Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer revealed

Beware: If you don’t want to spoiler what happens to the gang after the whole “being stuck in a rail car waiting to be turned into food” part, don’t watch the above as it ventures beyond the train car. This season looks like it will be action packed and full of interesting twists. Don’t click off the video after Rick turns to the camera looking bad-ass as there is another clip after the pause.

 

TV Shows: The Last Ship Post-Apocalyptic Series

TBS: The Last Ship

Fantastic Logo image from TBS. Good job logo maker! 

“The Last Ship” is a new tv series on TBS about a plague that is wiping out humanity and a ship that is researching the cure. It shows on your local TBS station. The official description of the show from TBS states “Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Executive Producer Michael Bay presents The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin.”

I’m not sure I understand the full concept of this show yet as the theory behind this show seems like a great subject for a mini-series..not a TV show. I’ve watched Episode 2 and 3 from Verizon Fios On Demand. The Pilot episode is not available, which I think is absolutely flabbergasting since it isn’t even that far into the show’s run (episode 5). Any show that wants to get a following and is only a few episodes into it, needs to have their pilot episode available for new viewers in this day and age. I almost didn’t bother watching it due to the pilot not being available. 

My initial impressions of the show, without knowing what happened in the first episode  is that it has a decent cast and the story line is interesting enough so far. The actor (Eric Dane) portraying the  Captain is doing a fair enough job portraying the role and the supporting cast isn’t annoying. Bad casting can be a huge blemish on a tv show that is trying to gain an audience. You don’t want to have the errors made in the show “Revolutions,” for example, which made the show unbearable to watch with it’s overacting and bug-eyed/dreary/annoying casting. 

I’m not exactly sure how they plan on pulling off more than one season of this as the logistics of just sailing around for five or more years researching a cure only could get boring….fast.  I suppose they can do what they did in these last two episodes of having the ship go landside periodically..have some run-ins with the locals and then sail off to safety or run into random ships at sea. Again, this could get really annoying after one season of it. 

I have some hopes that this show will do well and I plan on watching the next few episodes when I get the opportunity. I don’t feel the overwhelming urge to watch it immediately, which I had with The Walking Dead, but maybe this is a show that needs to grow on you. I do get a strange “Star Trek” vibe off the show, which may bode well for it.  Here’s to hoping that TBS can finally get an “apocalyptic” tv show that will take off and become a well-known show. 

the last ship

 

 

 

Secrets of the Dead – Killer Flu Episode

Facebook Post Post Apocalyptic Novels Stuck in the Past

Kickstarter Project – Sheltered

Interesting Kickstarter in the process of gathering funds. It’s worth checking out and if you think it is interesting enough, help fund it! Looks like they have until July 4th and require another $7,000 at this time.

Base Summary:

Family comes first. Protect your family after the nuclear aftermath in an underground shelter in this strategy survival game.

Sheltered is a strategy game where you’re set the task of keeping your family alive in the cut-throat, desolate expanse that is the post-apocalyptic era.

A father, a mother, a daughter and a son. Given a head-start over the billions lost in the nuclear holocaust, you start in an almost impenetrable underground fortress designed to keep a family alive and well.

 

HBO’s The Leftovers Series – June 29th

A new tv series, created by the maker of “Lost,” is arriving on HBO at the end of the month. The basic premise is that 2% of the world’s population disappears in a “Rapture like” event and the story of those that remained. behind.

New apocalyptic shows have a large chance of failing as the networks never quite get them right. Usually the fault lies in the casting department and the writing gets awkward and too “out there” to let it connect/resonate with an audience. ( NBC’s Revolution is an excellent example of an epic failure of a show that had great potential)  The other end is that they get cancelled prematurely aka Jericho. You have the random outliers such as “The Walking Dead,” but for the most part, 90% of tv series about “apocalypse” aka “End of the World” themes get cancelled.

So far, the trailers for this series are promising and the casting seems to be better than I would expect, give or take some iffy looking “young adult” casting of unknowns. We won’t fully be able to tell until the series starts in a few weeks.

The series is based off of the book “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta which currently has a 3.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. It ranks a 3.7 out of 5 on Goodreads. Generally, the reviews are so-so and I hope that the show can pull off a 4/5 or a 5/5 review when it debuts.

My only issue, and I have not read the book, is the idea that having 2% of the world’s population disappear would cause the world to go into chaos seems rather extreme. The Spanish Flu in the early 1900′s killed off  roughly 5% of the world population and the world didn’t go insane because everyone vanished. 
leftovers cities

stop wasting breath

These guys….are creepy..though I keep expecting them to lay down on the ground and do a “Truth” commercial. (http://youtu.be/Y_56BQmY_e8)


This is the first trailer they released, which represents the show the best, so far.

The following is a newer promo video using the stages of grief to represent the show.

We will have to wait and see how this tv series does in the long run. Here’s hoping it succeeds where so many have failed.

Related Links for the Show:

HBO’s Official Site
Official Facebook Page

The Rover – Movie Trailer 2014

The Rover is set in the Australian desert in a dangerous and dysfunctional near future. Eric has left everything and every semblance of human kindness behind him. When his last possession, his car, is stolen by a gang of dangerous criminals, Eric sets off to track them down and is forced along the way to enlist the help of Reynolds, the naive member of the gang left behind in the bloody chaos of the gang’s most recent escape.

Impressions from the trailer: I don’t have high hopes for this one, but I’ll wait till a better trailer comes out to make a full judgement on it.