‘The Walking Dead’ Tiptoes Through the Walkers in Disappointing Mid-Season Finale

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Lissa HarrisWARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!Watching Alexandria get overrun by walkers in the mid-season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead last Sunday, I felt the same heartbreak as when they overran the farm in the season 2 finale.I want these survivors to be able to stay somewhere for longer than a couple of months. How many times can we hear someone say, “We could really make a life here,” only to be proven wrong by the onslaught of walkers, cannibals, savages, etc.? As Enid says to Glenn, “This is how it happens, and it always happens.”The entire episode gives us more than enough viewpoints of what I call the “precious life” vs. “kill to survive” debate that has been threaded throughout the season so far. Maybe too many.Locked away in a basement room, the Alpha Wolf gang captive is like True Detective’s Rust Cohle. He believes that the survivors are all anomalies just waiting to be “set free.” In the same room Dr. Denise tells the Wolf, “You weren’t born this way, you changed. You can change.”Then Carol and Morgan enter the basement. Carol threatens to kill the Alpha Wolf and Morgan, too, if he gets in her way. Morgan won’t let her, because “all life is precious” – even black, beady-eyed, yellow teeth, evidently evil life. The two fight it out, setting up Alpha Wolf’s escape with Dr. Denise held hostage at gun point. In a twist of fate, Carol seems to have become the liability she is always trying to remove from the group. And we’re still no closer to calling the debate’s winner.Before she dies from a zombie bite, Deanna explains the right answer to why Rick saved her son, which I covered in last week’s blog. The right answer is not that Rick is a good guy, as I had thought, but because he is a part of the Alexandria family. Meh. It’s hard for me to empathize.Knowing what Rick has done to protect his own family over the course of six seasons, I think the residents of Alexandria should have gotten down on their knees and begged Rick to lead them right from the start. I understand that they don’t know Rick like I do, but I’m the one whom the writers should be writing for. Deanna’s deathbed scene with Michonne was touching and, at the time, gave me hope that healing is possible even in the most heinous of circumstances.Then we have some throw-away theories to contemplate. Tara, trapped in a garage with Eugene and Rosita, implies that the survivors have a debt to pay in order for them to deserve to live in a place like Alexandria. Rosita quickly—and correctly—calls this point of view bullshit. In an annoying sub-plot with Ron and Carl, they argue about whose dad is the worse killer, pitching their own analysis of their overall situation.  Much like Carl’s inability to grow into his father’s hat, the young actor Chandler Riggs has yet to grow into his acting chops. I laughed when Carl delivers this line to Ron, “You need to know something: your dad was an asshole.”Maybe if the writers had focused more on creating drama that had the same intensity we’re used to seeing on TWD, and dispensed with giving every single character a point of view, then this episode would have been better. It was nowhere nearly as exciting as mid-season finales of seasons past.Little did we know that Tiny Tim’s “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” in the opening soundtrack was foreshadowing this mid-season finale’s final scene, but it still wasn’t enough to take my breath away.Remember last season’s gut-wrenching moment when Maggie drops to the ground at the sight of Daryl carrying Beth’s dead body? I felt horrible for days afterwards. Or when Rick shoots a turned Sophia, Carol’s 8-year-old daughter who the group had been searching for in season 2? These scenes were horrifying and dripping with drama.Besides the lackluster drama, the show just keeps adding more plot holes we have to swallow: throngs of walkers who disappear or conveniently thin out, babies who never cry, CGI ants, kids who never act like kids—oh, wait, that last one remains to be seen, but I’ve made my point. The Walking Dead is a good show, but even a good show can have a bad season. I’m reminded of “Homicide: Life on the Street” and the last terrible season of this otherwise mind-blowingly great show.Is this where TWD is headed? I don’t know yet, but the quality of the second half of season 6 may determine the show’s fate. We’ll know next February when it resumes.last_img read more

