Written by Scott Edwards
Taking a camping trip with your friends can be one of the greatest adventures you can ever go on, but you all need to be willing to have a little give and take. Often times some of the group will want to do something while the others do not. There can be a happy medium when it comes to this, but most times the group gets divided and everyone starts to get upset with each other. There are ways to get the group back together, mainly with booze, but that should never be the sole reason to get together in the first place. So remember, even if you don’t want to do something that could be great with your friends, it can be better to stay with the group since you never know what the outcome is going to be.
Heading up the Devils Racecourse for a great camping trip, the group is giving Brad a hard time since he does not know where he is going. Finding a place to park, Brad is forced to defend himself, even though he has never been to the camping spot before in his life. While the group gets ready to make their trek up the trail, everyone is challenged to keep up with Brenda who is ready to lead the group, but it is apparent that Wendy is not going to be able to keep up the pace that is being set. With the late start, Brenda, Mar, Brad and even Susan do not want to wait for their slower member and leave her behind to get everything set up in camp.
Needing frequent stops since she is not in hiking condition like the rest of the group, Wendy sets her bag aside and goes off the trail to relieve herself. Being snuck up on by a stranger, Wendy is shocked that it is the FBI agent that has been shown on the news for killing his family. But Hillar did not do those things as he explains to the young woman and he also informs her that the government is trying to hide the truth from everyone. Being a part of a cleaning crew, he has been doing plenty of things that nobody knows about, but has a thumb drive that can prove what is happening in the shadows. With the man hunt being able to find his camp site, Hillar is forced to give up his information to Wendy who is now the target of a hit squad that will stop at nothing to keep the government’s secrets away from prying eyes, even if it means killing anyone that may remotely be involved.
Seeing a couple more hikers making it to the camp site, Susan starts to wonder what has happened to her girlfriend. With nobody in her group willing to take the trek back down to find her, stranger Craig will lend a hand, even though he does not know the situation. While Brad and Mar make their way down to get water for the group, they get side tracked with a little nookie in the woods, but it is short lived when bullets fly their way. Brenda stays in camp with the other stranger Sammy, who brings happy tidings of alcohol. While Craig and Sammy talk to their new friends, they find out what has been happening with the group, along with why there is so much tension between them all during their trip. But these two have alternate motives as the remaining members of the group quickly find out and Hillar’s thumb drive is the only thing that matters this day in the woods.
A story of trust and survival when all is said and done. While the group does not seem to be getting along at all, they do try to come together for the greater good, or at least to find Wendy who is being chased throughout by a government hit squad. I do like how the story took a turn when Sammy was tired of playing nice and revealed his true intentions. Susan goes in depth with her life and what happened in her past that drew her to Wendy, who always seems to need help with everything that she does. From the opening of the movie, I never thought anyone in the group was going to get along throughout the movie, and while there was a little bit of love being shared, it really did not seem like it was the right time for any of them to be stuck out anywhere together until they finished their quarrels. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Let’s be honest. Ever since we all settled in to watch the heart-wrenching and tear inducing seventh season premiere of The Walking Dead, we’ve all been waiting for one thing…justice. We want Glenn and Abraham to be avenged and Negan to be dealt with and slowly but surely, we’ve seen Rick Grimes and the people of Alexandria come back from the brink of terror, finally finding strength within their hearts so they can fight and make things right. But despite the realization that the Saviors must be dealt with, we have yet to see any kind of truly inspiring moment on the show that allows for the audience to feel like at long last, justice is about to be served.
At least that is…until last night. Because ‘Something They Need’ finally delivered that all important moment and ironically enough, it didn’t come by way of some powerfully heroic act. It arrived through an in depth analysis of fear. Because this episode examined what fear does to human beings. How it can twist us and distort us into cowardice, or drive us to do incredibly dangerous things or…how it can inspire, all while throwing in just a hint of old world thinking in the mix as well since we also learned last night, that at the end of the world, some things will never change.
A majority of this was explored by way of two key storylines this go round, as we followed up with Sasha in the wake of her attack on the Sanctuary and by following up with Rick and the gang as they headed to Oceanside, which we will get to in a moment, because Sasha’s story, well it was downright fascinating. Because oddly enough, her quick capture by the Saviors, led to the first noble moment we’ve ever seen when it comes to Negan. It turns out, that Negan actually has a moral code and when he discovered one of his men was trying to sexually assault Sasha, he wasted no time in killing the man for even thinking of such an act.
