I’m glad I watched the first episode of the new and seventh season of The Walking Dead first, before seeing Doctor Strange. At least I ended my day of pop culture on an upbeat note.
“The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” a.k.a. the 84th episode of the show was the most brutal, violent and depressing of all the series’ episodes.
Some fans even thought the show and the producers crossed the line with that one. The website TV Line took a poll to ask that question and the respondents were divided [52.4-percent said yes, it was too much; 47.6-percent said it wasn’t] as of this writing. A little over a third of the respondents [36.44-percent] said they were ready to quit the show.
The Independent said the show was now just “too bleak to enjoy.” The Verge has a great article by Bryan Bishop, if you have time to read it: “The Walking Dead Quitter’s Club: goodbye for real.”
I’ve devoted seven years to the show so maybe it is at least time to take a break as I now feel more punished than rewarded for viewing.
I also wonder what the end game is? Otherwise, we’re just watching a cycle of people moving from home to home, meeting hostiles of varying degrees of twistedness, over and over again, with no resolution in sight. At least with Game of Thrones, you sort of see advances towards the claiming of the Iron Throne [yes, even with deaths and dark, sad moments].
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Thankfully, I ended Monday at a screening of Marvel’s newest film, Doctor Strange.
For the last eight years, Marvel has always a guaranteed me anywhere from a good time to an incredibly stupendous ride at the movies. [I can’t decide which is my favorite—Guardians of the Galaxy or Winter Soldier). Trust them to deliver once again on their 14th film.
Benedict Cumberbatch, to the joy of all his fans, is now a big part of the Marvel cinematic world. He is predictably good—alongside some amazing special effects!
The production design, set design, art direction, costume, make up, special and visual effects taken together was absolutely stunning and outstanding. Earlier previews showed some similarities to the “folding, construction and reconstruction” of cityscapes in Inception. But this was no copy—it went and played with the possibilities and beyond!
The best way to appreciate all this wizardry is at on IMAX—large format, three dimensional with fantastic resolution.
I also loved the plot—I feel like the writers could have written for the Star Trek films [Jon Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson]. The latest Star Trek film had the crew resolving its issue with the villain, Krall, via running, jumping, fighting and fixing machines. Doctor Strange resolves this issue using a clever conundrum worthy the Star Trek franchise.
Thank you again, Marvel. And yes I am excited for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 next May.
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Match airings of the The Walking Dead Season 7 are on Mondays, 11:35 a.m. [with a replay at 8:55 p.m.]on cable channel Fox. Doctor Strange opens on IMAX, 3D and regular cinemas today, October 26.