The best thing about Star Wars Celebration: the panels? Nah. The celebrities? Nope. It was my first time at Star Wars Celebration and most of my time was spent getting to know the fans. They are the best thing about this much-hyped con. You spend hours in line with these people, you might as well get to know them. They become your “waiting-in-line family.” Here’s a gallery of the best of Star Wars Celebration! Cheers to the die-hard Star Wars fans! You guys are the best people I’ve ever come across!
Amanda the Brainy Librarian
Season 7 has been a snoozer for me. Perhaps it was the hype surrounding Negan. Perhaps it was the dragging plot line. Even so, the season 7 finale had some memorable scenes. Let’s recap:
The show opens with Sasha listening to music on headphones then she drifts into sleep. She has a flashback of her with Abraham. This moment only made me realize how much I miss his character, his one-liners, and how good the show was before Negan arrived. *Sigh* More on this later.
Back to the show…Sasha is then seen with Negan who offers her breakfast (a smiley face pancake!) and tells her that one person needs to die. Maggie rallies the Hilltop and Carol and Morgan are rallying the Kingdom folk. Finally! Carol is back!!
The scavengers and Alexandrians are prepping for the arrival of Negan. When the bomb they rigged fails to detonate, the scavengers turn their weapons on the Alexandrians. Plot twist! Negan reveals a coffin and it becomes clear that Sasha is inside. Negan opens it and a walker Sasha exits. She attacks Negan and Carl uses the distraction to shoot a Scavenger. Chaos ensues, and after lots of gunfire, the Kingdom and Hilltop finally arrive. In brief, Michonne gets badly beaten but survives, Rosita takes a hit as does Rick. But neither appear life-threatening. The show ends with a long monologue from Maggie explaining the legacy that Glenn left behind.
There was a flashback scene that shows Sasha in her final moments with Abraham. She tells him not to go because she had a dream where he died. Then Abraham goes on about how they have to help. He says, “Putting yourself on the line for someone else, that’s living.” This coupled with the monologue from Glenn felt like the show was reaching for what made it great: characters we were attached to. It was a touching ending, no ugly cliffhanger like last season. But this season was so muddled and it jumped from the Saviors to Hilltop to Kingdom to Scavengers to Oceanside and back again. It took 15 episodes to get to the “All Out War.” And those 15 episodes had few memorable moments. I couldn’t tell you a favorite moment because there wasn’t anything that stood out. This finale just made me miss the old show. “Hey guys, remember Glenn and Abraham? Weren’t they great? Here they are again so you can miss the show when it was good.”
How much longer are fans willing to wait to see if the show picks up? I’m not really sure how much longer I’ll be around to wait.
For a finale, it doesn’t rank anywhere near the others. Rating: 2/5
And as a season as a whole, it was poor. Rating: 1/5
Check back for my thoughts on why I think Season 7 has finally “jumped the shark.”
Season 7 of The Walking Dead has brought us a lot of heartache. We lost several beloved characters. Oh, and that other guy too, Spencer.
Here’s a brief recap of season 7 to remind you where we left off.
Episode 1: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”
Season 6 left with the ultimate cliffhanger experience. Viewers were pissed (myself included) and it’s revealed that Negan kills Glenn and Abraham. Abraham’s last words are, “Suck my nuts” and he appears to give a peace sign as a goodbye to Sasha. Glenn’s last words to Maggie are, “I’ll find you.”
Episode 2: “The Well”
Carol and Morgan are at the Kingdom with King Ezekiel and his pet tiger, Shiva. Carol and Ezekiel seem to hit it off and it’s like Ezekiel knows that Carol is putting on a show. Carol says she doesn’t want to return to Alexandria and would rather live in solitude.
Episode 3: “The Cell”
The best part of this episode was the song “Easy Street” that was featured in it. Sure, some of you hated it but it was a good earworm that made me download the ringtone to my cell phone. Anyhow, Daryl is captive at the Sanctuary with Negan and his gang. He’s being tortured by Dwight and tested by Negan. He never falters though. He hasn’t been broken by them.
Episode 4: “Service”
We’re back at Alexandria and we see the aftermath of Glenn and Abraham’s death. Everyone wants to fight against Negan and the Saviors except Rick. And we all know it’s a Ricktatorship so they’re not fighting. A huge announcement is made by Rick, in Maury Povich fashion. He tells Michonne that he knows he is not the father to Judith but Shane is.