The move shocked Sasha to her core, and Negan used the act of kindness as an opportunity to ask her to join the team, something she was reluctant to do, despite Eugene’s best efforts to help convince her as well. But eventually, she committed and while it seemed as though Sasha was about to make a Eugene sized mistake, it was all part of a long con. She tried to convince the Chief Engineer of the Sanctuary that she made the wrong choice and needed some kind of a weapon to end her life because of said decision, but that too was all part of the plan to get her hands on something to harm Negan with and while Eugene may have failed her there…it’s good to see that fear has made Sasha strong, and quite frankly this wonderful storyline, with a strong and thoughtful Sasha, vastly makes up for last week’s poor portrayal of her.
However, there is still the matter of Oceanside to discuss because the time had come for Rick and the group to travel to this tiny little city by the bay in search of one thing and one thing alone…the guns they need for the upcoming war with the Saviors and well…this story was equally as fascinating because this is where we were able to see exactly how fear can turn us into outright cowards because despite the fact that there were flickers of hope and a spark of fight from the women of this community when it came to the possibility they could indeed live a better life, Natania simply refused to commit to the battle. She couldn’t bear the terror of facing Negan’s men again and that’s quite the shame, because the women of Oceanside, are clearly ready for some payback…and they can most certainly fight.
Because in the process of taking the guns, a small herd was attracted to all the commotion and that ladies and gentlemen…is when that moment of inspiration arrived. Threatened by the dead, Alexandria and Oceanside became one and in a matter of moments they worked together to put down the walker threat in impressive fashion and unfortunately for the bigger fight looming, the women of this community won’t join the cause unless every last one of them do and with Natania still refusing…for now it’s just Rick and his current coalition of the willing, and Oceanside seems okay with letting others handle their battle, and that, is where we learned some things never change.
After all, in our world we let the Army, the Navy and the Air Force handle conflict for us and well…as civilization slowly begins to return in Rick’s world, there are others content to let an Army do the dirty work and that’s what made Alexandria’s robbery of this bevy of guns digestible. After all, unlike the Saviors, they didn’t harm anyone, they just took what they needed and while the moral center of me raised an eyebrow over it…they did promise to bring the guns back after the war was over. But what truly made this wild twist worthwhile…is that Rick is continuing his heroic journey. Their cause, rooted in the fear of seeing the world dominated by the Saviors is actually managing to inspire others and Rick is truly trying to make the world a better place by rising up.
Yet what truly surprised me about this episode, is how low key it was. For being the penultimate episode before the season seven finale, this sucker was relaxed and intimate and filled with tender moments of humanity. In fact I continue to think back to the conversation between Enid and Carl regarding the mental aftermath of the act of violence they were about to commit, and perhaps reminding us of everyone's humanity before the conflict begins was the point. Because now that they have the guns they need…war is coming. Negan is likely on his way to Alexandria now that he’s been tipped off about Rick and well…this is going to be brutal any way you slice it. But at least Alexandria now has an ally in Dwight…and at least we know now that Negan is going to pay for all the horrible things he has done. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
Let’s get real here for just a minute, everyone has a little fear of the dark. Since the day we are born and the light hits our eyes, we feel safe because we can see our loved ones surrounding us, but when the lights go off, we have no idea what is there, giving us fear that our loved ones are gone and we are vulnerable to attack from something that we cannot see. This is a common fear and the reason why there are so many night lights out there. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you're afraid of the dark, looking under your bed or checking the closet before you go to sleep, gives you reassurance that the boogeyman or whatever is not there so you can enjoy a good night's rest.
Young reporter Richard Clark is looking for something new to do at the paper since he has been put on the obituaries for some time now. Asking his boss for a better assignment, lead reporter Scoop pushes his way into the meeting and finds an old story about people being killed in closets from a couple of weeks ago and urges the boss to give the story to the young gun. Not knowing all of the details, this is the assignment that Richard has been looking forward to and he is ready to make his mark at the paper.
