Eclectic, Entertainment, Movies

Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction: We’re Living In A Real-Life Version Of Idiocracy

Idiocracy: Orange Dumbass And President Camacho
An Alternate Reality: The Orange Monster And President Camacho

Every time I hear another one of the orange lunkhead’s suggestions on how to treat COVID-19, I feel like I’m living in the movie Idiocracy.

Who could have predicted that this silly 2006 film, written by Etan Cohen and Mike Judge, would end up being so prophetic? Idiocracy focuses on Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson), an average American man who agrees to be placed into hibernation for a year.

A mistake is made and he is forgotten. Instead of being awoken a year later, Joe wakes up in the year 2505. And he quickly discovers the world is now populated with complete buffoons and he is the smartest human being on the planet.

BRAWNDO – It’s Got What Plants Crave!

The prologue in Idiocracy states that evolution at the beginning of the 21st century is “at a crucial turning point. Qualities like intelligence and ingenuity have taken a backseat to the quantity of offspring produced by, say, a low-IQ high school football player who mindlessly fucks anything that moves.”

The president of the United States is a former porn star, cities are overrun with fast food restaurants and piles of garbage. Fuddruckers has changed its name to Buttfuckers. State executions are carried out on live television by corporate sponsored monster truck demolitions.

But my favorite storyline in Idiocracy involves the food supply crisis in the United States. The reason for this is because President Herbert Camacho (Terry Crews) made a deal with BRAWNDO (a product similar to Gatorade) to irrigate farmers’ crops, instead of using water. “It’s Got What Plants Crave! It’s Got Electrolytes,” is BRAWNDO’s slogan.

Trump Surrounds Himself With Idiots Just Like Him

Sound familiar? Let’s just change the premise a slight bit and say that Joe wakes up in 2020, instead of 2505. The intelligence level of the population is plummeting. The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis. And who’s at the helm? A failed businessman and reality TV host, Donald Trump. Continue reading “Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction: We’re Living In A Real-Life Version Of Idiocracy”

Walking Dead Recaps

The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes’ Cheap Conclusion

Rick Grimes
A Fitting Farewell?: AMC touted last night’s episode as Rick Grimes final.

I wanted to write an ode to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) this week. AMC has been promoting the whole “Rick Grimes final episodes” on The Walking Dead for months now. As it turned out, it was just another clever marketing ploy to trick viewers into watching the first couple of season 9 episodes.

Well, they got me. I thought they were going to kill off Rick, but the mysterious helicopter we’ve been seeing for a while now (part of Jadis’ human trafficking network) swooped in, scooped up Rick and saved his life in the nick of time.

Once again, showrunner Scott M. Gimple and AMC pulled a second-rate ratings scam (anyone remember the whole Glenn under the dumpster debacle?) and viewers should be pissed. But likely they’re not, because their hero Rick Grimes is still alive.

The episode itself, entitled What Comes After, leading up to this cheap conclusion, wasn’t all bad. When last week’s episode ended, Rick’s horse had thrown him onto a rebar. The dead were approaching and it looked like he was a goner. Continue reading “The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes’ Cheap Conclusion”

Entertainment, Murdoch Mysteries Reviews

Murdoch Mysteries Review – My Big Fat Mimico Wedding

Henry Higgins-Newsome?: Does Henry’s marriage go off without a hitch? All bets are off. CBC

Blushing groom Henry Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) is surrounded by Murdoch, Brackenreid and Crabtree at the Newsome residence, to witness his Big Fat Mimico Wedding as Murdoch Mysteries, season 12, episode 3 begins.

Higgins tells the boys he’s decided to hyphenate his last name, to Henry Higgins-Newsome. But he’s quite concerned that because he’s quit his job as a constable, he’s left Station House No. 4 in the lurch.

“Somehow we’ll muddle through without you,” Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) says, rolling his eyes.

Suddenly a shot rings out and Higgins falls back onto a bed. Is he dead? Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – My Big Fat Mimico Wedding”

Entertainment, Murdoch Mysteries Reviews

Murdoch Mysteries Review – Operation Murder

Doctor Julia Ogden’s (Hélène Joy) first operation at the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine is deemed a great success, until the patient dies minutes later. The head surgeon assures Julia she is not responsible, but of course she is devastated in Operation Murder.

