The Walking Dead: The Distance (5×11)

The Distance

Last Monday I saw my first episode of The Walking Dead since season 1. I know it’s odd to start in the middle of season 5, but I decided to give it a go when I heard they were introducing two new characters – Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson). I thought they sounded like some nice addition to the cast – and I was right. Or at least I would like to think I was.


Thus he absolutely hates the applesauce Rick is forcing him to eat. Word of advice for anyone who finds them in a similar situation (I mean bound and being threatened with guns and knives) – eat the applesauce. Though I’m not really one to talk since I’m very picky! It was kind of funny to see him being spoon fed by Rick (Andrew Lincoln).2. “My mom used to make me eat foods I didn’t like to make me more manly. Salmon patties, applesauce, and onions. She was a very confused woman who tried her damnedest.”- Aaron. 

What did we learn about Aaron?

1. He’s a scout/recruiter from a gated community called Alexandria Safe-Zone near Washington D.C.
How one can become more manly by eating applesauce is a good question. I think he didn’t like it to begin with and his mother just ran with it.


3. He apparently have been following the survivors for an undefined amount of time (the actor, Ross Marquand says 2-3 weeks, but it’s never really explicitly stated in the episode).

4. He left the group water bottles in the road.

5. He collects number plates – and has quite a collection. I’m wondering how he’ll get one from Alaska and Hawaii? However I don’t think, that I need to think about it since he loses the car and the number plates.

6. He worked for a Non profit Organization before the Apocalypse delivering food to the Niger Delta in Africa.

7. He has a boyfriend – and is gay. He shared a kiss with Eric who he believed to be in mortal peril and was relived that it wasn’t the case (he only had a broken ankle).

This brought some Twitter users some heartache since they are stuck in the Middle Ages. It’s finny how they condone violence, cannibalism, rape, mutilation and child endangerment (poor Judith! She has to eat crushed acorns and rolling around on the backseat of a moving car).

7. He has a quirky sense of humor! I found him pretty funny and I’d like if he sticks around.I learned the character, Tara (Alanna Masterson) is a lesbian, which they apparently (and conveniently) forgot. I rather think it’s the infamous double standard that comes into play. Girl on girl in hot! Guys kissing is gross. Welcome to 2015!

“I wish there was another word. Audition makes it sound like we’re some kind of a dance troupe. That’s only on Friday nights.” – Aaron.

The above line is like his third in the episode and fourth overall. His introduction was great as well.


Plot Hole?
There is some incontinence and much confusion in how the thing with Aaron and Eric play out.

1) Aaron leaves Eric and goes to meet the group.

2) Aaron is knocked out by Rick.

3) When he comes around he tells them they had to leave the vehicles aid they left on route 16 due to the hurricane.

4) The fearless five (Maggie, Glenn, Daryl, Abraham and Rosita)* goes out to find the vehicles Aaron said they left on route 16 due to the hurricane.

5) Eric spies them from behind a tractor.

6) The fearless five returns with the vehicles (a car and a RV).

7) Rick decides to take route 23 north and drive at night instead of taking route 16 as Aaron proposed since it was “cleared” and go “now” (day).

8) They divide the group into the two vehicles – Aaron, Rick, Michonne** and Glenn in the car. The rest goes into the RV.

9) Glenn hits a herd of walkers/roamers and drive through it. The RV is gone!

10) The four in the car sees a flare lightning the sky and Aaron panics. He bolts from the car knocking Michonne over with the back car door.

11) Glenn saves Aaron’s life and they save Rick and Michonne from being devoured.

12) Aaron hands over/drops the gun (his own that Rick took from him) afterwards.

13) The four somehow find their way to route 16 and follows it to the water tower where they are reunited with the group and Eric.

* Maggie: Lauren Cohan, Glenn: Steven Yeun, Daryl: Norman Reedus, Abraham: Michael Cudlitz and Rosita (Christian Serrantos).
**Michonne: Danai Gurira

Question 1: Where is the RV when the car stops after plowing through the walkers/roamers?
I believe Abraham backed down the road when he saw what the others had gotten themselves into and found an alternative route.

Question 2: Was Aaron going to abandon his partner and boyfriend?
I think they (the whole group) were on their way to the water tower to collect Eric when shit hit the fan (pardon my French). Aaron would know to look for him there because I think they arranged beforehand that they would meet up at that particular spot if everything went south or if there mission was a success.

Question 3: How did Eric get the broken ankle? And how did he meet up with the group in the RV?
Unfortunately this happens off screen and so I can only speculate.