Arriving in Chestnut Hills, Richard waits to talk to the police chief and finds a young boy who seems to be interested in all of the sounds going on around him. Letting young ‘Professor’ Bennett record him buying a candy bar, Richard finds out that he is the son of a close minded Professor, Diane Bennett. Hearing that the professor has strange ideas about what is killing the people of the town, Richard is invited to see one of the crime scenes where the Closet killer has recently struck. Not finding anything out of the ordinary at that crime scene, another opportunity opens up across the street as another man is killed. Seeing the carnage in the closet, Richard finds what appears to be a claw on the floor and knows that it must have something to do with what just happened.
Only knowing a few people in town, Richard takes the claw to Diane to investigate and finds out that Doctor Pennyworth is more than happy to check it out. The old doctor is happy to see his young protégé taking interest like this and Diane invites Richard to dinner at her house. While young ‘Professor’ Bennett wants nothing more than to show Richard the project he is working on, the two hear screaming out in the street as the Closet Killer has struck again. With the sheriff and all of his men on scene, they will not let this psycho get away again and surround the house. The monster complies with all of the orders that the sheriff lays out, however there is nothing that can stop it and now it is roaming free in the closets of a three block quarantine zone that the military set up. Going house to house to find the monster is the plan, but Doctor Pennyworth is able to discover an attractant for the monster that might be more beneficial since the study of such a beast would mean volumes to the scientific community.
If you are looking for a horror movie that is a little hokey and a lot of fun, look no further. This is one of the things I like about older Troma Entertainment movies, in that they were willing to bring a low budget horror movie to light, without taking it too far. I love the monster in the movie and when searching for a closet, it must find the right one, or it will continue to move on. With some fun characters and some names you know now, but may not have back then when the movie came out, it is great to see how careers were built. The key takeaway that I get from this story, is that if there is a monster in the closet, don’t open the door and if it keeps showing up in your closet, you might have to take the next step and not have a closet at all. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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Well, as the old saying goes, you can't win them all, and despite The Walking Dead's best efforts to provide us with a season filled to the brim with in depth character studies on loss and how people handle it, their hot streak came to an end last night with an episode that quite frankly, tried to accomplish far too much.
Because at times, 'The Other Side' was indeed a fascinating look at loss, yet at other times, it worked way too hard to continue this march to war storyline and the end result was inconsistent to say the least and that's a crying shame, because this episode was a golden opportunity to really shine the spotlight on Sasha and Rosita, and give this universe a powerful story about two strong women trying to battle the pain in their hearts and sadly, that opportunity was for the most part, wasted away. Yet despite its flaws, this episode did have some bright spots, mainly in that Gregory, a character few of us can stomach, finally got his just desserts.
Yes, the 'leader' of Hilltop finally came to realize that he was in fact...a walking joke as he watched everyone in this tiny community turn their backs upon him, rallying instead behind Maggie and the forthcoming fight with the Saviors and well, without a community to command, he was outright lost this entire episode, relegated to nothing more than a figurehead and even when the Saviors came calling to find Daryl...he still couldn't catch a break. Despite his best efforts to try and broker a deal with Simon to keep their doctor at the Hilltop, he was once again disregarded and ignored and it's clear that this will not settle well with him as time goes on.
As for the notion of loss that's permeated throughout this season, while the show may have faltered in handling it properly with Sasha and Rosita, it did deal with it in beautiful fashion when it came to Maggie and Daryl. There were no long monologues about the pain they were experiencing, just silence between these two as they continued their preparations for war. But their big moment arrived after nearly being caught by a Savior, wherein Maggie finally confronted Daryl about his silence toward her and he finally revealed he felt completely and utterly responsible for Glenn's death and the simplicity of his admission, and the kindness that Maggie showed him made this the finest moment of last night's episode.
But we do need to address the elephant in the room by way of Sasha and Rosita and how exactly the story wasted away an opportunity to give them a wonderful journey. Because while one might think that the quest to find Negan and exact revenge upon him should result in a sense of catharsis for these characters, that was simply not the case. They spent a better part of the episode squabbling and in a roundabout way, one upping one another like jealous girls in high school and well...that's quite the disservice to two quality female characters. They are strong, they are intelligent and had they spent the episode discussing what this quest for revenge would have meant for them on a personal level and more importantly the memory of Abraham, this would have been a vastly different episode.
