All Eyes on the SMALL Screen: The Walking Dead, Eps. 2 and 3 Recap

Hey guys! Because of a hectic schedule last week, I missed out on reviewing last week’s episode of The Walking DeadStrangers. So for this post, I’ll be combining my recap for both episodes. Let’s get started . . .

Plot Breakdown

Nice to meet you too, Father Gabriel!

Last week, a lot happened in a short period of time. Just when we thought we could catch our breath with Carol going all ninja on Terminus, we’re introduced to a brand-new character: Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam). The Father certainly is one secretive dude who claims to never have killed a walker or human, yet when he prayed for help, Rick and the gang showed up just in time to rescue him and give him a few nuts for his trouble.

Gabriel then leads Rick’s group to his church, pristine on both the inside and mostly the out. That is, until Carl discovers some disturbing writing etched into the church’s outside wall. What is Father Gabriel going to pay for? We find out in yesterday’s episode that Gabriel locked all of his congregation outside the church, even when they were begging to come in, seeking a haven from the dead. Between sobs, Gabriel exclaims he’s damned because he refused to let any of the people in. Talk about one selfish Father, eh?

Is Beth close by?

After their sweet reunion, Carol and Daryl might not be making many strides in unfolding what’s going on inside Carol’s head. But they might have picked up the trail to where Beth went/was taken/may be hiding. While out in the woods, Daryl spots the vehicle bearing the same symbol that Beth drove away in/was taken in after Daryl and Beth were separated at the funeral home. Strangers ends with Carol and Daryl following the trail.

Episode three, Four Walls and a Roof, ends with Michonne finding Daryl in the woods. Someone’s behind Daryl, but it’s hard to say whether it’s Carol or not.

Bob-b-que

OK, bad choice of title for this section. But the most intriguing, chilling, disturbing part of season 5 arrived at the end of episode two when Gareth, one of Terminus’s leaders and survivors, announced to Bob that not only was he alive, but that Gareth and some of his buddies were feasting on his leg right there, right then, in front of him. Talk about leaving a bad taste in your mouth!

By episode three, we’re right back to Gareth and Co., poor Bob leaning against a log while Gareth rambles on, justifying their cannibalism, claiming they’ll take Rick’s life (and the rest of the group’s) and enjoy eating them too. (Seriously, can the guy get any sicker?). But just as one of the rumors I read announced, Bob started laughing amidst Gareth’s arrogant speech. Bob reaches for his jacket, revealing that he had been bitten and that what they were eating was spoiled.

Church Reunion and Separation

After Sasha discovered Bob went missing, she goes out looking for him. But the Terminus cannibals, terrified they’ve consumed walker-infested human flesh, drop Bob’s body outside the church. Bob relays what’s happened to the group, resulting in a yet another argument that erupts between Abraham and Rick. Abraham wants to leave; Rick wants to wait for Carol and Daryl to return. In order to settle things, Glenn volunteers his and Maggie’s service to helping Abraham deliver Eugene to Washington if they will wait for twelve more hours in order to figure out the situation with the Terminus man-eaters.

In a nail-biting conclusion of the episode, Rick’s plan is successful as they lure Gareth and Co. into the church and take them down, thus ending (hopefully) the whole cannibalism story from the rest of the season. Abraham and Rick part ways, with Glenn, Maggie, and Tara joining Abraham and Eugene.

