Talking Out The Dead: Prelude to “No Sanctuary”


By Kelen Conley & Thomas Crawford

Thomas Crawford: It’s TIME… It’s…TIME… It’s TIME… for The Walking Dead ya’ll.  Sorry for the fake, sort of Michael Buffer introduction.  The fact is, I think his opening fits.  Let’s be honest, he has opened for many famous boxing and wrestling matches, and his brother Bruce has opened for many UFC fights.  There is just something about both of their voices that brings me to attention.  Don’t misread that folks, it is about anticipation for an upcoming event.  Let’s get to it.

As always, SPOILERS…

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Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: Championship Series

By Kelen Conley

So maybe my guesses aren’t so uneducated at all. And I think I should get partial credit for the Cardinals winning because I called the Dodgers the Clippers of baseball. Either way, it’s League Championship Series time!

This round is going to be much tougher for me to call. You have the Orioles who have looked like powerhouses all season. You have the “Nobody believes in us!” (h/t to Bill Simmons) story of the Royals. You have the Giants, who have won 2 World Series in 5 seasons. And the aforementioned Cardinals, who have been to the NLCS 4 straight times. I called them the Spurs of the MLB yesterday in an email. I really love the NBA if you couldn’t tell. But the consistency without flashiness is San Antonio’s M.O.. and I wouldn’t be surprised if Popovich was involved in some way.

These are 7 game series right?

American League

#1 Baltimore Orioles v. #4 Kansas City Royals: Kansas City proved once again that having the best record in baseball doesn’t mean anything as they wiped the 98 win Angels out in 3 games. The 96 win Orioles made short work of the Tigers, also in 3 games.

I’ve been so torn on this series. But I’m going to go with the hot team in October and I probably would’ve even if they hadn’t won Game 1. Royals in 6.

National League

#3 St. Louis Cardinals v. #5 San Francisco Giants: The Giants wrecked any hopes of a Baltimore/DC World Series and the Cardinals (along with the Royals) did the same to an all LA series, both in 4 games. When these two teams faced off in 2012, the Giants came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the defending World Series Champions. So not only do the Cardinals have the 2013 World Series runner-up chip on their shoulder, they get to enjoy 2 year old demons as well. On the other hand, the Giants are officially the NL’s hot October team. Choice, choices. I don’t like the Cards but dammit, Cardinals in 7.

THE FLASH: PILOT: Run, Barry, Run

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

The Flash Pilot

The Flash – “Pilot” – Season 1, Story 1, Episode 1 – Written by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns; Directed by David Nutter – Starring Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Chad Rook, and John Wesley Shipp.

The experience gained by THE FLASH’s producers while developing and cultivating ARROW over the past two years is in evidence right from the opening frames of the first episode of their latest show.

Unlike the early episodes of Fox’s uneven Gotham or last year’s Agents of SHIELD, FLASH opens with confidence and sustains it over the course of the episode to deliver a cracking good introduction to the Fastest Man Alive.

I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t been all that impressed with all of the marketing leading up to the premiere of the series. In his first appearance as Barry Allen…

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GOTHAM: THE BALLOONMAN: Everyone Has to Matter, Or No One Matters

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

Gotham Balloonman

Gotham – “The Balloonman” – Season 1, Episode 3, Story 3 (October 6, 2014) – Written by John Stephens; Directed by Dermott Downs – Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, John Doman, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Andrew Stewart-Jones, and Dan Bakkedahl.

In the long view, two steps forward, one step back is still progress, but it’s a frustrating, halting, stumbling progress, and that’s what “The Balloonman,” the third episode of GOTHAM, brings us: a definitive step back from “Selina Kyle,” but a step ahead of “Pilot.”

Even though “Balloonman” is a disappointing step back, what the show continues to do well is found in its two major characters, Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, and two of its secondary characters, Alfred and Oswald Cobblepot. What it continues to do poorly is nearly everything else.

This is the 1,089th…

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Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA 29: I’m Gonna Get Involved In a Three-Way If I Can

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

WrestleMania 29WrestleMania 29 (2013) – MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, NJ) – Main Event: WWE Championship: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson vs. John Cena.

