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  1. S04.E14: MM 54

    We have Snickers chocolate candy bars in the United States, same marketing gimmick - something like "Snickers satisfies you." I've usually seen it go the opposite... when Americans refer to Great Britain as "England" people from there laugh because they say it sounds quaint, old fashioned or weird to refer to their nation as "England" rather than "Great Britain."
  2. S04.E14: MM 54

    I'm not defending her killing people, only saying as someone who experienced a similar situation in real life, I sure as heck understand her motivation for why she did what she did. (Some above were being very critical of her, saying they don't understand why she would just kill people because her husband died - oh I understand it completely. I understand where her anger is coming from.) From her perspective, when those cars went whizzing by, all she knows is those people did not stop to help her, and that's what matters. Maybe the people leaving Boxes would've helped her had they come across her sooner, but that doesn't matter to her now. And yes, I was emotionally stuck in grief much longer than I should have been, because nobody was there to help me through it - moving on is easier said than done, especially if you have to go through it alone, like that lady on the show had to do, but now Morgan is at least reaching out to her, trying to connect with her. Okay, I didn't get that when I watched it. If they repeat it again, I'll pay close attention next time to see if I can spot the zombie going after Jim's back when he's turned to reach for the scissors or whatever that weapon/tool was.
  3. S04.E14: MM 54

    I think the husband was likely to die no matter what, but as someone who was in a kind-of, sort-of similar experience as the TV show lady when my mother died in real life, I think the main issue is that this lady was scared, alone, etc, and nobody stopped to just sit by her and offer her emotional support. Even if the guy was going to die, it was awful that there was nobody there to just sit with her and hold her hand thru the whole thing, and after his passing. Something like that can break a person, it about broke me. She may have even known he was going to die, but she was at least needing or wanting another person to sit with her and validate her experience and be a shoulder to cry on, but nobody would stop. I got a lot of that after my mother died years ago, and it hurts like hell, and it can turn you bitter and angry if you give in to it.
  4. S04.E13: Blackjack

    I watched that episode yet again when it was re-run yesterday in the lead up to the new ep. I didn't even put that together. I didn't even really notice too much the bird squawking until I saw this ep on repeat yesterday. The first time I saw the show, I do remember seeing the bird, and I remember John telling Strand he used to get lots of those birds at his cabin, but I didn't pay this much attention. But when I re-watched this yesterday, this was the first time I noticed that the bird was making a lot of noise. But even so, I never put together the zombies being attracted to the other shore when the battery died when they heard the bird squawking (I don't recall hearing the bird at that point). I'm not even really sure I'm grasping John's plan. Was the idea to run the car battery noise to attract zombies on the other side, so the zombies would walk into the water to get eaten by the alligator, therefore John would not have to fight off any zombies if he reached the other shore/side? Was that the plan? When the battery died, Strand told John to fire his revolver into the air (which John was reluctant to do but he did)- why did Strand suggest that, especially when he was planning on going back to the original shore, not the opposite one with the zombies? Was having John shoot in the air after the battery noise died meant to attract the zombies to their 'Alligator Demise'?
  5. S04.E12: Weak

    Well, if you are directionally challenged, have anxiety (including a huge fear of getting lost while driving to a new locale) like I do, maybe not. A couple of years ago, I had to drive to see a new dentist, never been to his office before. Most of the streets 'round where I live have numbered names, but many of them also have a "regular" name in addition to their number. So, for example, I was looking to turn a right on to "Pine Street," as that was what it was called on the Google map I looked at before I left the house, but the street sign itself for Pine St is also known as 40th street, so the sign says 40th St not Pine on it. As a result, I drove past my turn off (40th street, because I was looking for a sign that said "Pine" on it). It wasn't until I kept driving and driving and driving that I realized, "Hmm, I wonder if I missed my turn off, and if Pine is also known as 30th street or what not." I also had a problem like this a few weeks ago driving home, taking a different route from the store. I was supposed to turn off on 65th street, but I didn't see the street sign. I noticed the numbers on the sign names getting bigger. By the time I saw 95th street, it was then it dawned on me, "I must have terribly over shot 65th, I need to turn back." I get easily confused when driving. I could honestly see myself falling for the 27th fake mile marker gimmick by the Crazy Lady, even though I knew I just went past 20, and 21 should come after 20, not 27. I could see me thinking, "Did the high way people screw up? What is going on?"
  6. S04.E14: MM 54

    There are still medical doctors and nurses. June (who was a trauma nurse) saved John Dorie after he was shot. Martha the Crazy Lady could've used other people's help in removing the guard rail that had impaled her spouse. I don't know if that was something one person could've done alone. In TWD, when Hershel got bit on a leg by a zombie, Rick chopped off his leg, thus saving his life. On the original show, there was Denise the medical student at Alexandria who helped people, and later, Carl saved the Muslim guy who was a doctor (or doctor in training?). Hilltop had the baby doctor who gave pregnant Maggie a check-up. There may not be full blown working, staffed medical facilities in the apocalypse, but both shows have had scenes where a person was able to save someone else's life if that person was injured.
  7. S04.E14: MM 54