Instead, the story only spared five minutes to celebrate Abraham's life and what he meant to the two of them and even then, it felt glossed over. Sure we learned about Rosita's past and how smart she is when it comes to survival, but as my good friend Kerri pointed out while we were talking this episode over, neither of them even spoke of the fact that they loved him, and the lack of emotional attachment to Abraham almost makes their decision to sacrifice themselves for him...hollow to say the least. Not to mention, I'm starting to take concern with their death wish as well, because when you consider how strong the female characters are on this series, it bugs me that these two incredibly intelligent and resourceful women are suddenly in 'the man I loved is gone, and I simply cannot go on' mode, especially when you consider how Maggie took Glenn's loss as an opportunity to continue on and honor him by living an incredible life.
But alas, I digress, because what's done is done, and hopefully the show will rectify this issue later on down the road. Because in the meantime, there are bigger fish to fry and other issues that have to be dealt with. Take for example Eugene. We literally have no idea now where his loyalties lie since he had the opportunity to escape with Rosita and opted to run back inside the Sanctuary instead, and one has to wonder what kind of trouble is brewing in Hilltop now that Gregory is a man with nothing to lose and is willing to threaten his own people in a desperate bid to remain relevant.
Plus, there's the biggest issue of all to worry about, will Sasha be safe inside the Sanctuary now that she found her way inside...and what will come of her preemptive strike against Negan because he will no doubt be beyond displeased with her making an attempt on his life and you know there's a fair chance he'll want to teach Rick a lesson because of it since she's the second person from Alexandria to break into the complex and go after him. Either way, there's only two episodes left in season seven and hopefully the show puts the pedal to the medal after this one and gives the audience exactly what it wants...war with the Saviors, and justice for Glenn and Abraham. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
I have always wondered what would happen if there were more of me in the world. Like having so many clones that were exactly like me, I don’t know what could go wrong. Well actually I do as there is no way that they could ever remain exactly the same, the places and lives that they live would change them and they would be forced to adapt to their current situation. While I don’t think that they would do anything too bad to hurt people, the thought of pissing more than one of them off at the same time would be bad for anyone that is involved.
Entering the Brut Woods to try and track down some ghosts, Chris and Ricky have a plan in mind for this investigation. Having set up an interview with the ancestors of one of the most horrific killings in the area, they are going to find out if all of the stories that they have been hearing are true. But tracking through the woods is not an easy task and Ricky continues to catch things out of the corner of his eye, making him think that they are not alone entirely. With strange things happening all around them, the two finally see the house and are ready to make their entrance into the online history books.
But there is no one home and while the two search around the property to try and find someone, Ricky starts to get tormented by Chris from a distance. Getting a strange phone call from him and then thinking that Chris is throwing his voice, Ricky sees someone running away from the house and tries to find out what is going on. With nobody else around, the two start back into the woods and find what appears to be an abandoned silo in front of them and needing some sort of footage to show their online viewers, Chris decides to head in first. Ricky follows shortly after, but when he is not able to find his friend in the massive underground structure, he starts to follow the arrows on the walls that could hopefully lead him some place he wants to go. But Chris has just been hiding from his friend and when the two are finally ready to leave, strange things start happening in the shadows and they are driven into a room that seems to have a working computer and when they hook up their cameras to download the footage, all hell breaks loose.
Waking up where they started their adventure, the two have no idea what has happened and try to head back to the silo to do some daytime investigating, but for some reason it is sealed off from them. Thinking that is strange, they hear something in the distance and wind up seeing themselves starting the investigation from the previous day. Chris being a little prankster, starts to target his alternate self and the two are ready to go down a dangerous road of being caught by their alternate selves. But there is no problem when they start to pull the pranks that they have already witnessed and excused all of their previously shot haunting footage, since it was them doing it to themselves. Yet with every stop of the camera, another set of Chris and Ricky seem to appear and there may only be one way to stop it, as killing quickly comes to mind.