This was not a good night, and I’m not even talking about all of the nonsense involved with the WWE overselling their servers, resulting in me and apparently everyone else who bought the PPV stream through getting totally hosed by a stream that broke down multiple times. At first, I was on a 15-minute delay, and then I ended up on a 2-hour delay after the stream was “fixed,” but started the event over, with no ability to watch the event live. I ended up having to watch the first three matches a second time and knew the result of almost every event afterwards. When you buy the stream it appears you get to watch the event as many times as you want for 24 hours, so…

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Communication Breakdown – Episode 28: Simpsons & Stuff


You may know of Chris Slater from his work on his Slater’s Signature Finisher column on the site. Or maybe you’ve run across his blog. Or maybe, unlike me, you’ve met him in real life. Either way, Communication Breakdown is his endeavor into the podcasting world, and even after being on an episode, I’m kicking myself that it took this long for me to feature his podcast on the site. Sorry Chris. – Kelen

Episode 28 of the podcast is a quick one this week. I talk about the recent season premiere of “The Simpsons” and look at some of my favorite episodes from the 26-year history of the show. I talk about the crossover episode with “Family Guy” and give my thoughts on that. And then I talk about some other stuff going on in my life. It’s a fun time.

Uneducated Guesses About the 2014 MLB Playoffs: Division Series

Wild Card Game - Oakland Athletics v Kansas City Royals
You may recall the time that I attempted to predict the 2013 NFL Playoffs. I can’t do that here. I know some players, but I really haven’t watched enough baseball to even sound like I have any idea of what I’m talking about. And considering that I should have posted this Monday, I’m definitely late. But before I get to my 110% guaranteed guesses*, I have to say one thing:

The Wild Card Game is some scary $%^# right? Teams used to have a cushy, 7 game series if they won the Wild Card. Now winning the Wild Card doesn’t mean anything other than the fact that you may get to play 163 games that year. I like it. And I don’t care if this is the third year of the Wild Card Game, the people need to know what I think!

American League

#1 Los Angeles Angels v. #4 Kansas City Royals: I don’t like the Angels. They think they’re the new Yankees or something. And I really like the feel good story of the Royals getting into the playoffs for the first time since I was 2. Royals in 5.

#2 Baltimore Orioles v. #3 Detroit Tigers: I personally feel like the Tigers are choke artists in the postseason in recent years. And that Baltimore team is no slouch. Orioles in 4.

National League

#1 Washington Nationals v #5 San Francisco Giants: The Nationals fought hard for the #1 seed in the NL. But they’re playing the 2010 and 2012 World Series Champions.Not yet Nats. Giants in 5.

#2 Los Angeles Dodgers v #3 St. Louis Cardinals: The Dodgers are the Clippers of the baseball world when it comes to postseason success since 1988, at least compared to their LA counterparts (the Angels won it all in 2002). I think their luck is changing though thanks to one word: Kershaw. Dodgers in 5.


Picks have been edited to reflect that the ALCS & the NLCS are both 5 games long, not 7.

Trike House Party Blood Feud: One Game Apart

Week 5 of the college football season finally brought some separation between our two competitors, as the Hyphen chose Oregon State over USC. It was a risky move that didn’t pay off, as the Buzz-Saw picked the favored Trojans for his 17th correct pick of the week.

Last week’s results

Week 6 is a crucial week for the Hyphen now, as he doesn’t want to give Asti any more breathing room. As a two time defending Golden Keg Champion, the Buzz-Saw knows what it takes to defend a lead and no one likes playing from behind.

Boo B Hyphen (Mike “The Buzz-Saw” Asti):
Stone Cold Buzz-Saw Killers (Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley): 46-9

GOTHAM: SELINA KYLE: It’s Cat (and Dogs Bark at Her)

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

Gotham Selina Kyle

Gotham – “Selina Kyle” – Season 1, Episode 2, Story 2 (September 29, 2014) – Written by Bruno Heller; Directed by Danny Cannon – Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, John Doman, Richard Kind, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Andrew Stewart-Jones, Richard Kind, Lili Taylor, Frank Whaley, and Carol Kane.

I’ll give GOTHAM this – episode 2 is a marked improvement over episode 1.

We’re still a long way from this being a good show, but hopefully we all learned the lesson from Agents of SHIELD that just because something is rotten at first does not mean it will automatically be rotten in eternity. There are fans of all genre entertainment (or fans of everything) that like to do that thing where they choose sides and then fight about it; I’m not sure where…

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Life During Wartime Bonus (pt.1): Royal Rumble 1996


For many years now, the pay-per-view event has been a staple of professional wrestling. It’s a ultimate test, in a romantic sense, proving to yourself and others that people like your wrestlers, your booking, your promotion enough that they’re willing to pay actual money to see what the payoff (unless they’re filthy, worthless pirates of course). ECW, one of the most important indie wrestling promotions in wrestling history, existed for five years before they could sell ppvs, and now those events are probably the only thing people know most about the company. Yes, they are a boon and a curse sometimes, a combination of validation and criticism of any and all the decisions leading up to that point. For a smaller company a poorly received ppv can be a make-or-break situation, for a larger one certainly a black eye. Serious fucking business.

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