Month: February 2015

Long Beach Comic Expo

I’m on the ground at the Long Beach Comic Expo. I’ve seen Dean Haglund and Barry Bostwick on the con floor.

In a nod to the late Leonard Nimoy, the entire exhibit hall floor paused in a moment of silence and everyone raised their hands in a Vulcan salute to honor Mr. Spock.

The best thing so far? The artists are in the spotlight.  Artists Alley is bustling with activity. Here you see seasoned veterans and up-and-comers showing off their immense talent.

Oh…and there’s a DeLorean…

Live Long and Prosper

Today we mourn the passing of television and science fiction icon Leonard Nimoy.

Nimoy, the inimitable actor who portrayed our favorite Vulcan Mr. Spock on Star Trek, demonstrated that emotions can indeed be logical. They are what make us human. (Spock was half-human)

Thank you, Mr. Nimoy, for being such a huge part of our lives. 

Live Long and Prosper.

My Con Schedule (So Far)

I’m happy to report that I’ll be attending several cons this year to provide coverage for Dark Media Online.  My press badges have been approved and I’m ready to go.  (I even have a photographer, aka my trusty sister who is a photographic genius)

This weekend is the Long Beach Comic Expo.  This is the sister event to the Long Beach Comic Con in September, and while the focus is on comics, there is already a ton of cosplay planned, along with panels and screenings.

In April I’ll be heading up the 5 to Anaheim to cover the Star Wars Celebration.  I’m really excited about this event, even though Jawas terrified me when I was younger.  (Don’t tell anyone, but they still do)  I can only imagine how great the event will be this year with the new film set for release.  Mark Hamill has been confirmed as a guest, as are the actors behind C3PO and R2D2.  It’s going to be phenomenal.

And now that my press badge for San Diego Comic Con has just been approved, so you can expect to see tons of coverage both here and at  We should be podcasting by that point as well, so watch for updates.  SDCC means a long (15-minute drive) Downtown for me, so you can be assured of tons of pre-convention coverage as the signage goes up and the Exhibit Hall takes shape.  It’s also fun to wander the Gaslamp to see what is moving in for SDCC.  (Remember the Godzilla building?  We drove by last week and the Legendary art is still inside)

Lots of good things to come in the next few weeks/months, so stay tuned!


The Walking Dead Recap S5E11: The Distance

The Walking Dead S5E11: The Distance

Original Airdate: February 22, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock


After last week’s episode in which we see how low our group has gotten, this week it’s time to pick things back up.

Remember that water from a friend?  Now we know who the “friend” is.  It’s Aaron.

The group is still in the barn.  It’s very quiet.  When Maggie cautiously walks in with Aaron, everyone is alert.  Maggie says he’s by himself, but that doesn’t mean anything.  (Don’t you love seeing Rick holding Judith and a gun?)  Aaron says it’s nice to meet everyone.  Rick is surprised by the tine gun Aaron has with him.  The girls explain that Aaron wants the group to audition for membership.  Aaron says that the choice isn’t his to make; his job is to get the group to come back to the camp to see if they should be allowed to stay in the camp.  He doesn’t blame the group for not trusting him.  Aaron wouldn’t trust a guy like himself either.

Sasha hands Aaron’s backpack to Rick and Aaron tells Rick to take out an envelope full of pictures.  The first picture is of a huge steel wall that is impenetrable.  The only thing that Aaron’s community is lacking  is people like the ones in Rick’s group to make it stronger.  As Aaron explains the second picture, Rick walks up and knocks him out cold.

With their new hostage, the group needs to figure out how to prepare for the arrival of the rest of his group.  Carl empties out the pack and finds a flare gun to alert the rest of the group.  Michonne wants to know Rick’s plan since Rick didn’t give a “let’s knock him out” look.