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City Hall gives itself green light for parking meter project

first_img– Govt satisfied with authenticity of company Less than a day after Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan said that the parking meter project for the city willMayor Chase-Green at the press conference Mondayhave to be placed on hold, Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase-Green on Monday announced that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) it will be going ahead with the project.Over the past weeks, stakeholders have expressed concern over the possibility of the project being a shady deal aimed at exploiting the city populace, after doubts were raised about the authenticity of the company, Smart City Solutions Inc, which is collaborating with National Parking Systems (NPS) to install solar-powered parking meters in critical areas of Georgetown.The Guyanese-born director of NPS and SCS, Kamau Cush, during an interview with Guyana Times just over a week ago, had insisted that his companies are legitimate and have been doing business on the international scene for a number of years.He claimed that his companies have worked in Panama, Argentina, Peru and Mexico City, among others; however, checks by this publication at those locations turned up empty as there is no mention of either company.Further checks on search engine www.whois.net revealed that the NPS website (http://npsgreatcities.com/) was registered on April 8, 2016 through www.godaddy.com a website hosting company in the US. This was about the same time fresh discussions about the installation of parking meters in Georgetown surfaced.But at the press conference Monday, Mayor Chase-Green, who recently returned from Mexico where she was accompanied by M&CC Town Clerk Royston King as well as Councillors Oscar Clarke and Junior Garrett, said they were satisfied with the contractor, who had funded the trip.According to the Mayor, Smart City Solutions is part of an international consortium and is implementing the parking meter project at zero cost to the city.“I along with Councillors Oscar Clarke and Junior Garrett, Town Clerk Royton King are satisfied with the bona fides of Smart City Solutions,” she declared.The Mayor clarified that NPS is an agency known to the Council, but has partnered with Smart City Solutions forming a consortium that is based in Mexico City. It was pointed out that at no point was it mentioned that the office of the partnering agency was located in New York, USA, specifically in Manhattan.Moreover, Chase-Green noted that during the visit, the team was able to verify the consortium’s five years’ operating in Mexico City; the first to install parking meters in Lima, Peru; installation of meters in Panama, and also confirmed that the consortium is a distributor of parking meters equipment.The mayor noted that these along with other information were handed over to Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan during a meeting prior to the press briefing on Monday.Among those documents were the contract signed by the City and Smart City Solutions, which he had requested weeks ago when the controversy arose.When contacted, Minister Bulkan told his newspaper that he too was “satisfied” with the documentations presented to him. In addition, the team presented the Communities Minister with documentations that support the right of the City Council to go ahead with the project in keeping with Chapter 28:01 of the Local Authority Laws.On the other hand, the mayor sought to rubbish accusations that were being peddled in the media, stating that such reckless statements serves only to frustrate the progress of Georgetown:“It is my strong view that there is a group of individuals who wished to snatch this project and all of its benefits from this council and citizens for their own private enterprise and personal gains…this will not happen under my watch.”There have been concerns raised by several members of the Council, including Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, who claimed they have been sidelined by the deal, noting among other things that the contract was not made available to them.However in response the Mayor clarified that an informative session was held with the incumbent council pertaining to the contract for the parking meter project, which was undertaken by previous Council and so the current members were brought up-to-date.Furthermore, Chase-Green said: “We took a deliberate decision not to share the contract because we wanted to secure investment.” This, she stated, was because of bad experiences with sharing contracts, proposals and initiatives, only to have them taken from the Council.She went on to say that it was unfortunate that individuals have taken upon themselves to use social media to express reservations about the project. She was referring to the Deputy Mayor and added: “If any member was actively involved in the matters of the council and reading their minutes and updating themselves with the minutes, they would have recognised that the announcement was in there and they agreed and adopted those minutes so I found it very strange when persons can say to the media, they were not involved or they did not know.”The Georgetown Mayor noted the contracted consortium has already deployed a technical team to Guyana to conduct various assessments. She further stated that the parking meters are being procured to be shipped to Guyana in time for the September 1, 2016 roll out.Additionally, Chase-Green noted that with the consortium standing the full cost of installation and operationalisation of the project, the M&CC will be receiving 20 per cent of gross earnings along with other benefits which includes the job provision for some 100 persons.last_img read more

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