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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “A”

Are these people cannibals? So, pretty much the only atrocity we haven’t been subjected to, YET, on The Walking Dead is cannibalism. And I don’t know if you noticed, but as the Terminus shooters were herding Rick and company through the streets and alleys, there was a glimpse of…”meat” laid out behind a chain link fence. Also, there were voices coming from several stacked shipping containers yelling for help.

Plus, before Rick, Carl, and Michonne met up with Daryl, they dwelled on how hungry they were. Foreshadowing? I think so. Then, later, before the poop hit the fan in Terminus, there seemed to be a lot of meat-ish looking food to be had.

Cannibals? Maybe.

Just sayin’. I mean, I hope I’m wrong, but, after all, this is The Walking Dead.

Highlights from the season finale, “A”:

– Rick, Carl, and Michonne are still on their way to Terminus. And they’re hungry. Seriously, a lot of time was spent on talking about how hungry they are. Not that food hasn’t always been an issue, but the first part of “A” seemed to focus on it. A lot. Rick teaches Carl and Michonne (how did she not know this?) how to set up a snare to catch small game TO EAT. This is obviously important and very heavy-handed foreshadowing for what would happen once they get to Terminus. More on that later, though.

– They camp for the night on the road next to a trashed vehicle, which Carl is sleeping in while Rick and Michonne shoot the breeze outside. Suddenly, Joe and his band of nasties show up! Somehow, Joe worked out that Rick killed one of his guys back in “Claimed,” and he and his men have been tracking the trio ever since. (Wait, what? How did that happen? It must have conveniently taken place off camera, because it was certainly not shown that Joe and/or any of his men saw Rick at all! Not to mention Michonne or Carl! WEAK.) Joe has a gun to Rick’s head, another guy is covering Michonne, and a creepy pedophile is eyeing Carl in the vehicle. Then, Daryl comes out of the shadows and tries to convince Joe not to kill his friends. Joe and his guys turn on Daryl start to beat him. Joe declares that Daryl will be beaten to death, Michonne will be raped and killed, Carl will be raped and killed, and then, Rick will be killed.

So, let me just point out, we’ve had child murder on this show, and now we’re faced with the rape of Michonne and Carl. Disgusting.

Rick flips out and bites Joe’s throat out (literally), which allows the other guys to be taken down. The creepy pedophile is viciously killed. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about this scene, because I had to look away. It was too much. Joe and his men certainly deserved to die, and if my son had been threatened in a similar manner, I think I would have reacted in much the same way; however, it’s something I decided not to watch due to it’s graphic nature.

– The next day, Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl continue on their way to Terminus. (Daryl explained what happened since the prison, and Rick welcomed him back as a brother.) When they reach Terminus, they decide to scout it out and go over a fence rather than enter through the front gates. Carl goes with Michonne to scout rather than Rick, and the boy explains to her that he’s having “thoughts” and is not who is father thinks he is. What? Not sure what that meant, but at least he and Michonne had a nice moment, so that’s good, I guess. See, she had noticed that Carl was kinda avoiding Rick and asked him about it. I inferred it was because of Rick’s recent tough decisions (not helping a dude surrounded by walkers, etc.) and the brutality with which he took down Joe’s group, but it wasn’t explained.

Daryl takes in the scene during the Terminus herding. Image courtesy of AMC.

Daryl takes in the scene during the Terminus herding. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Before going over the fence, Rick buries a bag of guns, ammo, and arrows in the woods as a just-in-case plan. Seems smart to me! They hop the fence and enter a warehouse, where they find the lady on the radio broadcasting that Terminus is a safe place. Other folks are there, too, making signs…or something. They are greeted nicely enough, told to disarm, searched, and then welcomed to Terminus. They even get their weapons back! So, Guy who Appears to be the Leader from Terminus (GAL) tells Nice Guy from Terminus (NGT) to show them around, and he leads them out into an open area, where Tasha Yarr (TNG, anyone?) is cooking bits of mystery meat. She offers it to them, and Carl is just about to take some when Rick notices that NGT has a pocket watch that looks suspiciously like the one Hershel gave to Glenn. Rick also sees someone in what looks like prison riot gear and someone else wearing a poncho that looks like Maggie’s (It was Maggie’s, right? I think so.) Rick grabs NGT and holds a gun to his head, demanding to know where the watch, the prison riot gear, and the poncho came from. A sniper appears on a roof, but NGT waves him off, trying to calm Rick down. It doesn’t work. Then, GAL appears on a roof, and after a couple of half-hearted attempts to diffuse the situation (during with NGT pleads with GAL not to “do it”), signals gun fire from the roofs. Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl are herded through streets, alleyways, and buildings (It was so very like the way Rick described the animal snare, btw. TOLD YOU IT WAS HEAVY-HANDED FORESHADOWING. It was also during these scenes that they ran past the “meat” and the stacked containers that had people inside yelling for help. I had to rewind it a couple of times to make sure I saw and heard what I thought.) until they reach a fence and a line of gunmen. GAL threatens to kill Carl unless Rick cooperates and goes to stand in front of a train car. Slowly, they are each forced to line up in front of the car before entering into the dark car. Once they are inside, they see Glenn, Maggie, Bob, Sasha, Tara, Abraham, Mullet Man, and the other girl.

– The episode actually ended with a grain of hope, when Rick states that the Terminus folks have messed with the wrong group of people. I thought it was hopeful, at any rate.

FADE TO BLACK on the episode and season four of The Walking Dead.

There are still lots of loose ends, of course! Where’s Beth? Who snatched her? Was it conveniently someone from Terminus?  And what about Tyreese, Carol, and Judith? I think they’re probably already at Terminus somewhere, because as Rick and co. were entering the train car, the camera let us see trampled powdered milk boxes. I’m thinking that those point to Judith, somehow. Hopefully, she’s still alive, but maybe they already made a meal of her! IF they’re cannibals. IF! Of course, they could just be another group of crazies.

