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I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it.  If you aren’t watching The Walking Dead on AMC, you are missing one of the best shows on television.  The 3rd Season just started last night, so get Netflix and get caught up.

 

While your at it.  Get The Walking Dead game.  A finer depiction of survival at the end of the world is hard to come by.

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I’m not sure there’s a comedian out there that I find funnier than Norm Macdonald.  I loved him on Saturday Night Live, I loved his TV shows, and I love the movie Dirty Work.  In other words, every time he opens his mouth and says something, I laugh hysterically. Here he is, in one of the most brilliant skits in Saturday Night Live history.

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Here’s why you should watch anytime he shows up on a talk show:

Imagine my excitement when I found out he was hosting a sports show on Comedy Central. Oh Norm, they should just put you in everything.

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I’ve heard great things about AMC’s original series – Mad Men, Breaking Bad – but I haven’t seen a single episode of either one.  Still I was excited to hear that they were taking one of the best monthly comic series and adapting it for TV.

The Walking Dead.

The picture above is from the comic, but the tagline on it does the best job of explaining what the book is about.  It’s been described as “the zombie movie that never ends”, and at 78 issues and still going strong it’s doing its best to live up to that claim.  It’s a fantastic comic.  It’s frightening and disturbing.  It’s wonderful horror, but it’s also a brilliant study on the nature of humans and the lengths they will go to for survival.

The TV show looks to be shaping up the same way.

So far only two episodes have aired, but they’ve both been outstanding.  Just watch that first episode, particularly the scene near the end where Morgan Jones sits in an upstairs bedroom window with his rifle ready, trying to steel himself enough that he can put down the monster that used to be his wife.

It’s good stuff.

I know zombies have been overdone in the last few years; that they’ve somehow saturated horror pop culture.  But forget all of that.  This is the best that it’s done.  No camp.  No gore so over-the-top it’s farcical.  Just a story about characters trying to survive.

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I don’t know if I can talk about the LOST finale without spoilers, but I’m going to try.  After something as emotionally charged as that final episode, you want to put a little distance between it and yourself before you start talking about it, if anything to see if it stands up to a little more objective scrutiny.   After sleeping on it, and spending quite a bit of time reading other peoples’ views today (People seem divided on it, oddly enough.  I can’t believe it didn’t please everyone), I’ve decided that my initial impression still holds true.

It was fantastic.  Sure it was melodramatic, but, really, it’s a final episode of a show stretching out over six years and 100+ episodes.  It’s all about reunions and goodbyes and big climactic confrontations.  How could it be anything else?  It provides closure for the characters.  The main criticism that I’ve read, and, don’t get me wrong, they make a good point, is that a lot of the plot threads and mysteries didn’t get satisfactory answers.  It’s true, a lot of them don’t.  But what you do get is enough information and explanations to form some strong conclusions about various loose threads floating around.  Of course you’ll never know if you’re right, but the point of LOST wasn’t to find out if you were right or not.  There was always more to it than that, and I think one of the main points of the finale, and the show as a whole, is that the overall themes of love, community, and redemption are more important than the details.  Besides, it would have been impossible to satisfactorily answer all of the questions.  Stephen King in Danse Macabre, his nonfiction exploration of what makes good horror, talks about why everything is always a little less scary once the monster is revealed.  You can always picture something a little bigger, a little more disgusting, and a little frightening in your head than what’s on the screen (“Oh a fifty foot tall grasshopper.  Whew!  I thought it was going to be a hundred feet tall.”).   I think the same principle applies to mysteries as well, particularly something like LOST which draws from so many wells:  myth, mysticism, religion, quantum physics…

Not that I’m not rankled a little by the fact that I’ll never have some answers.

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