    My understanding is that his helping people was him shoving a kid out of the way of almost being hit by a car. Then later in life, for whatever reason, his dream was to join the Marines, who turned him down for being in a wheelchair. Wanting to help people (save the kid from being hit by a car) is what ruined his later in life dream or career choice of being in the military. I don't think he was saying that being a Marine was his idea of helping others. His idea of helping people (saving that kid in the street) is what caused him problems later in life (not being accepted into the Marines). But I guess some people could consider being in the military a form of helping other people (in that you are serving your country).
  8. S04.E14: MM 54

    I believe he (Martha's husband) was impaled on a guard rail. The original show established that everyone who dies, regardless if they were bit or not, turns into a zombie, but Rick Grimes only found this out very early on because the CDC guy told him. I'm not sure if everyone in the apocalypse has by this time learned this or has seen a non-bit person turn and then figure it out that way. Jim the beer guy was bitten on the back by a zombie. I watched the episode two more times last night after it aired the first time, but I never saw a zombie get any where near Jim's back, not even the zombie he fought off at the hospital. I suppose we're meat to assume the bite took place off-camera? If the bite happens on an arm or leg, the original show characters dealt with this by chopping off the affected area. But if you're bitten on the back, shoulder, or neck, you're out of luck with that tactic.
  9. S04.E14: MM 54

    I kept hoping they'd play Jerry Reed's "Eastbound and Down." (On You Tube: Eastbound and Down - Jerry Reed) They already had a big rig with a beer-maker and beer-making stuff on the truck. All they needed was that song and possibly a Firebird TransAm somewhere in an episode.
  10. S04.E14: MM 54

    I rather enjoyed this episode. I didn't find the motivation or behavior of the Crazy Lady (is her name Martha?) that far-fetched. Her husband was injured and needed assistance, but none of the cars she flagged down stopped. They just drove on by. Then he died (and he turned into a zombie). She was left all alone with him. She had to put the shard of glass into his head (I could not imagine having to put down my own loved one). Then she had to bury him (using hands, no shovel) and mourn him all alone. That had to pull a psychological number on her. They did show her pacing around, falling apart at night by his grave. My mother died several years ago. I was very close to her. When she passed, and I was still in grief a couple years later, not a single person I reached out to (family or church members) was there for me. Many of them acted as though my grief was an inconvenience, or it made them uncomfortable. So, rather than the emotional support I needed from these people, I got shamed, lectured, given advice I didn't need or want, some used their answering machines or caller ID to screen my calls to avoid me. This is even more puzzling considering my mother had taught me going back to my childhood that if I ever needed anything, I could always count on my family, even extended family such as aunts, to be there for me. Were they after she passed? Nope. I had to get through the very difficult grieving all alone. Not only was that all painful and sad, but I'm still dealing with a lot of anger and some disillusionment to this day as a result. One affect all that had on me is that I am now more reluctant to be there for other people if they phone or e-mail me needing or wanting emotional support if they are going through a tough time in life. When you do need help and other people refuse to give you any help, yes, it can turn you, like it did that Crazy Lady, in the show. Other people were not there for her in her time of need, now she is bitter, enraged, and she just snapped. Granted, this being a zombie show, they "soap-opera-ed" it up to make it a bit over-board in how they depicted it, but it has a basis of truth to it, so I related. When you've not been shown compassion in your time of need, yes, it can turn you into an angry and/or hurting Rage Monster who wants to clobber everyone around you especially when they come to you asking for your help. If nobody was there to help me and show me compassion in my time of need, your thinking is, why should I be there for you in your time of trouble? I was disappointed that all we got of John Dorie, my favorite character, was his hat in this episode. The Charlie character doesn't bother me so much now as she did when she was first on the show. I think she was showing a bit more sense in last night's show than Alicia was. She thought they should keep looking for June, John, Strand, etc, but Alicia was fixated on getting the kid to the beach. I was more on board with Charlie's plan (look for Dorie, June, etc) than I was with Alicia's idea. I think the actress who plays Charlie is very good - she's very convincing. I wonder if Crazy Lady ("Martha"?) is going to keep stalking our group of characters for the rest of the season, or if Morgan can help change for the better?
  11. S04.E13: Blackjack

