Rian Johnson took a lot of heat for The Last Jedi but there should be nothing but praise for his latest! Written and directed by Johnson, Knives Out has an all star cast and is a cleverly written and fun whodunnit that had me guessing until the end. It’s hard to craft a whodunnit in these cynical times but Johnson has written a gem of a film and elicits wonderful performances from the entire cast.
The film revolves around the sudden death of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), the patriarch of a large family who has built his wealth by becoming a successful author of mystery novels. An inquiry is begun by the local cops assisted by Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), a well known sleuth. The film is told from the perspective of Harlan’s caregiver, Marta Cabrera (Ana De Armas) and circumstances spiral out of v Control in a delightfully deceitful manner. The twists and turns are well thought out and delivered and the ending is a complete surprise!
What a cast! Jamie Lee Curtis is the hard eldest daughter, Michael Shannon, the inept middle son and Chris Evans, playing against type, is the snotty youngest son who everyone despises. Don Johnson is great as Curtis’ Trump loving husband and Toni Collette is hilarious as the wife of the deceased son who has found creative ways to benefit from the family fortune. There’s even a cameo by the great character actor M. Emmet Walsh! He’s still alive!
Daniel Craig is terrific as the Hercules Poirrot style sleuth snd Ana De Armas (Blade Runner 2049) is a revelation as the nurse who is in over her head!
Kudos to Rian Johnson! I’ve long admired his films such as Brick and Looper as well as the episodes of Breaking Bad he directed. He has made a classic whodunnit that would make Agatha Christie proud!
This is not a biography of Mr. Rogers. If you are looking for that you can watch the wonderful 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood is inspired by a 1998 Esquire article by Tom Junod entitled “Can You Say Hero?” and directed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?). It’s very cleverly directed film and was surprisingly moving.
The main story is about Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) a writer for Esquire with a wife and newborn son. He has a volatile relationship with his father that has caused Lloyd to be emotionally shut down. When he is given an assignment to do a fluff piece on Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks), Lloyd begins a journey of self realization and healing.
I love how Lloyd tries to resist Mr. Roger’s charms. How could anyone be this sweet and intuitive? Just like Lloyd, you can’t believe this guy is for real. Eventually, he succumbs and begins to allow himself to open up and reach out for help.
Matthew Rhys is very good and carries the film. Tom Hanks is perfect as Fred Rogers. You can’t watch this film and not want to be a better person. Chris Cooper is solid as usual as Lloyd’s alcoholic dad, Jerry. Susan Kelechi Watson is also very good as Lloyd’s wife, Andrea.
You could do worse than spend a couple of hours with Lloyd, his family and Mr. Rogers. You may even walk out of the theater with a big smile on your face.
Was there a lot of fan service happening? Absolutely! Star Wars is a family fantasy franchise in the old school fashion. There were also plenty of cameos! I’ll go into that in the Spoiler section.
Rise of Skywalker delivers. JJ Abrams brings it home with a rousing finish. It felt more like Force Awakens, meaning more like the original films. The action sequences are well done, especially the Kylo Ren- Rey light saber clash atop of the Death Star ruins floating in a scary angry ocean.
I had my issues with The Last Jedi even though I found most of it exciting and thrilling. JJ Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio really Concentrated this final adventure with a singular focus. The Resistance is in its last leg and only Rey, Finn, Poe and Chewbacca can save it. Along the way Rey and Kylo Ren are facing off psychically and on a private journey to find themselves, light saber battles to ensue.
It’s no secret that, somehow, Palpatine is back! The Sith are threatening to take over the galaxy. Neither Kylo or Rey are big fans but both have different ideas of how to resolve the issue.
There are some big surprises to be sure but there’s little surprise with the outcome. And that’s OK. This is Star Wars, after all. We’re not expecting a dark finale or even a bittersweet one. We want the fairy tale ending.
Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver really deliver here. They leave it all on the battlefield. Oscar Isaac gives his most relaxed and ‘Han Solo-ish’ performance of the three films. John Boyega gives his least irritating performance and C3PO just about steals the show with his comic relief.
