It might not be a bad thing: The Mandalorian rolled out weekly, and that allowed people to take the time to properly digest it, create gifs and so on. In a streaming age, TV shows have a tendency to come and go in the blink of an eye – so this is one way of combatting that. In the case of The Boys season 2, Amazon even has an aftershow called Prime Rewind: Inside The Boys that covers each episode in detail. … [Read more...] about When is the next episode of The Boys season 2 on Amazon Prime Video?
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Evaluating the Villain: As in previous weeks, it’s hard to measure Negan’s growth as a villain if he doesn’t show up for work. It’d be one thing if actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan were only a supporting cast member, contracted for a certain number of episodes per season and playing a diminished supporting role. That would explain the mind-boggling choice to have him in only two episodes this season so far. But as the biggest, baddest villain in the series, his absence is inexplicable. It’s also befuddling after last week’s episode. “The Big Bad U” proved that TWD can do better, and the only takeaway from “The King, The Widow, and Rick” is that the show is choosing not to. Perhaps it’s related to budget constraints or adaptation issues, but whatever the reason it makes for frustrating television. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 6: The King, the Widow, and Rick
Daryl transforms into a full-fledged anti-hero Daryl Dixon has always been a wild card in The Walking Dead, primarily because he doesn’t exist in the comics, which lets AMC and Gimple do with him as they please. This season, that’s meant turning Daryl into a bit of an anti-hero, with a thirst for revenge and a disregard for the ethics of armed conflict. When we catch up with him in “Time For After,” he’s aligned with Tara — still heartbroken over the death of her lover, Denise — and Morgan, who has given up on redemption over the course of the season. After rescuing Michonne and Rosita in the previous episode, Daryl and his gang drive to the Sanctuary to kill the remainder of the Saviors. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 7: Time for After
We knew that it would all be coming to a head in the form of some kind of shootout, and although the action was welcomed, it still felt like one of the weakest and most risk-averse finales the show has ever delivered. That’s partly because the path we took to get here was so bloated and boring that there was no possible way one single episode could reverse a season’s worth of bad tendencies. Sure, Sasha taking Eugene’s pill in a last-ditch attempt to take out Negan was a pleasant surprise. But Jadis’ betrayal felt too convenient, as did the Kingdom and Hilltop’s arrival at just the right moment. Negan declaring war might as well have been met with shrugged shoulders. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Redemption Club season 7, episode 16: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Preparing for war Much of “Mercy” revolves around carefully arranged shots showing Rick, Maggie, and Ezekiel helping their respective groups arm up to “end it once and for all.” Meanwhile, Carol, Daryl, and Tara prepare to entrap and herd a zombie horde. It’s a bit confusing at first, because The Walking Dead doesn’t make it clear whether any time has passed since last season, or whether tensions with the Saviors have actually diminished. Eventually, after a telling scene where Dwight feeds Daryl intel via messages tied to crossbow bolts, the context is set: events are happening not long after the season 7 finale, but the state of the world hasn’t really changed. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 1: Mercy