When Aaron wakes up, Rick wants to know how many people are out there.  Aaron seems unfazed that Rick knocked him out.  He knows that it doesn’t matter what number he tells Rick.  Rick will never trust him.  Aaron reminds him about the bottles of the water.  Daryl wants to know how long they have been following the group.  Aaron says they were impressed that they had Walkers on their trail but never panicked, and they never turned on each other.  Aaron says he has one person with him, and he’s prepared to drive the whole group to the camp by lunchtime.  If they’d wanted Rick’s group dead, they would have set the barn on fire.  Michonne wants to check out the cars because she’s not sure of anything.  She doesn’t think it’s safe passing up a place where Judith can live.  Glenn volunteers to go with her.  Rick asks Abraham and Rosita to go with the search party.  Rick says is the group isn’t back in sixty minutes they will come after them.  They leave Aaron in the barn with Rick while the remaining people find a place to hide outside the barn.

Rick stays inside with Aaron, who explains that he once worked for an NGO where he constantly had guns pointed at him.  He knows Rick’s people aren’t bad people.  Rick nods, but he insists that if Michonne’s group isn’t back in sixty minutes, Aaron will have a knife in the base of his skull.

Michonne’s group walks down a road.  Glenn issues safety orders, telling everyone to keep their weapons up. Michonne challenges Glenn’s idea of shooting people without knowing what they want.  Glenn doesn’t understand why Aaron’s people would want to welcome them anyway.  Michonne points out that they have saved many people along their way, including a priest, one of the Governor’s people, and a “crazy lady with a sword.”  In the distance, someone watches the group walk down the road.

Rick tries to make food for Judith by mashing up acorns with the butt of his gun.  Aaron reminds Rick of the jar of applesauce in his bag.  If Judith cries, she’ll attract Walkers, which would not be in their best interest.  Rick takes the jar and feeds a spoonful to Aaron, who is shocked at the thought that Rick thinks that Aaron would want to poison his baby.  Aaron says that he hates applesauce because his mother made him eat it, but Rick insists and holds the spoon to the stranger’s mouth.  After Aaron takes a taste, Rick does as well.  Aaron has 43 minutes.

The street gang finds a car and a motor home where Aaron said they would be.  Two Walkers leave the bushes and Abraham and Rosita kill them.  They go into the motor home and make sure it’s empty.  Not only is it empty, but it’s full of food.  Abraham asks Rosita if she thought Abraham was going to hurt her back at the fire truck.  No, she didn’t.

The road crew takes the vehicles back to the barn and take stock of their new food supply.  Rick tells Aaron that the food is theirs now, whether or not they go to the camp.  Michonne leads the charge and says that they’re going to the camp.  Daryl agrees, saying the barn smells like horse shit.  Aaron says that he usually drives the recruits back.  Michonne says this isn’t negotiable.  Aaron wants to take a certain road, but Rick doesn’t want to do it if Aaron won’t give them directions in advance.  Aaron won’t budge, so Rick proclaims that they will take his road and they’ll leave at sundown.

Michonne follows Rick outside.  Rick thinks that he, Michonne and Aaron should take the car and everyone else can go in the motor home.  Michonne wants to be sure that Rick is going to go to the camp.  He reminds her that she didn’t hear anything outside Woodbury or Terminus.  He’s taking his family there, and while he doesn’t think anything could convince him to go inside, he’s going to give it a shot.

As night falls, Rick looks in the glove box and finds license plates.  Aaron explains that he wants to collect all fifty states for his house.  He shows Michonne a picture of his house.  Michonne goes through the pictures and notes that there are no pictures of people.  He says he got the exposure wrong, but now she suspects that something is wrong with him.  She asks Rick if he asked Aaron the questions.  When she asks him about how many Walkers he killed, he pauses long enough to espouse concern from Glenn, who is at the wheel.  He killed a lot of Walkers and two people who tried to kill him.  That’s when Rick finds a listening device in the car.  If Aaron had one, the others would as well and they know the plan.  Suddenly they run into a herd of Walkers.  Literally.  The road is full of them and the car plows them down.  When they get to the end of the herd, the group realizes that the motor home is gone.  The car won’t start so Michonne starts pulling body parts from the car’s grill.  A flare lights up the night, which sends Aaron into a panic.  He kicks open the door and runs off.  Michonne points out that chasing him will lead them to the motor home so they go off in pursuit.  They’re surrounded by Walkers and they get separated.  Glenn almost gets bitten but he manages to smash his Walker’s head into a rock.  Glenn finds Aaron fighting off a Walker.  He kills the Walker and frees Aaron, telling him that he can run if he wants.  Aaron says that they can make it together, but only together.  He was indeed listening to Glenn’s conversation with the group.

Rick is out of ammo and he shoots the flare into a Walker’s head.  Michonne starts hacking away, but soon Glenn and Aaron show up again, taking out the rest of the Walkers.  Aaron holds up his hands and says he can be tied up again, but Rick isn’t interested.  They reach the road and run off toward the water tower.  Daryl is standing guard outside and he alerts the group that the others are home.  Aaron runs inside and finds Eric on the couch with a broken ankle.  He says that he really likes Maggie.  Aaron kisses Eric and says that they’ll go to the infirmary when they get back.  They share a very passionate kiss.  They’re lovers.  Eric shows Aaron the license plate he found for him, and Aaron sheepishly admits he lost the car.  They laugh.  Rick walks in and interrupts their reunion.

Outside, Aaron thanks the group and says his debt to them will be paid in full in Alexandria.  He wants to sleep with Eric but Rick wants to keep them apart.  Glenn suggests that Rick allows this to happen now that they know where they’re going.  He relents.

The next day the cars speed down the road.  Aaron watches his lover sleep when Noah comes in to say that it’s time for more medicine.  Aaron notices Noah’s leg and says there’s a talented surgeon in Alexandria.  Inside the cabin, Eugene plays cards with the group while Abraham drives.  Rosita points out the city ahead of them.  Alexandria is in the distance.  Abraham sees that the battery is running low but thinks they can make it.  A short while later the motor home dies and he curses their luck.  Where on earth will they find another battery?  Glenn smiles and shows him a spare.  When he asks Glenn how he knew that, Glenn’s smile gets bigger as he remembers Dale.  Rick looks down the road and Michonne tells him that the war is over now.  He has to let everything go.  Rick remembers that Bob said he needed to pick his moments.  The motor home’s engine roars to life, but Rick has a task.  He has to bury the gun, just in case.

When they approach the gates, Rick’s eyes grow large as he hears children playing.  Michonne grabs his hand.  “Ready?” he asks.  The group gets out and Rick grabs Judith.  Carol tells him that even though he was wrong, he’s still right.

The team has arrived at Alexandria.  But is it going to be the safe haven they want it to be?  Tune in next week!

The Big Wait: SDCC Badge Registration

It’s early Saturday morning and I’m “in” the Epic Online Registration room trying to help family register for badges.

The little blue circle is spinning, which means we are in a holding pattern until 9am.

It’s a stressful process knowing that there is a chance registration won’t happen.

To pass the time, SDCC posts humorous notes designed to take the edge off of the stress. 

On another note, when I think of how many people worldwide are in this virtual waiting room trying to buy tickets, and how many people will descend upon San Diego for this event, it makes me realize how important this event is for our local economy.

We have to expand the Convention Center. We have to keep SDCC so fans can come to San Diego to enjoy this great city.

Gotham Recap S1E16: The Blind Fortune Teller

Gotham S1E16: The Blind Fortune Teller

Original Airdate: February 16, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock


Gotham Fans, I apologize for my absence.  I blame my DVR and the delay in getting shows up on demand.  That said, let’s get to tonight’s episode!

(By the way, did you catch Robin Lord Taylor on last night’s Talking Dead?)

Bruce is sleeping on the couch, surrounded by notebooks and files.  He has been taking notes, clearly.

Penguin is at his club listening to his mother singing on stage.  No one else thinks she’s as good as he does.

Fish is sleeping in her new world.  She hears someone crying and wakes her people to provide water to the prisoners whose limbs have been amputated.

Barbara returns to her apartment to find Selina and Ivy in her apartment.  Selina lets her know that Gordon dropped off his keys the week before.  “So screw him, anyway,” Barbara says, plopping down on the couch with Ivy’s cereal.

Gordon and Leslie are at the circus together.  They’re eating popcorn in a scene that reminds me of Val Kilmer and Nicole Kidman in Batman Forever.  There’s a trapeze act onstage at Haly’s Circus, and while they canoodle, the Flying Graysons are introduced.  But the MC is interrupted by a clown car full of…clowns.  These clowns don’t seem to be clowning around, though.  They have beef with the Graysons, and a fight breaks out in the center ring.  Gordon springs into action, breaking it up.

Back at Penguin’s club, Penguin’s mother finishes her song to a rousing round of applause from her son.  When someone boos, Penguin storms over and bashes his head in with a bottle.

Gordon proceeds to interview the suspects but no one is talking.  Meanwhile, Leslie tends to John Grayson while his rival, Mary, is tended to on a stretcher across from him.  He reveals that the Graysons and Lloyds have always been rivals, and this particular fight was over a woman named Lilah, who is also a snake dancer.  Mary snaps at John for being so forthcoming.  It doesn’t look like they’re married yet, or even dating.  (Aside: Ahhh!  It’s Dick Grayson’s parents!!!)  Gordon meets back up with Leslie and apologizes for the date, but she’s thrilled.  He’s stunned at how much information she was able to find out, and she begs him to allow her to go with him to see the snake dancer.  But when Gordon gets a “look” from the MC at the mention of the snake dancer, we know that there is much more going on.

A young man exits Lilah’s trailer.  Her red-headed son, Jerome, hasn’t seen his mother in a day. The MC tells Gordon that Lilah is a party-girl, but given that she left without her purse or coat, there is cause for concern.  Gordon notices that the snake is agitated and tells Jerome to let it out.  It isn’t long before the snake goes off toward a truck.  It disappears under a tarp, and that’s where they find Lilah’s bloody body.  Jerome falls to his knees while the snake cuddles up to its owner.  Leslie comforts the boy.  Gordon knows that the MC knew her body was there.  He admits that they found her body there that morning.

Fish addresses her people, telling them that they are nothing more than transplant donors.  She can get some of them out of there, but some of them will die on the way.  She says they’re all family now, and they have to fight together to get out.  The crowd loves her.

The MC says that some rigging people found the body that morning, and then they moved her to the truck.  He says that only the heads of the families know about it, but they have their own justice and justice will be served.  Gordon arrests him.

When Gordon and Leslie arrive at the station, he recruits Bullock’s help.  Bullock thinks that the group of performers being led into the station is part of a joke until he realizes that it isn’t. Gordon interviews Jerome, who says that him mom was perfect, aside from her bad cooking.  She didn’t have any enemies, and she didn’t have boyfriends.  Just lovers, apparently, including a Grayson and Lloyd.  Jerome isn’t embarrassed about the number of sexual partners his mother had.

When Gordon talks to Owen Lloyd, he says that Grayson killed Lilah.  He explains that the feud between the two families started ”before the Great War” after a Lloyd was accused of stealing a horse.  Bullock talks to the Grayson brother, who corroborates the horse story but says that Lloyd killed Lilah.  In the outer office, Mary and John bicker while they’re being interviewed.  Mary can’t believe she ever thought she loved pigheaded John.

Fish meditates when she hears the men coming.  She rallies her troops so that when the lead guard calls for the desired inmate, no one moves.  Inmate 57A finally raises his hand, and Fish steps forward.  “We need to talk,” she drawls.  He tells her to back up.  She introduces herself and says that she’s in charge now.  She demands water, blankets and supplies, and when he says no, she has her men kill 57A.  The guards are stunned.  Fish repeats her demands, and she’s told that she has to go speak to the manager.  The manager doesn’t go down to the cells, but Fish isn’t going anywhere.  They have a standoff.  Eventually the guards leave, and Fish’s men cheer.  She kisses 57A’s forehead in appreciation for his sacrifice.

The Captain can’t believe that Gordon let the snake out to find the body.  And their prime suspects are an acrobat and a clown.  She laughs.  Leslie and Nygma have identified the cause of death, but the timing makes it unlikely that either Lloyd or Grayson could have done it, as both were performing.  They will be kept in custody while the others are released.  Gordon tells the group they’re free to go, but he says that the feud must end, as it has gotten their families nowhere.

Leslie meets Gordon back at his desk.  She teases him about his stern voice and then asks him over for dinner to finish their date.  They’re interrupted by a man named Cicero, who is a blind psychic. He is accompanied by a boy in a coonskin hat.  He tells Gordon that Lilah sent a message from beyond the grave, that the killer can be found by the iron sisters.  Gordon dismisses him, but Leslie wonders why Gordon is so closed-minded.  It creates a rift between them.

At Wayne Manor, Bruce pours over documents while Alfred enters and says that the meeting with the board of Wayne Enterprises has been confirmed.  Apparently they didn’t cancel or postpone again.  Alfred still thinks the meeting is a bad idea and voices his concern, but Bruce wont’ hear it.  Alfred says it won’t be his fault if they end up in a ditch.  This catches Bruce’s attention…momentarily.

Penguin is playing Greensleeves on the piano while a group of men at a table play cards.

Barbara twirls in front of her new friends, showing off her outfit.  Selina thinks she’s trying too hard to get Gordon’s attention, while Ivy rolls her eyes.

Leslie and Gordon clink glasses and start dinner.  Gordon loves the food.  Leslie has a realization that the psychic’s message related to the iron gates at Arkham.  She wants to go with him.  They go off in search of “clues” but Gordon doesn’t think it’s a place for a nice lady.  Leslie points out that he’s contradicting himself in his choice of women.  He finds a hatchet on the ground from a member of the Hellfire Club, a group of Satanists who have been inactive for some time.  He calls for backup, urging caution.

The duo return to the police station, where Leslie knows that she’s being dismissed.  He quickly says that he wanted to stay at home to finish their date.  Eventually he acquiesces and lets Leslie interview the suspects with him.  Mr. Cicero is in a room by himself.  He greets the duo, and he appears frustrated when Gordon tries to pin him for the crime.  He’s trying to cover for someone.  Cicero looks uncomfortable.  He brings in Jerome, and as soon as the boy sits down, Gordon says that Jerome killed his mother and cleaned up in Cicero’s trailer.  Gordon suspects that Cicero was Jerome’s father.  Jerome denies it, saying that his mother said his father died at sea, but Cicero cracks and says that it’s true.  Jerome starts to cry…but he’s really laughing.  He laughs and admits that he killed his whore of a mother for nagging at him, and pushing him to do the dishes while she was banging a clown in the next room.  He laughs maniacally.

Are we witnessing the birth of the most notorious Gotham criminal of all time?

Leslie sits in the locker room and gathers her thoughts.  Gordon knows she’s emotionally drained.  It was ugly, she says, but thrilling.  And scary.  She thanks Gordon for letting her be there.  He’s blown away by her.  “Can we go home now?” she asks.  He kisses her passionately, and of course Barbara walks in at that moment and sees them.  She storms off in a fury.

A violinist plays a sad song at Penguin’s club.  Victor Zsasz shows up and says that Falcone thinks he doesn’t know how to run a club.  He whistles, and Butch is standing near the stage.  Penguin backs away in terror.  Victor says Butch is harmless now, after working him over in his basement for a few weeks.  Victor says that Butch is there to help him run the club, and that he will do exactly what Penguin says.  Penguin asks him to dance, and he dances.  “I do good work,” Victor sighs.

Alfred preps Bruce for the big meeting.  Bruce salutes him.  In the boardroom, Bruce takes his place at the head of the table, and Alfred stands at his side.  The board is nice to Bruce, thinking him harmless, until he says he has two areas of concern: underworld involvement at Arkham, and chemical weapons manufacturing.  The board doesn’t see him as harmless anymore.

Gordon congratulates Mary and John on their engagement.  Since Gordon put the feud to rest they can be together.  They leave, but not before Mary pecks him on the cheek.  Bullock walks up and notes that Gordon must have gotten laid because he smells like ladies soap and he didn’t shave.  Gordon can’t deny it.

Bruce is relentless with the board.  He assures them that he plans to take this information to the shareholders meeting.  The board is mostly silent, but they try to placate him.  He says he knows much more than he’s letting on, and he plans to pursue legal action.  And if he was a grown man, he’d be the Chairman of his company.

The guards return and tell Fish she has a deal. She tells Thomas Schmidt, the guard, to relax while she meets the manager.  Her family surrounds him as she leaves.

