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An Open Letter to William Shatner; Why I am Boycotting Houston Space City Con

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July 9, 2015

 

Dear Mr. Shatner,

I was SO excited to hear that you would be attending this year’s Space City Comic Con in Houston Texas this year! I grew up in a Star Trek household, and have been a fan since I played the role of Captain Kirk in fifth grade when the backstop was my Enterprise. As a fellow Canadian living in Houston I thought I would finally get to meet my idol. This is why it breaks my heart to say that I won’t be there. Make no mistake, this was NOT an easy decision, but I decided in good conscience that I could not do it. I made this decision upon hearing on good authority that the Space City Con failed to remit payment to my favorite charity, the Kids Need to Read program, which is sponsored by my other favorite Canadian Captain, Nathan Fillion. The Kids Need to Read program was the charity being supported by the Space City Con, monies were collected in the name of this charity and were not forwarded as promised. I was devastated to hear this news when I found out that the charity was not participating in the con because of this issue.

So Mr Shatner, it is with great sadness in my heart that I will not come to meet you, and it will probably be my last chance to do so.

Blessings to you, and love you!

 

Your greatest Canadian Fan,

 

Heather Kaminski

Virus on Orbis 1 Guest Book Review by Katie Kaminski

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A Book Review by Katie Kaminski

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Virus on Orbis1 is the first in a scifi young adult series written by, PJ Haarsma. The other books in this series are, Betrayal on Orbis2, Wormhole Pirates on Orbis3, and Awakening on Orbis4. PJ Haarsma is also the founder of Kids Need To Read program. He works with Nathan Fillion to encourage children to read. They accept donations of books to give to underfunded schools, Libraries, and other organizations. If you want to learn more about this program here is a link to their website. pjharsmaphoto(1)http://www.kidsneedtoread.org/

 

Good young adult books are hard to find, let alone science fiction, it was exciting for me to find this great novel. So many young adult books tend to feature trivial problems such as having a new baby in the family, and the ones that have a more complex story line, I tend not to care much for the characters because they don’t have depth.

 

Orbis is a series of rings that surround a wormhole. Varieties of alien species come to Orbis hoping for a better life. A ship called Renaissance carries groups of human children whose parents died mysteriously. One of these children carries a special ability, the first Softwire recorded in the human species, Johnny Turnbull. He is able to enter any computer. This ability gets him into loads of trouble on his new home, and I wouldn’t miss a second of it!

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My favorite character is Max. Max is Johnny’s best friend. She is smart and creative. She enjoys taking technology apart and putting it back together.

 

The only criticism I have about this book is that there wasn’t enough description of the setting. I want to know what Orbus1 looks like. What is new and different about the place that the Renaissance kids have never seen before (besides the aliens that live there)?

 

This book is brilliantly written with a great plot. It’s a great adventure for everyone of all ages. This Science Fiction book is definitely going in my list of favorites. I had fun following Johnny as he explored orbis1 and his powers.  I got so involved, when Johnny was falsely accused of something I started to yell at the book! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to all ages. I had fun following Johnny as he explored orbis1 and his powers.  I got so involved, when Johnny was falsely accused of something I started to yell at the book! I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I recommend this book to all!

Just another day in Geek Homeschool

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Howard Wolowitz

Howard Wolowitz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oh I do love having these conversations with my awesomely geeky daughter! I think we’re going to have to work on a script!

Me: Don’t you think it would be cool if Howard dressed up as “Moist” for Halloween?

K: That would be so cool ! They could ALL go to the comic book store dressed as Dr. Horrible characters!

Me: Ya, ’cause you know they’ve already done the Justice League stuff. Who would be Dr Horrible? Sheldon probably!

K: YA! And Penny could be …. Penny!  Who would be Captain Hammer?

Penny (The Big Bang Theory)

Penny (The Big Bang Theory) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Me: Penny’s ex-boyfriend, what’s his name?

K: Zack! Ya that would be good. But who could the others be?

Me: Well, Raj could be Bad Horse!

K: LOL! Ya! He’d be all “I don’t wanna be Bad Horse! That’s as bad as Aquaman!”

K: Then Amy and Bernadette and Leonard can be the fan club!

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Me: You know Leonard is going to want to be Captain Hammer!