Some new characters are introduced but Abrams is wise to stick mostly with our main heroes. It’s a rousing adventure and a fitting finale. You can nitpick here and there but if you’re a fan you’ll be comply satisfied. Now if you haven’t seen it yet don’t go any further. I will be a little more specific and go into more details.
What didn’t I like?
Was Finn in love with Rey? What did he want to tell her when he thought they were going to die? It just seemed like three movies of Finn being overly protective of Rey didn’t amount to much.
We see Poe’s old love interest who I think was Keri Russell but she was under a mask the whole time!
How was Chewie not on that transport that Rey blew up?
All the bringing people back to life! One time too many for me!
Rose didn’t have much to do. Hardly Any R2D2.
Ok. What did I like?
I liked how they used the old footage of Carrie Fisher Snd incorporated it into the movie. Well done! I also liked how they handled her death. Chewie’s heartbreaking reaction killed me! Made me cry all over again.
The light saber duel on the ruins of the Death Star was amazing!
Making Rey Palpatine’s granddaughter! Nice touch! Not expected but definitely created a good conflict for Rey.
All the cameos! I expected Luke to show up and Lando had an extended cameo but the Han Solo scene was totally unexpected and very cool! Of course the Ewoks showed up but thankfully just for a couple of seconds. We even got a glimpse of ‘Wedge”!
The ending was perfect. Rey returns to Tattoine, to Luke’s childhood home and buries Luke and Leia’s light sabers. An old womAn happens along and asks her name and Rey tells her, “Rey Skywalker”, as the spirits of Luke and Leia look over her. Very nice touch.
But, look, Star Wars is a family franchise. It’s a wholesome fairy tale and everything is meant to turn out just fine. Don’t expect too many dark turns or consequences. The original made you feel like a kid again. All the films that follow are meant to do the same. And it does! Kudos to JJ Abrams! It wasn’t easy to do but he pulled off a successful closing trilogy that should make George Lucas proud!
It’s hard to believe that both Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly were both taken down by sexual harassment charges in 2016 and Fox News hasn’t seemed to have missed a beat. Bombshell tells the story of how Gretchen Carlson and Meghan Kelly took them out. Director Jay Roach (Game Change, Trumbo) working from an original script by Charles Randolph (The Big Short), brings the energy and lightness of those previous films that makes Bombshell easy to get into but a little problematic when it tries to get serious and it does when dealing with Margot Robbie’s character, Kayla, a conservative millennial, closet lesbian whose desire for a career on Fox News leads her to make some unfortunate decisions.
Bombshell begins with Meghan Kelly (Charlize Theron) prepping for the 2015 Republican debate. She calls out Trump for vulgar treatment of women which brings a Trump Twitter assault which we all remember. The action takes place over the Summer of 2015 as Trump gains traction with Fox viewers and the female anchors including Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) come under more scrutiny.
It’s ultimately Carlson’s firing and personal lawsuit against Ailes that starts the ball rolling and the drama comes from who, if anyone, will back up her claims. It was the #MeToo moment that preceded the Harvey Weinstein allegations the following year. The harassment under Ailes was so out in the open it’s unbelievable yet it happened. Bombshell gets to the heart of it and the story rolls out quickly and bluntly. But in the moments when there is a shift in tone from light to serious it’s abrupt and jarring and the laughter turns into nervous laughter and then ‘maybe we shouldn’t be laughing’.
This type of film style such as Vice and The Big Short is helpful when dealing with unpleasant subjects like Dick Cheney and the Wall Street crash occurs 2008. But it’s a trickier tactic when dealing with sexual harassment. For the most part, I enjoyed the film, it’s important to remember what happened and document it. It may not be the perfect film that will document the Me Too movement but it’s the first and it carries a lot of star power in its presentation.