Interesting story, one I did not see coming, but after watching the movie, I understand what the film is trying to say. Finding yourself during a ghost hunt is usually a little more in depth than just seeing another version of yourself, it is unlocking your inner self. That is what slightly took me for a loop, before the storyline turned dark when the two are ready to end this nightmare that they are locked into. It is different, that is really all I can say, it kept me glued to the screen when trying to figure out what the cause of the multiples was and while I did not catch the reason for it, I did see the characters grow up pretty quickly as they were fighting themselves. There may be a good time and place to hunt ghosts, but maybe not in the woods, ever again and if an abandoned building is found that nobody knows about, it might be better to steer clear for the time being. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Making decisions in life is one thing that we can never get away from doing. Then we are forced to live with those decisions, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Thinking back to all of the bad decisions I have made in my years, I don’t look poorly on them, they are more of a learning experience so I know what I should do moving forward. While others may not view it that way, it is easy to make it worse for those folks by pointing out what they did wrong, and while you think you are doing them a favor, you are in fact pushing them deeper down into the dirt which they may never be able to get out of again.
Taking a swim in the afternoon, Jay Height is saddened to tell her little sister Kelly that she will not be joining her and her friends for movie night since she has got a date. Not knowing Hugh for very long, Jay really likes the guy and wants to make sure that the relationship moves on to the next level. Playing a guessing game while waiting in line for a show, she is able to get a little more insight as to who he is, but when it is his turn to give a guess, Jay sees that something has spooked him. Leaving the show and seeing that there is something distressing on his mind, Jay wants to Hugh to open up just a little bit more and tell her what is going on, but it is a secret that Hugh will take to his grave, or so she thinks.
Heading out on another date with Hugh, Jay knows that he is the one and the two make love in the back of his car. While reminiscing about her youth, Jay is shocked that Hugh has attacked her and waking up in an abandoned building and being tied up, she does not know what her new lover is going to do. With the promise of not hurting her, Hugh has something to show the young woman, a curse that has followed him for too long. Seeing a women approaching her at a steady pace, Jay has now been infected with something that only she can pass on. Hearing that the thing can take any form, whichever way that it can get closest to her, Jay must never allow the thing to touch her, or she will be killed. Not knowing if this is real or not, Jay is returned home and files a kidnapping charge against Hugh, but the real nightmare is just beginning.
Keeping her eyes out on the world, Jay has to be suspicious about everyone that she now sees and when an old woman makes her way onto the campus while she is in class, Jay’s fears have come true. Telling her sister, her friend Yara and her old friend Paul about what she is seeing, they try to dismiss it as shock, but when an unseen intruder enters the house, they start to put a little more stock into what is happening to their friend. Getting help from their neighbor Greg, the group is able to find a safe haven for a time, but the thing never gives up until its host is dead. Finding out that the thing, which only Jay can see, can inflict damage to anyone and anything, the group is forced to band together to come up with a plan to rid Jay of It, but It may never truly go away.
I heard many mixed reviews about this movie after it came out, and it really seems like the type of movie that you will either love or hate. I must admit that I liked it more than I expected, the acting was pretty good and Jay showing her fright was pretty epic. With that being said, there were plenty of plot holes in the movie that kept me longing for something else, but I get the basics. I am still wondering about the thing that follows everyone, as It can take any form to get close to the host, It really did not find anyone to change into that could get close to Jay without causing a stir until very late in the film. I was impressed however with some of the wide and sweeping shots that showed the surroundings, and while there were only a few of them, they made you wonder where the thing would be coming from next. To make me really like it, I could have used some more depth to the storyline and something to help me understand what the heck happened to Jay’s mother, since she did not seem to be a part of the young woman’s story at all, but that is just me. Not a terrible movie if you are looking for a moral message and you're trying to keep your kids from messing around before they get married, but the scares are a little overrated in my mind and while this is categorized as a horror movie, I feel like it is more of a drama with a touch of mystery thrown in.
Written by Scott Edwards
One thing has to be said about small towns, they have got it right. When one of their neighbors is down on their luck, the town tries to help make it right again by giving up whatever they can. You just don’t see this in large communities, where a buck a month can turn into ten thousand dollars very quickly. I would hope that most people would try to do the right thing when someone is in need and while many of us choose a great charity to sponsor or a trusted GoFundMe page to contribute to, just sitting back and doing nothing to help can always make you wonder what if and leave your conscience unsettled.
Moving away from the church for several years now, Katherine has made a name for herself in debunking miracles around the world. Of the forty eight investigations that she has been called in on, she has used science to disprove every last one of them. Losing her faith years back, she is wide eyed to see what is happening to people and wants to help them understand that God may not be behind everything that happens on earth. Landing a great teaching job at the University, Katherine shares her findings and experiences with the youth of the school and makes sure they understand that everything has a reasonable explanation behind it.
