The Walking Dead World Beyond Season 1, Episode 4 “The Wrong End of a Telescope” Review: Dances With Wolves

In all my years watching The Walking Dead franchise, this episode has to rank up there as one of the worst in between the three shows. I know that I was extremely critical on “Swear” and the Season 2’s mid-season premiere, but this episode is worse than the both of them.

If you were to tell me that I would see high school dancing in the universe of The Walking Dead, I would have said “no way that would happen.” But surprise, it happened here. I get what they were going with for the characters to reimagine what high school would have been like, but this is not what fans tune in to see for a horror genre show. It worked on Stranger Things with that school dance. But this is not Stranger Things. That moment with Iris and Silas is a top tier level of cringe that I will not erase from my memory. All of this happened after they both had a drink of 10 year old soda.

When you see viewers online say that World Beyond is like a CW show, they will look at moments like that school dance scene to back up their claim. The scene did nothing but insulted my intellegence.

What was the point of having that wolf heavily featured? For the majority of this episode, that wolf was either hiding, eating empties, or just looking around. So how did Hope and Huck deal with that wolf? by casually walking around it. And you will not hear it again until it scares Iris and Silas. Again, what was the point?

There are minor things that I did like however. Felix and Elton getting to know more about eachother, and the flashbacks with Hope and her dad. Hope really tried to reason with her father to not go with CRM and he insisted on going. It also gives Hope more of a motivation to search for him too. And Silas is still traumatized from his arrest. Now that it is known what he possibly did, Silas and Iris talk about it. He even questioned Iris if she believed those rumors. Iris assured Silas that it does not matter what they think. I seriously hope that these two do not become a couple.

My biggest problem with this episode, is that there was potential with some of the things that are in that school. But it turned into a glorified bottle episode that had me yawning more than it had me excited. Everything that you seen before the credits rolled, will not matter outside of the plot of Hope and Silas. Sure, there is character development. But it was no substance to blend in with the ridicilous plot and pacing. A complete waste of time.

I like Wolrd Beyond so far. I really do. But the most interesting parts about CRM should NOT be saved until the end of the episode. Why? because it is a bait and switch tactic towards the viewers. Three of the four episodes so far ended with something CRM related. And when the next episode began, it does not follow up on the previous ending. At least we now know what “A” and “B” means when Jadis saved Rick.

This is one episode that I will not look back on at all. That is, unless it somehow connects to the future episodes. It is almost halfway through the season and I think that things really need to pick up. I do not do star ratings for episodes. But if I did, it will get a whopping minus 4 stars.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 3 “Alaska” Review: The Return of Sherry

Maggie Grace as Althea, Austin Amelio as Dwight – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Fear The Walking Dead’s current season has been excellent so far. The structure of an anthology season really works three episodes in. We have seen a reintroduced Morgan, and Strand, Alicia, Charlie, and Daniel in a sticky situation. What made those episodes great, is how they made the previous episode matter and connected to the next episode.

This week, Fear focused on Dwight and Althea. They both have an adventure and a motive. For Dwight, he is still looking for Sherry. For Althea, she hopes to see Isabelle again. When they both entered the building, they were in for something that has yet to be seen in the universe of The Walking Dead. And that is, a plague. Just the thought of a plague during a zombie apoclapse is interesting.

When Dwight and Al went through a weak wall to go to the other side, there were many rats and mice. I had to turn away for a split second because I do not like them with a passion. But the sequence demostrated the fear and urgency that these two had to get through to go to the roof. Austin Amelio and Maggie Grace’s chemistry on this particular episode is something that I did not know that I wanted. And I like their chemistry as friends as it felt organic and natural.

Maggie Grace as Althea – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

What I found sad when I watched “Alaska”, is everything that had to do with Nora. Nora explained that the walkers that were in that building were all co-workers that she worked with. The gut punch happens towards the end of the episode when we see that the state ID Al found on a walker resided from Alaska. And that person was one of Nora’s friends as well (named Mark Jackson). Nora brought out an emotion out of me to appreciate life because it can be taken at anytime.

