The prison-tribe is officially infected. The killer flu has infiltrated some of the group’s most valued members (Sasha and Glen are sick!), 12 have died and the chances of disease control through isolation and/or obtaining veterinary antibiotics at a site 50 miles away, are slim and getting slimmer. Sickness is quickly running through the prison; graves are continuously being dug, morale is low and fear is increasing. Still, Beth reminds us that each person in the prison has a job to do. There is no time to mourn loved ones in the zombie apocalypse. While the prison-tribe does have food and shelter, it is important to remember that government structures are nonexistent. The characters are basically working toward agency in a completely dystopic setting with no help from from any larger established system, specifically organized political systems, law enforcement and public health.

Hershel helps a sick Dr. Subramanian with a natural tea.
Hershel helps a sick Dr. Subramanian with a natural flu fighter.

Episode:

S04xE03 “Isolation”

So, a new threat in the form of the oldest threat to humankind: disease. There is an aggressive flu strain that is killing seemingly healthy members of the jail-tribe almost instantly. With no way to fight against simple viruses or infection, the group has to resort to Dark Age methods of guessing who will be next and then separating the infected from the group. This plot point reminds audiences that in the zombie apocalypse, health care is pretty much nonexistent and, while tribe members have been lucky not to get sick (except Andrea in S03E01) lack of proper medicine, vaccines and sterilization can be deadly.

Poor Patrick didn't get much on-screen time without blood covering his face.
Poor Patrick didn’t get much on-screen time without blood covering his face.

Episode:

S04xE02 “Infected”

Season 4 of AMC’s The Walking Dead is off to a strong start, with threads of plot line strung out for audiences through out the premiere, the show promises an intense story arc to an already expansive zombie-verse.

There are vegetables in your zombie garden, Rick.
There are vegetables in your zombie garden, Rick.

Episode:

S04xE01 “30 Days Without an Accident”

The BAMFs are back tonight, Zombies beware!
The BAMFs are back tonight, Zombies beware!

Tonight is the Night!

AMC’s The Walking Dead premieres season 4 tonight and I cannot wait to see what crazy shit Sheriff Rick and his pals are up to. Don’t forget to watch AMC tonight at 9pm to see Daryl Dixon slicing zombies and Carl most likely wandering off. Click here to see a sneak preview of tonight’s episode, “30 Days Without an Accident.” THAT doesn’t sound ominous, does it?

I am wary of sloppy seconds. Second albums by a great one-hit wonder, second films in a trilogy, and the second child of a good series, the spin-off television show.  The 1990’s brought us the kick ass teen drama Beverly Hills 90210, which then morphed into the ugly step children Melrose Place and Models Inc. Now, let me make clear I am not talking about the rebooting of an “old” television show, for example, the 2005 revisioning of Doctor Who. That is another beast entirely. I’m talking about two entirely new series springing from a show such as Doctor Who–i.e. the creation of Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures at the BBC as side stories to the companions of the Doctor in the Whoniverse (although, I would love to see Moffat write a River Song spin off). A spin off means new characters, new audiences and story lines that may have similar themes to our old favorites but that are filtered through (often times) new writers, producers and actors. While I enjoy the Doctor Who spin offs, to an extent, Torchwood is much darker and a tad sexy (I totally ship Jack/Ianto), and therefore I can’t sit around and watch it with, say, my 10-year old daughter as I would DW. On the other hand, The Sarah Jane Adventures was made for a younger audience and, except the few episodes that feature The Doctor, don’t particularly interest me.

Season-3-Cast
The Walking Dead cast takes a break from kickin’ ass.

The Collective gals can’t wait to watch the cast of AMC’s The Walking Dead kill a few walkers in Season 4, which starts this October. This afternoon at San Diego Comic Con, Series stars Andrew LincolnNorman ReedusSteven YeunLauren CohanDanai GuriraDavid MorrisseyScott Wilson, and Chad Coleman join executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple and executive producers Robert KirkmanGale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert and special effects makeup supervisor and executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by my favorite walker aficionado, Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead) in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. Fans attending the panel can expect an exclusive preview of Season 4, with a look at the new characters and of course, biters.