Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Episode 76 - Crisscrossed



Struggling against the fickle caprices of the Internet deity known as lag, the Z-Realm crew managed to complete this episode, but it was an uphill struggle the whole way.  We return to AMC's the Walking Dead again, for episode 7 of season 5, "Crossed".  We get coverage of all the characters this time, and there is much shenanigans.  There is also fishing.  Listen in to what we thought of the episode and let us know your own thoughts by writing to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Episode 75 - We Ain't Ashes

The Z-Realm returns for a double-dose of AMC's The Walking Dead.  The focus this time is on episodes 5 and 6 from season 5 of our favorite zombie program. Episode 5, "Self Help" reveals much of the backstory for Abraham and features an important reveal from Eugene as well.  We also learn that a mullet can also be called a Tennessee Tophat!  We follow that up with episode 6, "Consumed" where we finally see what happened with Carol and Daryl after the night they left on the trail of Beth.  Featuring one of the most ridiculous moments in the 5 seasons of the show, we still ended up enjoying ourselves while watching it. Perhaps we are all getting soft. There was much geographical questioning, and only later did we discover the answers to those questions here ( warning, this does contain spoilers ).  We then turn to other media, talking at length about the magnificent Birdman before bidding you all adieu until the next time.  Let us know what you thought about these two episodes of the TV show and also about the podcast. Write to mail@z-realm.com or drop a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Episode 74 - Beth I Hear You Calling



Episode 74 goes back to the well of AMC's The Walking Dead, focusing on the 4th episode of season 5, Slabtown. In many ways we wish we could put that episode ON a slab.  Focusing entirely on what happened to Beth Greene after she disappeared while out with Daryl last season, the show goes off on a mostly unsuccessful tangent and introduces us to new characters, and to new lows in acting.  Olga is back as we tear in to the episode and rend it limb from limb. Afterwards we move on to other media, including George Clinton's old show "Cosmic Slop".
Let us know if you agree with our criticisms of the show and also what you thought of the podcast by writing to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Episode 73 - Tainted Meat


Poor Bob...We are back this week, looking once again at AMC's The Walking Dead. Season 5 continues with the third episode, titled "Four Walls and a Roof" and it packs a strong visceral punch. The hunters return, with Gareth continuing his soliloquies and taunts. We see the rest of the cast making decisions that will send them each off on their own journeys ( both internally as well as externally ) and the body count of both living and dead, grows and grows.  We go on at length about other media and subjects, focusing on a wide range of different topics. Please let us know what you thought of the show by sending email to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Episode 72 - Everybody Can't Be Bad



We struggle to little avail this week with the gremlins that haunt the internet. The airwaves were a rocky place where our conversation could find no purchase. But we did not give up! We continued our conversation this week, discussing the second episode of Season 5 of AMC's the Walking Dead.  Our favorite third, Olga, returns to bring her welcomed perspective to the proceedings. We meet Seth Gilliam who is playing Father Gabriel Stokes, a featured character from the comic.  We also finally learn the identity of another group from the comics, the Hunters!  Focusing more on character development instead of exploding gas tanks, this was a slow-burning episode, but it left us all with a punch in the gut, and one of the characters with an ache that was NOT going to get better.
Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on the Facebook page.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Episode 71 - Butcher or Cattle



The Z-Realm finally returns after a long, deathless slumber. The 5th season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead has lured 2 of the 3 co-hosts back together to ruminate on this mostly triumphant return to form.  Featuring a completely badass Carol, and an utterly frantic Rick, this was a very strong episode that truly started off the 5th season with both a figurative as well as literal BANG ( I mean, look at that screen shot! )
We then turn our attention to the SyFy channel's new series "Z-Nation" and the conversation takes a bit of a nosedive until we remember that even the Walking Dead doesn't always hit homeruns. With a somewhat lighter take on the idea of a zombie apocalypse, Z-Nation shows potential, but mostly left us wanting for more.
We wrap up with a short but far-ranging talk about other media before calling it a night until next time. Please let us know what you thought of the podcast, and the topics we discussed by writing to us at mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Episode 70 - Night of the Living Dud




As the start of season 5 of AMC's The Walking Dead nears, Z-Realm co-hosts, Marty, Olga and KMO dust off the long-dormant Z-Realm machinery to bring you the first new podcast episode in many months. The episode starts with an excerpt of a C-Realm interview with June Pulliam, editor of the new zombie tome, Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth. June speaks in glowing terms about the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead, in which the character of Barbara, who was particularly useless in the 1968 original, takes on a more competent and active role in Tom Savini's re-working of the Romero Classic. KMO hadn't seen the remake since the early 1990s, and Marty and Olga had never seen it, so they decided to check it out and share their responses with the long-deprived Z-Realm audience. Of course, there are plenty of asides and references to other media. The Z-Realm is back!