by Thom Yee
6×03: “Thank You”
I don’t think it takes that much thought to reach the conclusion that being eaten alive until you die (and obviously we’re talking about being eaten in pieces, not just swallowed whole) probably isn’t a great way to go. A lot of people died this week on The Walking Dead… not as many as last week, but a little more personally… and a lot less quickly. Obviously we’ve seen people bitten, eviscerated, and dismembered by walkers before on this show, but with how detailed these onscreen deaths are becoming as the show’s effects budget increases alongside its ratings, it’s getting tough to sit through these prolonged death scenes and not think about the value of mercy killing. When you’re in a situation where almost all of you made it to the other side of the fence, don’t just watch the one unlucky member of your group that didn’t make it die. Shoot him in the head or something, he’s being eaten alive! That’s gotta hurt! Continue reading
Roads! When we are, why do we still need roads?!
by Thom Yee
The date is October 24 and the year is 2015 — three days after Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown arrived in their future (our present) to prevent Marty McFly, Jr.’s arrest. In the process, they unwittingly set forward a series of events that would alter our past (their present), resulting in a ruined 1985 where Biff Tannen became one of the richest men in America who used his newfound economic power to influence the political and socio-economic climate of the country for the worse, resulting in widespread crime, corruption, prostitution, and gang warfare. In order to prevent this dark timeline from happening, McFly and Brown engaged in further unsanctioned time travelling to fix their present-day 1985 and set history back on its correct course. But did they really succeed or did they, in fact, set humanity — all of us — back by engaging in these chronal machinations. Continue reading
by Thom Yee
So four important things are happening this week here in Edmonton, Canada. First, it’s time to get out and vote in the Canadian federal election on Monday, second, the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer also debuts on Monday (an event that’s important for the world), third, it’s Back to the Future day on Wednesday (and, lest we forget, Michael J. Fox was born here in Edmonton), and fourth, this week we can talk about one of if not the best episodes of The Walking Dead. Guess which one of those four things I’m probably going to skip. Hint: you’re reading about the last one right now, the second can be watched from home in less than five minutes while lying on the couch, and the third is one of my favourite movies of all time. Oh, and spoilers, “JSS” is one of if not the best episodes of The Walking Dead ever, ever. Continue reading
Why I’m watching… The Walking Dead season 6
by Thom Yee
If I’m right, and I usually am when it comes to prognosticating on a TV show that I’ve already read well ahead of in its counterpart/inspiration comicbook series, then this might be the last season of The Walking Dead that’s… like… this. Alexandria may have been a big shift for Rick and co., offering the first real, lasting, modern-living respite our heroes have ever had, but if our heroes wind up staying here on the TV show as long they do in the comic, then we’ve only begun to see where this story is headed. In addition to the internal strife that will probably be forming between Rick and Morgan this season, it looks like we’re also on a collision course with the mysterious Wolves that have been skulking around the edges of this show all last season, something that may lead to our first confrontation with the biggest big bad in the entire series. Think the Governor, only bigger, meaner, with no sense of morality, and directly responsible for the brutal, sadistic beating to death of a beloved long-time character. Continue reading
It’s just botany, not rocket science
by Thom Yee
“When Ben and I first came on the scene there were rumours that we were gay because it was two guys who wrote a script together. It’s just like any piece of gossip… and it put us in a weird position of having to answer, you know what I mean? Which was then really deeply offensive.
“I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.
“I think it must be really hard for actors to be out publicly. But in terms of actors, I think you’re a better actor the less people know about you, period. And sexuality is a huge part of that. Whether you’re straight or gay, people shouldn’t know anything about your sexuality because that’s one of the mysteries that you should be able to play.” Continue reading