WHY DID RICK AND THE GANG BELIEVE IN TERMINUS? Arrive and survive? Come on! Obviously a trap. At least, Rick had the foresight to go in the back way. Ugh.

Also worth mentioning about this episode where the frequent flashbacks we got of happier times at the prison when Hershel was teaching Rick how to be a farmer. We got a little more story about why Rick seemed to eschew weapons and leadership in favor of planting. Turns out it was all for Carl, of course. That wasn’t hard to figure out, though. Still, it was nice to see the show address it.

So, I think that’s it for me and The Walking Dead! There was just too much this season. Too much gore. Too much violence. Too much sadness. Not enough…hope.

The world is already a dark place with too many evil people. But, at least there’s hope.

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Alone”

One is the loneliest number.

What else did we learn today, kids? In general, bad things happen when you’re alone. Also, Bob isn’t a fan of being alone.

Touching on a theme that this show is overly fond of, last night’s “Alone” beat us over the head with the familiar lesson of DON’T THINK YOU CAN MAKE IT ALONE YOU’RE GOING TO DIE ALONE STAY IN A GROUP WE WON’T MOVE THE STORY ALONG UNTIL YOU GET THIS VITAL INFORMATION THAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW.

All caps and a glorious run-on sentence is about as subtle as The Walking Dead.

Highlights:

– Bob! Bob was the star of the before-the-opening-credits scene. Oh, Bob, I’m sorry, but I don’t care how you took up with our valiant band of survivors. It’s enough for me to know that they found you on a supply run. But, no. We had to see how Bob was STRUGGLING by himself before Glenn and Daryl found him and took him back to the prison. HE WAS ALONE AND THAT IS NOT GOOD PERHAPS HE SHOULD STAY WITH PEOPLE AND BE SAFER. What a fluff scene. Jeez.

– So, Daryl is teaching Beth how to track and use the crossbow. She’s doing pretty well, sneaking up on an unsuspecting walker, when she steps on a snare of some kind, and Daryl has to rescue her. He takes down the walker and frees Beth, who now has a hurt foot. We don’t know the extent of the damage, but she’s limping, and Daryl has to help her quite a bit. They come on a cemetery and well-kept funeral home, where they decide to hole up for a bit. Beth is taken by the care someone has shown the cadavers (someone has also dressed up and applied makeup to some walkers, too. Gross.) and the tidy house, and she waxes elegant about how there are still good people in the world. Daryl’s not so sure, but he begins to be convinced by Beth’s optimistic views. Oh, and also, Beth plays the piano, while Daryl listens from a recumbent position in a coffin.

Pianos don't attract walkers. It's a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

Pianos don’t attract walkers. It’s a well-known fact. Image courtesy of AMC.

A ragged dog trips Daryl’s alarm wires, and he tries to befriend the creature, but the dog runs away. Later in the evening, while enjoying some remarkably dust-free and organized stores from the house, Daryl and Beth are discussing that they think someone has been in the house recently. Daryl decides that they should wait for them to come back and “make it work,” meaning, I thought, they would try to make a life there. Suddenly, the wire alarms are tripped again, and Daryl, assuming it’s the dog again, opens the door WITHOUT LOOKING OUTSIDE FIRST. Of course, it’s a passel of walkers, who force their way in. Daryl leads them into the house and yells for Beth to grab her stuff and escape. He lures them to the embalming/preparation room, stabs a bunch, and manages to double back and get out of the house. He finds Beth’s bag, which looks to have been hastily dropped, and looks up just in time to see a car speed off with, we assume along with Daryl, Beth inside. So, Daryl makes like Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans and starts running after the car. He follows the road until he comes to a three-way split. Exhausted and defeated, he collapses in the middle, unsure of which way to go.

After a time, a group of unsavory types surround him. The leader goes for his bow, but Daryl leaps up, punches the guy, and trains his arrow at the man’s skull. Of course the rest of the men draw on Daryl, but our hero holds his stance. The fallen man starts to laugh and gets up, introducing himself as Joe. It’s clear that these are not nice guys. Let me repeat that: these are not nice guys, ya’ll. Daryl gives his name, and the scene ends, giving the impression that he has taken up with the group…at least for the time being.

BEING ALONE IS BAD! But, is it the worst thing?

– Bob, Sasha, and Maggie are struggling to survive. Shocking, I know. Maggie is still determined to find Glenn, but Sasha wants to find a safe place and settle down. Bob, WHO HATES TO BE ALONE, is trying to keep the small group together. They see the signs for Terminus and start heading that way, because Maggie is sure that’s where Glenn would go to look for her. One morning, Bob and Sasha awake to find Maggie gone, with a note scrawled in the dirt telling them to not risk their lives. Bob convinces Sasha to follow Maggie…but she doesn’t really want to. They continue along the train tracks and find notes from Maggie to Glenn, telling him to go to Terminus. The notes are written in walker blood, by the way. Gross.

They come to a small town and Sasha decides to part ways with Bob, opting to stay in a nice brick building. Bob tries to convince her to continue on, even kissing her (finally), but Sasha remains resolute. So, Bob continues, and Sasha goes into the building. She goes to the second floor and starts looking around. At one window, she looks down to see some bodies laid out, and one looks familiar. She inadvertently and unsurprisingly knocks out the window, which falls and makes a huge crash. One of the bodies immediately sits up. It’s Maggie! But, of course, the noise draws lots of other walkers, and Sasha dashes down to help Maggie. The pair take down all the walkers, and then, Maggie explains her ridiculous train of thought. Apparently, before completely leaving Sasha and Bob, she overheard Sasha saying Glenn was probably dead and that she (Sasha) wanted to find a place to set up in a town. Maggie filed that information away in her head, and after deciding SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT ALONE, she decided to wait for Bob and Sasha at the next town…which just so happened to be the one they stopped at. Nice coincidence, eh? I have no idea why she would be laying down with a bunch of bodies, though. Wouldn’t it have made more sense for her to be up in the same building that Sasha picked? It had a nice view of the train tracks, and Maggie could have easily seen Bob and Sasha.