Discussion Questions/Thoughts for Episodes 502 and 503

  • What else is Father Gabriel hiding? There’s still a mysterious picture of a girl with the father who was zombified in the food bank. Also, is the father connected to the people who took Beth?
  • Who’s with Daryl? My guess? I’m going with Morgan, who we found out at the end of episode one was following Rick’s tracks. It’d be a great time to bring him back.
  • Where did Carol go? The reason I ask this is that she wasn’t revealed at the end of episode three like Daryl. This makes me think that she might have gone rogue, searched for Beth, or possibly even been killed (although I really hope not!). She could be with Daryl, but why would they hide her if she was with him?
  • Who took BethWe finally get some previews that tell us we’ll be seeing some of Beth next week. It looks like they’re supposedly taking good care of her. But there’s a cop and a doctor, and a nice scenic view of a city outside her window that brings you back to season one. How are these people in such good health? Could they possibly be connected to the person/people that kept up the funeral parlor Daryl and Beth were staying before?
  • Where are Rick and Co. gonna go next? It looks like we’ll be getting a somewhat divided season as we follow the two (possibly three?) different groups on their journeys. We have Abraham and Eugene headed to Washington; we have Beth in a new place; and we have Rick’s group still holed up at the church. If they have a lead on Beth, are they going to find her? Abraham left a map with Rick, asking him to join them in the “new world” they hope to create.

Favorite Moments from the Episodes

  • Rick and the gang taking out Gareth and the Terminus survivors
  • Bob dying peacefully (instead of at the mouths of cannibals!), offering advice to Rick that will hopefully affect him
  • Abraham’s apology note to Rick
  • Daryl showing up at the end!

Even with some nice resolution, there’s still a lot to talk about. What were your favorite parts of episodes two and three? Who do you think is with Daryl? How long do you think Beth will be able to stay alive? Sound off below, because I’d love to know your thoughts!

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Blogathon: “Recommended By” + Introducing All Eyes On the SMALL Screen to AEOS

In continuing with his “Recommended by” blogathon, Tyson over at Head in a Vice has graciously included me in the fun by posting my review of Richard Linklater’s first of three films in his “Before” series, Before Sunrise (1995), a modern classic starring Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke.

Of course, I wouldn’t have watched Before Sunrise (yet?) if it weren’t for Caz’s recommendation at Let’s Go to the Movies. As mentioned in a previous post, Tyson created the blogathon to get back into the groove of blogging and reconnect with fellow film bloggers after his hiatus. He opened it up to anyone who read a review by a fellow film blogger, watched the film that was recommended in the post, and then wrote a review on that film to later be published on his site for the blogathon. I’m not going to review Before Sunrise on AEOS since Tyson has already posted my review on his site, but please do check out my post here if you are interested in my thoughts on the film.

I enjoyed Before Sunrise so much, I decided to watch both Before Sunset (2004) and Before Midnight (2013). Out of the three films, I enjoyed the middle offering, Before Sunset, the most (it has a great scene that showcases Julie Delpy’s beautiful singing voice), although I have good things to say about all three movies.

The “Before” series is a trilogy (to become a quartet?) that I’d gladly recommend to anyone, whether you’re a fan of romantic films or not. It’s certainly more than a romantic comedy, stretching itself into both the drama and indie film genres. The trilogy introduces us to interesting, well-thought out characters that begin to challenge each other as well as viewers in testing the dynamics of relationships and how people interact with one another. The series certainly builds, but there’s truly no climax, at least not yet. While the situation these two people find themselves in Before Sunrise seems like one-in-a-million, it’s truly the rich conversation shared between Delpy’s and Hawke’s characters that provides enough sense and realism that by Before Midnight, you imagine it might be your own family members (or yourself) struggling with some of the same issues Jesse and Celine are facing.

So my question to all of you is, if Linklater pens another “Before” movie in the next five or six years, what should he name it? Before Dawn? Before Noon? Before the Solar Eclipse? OK, just kidding on that last one . . . 


All Eyes Small Screen Banner

I’m thrilled to announce the newest series coming to AEOS will be featuring TV episodes of the current season of The Walking Dead (2010-). While All Eyes On Screen has acted solely as movie site, I have been fiddling around with the idea of including occasional television episodes here and there. AEOS will continue to be a site primarily dedicated to movie critique and discussion, but I did want to venture into the small screen realm.

I chose The Walking Dead since it’s a show I’m watching live (or possibly the next day since this blogger doesn’t have cable). If it proves to be a successful choice to feature TV episode reviews for the site, I hope to extend All Eyes On the SMALL Screen with reviews and critiques on more TV shows. But I want to start out small, and I still want to keep the focus of the site on movies.