If you’re a fan and still watching the show at this point, way to go! This is where things nose-dive. And by that I mean, the plot slows down. Even more. This episode has been called the worst of the season or, “The one where nothing happens.” Enid and Carl break out of Alexandria, they kiss (yay?) and they rollerskate (awww). Back at Hilltop, a pregnant Maggie, Sasha and Jesus have to handle a horde of walkers. That’s it.
Episode 6: “Swear”
The last episode was the worst of the season until this one aired. It’s a Tara episode. And while I appreciate that they are developing a character, it was pointless. Tara and Heath are attempting to survive on their own. They come across other survivors, possibly a woman-only group. Yeah, zzzzzzzzz……
Episode 7: “Sing Me a Song”
Carl, who is on a mission to kill Negan by himself, is captured. Negan shows him around the compound and makes him sing to him. Rosita is also on a mission to kill Negan which involves homemade bullets. Still a snoozefest but better than Episode 6.
Episode 8: “Hearts Still Beating”
A member of the Kingdom is trying to convince Carol and Morgan to fight Negan but they refuse. Back at Alexandria, Spencer is talking it up with Negan and they match up in a game of billiards. All you really need to know is that Spencer finally dies, Rosita takes a shot at Negan and hits Lucille instead. In retaliation, Negan orders one of his minions to take out one of the Alexandrians. She chooses Olivia. (Olivia was the one in charge of the rations at Alexandria). No big loss here.
The biggest problem with this season, so far, has been too many groups and too many stories. The plot went from Negan, to Alexandria, to the Kingdom, to Tara (WTF?), and it lacked suspense. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is amazing. But I don’t know if that’s enough to carry the entire show. Will I continue to watch? You’re damn right, I will. However, my patience is wearing thin.
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 12th at 9/8c.
*** images courtesy of AMC.com
The Walking Dead: Season 7 Midseason Premiere Promo
It’s the beginning of the resistance on The Walking Dead.
Here’s an exclusive preview of what’s ahead when Season 7 returns this Sunday, February 12th.
*** video courtesy of IGN
The death of Carrie Fisher affected me much more to me than I expected. I heard of her heart attack while on vacation. But I was like many others and thought, “She’s tough. She’ll pull through.” I also thought, “There’s no way 2016 would go that low.” It went low, punched me directly in my gut, right where it hurts the most. By taking away my rebel hero.
I am a diehard Star Wars fan. I’m planning my first Star Wars Celebration and I live and breathe Star Wars every day. Since her death, I’ve received text messages from friends and condolences from people at work. This isn’t just another celebrity death for many Star Wars fans. Taking Carrie from this earth has taken one of our role models.
1. Be a rebel and seek out the greater good
2. Love. Just love.
3. Defy prescribed roles.
Princess Leia may be a princess but she’s not your average Disney princess. She’s not always proper. She ridicules Han by calling him a “scruffy-looking nerf herder.”
4. When all else fails, laugh.
5. Surround yourself with positivity.
PopCultHQ’s Amanda continues her series of reviews for season seven of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Here’s a look at episode eight entitled, “Hearts Still Beating,” which was the 90-minute, mid-season finale.
In this week’s episode, Negan plays “house” by shaving his beard off and cooking spaghetti for the family. Rick and Aaron are still on their run and come across a houseboat with walkers in a body of water. My immediate reaction was, “Walkers can swim?” Does this mean there is a potential global outbreak? Hmmm. Is the walker epidemic not just contained to the United States? And will Kirkman ever tackle this topic?
Meanwhile, we see one of the members of the Kingdom trying to convince Morgan and Carol that they ought to help the fight against Negan. They both reject the idea; Morgan because of his pacifist attitude, and Carol because she wants to live in solace. However, it is important to remind the audience that both Carol and Morgan do NOT know about Glenn and Abraham’s deaths. It is quite possible that they will change their mind once they realize how sadistic Negan is.
Michonne and the Savior she held hostage drive towards the Sanctuary. Then Michonne realizes how outnumbered they are. The odds are against them.
Back at Alexandria, Spencer tries to woo Negan. He brings a bottle of liquor and they shoot a game of billiards. Spencer makes a case that Rick is unfit to be a leader and that he should be leading them himself. Pfft. The intensity rises and Alexandrians gather to watch the two shoot pool. Negan tells Spencer that he doesn’t have the guts, slices him open across the belly, and jokes, “Oh, there they are!”
I think we all saw the death of Spencer coming (especially if you read the comics) but what follows felt a bit forced. Rosita witnessed the disembowelment of Spencer and shoots in Negan’s direction. Of course she misses and hits Lucille. In his anger, he orders a Savior, Arat, to kill one of the Alexandrians. She doesn’t choose Rosita, which seems like the obvious choice. She turns to shoot Olivia.