CRM killed Mark Anderson from the top of that roof. And I believe that this happened based on what happened involving them on World Beyond. Even though Isabelle of CRM given Al the supplies and medicine to take care of the sick patients, they are not to be trusted. Also, did anyone make a connection to Andrea’s walker bite reveal in the comics to Dwight’s infection reveal?

The best moment of “Alaska” is the reunion between Dwight and Sherry. This was a long time coming ever since she disappeared back on season 7 of The Walking Dead. I can say that I was extremely happy when they reunited and I am looking forward to see what happens next with the two. Al believed that Dwight would reunite with her. And that moment is a memorable one. Now we can hope for Isabelle to reunite with Althea.

It has been a while since Fear The Walking Dead has had three straight episodes that are great. And each episode brought something different to the table. Of the three episodes, “Alaska” is my favorite so far! I also have to say that Fear The Walking Dead has filled the empty void on Sunday nights. “Alaska” is a contender for one of the best episodes of Fear and it is totally worth it.

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The Walking Dead World Beyond Season 1, Episode 3 “The Tyger and the Lamb” Review

Hal Cumpston as Silas – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Macall Polay/AMC

If there are ways that I can describe “The Tyger and the Lamb”, I would say “really good.” Of the three episodes that has premiered so far on The Walking Dead World Beyond, this one is the best of the three. I said this because it addressed some of the issues from last week’s episode, and gave us more to look forward to on the next episode.

The strongest plot of “The Tyger and the Lamb” is Silas’ backstory. Well, a slight backstory. Silas was arrested for a violent crime on his flashbacks. During those flashbacks, Silas is introduced to Felix and Iris for the first time. So it is safe to say that he was not there that long before they all went on their first adventure. I am really interested to see more of what he did that lead to his arrest.

I also liked how we were able to dig deep into his state of mind when he was listening to the recordings of his grandparents. Silas must have been tramuatized from what he did. He even does not miss his mom when Iris asked him. On the surface, Silas might be seen as a weird teenager by the rest in that community. But I believe that there is something inside him that is very dark that is beyond the eye.

This may be me, but when Hope was inside that factory with that one empty, Something came to my mind. Remember that scene on Halloween when Michael Myers was going after Laurie in the closet? That jump scare scene with that empty and Hope reminded me of that particular scene in Halloween. It did caught me off guard so I liked it!

The action really picked up the tension later in the episode. Hope came up with a good plan to lure the empties using the giant horn. The strategy worked. But for christ sakes AMC, why cut away during an F-bomb moment with Hope? The sense of struggling to fix that thing would have been a better scene if it did not cut to black the way it did. Other than that, it was good to see everyone take down those empties with more caution now than how they were trying the last episode. I believe it is because there was an urgent matter that was ahead them and due to the fact that Felix was there. He did teach them, so they had to put what they learned to use.

Alexa Mansour as Hope – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Macall Polay/AMC

In that same scene, Hope and Iris got into a little bit of trouble. They both almost got devoured by empties that are taller than they are. Hope and Iris saved eachother. But the key part of interest here, is that Hope told Iris the truth about the night their mom died. She told only that part of the story, but left out that it was Elton’s mom that she killed. Iris does not know that yet. When she does, it could cause a great rift. An emotional scene in my eyes.

The last six minutes of the episode told us more about CRM than any other episode of the entire franchise outside of the Season 5 premiere of Fear The Walking Dead. First, a map is in view. But this map has something interesting. When you look at the colors, you will see that the blue is friendly and the red is not friendly. The arrows also displays the positions and how they could attack. While the map will need further analysis, it is interesting to note.

Al Calderon as Barca – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Antony Platt/AMC

Elizabeth really shows how powerful and driven she is. Especially with the propaganda that is plastered on the walls of her apartment. One of the soldiers named Barca, told Elizabeth what she did to that community was wrong. Elizabeth sees it in another way as she seen them as a threat. Elizabeth also stated that they have over two hundred thousand people that are part of the Civic Replublic Military. she also said that they are the last light of the world and reassigned him to the Health and Wealfare Complex.

This scene is interesting because it gave more context to what might have prevented Rick Grimes to leave CRM. The only way to know how, is when those movies premieres in a few years. One would think that the massive group is helping everyone. But there are bad things going on behind the scenes. The more there is to find out about CRM, the more dangerous they are.

As an episode as a whole, I really enjoyed it. I am starting to think of this as an standalone show than a show to think about the Rick Grimes movies. It is good to throw a little bit of CRM from time to time. I do feel however that there should be one episode dedicated to that mysterious group in the future.

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 2 “Welcome to the Club” Review: A Sticky Path

Colman Domingo as Victor Strand, Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark, Craig Nigh as Hill – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

This week’s episode of Fear The Walking Dead titled “Welcome to the Club”, is a much different episode than last week’s premiere. This is because Alicia, Strand, Charlie, and Daniel are in one of Virginia’s communities. The episode is focused on these four characters as they learn to adapt to The Pioneers’ way of living. Here is my review of “Welcome to the Club.”

It is career day for the four characters. But before that happens with them, a group of prisoners are tasked with killing walkers in a storage unit. What sounds easy on paper, is difficult in practice. That is because inside the storage unit, the walkers and the floor is covered with molasses. What I like here, is how the molasses is used during this deadly situation. I also thought it was clever on how the walkers grabbed and devoured the prisoners and that guard too. Sanjay was the only survivor there that survived.

What made me sad, is to see Daniel with memory loss and his mental state. Even though by the end of “Welcome to the Club” Daniel seemed to be in his normal state when he seen Morgan, How we see him before that moment is heartbreaking. He did not remember anything at all. Virginia had him under her complete control and I really felt for Alicia and Strand when they tried to speak with him.

Charlie was the one to finally trigger something in Daniel. When she played the same song that he taught her, I was thinking to myself that he has to come through now. Whether if he was acting or not the entire time, is up for debate.

Colby Minifie as Virginia- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Dakota is Virginia’s sister. I just also realized that their names are based on the states in this country. So far, I like what we see of Dakota and she proves to Alicia and Strand that she is a valuable asset. But she also slightly gets them both into trouble while they were doing their task. The task for Alicia and Strand, is to clear the walkers that the prisoners could not do. The difference here, is that Virginia told them both if they complete the task, there would be something inside for them. We also got to see what happened if they tried to escape as it happened right infront of them when a prisoner tried to escape. And that is, death.

So not only did Alicia, Strand, Sanjay, Dakota, and Charlie cleared the walkers, they came up with a smart strategy. The action really picked up here and I love those gruesome walker kills. The strongest dialouge on this episode is between Alicia and Strand. They both went back and forth about why they should not take orders from Virginia and lead their own way. Alicia is the voice of reason in this scenario and even her plan about escaping is far better than Strand’s plan. But the truth comes out as Strand secretly made a deal with Virginia.

That deal is for him to give her the map in order for them two to be kept together. This also escalated later on when Strand was given a key from Virginia. Virginia sees a leader in Strand and the first thing Strand did, is reassigned Alicia. This means that the two are splitting up. Strand wanted Alicia to forget who he is from this point on.

I can say that Morgan was not the only one that is in for a change this season. Strand also changed too. Especially when he got Sonjay devoured by walkers later which was part of his plan. Alicia tried to knock some sense into Strand and it did not work at all. Also, bonus points for the scene between Virginia and Dakota. I can tell that sisters around the world will also feel that because you would not want anything to happen to your younger sibbling.

Overall, I like the episode. It reminded me of “The Cell” on The Walking Dead back in season 7. I said this because everyone that is in that sugar factory had to adapt to the working life under The Pioneers including the prisoners. And on “The Cell”, Daryl seen first hand what is life under The Saviors like. Just like that episode on The Walking Dead, there are rules everyone has to follow and there are consiquences if they do not follow them. So far, the anthology structure is working. Morgan appearing at the end of the episode makes it connected to the ending of the last episode and I hope to see that in later episodes of this season.

Next week’s episode titled “Alaska” is focused on Dwight and Al. You do not want to miss that one!

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The Best Moments From Fear The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 1

Fear The Walking Dead returned tonight to kick off the sixth season. If you recall, the fifth season ended in a cliffhanger that was panned by critics. We got our question right away on the status of Morgan Jones. And that is, he is alive!

“The End is the Beginning” is the title of this episode and it matches how we view Morgan during this episode. With that out of the way, Here are the best moments from today’s episode.

The Callback to “Days Gone Bye”

Lennie James as Morgan Jones – Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

I noticed this good easter egg as soon as it happened. Morgan walking into the abandoned town mirrors when Rick Grimes first entered Atlanta on The Walking Dead. The atmonsphere and mood from both scenes are exactly the same, except that Morgan was badly injured in this sense. Bonus points for Morgan getting that gun from the police car because that had to be a slight nod to Rick Grimes. I will add more to this on the final moment.

Everything with Emile

Demetrius Grosse as Emile- Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Ryan Green/AMC

Emile was great on this episode. Actor Demetrius Grosse played a very convincing villain. Although he was killed at the end of this episode, he will remain as one of my favorite characters on Fear regardless that he only lasted one episode. He is the bounty hunter for Virginia and he did not hesitate to take the heads off of people with his big boardaxe. I just wish that he lasted much longer. I also liked the fact that he took down that water tower that Morgan slept in. Must have been a bad wakeup call for him.

The Scenery

I love the cinematography throuought the episode. It really brought out the mood that this was going to be like a western film from the last century. Mix that in with the apoclapse, you are in for a treat on the way most of those outdoor scenes are filmed.

Sending a Message to Virginia

I found this funny that Virginia wanted Morgan’s head in a box. But what she wanted, did not turn out excactly what she hoped. She did get a nice box with Morgan’s name on it. But the head in there was Emile and Morgan sent her a clear message that they will see eachother again.

“Morgan Jones is Dead”

This is one of the best lines I have heard Morgan say and Lennie James really delievered this line very well. It signifies that the old Morgan is done and the new Morgan is here. No more “Clear” or “All Life is Precious” Morgan as those days are far behind him. To me, it is the reinvention of the character and he did that in a life or death situation.

Which is why I brought up the police car as Rick Grimes life as a sherif was long behind him the second he entered Atlanta as to Morgan when he entered the small town. When this line is heard, you think back to this episode to see the changes of the character. Issac tried to bring out that old Morgan, but he is “dead” now forever. This is a memorable line that will be remembered and Virginia now has to watch out for him.

This is a really good episode to kick off the sixth season. I know that it will take some time to gain back the interest that was lost due to the season five finale. But this episode is worth the wait. Fear The Walking Dead is back on AMC Network and it is a spectacular ride!

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Batman: Death in the Family Virtual Panel at New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con will take place in a few more days in front of our screens due to the ongoing pandemic. What will also be presented at the virtual event, is offerings from Warner Bros. Entertainment. One of them is Batman: Death in the Family.

Batman: Death in the Family is the infamous story in the DC Comics that was released back in 1988. The fans voted by the telephone to determine the story’s ending. And in that ending, Jason Todd was on the recieving end of a brutal death by The Joker.

Unlike 2010’s Batman: Under the Red Hood, this will be an interractive film. The viewer will have multiple branching paths to alter the character’s choices. The panel will consist of writer Brandon Vietti, actors Bruce Greenwood, Vincent Martella, and Zehra Fazal.

The panel will be moderated by Tiffany Smith of DC Daily. It will premiere on Saturday, October 10th at 4:20pm est via YouTube.

Batman: Death in the Family will be released on Blu-Ray on October 15th.

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My Non-Spoiler Preview of The First Three Episodes of The Sixth Season of Fear The Walking Dead.

Fear The Walking Dead will return in a few more weeks to premiere its sixth season. After Virginia had her pioneer members split up the group in different locations, she is on the hunt for Morgan. Speaking of Morgan, we last seen him at the closing moments of the season five finale as he was fighting for his life.

That last episode of season five drew a widespread backlash in The Walking Dead community. What everyone hopes to see is if there will be an improvement on season six. I seen the first three episodes of the season, and I will share you my thoughts of the first three episodes and what you could expect from this season.

601: The End is The Beginning

We find out that this episode picks up six weeks after the season five finale. Morgan is still hiding from Virginia and The Pioneers after all this time. There is even a bounty hunter named Josiah LaRoux that is looking for Morgan during the episode. They both do actually meet in this episode, but I will not spoil the outcome. But during this episode, he briefly befriends someone and is tasked with a small mission that he does initinally do not want to do, but he does it because the person reconized him from the tapes.

What I like about this episode, is how Morgan changed from the previous two seasons of Fear. The Morgan that you know when he wanted to go around the country to find everyone, is gone. He is a completly different character from this point on and still carries that badass nature that came with him on the main show. I also like the structure and the visual setting that is displayed especdially towards the second half of the episode. It made it seem like an old western when you piece everything together.

There is also a small easter egg from the very first episode of The Walking Dead that I noticed too when Morgan was walking to the small town.It reminded me of when Rick Grimes first went to the city as both scenes had no music and if you compare the two scenes, it is nearly shot the same way. Also, Morgan goes inside a police car to get a gun and that had to be a Rick Grimes easter egg since he was a sherif officer when they both first met.

There are a few moments on this episode that did made my head shake in a bad way. One in particular, is when Morgan was walking through the walkers while he is still bleeding from his wound. I find that very inconsistant and jarring when you put in the thought of how walkers work in that universe. My other problems with this episode, is that even though Morgan explained to a former Pioneer member how he was saved, we do not actually see who saved him. And finally, I feel that Josiah should have been used better on this episode and you will find out why I said that.

I believe if this episode started from where the finale left off to show us how Morgan survived and then continue the story with the short timejump, this episode would have flowed much better. But I also love the badass line Morgan says at the end of the episode. To me, The End is The Beginning is the reintroduction of the Morgan character and Lennie James really pulled it off from start to finish.

602: Welcome to the Club

Welcome to the Club focuses on Alicia, Strand, Daniel, and Charlie. One thing that caught my attention was the mental state of Daniel. There is something really wrong with him during this episode and I wanted to figure out what Virginia did to him. I will not tell you what happens at the end of the episode, but it is something to think about.

As far as Alicia, Strand, and Charlie go, Virginia tasks them with a mission to do inside the factory. This mission is supposed to be beneficial for them according to Virginia. But the mission itself, is very tricky and you will see that at the start of this episode. Other prisoners tried this early on, but it did not work. You will also see what happens to one prisoner that tried to run away and it is not good.

Virginia’s sister Dakota, is charming and she sees the good in Alicia, Strand, and Charlie. She helps them during a crazy sequence that involves a lot of walkers. The other takeaway I have, is the debates Alicia and Strand have over why they should not listen to anybody anymore, and why they should be leaders to themselves. There is something about Alicia being the voice of reason in the right place at the right time and that is also showcased too.

I would compare most of this episode to The Walking Dead’s The Cell as I thought that one was an underrated episode. I feel the same for this particular episode too as I believe it will be one of the more underrated episodes of the season. There is a ton of action on the second half so be on the lookout for that.

603: Alaska

Alaska is my favorite of the three. Austin Amelio and Maggie Grace nailed it with the chemistry between Dwight and Al. The unique surprises here will be the highlight of this episode. One surprise is that the building that they both need to go to for something that is CRM related, has residents that are infected by a plague. Another surprise that comes at the end of the episode, will be heart warming and satisfying. It is something Dwight fans have been waiting for ever since the main show.

About the plague, there is one scene that you may want to turn your head away the second you see it. I did that because I was disgusted. If you have a certain phobia, then this scene may not be for you. You have been warned.

When you find out the reason why this episode is named Alaska, you will most likely be sad. It is a dark backstory and it makes you think of life and how it can be taken without notice. It is also related to what Dwight and Al does during this episode from the start that gives it the name too. Dwight has been one of my favorites since the main show and Al is starting to reach up there on Fear The Walking Dead right next to Alicia, and John.

I wish that there is more for me to share about Alaska, but it would cross the spoiler territory and everyone will have to wait until they see it.

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Interview: On The Set Of The Walking Dead: World Beyond With Aliyah Royale

Aliyah Royale as Iris – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Gallery – Photo Credit: Carlos Serrao/AMC

Aliyah Royale plays as Iris on The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Iris is the sister of hope and these two have a great bond with eachother that we will see when World Beyond debuts in a matter of weeks. During my set visit tour, I got a chance to speak with Aliyah Royale about her role on World Beyond and her love of The Walking Dead in this exclusive set tour interview.

Aliyah on being casted on The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Aliyah: “It was absolutely insane. Wednesday I got this call to go in this room super early in the day. At the same night when I was with my friends at Benihana’s and I get a call to be in New York tomorrow. I tested for it that day with Alexa, and I was in New York for 12 hours max. And on Saturday morning, me and my mom were heading to the movies. My agent called me while we were in the car at the parking lot. He told me that I got the part and My mom was clearly the first person I told.”

“It was so crazy because we both told eachother that we were going to the movie and to also remain calm. But we were there jittery and we could not stop moving. We then decided to leave and go to the cheesecake factory to talk about this. It was so exciting and I got to share it with my mom.”

Aliyah Royale as Iris – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Sarah Shatz/AMC

Do you remember what movie it was? And did anyone in the theater notice that you were very excited?

Aliyah: “It was Stuber. We sat there for the first two minutes and I could not stop moving or pay attention to this movie. There were people looking around in that theater like ‘who the hell is this’, ‘who won’t stop talking, and ‘who won’t stop shaking the whole theater with her legs.’ I do have to watch Stuber at some point.”

Aliyah on describing Iris Bennett

Aliyah: “I like to describe her as a really good friend. She is very sweet, loyal, and a giver. Iris is ready to do anything for anyone at anytime and she does not need to know you. For example, the first time she meets another character, everyone else is asking ‘who the hell is this guy’ and Iris gives him a snack after she asks him if he is hungry. I like that about her because she always gives people the benefit of the doubt.”

Does Iris have a weapon of choice?

Aliyah: “Yes! her name is shilo. I am the only character that named their weapon. My favorite character on the main show is Negan and he has Lucille. So I wanted to name my weapon because of that. Shilo isa pole with a triceratops horn attached on the top of the pole. It belonged to Elton at first and he wanted to make the weapon cooler. And then Shilo was born!”

Has the name of Iris’ weapon made it to the show?

Aliyah: “It has not made the show, but it has made it to the crew which I am very happy about. Like when they hand me the weapon in the props area, they know that it is mines because I have the weapon’s name on a card where it is placed. Shilo is also the same name of my husky I had when I was eight years old. I associate both of them with the same level of coolness.”

How long have you been a fan of The Walking Dead?

Aliyah: “I would say ten years ago, but I was very young. I was too young to watch it at the time, but my brothers love the show. I became obsessed with The Walking Dead because of my brothers. My brothers also still do not believe I am on the show. They are in denial even after I told them. But I technically have no proof to show them because I can’t share any pictures at the moment (laughs).”

What kind of conflicts will we see Iris go through?

