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My Thoughts On Fear The Walking Dead Season 2 Midseason Finale Shiva: Screw You FTWD You Blew It

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I want to tear my own flesh off after watching this piece of shit show

 

I’m serious. Did they try to write the most insulting, idiotic, implausible episode ever? How stupid do they think their viewers are to keep watching this show?

How do you possibly screw up, this badly, a spinoff from TWD? I mean, the only worse spinoff was Joey after Friends.

Nick, the second best character on the show, what? Just walks off? Away from his mom and his sister? I mean, this kind of makes sense in the abstract, that he walked away from his family when he was on drugs, but it doesn’t fit this situation. At all. His survival instinct is too strong to simply kill himself. He had every motivation to seek drugs, he would seek survival now.

He was thriving as a member of the family. He seemed to generally care for his mom. He boldly tells TRavis to get back, she needs him. He loves his sister. He just disappears into the wasteland. I honestly have the worst taste in my mouth right now.

Also, WTF about Daniel??? Yes, he is going crazy, but why? Why is he going crazy? It just sort of happens in the show! NO CATALYST! And don’t tell me that it was because all the death got to be too much. He was the first person just a week ago to steal Strand’s gun to try and save his pseudo relationship with Madison and her family, but more importantly, his daughter.

There is no way that he leaves his daughter to fend for herself. He would not set himself on fire and leave her in the walker world all on her own. SO STUPID!

This is the same man who tortured the soldier. Who knew to trade a zombified kid in an exchange for Travis and Alicia. It’s soooo implausible!

There is no hate watching this show. I won’t watch under any circumstances. I’m so disgusted by it right now I can’t even write a good thoughts blog. I just want to scream at somebody. I feel so disrespected as a viewer that the writers and show runners think it’s okay to write something so bad, trading on sincere loyalty from the fans for this genre and TWD for an unearned paycheck. There are so many writers in the world who would be thrilled with a chance to have a hit show on television. Yet these writers throw their good fortune away. It’s a slap in the face how lazy these writers and show runners are.

I hope viewers stand up and boycott this show. Just don’t watch. I know there is such a lack of good television shows on these days that you might be tempted just to tune in, in case they turn it around. But look at how little they value our loyalty by writing this dribble.

I for one, will not be back.

Screw you, FTWD. You managed to ruin a home run.

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My Thoughts On The Americans Season 4 Episode 7 Travel Agents: Everyone Is Grieving

Hello There Good People!

I’m posting a duplicate of My Thoughts Blog this week for The Americans so you can get an idea of what is over on my other website — My Thoughts On. The website is dedicated to my thoughts on my favorite television, books, and movies. Enjoy!

These are my thoughts on The Americans season 4 episode 7 Travel Agents.

TAS4 Ep 7 Martha

 

This episode was so remarkably good. My two favorite parts I want to highlight is the unbelievably good tension coupled with an overwhelming amount of grief.

We spent most of the episode wondering who was going to find Martha first, the FBI or Phillip. The tension of wondering would it be Stan, or Gadd was overwhelming. For Martha to have to look either of those men in the eyes would be devastating. We know she would go to jail if caught by the United States, but at least she would be alive. That was in serious question if the Russians captured her first. Yes, she would be sparred the face-to-face humiliation, but she could very well windup dead. The best part of the tension was when Elizabeth got involved. Who did not have a sick feeling in their stomach that she would kill Martha on sight? She already has proven to be beyond loyal to the KGB, but also, she was the one who was so willing to kill Pastor Tim.

It was a little over the top for Elizabeth to gut-punch Martha — a physical representation of the already mental situation Martha found herself in. We get it, you don’t need to hit us over the head with the symbolism.

I was on the edge of my seat hoping that Phillip would get to her first.

The other overarching theme of this episode was grief. All of the characters were sad and grieving in one shape or another over Martha. Frank Gadd did not want it to be true for Martha. I think it went well beyond his inability to see that she had been turned. He was generally grief stricken that he had lost Martha as an individual – someone he considered more than just a coworker, a friend. He of course, was also grieving the fact that he thought more of himself as an agent than what he was. Gadd believed he should have seen it, known that she was a traitor, but he didn’t. It calls into question his judgement as an operative. That’s a hard thing to get over. He also grieves for his country. Knowledge of the United States was leaked under his watch. Frank Gadd had to grieve for his country as well.

 

TAS4 ep 7 Elizabeth and philip

Elizabeth grieves. Despite her asking Phillip if given the opportunity to go with Martha to Russia, and his answer of no, Elizabeth knows that it’s not that cut and dry. I do think that Phillip loves Elizabeth, more than Martha, but he has given something of himself to Martha, something that Phillip doesn’t give to Elizabeth. Elizabeth realizes that while Phillip is telling the truth — that he loves Elizabeth, not Martha, he is still partially lying to himself. He’s lying about how much Phillip cares for, even loves Martha. He genuinely cares for Martha, yes, it’s due to a sense of responsibility, but there is also a real love there. The show does a great job of showing Elizabeth’s vulnerability in the mirror shot. Elizabeth really looks at herself in the mirror. Looks at who she is, what she wants, what Phillip wants. You get the general sense that Elizabeth, once sure of her place by Phillips side and that she was enough for him, questions her standing. She sees herself as someone who really does care for this man, and, like all women, wants their man to love them. When she looks in the mirror, she sees her own vulnerability.

 

TAS4 Ep 7 martha and Phillip

Poor Phillip grieves for Martha. As I said above, he doesn’t just feel responsible for her. The amount of information that he divulges to her is unprecedented. I also find it infinitely fascinating that he tells Martha the truth. Elizabeth, ever the agent, wants him to lie. To tell Martha what she wants to hear to make sure that she gets on the plane. But that isn’t what Phillip does. He tells her the truth, because he owes her that. He tells her because he loves her and and one of the only ways he can show it is by respecting her enough to tell her the truth. I may be mistaken, but I also don’t think that even Elizabeth knew Phillip’s real name, and if she does, it wasn’t per protocol and for a long time. That’s what a huge deal it was for him to not only reveal his face to her, but some very personal information.

Right now, this show reigns supreme. With the lack-luster GoT episode last week, this show really is the cream of the crop.

Until next time!