Murdoch Mysteries Review - Operation Murder
Mrs. Quigley Has Died: Julia’s in a quandary and cannot accept that her surgical skills caused her patient’s death. CBC.

Meanwhile, back at Station House No. 4, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) encounters George Crabtree (Jonny Harris): “It’s a beautiful day outside, George, why don’t you go for a walk along the boardwalk?” George, looking miserable, replies: “The boardwalk is always teaming with happy young couples.” Poor George.

But he does meet a new love interest a few hours later, on the hospital steps, a nurse named Florence Nightingale Graham (Kathryn Alexandre). They connect over a line in a poem and he asks her out.

William gets a special delivery to the “crazy house on Lambert Avenue,” as the courier calls it. He looks at the large wooden box with glee as he prepares to open it. And so begins season 12, episode 2 of Murdoch Mysteries, entitled Operation MurderContinue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Operation Murder”

Walking Dead Recaps

Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale Recap – The Morgan Show

Weak: Morgan is not a strong enough character to lead a show, in particular Fear The Walking Dead.

Fear the Walking Dead’s season 4 finale, entitled I Lose Myself, was not just hokey, it was completely ludicrous. There were enough plot holes in it to fill a leaking ethanol tanker truck (more on that later).

Since showrunners Scott M. Gimple, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg took over for season 4, Fear has changed from a drama about a family trying to survive in the zombie apocalypse, to The Morgan Show. Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against the character of Morgan, or Lennie James – I liked the character when he was on The Walking Dead, but he was a supporting character. Morgan is not a strong enough character to lead a series.

As the episode begins, we see Althea has survived and is pointing a rifle at Martha and her pet walker Jim and for once, I’m rooting for her. Please shoot this bitch and put an end to this lame Filthy Woman character once and for all. But instead of shooting her, she lets Martha get the better of her and ends up knocked to the ground. Continue reading “Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale Recap – The Morgan Show”

Entertainment, Murdoch Mysteries Reviews

Murdoch Mysteries Review – Murdoch Mystery Mansion

Murdoch Mystery Mansion
A Potato, Sir?: George wants to see William’s “potato cooking room” in his new house. CBC TV.

When last we saw the inhabitants of Station House No. 4, Julia and William Murdoch had suffered a tragic loss, George Crabtree found himself unlucky in love again and viewers were left wondering what Violet Hart, Julia’s new morgue assistant, was really up to.

Season 12, Episode 1 begins with Julia (Hélène Joy) and William (Yannick Bisson) walking into their brand new home only to find about a dozen people inside. The home was designed, incidentally, by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Aaron Poole) and, as it turns out, Julia didn’t read the fine print (who ever does?!) in the contract before she signed it and has agreed that Wright can use their house as a showcase for 90 days.

Loyal viewers know it wouldn’t really feel like home for Mr. and Mrs. Murdoch if they didn’t find at least one dead body somewhere in the house. The body they do discover is particularly gruesome and it’s a bloody good start to the new season of Murdoch Mysteries. Continue reading “Murdoch Mysteries Review – Murdoch Mystery Mansion”

Walking Dead Recaps

Fear The Walking Dead Recap – I Lose People

Stranded No More: Strand, John, Charlie and Alicia are back together again. AMC.

Season 4, episode 15 begins with Morgan’s group trapped on the hospital roof, mainly because the writers thought Morgan was the only one who could lead them. When Wendell asks why “Mo Mo” is standing far away from them, Jimbo says what many of us are thinking: “What the hell are you waiting for him to do? He got us into this. You’re on your own now.”

Morgan obviously blames himself for becoming the leader and leading his people into what looks like an unwinnable situation, but really Morgan, don’t blame yourself, blame the showrunners for foisting this role upon you.

Fortunately, the whole episode doesn’t just focus on Morgan and we get to one of the highlights of the episode, Alicia calling out to Strand and John, who are across the water, then hearing June on the walkie and telling her John is safe.

Charlie and Alicia go into town to search for a boat or a canoe (any type of watercraft that can float) so they can rescue their friends.

Meanwhile, Jim continues to whine, which makes me wonder why Morgan, Wendell or Sarah are avoiding the inevitable and don’t just stick a pole through his head.

