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Rant: On Spoiler Culture, Social Media Misconduct and The Walking Dead Midseason Finale

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Last night The Walking Dead aired its midseason finale, “Coda.” I, like many other television viewers, utilize technology (DVRs, video services online like Amazon and iTunes) to watch the latest episodes of my favorite shows at my leisure. So you can imagine my disappointment when AMC’s official Facebook page for The Walking Dead posted a gigantic spoiler for the end of the episode at 9:59 PM EST and then re-shared it to their feed around 1 AM, presumably after the west coast feed aired. Continue reading

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Finale Review: The Walking Dead – 416 – “A”

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Last Sunday night, The Walking Dead concluded its fourth season with a finale that was a marked improvement over last season’s lackluster conclusion and overall better than some of the dull episodes we were subjected to throughout the season.

The Walking Dead is a show that above all else is about inconsistencies in the quality of the writing. For me, every great episode comes at the price of two or three dull, disjointed episodes. Sunday’s finale, simply titled “A”, was something of a marriage between the disjointed and the stellar writing techniques of the series.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 37 – Worst. Episodes. Ever., The Fifth Estate and Nebraska

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Here’s the latest ep of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! Thankfully our equipment held together for this recording session! So we’re back to decent sound quality!

This week we discussed some of our least favorite episodes from some of our favorite shows. It was a really good discussion and there’s even a good Lost tangent in there for good measure. Hope you enjoy.

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The Month in Movies: January 2014

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  • Total Viewings: 19
  • First Viewings: 12
  • Theater Viewings: 3

So January in 2014 wasn’t nearly as productive as last year in terms of movies watched. To be fair, however, last January was one of the best months I’ve ever had for movie watching; surpassing many a Shocktober, even.

I’m proud of my numbers this month, though. I had a respectable 3 theater outings and a majority of the movies I watched were first viewings. I started 2014 off well. Not only that, I also added a new category to my stats. Continue reading

Mr. White and Detective Mackey: Two Anti-Heroes, Two Finales

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Now that Breaking Bad has ended and the dust has settled on the wave of articles, criticisms and adulation toward it, I feel compelled to write some thoughts. And it’s just in time for tomorrow’s final season and complete series blu-ray releases.

If you heard The Obsessive Viewer Podcast’s analysis of the finale, you would know that I had some slightly dissenting opinions about the end of Walter White and Heisenberg. Particularly, my opinion was rooted in his role as an anti-hero.

I wrote this while I was still comprehending the events of Breaking Bad’s final run of episodes. In the aftermath of Felina, I saw countless comparisons of the show to The Wire, which I firmly believe is in a class by itself in the television pantheon. What I saw surprisingly few of were comparison’s between Breaking Bad and The Shield. Below I recount how each series and each anti-hero’s final bow. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow me around the internet with the links below.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 26 – Into the Vault I – The Godfather, Pulp Fiction & Back to the Future

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Here’s the latest ep of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast! We were originally going to have Chris Spangle from We Are Libertarians on to discuss the Fall TV season but due to technical issues on our end, we had to bump him to next week.

Instead, we introduced a new concept to the show that we look forward to doing once per season. We were flying by the seat of our pants while we figured out, on the air, how to do it. Nevertheless, we had a lot of fun recording it and we hope you enjoy listening to it!

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 19 – Bonus Ep – Breaking Bad – The Final Episodes Part 3

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Well, Breaking Bad is done forever and we at The Obsessive Viewer Podcast have finished our trilogy of bonus episodes dedicated to this great piece of television! Here you have our discussion of the series’ final two episodes, as well as some bonus discussions thrown into the mix. We hope you like it.

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The Week in TV: Sept. 22nd-28th, 2013

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Here’s this week’s installment of everyone’s favorite feature: “The Obsessive Viewer’s Week in TV!” This week was a big one. As far as new episodes, we had the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, a plot building episode of Boardwalk Empire, plus the premieres of How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Mindy Project.