Charlize Theron becomes Meghan Kelly. She looks like her and sounds like her and she is amazing. Theron also produced the film. Kidman also registers as Carlson. The make up department deserves an Oscar. Imitation for sure. Robbie plays Kayla, a fictional character whose story carries the most disturbing aspects of the film. Robbie gives a fine performance, a tough one in the middle of all the action. The rest of the cast is too notch from John Lithgow as Ailes to Connie Britton as Ailes’ wife and Mark Duplass as Kelly’s husband. Kate McKinnon, Allison Janney, Malcolm McDowell and other familiar faces pop up as well and are fine.
This is a solid film with some great performances and an important message. Some tonal problems keep it from really being a home run but it’s definitely worth seeing.
I’ve been a fan of Noah Baumbach for a long time now, ever since I saw The Squid And The Whale (2005). His films have been solid, well written, witty. But with Marriage Story, Baumbach goes to another level. He’s created a master work, a really great film. Expectations will be higher next time out. It has some Woody Allen vibes but this is no knock off. This is an extremely well written, well directed, well structured film. The performances are amazing. The emotions are raw and it feels very genuine and real. It’s a painful, sad film but don’t be scared away by that. Embrace it. Good films don’t just make you feel good. Good films make you feel. This one stays with you.
Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlet Johansson) are a young married couple with a young son that lives in Brooklyn. Charlie is a theater director who runs an experimental theater company and Nicole is his star. But after ten years of marriage they are separating and preparing to divorce. They agree to work things out themselves without using lawyers but things change when Nicole heads to Los Angeles with their son to do a TV pilot. A meeting with a lawyer, wonderfully played by Laura Dern, leads Nicole to see things differently so when Charlie comes to visit the divorce gets real. Fast.
The emotional rollercoaster is relentless. Charlie desperately does not want to lose his son and keeps flying back and forth from one coast to the other. He meets with lawyers as well, an expensive, no nonsense, slick Ray Liotta and a sweet, old family lawyer beautifully played by Alan Alda. Unfortunately, divorce never ends well.
Adam Driver and Scarlet Johannson are great. They really dig deep and you care about them and feel every heartache they feel. All the supporting roles are well cast and well performed. Julie Heggerty (Airplane!) is a hoot as Johannson’s mom who loves Charlie. Alan Alda is so good in this you wish Charlie would listen to him but he can’t see past his own pain and anger. Every scene matters, fits together to create a wonderfully constructed piece of work. It’s a true achievement. It’s playing on Netflix so you can watch and cry in the safety of your own home, sipping your wine under your favorite blanket. You’ll thank me for it.
Wow! Each episode keeps delivering the goods and the surprises! Things are heating up and picking up speed! This episode focused on Angela’s childhood and we get some delicious little details that fill in some blanks. But the finale was huge! Talk about the elephant in the room!
Let me start with the trial of Adrian Veidt. Veidt sits in the courtroom in full Ozymandias garb as it looks like his fate is sealed with the verdict being decreed by a squeeling pig. When it came time for Veidt to present his case, he stood, cleared his throat and let out a big, noisy fart. “The defense rests.”
We believe that he is imprisoned on one of Jupiter’s moons. The trial has been going on for ‘365’ days which means we’re not sure when in the time line this is taking place. A couple of theories I have heard are very interesting. One is that the bronze statue of Veidt in Lady Trieu’s garden is actually Veidt! Perhaps his cumuppence of the trial? He got Han Solo’d! Another theory is that the object that came crashing down out of the sky in front of Lady Trieu and the couple whose land she had just bought could be Veidt returning to Earth. In any event, Veidt’s fate will be known in the next two episodes and my feeling is that He will be alive and play an important role in the finale.
“People who wear masks are dangerous and you should be scared of them. They’re hiding something”
Angela is being looked after by Lady Trieu. She has a big IV attached to her arm with a big tube that is supposedly attached to grandaddy Will. Lady Trieu admits that Bian is not her daughter or a clone of herself but actually a clone of her mother and she has been downloading her mother’s memories into Bian. It’s likely that Lady Trieu’s mom was killed in Vietnam by Dr. Manhattan.
Angela follows her IV to a door she believes Will is behind. But when she gets in she sees that her IV was actually attached to a huge elephant! That creeped me out! It makes sense that Lady Trieu is housing memories in an elephant. How many people’s memories are in that one elephant?