Whatever. It’s not like this show makes a ton of sense, anyway.

Sasha and Maggie decide to continue on to Terminus and catch up with Bob, who doesn’t hear them until they are about 20 feet behind him. Seriously, why didn’t they call out sooner?

– The episode ends with Glenn looking at a sign for Terminus, and we know (or think) that Maggie was right; Glenn is going to go to Terminus to look for her.

So, that was “Alone.” What did you think? It seemed like a fluffy episode to me, chocked full of unneeded and unhelpful scenes. Not much to advance the story, except Beth getting Beth-napped and Daryl hooking up with the unsavories. I’d like to think those nasty-looking men are behind Beth’s abduction, but I’m sure it won’t be that simple.

Only three shows left!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Still”

Last night’s episode, “Still,” continued a fascinating phenomenon on The Walking Dead. You know what that is?

A good show.

Amazing!

So, what made this a good episode? Honestly, sometimes, it’s hard to tell. After it was finished, I didn’t want to kill myself, so that’s a good thing. I think it’s because they didn’t focus so much on the hopelessness of their situation. Since Beth is still around, she’s providing a bit of light in the dark world.

Geez, that seems kitschy even to write. But, I’m serious! Yeah, there was a fair share of walkers and cheap scares, but that’s not what this episode was about, and I appreciated that. Wholeheartedly.

Highlights:

– “Still” started with Daryl and Beth on the run from a horde of some size. We don’t really know how big it was, because the pair hid in the trunk of an abandoned car as the horde straggled by, moaning and banging into the car (they’re not very graceful, after all, are they?). They wait out the night in the trunk and loot the rest of the car the next morning before continuing on their way.

– They set up a camp in the woods and settle in for the long haul…at least Daryl wants to. But, Beth has other ideas. For some reason, she’s decided she needs to have her first drink. Daryl thinks it’s a dumb idea, but eventually follows her. They come to a country club and find the requisite number of dead folk and walkers (cheap scare alert), before making their way to the gift shop, where Beth finds a nice yellow polo shirt and white sweater to exchange her manky tank tops for. No booze in the gift shop, though, so on they go!

Look at you, Daryl Dixon! Being all smolder-y in the walker apocalypse! Image courtesy of AMC.

Look at you, Daryl Dixon! Being all smolder-y in the walker apocalypse! Image courtesy of AMC.

– As they pick their way through the littered halls, Daryl sets a grandfather clock upright in an effort to clear the way. It’s no time at all before the stupid thing chimes three times, and, of course, walkers come shambling. They run into an open room, where Daryl takes the walkers out with a golf club, using one walker’s head as a nasty engorged ball…which, of course, bursts and gore spatters Beth’s nice white cardigan. Gross. She takes it off, of course.

– Finally, they find the bar, and Beth locates the last bottle of  peach schnapps. It’s the last bottle of anything, really. As she considers the bottle and what it means in her uneasy trek to adulthood, not to mention everything and everyone she’s lost, Beth finally breaks down in tears. If you’ll remember, Beth was a big proponent of NOT crying. Ever. At all. Peach schnapps was the straw the broke the camel’s back. Daryl, who was playing darts (using photos of the club’s muckety-mucks rather than the dart board), decides Beth’s first drink can’t be peach schnapps and leads her away from the country club.

– Daryl takes her to a house in the middle of the woods with a still. He tells her that he and Michonne came across it on a run one time. Daryl and Beth get some of the clear moonshine and enter the house, which turns out to be a sort of replica of Daryl’s childhood home. At first he won’t drink, but Beth convinces him to, and they play “I never/ Have you ever?” But, the questions, lead Daryl down an unfriendly road to remembrance, and he has a breakdown of his own. A walker, who has been sniffing around outside gets the brunt of his anger as Daryl decides to teach Beth how to use a cross bow. He’s yelling. She’s yelling. The walker is moaning. AMAZINGLY, though, no other walkers are drawn to the noise. Beth puts an end to his rant by stabbing the walker through the head. Daryl dissolves into tears, blaming himself for what happened at the prison, thinking he could have done more. Beth hugs him from behind, and he quiets down. (Note to self: Don’t get Daryl tipsy in the walker apocalypse.)

– That night, Daryl and Beth, are out on the porch talking. Daryl reveals more information about his past, and we learn that he didn’t really have a job before the “end.” All he was doing was drifting around with Merle. Daryl is convinced he can never amount to anything, that he can never be anyone. Beth convinces him not to live in the past, and they decide to torch the house as a sign that Daryl is moving forward. So, they do, scattering very flammable moonshine about and lighting it aflame. As walkers start to approach the house, Daryl and Beth both flip it off and move into the night as the blaze burns behind them.

Let’s hear a round of applause for heavy-handed symbolism! Daryl is burning down his past! So is Beth! …kinda.

Lemme just say I was so afraid they were going to…um…seek solace in each other’s arms. I am SO GLAD that’s not where this went! That’s not to say that it still couldn’t. Anything’s possible, right? Ugh. Carol would be cheesed though.

Four more episodes left!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Inmates”

Last night, The Walking Dead made me cry. It was not a good cry; it was a very bad cry. Tears were streaming down my face as I watched in horror at a little girl trying to smother a baby.

Too far, AMC. Too far.

The only enjoyable part about last night was the reappearance of Carol. Oh, and Judith, the world’s quietest baby, who for some reason developed colic during this episode. On the one hand, I was glad the baby was alive, seemingly rescued by Tyreese and/or the two possessed blonde girls. On the other, though, I was MOST distressed at the plot line that had a stage hand poking Judith to make her cry and attract walkers.

