Wayward Pines, a psychological thriller based on the trilogy of books by Blake Crouch, brings Hollywood to the small screen. Oscar-nominated movie actors, some of whom have never previously been involved in a television project, dominate the heavyweight cast. M. Night Shyamalan is making his first foray into the world of television as one of the series producers as well as the pilot director.
Who would have expected that reanimated corpses were going to become a part of mainstream television viewing? The Walking Dead premiered on AMC in 2010. Based on the comic book of the same name, The Walking Dead tells the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live amongst the dead. It’s grown to become one of the most popular television shows on today, with 15.6 million viewers watching the mid-season premiere “What Happened and What’s Going On.” The Walking Dead is about survival and human connection amidst unrelenting danger. It draws upon our deepest human emotions—fear, love, loyalty, loss, and grief. Each week the writers give us suspenseful, intelligent, and emotionally driven storylines, played by characters we have come to love. If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, there are some other great television shows out there that you might find just as compelling. See why Falling Skies, The Last Ship, Longmire, Justified, or The 100 could become your next new favorite.
The Walking Dead left us in suspense with the appearance of the mysterious Aaron in “Them.” The big questions this week in “The Distance” center around Aaron—who he is, where is he from, and if can he can be trusted. The presence of Aaron creates a possible turning point for everyone involved. You never know what’s around the next herd of walkers on The Walking Dead.
There are a host of theories as to why the appeal of zombie fiction continues to grow. Whatever the underlying psychological implications, we have high hopes for the CW’s new show iZombie, beginning on March 17.
Based on the short-run DC/Vertigo comic iZOMBIE (or I, Zombie, depending on whom you ask), iZombie the TV show has some good things going for it. Besides its basis in a great comic by writer Chris Roberson and artist extraordinaire Michael Allred, the show is being helmed by writer/producer Rob Thomas. (We are fans of Thomas’s previous productions Veronica Mars and Party Down.) Continue reading
Supernatural is grounded in the relationship between the Winchester brothers. As individual characters, Sam and Dean engage us, but it’s their relationship as brothers that really draws us in. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are shaped by losing their mother as children and being raised as hunters by their father, though each react to these life experiences in different ways. The complex and evolving portrayal of Sam and Dean as brothers has kept us engaged through ten seasons of Supernatural.
Legends and lore of spiders are numerous and widespread, and many of these involve giant spiders, and human-spider hybrids. Spiders are spinners and weavers, and therefore often associated with the spinning of tales as well as webs. Here are a few of the trickster deities, monsters and cryptids from the fascinating world of arachnids. Continue reading
We are on the road to Washington, D.C. in The Walking Dead episode “Them.” After the loss of Beth in “Coda,” it became clear that hopelessness was setting in. Tyreese’s death in “What Happened and What’s Going On” served to reaffirm the everyday violence faced by survivors in The Walking Dead. Rick has agreed that they should go to D.C. to see if it can offer them some respite from their harsh world, and because he realizes the group is falling into despair.