Shockwave Darkside (2014)

shckwaveDirector: Jay Weisman

Writer: Jay Weisman (Screenplay)

Starring: Mei Melancon, Bill Sage, Sonequa Martin-Green, Rich Ceraulo, Alexander Cendese


Plot: It is the last, great war. Out of the wreckage of a troop transport, five soldiers on the way to battle find themselves stranded on the dark side of the moon. Cut off and behind enemy lines, they start a dangerous journey through snipers and minefields back to their home territory. As their numbers dwindle and nerves fray, they make an amazing discovery about the moon that just might save their lives.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Tries to Hard


Story: Shockwave Darkside starts when five soldiers in the middle of a war for water in space The Machine (Melancon), Dalton (Sage), Private Lang (Martin-Green), Corporal Kim (Ceraulo) and Private Schorr (Cendese) who get shot down behind enemy lines where they must use their experience to beat the enemy.

As the survivors travel across the surface they find themselves having to come up against the enemies who are tracking them down and with a rookie on their team it looks like the four others will have to deal with the reality of war for the simplest of resources water.

Shockwave Darkside ends up being a film that just has too much moral questions going on with an overall plain and unfinished storyline. We get the traditional war idea fighting over limited resources which works but just going against an enemy we never really meet doesn’t help. We have way too much shot from inside the helmet which doesn’t give us much because it all feels really old style. The costumes for the soldiers is painfully low budget and almost comical.


Actor Review


Mei Melancon: The Machine is the strict leader of the unit, she won’t let anyone fall out of line to make sure she and her team make it back alive. She knows how dangerous the enemy is too. Mei does well but in the end almost gets made look very average.

Bill Sage: Dalton is the second in command who has been involved in this war since before it started, the most experienced in battle against the enemy that takes no prisoners. Bill doesn’t do too much in this determined solider role.

Sonequa Martin-Green: Private Lang is one of Machine’s trusted soldiers even with her limited experience she tries to help the rookies but with little effect. Sonequa doesn’t get into this role enough.

Rich Ceraulo: Corporal Kim is the religious member of the team believing in what he does to get through the war. Rich is average like the rest in this role.

Support Cast: Shockwave Darkside has only a few small part set of supporting cast that don’t do much.

Director Review: Jay WeismanJay doesn’t seem to give us a full story only the opening to something big.


Action: Shockwave Darkside has average action with most things happen off camera.

Sci-Fi: Shockwave Darkside puts our characters in space which is all that is needed.

Settings: Shockwave Darkside uses the settings really well to show how isolated the characters are.
Special Effects
: Shockwave Darkside doesn’t have the best special effects.

Suggestion: Shockwave Darkside is one to wait for the next chapter to watch in one go. (Save)


Best Part: It is a good builder.

Worst Part: Not enough to build.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes


Overall: Good builder but lacks enough to pull us in


Star Focus – Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Greensonqua

Age: 29

Number of Roles: 16

Biggest Role: The Walking Dead

Debut Role: Not Quite Right (2005)

2005- 2009: Upon making her first acting appearance in ‘Not Quite Right’ in 2005 Sonequa went on to appear in two popular television shows ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent’ and ‘Army Wives’. Sonequa also went onto appear in supporting roles in films ‘Blind Thoughts’ and ‘Rivers Wash Over Me’ there was one lead role for Sonequa in ‘Toe to Toe’ which is a sports drama about lacrosse.toe to toe

Television Roles:

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2008)
  • Army Wives (2009) 3 Episodes
  • The Good Wife (2009-2011) 8 Episodes
  • Gossip Girl (2011)
  • NYC 22 (2012) 5 Episodes
  • Once Upon a Time (2013) 7 Episodes
  • The Walking Dead (2012 – 2015) 37 Episodes

Break Out Role:  As a television star I think The Good Wife would be her break out role as her film career has yet to truly take off yet.the good wife

2010 Onwards: Sonequa got supporting roles in three major television shows at the start of this decade with appearance in ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ all three shows are long running and she appeared in multiply episodes.  The only released film she starred in was ‘Shockwave Darkside’.