Can you believe there are only 5 episodes left of this amazing season?

Up next: Red Hood!

Fifty Shades of None of Your Business

I keep seeing posts and articles about the movie Fifty Shades of Grey wherein commentators suggest that women are abused, the BDSM community is wrong, and consent isn’t enough. Forget about the characters for a moment. I want to talk about another side of it. I want to talk about judging the BDSM lifestyle based solely on a poorly written book and a movie.

Disclosure: I read the book but haven’t seen the movie.

Let’s make this clear: it sucks that Christian Grey and Ana Steele are the poster children for the BDSM community. They shouldn’t be, and EL James has done the community a great disservice by presenting this as a normal BDSM relationship. From what I understand from members of the community, it isn’t. But…it could be. No two relationships in the community are the same. But consent is key, and it’s a huge part of the “safe, sane and consensual” banner that is so proudly celebrated.

I know a couple who practice the Dominant/submissive lifestyle.  They are in their 50s and they have kids. They’re normal people. He’s so loving and protective of his wife; he even jokes that she bosses him around even though he’s the Dominant.  They are the most loving couple and most folks are shocked when they learn that they practice D/s. They’re totally open about their lifestyle and they enjoy educating people about it.

It’s not our place to judge what people do in their personal lives.  Newsflash, people: some people get off on being bossed around and tied up. 

Perhaps we should steal a page from the BDSM playbook and implement contracts in all of our personal relationships.  That way the boundaries are set and the rules are clear.  Break the rules and it’s game over. Many BDSM couples review and renew their contracts on a semi-annual basis. (For more information, see links below)

FSoG is not a great way to learn about the BDSM community; instead of judging the community based on the film’s depictions, do some research:
Submissive Guide:

Dominant Guide:

The Walking Dead Recap S5E9: What Happened and What’s Going On

The Walking Dead S5E9: What Happened and What’s Going On

Original Airdate: February 8, 2015

Recap by Sarabeth Pollock


Welcome back, Walkers! It’s time to get this season started again!

We begin as a shovel sifts through the earth.  A picture is on a desk.  Maggie and Noah sob.  Father Gabriel offers a blessing as we have flashbacks of the prison, and where everyone has been.  Noah tells Rick that Beth was going to Virginia with him.  Rick tells the rest of the group that Noah says there was a safe space there.  If it doesn’t work out, then they keep going.  (Oh, and it looks like Eugene is alive)  The flashbacks keep coming, including seeing Mica and Lizzie.  Lizzie even has a hole in her head.  They look at the picture in the frame; it’s a house.  “It’s better now,” Mica says, smiling.  Blood pools on the picture.

Ok, so we’re off to a creepy start….

The car speeds down the road.  Noah is guiding Tyreese, Glenn, Michonne and Rick toward this sanctuary.  Rick checks in via radio with Carol to make sure the radios still work.  Noah tells them that the trade was the right move.  It just went wrong.  Tyreese recalls his father telling him that he needed to pay attention to what was going on around them when he was little.  “Paying a high cost of living,” his father called it. (Tyreese should be watching the road more carefully, by the way)  Noah thinks his mother and twin brothers are still alive.  Rick wants to leave the road and walk the last mile or so, just in case.

They leave the car with some abandoned ones, and Noah leads the way.  There’s a fence up, and Noah tells Michonne that his people wanted to do it, so they must have gotten around to it at last.  Noah nicks his forehead crawling under the fence.  Glenn pokes his head out and sees a gate.  There aren’t any spotters out today, which seems strange, really.  There is a grandfather clock on the road leading to the gates.  The gates are locked so Glenn climbs over to see what’s going on.  He gives a little shake of his head.  Noah climbs over, followed by the rest of the group.  Everything has been burned to the ground.  Bodies are strewn everywhere.  Noah grabs his head and collapses, sobbing.  Graffiti lines the walls and the neighborhood is like a ghost town.  Tyreese tells Noah that he’s part of their group now. As Michonne goes to clear out a Walker, Rick gets on his knees and tells Noah he’s sorry.  He suggests that they make a sweep to find supplies.  Rick radios in to Carol and reports that the town is gone.

