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'The Walking Dead': 10 Characters Who Survived The TV Series, But Died In The Comics
After eleven seasons and 177 episodes, beloved Zombie Apocalypse series The Walking Dead has come to an end. The series began as an adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book of the same name, and although it continued to use the Comic's major storylines as a rough template through it's long run, the series eventually became it's own beast, playing with certain plot elements to keep viewers on their toes, and mixing up who dies and when. While some characters avoided their comic book death only to die later, others managed to avoid the Grim Reaper entirely.
Chucky Review: "Chucky Actually"
Oh man! The last seven days were spent with great anticipation for this second season finale of Chucky. I still recall how the first season ender was so amazing, and I figured that the finale of the series' sophomore season would top that one. Boy, is that an understatement. So we start off with a replay of the final moments of the previous episode, which sees Dr. Mixter escape with Chucky, only for the doll to be shot and killed by Andy, though Mixter does get away. As the group wonders if Chucky's life is flashing before his eyes, we get a flashback to a young Charles Lee Ray's sessions with Mixter.
'The Walking Dead': Could The Finale Really Kill Off Judith Grimes?
WARNING!: SPOILERS for The Walking Dead 11x23, 'Family'. Ever since her birth in the season three episode 'Killer Within', Judith Grimes, the daughter of original series protagonist Rick Grimes, has been a mainstay of The Walking Dead. Judith's birth represented hope for the future, proof that new life was still possible, even in a world overrun by the dead. At first mostly a plot device as a dependant our group needed to protect and provide for, Judith has since become one of The Walking Dead's most beloved characters, especially once the adorable, and talented, Cailey Fleming was cast as an older Judith following Season Nine's time jump.
Chucky Review: "Goin' to the Chapel"
Literally every fiber of my being that has enjoyed Chucky for over three decades is still beaming over what I watched in this penultimate episode of the second season. Picking up exactly where we left off in the previous episode, we see the body of the fallen Nadine taken away, while Dr. Mixter holds the protagonists at gunpoint and demands the (formerly) Good Chucky doll. After receiving the doll, it's followed by Mixter berating Good Chucky for being upset over killing Nadine, and afterwards, we see Kyle (along with Glenda) holding Mixter at gunpoint, and as a result, the foster siblings are finally back together for the first time this season. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't emotional upon seeing Andy and Kyle together again. As for Mixter, she suggested an actual exorcism to get Chucky's soul out of the Good Chucky doll, which would allow "Chucky Prime" to exit Nica and enter that vessel.
10 Horror Series Worth Watching This Halloween
Ordered from least to greatest for your convenience. 1. Hemlock grove This show has a solid first season. It’s a high school teen drama mixed with supernatural elements. It’s not perfect, but the performances are strong and the storytelling is interesting. Season 2 is a miss-step, but watchable. Season 3 is a mess and is unsatisfying as a conclusion, but if you’re bored and want to watch a horror-themed show, this is a unique option. Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, and Famke Janssen do an excellent job in this forgotten early Netflix series.
Chucky Review: "He Is Risen Indeed"
Today is a huge day for us Chucky fans: it's the anniversary of the very film that started it all, Child's Play. On November 9, 1988, the original Child's Play film hit theaters, with the cast including Alex Vincent as six-year-old Andy Barclay, Catherine Hicks (later of 7th Heaven fame) as Andy's mother, Karen Barclay, Chris Sarandon as detective Mike Norris, and of course, Brad Dourif as Charles Lee Ray, the infamous Lakeshore Strangler who is gunned down by Mike and transfers his soul into a Good Guy doll, Chucky. 34 years and six sequels later, we have this TV series, more specifically, this very episode, "He Is Risen Indeed."
I Am Not a Freak
I Am Not a Freak (1987) is a documentary I first saw in 1988 or 89, having rented it on VHS cassette back when there was a video store between Gas City and Marion, situated smack dab in the middle. El and Dubya it was called.
Chucky Review: "Doll on Doll"
Entering this week's episode, I still had some ecstatic chills from everything that occurred in last week's "Death on Denial," which saw the beginning of Tiffany's world start to fall apart with Nica's escape. This week also saw us get back to some basics by returning to Incarnate Lord, with the docile Chucky doll dealing with juiced-up Chucky, who fights and mocks his counterpart. The counterpart, now referring to himself as "Good Chucky," delivers a swift Justin Tucker-esque kick to buff Chucky's family jewels, and does kill him by tossing knives at him, but throws up afterwards.
Villainess Review: Madison (Supernatural)
Where do I start with Supernatural? Without question, Supernatural is the WB/CW's great series in the network's history, which dates back to 1995. The series debuted in 2005, during the network's final season as The WB, and outlasted many other shows up until its big finale in 2020. It made household names out of stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, who played brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, respectively, and overall, the show became immensely legendary as the seasons passed. I myself watched Supernatural sporadically during the first couple of years, but became a regular viewer when Season Three began, and I never looked back.
Chucky Review: "Death on Denial"
Wow! What a wild trip! I had been looking forward to this episode, "Death on Denial," for the entire season, and the reasons are so, so many! So this episode gives us very little of the titular homicidal doll, and picks up where the season's second episode left off: with the appearance of Tiffany's twin offspring, Glen and Glenda, who were celebrating their birthday. What started out as a simple family celebration started to go off the rails a bit when Glenda revealed that they had been having vivid dreams of a woman being set on fire, and a man egging them on to kill her, and the visions come in the form of flashback scenes from 2004's Seed of Chucky, with clips of Glenda killing Joan (played by Hannah Spearritt in the film).
Review of 'Utopia' (British version)
I watched and reviewed the American version of Utopia -- the one season -- here on Vocal two years ago. I thought it had its moments, was right for the occasion of the COVID pandemic, but also had several things I didn't particularly like. Now, two years later, I barely remember it. Indeed, I wasn't thinking about it all until a friend, Mike Grynbaum, urged me to watch the 2013-2014 two-season British version. He said the 2020 American version was terrible, but the British version was right up my alley. He knows that I like to write, read, and watch the genre known as biological science fiction.
Chucky Review: "Hail Mary!"
So I left the latest Chucky episode a bit amused and very, very excited for the next episode. I will explain the latter half of that statement later. Right now, let's focus on the latest episode, which sees Chucky tied up following his appearance at Incarnate Lord (again, very creepy name), with Jake realizing that this doll was sent to get info. Early attempts to get any information from Chucky failed, even the threat of killing him didn't deter him, either. Devon wanted badly to kill Chucky, but Jake remained insistent in getting info from him, and Devon's statement about how you can't just "reprogram" him...well...led to Jake getting the idea to do just that.