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Photo credit: stevegarfield)

K: Ya! I know right! That would be so funny! And then! Then they can all go to the comic book store! And Nathan Fillion can be the guest star and he can be gaming at the Comic Book store! That would be so cool!

 

Geek Homeschool really rocks!

Nathan Fillion at the 2005 Serenity "flan...

Nathan Fillion at the 2005 Serenity “flanvention”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

So “King of the Nerds” Crowns a Queen!

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Really TBS?

Granted I didn’t watch all of this first season of “King of the Nerds”, but when my daughter saw that yes, girls can play too, (which of course is a PLUS for the show)… she did ask me why the show is called KING of the Nerds.  When a girl actually WON the show, she again asked me why they didn’t call  her QUEEN. As far as I know, there hasn’t been a QUEEN crowned KING since the Egyptians crowned Hatshepsut  Pharaoh somewhere around 1479 BC.

 

As far as “reality” shows go, this one’s not TOO bad. The TBS show hosted  by Revenge of the Nerd  celebs Robert Carradine

 

Toronto ComiCon 2012 - Robert Carradine

Toronto ComiCon 2012 – Robert Carradine (Photo credit: TonyFelgueiras)

 

and Curtis Armstrong and the competitors varied from NASA employees to comic book experts and video game fanatics. What I liked about the show is that I thought  these contestants are genuine, real, likable PEOPLE. I’m more than a little tired of seeing plumped up lips, inflated boobs and small dogs being carried in designer purses. I also liked the fact that it was pretty evenly matched between men and women. I’m not sure about the ending though. It seemed to come down ultimately to a “prom queen” popularity contest which seems somewhat ironic. Granted I DID think Celeste was a kinder person and if she is serious about  getting out there and being a spokesperson with kids then she may be a better choice. HOWEVER Genevieve DID work her butt off and she pulled through in many a challenge. A really bright girl, but just not as personable. (At least that is how the situation is painted for us viewers. Who knows the “reality” behind the “reality” show.

 

Toronto ComiCon 2012 - Curtis Armstrong

Toronto ComiCon 2012 – Curtis Armstrong (Photo credit: TonyFelgueiras)

 

So anyway, it’s a cute enough show that actually seems to celebrate nerdom I don’t mind tuning into for the fun of it and I think with a second season in the works it’ll really take off.  I just think if the competition involves both men and women they should have called it something else. Maybe next year they’ll turn the tables and call the show “Queen of the Nerds” and it’ll be won by a guy?

 

He’s Baaaaaack! JR Ewing; He’s Back and He’s Bad!

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1980. Where were you when JR was shot? Oh ya! Glued to the TV and waiting all through the summer to find out the answer to TV’s first trendsetting cliff hanger!

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English: Larry Hagman attending the “Night of 100 Stars” for the 82nd Academy Awards viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on March 7, 2010 – Photo by Glenn Francis of http://www.PacificProDigital.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was sitting at the theatre one hot day in Houston, patiently watching the ads that I pay for, when the music hit me. “I KNOW that music! OH MY GOD! It’s DALLAS!” I nearly jumped out of my seat with a standing ovation at the end of the ad. I don’t THINK I was the only person applauding, but I have to admit I was so damn excited that I really didn’t pay any attention to what other patrons were doing. Maybe what they were ACTUALLY doing was looking at me like I’d just tipped out of my rocker….

I’ll admit it. I was in Jr. High (1980) the year JR was shot by an unknown assailant.  My entire family had to be home to tune in every week to watch JR and Bobby in their eternal struggle of good vs evil. My dad found a cartoon in the newspaper: The unmasking of “Darth Vader”, guess who was the face under the black mask of evil? JR Ewing of course! HA! We stuck that one on our fridge.  I wore my “I Shot JR” button every day that summer, and even the Queen of England waited with bated breath for the season opener that would answer that question.  90 million American viewers tuned in along with her to have the answer. This record was beaten only by the last episode of M.A.S.H in 1983. Internationally, DALLAS still holds the record for most watched episode with 360 MILLION viewers tuned in. That’s TV history, baby! So was I excited to learn that it was coming back on the air? YOU BET I WAS!