Seeing an unfamiliar face in class, the stranger in question has a problem in his home town of Haven that would be right up Katherine’s alley. With the river turning red for no reason, he believes that the teacher would be able to help his neighbors understand that God is not coming to punish them, as the town believes this may be the start of the ten plagues. With research assistant Ben by her side, Katherine is ready to pull out the big guns and when trying to sample the river water, the two get a result that they have never seen before. Needing to send their samples back to the university to be tested a little more thoroughly, the two can only do so much while waiting and Katherine wants to do something to disprove the mumblings around town that a young girl is behind what is happening.
As the plagues start to add up with frogs dropping from the sky, flies appearing out of nowhere and livestock dying off, Katherine finds herself in a hurry to find out what is really happening around the small town. As Ben runs some of the tests that he can on site, Katherine heads into the back woods to find a little girl named Loren McConnell, who is supposedly behind all of the madness. As the little girl does not talk, her mother is ready to give up her daughter’s life for the greater good, but Katherine is not ready to take that step just yet. Not heeding a warning from her former priest, Father Costigan, about new signs pointing to her, Katherine finds out that there is more to the town of Haven than she could have ever expected and must challenge her own faith to find the strength to defeat the evil that has been laid out before her.
As far as a ten plagues movie goes, this is a pretty good one and with only one person controlling them, well, it makes you open your eyes to what is happening all around a small town. I must admit that I love the reaction shots in this movie best of all, since everyone is so serious with their work and not looking too happy, but when someone lets out a joke, it is magical. I liked how the ten plagues of Egypt were brought into modern times when everyone is looking for an explanation that does not have to do with a higher power. The journey that Katherine is forced to go on should have broken her and while it seems like she could have been defeated from the first scene of the movie, she has a fire in her that no one can put out. With a river of blood, frogs dropping out to the sky, some locusts and fire raining down on a small town, it is joyous ride into what can and should be done, whether or not you have faith. Stay Scared.
Written by John Edward Betancourt
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The beauty of The Walking Dead is that it is one of the few horror stories out there, that actually bothers to dig deep into human emotion and analyze how we feel and react to the toughest parts of life (in the most extreme fashion of course) and while we’ve experienced an interesting gauntlet of feels when it comes to this series, they rarely stick to a particular one, opting to allow for the audience and the story to explore new territory of the human psyche.
But one particular element when it comes to the human condition continues to rear its head on this series…loss. It’s something that our characters have had to deal with on a fairly consistent basis due to the world they inhabit and obviously, it’s been quite the focus of season seven as well. However, this is the first season where characters have had time to process their pain and overcome it, making for some uplifting storylines. But last night, the show decided to ask the question…what happens when we don’t deal with loss, and we find a way to bury it deep inside instead. The answer to that is not a pleasant one and it made ‘Bury Me Here’ an intense and powerful episode revolving around Richard and Morgan’s inability to let anything go.
Richard’s journey stood out in obvious fashion because we’ve known for some time he’s harboring all kinds of pain revolving around loss and that it is driving him to do questionable things. But last night, well everything came to a head with this man. Not only did we learn that an act of hesitation long ago after the world came to an end is what cost him his family, but his inability to act in the face of adversity is why he is suddenly hellbent on starting a fight so that no one else has to suffer like he did. Which means…he put a grand plan of sabotage into motion, one that forced a confrontation with the Saviors, in the hopes that it would finally convince Ezekiel to fight…but instead the altercation cost young Benjamin his life.
The pain of seeing a young life lost for no good reason was too much for Morgan to bear and well…in an attempt to calm his nerves, he found out that Richard was behind the whole thing after all…and he even managed to force a confession upon confronting him about his treachery. But seeing Richard pay for his crimes in a civil way was more than he could bear and in a stunning moment during another delivery to the Saviors, Morgan broke his cardinal rule…and murdered Richard in cold blood, revealing the whole plot to Ezekiel and the Saviors in the hopes of keeping the peace and well…wow. It really doesn't get much more heartbreaking than this, to see Morgan fall in such devastating fashion considering how hard he has worked to find peace after all this time.
