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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 24, 2015, 05:46 PM »
I guess I'm in the minority, but I'm really liking the Alexandria storyline.  These people had stockpiles of supplies and wouldn't have had trouble getting more with most of the population initially cleared out.  They got a wall up with little opposition and are absolutely clueless about how to survive in the new world.  Given those circumstances, of course they are mostly made up of worthless idiots.  Deanna recognizes that they need to change and grow - I just think she's overwhelmed with grief over her son.  She hasn't experienced loss as much as most people.

On the flip side, I think Rick and others are wildly confused about what's right and wrong in this new world.  I think a lot of you are disregarding the long term mental impact of surviving a zombie apocalypse.  It would have to be shocking surviving on the road for so long, then showing up in a gated community with all the riches of normal life.  Look at how Michonne felt like she was coming out of a daze this episode.  They're stuck between this fantasy of safety versus knowing the dangers (human and zombie) that are right outside and maybe even within Alexandria's walls. 

Rick has opposition for leadership for pretty much the first time since Shane.  He talks big about taking what they want, but I think that heavily conflicts with his sense of humanity and right vs. wrong.  I thought the domestic struggle was fascinating.  I saw it less as Rick vs. Pete and more about Human Rick vs. Animal Rick.  He could have just shot Pete if he could bring himself to do that, but instead he's grappling with what to do about this guy and further conflicted because he's drawn to Jesse.  He's holding back.  Is he doing this for her benefit or for his and what's really the best thing for the group if this is their only doctor?  That's totally Rick fighting with himself, not Pete kicking his ass.

I think Nicholas spotted Rick hiding the gun initially, which makes sense if he's one of the group's runners.  He snatched and hid it for an emergency.  I hope he never gets the chance to use it.  I loved the voting on the talking dead where people said the most interesting thing to throw at a zombie would be Nicholas. 

I do think the blatant waste of ammo is annoying.  It was great when Rick's group stood by the overpass and just dodged walkers to get rid of them.  But the Alexandria people are living a life of excess, so not surprised to find it's fairly easy to acquire and waste bullets at will.  Also getting tired of Sasha - she is filling a critical role as sniper, but the rampage is getting tiresome.

I suspect the people of Alexandria know what's going on with the W - they just haven't said anything about it yet.  This wasn't in the comics that I recall, but I think it's leading up to a new baddie for the group to tangle with, which should be great.  Can't wait to see what the premise is for zombie torsos.  The most interesting part is that the girl tied to the tree just recently turned.  So if she's not from Alexandria, then there must be other survivors nearby. 

I really like the Daryl and Aaron pairing.  Agree that they are the best part of the show right now.  I don't understand why they didn't go after the campfire or whatever it was they saw though.  Their job is to find new people and it sure seemed like they had time to get to the camp or whatever that was.  Even if they got there late, isn't Daryl some kind of master tracker?  Whoever that was is clearly tied to the whole W mystery.

Bring on the finale!

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:31 PM »
I'll grab the other.  Thanks Jeff!

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 17, 2015, 03:28 PM »
I think the toy companies must get schematics in advance of the final shows to produce them in time.  They probably either just plucked one that they liked or maybe the original storyline had more of Gunship planned for that episode.  There aren't a lot of other Rebels ships that Lego could make at that price point. 

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 17, 2015, 03:25 PM »
Inquisitor "eye tears" variant

Thanks Jeff.  I just have the Target pack-in version, so looks like I need to get my hands on a Wave 3 basic fig...

Other Toy Lines / Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines - by Hiya Toy
« on: March 17, 2015, 03:21 PM »
Those are pretty cool.  Who sells them?  I liked the review, but couldn't figure where I would go to give them my money.

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 17, 2015, 01:08 PM »
What is the Inquisitor variant?

Other Toy Lines / Re: Transformers
« on: March 15, 2015, 06:05 PM »
Those are good prices, but if it's not MP it's dead to me.   ;)

Sold out.  That's nuts!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 11, 2015, 12:06 PM »
Someone noted that the kid stamped Rick with the letter red...while Rick has thoughts about another man's wife.

That was me, but I hadn't related it to the Scarlet Letter.  Nice symbolism there!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Harrison Ford Plane Crash
« on: March 9, 2015, 05:48 PM »
Why the hell was he flying backwards?  Senile old coot. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 9, 2015, 05:48 PM »
How did I miss this?!  Starz Ash vs. Evil Dead 2015 TV Series.  Raimi and Campbell together again?  I'm in. 

TV-9D9 / Re: Star Wars Rebels - Season One (Spoilers)
« on: March 9, 2015, 11:51 AM »
Nobody really needs to know where he came from and what his pod-race records are.

Haha!  Thanks for the Monday morning chuckle.

Power of the Force 2 / Re: 20th Anniversary of POTF2
« on: March 9, 2015, 11:49 AM »
Are you referring to the Rebel Fleet Trooper on .00 card with rectangular bubble or the .01 card slanted bubble version.   ;)  Man, the things I used to prioritize...

Star Wars Rebels / Re: Recents Finds and/or Purchases
« on: March 9, 2015, 10:52 AM »
Nice grabs Pete!  If you're looking to sell off any of those Jedi Temple Guards, please hit me up.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 9, 2015, 10:35 AM »
Another episode of which I wasn't a big fan.

Carol gets snuck-up on by a fat cookie-seeking kid?  Rick ready to pop a cap in some physician's ass so he can get some?  Daryl becoming the least suspicious of the core because some dude likes horses?

I get Rick going darker, and that's an interesting turn, but the rest of them becoming incompetent this quickly just doesn't sit well with me.

I'm actually really liking this last few. 

Carol's in a new area, trying to focus and hurry.  As someone with a lot of kids in my neighborhood, I've been surprised like that a few times in my own garage.  And I'm not focused on stealing guns with a party going a few houses down. This was a setup to show how dark she really is or what lengths she will go to, so I'm willing to overlook a sneaky kid.

Rick's been in a pretty crazy world where it's take or be taken.  I think that scene was meant to show how hard it is to just come back to a "normal" life after being on the run in that environment so long.  He didn't whip the gun out and point it.  I thought it was a good way to show how hard it is for him and the crew to assimilate.  Would be dumb and lazy if they didn't have some kind of adjustment issue.

Daryl has been in need of companionship since he lost Beth.  Brother's gone, Beth's gone, Carol's gone homemaker under cover.  Everybody needs friendship.  Daryl not taking a gun is more about him deciding to put some trust into something other than himself.

I thought all of these were really great character building moments.  I like the on-the-run action, but stuff like this is what makes us care whether they live or die.  Pretty good writing IMO.

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