Initially, It worried me that the old characters, JR (Larry Hagman), Bobby (Patrick Duffy), and Sue Ellen (Linda Grey) would only be used as a bridge to the next generation then would fade out quickly as the show progressed. I mean really and truly, DALLAS just wouldn’t be DALLAS without JR and Larry Hagman’s BRILLIANT portrayal of evil incarnate. (I just love how the older he gets, the crazier his eyebrows get. It’s hard to believe he’s the same guy who played the lovable astronaut in “I Dream of Jeanie” so many years ago.) It seems after three episodes however, that my fears were (hopefully) unfounded. It seems the story line is evolveing in such a way that the Ewing first generation will be sticking around for a while. They are integral to the plot… which is of course, battling royally over the rights to Southfork, and oil. (I mean what else would it be about? It is Texas after all!)

The original cast of Dallas. Clockwise from to...

The original cast of Dallas. Clockwise from top right are: Larry Hagman (in cowboy hat), Linda Gray, Jim Davis, Charlene Tilton, Victoria Principal, Patrick Duffy, and Barbara Bel Geddes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was also worried that this new generation wouldn’t be able to measure up. Well, it seems those fears are unfounded as well. John Ross (Josh Henderson of “Desperate Housewives” and a real Dallas(ian) ) is just as devious as a chip off the old block. He soon finds out though, that he still needs more lessons in deviousness and taking on dear old dad in a battle concerning oil just may be a fatal mistake. I can’t help but feel that JR is rather proud of his son’s attempt to cut him out of billions of barrels of oil, though so watch and learn John Ross, watch and learn! Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe… Desperate Housewives… again) is just as soft and left-wing as old Bobby, even if he isn’t “of the blood”, a fact his cousin so loves to keep reminding him. Different than Bobby though, his need to prove himself as Ewing, gives him a sharper edge that Bobby never had.

Bobby’s new wife, Ann (Brenda Strong… Desperate Housewives… Wisteria Lane moves to Southfork) , is an interesting addition to the family. Texan to the core I wouldn’t be surprised to bump into Ann in Wal-Mart purchasing pink rifles as Christmas presents. (As a Canuck now living in Texas, I have a culturally more informed perspective than I used to….) It’s wide open for the return of Pamela (Victoria Principal) however, as all we know about her character is that she abandoned Bobby and young Christopher for who knows where… just anywhere JR wasn’t I’m sure.  Pamela’s brother, Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), however makes an appearance and the scene between himself, JR and Bobby is priceless.  Three old buggers who swear they will be dancing on each other’s graves. They’ll be fighting in hell when the time comes, probably arguing over who has the rights to the brimstone.

Now I look forward to Wednesdays. Never thought I’d say that….

The Rose Labyrinth Book Review

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The Rose Labyrinth

Cover of "Rose Labyrinth"

Cover of Rose Labyrinth

So, looking for a good summer read I came across The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie at my local “Friends of the Library” bookstore.

It LOOKS really cool, comes in an extra cover slip with the book on one side and a booklet of clues on the other side. It starts off really well with a “DaVinci Code” feel to it, with a focus on symbology and historical figures as part of the mystery, not to mention the Christianity vs Paganism vs Science overtones.

Pulling a George R.R. Martin, she kills off “the main character” after the reader becomes invested in him. The downfall to this technique occurs however when it also happens to be the strongest character, which it is in the case of “The Rose Labyrinth”. While his death is a catalyst for the story, it becomes a fluffy Harlequin Romancy thing after that. The two main characters are sickeningly “gorgeous”, there  is a whole “princess who needs to be rescued by the prince” aspect to it, when the “new” beautiful and  frail, main character, Lucy, has a heart transplant and falls in love with her handsome, seriously sensitive, and knight in shining armor, doctor. (Professional ethics be damned!) The extra characters such as their friends and family are just plain cardboard. The father has a depth of 0 and I kind of cringed every time he came on the scene. He didn’t seem to serve any purpose at all except to maybe add more protective testosterone to the cheesy mix.

I was hoping that the mystery part of it and the clue booklet would help make up for the syrupy romance but was sadly disappointed. I actually attempted to work at the clues but I really don’t think there is any way an average reader could figure any of them out even with access to the internet. I couldn’t do it and I’ve got an armchair interest in symbols, symbology, anthropology and the like. I eventually tired of even trying and just decided to discover the answers along with the characters and sometimes even that was a pretty far stretch. They seemed to have a general knowledge of stuff they really shouldn’t know unless they were anthropologists or something of that nature. Lucy is some kind of documentary film maker, so maybe that is supposed to explain it…

The author makes an attempt at some type of spiritual / mystical depth as Lucy has some connection to the mystery through her new heart, there are a couple of incidences of visions into previous time periods but these are so glossed over that it just makes the whole thing confusing.

