Category Archives: Redemption Corner

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

Walking Dead 5.11 – The Distance

Is it just me, or does he look like a young Lorne Michaels?

Is it just me, or does he look like a young Lorne Michaels?

Previously: They meet a Jehovah’s Witnesses with Good News.

The cleanest man in the Apocalypse is now in the hands of Sasha and Maggie. Or is he? Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.10 – Them

Can you imagine how bad they all smell right about now? Probably can't smell it anymore it's so bad. Sorry, I get distracted easily.

Can you imagine how bad they all smell right about now? Probably can’t smell it anymore it’s so bad. Sorry, I get distracted easily.

[Previously] I have to tell you guys, it’s getting really hard to stick with it. I mean, I’m doing this out of my love for the show, and the show is making me fall in love with a passel of kittens and then drowning them in front of my crying face. This week was just rough. But I’m here. And Maggie pretty much sums it up: “How much longer we got?”

I don’t know, Maggie. I don’t know. Continue reading

The Walking Dead 5.9 – What Happened And What’s Going On

I just like reminding everyone of how much I love Michonne. This is unrelated to the episode. ...OR IS IT?

I just like reminding everyone of how much I love Michonne. This is unrelated to the episode. …OR IS IT?

Hello hello!! Welcome back from the hiatus, the one where we questioned sticking with this ugly world, because everything good seems to get snuffed out. Well, at least we still have the moral compass that is Tyrese.

Whew. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.8 – Coda

ME.

ME.

PREVIOUSLY. So hopefully this means we’re done with Grady Hospital. Because I gotta be honest: it wasn’t compelling. I was never REALLY creeped out by the set up with the exception of a few scenes, mostly that first episode and the moment in Dawn’s office with Gorman creeping on Beth. They fell into the number one rule of “don’t do this” in storytelling: they told us it was scary and awful and didn’t show us.

Raise your hand if you actually got nervous every time Dawn stood calmly? Or every time she said in her neutral mom voice, “It has to be this way.” And it’s because we all know that it doesn’t. It absolutely DOESN’T have to be this way, Dawn, because we’ve seen the prison, we’ve seen Terminus, and we’ve seen Tenpenny Towers, aka Woodbury. I mean, if y’all are gonna be slavers, y’all need to be 100% menacing. And they just weren’t. Right? But let’s get to brass tacks. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.7 – Crossed

Previously:  Dr. Mullet’s whole reason for living is a lie! Beth is still trapped! Carole is in danger, gorl! It’s the penultimate episode before our hiatus and a lot of pieces get moved on the board.

Now THAT is how you decorate a church in the apocalypse.

Now THAT is how you decorate a church in the apocalypse.

Sasha, meanwhile is taking apart the pews in the church with an ax, and Ty is pulling out pipes to the organ (nooooo! And I wish I could see what music was there) that are being used to fortify the entrance to the church. Outside, Father Gabriel wonders if they’re going to take the cross, too as we hear hammering and fortification happening to the church.

And I was pleased to see that Rosita clearly knew how to make a homemade water filter like I detailed a few eps ago. SEE? I AM GOING TO KEEP Y’ALL ALIVE, YO. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.6 – Consumed

PROTECT CAROL AT ALL COSTS, OH MY HEART!!

PROTECT CAROL AT ALL COSTS, OH MY HEART!!

Previously: CAROL DEALT WITH COUGHS BY BURNINATION. <3 If you watched this episode and didn’t delight in these two grizzled, self-made heroes, then you might be broken inside. This season continues to be amazing.

Fun stuff to put in your mind before we get into it: biblical references were also in this particular ep, but not in the way we’re used to finding them. A reoccurring theme in the Bible is “the refiner’s fire” and how you’re tested and made stronger. Specifically mentioned is silver, which goes through refining fire six times to be coin, and an additional time to be turned into, say a sword or dagger. A weapon. I think you see where I’m going here. Also, this is fun:

Psalm 66:10-12: For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

HEY ALL OF THAT HAPPENED IN THIS EPISODE. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.5 – Self Help

[knowing, smug smirk]

[knowing, smug smirk]

 I’m not one to say I told you so. But if I was? You feel me. Yeah, yeah, comic book readers knew what we find out, but no one is passing out badges for being a comic book reader. (That would be pretty sweet, though.)

So last week, and now we pick up with Abraham’s rag tag bunch on the church bus. If I remember church bus trips, the cool couple should be in the back making out, and the nerd will be up front chatting with the bus driver. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.4 – Slabtown

I am a PHOENIX and I will rise from your ashes. (Also, yet another moment with chiaroscuro.)

I am a PHOENIX and I will rise from your ashes. (Also, yet another moment with chiaroscuro.)

Previously! If you don’t know who Soraya Montalbán is, you will soon. I have no idea if the parallels are intentional between Dawn and Soraya, but oh, was I cackling with glee. (And I needed to laugh because WOWEE, Rape Hospital is pretty much the worst thing on the show yet!) Also, this episode is titled Slabtown, because that was the name of the old Red Light District in Atlanta in the 19th century, right on the spot where now sits the actual Grady Memorial Hospital. OHO.

We’re also gonna bring up all the chiaroscuro. If you haven’t been paying attention to the paintings in every damn episode this season, I’m not doing my job. They’re filming every scene like these Renaissance paintings and I LOVE it.

But let’s get to the Bethisode. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.3 – Four Walls And A Roof

Why is this grizzled man so damn sexy to me? IS IT BECAUSE I HAVE EYES? Probably.

Why is this grizzled man so damn sexy to me? IS IT BECAUSE I HAVE EYES? Probably.

Previously! Oooh, there was some awesome resolution in this episode, and a cliffhanger that has me itchy with need. Also, I hope you know how unhappy with myself I am for not managing a Bob’s Burger joke last week. (And that show is gold, Bob’s Burger. Pure D-Gold.)

Let’s get straight to a beautiful bit of symbolism. Continue reading

Walking Dead 5.2 – Strangers

Dynamic Duo! Seriously, there's nothing these two can't do.

Dynamic Duo! Seriously, there’s nothing these two can’t do.

Previously! We are moving at a fast clip into the next Big Bad. Well, except for all the slo-mo Hero Walking we did in the beginning. Plus, there were loads of scriptures sprinkled throughout this episode, which was fitting seeing as we’ve done added ourselves a preacher man to the group. Last, Dr. Mullet allowed me to use my most favorite quote of all time. So it’s a pretty big day for me. Let’s Hero Walk. Continue reading