This kill didn’t jive well with me. Rosita was the likely one to die and for Arat to randomly shoot Olivia just left me cringing. I would have much rather have seen Rosita killed. Not because I dislike her in any way but her storyline has dried out. Plus, it would have made a much bigger impact for Rick and the group. Rick returns to see Spencer’s body on the floor and I’m sure he’s thanking Negan in his head. One less worry.
Anyhow, the episode ends with Rick and the gang at the Hilltop. There is a very touching reunion between Daryl and Rick. This moment had more of an impact than most of the moments in the past few episodes collectively.
While Negan does have a unique presence, this season has still wavered in interest for me. I know what lies around the corner for the characters so I hope the rest of the season draws me in. We’ll have to wait til February to find out.
POPCULTHQ’S TV RATING:
Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead
Season 7, Episode 9 – “Rise Up”
Don’t miss the Mid-Season Premiere of The Walking Dead, Sunday, February 12 at 9/8c.
PopCultHQ’s Amanda continues her series of reviews for season seven of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Here’s a look at episode seven entitled, “Sing Me a Song,” which was inspired by Robert Kirkman’s comic book (see below) and was the turn-around fans needed (FINALLY). For more, read on!
This week’s episode had its pacing picked up a bit with Carl trying to kill Negan on his base. Carl is quickly captured by the Saviors and Negan takes him on a tour of the Sanctuary. Negan demonstrates how all his followers kneel before him and fear him. He shows Carl his harem of wives, which includes Dwight’s former wife. You can tell that Negan keeps her as one of his wives to mentally screw with Dwight. For comic fans, you will notice that they are sticking to the plot closely.
Meanwhile, Rosita is still on a quest to get homemade bullets from Eugene. She’s on a mission to plot revenge against Negan. We also get a scene with Father Gabriel telling Spencer that [paraphrasing], he’s “not a sinner but a tremendous shit.” Michonne is out on a mission herself, also trying to seek revenge. She sets up a roadblock of dead walkers to stop a Savior and takes her hostage so she’ll take her to find Negan. The final scene is Negan taking Carl back to Alexandria for his own tour. He finds Judith and picks her up. Another tactic to see how everyone will react to him.
We can finally see the momentum pick up in this episode. It seems everyone wants revenge but are going on solo missions to get it. Instead of joining together to bring down Negan, they’re seeking their own ways to find Negan and the Sanctuary. This was definitely an improvement from last week’s episode.
POPCULTHQ’S TV RATING:
Quick shout-out to a friend, Indiana Sifuentes, who appeared in the episode. He was one of the Saviors and is pictured here standing with the button up shirt. Indiana has a Facebook page where he shares photos from production of the show. This is very cool for you hardcore fans!
Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead
Season 7, Episode 8 – “Hearts Still Beating”
Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sunday, December 11 at 9/8c.
things quickly spin out of control.
Tara offers to help Olivia as she prepares for an unwelcome visitor.
An official trailer was released for the biggest gathering for Star Wars fans: Star Wars Celebration Orlando. The trailer shows fans in costume and the massive celebrity panels that include Mark Hamill and Gwendoline Christie. No official lineup has been announced yet but it is sure to be as exciting as last year’s event, especially considering the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a couple of weeks and Episode VIII set for winter of 2017. Tickets for the event range from one day passes for $65 (adults) to 4-day passes for $150.
Star Wars Celebration will take place April 13-16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
PopCultHQ’s Amanda continues her series of reviews for season seven of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Here’s a look at episode six entitled, “Swear,” which little did the network know that episode title would take on more than one connotation after its airing. For more, read on!
Last night’s episode opens with Tara washed up on a beach. A young girl nearly kills her thinking she’s a walker. Flashback to Heath and Tara who have been scavenging for 2 weeks. Heath is having trouble adjusting to what the world actually is outside the walls of Alexandria. He doesn’t like to be forced to kill for food, for survival. Back on the beach, Tara wakes up and follows a woman. It seems she found an all-woman community. Next thing you know, there’s a shootout when these women find Tara. Is it another Negan compound?
Flashback again to Heath and Tara scavenging and they come across a large sand hill. Tara pulls at a duffle bag and sand walkers emerge from the hill.
Back at the woman compound, the female in charge questions Tara. Tara lies about being a fisher. Then Tara tells them about Negan’s group. She tries to convince them to join forces to fight against Negan.
At this point of the episode, it feels like there are too many groups, too many stories, and it’s drawn out.