    John (one of my all time fave characters now) is optimistic, but by the end of the episode, Strand had talked him out of hope. John looked so forlorn sitting there on the bank by the end of the show. He ate the piece of candy, too - the one that symbolized his hope that he was getting out of there, and he was going to give that candy to June. Dorie's speech to Strand about how you have to look for something, anything, to hold on to hope (like the piece of candy) sort of reminds me of Madison's speech to her son about the same thing, but with her, I think it was spotting blue bonnet flowers. I felt so bad for John by the end of that show, being talked out of his hope by Negative Nancy Strand. I like Strand, but the fact that he bummed John out bugged me. I come from family like Strand - most of them are very negative - and just when you manage to scrape together some hope or positivity all on your own, they knock it out of you with all their non-stop cynicism. I was hoping to see far more of the Zombiecane than what we got! As to the alligator: finally, at least we get ONE animal on either TWD show that defeats zombies instead of the other way around. I'm a big animal person, so it always bothers me on these shows to see squirrels, owls, dogs, horses, a tiger, and other animals get killed by people or by the zombies. For the first time, the tables have turned and an animal is ripping the zombies apart. Whoa, I did something correct? Me? (And someone was being nice to someone else on the internet!) Thank you. (I'm accustomed to being told by strangers online just how very wrong I am, LOL.) I did have doubts after I composed it and hit the "submit reply" button. I looked at that phrase and thought, "Did I get that right? Is it suspend 'disbelief' or 'belief'? I think it's 'disbelief'. Well, if I'm wrong, hopefully nobody here will rag on me too much because of it!" Yes, the part where it looked almost as though the zombies were thinking about their actions was a little unrealistic. Not that zombies are 100% realistic to start with, but if zombies are a given, you'd think they'd act much more by instinct. As it was, that scene was kind of comical to me.
  12. S04.E13: Blackjack

    Thank you for the information. It seems like it's been much longer, at least for the original TWD. With Fear The Walking Dead, I go from feeling like it's been more than three years (when thinking of the first batch of characters, such as Madison and Alicia), but with June, Al, and John Dorie, it seems like the show's timeline has only been on for a year.
  13. Interesting info, thank you for sharing. LDP was on the Talking Dead at least once, I believe - I can't remember if it was Talking Dead for FTWD or the original TWD. He was also on the Foodnetwork show 'Chopped' (celebrity edition) once a few years ago. Or one of their cooking shows.
  14. That is interesting to think about. There was the episode where John takes June to that general store and tells her to take whatever she wants. He goes to grab a video, and she takes some candy and stuff. And he was a cop prior to the ZA. On TWD, you had the early episode where Andrea saw a mermaid necklace in the department store, says "this would be nice for my sister" and Rick (in his cop uniform) tells her to go ahead and take it. She hesitates because it feels like stealing, and he's a cop standing right there. There was also an episode where Lori or Carol or someone was pilfering through abandoned cars for food and remarked they felt bad or wrong for doing it, because it felt like stealing. On FTWD, the wheel chair guy and blond lady in a ball cap feel if you cannot protect and defend your property, it's up for grabs. That's how they rationalized taking "Polar Bear's" truck from him. They think if you are too inept, lazy, or stupid to defend your own truck, you deserve to have it stolen; it's "your fault." I thought that was some shoddy rationalization and poor morality right there. Infants cannot defend themselves from adults - that doesn't mean you steal their lollipop from them, LOL.
  15. I think they later said on the original show that being exposed to Zombie guts could cause sickness. The pastor guy (Gabriel?) on TWD was blind for a few episodes because he had been covered in or sprayed by guts. But this is about what, three or so years into the zombie apocalypse? Why does it take X years into the ZA to notice that being exposed to guts causes sickness, I wonder? Shouldn't folks have noticed this sooner? Or assumed that covering yourself in guts could cause illness? On FTWD, Nick had covered himself in zombie blood and guts a few times. As to the zombies being easily beaten, it doesn't even take covering one's self in guts. In TWD, after Carl is wounded, Rick is so emotionally compromised by that, he goes out, all by himself, into the zombie filled Alexandria and starts to single handedly kill the zombies off (then he's joined by about four of his friends). They all manage to kill off hundreds of zombies by themselves, all in one night. That to me made the zombies seem a little less menacing, and compare to season 1 or 2, when the group hid under cars as a zombie herd went down the high way. (Similar scene later, but with Daryl and Beth hiding in a trunk of a car). I've so far not seen this sort of thing addressed too much on FTWD. I think these shows sometimes veer towards wanting us to perceive other humans as being the real threat, not so much the zombies. Which kind of bugs me, because I've loved the zombie genre going back to childhood, and I find zombies creepy. But both shows sometimes make zombies out to be a bland thing, or no more dangerous than a paper cut. Or, the shows waffle back and forth on this. You'll have eps on both shows where zombies are treated nonchalantly by the characters on one episode or two, only for the show to remind us next episode that zombies are dangerous and not to be messed with, and so they show a character who is careless around a zombie and gets killed as a result. It's like both shows cannot make up their minds on how deadly and dangerous zombies are supposed to be, or what the "rules" are to safely evading zombies.