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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 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 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 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 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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Editorial: 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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Bates Motel and the Horror Genre on Television

Thanks to The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, the horror genre is in the midst of its biggest television presence since Tales from the Crypt camped up the airwaves of the 1990s. Now A&E is trying to get in on the ground floor by taking a beloved character of the genre and enlisting network hit makers to create a modern day prequel series.

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