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    It's Thursday, it's mid-afternoon in London, it's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky, it's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia, and it's time for more Crossed Hideosity.

    Episode 37, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for speedo, not safe for users of multiple exclamation marks, not safe for those of you who got all bent out of shape after last week's episode without being in full possession of the facts.

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    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2013
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    Beginning to look v ominous indeed. Game Keeper gets killed, and group gets slaughtered because he was the only thing keeping them alive. Possibly. Roll on next week. Btw, whereabouts is the group in relation to starting their trek northwards, looked to me like the gunshop was getting close to Scotland?
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    I was actually shivering as I read this latest episode, and it wasn't due to the frigid Texas climate. I both love and loathe these Spurrier cliffhangers.
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    Or Lloyd decides to end Agnes' suffering at the GK's hands, and then ends his own existence.

    And then the Gamekeeper has little choice but to move onto Sister Theresa.
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2013
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    Or he garners the attention of some local crossed and gets them to do his work for him... leading Theresa to the state she is in now?
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    Really hoping she bites off his dick!
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2013
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    Ugh. There's no pleasant outcome to this.
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    Yeah, no pleasant outcome is just about a given with this one. Really looking forward to how this pans out.
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    David Lapham's first Crossed series had a relatively pleasant outcome, even moreso than Garth Ennis's, what with two babies, a pre-teen girl, two sisters, and a brother all surviving and all intact except for the brother's severed lower right leg, and his Crossed 3D book had 1 of the rescuers and one of the rescued survive with supplies needed for sick child survivors back at camp. Of course, he more than made up for that with the bleak Psychopath. I'd hope that the only fixed rule for Crossed and for any other story is simply to tell a good story, but I understand that Garth Ennis has the right to dictate how his creative property must be treated by other writers.
    • CommentAuthorDethklok
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    Gameskeeper keeps pushing the edge, keeps playing alpha male and being an ass. Looks like someone's not gonna take it, not gonna take it anymore. Little off how Gameskeeper holds Theresa up as some kind of virtuous woman while he rapes Agnes. How much of that is just his base instincts, and how much of that is class anger finally experessing itself after all these years, Si?

    And given how medical problems are a serious issue in the Crossed world, having someone who knows dentistry seems better than a cheesemaker. But that's me. The first Crossed trade paperback talked about how the survivors were worried about the condition of their teeth.

    Also a thing I love about the Crossed series is how it shows that the Crossed infected, how that state of being destroys them. They don't wash, they care for nothing save destruction and their own gratification. Illness, harsh weather, resistance and violence, nothing else matters.
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    I agree dethklok, although artistic license is in there somewhat, picking out the bits of real life that don't fit with the theme. No crossed seem to be dying of disease brought on by lack of hygiene or carrying around rotting limbs/skins/heads etc. Think of soldiers living off the land on campaign in the 18-19th centuries and suchlike.
    That, and female crossed are obviously finding time to shave their legs on a regular basis :)
    • CommentAuthorfenrir07
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    I f*kcen hate the Gameskeeper..., his death is long overdue....
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    In a Crossed world where STDs must run rampant, personal hygiene is long abandoned, raw human flesh and blood (with cooking practiced on occasion) are dietary staples, and abrasions and lacerations abound, I'm surprised that there are still any Crossed left. A panoply of opportunistic pathogens find such an environment quite hospitable, especially when exposure to the harsh elements due to tattered clothing and complete nudity is taken into account.
    I don't like seeing Shakey leave behind the old lady. Surely her minimal weight and bulk wouldn't be too cumbersome for Skip's watercraft to handle. If he's volunteering for this sortie in order to relieve himself of the guilty conscience he developed regarding the gamekeeper and the nun, then this doesn't seem to me to be a very effective means of redemption. The Kenyan and the old lady combined surely don't weigh that much more than Seline.
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    Is the idea of a limited number of extra peep's being allowed back to the island actually a boat-space concern or rather an order from the "bosses" that only so many should be brought on due to limited food, bedding space etc?
    • CommentAuthorNo Fear
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    It was in Shaky's 'orders' for the sortie. Also the Crossed seem pretty tough - back in London Shaky saw one cut in half by a bus and was still active. And in Badlands, 'Prince Harry' was infected and sawn in half and kept going for a while. Maybe the virus/infection/whatever gives them some sort of 'boost'? or maybe just artistic license for purposes of the story.
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2013
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    A bit of both. Heightened adrenaline production, and the near-constant running-screaming at uninfected, strong arm and back muscles from chopping people into handy nugget-sized morsels, and that...
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    Hahaha! Beautiful. Plus the raping of gouged flesh wounds is great exercise.
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    Oh dear is this where Shaky's first group starts to fall apart. I don't wanna see poor Theresa get ganged raped in all holes and turn into a multiply face ;_; God dang it I'm forgetting this is Crossed for goodness sake. Well time to get my crossed plushie (why do these not exist yet) and cry manly tears for the inevitable.
    • CommentAuthorMarlonF
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2013
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    Shaky is turning out to be an idiot. They have already lost two people from the original sorite crew. Wouldn't it stand to reason that you bring back the same number of people who left the island plus two more "useful people". In a world where milk is in short supply, he has no rationale for choosing a cheese maker over a dental nurse. Especially when being a nurse is a useful skillset for a group of survivors. Why is it necessary to force a decision for the sake of suspense? I believe there is plenty of room on the boat.

    Also, the game keeper is supposed to be the main reason the group was still surviving. However, what has he actually done which has proven useful to he group? Was his presence a net gain for the other survivors? He's a reckless rapist who has done nothing to demonstrate his superior ability to protect against the crossed. He has demonstrated himself to be cruel and willing to kill or harm fellow survivors to forward his own cause. He's not the only one in the party with a gun... Why hasn't he been blown away and left for the crossed?

    I'm finding it hard to believe these characters, let alone sympathise...
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      CommentAuthorExhumed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2013
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    Just throwin' this out there, but I believe there's more to surviving the Crossed wilderness than avoiding getting bum-tarted and falling into rocky crevasses. As the GK regularly points out, the others in the group are city folk with no common sense when it comes to survival. Their continued existence is as much to do with keeping watered and supplied in a country gone down the tube as staying out of sight of the myriad of Crossed.
    Plus, is the writer looking for your sympathy? Or does he want you to read into the parallels between contemporary Shaky and the GK; doing what is needed to survive at the cost of becoming a See You Next Tuesday?
    Answers on a postcard.

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