Aliyah: “I think one of the biggest conflicts Iris has, is making hard choices. She is trying to find the line between putting everyone in danger vs. doing the best she can to find her father. Her and her sister went on a journey to their father. During that journey, Iris has been put in situations that potentinally put people in danger that nobody expected to be in. If someone gets hurt, she does not want them to be left behind. She wants to make sure that none of the people that she brought with her on this journey serve the conciquences because of her decisions.”

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Interview: On The Set of The Walking Dead: World Beyond With Nicolas Cantu

Nicolas Cantu as Elton – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Zach Dilgard/AMC

Nicolas Cantu plays as Elton on The Walking Dead: World Beyond. Elton is the youngest of the group of main characters and he is interested in observing everything that is outside the walls of the community. But there is more to Elton than his bright personality and Nicolas Cantu is here to talk about the character.

Myself and other journalists got a chance to speak with Nicolas Cantu during the set tour of The Walking Dead: World Beyond and here are some of the highlights of the interview I will share. Also to note, Nicolas was accompanied by his mother and dog as these interviews took place.

Nicolas on his audition on the show and his initinal reaction

Nicolas: “When I saw the audition and it said ‘TWD3’ (at the time), my mind flipped out. Then I realized that it had nothing to do with the main show. So I had to play this character, but they could not spoil anything of the story elements. So it was a very weird audition to do that. But then I did the audition and I thought it went well. Then I got the callback and I thought that things were getting closer. A month later, I got the call that I will be joining the cast and I jumped on my couch. I was so estatic! It was so crazy.”

Nicolas on his character Elton

Nicolas: ” Elton is a very analitical, 14 year old boy. He is an old soul and is obsessed with this discovery with the world around him. He grew up in this fortified community and he has done all of this study behind the walls. Now it is time to get visceral with this study. Elton’s quest is to go out to the world and seeing how nature and these ’empties’ have affected the way people live outside of these walls. He is obsessed with discovery.”

Why are the walkers on this show called empties?

Nicolas: “In the main show, there is no zombie media so you could not call them zombies. In different parts of the world, people call them different things. We call them empties because they are empty inside. They are a shell of a person now. That is what I think of the thought process is. They are very distinct from the walkers on the main show. They are very affected by the enviornment and you can see how nature has taken both physical places and the bodies of these people.”

Nicolas on if Elton has a weapon of choice

Nicolas: “Elton’s weapon is karate, the knowledge of martial-arts, and his brain. Instead of actively going out to fight these empties, he knows that it is way more effictive and efficent to try to deter them or not engage at all. Every second you are fighting an empty, you also have every second of dying. If he ever comes face to face in a grim situation, he would rather deflect than try to completly demolish the threat.”

Does Elton have a special connection with anyone in the group?

Nicolas: “Elton is an orphan child in the community and he has not had a family in a long time. He and Silas get close together in the pilot. He also gets close with the girls of the group. Elton is building this family that he has not had in a long time. It is a very special thing for him and it is what he cherish the most.”

How does everyone that is younger find out about the empties?

Nicolas: “From inside the university, there are people doing research on the world out there. Elton would read books in the library to study up on what people know and documented on the outside. There are also clases to try to fight these empties. When the time comes, you would know what to strike, what to target, and what to avoid. They do know a lot about it. They have not seen these horrors first hand, but they know of them. The empties lurk outside and the security dispatch them like it is nothing.”

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I Seen The First Two Episodes of The Walking Dead World Beyond and Here are My Non-Spoiler Thoughts

Alexa Mansour as Hope, Aliyah Royale as Iris, Hal Cumpston as Silas, Nicolas Cantu as Elton – The Walking Dead: World Beyond _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Jojo Whilden/AMC

Last year, it was announced that a second spinoff of The Walking Dead franchise was in development. From that point on, we were given little details over the months of 2019 until the first trailer was revealed at New York Comic Con.

