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California Literary Review » The Walking Dead California Literary Review

The Walking Dead Recap: “Welcome to the Tombs” (Season 3 Episode 16)

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April 1st, 2013

After a frustrating third season full of jerky accelerations and sudden brakes, The Walking Dead brought the crazy to a jarring, effective halt in last night’s season finale.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Prey” and “This Sorrowful Life” (Season 3, Episodes 14 and 15)

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March 25th, 2013

The last few episodes have unsteadily balanced a number of storylines whose interest is waning. Andrea finally chose a side, even as the Governor remained a static, iconic villain (he’s like one of those creepy clown punching bags – you hit him, he doesn’t stay down). Glenn and Maggie made up and provided a little, suspicious ray of sunshine in the midst of death and destruction. Rick waffled and moaned and still isn’t the hardass he tries to be. Michonne is still a frighteningly observant hard case.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Home” and “I Ain’t a Judas” (Season 3, Episodes 10 and 11)

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February 25th, 2013

If there’s one thing The Walking Dead does well, it’s to remind us that in the zombie apocalypse, the real danger isn’t zombies. It’s us. Loyalties shift from day to day, power takes precedence over mercy, and everyone has guns.

The Walking Dead Recap: “The Suicide King” (Season 3, Episode 9)

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February 11th, 2013

Meanwhile, back in the village, the citizens of Woodbury, once dressed in summery, shimmery clothing, gossiping about one another, and congratulating themselves on the state of their sunny little town, now fear for their very lives.

Backlog Video Game Review #1: The Walking Dead

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January 17th, 2013

With their licensed tie-in to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Telltale proves once again that worthwhile emotional experiences in gaming have nothing to do with fancy graphics requiring billion dollar budgets, but everything to do with well-crafted narrative and smartly written characters that you give a damn about.

On Being A Movie Geek in the Age of the Television Drama

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January 8th, 2013

We are in the middle of a very peculiar cultural crossroads. For the first time in the history of the medium, the quality of television programming (in terms of production value, writing and acting) has equaled most of the movies being released in a given year.

The Walking Dead Recap: “When the Dead Come Knocking” (Season 3, Episode 7)

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Rhodes

November 26th, 2012

It seems that while The Walking Dead suffered in the wake of Frank Darabont’s unceremonious departure (hence the slog of last season), writers, composers, and actors have seriously stepped up their game for season three. Last night’s episode was one of the best acted, most nerve-wracking, suspenseful episodes of the series thus far. It’s remarkable […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Hounded” (Season 3, Episode 6)

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November 20th, 2012

I haven’t been out of bed much in the last few days and can’t guarantee the most incisive look at this week’s The Walking Dead. I can report that this episode was another goodie in a rather long string of them. In the opening of the episode, Merle, some young kid, and two others are […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Walk with Me” (Season 3, Episode 3)

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October 29th, 2012

After the rough, brutal reintroduction to The Walking Dead‘s post-apocalyptic dystopia this season, this week’s episode ushers us back into a bizarre normalcy. “Walk with Me” begins with a helicopter crash – but who’s flying, and how did they get here? Michonne and Andrea follow the smoke – as the old adage says, where there’s […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Sick” (Season 3, Episode 2)

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October 22nd, 2012

Last week’s season premiere of The Walking Dead plunged us into a whole new world, one in which our protagonists have become brutal and vicious out of a simple need to survive. The little niggling dramas that held the cast at Hershel’s farm for most of last season are no more. Pacing and writing were […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Seed” (Season 3, Episode 1)

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October 15th, 2012

Not quite singing Kumbaya. Photo credit Gene Page/AMC. The third season of The Walking Dead opens on an extreme closeup and slowly zooms away from the veined, glazed eye of one of the titular dead. After a full season of gazing inward, of trying to figure out the reason behind it all, of contemplating why […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Better Angels” (Season 2, Episode 12)

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Rhodes

March 12th, 2012

Things are finally happening! In the opening of this week’s Walking Dead, our cast of survivors comb the woods and fields surrounding Hershel’s farm as Rick eulogizes Dale. As Andrea, T-Dog, and Shane brutally, viciously smash and crush the head of a walker, Rick laments the late Dale’s passion for the human race. It’s patently […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Judge, Jury, Executioner” (Season 2, Episode 11)

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Rhodes

March 5th, 2012

The Walking Dead just lost me again. How many of you out there have read the books? The show has occasionally deviated from the books, but managed to hold its own and wend its way back toward the original plot. Now they’ve taken it overboard and killed the wrong person. Photo credit Gene Page/AMC. Anyone […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “18 Miles Out” (Season 2, Episode 10)

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Rhodes

February 28th, 2012

In last week’s episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Lori left us with a promise of action: Shane is dangerous, she told Rick. Something needs to be done. Those of us beginning to nod off pricked our ears: What’s this? Is something interesting finally going to happen? Luckily, this week’s “18 Miles Out” goes in […]

The Walking Dead Recap: “Nebraska” (Season 2, Episode 8)

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February 13th, 2012

The Walking Dead resurrected last night for the second half of its much-bemoaned second season. (I’m sorry, I can’t help it. Zombies beg for puns.) The first half of the season was frustratingly slow, and ended in a hail of gunfire that injected some necessary action. Are our survivors finally going to leave the apparent […]

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