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The Talking Dead: Is Felicia Day Always That Cold and Superficial?

We tend to catch the Talking Dead segment after the Walking Dead airs, though I know it can be late or just non-interesting for some.  Some people out there likes them some zombies and that’s that.  No harm, no foul, says I!  I just think it’s a goofy little geek-centric show anyway, but for now it keeps my interest and I think it is great that the nerd culture is expanding in such a positive way.

Think about it; Two years ago a zombie based tv show was unheard of.  Not only do we have one of them now, but we also have a talk show about a zombie based tv show.  Awesome.

In case you missed this week’s talk show,  Napoleon Dynamite and Codex guest starred.  Or for you non-geeks, that’d be Jon Heder and Felicia Day.  Jon seemed to be enjoying himself and goofing off, while Felicia professed her undying love to Shane. To be more precise, her undying lust for the body of the actor who plays Shane.  She then went on to say that shooting an innocent and distracted man who helped her in times of need was not only smart, but inevitable.  Anyone know if Codex really is a priest and not a frost mage because she sounds like one icy…

That lust part of my statement did not take long to appear. Within the first five minutes of the show Felicia already drifted off and daydreamed about the two shower scenes of Shane and how she wouldn’t mind talking about just that for the entire half hour.  I know people can exaggerate, but she brought it back up several times and it got creepy-excessive.

Chicks digging hunky guys is not uncommon, but it was pretty odd to hear her mention it so openly.  For one, I’m pretty sure her largest target audience is all beings located in Nerdom.  Talking like that not only ignores the crazy high statistical amount of guys who watch her, but it shatters their dreams while collecting their salty tears for demonic IV bags when she prattles on about a buff jock, the nemesis o’ the nerd.

Archival footage of a traditional encounter between a jock and a nerd.

It wasn’t a one-time dealy, either.  The show opened with her public infatuation with the poor guy’s body, but she then leapt to the conclusion that Shane wasn’t just a lovely thing to look at (her opinion, not mine), but she stretched it so far as to say he is actually a good guy which is flat out wrong.

Based on said infatuation methinks something else is steering her thought process besides that grey noodle in her head, unless she never watched the first season and this was her first episode.  Which would make her a terrible person to have on air talking about a show she knows nothing about. Perhaps she is familiar with the graphic novels the show is based on, then?  I haven’t read much of it, but doing reviews like this I read quite a few that divvy out spoilers so I am aware of what goes on and how Shane acted in the comic.  But, there too, he was far from ‘good’.  Who this mysterious person is she is championing is unknown to me.

The show eventually carried on and they asked the audience about Shane and Otis, wondering if we would shoot Otis or not.  If I recall correctly, others on air himmed and hawed but eventually sided that shooting Otis was not the best idea.  Felicia on the other hand was in full support of Shane, surprise-surprise >.>  Based on the poll results one could argue that the basic data of those on air matched, 60% said they wouldn’t have shot Otis.  What separates her from that statistic though, is just how supportive of her murderous machismo man she was.  Not content with merely casting her vote in Shane’s favor, she was the only person on set to go so far as to say that Shane was not only perfectly right in shooting the defenseless man who already risked his own life to save Shane at this point, but that “it was inevitable.”


Really?  Someone was going to turn the corner at the farm one day and pop off Otis for no reason at all?  Not to mention the director really did a lackluster job showing the audience how bad off the duo was, considering they were a good fifty feet ahead of the zombies who weren’t gaining on them, nor the fact it took nearly a minute to pull the supplies from Otis after he was shot and then repeatedly bludgeoned, showing just how much of a lead they had which was more than enough to start weaving in-between cars that they were approaching to give them even more distance between ‘the herd.’

But, Ms. Day was trying to say that Shane was just worried about his own survival.  I think that survival instinct kicked in at a pretty plot-convenient time in the story, but okay.  We can go that route, too.