It means plain and simple, that his time with Eastman was all for naught. He never found a better way. He never found true peace. All Eastman managed to do was help him bury his pain and hide it under the illusion of calm and his fury has been brewing inside all this time. This of course explains the irritation we've seen in his eyes sometimes. It's not disdain for murder or frustration over the fact that people simply do not understand. It's his anger, building and bubbling and Richard is the man that finally brought it to the surface and is if the act of putting Richard down wasn't hard enough to watch...there was also the moment when he referred to Benjamin as Duane, more or less completing his regression, and all of this begets the question...what comes next for Morgan?
As far as this reviewer can tell...vengeance...and a death wish. Because clearly now the Saviors are Morgan's new target for fury and amidst the myriad of instability and flashbacks we saw last night, it's still inherently obvious that Morgan is incapable of ending the pain on his own by way of suicide, as was revealed to us in the third season episode, 'Clear' and while no one wants to see Morgan die by his own hands or at all for that matter...his quest to make every single last one of the Saviors pay is a dangerous one and it cannot end well. Which is why it was a wonderful gesture for Carol to surrender up her little Fortress of Solitude to allow Morgan to do his thing and stay there instead, so that maybe, just maybe...he can retain a touch of his humanity.
However, Morgan's return to the darkest places of his soul was not a complete and total loss. Because in a way, he inspired Carol to face her own demons at last. She was far more alert and active in this episode, even going so far as to seek out and eventually get the truth about what happened with the Saviors and Alexandria and his ability to inspire didn't end there...because the closing moments of the show provided us with quite the poignant moment where Carol returned to the Kingdom to point out to Ezekiel that it was time to fight and the King...finally agreed. Clearly he's seen enough of what the Saviors have to offer and just like Rick he came to realize that they are only going to demand more and more until there is nothing left to give...
But while we should be celebrating the fact that the Kingdom seems to be ready to march to war with Alexandria as an ally, let's be honest, how they came to that decision is quite the pyrrhic victory. After all, Benjamin and Richard are dead and Morgan...is on the cusp of becoming downright feral once again and when all is said and done, this was...quite the emotional episode. I think it's safe to say that the audience has been rooting for Morgan to make peace with his pain after the heart wrenching episode that was 'Clear' and seeing him fall to pieces in this story and watching that agony wash over him again was incredibly difficult. At this point, I think the only thing that can save him from slipping away further is Rick...but with war on the horizon...there's simply no time to properly deal with Morgan's suffering so all we can do, is hope for the best. Until next time.
Written by Scott Edwards
There is no feeling more refreshing than to know that you do your job well and people notice it. When you are asked to pass on your expertise to others however, there are two ways to look at it, one, that you are going to be replaced, or two, that you can make things better in whatever field that you work in. While so many people are worried about losing their jobs to the younger generation and have a huge problem with passing on their knowledge, I am a firm believer that if you do a good job and bring up the next generation of workers with the best practices, you will be rewarded and not replaced. With all of the competition out there, it is better to show that you only want to make your co-workers the best in your industry and hopefully they will continue to pay it forward when you decide to move on.
Getting sent to a new location where hauntings have just started within the past six months, the team of Jerry Mackay, Anna Gilmour and Ian Calder are ready to make a ghost hunting training video. The dos and don'ts of investigating a haunted location are very important, especially with everyone trying to get involved in it. But there is a new member to the team as Mark Vega has joined in and is shooting video and Jerry is very suspicious of why he has been included on a standard haunting. Keeping to himself, Mark does not want to disclose very much information about why he has been included on the hunt by the institute, much less talk about what happened to him on his last hunt, he just wants to make sure to do his job right and move on with his life.
With everything set up in the town hall, the team is ready to proceed with their video, but there seems to be a big problem as Anna is not able to feel any signs of anything. Not knowing the history of what happened in the location is hindering the investigation and Jerry is starting to get very upset that his group may have been set up to fail. Checking all of their equipment, Ian is positive that everything is working properly and is first to see a black veil being laid down just outside of the hall window. With complete blackness covering everything outside, Jerry is ready to step into action and give it a look, but when he can see nothing of the outside world, and when he discovers the door that they entered through has disappeared, he knows that they are in for a wild ride.