We get to see what happened to Angela’s parents. Her father was in the military and they are both killed by a suicide bomber. Angela is placed in an orphanage from hell and for a moment you think she will be saved by her grandmother June who comes to Vietnam with the intention of bringing her back to Tulsa. Unfortunately, June has a heart attack and dies. We know Angela stays in Vietnam and will meet Cal and we see here that a female Vietnamese cop was kind to her and made an impression on her and she will grow up to be a cop.
Back in the present, Lori goes to see Jane Crawford and suprise, surprise! Jane is in cahoots with Senator Keene and the 7th Kavalry. She pushes a button and Lori falls through a trap door in the floor. She is held captive and gets a visit for Keene who gives her a clue as to what their plan is, “It’s extremely difficult to be a white man in America right now so why not try being a blue one?”
Angela stumbles into a room where she sees people in the Blue phone booths where they can leave a message for Dr. Manhattan on Mars including the one Lori made in Episode 2. Lady Trieu waks in and they have a showdown in which Lady Trieu says, “Angela, are we going to keep fucking around here or are we going to be honest with each other?” Dr. Manhattan is not on Mars. He’s in Tulsa pretending to be human. Holy moly!
Angela high tails it out of there even ramming Red Scare’s car on her way out. She gets home and tells Cal that the time they talked about has come. He seems confused. She takes ahammer and hits him in the noggin, knocking him out. She then proceeds to whack him a few more times and reaches into his skull and pulls out a circular object that looks like the symbol on Dr. Manhattan’s forehead.
“Hey, baby, we’re in trouble” she tells Cal and a piano version of Life On Mars plays the episode out.
Cal is effin Dr. Manhattan!!!!! No wonder he doesn’t believe in a heaven or hel. He’s a God!!
Cal is reading For Whom The Bells Toll by Ernest Hemingway when Angela comes home. Any significance to this? The hero of that book dies in the end, heroically.
The US won the Vietnam War and became the 51st state.
Images of Dr, Manhattan are everywhere in Vietnam. The children in the orphanage spend some of there time painting Dr. Manhattan dolls.
Sister Night was a movie that young Angela saw in the store and always wanted to watch but wasn’t allowed. Grandma June was going to watch it with her once they returned to Tulsa but they never made it. I’m sure Angela eventually saw it and of course took the name.
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Dr. Manhattan can’t die!
2 Dr. Manhattan will save Lori
3 Keene and the 7th Kavalry will capture Dr. Manhattan.
4 We haven’t seen the last of Don Johnson. One more flashback.
5 Angela will make up with Wade and team up to take on the 7th Cavalry
I’ve been trying to think what other movie Parasite reminded me of. It reminded me of some Claude Chabrol films, perhaps some Hitchcock but it really is an original. It is a comedy, a drama, a thriller all wrapped up in a social satire about economic status and class warfare. It is an extremely smartly written film and beautifully directed by Bong Joon Ho (Snow Piercer). It is obviously this year’s Roma but will it get nominated in both Best Picture and Best Foreign Film as Roma did?
A down on their luck family find ways to scheme and scrape together a living while dreaming of a big payoff that will set them up for the rest of their life. They’re a family of con men and they zero in on a young couple and their family. They manage to get jobs with this family without them finding out that they are related. Everything goes as planned until something happens and their plan gets derailed. The film takes a huge turn from being an amusing lark into a harrowing ordeal.
The performances are perfect. You really get drawn into the story and taken places you didn’t expect. The direction is creative and the set design is terrific from the little basement hovel the family live in to the gorgeous, sprawling home of the wealthy family. I found out that the house was built just for the film! That is amazing! I expect an Oscar nod for Production Design.
I urge you to see this film. Don’t be scared off because there are subtitles. You will quickly be captivated by the well written story and find yourself absorbed by the plight of both families. Parasite is one of the best films of the year.