My Favourite Role: Sasha Williams – The Walking Dead – Sasha is sister of Tyreese who meets up with our hero Rick while they group are still at the prisoner. She joins the fight against the Governor, she ends up with Bob and Maggie after the attack on the prisoner, while everyone is searching for loved ones while still trying to survivor. Sasha has proven herself good in combat and while only a supporting character she could become much more important in the future.sahsa

TV Corner – Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2

logoMain Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Chad L Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson


Plot: Part two of this season is pretty simple and slow for the fans. It follows the group after they have all been separated by the Governor’s (David Morrissey) attack. Each episode shows each group try to figure out what to do next and having found a sign they all head to a place called Terminus.

 There Will Be Spoilers From Here on

Season Highlights: For me this part of the season really works on trying to develop the characters because beforehand we knew very little about the character pre-outbreak. We see Carl (Riggs) step up to take care of his injured father, Michonne (Gurira) break out of her broken state to become friendlier. Daryl (Reedus) become a father like figure for Beth (Kinney) before knowing what it is too lose somebody he let in. We follow Glenn (Yeun) help Tara (Masterson) and go up against new characters Sgt Abraham Ford (Cudlitz), Dr Eugene Porter (McDermitt) and Rosita (Serratos) while trying to find his wife Maggie (Cohan). Maggie twists Sasha (Martin-Green) and Bob (Gilliard Jr) into going to Terminus in hope of find Glenn. Leaving Tyreese (Coleman) and Carol (McBride) playing babysitters even though we know she killed his partner. Each group learns more about each other while struggling to survive the Walkers.


Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Sgt Ford One of the new gang members

Verdict: Slow Smart Chapter


Season Story: Let’s face it not much happens, but we still wanted to know what was happening. The tease of anticipation leading up to Terminus keeps us guessing and when they finally start making it there what will happen. We end up having to deal with that next season but the build was nice and kept us involved throughout. (9/10)


Main Cast Reviews


Andrew Lincoln: Rick having been wounded in the his fight with the Governor he must rely on Carl before making a new enemy trying to protect him and the group he is with. Rick goes through a change in this part of the season and now he simply won’t take any prisoners. (9/10)


Norman Reedus: Daryl the fan favourite ends up playing daddy for Beth and while it looks like he starts going soft it is only after he loses her we see the old Daryl return. Daryl has always been a bit of a mystery and we learn more about his past without letting him do what he does best. (8/10)


Steven Yeun: Glenn, he gets stuck in the prison after the attack while he helps Tara escape he is injured and ends up being take on a trip before walking back to find Maggie with a few new friends. Glenn thinks too much with his heart this time round which could end up having getting everyone in trouble. (8/10)


Lauren Cohan: Maggie after finding the bus she can’t find Glenn and puts herself and her group in danger while desperately trying to find Glenn, leaving a trail for him to follow to Terminus could she have just marked the path for their own death? (7/10)


Chandler Riggs: Carl having to look after Rick, he bonds with Michonne but ends up spending the time watching how Rick slowly starts to change as well as dealing with the idea that he could go too far one day. Carl is underused for the second part but it could show to be important for future seasons.(6/10)


Danai Gurira: Michonne after the attack she turns back into the lone drifter before looking at what she has become and finds the Grimes’ and opens up more about her past and what made her the way she became. This part could have ruined her but only ended up making her much more important to each of the characters. (8/10)


Melissa McBride: Carol appears to help Tyreese with the children; she ends up having the most shocking moment in the season and even the whole show. She ends up making a difference after being outcast; she may well end up being the saviour. (9/10)


Emily Kinney: Beth struggling with grieving her father’s death she has to keep up with Daryl before being able to get him to let her in. She only goes and gets herself kidnapped and we don’t know what happened to her. (7/10)


Action: The zombie bashing is always good when it happens. (9/10)

Horror: Good horror theme continuing where it left off. (9/10)

Thriller: Always keeps you on the edge of your seat. (10/10)

Settings: Being stuck in the woods creates very tense feeling throughout. (9/10)
Special Effects
: Always have fantastic special effects. (10/10)

Suggestion: Just watch the whole show it is thrilling from start to finish and always leaves you with questions. (Watch)


Best Episode: ‘The Grove’ Episode 14 followed closely by ‘A’ episode 16

Worst Episode: ‘Still’ Episode 12

Action Scene Of The Season: Fight between Rick and Joe gang.

Surprise Of The Season: Lizzie death

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of New Season: Hell yes

Cliff Hanger Scene: What is going to happen to the guys?

What to Look Forward to Next Season: Learning more about Terminus, Finding Beth and potential being left to guess who will be killed off next.


Overall: Brilliant Building Up Season

Rating 91