important and each story matters, keeping humanity alive and present, which is something that can be easily forgotten when you are living one day at a time.  Either way, it is refreshing to see Al’s perspective.  While some survivors cling to family and other connections, Al is clearly alone and the stories she has collected are all she has left, but it’s enough to keep her going.

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“A deal requires an act of faith.”

After some initial hesitation from Victor, they are out of options when the tank gets stuck and they agree to help tow it out so they can continue on.  Everyone is clearly letting their guard down to trust a stranger they know nothing about, but they would remain at a standstill if unable to come to some kind of agreement.  Walkers are around the tank and time is of the essence.  Alicia courageously lures the walkers away and gets to the tank without a scratch while Al covers her with her gun, proving that both of these women can handle any threat that comes their way.  While the trust has not been completely earned yet, it looks like they realize that perhaps they are on the same side after all.

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“Wherever I go I try to look for something good.”

Throughout the episode, Nick flashes back to a time where he went out with his mother, Madison for supplies.  The lighting changes in these moments to something brighter and more serene, almost implying a peace or existence beyond the present.  Nick reveals that he feels more trapped outside “like who I’ll be is just closing in on me…just suffocating me.”  When Nick opens up like this, one can’t help but feel sympathetic toward him.  After all, he has gone through more than most and carries the burden and the guilt around with him constantly.  Madison tells him that she tries to look for something good, like a sign of people helping each other.  Her words are encouraging and sincere, trying desperately to remind Nick that there is still good in the world; you just have to be willing to look for it.

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“The Art of Peace.”

When the others go off to find a tow for the tank, Nick is left alone with Morgan and the two end up forming an unlikely friendship.  Nick watches Morgan’s story on Al’s camera and starts to realize that he is not the only one feeling alone and guilty.  Morgan has conflicting feelings about helping Nick and initially walks away from him.  He tells him “whoever you hurt that’s your business,” but has second thoughts when he turns around to ultimately help Nick and try to save him.  Nick lets his bottled up anger and craving for revenge get the best of him when he violently kills Charlie’s adoptive father who belongs to the Vultures.  When Morgan returns and sees Nick covered in blood, he offers him the “Art of Peace” book and tries to help him.  This is a gesture of good faith, which is important because Morgan has been shying away from connecting with others.  Morgan tries to explain to Nick that he has gone through similar losses and knows what he is dealing with and the two men have an unspoken bond that they ultimately both really needed.

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Bluebonnets.

During the flashbacks to Nick’s outing with Madison, they come across a field of Bluebonnet flowers and his mother tells him that it is a sign of goodness in the world.  This comes full circle when Nick discovers these very same flowers in the present, even holding on to one when he goes to sit outside to contemplate what he has just done.  Charlie shoots Nick out of revenge and he is stunned by what has just occurred.  As his life begins to pour out of him, Alicia, Victor, and Luciana rush over to him in a heartbreaking moment, while Morgan and the others watch solemnly from afar.  Nick still clings to the flower, desperately trying to hold on to something good.  After he is gone, we flash to Nick laying in a field of these flowers, the light pouring over him, suggesting that he is finally at peace.  While there will clearly be mixed feelings about Nick’s death, there is something so real and significant about it.  Nick didn’t die when he was out surrounded by walkers or on the bridge.  There are a number of violent and messy ways that Nick could have died, but his life is ended anticlimactically by a child who desperately wanted the same revenge that Nick did.  Nick, like Charlie, felt alone and trapped by circumstance and their acts of violence remind us that this is not the way to survive.  Al’s words in the beginning of the episode about truth are that much more important in this moment.  While we know that Fear the Walking Dead is not afraid to kill off main characters, as we said goodbye to Travis in the beginning of season 3 and watched the shocking end of Troy by Madison’s hand at the end of the season, we have to wonder where we go from here without Nick.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Fear the Walking Dead in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl