During the 90’s, Anne Heche was an up-and-coming actress. Many believed that the A-list was in her future. Then she started a high-profile relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and I think it’s fair to say that all hell broke loose. The couple became the face of same sex relationships at a time when the nation did not approve of same sex relationships. They were all over the media. Some accused them of shoving their lifestyle down America’s collective throat. The relationship and the media whirlwind that surrounded it eclipsed both of their careers. I know it’s hard to believe it now when DeGeneres is a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, but the backlash nearly took down her career. It certainly limited Heche’s prospects.
So, what the hell happened?
I’m so glad you asked. Because folks, this is going to be one of the bumpier rides in the series. Buckle up, Buttercup.
This trailer was leaked in a low-quality version earlier tonight, so Marvel stepped up by yanking the offending leaks and posting their nice shiny HD version within a couple of hours. The trailer was supposed to premiere during next week’s episode of Agents of SHIELD, so this kind of stinks for Marvel and their TV show, which could have used the ratings bump. The show has improved significantly since the weak first 2/3s of its inaugural season. Too bad most people won’t know.
After last week’s action-packed premiere (which I still maintain would have worked better as a season finale), it was unavoidable that The Walking Dead would slow down a little. And sure enough, the second episode of the season settles into the usual Walking Dead chat-fest built around an inventive action set-piece. That’s not inherently a bad thing. I’m on record as liking character development when it is done well. Unfortunately, The Walking Dead does a pretty terrible job of developing its characters.
This is where we have been heading all season. Our central character humbled, let down, and disappointed, but with a barely recognizable path to redemption. Will Nucky Thompson be the dirty, testy, unscrupulous man who we have seen veer the path from seedy politician to a gangster in full? Or can we truly view him as a good man in the end?
**step beyond the break and I will submit you to conjecture. It’s too late for anything else.**
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Damon Wayans is part of a big family. Several members of the Wayans family have had successful careers in entertainment. After being fired from Saturday Night Live, Wayans co-created In Living Color with his brother, Keenen. The upstart sketch show was a hit and Damon Wayans was the breakout star. He left the show to pursue a movie career. But his career on the big screen never gelled. Eventually, Wayans retreated to TV in the form of a safe sitcom. These days, Wayans is in danger of being eclipsed by his son, Damon Wayans Jr.
What the hell happened?
“You’re either the butcher or the cattle.”
It’s the post-apocalyptic circle of life. The strong eat the weak. At Terminus, they really take that expression to heart.
The season five premiere of The Walking Dead is one of the most action-packed episodes in the show’s history. It sticks to the show’s strengths which makes it a very satisfying viewing experience. If I have a quibble, it’s that this episode should have been last season’s finale. The last eight episodes of season 4 built up to this moment. And then, they left us hanging. Now sixth months later, we finally got the bloody catharsis last season was building towards.
Spoilers after the jump.
When an ensemble piece wraps up, you can take some different approaches. You can try to wrap up each character’s story so you don’t leave frayed edges for your audience to tie up themselves. You can focus on an overall idea or theme, with the idea that is what is more important. But just because you’re doing one doesn’t mean you can’t do the other. Either way, you hope to do each character justice.
**If you haven’t seen this episode of Boardwalk Empire you will definitely want to wait on this article**
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