Not cool.

I assume it’s because I have small children. It’s a well-known fact that women lose their minds after having children. (Or maybe it’s beforehand; why else would one have children? Kidding! Probably.) But, if they had shown the death of that baby last night, I would have been done for good with the show. Seriously. As it is, I’m only marginally hanging on right now. It’s more a sense of misplaced responsibility that keeps me watching. I can’t really explain it. I dread watching it, but, yet, there’s a part of me that wants to watch it.

I want it to end more than anything. I want there to be some kind of closure! But, the world they’re in denies them that. It’s a hopeless world of fear, dread, and constant terror.

What does it say about me that I’m compelled to watch such a thing? What does it say about you?

Ugh.

Highlights of “Inmates:”

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– Beth and Daryl made it out together, and they are on the run, looking for shelter and (in Beth’s case, at least) other survivors. Daryl seems to have given up hope on finding any others, but Beth spurs him on by starting out on her own to find folks. They find a trail and follow it only to come on a murder of walkers munching on human remains beside train tracks. Beth is understandably crestfallen and staggers off with Daryl following her. (P.S. I’m totally going to use “murder” to describe a group of walkers from now on. It fits.)

– Mika and Lizzie (the two possessed blonde girls…Lizzie being the dead-eyed scary one) are traveling with Tyreese, who is cradling… Judith! Yay! The baby didn’t die! However, like I mentioned above, the world’s quietest baby is now the world’s loudest baby, and the small group is constantly on the move. Oh, and Lizzie? She likes to kill things as evidenced by her silent baby rabbit dismantling one evening. Gross. Her fun is cut short (cut…get it?) by some noisy movement that we assume are walkers, and the four scurry off. The next day, they’re traipsing through the woods and hear screams. Tyreese hands Judith to Lizzie, sets the girls back to back and tells them to take care as he goes off to help the nameless screamers. Really, Tyreese? Wow. Anyhow, Judith starts crying and Mika starts freaking out and Lizzie calmly starts SMOTHERING JUDITH. This is the scene that made me cry. I couldn’t believe they were showing something like this! Of course, a murder of walkers is straggling through the woods towards them, and the freaking camera cuts right as the walkers are almost on them. Oh, and don’t forget Lizzie is still SMOTHERING JUDITH.

Remember, Tyreese doesn't know that Carol killed his lady friend. DRAMA! Image courtesy of AMC.

Remember, Tyreese doesn’t know that Carol killed his lady friend. DRAMA! Image courtesy of AMC.

Cut to Tyreese who finds the screamers, a couple of guys getting overtaken by walkers by some train tracks. (Btw, it’s the same place Beth and Daryl come to a bit later. The trail they were following were Tyreese, Mika, Lizzie, and Judith, but they were unaware of that, of course.) Tyreese charges in and helps take down the remaining ones, but not before the last survivor gets bitten on the neck. Of course. All of a sudden, Carol calls his name, and he turns to find her standing there with the nasty blonde girls and Judith. Yay! We have to assume Carol swooped in at the last minute and saved Mika, Lizzie, and poor suffocating Judith. Yay for Carol! The last survivor tells them about a “safe” place where the kids will be protected. Just follow the train tracks, he says. So, they do. Carol doesn’t tell Tyreese that Rick had banished her from the prison, opting to tell him that she was just late in bringing back supplies. She says she saw the tail end of the battle and followed him and the girls. After a while, they come to a kind of gate with a sign and map of sorts. The sign promises sanctuary and safety.

– The next group we get to catch up with is Maggie, Sasha, and Bob. Sasha wants to camp, but Maggie is determined to find Glenn, who she thinks got away on the bus. So, deciding to stay together, Bob and Sasha follow her. They travel on the road the bus left on and find the vehicle, which is, of course, full of walkers. Why not? They clear the bus, and Maggie breaks down in suedo-happy tears when she doesn ‘t find Glenn.

– Speaking of Glenn! Glenn, who apparently got off the bus before it left the prison, comes to on a ledge above a murder of walkers. The ledge is a one end of a broken catwalk, and he goes back into the prison to see if anyone is there. No one is, and he gathers supplies (including body armor) and readies to go out looking for others. He pushes his way through a mini-murder of walkers and breaks free. He’s close to getting away when he sees someone sitting quietly in a fenced-in porch/tiny courtyard. It’s Tara, the idiot (one of the idiots) who bought into The Governor’s (TG) story and helped attack the prison. Glenn saves her and they escape the prison. When they reach the road, Tara confesses who she is and what she’s done. She also lets slip that TG killed Hershel, a fact Glenn didn’t know. Tara declares Glenn wouldn’t want her help…even though she feels terrible about what happened, that she believed TG, etc. Glenn tells her that he doesn’t want her help, but that he needs it. Just then a murder of walkers stumbles up, and Glenn and Tara have to take them out. Glenn does most of the work and faints before the last one is dispatched. Tara takes it out and loses it a bit, smashing its head to pulp. After she’s done, she looks up and there is this giant military-type vehicle. Three people jump out: two guys and a woman. Tara sarcastically asks if they enjoyed the show, and the leader snaps out something about her mouth.

Fade to black.

Only six more shows until the end of the season! Yippee!

So, it looks like our intrepid survivors are about to hook up with another shady “safe” camp/outfit of some kind. And this one looks more military in flavor. Nice. What could possibly go wrong? (GIANT EYE ROLL)

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “30 Days Without an Accident”

All of the zombies have died off, Rick has taken up with Michonne, and Carl and a surprisingly mature Judith have started a folk duo! All is well on The Walking Dead!

Just messin’.