In short, the book is a great concept and it could have been epic as a “DaVinci Code / Mists of Avalon” mix.  Hardie should have just done away with the extra pretty packaging and the unsolvable booklet of clues and concentrated on writing the story with depth.

Gay Rights vs Stereotyping in Jody Picoult’s “Sing You Home”

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As a Canadian living in the US I’m not totally ignorant of US politics, but it did surprise me to learn recently that one of the main reasons the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified was because there is a fear that it may lead to furthering progress in gay rights. (God knows we can’t have that can we, Human rights for ALL humans? Even those queers who live down the street?) When I learned about this little nuance regarding the history of human rights in the US, I was reminded of “Sing You Home”,  the Jody Picoult book I read last year.

The story opens with a young married couple trying to have a baby and the emotional rollercoaster involved in the whole process of invitro fertilization. The emotion pain at the beginning of the book was difficult reading, but then that is a sign of good story telling.

Zoe  is a music therapist. The description of her career is very interesting, and certainly well researched. As the relative of someone who has suffered a brain aneurism, I actually learned something about the workings of the brain through Picoult’s research that explained a few things.

One cool thing about this book is that it’s multimedia and comes with a soundtrack. I liked the music, but to be quite honest, considering that Zoe was described at one point as a “***king nightingale” I thought the singer on the track was weak. I wouldn’t go out and purchase the sound track for its own merit.

After one horrible miscarriage that almost kills her, and the revelation of further health issues, Zoe continues her obsession with having children and her husband, Max can take no more and he leaves the marriage.  Lost without her however, he falls off the wagon,  then subsequently becomes a fundamentalist Christian through his religious brother and sister in law. I didn’t much like Max. He’s one of those weak people who needs someone or something outside of himself to give structure to his life. Sometimes I just wanted to slap him upside the head.  It takes him a while but he does eventually grow a backbone.  Zoe on the other hand, makes a new friend, Vanessa, and begins to realize that she is falling in love and “turns” gay.  I have to wonder about that. Zoe has never experienced gender confusion and has never been attracted to a woman before.Would it be better to say that Zoe realizes that she is bisexual? I’m not really sure about that one. Anyway, I do think Picoult could have done a better job with regard to the fluidity of human sexuality.

Picoult does an absolutely superb job of delving into the gay rights issues, while at the same time portraying Max and his right wing mode of thinking in such a way that we can really understand that there is no black and white and only shades of gray.  All in all, it is a complicated story in which the reader can sympathize with everyone involved, (except maybe the Pastor and Max’s lawyer, both of whom made my skin crawl every time they entered the story line).

I have read a few other reviews of this novel written by more knowledgeable Picoult fans, there is quite a bit of controversy over this particular novel. Some of her fans love it and some really take offense. One fan, a devout Christian, was very upset at the stereotyping Picoult does in this story “this novel paints all evangelical Christians as homophobic scumbags and all lesbians as kind-hearted, loving saints” and that she describes Christian women as “simpering, uneducated doormat(s) who’ll only do those things (their) husband allows and who (have) no opinions of (their) own, outside the one he gives (them).”

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There was no place on this website to reply to this particular post so I’ll do it here. I don’t think Picoult meant to say that ALL Christians are like the characters in this book. Picoults characters represent possibilities in reality. ALL books / stories use archetypes and stereotypes when creating characters. Not all Lawyers are scumbags (believe it or not, one of my best friends is a lawyer.) Not all old women are cookie baking grannies, not all used car salesmen are slimy greaseballs (at least I don’t think so, I don’t personally know any used car salesmen) not all prostitutes have a “heart of gold” (see  “Whores’ Sluts and Studs”       ) and not all gay men talk with lisps. (see “Watson is a Woman?”  )

As a northerner living in the south for ten years I have to say yes, I HAVE met people like these in the novel. The first time I saw a Sheriff down here was at the HEB on the I 45. He spoke with a very strong drawl, was chewing on a toothpick, and standing with hands on hips with  supreme attitude. I thought for a moment that I’d stepped into a Burt Reynoldsmovie. Also, One day while

waiting for my kid to be released from his gymnastics class, I overheard two women discussing the then new “Star Wars Phantom Menace” movie. They were saying they weren’t comfortable with the “demonic look” of the villain Darth Maul, and one woman was going to ask her minister if he thought it would be ok for her to see it.