The Lighthouse is a highly unusual and stylized film. It feels like a ghost story, a horror film and a Beckett play all in one. Director Robert Eggers (The Witch) has created a unique and original film. It is beautifully shot in black and white and takes place entirely on a small island. It is creepy and haunting and unlike anything you’ll have seen before.
Two men arrive on this small island outpost off the New England coast to man the lighthouse. An older man, Tom (Willem Defoe) and a young man, Winslow (Robert Pattinson). There are only supposed to be there for four weeks but of course, things go awry. You couldn’t ask for two different people. Tom is an old sea dog with a thick Scottish accent and a limp. Winslow is a brooding handsome lad who seems to hate being there. Tom is demanding and annoying, constantly farting and drinking and he will not allow Winslow to take a shift manning the light tower. Winslow must do his daily duties which is nothing but monotonous drudgery. Eventually these two men bond, become friendly, become adversarial then begin mistrusting each other. Isolation can be maddening and madness begins to take hold of these two odd men. But the turning point hinges on an ornery sea gull and Winslow’s temper. Oh and did I mention the mermaid?
This is a psychological play on film. A two hander as they say in the theater. Dafoe and Pattinson give their all and play off each other very well. Dafoe has some lines of dialogue that are just magnificent and being from the theater, The Wooster Group, specifically, Dafoe has no trouble going bog with a character. Pattinson has been making some well thought out choices in his film roles since the twilight movies. He really takes strides in his street cred with this performance.
The film starts off slow and dreamy and builds confidently with a growing sense of dread. It’s a wild ride filled with disturbing imagery and violence. But it is a very well crafted film. Think of what an episode of The twilight Zone might have looked like if Edgar Allen Poe had written it and Ken Russell had directed it. I didn’t pick Poe out of the air, the film is based on an unfinished short story by Poe himself.
“The uniform a man wears changes him. Make sure the uniform you wear changes you for the better.”
The opening sequence is part of an episode of American Hero Story. Hooded Justice is being questioned by two detectives. They want him to take the hood off so they can take a picture of him to use as blackmail. They want him to steal some photos that his lover, Captain Metropolis has that show Metropolis with J. Edgar Hoover! HJ takes off the hood to reveal a very “pretty” white man. But HJ isn’t playing their game. He proceeds to beat them to death.
Well, this episode was simply amazing! Director Stephen Williams does a masterful job creating a dreamscape of Will’s memories where Will is played sometimes by Regina King and mostly by Jovan Adepo, also another cast member from Lindelof’s The Leftovers. The black and white photography, the editing, the music, the acting, the directing are all masterful and I expect many Emmy nominations for this episode alone. It simply can’t be described. You need to experience it. But here’s a humble recap anyways.
Angela has downed most of the bottle of Will’s Nostalgia pills and goes for a little ride. Lori tries to get her to tell her where Will is before she is overtaken by the pills and fails. Soon Angela is seeing a man drumming in her cell and a woman playing piano. What follows is not only Will’s backstory but the origin story of Hooded Justice because will and HJ are one and the same.
“You are an angry man, Will Reeves” June
Will has moved to New York city with his wife June, who was the baby girl wrapped in an American Flag that Will saved when he was a boy in the Tulsa massacre aftermath. Will becomes a cop, inspired by the hero from his favorite film Trust In The Law about Bass Reeves, the black marshall of Oklahoma. But in the real world he is not wanted by his fellow cops who moonlight as klansmen. When he graduates the academy, the white chief skips him in the line and he is instead welcomed by the famous black lieutenant, Battle, who shispers in his ear, “Beware of the Cyclops”.
When Will arrests a white man who tosses a molotov cocktail in a shop owened by Jews he quickly is taught a harsh lesson. Some of his fellow cops take him out of town, put a hood on his head and a noose around his neck and strings him up from a tree. The POV shot during this is horrifying. They cut him down, only meaning to scare him. He wanders back into town, the noose still around his neck, he hears screaming coming from an alley. A white couple are being attacked by three white men. Will puts the hood back on and proceeds to save the couple.