Our intrepid and draggy survivors are still holed up in the prison when season four of The Walking Dead opened last night. The influx of people from Woodbury has seemed to brighten up the place; there’s house plants! Flowers! And Rick is a farmer, now, seeming to eschew guns.

Wait, what?

For some reason, Rick doesn’t seem to like guns, now. I have no idea why. To try to be a better example for Carl (who showed some homicidal tendencies last season, I’ll admit)? At any rate, it’s a noticeable change. So much so, that Hershel approaches Rick and tells him that the Council (made up of Carol, Daryl, Hershel, and several others) have officially requested that Rick carry a gun when he goes outside of the prison fence. Apparently, he hasn’t been taking one? Um. Okay. Weird. Also, Rick is NOT on the Council. Interesting!

Let’s hit the highlights of last night, shall we?

– Tyreese has a love interest. My prediction: she’s walker bait.

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Pssst! Rick! Look behind you! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Glenn thinks Maggie is pregnant and won’t let her come on a supply run. Probably a wise choice, because even though Maggie ends up NOT being pregnant, the folks on the run get attacked by walkers…of course. Let me just rant about this for a bit. So, the people who go are Daryl, Sasha, Michonne, Tyreese, Glenn, Zack, and a Dude that tags along last minute (Highly suspicious in this world. What’s his angle? I’m not sure I believe his “I just wanna pull my weight” speech.). Zack is Beth’s new Boo, and as the group is leaving, Beth flippantly refuses to say goodbye. Obviously, Zack is toast. The group goes to a store for some good ole fashioned looting and a leaky roof proves to be their downfall. Well, it proves to be Zack’s downfall, anyhow. See, there’s a helicopter on the roof that appears to have crash landed. There are also a crapload ton of walkers ambling around. (Why…?) We are clued in on the roof situation when Dude (whose name I can’t remember, because I don’t think I care) is checking out some booze and inexplicably causes an entire shelf to fall, pinning him to the ground. I can’t think of a good reason as to why this would have happened, but it did. As the rest of the group are trying to get Dude free, the walkers, who ALL heard the crash of the shelf falling, migrate to the part of the roof that has water damage. The weak ceiling gives way, and walkers start falling into the store. Here’s my problem with that: They fall through the ceiling ALL OVER, not just at the water-damaged portion. Wouldn’t they all fall through at the same place? Of course, the hole would get bigger and bigger, but it would be in the same place! It makes no sense for them to fall through helter-skelter from all over the ceiling! Ugh. Everyone makes it out except for Zack, who does nothing but scream as a walker noshes on his calf. Wouldn’t you kick it or something? But, no, he just screams and helpfully falls down while the others look on in horror. Then, somehow the walker is suddenly at Zack’s neck nomming away. RIP, Zack.

– Rick is out checking the snares when he happens upon a crazed woman, who I thought for sure was a walker at first. Turns out she’s just remarkably filthy (most likely covered in walker gore to throw off her scent). She sells him a story about her survival and how she’d never have made it without a man named Eddie. Eddie’s back at her camp, and he’s a bit under the weather. Won’t Rick come and help? She’s done terrible things! It’s awful! But they had to survive, of course. And can they please come to Rick’s camp? Rick says he’ll need to meet Eddie and ask both Crazed Filthy and Eddie three questions that will determine if the pair will be able to join the prison group. We never see Eddie, but I can only assume he’s a head in the crate Crazed Filthy bends down to talk to when they arrive at her camp. Rick guesses she’s off her rocker and manages to dodge when she lunges at him with a knife…the knife Rick confiscated…then returned to her, by the way. Crazed Filthy babbles about Eddie needing something alive because he’s getting weak (Eddie is totally a head in the crate.). She led Rick to the camp for Eddie to eat, I guess. Then, she loses it totally and stabs herself, begging Rick to let her come back as a walker so she can be with Eddie. Ah, true love! As she lays dying, she asks what Rick’s three questions were. They were 1.) How many walkers have you killed? (She says none; Eddie took care of that); 2.) How many people have you killed? (“Just me,” she whispers.); and 3.) Why? (She burbles something about it being the only way and dies.) Rick, ever the romantic, hacks off her head and leaves it in a bag by the crate. True love! Gross.

– Carl has a friend! It doesn’t last. So, there’s this kid, Phillip, who is incredibly polite and nice. Rick actually encourages Carl to hang out with Phillip, and he does. The boys happen upon a group of younger kids who are talking to the walkers at the prison fence, giving them names and treating them like pets. Carl is not amused and reads them the riot act, and the group disperses and goes to story time. Story time, run by Carol, is for little kids! Not really, but kinda. Carl wants to go, but thinks he’s too old. Classic pre-teen/young teen attitude, Carl. Phillip goes, though, and we are treated to a nice scene with Carol reading to a semi-circle of kids. Phillip, who is quite pale, excuses himself because he doesn’t feel well. (Suspicious! I sense a plot device! And let’s not forget about the sick pig, Violet, who later dies… Will there be a plague outbreak of some kind in the prison?) Carl sneaks in to listen to story time and is surprised when Carol pulls out an assortment of knives. She’s teaching the kids how to use them. Seems sensible to me! But, for some reason, Carl seems scandalized, and when Carol sees him, she begs him not to tell Rick about it. What’s that all about? Why wouldn’t you teach kids how to use weapons in post-apocalyptic walker world?

– Daryl tells Beth about Zack’s death, and the girl doesn’t seem all that affected. She tells Daryl that she doesn’t cry about those things anymore; she’s just happy to have known him. In her room (cell), she has one of those it’s been ## days since the last incident signs, and she changes the number to zero. Talk about overt foreshadowing!

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Can’t you just let bygones be bygones, Michonne? Nerp. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Michonne has been out looking for The Governor but hasn’t had any luck. She’s thinking of heading to Macon, but that’s about 70 miles away, and no one particularly wants her to go. And is it just me, or was there some chemistry between her and Rick at the beginning? I’m probably reading into it, but I think it’d be awesome if they hooked up!

