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.
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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!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Episode 69 - A is for Anvilicious

Episode 69 is here, after a longer-than-usual delay, we are finally back to talk about the season 4 finale of AMC's the Walking Dead.  The crew from the prison find themselves AS prisoners after finally completing their journey to Terminus.  We talk about what we thought of the episode and hint at what we do and do NOT want to see when season 5 returns in the fall.  Listen in to that and to the other media we've seen since the last show. Let us know what you thought by sending email to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook group.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Episode 68 - Teach Him All the Way

Season four of AMC's the Walking Dead is almost over!  This episode we talk about the penultimate episode, titled Us.  The newest cast member, Joe, played by the excellent Jeff Kober, is featured prominently and we learn a lot about his philosophy and the various rules he and his men live by.  KMO admits that he totally disagrees with Paul McCartney,  and the rest of the crew commiserates. This was a set-up episode of the TV show, getting all the bits and pieces lined up for what must surely be a whiz-bang finale.  Listen to the podcast and let us know what you thought by sending email to mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Episode 67 - Look at the Flowers

Episode 67 of the podcast deals with one of the most buzzed-about episodes of AMC's the Walking Dead so far.  We look at episode 14 of Season 4, The Grove.  Featuring a standout performance by Melissa McBride as Carol, the story is taken, in large parts from an incident portrayed in the original comics.  We disagree about how successful the show was with telling the story. We then turn to other thoughts and hit some random areas before finally wrapping up the festivities.
Please let us know what you thought by writing to us at mail@z-realm.com or by posting a message on our Facebook page.