When he gets home June tends to him and the next morning his heroism is all over the papers. June tells him, “You aren’t going to get justice with a badge, Will Reeves, you’re going to get it with that hood. And if you’re going to stay a hero, townsfolk are going to have to think one of their own is under it? So he applies make up around his eyes to make him look white and goes out wearing the hood and the noose and becomes the first hooded vigilante.
At one point, Will/Angela freezes in mid air as she jumps through a window. Lori has given her a sedative to slow down the effects of the Nostalgia and brings in her husband, Cal, to try to break through to her and bring her back but it doesn’t work, she keeps reliving Will’s memories. Will is visited by Nelson Gardner who says he represents Captain Metropolis. There are several people who have been inspited to become masked crime fighters like the famous Hooded Justice. They’re forming a group calling themselves ‘The New Minutemen” and they want HJ to join. June is against it but Will still wants to find the Cyclops and he’ll need help which he won’t get from his fellow policemen.
Of course, Nelson Gardner IS Captain Metropolis and he and HJ become lovers. I now see that, what I thought was porn that Wade was watching in Episode 5 was actually an episode of American Hero Story. However, it seems that Captain Metropolis isn’t much interested in fighting Will’s war. When violence breaks out a movie theater in Harlem, Will discovers that the KKK are behind it and are using a special strobe machine that hypnotizes people into making them susceptible to suggestion.
Will calls Nelson to assemble the Minutemen but Nelson refuses. Will runs into that same old white guy that he arrested at the beginning of the episode and that he encounters mid way through, running a store that doubles as a cover for a KKK outpost. He learns that the big warehouse nearby is his and decides to take matters into his own hands without any help. He shoots him in the head then proceeds into the warehouse and kills everyone in it. He saves the strobe machine, piles the dead bodies to form a pyre and sets the place aflame. As he stands outside watching it, it reminds him of watching Tulsa burn when he was five.
When he gets home he finds his son applying the white makeup around his eyes and wearing the noose around his neck. He just wanted to be like daddy but Will flies into a rage and starts wiping the make up off his son’s face, scaring the boy. June swoops in and has had enough. She’s moving back to Tulsa with her son.
We finally see what happened to Judd. Will used the mind controlling technique on him to make him hang himself. He used a flashlight sized strobe to hypnotize Judd. Judd was lucid for a minute, long enough to say that the KKK outfit in his closet belonged to his father, just as Wade suspected. Why Will wanted him dead, i’m not sure. Perhaps Judd’s great grandfather was sherrif in Tulsa in 1921? Or he’d run across Judd at some point that we haven’t seen yet.
June wakes up, a tube in her arm, apparently providing some life saving medicine and Lady Trieu watching over her. How did she get there? Where’s Lori? What does Angela think about her grandfather now?
Jovan Adepo played Regina King’s son in The Leftovers.
Hooded Justice’s back story was not included in the original Watchmen graphic novel so Lindelof had wiggle room to play with his origin story.
Lt. Battle was a real person! And was the first black lieutenant on the New York police force.
Interesting how Will is shown having relationships with men and women and not a whole lot of commentary about it. It’s just how he was. The director, Stephen Williams, says they considered Will, ‘sexually fluid’
The book that the KKK learned their mind controlling technique from is called Mesmerism for The Masses written by WC Florentine. Will we meet this person I wonder?
5 THINGS I THINK I KNOW
1 Will and Lady Trieu’s plan will use the mind controlling technique using the Millennium Clock.
2 Lady Trieu is rejuvenating Will with one of her transfusions.
3 Angela’s parents were killed in Vietnam by The Comedian, her father.
4 Lube Man must make a return appearance!
5 Veidt will escape his prison and will meet Wade.
“Accept the future.” Dante
Well this was a pretty dark mid season finale! It sets everything up nicely for the back half of the season which should prove to be very exciting and tense.
The cold open was a doozy! Rosita comes to check on Saddiq con baby. They’re greeted by Dante who speaks Spanish to Rosita. Nice touch. But Rosita senses something’s wrong and when Dante can’t convince her to go he comes at her with a knife.