– Sick Phillip wakes up and goes to the shower room. It’s obvious that he’s really ill; he’s all sweaty and pale. Is this the same illness that killed Violet the pig? Just a bad case of the flu? He stands under the shower, trying to cool himself down and abruptly passes out. Phillip falls and (I’m assuming) dies from drowning…or hits his head…or something, because a time later when the camera pans up his lifeless body, he opens his WALKER EYES! [Insert dramatic music] I’m guessing he died and came back, but wouldn’t it be interesting if the walker disease was now somehow catching among the living? That’d raise the stakes! [SEE UPDATE BELOW!] The episode ended with Phillips walker eyes, and we know he’s going to go rampaging through the cell block.

Okay, so my first thought was: Even if you think you’re in a safe place like the prison, wouldn’t you still shut all the doors? They didn’t address the whole swiss-cheese-prison issue, and I can only assume there are still gaping holes in the building. Yes, that’s in another section/cell block, but I’d certainly still lock my cell every night.

You know they don’t. And they’ll suffer for it!

 

I’m glad The Walking Dead is back; I’m not glad The Walking Dead is back. There is nothing the survivors can ever do to fix their world, and that is very bleak. It depresses me. What hope do they have? Little, if any at all. Theirs is a tale of constant struggle and defeat against an ever rising tide of walkers. They will never find peace, for if they do…the show would be over, and AMC can’t have that, now, can they?

What did you think of last night’s episode?

UPDATE: So, I just took a quiz on AMC’s website about the season opener. I only missed one question, and it was about a walker at the fence during the beginning of the episode that had blood streaming out of its facial orifices. Foreshadowing I totally missed, folks! It’s evidence that some kind of plague is coming, or is already there, actually, since at the end, when Phillip collapsed we were shown blood seeping out of his nose and mouth. This leads me to believe we’re heading into virus-y zombie territory. An interesting change! It’ll really ratchet up the stakes, as I stated above.

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Welcome to the Tombs”

So, this is a recap for a season finale. Yeah, there will be SPOILERS.

Andrea finally paid the piper for all her stupid decisions this season! YES! Honestly, I wasn’t sad to see her go. I’m sure I’ll find someone else to yell at during next season, but for now, I am satisfied. Ghoulish? Not really. I have my reasons! Read on!

“Welcome to the Tombs” opens with The Governor (TG) beating the crap out of Milton. TG is pretty ticked that Merle got the drop on him and his men and that eight of the group were killed. Of course, Milton is to blame for that! Plus, Milton let Andrea go!

But, TG, ever the understanding despot, offers Milton a chance at redemption –one TG knows Milton will never take.

TG leads Milton into the room where Andrea is handcuffed to the dentist chair and tells him that she will still be useful. TG orders Milton to pick up the terror tools, and the subservient little weasel trudges over, clearly in pain from TG’s tender touch. Milton drops the tools and gets yelled at, and as he’s picking them up, he leaves a pair of pliers behind Andrea. As TG and Milton ready to leave, TG suddenly stops and pulls Milton back into the room, telling him that he needs to kill Andrea. TG gives Milton a knife and tells him to prove himself and earn redemption in TG’s eyes (or, eye, I guess…).

Milton takes the knife and aims a swipe at TG (something TG was surely counting on)! TGgrabs the knife and redirects it, stabbing Milton several times. In true villain style, TG twirls his non-existent mustache and tells Milton that now he’ll turn into a biter and kill Andrea, anyway!

(I was hoping we’d finally learn Milton’s connection to TG in this episode. Brother-in-law? That’s what I wanted. The closest we got was when Milton asked TG what Penny would think of her father, now. She’d be afraid of me, TG says, nonplussed.)

At the prison, Rick and the gang are loading up their possessions and (I thought) preparing to get the heck out of Dodge. But, Carl’s being a moody teenager, and I had no idea why. He wouldn’t let his dad touch him, and he was stomping around. Was he mad that they were leaving? Weird.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical. Image courtesy of AMC.

Cut to Woodbury! TG is whipping his conscripted soldiers into a frenzy! They killed our men, and they’re not going to stop until we’re all dead, he tells the mixed group. Off to the prison! They start to pile in vehicles that are loaded down with all manner of heavy artillery. But, Tyreese and Sasha are having second thoughts. Tyreese tells TG that they want to stay and protect the town, because they don’t want to fight people…only walkers. TG gives them the evil eye, but grabs a gun and shoves it into Tyreese’s hands, thanking him for volunteering to stay behind.

Tyreese and Sasha exhale. Shwew! TG’s not going to kill them! Yet…? They think they might have to slip out of town later, though.

Before long, TG and his small army are at the prison, blowing up the guard towers and barreling through fences. They make their way into the prison and can’t find anyone!

YES! I cheered! Rick’s group was smart and left!

TG leads his army into the part of the prison known as the tombs after hearing noises. Well, of course there are noises! There’s a giant hole on the back of the prison, and walkers wander in all the time! But, I guess TG didn’t know that.

I was just saying to my husband that they should have left booby traps for TG, when BANG! Smoke grenades and sirens start going off! TG’s people start screaming and scattering. He tries to get them to calm down, but they don’t listen and run for their trucks. When they get into the prison yard, Maggie and Glenn pop up in full riot gear, shooting at them and causing more panic. They tear off, terrified!

Now their plan was clear to me. Rick’s group had cleared out to make it look like they had abandoned the prison! But, Maggie, Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Carol had stayed behind to reek havoc on TG and his raiders! Carl was upset because Rick didn’t let him stay and help. Instead, Carl, Hershel, and Beth were on the edge of the woods, watching from a distance.