Shane *did* have a bit of the crazy eye the moment he landed wrong on his foot and hurt it the second time. (Going to ignore the impossibly long time he never checked the room before going out of the window, as this was likely done to lazily allow the writers to stick in another zombie attack that ultimately was just a time waster as Shane got away just fine.  Plus it was kinda cool to see him shoot the zombie to have him let go.)  As he dragged himself towards an extremely vulnerable chain fence he did appear to have the ‘crazy eyes’ he had nearly all of last season.

Note the crazy eyes.

So one could say that perhaps that whole time he was just thinking about survival and his terrible actions last season were a result of an overwhelming desire to live.  ‘Kay.  Except that, just a short few scenes later, Shane falls and throws in the towel, demanding Otis carry on without him. That is not the words of a man with a massive will to live.  He just gave up right there and then.  He didn’t care about glory in saving Carl, he didn’t care about looking good to Lori or Rick.  He. Gave. Up.

So that idea is out.  It wasn’t instinct, it was just moronic and a dash of evil.  The following scene backs this up.

Shortly after Otis saves him, Shane shoots Otis to buy himself some time.  Mind you, the zombies were far from close at this point.  If they were supposed to be breathing down their necks it was not expressed well at all on camera. We never get to see just how far away the truck is parked, so we don’t know how much further the two had to go.  Was it a block away? Two? Who knows.  But what also does not make sense is, if Shane is in such dire straights to resort to killing his savior as a means to buy himself some time to get away due to an injured foot…. wouldn’t carrying double the load make him progress even SLOWER than before?  That is twice the weight putting strain on his injured foot every time he takes a step.  Only AFTER he kills Otis does he need the extra time to get away as the pain slows him down even more.

Does anyone else notice the moronic lack of thought-process he just pulled?  Pointlessly shooting Otis was not only evil but turned the situation into a self fulfilling prophecy that didn’t even need to get started in the first place.  It is a senseless, selfish, dark downward spiral.

I thought that perhaps, actors being actors, maybe she was just trying to play the devil’s advocate and have a good time on air.  Well, later on Felicia further defends Shane’s actions in the after-after show which can be viewed at this link.

In that video she states: “I don’t personally think Shane is a bad person.  He is just a guy whose morality changes because of the circumstances.  Which is what you shouldn’t do.  Probably.”

For one, there goes that ‘out on a limb’ statement I had in mind that she might just be acting, and two, that is one mighty big “probably” if you ask me.   Let’s take a look at a few of the things Shane has done in the past that we the audience know about, shall we?  This was all in season one, mind you.  This stuff should be public knowledge that she is aware of, unless of course she does not, in fact, know what series she is talking about.

Episode 1 – Shane has a ‘manly’ talk with Rick about how dumb his girlfriend is and how lucky Rick is to have Lori and Carl.  It is heavily suggested that Shane is jealous of Rick for this reason.

Episode 2 – An extremely animalistic sex scene between Shane and Lori is followed by Shane ignoring requests for backup from the scavenging team in the city. If it were not for Rick’s Guts-y actions (hee hee hee), the entire supply scouting party would have died. For the record that group consisted of Glenn, Andrea, T-Dog, and Merle.  If it were solely up to Shane, they all would have died.

Episode 3 – Rick returns to camp.  Lori totally cawk-blocks Shane and he takes out his frustrations by utterly beating the snot out of Ed’s orbital bone.  This is the first real sign of Crazy Shane as he started out with decent intentions but went too far.

Episode 4 – Ties a dehydrated man to a tree. Granted, he was actually ‘nice’ to the guy while Rick was more than forceful during his travels, it’s like the two swapped personalities.  This is the only episode Shane isn’t arrogant or crazy.  So that’s what, 17% of season one he was an okay guy?

Episode 5 – Shane takes a comment from Rick entirely wrong and then, when hidden in the forest, cowardly places Rick in the iron sights of his shotgun.  He tremors and grinds his teeth a long while, but ultimately doesn’t fire, though was caught doing this by Dale and awkwardness ensues.

Episode 6 – He gets drunk, attempts to rape Lori, then nearly kills the one guy that knows how to open the door and save them all before shooting off a few rounds into various computers with his shotgun.  Rick body checks him and then asks “Are you done, now?”