Alicia and Charlie spot a canoe and suddenly Martha starts shooting at them. Alicia sees she’s bleeding and offers to help, but of course this one trick pony replies with: “I don’t need any help,” and falls to the ground. As Alicia approaches her, gun drawn, Charlie says: “It’s the woman on the walkie.” Why thanks, Captain Obvious. Continue reading “Fear The Walking Dead Recap – I Lose People”

Walking Dead Recaps

Fear The Walking Dead Recap – MM 54

Nick Clark Ready To Detonate: Maybe he could also blow up this whole season, oh wait, Scott M. Gimple already did! AMC.

Fear The Walking Dead’s ratings are plummeting like a stone, or like many stones, collapsing after a dam explosion. The previous showrunners had no idea how prescient their season 3 finale was, as the current showrunners blow Fear apart piece by piece.

Wherefore Art Thou, Daniel?: Salazar is MIA in this train wreck of a season. AMC.

The first quarter hour of season 4, episode 14 is a flashback to the story of the Filthy Woman, who now has a name, Martha. Is there anyone else out there who doesn’t care about Martha’s backstory, not to mention how weakly written it was? I just want this ludicrous character to go away. I would rather find out what happened to Daniel Salazar after the dam explosion. But he had nothing to do with Scott M. Gimple and his minions’ (Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg) distorted and cavalier vision of what they thought this season of Fear should be, so I assume we’ll never see him again.

Last night’s episode was another waste of time, with Morgan’s crew trapped inside a zombie filled hospital, and Alicia trying to get Charlie to a beach (why she’s doing her brother’s murderer any favours, is beyond me).

Continue reading “Fear The Walking Dead Recap – MM 54”

Walking Dead Recaps

Fear The Walking Dead – Recap – BlackJack

Do You Always Drink, Victor?: Pretty much any chance I get. AMC TV.

In this week’s Season 4 episode (13) of Fear The Walking Dead, we finally meet Sarah and Wendell’s “Polar Bear,” but before we get to him, Morgan, June and Al are searching for Quinn, who we know has turned into a zombie.

Morgan talks to Sarah on the walkie, telling her to wait for them while they look. “What the hell is this, an airport shuttle?” Sarah says, just before she heads into the woods when they hear a walker. As Jim and Wendell wait for her, a walker approaches and we find out Wendell has a kick-ass button on the arm of his wheelchair, he pushes it and it releases spikes out the back, which efficiently skewers the walker.

Still calling for Quinn, they get a moaning, walker’s voice in return. Then the filthy woman on the walkie says she helped him “become what he was meant to be.” Morgan recognizes her voice. She tells him if he keeps leaving the boxes at the mileposts, she is going to come after him to make him “strong again”.

Then we cut to the best characters currently on this show, Victor Strand and John Dorie, who, after the hurricane, are now stranded on a ranger station. They have supplies, but as a disappointed Victor points out, no booze. John is building a raft out of logs because he wants to get off the station to find June. Victor doesn’t particularly feel like leaving, especially when they see an alligator waiting to ambush them in the water near the shore they are trying to get to. Continue reading “Fear The Walking Dead – Recap – BlackJack”

Walking Dead Recaps

Fear The Walking Dead Recap – Weak

Come Out Wherever You Are: June faces her share of challenges on this week’s Fear. AMC TV.

Weak is a fitting title for the entire run of Fear The Walking Dead Season 4 so far, although Episode 12 – entitled Weak, while not particularly strong, isn’t predominantly weak either.

June and Althea are going nowhere fast. The hurricane has left them stranded. Al’s SWAT van has run out of diesel, they have no food and water and Al is getting sick. But not all hope is lost, as they hear someone coming through on their walkie-talkie. The problem is, the voice is not recognizable due to all the static and feedback.

At the beginning of the episode, and before we realize just how dire Al and June’s situation really is, June is watching John Dorie’s (Garret Dillahunt) video interview, where he talks about how he is certain he will find his “Laura”. She watches the video over and over again and talks to him on the walkie-talkie, receiving no reply. Could it be John’s staticky voice she and Al end up hearing? Will June and John finally be reunited? Continue reading “Fear The Walking Dead Recap – Weak”