Swing Batta Batta Swing! Walking Dead returns for season 7. 

Walking Dead is back. I won’t say with a vengeance or with full force because that implies that it is still a top tier show and it just simply is not. It did set the tone for season seven as rather grimm and depressing and sure did make Rick look like a different person altogether. That being said the season seven premiere was exactly what it was expected to be and that is a big reason why Walking Dead will most likely never again hold the title of TVs number one drama.

From this point going forward in the review there will be major spoilers. You have been warned. This is the last sentence you should be reading. If you are still reading then you probably already know whos lives Lucille claimed. If not then please I urge you to stop here. 

Abraham did not need to go in this manner. Glenn made sense as he is the one from the comics who suffered the same fate. Abraham was just simply not the character we waited six agonizing months to watch die. Impact wise for Rick it should have been Daryl and Glenn starting with Daryl. Long time fans may call me Savage but that is the direction I was hoping for. Norman Reedus will always have my support as an actor but this was his time to. The writers had a huge opportunity to create a flash back sequence for him over the years and after being the first person to stand up to Negan that would have been a huge moment for all the fans to realize just how much this world no longer belongs to Rick and co.

The best decision made from the writing stand point was not to bog down the episode with Morgan and Carol soap opera inspired scenes. The entirety of the episode focused on Negan and the new world order he is establishing and Jeffrey Dean Morgan killed it with a homerun of a performance. Puns definitely intended. 

Negan will obviously be the opposing force to the Alexandrians moving forward but it was an interesting performance from Andrew Lincoln and there was a crucial moment that it seemed Rick may never actually come back from this. Walking Dead needs to get back to being a character driven drama with meaningful story. Jeffrey Dean Morgan could easily be the catalyst for this as the screen time he had in the premiere was used most effectively.  The crucial moment with Rick was when Negan had him almost chop off his own sons arm. Andrew Lincoln was sobbing uncontrollably and this made the scene both powerful and uncomfortable to watch. It would have a bigger message had the writers made him go through with it. What greater way to be brought to your lowest point then to be constantly be reminded of the brutality in which you were forced to partake. Even without the loss of a limb this scene still managed to evoke some of the most intense emotions since the end of season 2.

Its not clear when the decision was made that it would be both Glenn and Abraham that would meet Lucille but these two will surely be missed on a weekly basis. Michael Cudlitz was an actor I enjoyed watching even before his stint on TWD and Steven Yeun is an actor I will most definitely look out for in his future projects. Having been a fan of Walking Dead since day one a death scene to exit the show is not uncommon and it definitely was not wasted here. Even if these were the two names most frequently thrown around all summer the emotion in this episode was definitely the strong point. The predicitability was typical Walking Dead nature and it did slow the momentum of the episode slightly because it was not as devestating it was meant to be. 

With everything that happened in this episode and all the set up for the season it does not escape the critcism. Walking Dead through out the first three years it was on Television was almost a lock for the top drama of each year but now it is stale and predictable. An actor like Jeffrey Dean Morgan is sure to breath some life into the show and he is essentially the reason why season 7 will be worth watching from an acting stand point. Negan is going to bring a lot of change and mark my words Jeffrey Dean Morgan will steal every scene he is in this season and could possibly score an emmy nomination. Its long overdo that a Walking Dead actor does get a nomination. 

Pitch is a grand slam! A drama worthy of praise.

Every year there are a few shows that hover around the cancellation bubble right off the start. Pitch did not debut to strong numbers but there are many solid reasons why it should stick around. Here are the top 5 reasons I want to see Pitch not only last this season but for many to come.

5- Content- Pitch easily has the most controversial story of any of the new shows. Could we ever see this happen in real life? Ginny Baker may be a fictious character but she could prove to be a role model none the less to many young girls who saw certain things as impossible.

4-Presentation- Every episode looks and feels like a sports broadcast show and that is a unique experience that not even Friday Night Lights gave us. It feels like we are watching Ginny’s highlights the morning after or the day of. It makes it feel less like a show and more like a game that we have a lot invested in. It makes the stakes feel that much more tension filled. 

3-Current Line-Up on Fox- The network has very little that actually has substance when it comes to story. It hails the comedy duo of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine Nine and in the way of drama it really only has Gotham and Rosewood. Not really much to brag about or contend with. Pitch has not outperformed them significantly numbers wise but it sure has in every other way. Of course Empire stands above the rest on Fox ratings wise but beyond Empire, Pitch is probably the best drama they have. 

2-Cast- Praise has been given to Kylie Bunbury on all occasions that have been possible since the premiere but the rest of the cast is just as important to the narrative. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is essentially the male lead and he is great. Mo McRae, Ali Larter and Mark Consuelos help round out the cast of characters that seem to have Ginny’s back from day one. There is a lot of potential with all these characters moving forward. It is Gosselaar who has the most potential moving forward as his character is clearly in the Twilight of his career and that could be fun to watch the actor perform as he tries his best to push his body to the max.

1. Critical Acclaim- We all know viewership is important to any new show but we also know that critical success can also ensure more seasons. Look at Hannibal on NBC and Halt and Catch Fire on AMC as examples of shows that struggled through out their run to attract larger audiences. Pitch has that buzz about it, the first season certifaibly fresh at 93 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. Pitch should be the show that runs for at least 5 years out of this seasons crop of rookies. The storylines so far have been knockouts and I expect that Pitch will aim for the grand slam before seasons end. It will most likely pull a cliffhanger ending in hopes to gain a second season. I guess only time will only tell for Pitch. Lets hope we can get a complete game out of this drama. So far we are on the right track.