In the Rewatches, Catch Ups and Independent Viewings category, I finally finished up season 2 of The Newsroom, made some great progress on the recently added to Netflix 2nd season of New Girl and an intensely timed rewatch of How I Met Your Mother’s 8th season.

I also decided against watching the Emmys and let my ridiculous new habit of weekly HBO blu-ray purchases get the better of me. Read on and let me know what you think. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 16 – Bonus Ep – Breaking Bad – The Final Episodes Part 2

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“My name is ObsessiveViewer, king of kings:

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”

But don’t actually despair, because we have a new, bonus episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast for you to listen to today!

This is Part 2 of our trilogy of Breaking Bad bonus episodes. The series is in its final run of episodes and we’re paying careful and thorough tribute to it. This episode covers the 3 most recent episodes of Breaking Bad (Rabid Dog, To’hajiilee and Ozymandias).

Check it out below and let us know what you think! We also want to know how you feel about Breaking Bad! Share your thoughts, memories and favorite moments in the form below and we’ll share it in the next episode!

And don’t forget to download our first Breaking Bad bonus episode!
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The Week in TV: Sept. 8th–14th, 2013

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This is the time of year when I get bogged down with all the series I follow. Some shows fall by the wayside while others get picked up if word of mouth or marketing is strong enough.  Obviously I can’t devote a post every week (like with Bates Motel or Under the Dome) to every show I watch. So here’s a new weekly series I’m going to try my best to work on as the fall TV season unfolds.

I’m already off to a semi-bad start considering this was meant to go up Sunday. But I’ll try my best in the future to post these when I intend them to be posted.

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The Obsessive Viewer Podcast – Ep 12 – Bonus Ep – Breaking Bad – The Final Episodes Part 1

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This week we’ve released a special bonus episode of The Obsessive Viewer Podcast!

UPDATE 9/18: Check out Part 2 of the Breaking Bad bonus episodes here!

To commemorate the final episodes of Breaking Bad, Tiny, Mike and myself have decided to record our discussions of each episode after they air. We’re releasing these recordings in 3 segment chunks. So this episode covers the first 3 episodes of the final season and in a few weeks we’ll release part 2 (which will cover episodes 4-6). Finally, the 3rd Breaking Bad bonus episode will cover the penultimate episode and the series finale.

Not a Breaking Bad fan? No worries. We’re also going to release our normal Friday episode on schedule this week! Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer Fall TV Preview

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Well, summer is winding to a close and television fans are starting to look toward the fall TV season. Here I’ve made a list of the shows I am looking forward to the most and a few new series that have piqued my interest. Obviously I can’t cover them all, so let me know what shows you’re most looking forward to this fall.  Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Breaking Bad – Season 5 (2012)

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In honor of the return of the best show on television next week, today’s Streaming Saturday is Breaking Bad! Next Sunday, the first episode of the final 8 episodes of the series will premiere. Just in time, Netflix has added season 5 of the show to their streaming arsenal. So if you want to rewatch last year’s episodes to prepare for next week, or if you want to call off work and cram all 54 episodes into the next 8 days, they are all available on Netflix.  Continue reading

Season Finale: The Walking Dead – 316 – “Welcome to the Tombs”

I’ve had a day to think about the season finale of The Walking Dead. I’ve considered the way the various story lines were resolved in the last two episodes and thought about the possibilities for season four. A day has passed and I keep coming back to the single question I blurted out when the third season of The Walking Dead came to a close…

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TV Backlog: The Walking Dead (Rising from Mediocrity, Shambling into Greatness)

The zombie genre often raises interesting questions. How would we behave if society as we know it was gone? How far are we willing to go to protect our own and when the teeth are closing in, what or who are we willing to sacrifice?

These are themes The Walking Dead has played with since day one and things are quickly coming to a head as the show soon ends its third season. Only two new episodes are left and I feel now is as good a time as any to reflect on where the show’s been and where it’s heading. Let’s start from the beginning…

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