Walking Dead Season 2 Premiere

After a record breaking premier for the demographic, The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 premier was a success. With more than 7 million viewers tuning in, the show became one of the highest talked about series premiers on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. Walking Dead Season 1 Episode 1 is available for download on iTunes now if you still need to catch up.

Walking Dead Season 2 PremiereAs a recap for those of you who haven’t seen the first season, the following is a crash course on the rather successful first season of The Walking Dead. Set on the backdrop of a post apocalyptic Southern United States, the story takes an eclectic group of individuals and pits them to the extremes against the looming undead presence that is overtaking the world.

Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up in a powered down hospital after a nasty run in with bank robbers that resulted in his extended hospital stay. Disoriented, Grimes finds his way outside of the hospital to surrealist Armageddon. Grimes first encounters with the undead shock and horrify him taking him propelling him toward his family. Upon finding an empty home Grimes comes to his senses and realizes that the family had to have fled the oncoming zombie flood. His mission then becomes clear:  to reunite himself with the family and find safety from the US military.

Throughout the rest of the season Grimes is eventually reunited with his family and a ragtag group of refugees. They hide out in the countryside and eventually are overrun by zombies. Several people in the group die, and the group decides to seek safety from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). After reaching what seems to be a safe haven at the CDC, season one ends with the refugees being forced to leave with a rather explosive ending.

Walking Dead Season 2 PremiereSeason 2 Episode 1, “What Lies Ahead,” picks up just where the previous season ended seamlessly. Caravanning through the Georgia wasteland, the group reaches obstacles as abandoned cars and an engine malfunction prevent the group from moving forward. Forced to stop, an oncoming “pack” of zombies pin the travelers down in fear and cause one of the children to flee for her life.

The rest of the episode is a rescue effort that dives deeply into character development and understanding several of the underlying relationships and psychological mindsets of the various cast members. From former flames, to existentialist ideals of existence, and ending with a man down cliffhanger, the season opener puts for its best foot to impress and hook the audience.

Tune in every Sunday evening for the newest episode of Walking Dead.  Season 2 Episode 2 will premier Oct. 23 9/8 central. Tune in and give your input on the most talked about show today!

Dream House

Dream House premiered September 30, 2011. If you haven’t seen a trailer and you insist on seeing this movie, stay away from the trailers. They will spoil the movie and add to even more confusion in the movie while you are watching the movie.

The movie begins when the main character played by Daniel Craig quits a job in New York City to move with his wife, played by Rachel Weisz and their two girls. After moving into a quaint New England home, the family finds out that the home was the location of multiple murders. The murderer killed his wife and his daughters.

When Daniel Craig finds out about the murders he begins to investigate. The investigation throws the family into a huge whirlwind of horror. The confusing plot and twisted logic make the movie hard to understand and difficult to follow.

Not a movie that we would recommend anyone to spend money on this weekend.

Netflix and Consumer Backlash

The profit margins for Netflix dropped 25% this last quarter after the media giant announced that it was bisecting its services, and that it would be charging almost double in order for people to access both. Recently, Netflix also announced that it would be separating its DVD service out to a new company, focusing only on streaming.

Netflix’s price hike and announcement have caused almost a million people to cancel their subscriptions, with many millions more being angry about being denied services that they enjoyed. The decision seems to be a business savvy one by Netflix, as it can allow more emphasis on streaming. However, the backlash has severely damaged their profits this quarter.

When it all comes down to it, the backlash against Netflix is something that anyone who understands the culture of the Internet could see coming.

When it comes to business decisions versus the mindset of the consumer, the consumer will often react in certain ways that companies now need to plan for. The thing that most businesses still can’t grasp is that people, especially those that are able to unite on the Internet, will not always behave rationally or logically. They will do what they think will suit them best, even if it flies in the face of conventional business logic.

The same thing can be seen with piracy and microtransactions and boycotts and memes and everything else that has developed and is now part of the cultural mindset. Taking the time to get to understand the mindset of the Internet generation and knowing how to make smart business decision that make them happy is the best way to go.

Above all else, people do not like feeling like they are being ripped off, especially when prices are incredibly subjective and anyone with an Internet connection can find the material online anyway. If you want people to remain loyal to your service, you need to give them incentive to choose quality above all else.

Hiking prices, bisecting the services, and then separating the services may be a business savvy plan by Netflix. But Netlfix seems to have failed to take into account that by generating bad feelings and making people feel ripped off, they have made enemies. And as any company can attest, making enemies of internet savvy people is not a good idea. One cannot see the ripple effect fully yet. But we can be assured that the 800,000 people that dropped the service will have some bitter people included. Its just part of the trend.

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