In “The Chitters,” Supernatural gives us what’s likely to be the last Monster of the Week episode in Season 11. Though we’re eagerly anticipating the final four episodes of the season, “The Chitters” provides an opportunity to savor how well the series has honed this trope. The story was firmly rooted in the monster hunt, but a run-in with another set of hunters helped frame the story within the context of family loyalty and the hunter life.
“The Red Woman” reintroduced us to the vast and complex world of Game of Thrones in the Season 6 premiere. The attacks, defeats, and failures experienced by many of the characters at the end of Season 5 are bound to shape Season 6. Those who hold on to the old ways may find temporary reprieve, but magic is coming back to the world of ice and fire. Continue reading
Game of Thrones returns with the Season 6 premiere “The Red Woman.” We quickly reconnect with the rich world of Game of Thrones and those who inhabit it. We learn what has happened with the characters we care about, as well as some we don’t. There was a fair amount of death in the Season 5 finale, and we see the impact in “The Red Woman.” Many of these characters are trying to find their feet in this ever changing landscape. Continue reading
In “We All Fall Down” Fear the Walking Dead continues to explore the theme of family within the context of the zombie apocalypse. It delves into issues of home, sustainability, and sacrifice. Each family must find their own way to survive, and, as we’ve seen throughout the first season, being a family doesn’t mean that everyone agrees. The Manawa-Clark clan has certainly had its challenges, but suicide-murder has yet to be put on the table. As Leo Tolstoy said, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in their own way.” Fear the Walking Dead finds interesting ways to explore how the stress of the infection impacts families and individuals.
Fear the Walking Dead returns with the Season 2 premiere “Monster.” The series started with a blended family dealing with their own challenges, then quickly grew into a group of survivors banded together through luck and circumstance. This family has had better luck that most, after being helped by a man who has already experienced the worst of humanity and another who seems to have planned for the end of the world. After the government collapse, it starts to become clear that people can be just as dangerous as the dead.