TV

I’m am Vengeance, I am the Night, I am Batman!

Ashley, Steph, and I have spent the last few hours watching Batman: The Animated Series, and I am having an absolute blast with it. I’ve been listening to an awful lot of Kevin Smith’s “Fat Man on Batman” podcast, and it made me interested in taking a second look at the show. I never was a fan when I was ¬†younger, but the show was always so serious. I was more of a fan of Looney Tunes because they were wacky. Batman had a very serious take and I now see why people loved it so much. I’m 27 years old and I am really digging this right now. It’s such a perfect portrayal of the Batman.

The Walking Dead

I saw the new AMC series, The Walking Dead, last night.

I’m going to start out this review by saying that I am a HUGE fan of the comic book by Robert Kirkman. It’s one of those books that grabs you from the beginning and never lets you go. Kirkman is absolutely indifferent to all of his characters to the point that he will kill off any one of them even if he knows you love them. This is a real world that he’s created, where the hero can die and what you view as a forgettable character can easily become the most important. I’ll just say that his world looks to translate beautifully to the screen.

This is not the zombie show you’re looking for…or maybe it is. If you are a huge fan of the zombie flicks that have been produced in this new zombie obsessed world (ie. Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead, Zombieland), then you may be disappointed by The Walking Dead’s moody, dark, serious tone. The movies that have come out in the last ten years have tended to use people as backdrops and zombies as the main characters. You’re really just watching to see who dies next and who fills the stereotypes that you’re used to. This is not that show.

In The Walking Dead, we’re dealing with real, living, breathing characters who have emotions, quirks, and real issues that matter. This is a story of people who are dropped into an impossible situation with one goal: survive. This story isn’t about the “jump” scares. It’s really about watching good people fall apart in the face of this kind of disaster. Rick Grimes, the main character, is the first guy we meet. The show opens with him searching for gas at an abandoned gas station and running into a little girl that turns out to be a zombie (a word that is not used in the show, by the way.) From the first scene of this series you know that it is going to show every bit of what it takes to kill a zombie. What I mean by that is that it doesn’t pan away when a little zombie girl gets shot through the forehead. You get shown every gory bit.

Frank Darabont, of Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile fame, is directing and producing the series and I don’t think a better person could have been picked. You can tell from the first scene that he respects this series and it’s characters. He’s helped to create the perfect mood for an extended zombie story. It’s bleak, sad, and at sometime heart wrenching. Following Rick, played by Andrew Lincoln, as he tries to figure out what’s going on and where his family is is devastating. He basically breaks down when he arrives at home to find it deserted and his wife and son missing. Imagine waking up in a world where dead people are walking around and you can’t find anyone to ask a question. This is what he’s woken up in and it’s captured perfectly.

I cannot wait to see where this series goes. I can tell already that they are taking certain liberties with the comic book, but that’s all well and good. Kirkman has blessed this series and even has an executive producer credit on this masterpiece. The TV series has an advantage in knowing exactly where these characters should end up and can choose however it wants to show how they get there. This is a zombie story about characters, not the zombies. This is a story that wants you to care about the people you’re watching, and so far it’s done a fantastic job. I cannot wait for next Sunday night.

A Little Less Conversation

I just watched 80’s star Dolph Lundgren sing an Elvis song and smash a bunch of stuff on some crazy show. Where the hey has he been?!

So I started to neglect the blog again, but here I am to save this sinking ship and bring it back on course. Freaking Xbox is stealing my soul! So let me kick off this sucker. I love Jeopardy!

Steph and I are constantly being told that we are an old, married couple and I’m starting to wonder if it’s true. Now I’m not saying that we don’t go out and have a blast, but we do have some “old people tendencies.” One of the things that we constantly get harassed about is our love for the oldest block of television the world has ever known: Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Yes, we sit down on the couch, eat our dinner, and proceed to question answers with the rest of senior America. I don’t know what it is about that show that gets me, but I just LOVE trivia and you just don’t run into questions like these on a daily basis in your regular life. These answers can only be found at 7pm Eastern when all the 95 year old people are getting ready to fall asleep…or maybe it helps them fall asleep, I can’t really decide. Actually, I don’t think they need a whole lot of help O_o

I guess I honestly just feel smarter when I sit around and question the answers with my hero, Alex Trebek. I can go through an entire day without feeling an ounce of genius burst from my head, but when I look at those blue squares and I can keep up with the contestants, my ego is saved. Maybe that’s what I do this for. I do it just to make myself feel a little better. There’s nothing wrong with that is there? I’m 24 and I like to sit around and watch Jeopardy! I am not ashamed of how I spend my evening. I could be sitting around looking for the next place to score some hookers and blow, but that is NOT the case! I’m sitting with my amazing fiancee watching Jeopardy. I think that’s something to be proud of.

Wow, this post is a rambling mess. I think the best thing I can do now is just put the keyboard away and find something else to do for a bit. For tomorrow, I promise a post with substance!

Who Dat?!

Today was Super Bowl XLIV. That’s Super Bowl 44 for those not so “up” on the old school Roman numerals. I’m going to be honest and say that I had no idea who was going to win this one going in. I’ve never been a fan of the Colts or the Saints, so I just rooted for the team I thought wanted it the most. Which is kind of silly, because you know that if they are at the Super Bowl to begin with then they want it pretty bad. I decided that the Saints were going to win this a few days ago, and I really have no basis for why I thought they were. They have a lot of heart I guess

Steph and I were going to go over to a party tonight to watch it, but the snow totally ruined those plans. Didn’t bother us all that much though because we still had some killer spinach dip, a comfy couch, and an HDTV. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure that’s all you really need to have an awesome night watching some football.

This snow looks like it’s going to mess up more than a Super Bowl party night though. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make it to work tomorrow or not. I think I’m going to have to pass. From looking at the way these cars are moving out there, it would not be wise for me to get out on the road in the morning. It’s not like the ice is going to melt in this 15 degree weather. I’ll just have to make up the time later in the week. Steph doesn’t have school tomorrow, so that is half the reason that I’m thinking I’m going to have to stay out as well. WVU never cancels classes, so clearly they think it’s too dangerous for the students to get out on the road. Which means that it’s probably too dangerous for normal humans too

We’ll see what happens! Until next time, mortals!