Marvel has been a dominant force in cross-media entertainment for the last decade, earning the franchise immense mainstream popularity (despite the occasional misstep). That broad popularity has yet to transition to the comics the franchise draws its source material from. And it might not anytime soon, what with Captain America being revealed as a sleeper Hydra agent in Secret Empire.
The Walking Dead has had a pretty rough season, and I’m being polite. A lot of fans understandably left after the ridiculous season six finale, which turned a huge character death into a cheap summer-long dangling carrot.
Things have only gotten worse from there, as the show continues to suffer from major pacing and writing issues. As we saw from the admittedly great finale there’s some hope for the future, but The Walking Dead as a show may be entering its twilight years.
After an agonizingly slow season, the season seven finale for The Walking Dead finally delivered the highly-anticipated rematch between Rick and Negan. Rick and company have a plan, but it’s going to take all their allies to bail them out as the first shots of war are fired. And one of our own isn’t going to make it out alive.
Legion has swiftly become one of this year’s biggest surprises on television. Its debut season has built a compelling ensemble cast of mutants centered around troubled telepath David Haller, known as Legion in the Marvel comics.
While the main plot began with David on the run from mutant-hunting agency Division Three, the real Big Bad was allowed a much more gradual and sinister reveal. Last week’s episode provided a surprising name drop and firm reveal: the grotesque figure seen hovering near the periphery of David’s mind’s eye is the Shadow King, a powerful X-Men villain, and he has his sights set on David.
The penultimate episode of season seven splits up between three different storylines as we march toward a confrontation with Negan and the Saviors. We finally saw a return to the Oceanside community, witnessed Sasha’s imprisonment at Savior HQ and were reminded that Gregory is a scheming coward at the Hilltop.
At the end of episode 12, Tara finally confessed to Rick her secret. After their recent struggles finding weapons, she reveals that she had found an entire community, isolated and packing tons of weaponry. The all-female group known as Oceanside was introduced in Tara’s terrible solo episode. They had fought the Saviors previously and paid a terrible price, and now want nothing more than to be left alone.
That’s not good enough for our group, who take on a shockingly aggressive role to take their guns by force. With Tara’s intel, Rick, Michonne, Daryl and others plan an impressive assault.
This week The Walking Dead checks in with our Hilltop gang. Maggie, Sasha, and Enid are now joined by Daryl and Rosita. The Hilltop doesn’t have a lot going on. The biggest story actually happens away from the walled town, as Sasha and Rosita plan their daring attack on Negan.
It was another weak episode but we did have a theme of sorts: forgiveness, understanding, and absolution for two pairs of characters.
The Walking Dead turned its gaze toward Morgan and Carol in the Kingdom this week. Really, it’s all about Morgan, and if you’re going to focus on one character you might as well choose one of your strongest assets and best actors on the show.
This week’s episode asks: Can a missing melon spark a war?