As they sweep the town, Rick tells Glenn that Dawn didn’t mean to kill Beth.  He wanted to kill her, but he didn’t.  He tells Glenn that Beth wanted to get Noah back home, so this trip was for him.  It could have been for them, too, but clearly it isn’t.

Noah sits and weeps in the street.  Tyreese watches over him and tells Noah that he wanted to die, but then he had to keep going for Judith.  She was his mission.  If he’d given up, that never would have happened.  He chose to live.  “This isn’t the end,” he tells Noah.  Noah gets up from the ground as Tyreese cheers him on.  He limps away toward an abandoned house.

Glenn tells Rick he was thinking about the guy in the storage container at Terminus and how he stopped before he died.  He got Maggie back.  Losing the hope in going to Washington, and losing Beth after finding out she was alive, that was hard.  He would have shot Dawn dead.  Michonne tells them to stop.  They could be out there too long.  Noah rushes down to his house and demands to go inside.  Tyreese wants to go in first.  The door’s open and there’s blood on the walls.  Noah follows closely.  Inside there is a woman on the ground with her head bashed in.  Noah covers her up.  He tells her that he tried to get back sooner.  Tyreese continues into the hallway and comes upon a door that is closed.  The sound of Walkers is behind it.  A dead boy is in the bedroom.  Tyreese pauses and sees pictures of the twins on the wall.  As he looks, the Walker twin sneaks up and bites him on the arm.  Noah rushes in and stabs his brother in the eye with a model plane.  Noah tells Tyreese to wait while he gets help.  Oh no, not Tyreese!

The picture is on the ground.  The radio in the boys’ room drones on with a report about attacks and military forces.  We see the prison tower.  Tyreese gets a visit from the man he didn’t kill back in the cabin.  The ghost ponders what would have happened if he hadn’t been allowed to live.  Bob shows up and says the ghost is full of bull shit, given that he’d been bitten at the food shed.  The Governor appears and says that Tyreese had promised to do what it took to earn his keep.  Mica and Lizzie say it’s better now.  It isn’t better now, the Governor growls.  He’s replaced by a Walker who charges at Tyreese in a rage.  Tyreese uses a geode to smash his brain in.  His arm is gushing blood.  The Walker leaks blood down onto the picture.

Michonne gathers supplies and tells Rick that they could reinforce it again.  He doesn’t like that it’s in a forest without sight lines.  Michonne says they could cut the trees to build walls.  She goes through the hole to make a point, but then she sees that the bodies have been mangled.  There’s something horribly wrong with the way things went down in this little town.  Glenn says that it didn’t matter who killed Dawn.  “Washington,” Michonne says.  She thinks Eugene knew there would be a chance in Washington.  There might be people there, and now that they’re less than a hundred miles away and right now they’re just “making it.”  It would be a better chance than anything.  “We should go to Washington,” Rick agrees.

They hear Noah screaming and find him under attack from a group of Walkers.  They clear them away and Noah tells them that Tyreese has been bitten.  The group runs off to help.

Beth is there, playing her guitar.  Mica and Lizzie tell Tyreese that things are better.  The Governor tells Tyreese that he didn’t adapt or change even though he tried to tell Tyreese that he needed to change.  Bob agrees that this is all there is.  Tyreese tells the Governor that he is dead and that he forgave Carol because it isn’t over yet.  He never turned away, he kept listening to the news and he kept going so he could do what he could do to help. Nobody has to die today, he says.  The Governor shoves him against the wall and says that he has to pay the bill.  The girls grab his hand and hold it as Tyreese fades away.

Back in reality, it’s Rick who is holding his hand, holding it tight so that Michonne can hack it off.  With one swipe, the arm is gone.  But is it too late?

We see Rick and company carrying Tyreese out, and now we see the dreamy sequence from the beginning of the episode once again.  This is what Tyreese is seeing.  Noah tries to keep Tyreese safe while the rest of the group takes out the Walkers who have gathered around the fence.  We get a nice slow-motion sequence showing Walkers being killed.  As they run out, the voices keep talking to him, telling him that it’s going the way it was supposed to.  Beth sings to him as the girls smile at him.  “I’m a struggling man and I’ve gotta move on,” she sings.