Meanwhile Saddiq reanimates! He comes out of the bedroom and heads straight hit the defenseless baby laying in the corner, crying. Can you imagine seeing your zombie dad coming to eat you? Chilling! Rosita manages to subdue Dante in time to stab Zombie Saddiq in the noggin. Roll the opening credits!
Aaron makes progress with Gamma. She’s willing to trade telling them where Alpha is keeping the walker herd in exchange for letter her see her nephew. Aaron takes the message back to Alexandria and discovers that Saddiq is Dead. Dante refuses to talk. These Whisperers are dedicated to their leader. Why is Gamma so easy to blab?
They have the funeral for Saddiq and then Daryl, Carol and Aaron are off to rendezvous with Connie, Magna and Kelly to see if Gamma’s info is correct.
Rosita tried to work off her grief by killing some walkers but gets in trouble until Eugene comes along to help her out. It’s a very awkward but sweet reunion. Oh you can see the writing on the wall!
“Encourage your paranoia about us, which will push you into bad decisions. Places like this are cruel promises to their people and they crumble at the smallest nick. Hell, I’m going to enjoy watching you tearing each other apart wondering what to do with me, just like with Negan.” Dante
Rosita tried to open up to Gabriel about how she’s afraid to tie and leave her baby alone. Gabriel has more important things on his mind and basically tells her she’ll get over it. That didn’t sit well with the little lady. Knowing he needs to make amends he goes to visit Dante in the cell and makes the call. Justice must be done so he proceeds to ventilate Dante with about 15 new holes. Rosita watches him leave the scene if the crime with his hands covered in blood. She cuddles her baby and seems to nod in approval.
“My mercy prevails over my wrath”
Meanwhile, Michonne, Judith and Luke are making their way to Oceanside. Luke is whistling Rachmaninov because he’s in love and convinced them to stop at at a library along the way for some new books. Luke gets assailed by sone walkers and sone guy comes out of nowhere to save him. Michonne gets word about Saddiq and they make Oceanside post haste. The Good Samaritan left his bag at the library and follows them to Oceanside to retrieve it but gets caught. Look, he’s a shady looking character who shows up with a herd of walkers behind him. Judith sliced his leg as he tries to escape and Michonne questions him.
She is tough on him but he says something that triggers her. “Mercy is in short supply these days”. Michonne remembers what Rick said once. The things that Carl’s death inspired in him. The resaon he didn’t kill Negan. “My mercy prevails over my wrath”. She decides to trust him and believes he’s not a threat. He’s just trying to get back to his family who apparently live on a nearby island and also happen to have a cache of weapons. So she decides to go back with him on a boat to his island.
The end of the episode is just crazy stupid. Gammas info turns out to be bad. They don’t find the walker herd. But Carol sees Alpha and decides to chase her which is what she wants! And of course, the rest of the group go after them. It’s a trap of course! They end up trapped in a cave with the walker herd! No way out! Negan will have to go save them! Of course! Carol has acted stupidly all season. Daryl is to blame too for knowing this and allowing her to put all their lives in danger. It should be an exciting last 8 episodes!
Speaking with my friend Charlotte, we just can’t believe that any Whisperer, after seeing Alexandria, wouldn’t want to trade in their skin suit and side with Michonne!
I have to say I’m with Gabe on this one. Dante needed to die.
Judith is badass just like her step mom!
There are way too many characters! Some of them go missing for many episodes at a time. Where is Aiden? Yumiko?
I loved the little scene between Ezekiel and Carol. So sad.
5 Things I Think I Know
1 Carol has gone loco. I think she’s gonna die in the season Finale. Probably saving Connie’s life.
2 Gamma. I can’t figure out her purpose. Is she really going to sell out Alpha or is she scheming to take control of The Whisperers? I have to say she has to have a bad motive to help Alexandria. She hasn’t been around long enough to have a conversion.
3 Eugene will get together with Rosita! It’s gonna happen!
4 Ezekiel will go out heroically.
5 Michonne is going to find proof that Rick is still alive and will go off in search of him. That’s how she makes her exit