Category Archives: Redemption Corner

Discussions of brain-worthy media, to prove we’re not completely devoid of smarts.

Game of Thrones 4.3 – Breaker of Chains

WOW. So…we’re gonna have a serious talk amongst the laughing and the joy and the joyness and the shock, m’kay?

MALE WRITERS WHO DO THE THING: THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOU.

MALE WRITERS WHO DO THE THING: THIS IS HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOU.

[Previously] And holy smokes, so much happened in this episode. This is the problem with writing 800+ page books and turning those 800 page books into one season of TV. You have to cram loads into each episode. (I mean, I love it because I want to absorb every detail of this world, but it’s a lot.)

Hey new folks! Welcome! I love each and every one of you. And please note that I am NOT a book reader. I have sworn a sacred oath at the Wall (my bookshelf) to stay pristine and Unsullied. DO NOT RUIN THIS FOR ME. *forehead smooch*

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Game of Thrones 4.2 – The Lion And The Rose

OH HEY HI HOW ARE YOU THINGS AREN’T CRAZY EVERYTHING IS JUST AS I EXPECTED WITH NOT ONE GEE DEE SHOCK OF ANY KIND AT ALL HOW’S THE CHICKEN????

Here, have a peaceful image of a tree.

Here, have a peaceful image of a tree.

[Previously] But. What. WHAT did I just watch?  Red Wedding? Tuh-rumped. In a totally different way, though.

Me: Nothing can shock me like the Red Wedding.
Show: BITCH YOU KNOW NOTHING. YOU HAVE HAD IT WRONG FROM THE START. YOUR CHIN HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN TO DROP.

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Game of Thrones 4.1 – Two Swords

Oh, was this show coming back? I almost forgot about it.

[breathing intensifies]

[breathing intensifies]

PREVIOUSLY! Blood! Mayhem! My learning the most valuable lesson of all: if you love it, it will be brutally murdered in front of your face. Good lesson, that. Wow, does the Red Wedding still hurt. *pounds chest* Also, the show’s “Previously” led seamlessly into a bee-you-tea-ful moment with a certain someone’s broadsword. [Player Ned Stark has entered the Game!] Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.16 – A

Let's talk about this kid and the amazing growth he's shown from Season 1.

Let’s talk about this kid and the amazing growth he’s shown from Season 1.

[Previously] GUYS. Guys. GUYS. I’m not going to say I told you so, but we all know I did.  Hahaha, like what Terminus was wasn’t telegraphed a mile away. Also, we’ve all read/seen The Road, and played Fallout (or you SHOULD HAVE.) Wow, there was a lot of channeling of The Road in this episode. Also, I think overall this ep worked. Maybe not the way the writers/final edit wanted in some places, but come on, let’s get to it.  Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.15 – Us

AND BRING CONDOMS :D /sexy bass line

AND BRING CONDOMS :D /sexy bass line

Previously! In this penultimate episode, we had theories on dinosaurs, sad and lonely Tom cats, reunions, and no sign of Beth…OR WAS THERE? Also, you didn’t think I would go into this recap without telling you how to make a penny battery, did you? Oh, have I got protips for you. AND THEORIES. Let’s dive in. Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.14 – The Grove

Oooh, look at this foreshadowing from four episodes back!

Oooh, look at this foreshadowing from four episodes back!

Previously! Here is my dark, dark show that I love. There’s a part of me that feels bad that I don’t feel worse? Does that make sense? But then I saw Melissa McBride on Talking Dead and she was still so shaken up that now I feel bad for not feeling worse. Can we all just agree that she’s a phenomenal talent, an amazing woman, and beautiful inside and out?

Also, I got really upset with some botanical inaccuracies. Lol. But you’re going to learn more than you ever needed about Pine sap. LET’S START. Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.11 4.12 4.13 – Claimed, Still, Alone

"Back off, man. I'm a scientist." Seems legit.

“Back off, man. I’m a scientist.” Seems legit.

*taps mic* Is this thing still on? These recaps’ readership dropped down into the single digits, which was frankly heartbreaking. Are people over the show? This site? Are you getting all the meta/discussion you need from Talking Dead? That was the general consensus here. But then some private messages and comments started coming in, wondering where the recaps were.

Well, they’re here, they’ve been here, and nothing would make me happier than to have a group of people who want to talk about all things ZA with me. So if I’ve given you the impression that your thoughts/comments/shared ProTips aren’t welcome, then apologies all around. And if you like these recaps, COME BACK. :) (True, yet sad fact about writers: we are pathetic, solitary beasts who thrive on interaction. No one wants to talk into a vacuum, you know?)

PREVIOUSLY, AND ALSO PREVIOUSLY: lots of  meta, blues, people staring bleakly into the woods, and new folks show up, namely Abraham, aka my TV boyfriend, Michael Cudlitz. Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.10 – Inmates

I C WUT U DID THAR

I C WUT U DID THAR

Previously! But before we go into the episode (and wow, serial killer growth happening, holy schnikies) I want to tell AMC that their heavily amped show Game of Arms will not get me hooked unless there is some Brundle-Fly forearm snapping.

But first, how about we hook all the viewers with a trip into a teenage-girl’s diary? Everyone likes that stuff, don’t they? Continue reading

Walking Dead 4.9 – After

"Say it loud, say it clear! You can listen as well as you hear. It's too late when we die To admit we don't see eye to eye."

“Say it loud, say it clear!
You can listen as well as you hear.
It’s too late when we die
To admit we don’t see eye to eye.”

Yeah. That’s a Mike & the Mechanics quote from “In The Living Years” up there. And yes, that’s pretty much their only song, kids younger than me. But it follows the “Rudy” principle: it’s okay for men to cry over it. (Also see: Michael Corleone kissing Fredo, Brian’s Song, and Field of Dreams, the only time crying’s allowed in baseball.)

Previously on the show, everything was terrible and nothing was good. I SAID NOTHING. But! The agony of hiatus is over!  The agony of the show, however, has just begun.

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Walking Dead 4.8 – Too Far Gone

Me, watching my husband watch this ep.

Me, watching my husband watch this ep.

[Previously!] Well, that title tells us the answer to this season’s big question: Can you come back from the things you had to do to survive? Well, it answers it for one person in particular. And in the words of Gen. Patton, “remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his.” Continue reading