At the edge of the woods, one of TG’s men stumbles upon Carl, Hershel, and Beth. Carl, still smarting from being left out, was quick to draw on the guy, who was really just a teenager. The teenager surrenders and tries to hand over his weapon, but Carl shoots him!

We got a great shot of Hershel’s horrified expression. Uh-oh! Seems to me that Carl is trying to prove to dear old dad that he’s an adult! Ugh.

Back at the prison, they decide to go to Woodbury to finish the fight. Hershel tells Rick what happened, but, Carl denies shooting down the kid in cold blood. He drew on them, Carl insists. Hershel disagrees, but Rick wants to believe Carl.

On the road back to Woodbury, TG’s army is hurrying on its way. But, TG speeds up and gets in front of the line, forcing the trucks to stop. They all pile out and start arguing with TG, saying they should just leave the prison alone, it’s not worth it, etc. TG is most displeased. So displeased in fact, that he goes quite nuts and mows everyone down with a gun.

Ratta-freakin’-tat-tat!

TG makes sure his townsfolk wouldn’t rise again, popping them in the head. But, he misses Karen! Somehow, she managed to avoid the gunfire, and is hiding under someone else’s dead body. For some reason, TG doesn’t shoot the body’s head. Lucky Karen!

Martinez and Shumpert (Shumpert? I totally had to look this guy’s name up. Tell me I’m not the only one who had no idea what his name was!) are quite shocked at TG’s behavior, but they don’t seem TOO distressed, because they hop right into the truck when TG gives the signal and leave!

Seriously, guys? Why didn’t Martinez just pop TG right there? It would have been the perfect opportunity! You can’t tell me that they’re comfortable with this psychopath. I mean, I actually found myself liking Martinez a little bit when he and Daryl bonded over a cig at Rick and TG’s initial meeting. Now, I gotta wonder what he’s after by staying with TG. Maybe it’s because TG’s the biggest, baddest dog in the junkyard? It’s better to be a servant of the Devil than be in his way? Hmmm.

Oh, hey! Remember Andrea’s plight? Yeah, Milton is about to turn and eat her face. But, what is she doing instead of trying to free herself? She’s monologuing. Milton is barely alive, and Andrea is trying to keep him coherent. She can’t do that and try to free herself at the same time? Fine, then. She deserves to be eaten, I say! 

As she rambles on, she admits to the fading Milton that she stayed in Woodbury because she wanted to save everyone by herself. It didn’t work. And it wouldn’t, would it? After all, the main theme of this season is that you can’t do anything on your own! And there she was, trying to do it on her own; she was doomed to fail.

Milton finally dies, and Andrea flails at the pliers with her feet. Milton’s fingers twitch!

At the prison, Rick, Michonne, and Daryl prepare to head to Woodbury. The others are have decided to stay and guard the prison. Not a bad idea, guys. Rick confronts Carl and asks about the kid his kid gunned down. Carl becomes defensive and tells Rick that he did what had to be done, throwing back in the former lawman’s face several times when the trigger hadn’t been pulled, and there had been dire consequences (Dale, Lori, and Merle’s deaths).

I totally agreed with Carl. I mean, killing TG’s teenaged soldier may not have been the best thing, but can you blame him for not wanting to take a chance? However, I think there was more at play than simply “a chance.” I think Carl was mad that he wasn’t included in the prison defense, that he wasn’t being treated like an adult.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl strike out, following the road to Woodbury. It isn’t long before they come upon TG’s roadside slaughter. Walkers are busily munching bodies, and the prison trio get out to clear them. Then, they find Karen! She hid in the cab of one of the trucks and begs for help.

Back to Andrea! Milton has completely turned and is shuffling toward her. Oh, no! (Yay!) Andrea manages to get her hands free at the last minute, but not before Milton is on her!

Did he bite her? Did she kill him? We don’t see! But, we hear screaming!

By now, it’s night, and Tyreese and Sasha are still guarding Woodbury’s walls when they catch Rick’s group sneaking up. They fire on them, and it isn’t until Karen makes herself known that Tyreese is willing to listen. Karen explains what happened and that TG went nuts and shot everyone. Tyreese doesn’t seem TOO surprised, but he is shocked to learn that Andrea may still be in Woodbury. Rick tells him that she never made it to the prison.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl lead the way back to the rooms where Maggie and Glenn were held. Tyreese goes with them, and they find a door with blood pooling from beneath it. It is opened to reveal Milton’s body and Andrea huddled against a wall. She’s been bitten and isn’t long for this world. It’s sad, of course, but I wasn’t sad to see Andrea go. I was sad for Michonne’s loss. The secret ninja is crying and trying to believe Andrea will be okay. But, she know’s that’s not going to happen. Andrea is paying for her mistakes, while emphasizing this season’s theme of you can’t do it on your own.

Andrea shoots herself while she is still able. They didn’t show it, though. I watched Rick, Daryl, and Tyreese wait for the gunshot on the other side of the door.

BLAM. Fade to black.

After, Rick and co. head back to the prison with a bus. A bus? Yeah, Rick’s taking in strays, now. Since all (most, anyway) of the able-bodied adults have been slaughtered, the bus is full of older folks and kids.

Carl looks murderous and asks what’s going on, and Rick tells him that they’re taking in the people left from Woodbury.

It’s the right decision. How do we know it’s the right decision? Rick looks up at the catwalk, and pregnant ghost Lori isn’t there, anymore! Has Rick left Crazytown for good? Let’s hope so!

End of season three!

Why didn’t Rick just take over Woodbury? My first guess is that TG knows the town too well. I mean, there were secret torture rooms! Plus, the place just has too much history, and moving to the prison is the start of a new life. That life will be vastly different, no doubt, but it’s new nonetheless.