They get to the car and Rick tells Carol that they need to cauterize the wound, and that Sasha and Carl don’t need to see what happened.  The tires are stuck in mud and Rick hits the car in front of him.  The trunk is full of Walker heads.

Tyreese hears the radio reports of what was happening in the camps after the start of the virus.  He sees Noah, but then the vision shifts and Beth is driving.  She’s alive and happy.  The girls are beside him, smiling.  Bob looks back from the front seat.  The truck stops and the group takes Tyreese’s body out.

Now we see the dirt again, and the shovel.  Father Gabriel speaks.  Sasha scoops dirt onto a grave.  We hadn’t seen Beth’s burial.  It was Tyreese’s funeral.

Rick digs quickly.  We see a cross with Tyreese’s hat on it.

RIP, Tyreese.

(Ok, so there isn’t much to add to this fantastic episode…  Tyreese will be sorely missed.  But wasn’t it great to see Beth, Bob, the Governor, and the Girls?)

See you next week!

Book Review: The Raven, by Sylvain Reynard

The Raven

By Sylvain Reynard

Publication Date: February 3, 2015

Review by Sarabeth Pollock


When the sun goes down in Florence, the Prince of Florence awakens.

In Sylvain Reynard’s novella The Prince, we met the mysterious Prince of Florence.  Now in The Raven we learn more about the mysterious Prince and we also meet a woman who captivates him in a most unexpected way.

It’s May of 2013 and the Prince of Florence has just retrieved his prized collection of illustrations from the Uffizi Gallery.  They’re not copies, as Professor Gabriel Emerson believes.  They’re original drawings by Sandro Botticelli, and they had been stolen over a century prior.  But just as the Prince is about to celebrate, he hears a woman’s screams and he smells blood.  The vampyre rushes off to make sure he’s the first one to find her.

Raven Wood is an art restorer at the Uffizi Gallery.  On this night she’s walking home from a party when everything changes.   A week goes by that she can’t remember.  Raven wakes up and is literally a completely different person on the outside.  She also discovers that the Uffizi has been robbed, and she’s at the top of the suspect list.  It isn’t helping things that her disability no longer exists and she looks like a completely different person.

In the meantime, the Emerson Family-Professor Gabriel Emerson, wife Julianne, and daughter Clare-have arrived in Florence as the police search for clues in the robbery.  Little do they know, they’re being watched by a dark presence who presides over Florence when the sun goes down.

The Raven is a departure from the paranormal romance genre in that while the love story between Raven and the Prince (whose true identity is revealed in the book) is a large part of the plot, there are many other elements that come to the fore.  Salvation, hope, redemption, faith…these all play a central role in the story.  There’s also the political system at work in the vampyre world; the Prince of Florence reigns over the Consilium, a council of vampyre elders who serve their Prince much like a presidential cabinet.  There are rumors of hostility from neighboring provinces that keep the Prince in a state of constant vigilance, and when he finds himself falling for Raven, he knows that she will always be a target among his kind.  However, the Prince finds that his Cassita is worth fighting for.

The best thing about having my own blog is that when I write a review, I can say whatever I like.  Normally I try to stay as objective as possible.  But not today.  I love this book.  This book appeals to me on so many levels.  I love the characters, I love the story, and I love how the story is woven within the history of Florence to such an extent that Florence herself has become a central character.  Sylvain Reynard’s writing is magical that way. I’m not even sure that paranormal romance is a suitable descriptor for this new series.  It’s literary fiction, with a splash of paranormal romance, intermingled with historical fiction.  The lush prose and vivid imagery are utterly captivating.  The only real comparisons I can draw to other authors in the genre who write with such attention to detail are Anne Rice and Deborah Harkness.  I have spent the past weeks imagining the Prince and Raven and wondering what will happen next.  It isn’t often that characters capture my imagination so thoroughly, but Raven and the Prince have.

I am eager to see what Sylvain Reynard has in store for his Florentine Series.


Click here to read Part One of my interview with Sylvain Reynard

Click here to read Part Two of my interview with Sylvain Reynard

Click here to buy The Raven

Click here to buy The Prince