Tara finally escapes and returns to Alexandria. Heath is MIA and Tara only finds heartbreak in Alexandria as she finds out her girlfriend, Glenn and Abraham are dead. Rosita asks Tara if there was anything out there like another group, ammunition, etc. Tara has an opportunity to reveal the all-women group but doesn’t. There are only 2 episodes left for this (calendar) year and it feels like the series is on a downward slope. I’m not trashing this episode but, well okay, yes I am trashing this episode. An entire episode about Tara does not move the plot forward. I loved the episode last season on Morgan and “The Cheesemaker” Eastman but this didn’t even come close to that level of storytelling.
Overall rating: F
Quite possibly the worst episode in a long time.
Sneak Peek of The Walking Dead
Season 7, Episode 7 – “Sing Me A Song“
Don’t miss the next episode of The Walking Dead, Sunday, December 4 at 9/8c.
Plus, Michonne takes out walkers while out on the road.
We’re back at Alexandria for episode 4 of “The Walking Dead.” The aftermath of Glenn and Abraham’s death still fresh in the minds of the group, since according to the timeline on the show it happened 3 days ago. Michonne seems to be trying to sharpen her sniper skills but fails miserably. Even so, Michonne is someone who will not sit by as Negan takes control.
Enter Negan and the Saviors. Negan demands to see Maggie and for a brief moment we are led to believe she died from her illness. There are gunshots in the distance and we see Carl threatening a member of the Saviors. Carl says to Negan, “You better leave before you find out how dangerous we are.” Rick’s group wants to fight back, that is except for Rick.
Negan clears the armory, threatening to kill Olivia who is missing 2 handguns. Rick finds the guns under the floorboards of Spencer’s home. This is not the first time we mistrust Spencer. It’s safe to say he’ll be a liability for Rick. In a final scene, Michonne returns to Alexandria and Rick convinces her to return the rifle even when it’s not necessary. Why, Rick? Why? Rick does this to gain the trust of Negan and he asks Negan to release Daryl as his prisoner. Not happening. Rick is further emasculated when Negan asks Rick to thank him.
After the Saviors leave, Rick and Michonne are laying out blankets on the floor since the Savior took all the mattresses and beds. In a shocking moment, Rick talks about Shane. He says he knows Judith isn’t his baby but it is his daughter. His actions are to keep her and everyone else alive. As a die-hard Team Shane member, it’s good to see a part of Shane live on! What it reveals about Rick though is that he is willing to be humiliated and mentally beaten so that others can have a life.
At this point, it’s clear that Negan is methodical. He arrives early to collect bounty and says he’ll take what he chooses. He’s pushing Rick to his limits but Rick has yet to take the bait. Has Rick been completely defeated? It sounds like he’s lost all the wind to try to overpower another group. This 90-minute episode was good but it did seem to move slowly.
Overall Rating: C
The Walking Dead returns next week, Sunday, November 20th at 9/8c. Here’s your first look at the return of Jesus and it’s back to Hilltop!
The Walking Dead 7×05 “Go Getters”
This year, Star Wars Celebration will celebrate the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. For those who may not know, Star Wars Celebration is an opportunity to meet creators and actors of the Star Wars universe. For Star Wars fans, this is the ultimate experience for all things Star Wars. Star Wars Celebration 2016 in London featured Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher, and Ray Park. This coming year’s events should be equally entertaining as it always delivers.
Tickets for the VIP experience have sold out but 4-day and single day passes are readily available here.
Stay tuned for announcements on the guest list and details on the events.
Star Wars Celebration will be April 13-16, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. The Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall runs the following hours:
- Thursday, April 13, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday, April 14, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday, April 15, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday, April 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Note that the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall closes nightly at 7:00 PM (and 5:00 PM on Sunday), but special events could continue until 10:00 PM or later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
To give you a taste of what you can expect, here’s the teaser video for Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017:
About Star Wars Celebration:
Star Wars Celebration is the ultimate fan experience focused on a galaxy far, far away…
There has never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, and Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, USA will bring fans of all ages together, from all around the world, to celebrate the pop culture phenomenon that is Star Wars — all on the cusp of new Star Wars movies and television shows! Looking ahead, while celebrating all that has come before, there’s something for everyone at Star Wars Celebration!
Celebration – Lucasfilm’s love letter to fans – is four fun-filled days of costumes, exhibits, a vibrant, interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises celebrating all things Star Wars! Star Wars Celebrations deliver a landmark experience where memories are made, families brought together, old friends reunited, and new friendships formed — all in the setting of the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.