I connected with the story of his relationship with Ellie really fast...and then it was over in the first 5 minutes. I don't think it was necessary for her to die. The fact that she couldn't have babies was sad enough, plus the fact that they never went all the places they wanted to go. I thought the bird thing was annoying and I felt like there was a lot of SOMETHING TERRIBLE IS HAPPENING and then it would black out and miraculously the storm had passed and they were still flying around in the house, you know? No real conflict resolution. I think that would have added to it a bit. The talking dogs were a bit ridiculous too haha, as funny as it was when Alpha's collar malfunctioned.