So, I’m not quite sure what anyone could cite to say that Shane was ever “good guy”.  Heck, he probably was barely a ‘decent’ guy. But Ms. Day painfully continues with the most outrageous thought-process yet:

“Shane is evolving.  Rick is kind of like a guy who needs to be forced to evolve.”

I think Beast sums my reaction to that well enough:

This statement just blows my mind by taking logic and bending it so hard that it bursts into a bizzaro universe where chickens eat Human Noodle soup and bacon is no longer awesome.  Since there is nothing negative one could can say about Rick compared to Shane, the only thing she could do in an attempt to pump up her hunky selection was to redefine Shane’s crazed actions as evolutionary.  Yes, because rape and random armed violence is the next level of human consciousness.  Anyone who doesn’t do that clearly is not as advanced as her preferred stud.

That was truly a great performance.  Felicia Day, in under an hours time, was able to leap from one extreme comment to the next with the finesse of a hardened circus performer, bind science and law to her will like an advanced quantum physicist, and then remodel previous facts of last season into a completely new perspective with such precision to mimic Michelangelo terra forming a slab of marble as he sculpted the statue of David.

I am sure fans of hers will be overjoyed to know that if the acting gigs ever dry up, she will be one top notch turd polisher, yarn spinner, or Lead Ignition Technician of combustible pants.

Bravo, Ms. Day.  Bra-vo.

2 responses »

  1. Doh, I missed the after show this past week! Wish I had caught it, guess I’ll have to try to find it and watch it.

    I suppose maybe this [Shane’s actions] was suppose to be a shock factor for the show. I think it would have taken more energy to kill Otis than to keep on going to the truck, pretty low and cowardly in the actual setting of the scene. I was just starting to think Shane was an ok guy, maybe, and then he did something really, really stupid and pointless. Maybe if Otis was dragging him down and they were inches from death…. And maybe if, as you mentioned, he didn’t just claim he wanted to give up.

    With Felecia, I am not surprised. Most likely she only watched the one episode. After all she plays a gamer on her show about a game (that could be WoW, lol), yet she claims she doesn’t play WoW anymore because she was addicted to it. Which I find ironic- She calls herself a gamer still yet she doesn’t seem to really be a gamer, more of an actress acting that she likes to game. Just the way it comes across to me, but I actually do like ‘The Guild’.

    Anyhow, I thought this week was decent. As always the characters do some really stupid stuff, but I’ve come to expect it. I guess we can look forward to seeing more of Shane’s CRAZY eyes, lol.

    • Sounds like the name of a pro wrestler. Ol’ Shane “Crazy Eyes” Walsh, baddest wrestler in the undead west.

      I know this was supposed to be a plot twist, but Shane was a really bad guy to begin with. I thought they were trying to rewrite him due to the new writing team, so I let myself believe they were retconning last season (as any fan of WoW lore knows that crap happens a LOT XD) so while I did like his new direction, the only thing really putting him on that route was a line of his along the lines of “It was a bad decision” or something close. But now poof, right back to season one. Le sigh.

      Saw an episode or two of the Guild and have not watched it since. Glad ya like it and that it has a following, but the thing just was not written with a guy in mind, in my opinion. As Twilight converted vampires from deadly, intelligent killers and made them into fluffy disco ball pedophiles, Day took a cool video game and made a series about romantic relationships and drama. The two *worst* topics anyone that actually plays said game are far too familiar with.

      While I won’t go so far to say she is just acting it up and gobbling the nerd based attention, I can definately see that thought process. Constantly mentioned ‘hip’ things from current games, going to Blizzcon and all those other sort of conventions to get the sales up, and then the numerous ‘music videos’ to further hype up her show. I only saw the first one she made and that was complete cheese and sex appeal combo’d. So while I can look at the facts available and definately say she is media whoring it up, I don’t think she is at this time. In the future, maybe. Now? Nah, she’s cool.

      Doesn’t mean she was the perfect fit as a guest host either, though :P


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