This has been by far the most disappointing season of Justified
. Why Rachel and Tim aren't given more to do remains one of life's biggest mysteries, especially now that they could use their charisma to mask the fact that nothing of any significance is happening (or is happening very slowly), the Crowe family is a bust, and Ava's subplot is horrid.
As a kid "Hansel and Gretel" was my absolute favorite fairytale. I kept the book close and re-read it almost every day. To this I can remember one specific instance I imagined leaving a trail of breadcrumbs from house to my neighbor's house when I went to visit, also what I pictured the house made entirely out of candy to look like. Anyway, I watched Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
the instant it hit Netflix (can't seem to catch a movie in theaters lately!) and was not disappointed, though I wish they could have cut the cursing and Hansel's love scene, the rest was very entertaining. It is unfortunately rated R and not in any way intended for kids.
:::The Walking Dead
After reading a bunch of positive reviews I decided to re-watch "Still." I liked it a lot more than I did on Sunday. Because Rick is my favorite character I tend to get restless when he's MIA for entire episodes, so I may have been too impatient, anxiously waiting to hear from other survivors and other stories instead of paying attention to what was actually happening onscreen.
I was finally able to connect with Beth's character and her curiously morbid optimism. One moment she reveals she believed everything was going to be okay once they found the prison, that Maggie and Glenn would have a baby and Hershel would die very old, surrounded by people he loved, then a minute later she's telling Daryl he'll be the last man standing and that he's going to miss her when she's gone (survival of the fittest and all). Heh. Whatever the case may be, I hope she doesn't die for a long time because I think (well, more like the writers proved) she's capable of good moments (she had a few in this episode), but now I'm sort of afraid Daryl may be in danger, for whatever reason. This show makes me paranoid.
Daryl's belief that everyone else is dead is hard to justify unless we remember the impact Sophia's death had on him, a fact Beth brings up during their conversation. Fresher still is the guilt he feels for stopping the search for the Governor. Daryl has never been as depressed and worn down as he is now. I don't think he should blame himself for the attack on the prison, but I can understand him beating himself up about it and convincing himself losing his 'family' is his punishment for getting too comfortable. In short, he needed that hug from Beth, heck, he needed Beth
. He needed to cry, lash out, rant and rave before going back out there, and he did. We didn't find out anything new about these two characters, but I don't know, I'm feeling more appreciative of the writers' ability to recognize whose buttons needed to be pushed and by whom. Same principle applies to Michonne, Carl and Rick's developing bond. Michonne bursting into tears at the sight of Carl and Rick was profoundly moving and a real breakthrough for all three characters. Scandal
3x12, "We Do Not Touch the First Ladies"( !Collapse )