Ray Park as Darth Maul

Ray Park as Darth Maul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Picoult’s novel represents a certain EXTREMIST portion of the population that DOES exist.  Heck, we only need to look at the Yahoo News to see them in politics and the media, on a daily, basis. (Do I really need to bring up Rush Limbaugh AGAIN?)

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Rush Limbaugh Cartoon by Ian D. Marsden of marsdencartoons.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.jodipicoult.com/sing-you-home.html

Hunger Games the Movie Hits the Bullseye

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SPOILER ALERT. There are a FEW in here. Not too many.

My first thought when I saw Effie Trinket on screen was “Oh my god! It’s Johnny Depp in Drag! …Is this a Tim Burton movie?”

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while a movie comes out that is better than the book. This is one of those cases. This production could have gone two ways, it could be a fast action movie with a strong message, or it could take the icky Twilight, angsty, romancy, path. I am so glad that director Gary Ross chose the path that ROCKS!

I really wasn’t sure what to make of the filmography at first. It was grainy, there were weird camera angles, lots of jittering and jarring around, almost to the point of making the audience dizzy. Once I got used to it I realized how brilliantly this movie is filmed. There is an impression of watching on a huge television screen, like what you would imagine it would look like if you really were watching the Hunger Games as a live program.

This movie is about contrasts. The costuming, and  the greyish / washed out coloring in the districts  is reminiscent of poverty in a 1930’s Nazi Germany police state, but the white storm trooper outfits on the guards implied that this was in the future and not the past. The district scenes are a stark contrast to the lush, green forest outside the district fencing, where Katniss and Gale find their only freedom. Suddenly we have an extreme close up of Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), a synthetic Depp Dragette, complete with pink and white clown make up.  She is totally out of context in both the district or the forest.  The capital itself is outrageously garish, seemingly an entire city of drag queens. The surreal nature of the city symbolizes the frivolity and the shallowness of the reigning culture; it is a perfect parody of our own. I also thought it was brilliant how natural looking our protagonists were. Lawrence and Hutcherson wore very little make up if any at all. Hollywood has a tendancy to “make” the actors look natural in a contrived way, not so with this movie and it was a smart move. It was contast again between what was real and what was fake, between the reality of the life of hardship in the districts vs the life of luxury, opulence and decadence in the city.

Debra Zane did a great job in casting these characters.  Jennifer Lawrence has a natural beauty that compliments a character who is most comfortable in the forest. Lawrence did a high wire balancing act; portraying a youth who’s lost her innocence to life’s harsh circumstances, yet she was able to maintain a sense of naivety.

Josh Hutcherson (Road to Tarabithia), is perfect as Peeta. Does anyone else think it’s amusing that the baker’s son is named after

Actor Josh Hutcherson in Fantastic Fest 2009.

Actor Josh Hutcherson in Fantastic Fest 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

a piece of flatbread? When girls in the audience say “Peeta is HOT”, I wonder if they realize it sounds like they’re talking about a toasted sandwich. (Stephen King was right; the names in this novel are a bit silly.) Hutcherson’s “Micheal J. Fox, boy next door”   wholesomeness hides an element of cunning that should not be underestimated.  I’ve always liked Josh Hutcherson, I can’t help but wonder what turn his career will take now that he’s become a teen heartthrob.

My favorite character was Haymitch, Woody Harrelson offered a tragic yet hopeful figure and the only comic relief in a VERY intense movie. I was waiting to see him fall off the stage at the reaping. I wonder why they didn’t put that in.

Donald Sutherland was delightfully evil as President Snow. He’s so good at being bad.

What I liked MOST about this movie is that it takes place OUTSIDE of Katniss’s head. Audiences are smart, we don’t need it explained to us, and we don’t have to hear all that painful teenage angst to know that it’s going on. Also, we get to actually see behind the scenes.

The politics of the situation and the games Haymitch plays off the court on their behalf to keep them alive. (This is how the BOOK should be written!)  I do wish there were more scenes of Katniss’s family back home showing their horror of what their loved one is forced to do to survive. When they cut to Rew’s family and her districts reaction to her death, it was the most powerful moment of the film.