At the beginning of 2020, the name of the series became known to the public as The Walking Dead: World Beyond. I have watched the first and secondepisode of World Beyond and I will give you my non-spoiler opinions about the two episodes and what can everyone expect from the series.

World Beyond’s first episode gets straight to the point of the mysterious CRM group within the first few minutes of the first episode. You will also get to know a little more about what do they do in other states and why they are there in that community.

At the end of the episode however, you will find out why they arrived at that community to begin with. The main focus of the first episode are the two sisters Hope and Iris. They both went through a crazy event over a decade ago that kept them together, but they are both curious to why CRM is very secretive.

Iris stood out to me more than the entire cast of the episode as she feels that she has to be the one to give her all to the community while not focusing on herself as a person. There will be more to this when she speaks to a particular person.

Iris and Hope also seems like the most affected members of that community to what happened 10 years ago as they both still struggle mentally to live their lives in a safe community. You will also see that there is an unexpected connection with Iris, Hope, and Elton too and Elton is a fun, easy going person who is also curious to see what the world outside their community is like.

Nico Tortorella as Felix, Annet Mahendru as Huck – TWD: World Beyond _ Season 1 – Photo Credit: Jojo Whilden/AMC

Felix is the head of the security of Campus Colony and it shows since his jacket with the CRM emblem is a different color than everyone else. Felix is also the first LGBT character on World Beyond as he told a story of his ex-boyfriend to one of the characters on one of the scenes.

He also acts as a big brother to one of the characters too especially on a particular scene where he had to temporary arrest that character. Felix’s authority is believable due to the fact that he is the oldest of the main characters.

The other security guard that is part of the cast is named “Huck” (played by Annet Mahendru) and we do not know her first name yet. She has a bond with Felix and also with Hope. But on the second episode, we see her and Felix spend a lot of time together and they both get to know more about eachother.

The main plot of the first episode is that they are celebrating a holiday to remember what happened a decade ago. Also during the episode, there will be a particular reason to why the group goes out of the Campus to adventure the world. There is a motivation behind it and it will not be too long to find out why.

The second episode revolves around the first adventure the group goes on, and a backstory on Felix. Felix’s past made me really feel for the character because he went through so much. You would have not thought that the head of security at that community had a tragic backstory when you see Felix on the first episode. Nico Tortorella stated on Talking Dead not too long ago that his character was kicked out of his house when he was younger due to him coming out as gay. That will be expanded on this episode.

Another thing about Felix’s past during this episode, is that it also haunts him in a disturbing way to his mental state.

What is also interesting, is that when you hear the main characters interract, you will learn that they all have had a bad past which brings them all closer together. This is showcased during the episode even though it also shows that they are inexperienced dealing with taking down empties.

Life outside of what they are used to will take time for these characters to get adjusted to because it gets tough out there for them early on. There were many times that I rememberd that this is their first time outside the walls to see the world.

Elton also really shined on this episode too and he questions if they can survive outside of where they lived, and if they would one day become one of the empties. There is a particular reason to why Hope and Elton are connected and once you find out, your mind will be blown.

The second episode does end in a minor cliffhanger, but it is the character development of the characters in a swift time that makes this one stand out.

I will have to say that it was werid to see everything so normal in that Campus like nothing even happened at first from an outsider looking in as there are school classes, karate classes, and much more. But they realize that the dead, which are called “empties” on this series, is still out there. There is more to the cast other than them being young ten years into the apoclapse and you will get to know who everyone is little by little.

Also, bonus points to Silas as he reminds me of one person I knew in high school!

I was optimistic and curious of the second spinoff since it was announced and when I went on the set tour last fall (That article will be coming soon), I got to learn about more of the show and how it will tie into the unannounced Rick Grimes movies. Especially since CRM is more than just trading people for supplies.

There is a strong cast and I am looking forward to the rest of the season. But it will take time for the general audience to grow with the characters because many will most likely tune in just for the lead up to the Rick Grimes movies than the characters itself.

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