The fearless five took the vehicles and instead of following them on foot, Eric retreated to the water tower. He probably expected Aaron to stop and pick him up, had they followed Aaron’s advice on taking route 16 north. That night he ran into some problems with some walkers/roamners and fired his flare. He had his own flare gun and by this point Aaron was bound and confined to a car with Rick, Glenn and Michonne. Maggie’s group didn’t have a flare gun as Rick had taken the one Aaron was carrying. The four saw the flare as did the other group. Independently the two groups head towards it. Maggie’s group did that because they assumed it was Rick’s flare they were seeing, and Rick’s group guessed it was what Maggie would do and so the best way to rejoin her. Maggie’s group arrived first because they still had a working vehicle and saved Eric as a result.

Question 4: Why did Eric behave like he had never met Rick before?

I geniually believe they hadn’t officially met each other. Eric only knew Rick from a distance and not up close. So it’s not far-fetched they are meeting for the first time.

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The Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards (or affectionately nicknamed the Oscars) aired on Sunday 22nd February 2015. I used most of the night watching it due to the time difference.

I actually haven’t really had time to read about or see any of the movies that was nominated this year. However the fashion was pretty good. Many pretty dresses on very skinny ladies. One would think they all had anorexia or bulimia. Nevertheless there was some standouts this year. Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick springs to my mind.


Anna Kendrick


Rosamund Pike

There were misses as well…but we don’t talk about those…

I found the show a little boring – I had hoped for more. Maybe I had too high expectations…I don’t know. Neil Patrick Harris was okay, nothing more. Though I loved his opening number with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. The sketch with him wandering naked onto the stage with a cameo from Miles Teller was brilliant executed. The rest was – kind of – meh…I mean bland and didn’t really appeal to me. The last one was the closet to an Oscar moment if I strictly look at the host.


Anna Kendrick and Neil Patrick Harris in the opening numberAs I wrote before I can’t really speak of it was the right people who won the statues since I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies. I did root for either Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor.

The Theory Of EverythingandThe Imitation Game were the only ones I heard a little about beforehand. And I’ve seen both actors in other movies. I find them both brilliant. So I guess it was well deserved that Eddie Redmayne won the award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

The speeches were very moving this year. Covered everything from feminism (Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress) to suicide (Graham Moore, best adapted screenplay) to ASL (Eddie Redmayne, best actor) to race (John Legend and Common, best original song) to Alzheimer’s disease (Julianne Moore, best actress). The best one were Graham Moore’s! I quoted it below. That was a true Oscar moment along with Eddie Redmayne’s win.

Here are some snippets of some of the acceptance speeches:

“Thank you so much. I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me […] “There is no such thing as best actress as is evidenced by the performances of fellow nominees. I’ve been honored to be among you every step of the way. I’m so happy – I’m thrilled actually – that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease,” the actress said. “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized, and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure.”- Julianne Moore


Eddie Redmayne and his new companion

Thank you, thank you, Thank you to the Academy. I don’t think I’m capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar—wow! Um, this Oscar… This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family, Stephen, Jane, Jonathan, and the Hawking children. And I will be its custodian and I will promise you I will look after him. I will polish him. I will answer his beck and call and I will wait on him hand and foot.” – Eddie Redmayne.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive, call them! Don’t text, don’t e-mail  […] Call them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.“ – J.K. Simmons.


From left to right: J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Morre & Eddie Redmayne.”When i was 16 year’s old i tried to kill myself, because I felt weird, and different and I didn’t belong,” he starts. “Stay weird, stay different” – Graham Moore

“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850 […] We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on.“ – John Legend.

It was bittersweet that Denmark wasn’t nominated in the best foreign language film category. Denmark has been nominated 10 times:

1959: Paw by Astrid Henning-Jensen1961: Harry Og Kammertjeneren (

Harry And The Butler) by Bent Christensen1987: Babettes Gæstebud (

Babette’s Feast) by Gabriel Axel1988: Pelle Eroberen (

Pelle The Conqueror) by Bille August1989: Dansen Med Regitze (

Waltzing Regitze) by Kaspar Rostrup2006: Efter Brylluppet (

After The Wedding) by Susanne Bier2010: Hævnen (

In A Better World) by Susanne Bier2012: En Kongelig Affære (

A Royal Affair) by Nikolaj Arcel 2013: Jagten (

The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg

Denmark won in 1988, 1989 and in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 Denmark were dark horses to win, but lost out to Austria’s Amour and Italy’s The Great Beauty.