I haven’t read the second book. I’m starting to think that perhaps I don’t want to ruin the film for myself and maybe I’ll just wait until the next one comes out.

The Hunger Games, Can it Live up to the Hype?

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Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

 

So I finally got around to reading the first book of “The Hunger Games”. Well, actually I cheated; my family listened to it in the car during our 11 hour spring break road trip. I’ve had so many friends tell me that I need to read this series, and I have actually given this review a lot of thought before writing it.

For a young adult book, I really liked the mature subject matter. I think it is comparable to a young adult’s version of “Running Man”. The premise is quite believable given the way humanity is prone to self-destruction, violence and our insatiable thirst for entertainment.  I also like the strong female character. Katniss kicks some serious ass in a “Buffy” kind of way, which is a far cry from Walking Dead’s Lori who is dependent on the closest alpha male for protection. What I’m having a little problem with is the icky teen romance thing. I guess I’m just tired of the “girl choosing between two guys” scenario; it’s just getting a little old. We’re seeing it in everything from The Walking Dead to True Blood to of course the mother of all sickly love triangles,  (gag) Twilight.

Maybe I wouldn’t have been so put off if I’d actually read the book instead of listening to it. My husband admitted to me that while he was reading it he was able to skip over the sappy “I love him, I love him not” daisy petal picking scenes to get to the good parts. It’s a lot more inconvenient to do that when you are listening on your ipod because you have to find just the right place to stop and start again. You end up just suffering through it.

I have to say however, that I like it much better than (gag) Twilight. The number one reason is that at least the main character isn’t codependent to the point of suicide. Katniss is a much more appropriate role model for our younger generation while Bella just sets feminism back about a hundred years.  Like Edward, Peeta likes to watch Katniss sleep, which is slightly creepfying in itself, but at least he’s not breaking into her house to do it.

The one author who did a really good job of the love triangle issue was J.K. Rowling. It was always there in the background, a subtle golden accent thread in the tapestry of the story. The Ron/Hermione/Harry, Harry/Cho/Cedric, Harry/Ginny/Dean romances never became the focal point of the story. The focus was ALWAYS the quest. In Katniss’s case, the quest is that of freedom from tyranny. THIS should be the focal point. This second focal point, the gooey romancy stuff, just interferes too much with the goal and detracts from the quest.

This story has SO much potential. I really, really hope that the movie version doesn’t take the Twilight road. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a really strong heroine.

 

(Stephen King’s analysis and review: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20223443,00.html )

Top Ten Reasons why Lori Grimes needs to be Whacked

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(Spoiler alert. If you didn’t see the season finale, numbers 3 and 2 are not for you!)

I love the show, but quite honestly, I actually don’t LIKE many of the characters. I think Daryl would  be the only character I’d shed a tear for. Of all the characters left to us, though the one I most want to see made into pate’ for Zombies is Lori. Here are my top ten reasons to slice and dice her:

10. First thing she did was play the damsel in distress and jump into bed with the Alpha male for protection.  Loser.

9. Speaking of protection, she obviously wasn’t using any.

8.  If Andrea’s a good shot, she SHOULD be defending the camp and not made to feel guilty about not doing the dishes. What century is this again?

7. If you’re going to go to all the trouble of secretly getting abortion pills, you DON’T leave them out on the table for your husband to find!  Not too bright.

6. There are zombies out there for crissake!   What kind of mother loses track of her kid EVERY DAY during a zombie apocalypse? She’s not even drunk or playing bingo.

5. Rick asked her opinion THREE TIMES on what to do with that kid in the barn. Her reaction “whatever you think is best honey!” (MAJOR EYE ROLLING going on here now.)

4. She’s a terrible cook. Did you see that chicken she brought up to Beth? Ew. Poor girl would rather die than eat Lori’s cooking.

3. She’s a horrible shot. I don’t think she got a single zombie in that herd, and they were so thick you could have hit them with a carny rifle.  (You know, the kind at the midway used to shoot little red stars out of paper? They’re so off  you couldn’t hit Godzilla with one of those.)

2. “Kill Shane, Rick! He’s dangerous, Rick! “  “EW! You killed Shane Rick! You repulse me, Rick!” She’s mental!

1. She’s too skinny. She’s half zombified already.