Not being able to communicate with the outside world, much less get out of the room, the group starts to wonder what happened inside of the hall that could be causing this. But with no answers from the information that they were given, they are trapped inside of the hall until the haunting allows them to leave. With a new door showing itself, Jerry takes the first steps in finding out what is hidden in the walls, reaching in and bringing his blood soaked arm out, he sees that this is more than a normal haunting, it is a beast that has been awakened. Now that the hall has come to life in a manner of speaking, the evil spirits inside want something that the group is not willing to give and when they see that there is no escaping it, they lay down their standard protections to keep them safe. But when one of the primary ghosts on the premises shows himself Jerry and the group come to realize that they are in for one difficult investigation, one that they may not all return from, protections or not.
I always am on the lookout for a good ghost movie, one where the spirits are pissed and want to make themselves heard and this one did it for me. Even though you have some really silly scenes, there are some nasty ones as well and it was a pleasure to see. With the members of the ghost team being taken out one by one, Jerry wants nothing more than to get them back but when he finds out that the beast, the worst type of haunting that there is, is hungry, anyone that is able to escape will be lucky to be alive. The realization that Jerry and Mark have during their hunt is great, but I must also admit that a meat grinder and a pool of blood really piqued my interest into knowing what was really happening in the hall and how or what was behind it. Stay Scared.
Written by Scott Edwards
Going on a company retreat could be one of the best things to do when it comes to team building. When there are problems on your team and normal office tactics are not working, there is no better way to get things straightened out than to remove the office from the scenario and possibly add some adult beverages to the equation as well. As work seems to be secondary during these events, it is makes it easier to get all of the issues out into the light and hopefully come to a conclusion on them, so that in the long run, they will no longer be problems.
Being able to convince his higher ups that his team deserves a trip, Dale has the perfect one planned and takes his team up to an isolated lodge so they can come together with one another and nature. Zac and Meigan are the last two to arrive to the lodge and wind up getting shacked up together with no issue and they find out what everyone else is up to as well. As Tedi and Rita have their own rooms, Lira has brought her new boyfriend to the lodge for the trip and makes sure that everybody knows that she is having the time of her life in the room. With everyone safe and under one roof, Dale goes over the rules of the lodge, but most importantly, no one should go out in the woods at night because there is a terrible bear problem in the woods and he cannot afford to have anyone get eaten.
One night passes and while the moaning and groaning from Lira’s room has kept everyone up all night, Rita is still bright and chipper and heads out for a nature walk. But Rita does not make it back for the first of a few sanctioned meetings that Dale is holding. Dale doesn't worry about it too much though, since he knows that she knows the area better than anyone and is probably over at the caretaker’s cabin. Not returning for dinner as well, Meigan starts to worry about her co-worker and wants to try to find her, but with it being so dark outside, she would be tempting fate with the bears if she did. Agreeing to wait until morning, Meigan heads up to bed after everyone else, but spots the line for the attic hanging down and decides to go and take a look. Finding an old box that has an old tape recorder, along with some old tapes, she gives it a listen and hears a young boy yelling hateful things towards his doctor. Heading to bed with a strange story playing out in her head, she wants to know more about who or what happened in this lodge before they arrived.
Morning rolls around and everyone is dealing with a little bit of a hangover, but it is time for them to start looking for Rita. Giving everyone an assignment, Meigan is told to stay in the lodge in case her co-worker finds her way back. With the boring assignment in hand, Meigan heads back up to the attic with a fresh set of batteries and plugs back into the old tapes and finds out that the lodge was an old mental institution and that the caretaker was a sexual predator. Thinking that Rita could have been his next victim, Meigan tries to let everyone know what she has found, but it may be too little too late when the bodies start to pile up in the lodge and caretaker is trying to kill Zac in the hallway. Being able to save Zac and escape with her life, Meigan has no idea what has been unleashed at the lodge nor a clue as to who exactly she is riding home with.
The story really picked up when the tapes from the mental institution started to play. When young Ned is talking to his doctor and not admitting to anything that he has done, the one everyone is afraid of, takes over and the doctor is able to tell he is not the same boy. Zac seems to be losing his mind while at the lodge as well, as he is seeing the ghost of the little boy who stayed at the institution back when it was open. With the banter being more like what you would have around the work place, I really liked how the characters all played off of each other, especially Dale being the boss and trying to keep everyone in line…and failing. Even when it seems like someone has it all together, they may have more secrets hanging behind them than you will ever know, all I know is that lying is bad in a child’s eyes, and I think that should carry on to adulthood as well. Stay Scared.