What are your thoughts on this new series? Are there other shows you’d like to see featured? If you have any suggestions or tips, please share them below, because I would love to know your thoughts.

Love Week: My Theory about the Mother in HIMYM

This week, I have strayed from my usual format–I’ve been late in posting, and I’m only on my measly third post for the week *shakes head in shame*. Regardless, I feel like there’s a post I need to write about, so in the spirit of love (with it being Love Week here), I am writing about my favorite TV show How I Met Your Mother.

A lot of people blog about this show. As often as they post, I make it habit to check out TVLine or EW’s reaction to the latest episode, and I always have the blogsite “Have You Met Ted” on my online reading list.

Now I just read this post, featured today on Freshly Pressed. And while I can definitely see where the writer is coming from, it still saddens me to read about the unfortunate backlash HIMYM is receiving with its recycled ideas popping up in recent episodes. There’s been this massive amount of disappointment looming over this season, and for some reason, I can’t seem to jump on this disappointment bus. I enjoy the show too much, and perhaps I don’t find myself involved enough to be as frustrated as the last HIMYM fan.

Which leads me to theorize on who the mother is. One of the most popular theories is that Ted meets Barney’s half-sister at Barney’s wedding, marries her, and hence Uncle Barney . . . and wait for it . . . Aunt Robin, because of course, fans want Robin and Barney to get together. And I would love to see Barney and Robin together too. But here’s the thing . . . why? I remember watching season 5, and everyone claimed it was the worst season of the show yet. Everyone hated watching Barney throw away his womanizing ways to get serious with a character. There was less to laugh about in the show, and the show lacked that extra “thing” that made it so funny when Barney was in a committed relationship. Now with seasons 5, 6, and parts of 7 behind us, everyone is rooting for the two to get back together.

And then last episode, Ted proclaims his love for Robin . . .

Talk about serious backlash. People are ticked at this, and I am not one of those people. I’ve been rooting for Ted and Robin for a long time, and for me, this is a good thing. The main reason Barney and Robin didn’t work is because they canceled one another out. They both are so similar, that they almost seem to not complement one another as well.

Here is my theory on the mother–why does she have to be the same person as Ted’s wife? I can easily see myself analyzing the situation a little much, but I can’t help but think that there’s even a slight possibility that Ted’s wife and the mother of his children are not the same person. HIMYM set Barney and Robin up to fail (at least in season 5, and partly in season 7 as well)–with so much shared in common, they’re almost too much for each other. For all of the great things future Ted has foreshadowed about “the mother,” I sometimes wonder if HIMYM writers believe in the same formula for Ted and the mother that they did in season 5 for Robin and Barney–so much the same, that they drive each other nuts.

Could it be possible that Ted and Robin end up together, yet Ted and “the mother” still have two children? I will definitely admit the idea seems to stray from the usual character of Ted, but Ted is a different guy since the early seasons. And would it not be the craziest way to surprise viewers? I certainly have to wonder.

All that to say that I’m beginning to believe that the question of How I Met Your Mother has shifted from “Who will Ted marry?” to “Who will Robin marry?”

Perhaps in the next few episodes, things will shift enough that this theory will be completely improbable for the show, similar to how the show functions–one day in, the next day out. But for now, I’m putting the thought out there that maybe there’s another possibility most people haven’t considered. We all know Robin isn’t the mother. But could she be Ted’s wife?

Now that I’ve offended all of the diehard RoBarn fans, removed myself from the popular point of view that HIMYM is not what it used to be (OK, I agree, it’s not, but I still don’t think it’s as bad as everyone’s making it out to be . . . ), and even blogged about a TV show instead of something pertaining to film, I have to ask those of you out there who watch the show . . .

What’s your theory? Do you think it’s possible that Ted and Robin could end up together? Do you think the mother and Ted’s wife could be different people? Weigh in and share your thoughts.