So, loose ends and/or issues that occurred to me:

  • TG, Martinez and Shumpert are still out there somewhere running amok. Are they going to raid the prison? Ummm, prolly. TG’s too big of a villain for him to just disappear. He’s the bogeyman.  
  • There are tons of new mouths to feed at the prison. You can’t tell me that they’ll be able to forage enough for all these people! I mean, Daryl’s a good hunter, but come on! They’re going to have to start farming in earnest, methinks.  
  • Carl’s becoming a hardened killer (is this a bad thing?). It’s a sign of the times, yes, but how far should Rick let Carl go? Can he even do anything at this point?
  • There’s a giant hole in the back of the prison. They should probably look into this, yeah? Especially now with lots more people in the prison. 

The title, “Welcome to the Tombs,” could be taken in several ways, I thought. The first that occurred to me was it was a greeting for the former Woodbury residents. The prison, for all its worthwhile security in bars and fences, still has the dark, close feeling of a tomb, don’t you think?

“Tombs” is the name the prison group uses to refer to the passages overrun with walkers. So, I thought it was kind of a clever greeting (“Welcome to the Tombs”) for TG and his army as they entered the hallways in search of Rick and his group and were met with smoke bombs and sirens.

What did you think of “Welcome to the Tombs?” Of season three? Hit me up in the comments!

 

[[Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-16-prison.php.]]

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Home”

Spoilers, yo, and lots of them! You’ve been warned. (It does say “recap” in the title…just saying.)

I was seriously JUST starting to like Axel. Dang it! Now, all of the prisoners are dead, and the prison truly belongs to Rick’s group. (Crazy people running the asylum, anyone?) But, is it even still Rick’s group? Or is Glenn trying on some britches that are a couple of sizes too big? That’s the thing about wearing big pants; you’re going to trip and fall on your face.

“Home” opens with Rick seeing Lori in the prison yard. Still dressed in white, Lori’s back is to him as she stands before the graves. He runs to the graves only to have her vanish and reappear beyond the prison fence. Not recognizing the symbolism of running through the gates away from safety and into the wilderness of crazy, Rick dashes by Michonne and meets Lori on a footbridge. (Michonne appears to be living in an overturned bus in the prison yard. Or, if she’s not living in it, she at least crawled out of said bus. Rick did say they would be kicking her out of the prison as soon as she was back on her feet. Is this as far as they’ve kicked her?) Michonne wisely closes the prison gates behind him.

Lori and Rick share a moment as she gently strokes his face. Aww! Poor Rick looks miserable and elated at the same time.

But, Michonne looks on in disbelief as Rick cuddles into open air, because, obviously, Lori is not there!

In Woodbury, The Governor (TG) pays Andrea a visit, and I was glad to see that she wasn’t shacking up with him. Although, it was never clear that she ever was, I guess. They just shagged, and she left. How elegant!

He compliments her inspiring speech to the townsfolk following the break-in and biter attack and encourages her to step into a leadership role. See, TG thinks he hasn’t lived up to the mantle of power and wants Andrea to take over.

Right…

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

Blah, blah, blah…you know he’s lying through his teeth when he says he’s going to take some time to sort things out. And you REALLY know he’s lying when he assures Andrea that there will be no retaliation against Rick’s group at the prison. But, she buys it, because she’s Andrea.

TG leaves her and goes to see Milton. The man is visibly scared by TG, but he also wants to prove his loyalty to the one-eyed pirate. TG has a strange hold over the people of Woodbury; it’s interesting to see the desperate need for leadership and the willingness to latch onto someone in power. You see it in Milton, and you can see it in Andrea, too, to a certain extent. The world has gone mad, and people need some semblance of order, even if that order is through brutality. They need a “home” (See how I worked the title in there? I’m so smooth.).

TG verifies Milton’s allegiance and then tells him to keep an eye on Andrea. He’s not so sure she’ll side with Woodbury, after all. It’s rather a different story from the crap he just sold Andrea, but that’s our TG, and that’s why we love to hate him!

When Andrea is looking for TG and several other of Woodbury’s known fighters (all the scary dudes who carry the big guns and do TG’s bidding) later that day, a woman on the wall, Karen, won’t give her a straight answer. Andrea sees Milton and asks him where TG is, and Milton is also coy, saying TG is on a supply run. Andrea doesn’t buy it, and Milton doesn’t appear to really care that she doesn’t buy it.

Do you think Milton knew where TG had gone? I mean, I knew! Seriously, how could you not know? But, TG did tell Andrea that there would be no retaliation against the prison, so she was left to wonder.

But, she had to know, right? Come on! The illusion of safety and normalcy at Woodbury was shattered, and while she’s desperately grasping at the loose strings, Andrea has to know there’s something truly rotten in Denmark.

We got to check in on Daryl and Merle a couple of times during this episode before they were drawn back into one of the sure-to-soon-be-feuding camps (Woodbury or the prison? Which one will they end up with? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!). The brothers were struggling to adjust to one another while fighting for dominance (on Merle’s part) and respect (Daryl’s goal). Daryl’s time with Rick’s group had changed him, and the knowledge galled Merle. So, the elder Dixon picked at Daryl, maligning everything from his hunting skills and sense of direction to his loyalties.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

When Daryl and Merle come upon a Hispanic family being attacked by walkers, Daryl immediately wants to help. He hears a baby and must think of little Judith back at the prison. Merle, on the other hand, doesn’t care and is content to let the family get eaten. But, Daryl comes to the family’s rescue, shooting and knifing walkers. Lo and behold, Merle wanders in behind him and kills a few, too.

I loved Merle’s face during this scene! It was a mix of consternation and awe as he watched his little brother handily dispatch the walkers and save the family.

When it was all over, Merle decides they are owed payment for their services and starts to rob the family, tossing out a racial slur in lovely Merle fashion. Daryl tells him to stop, but Merle doesn’t listen. It’s not until Daryl threatens his brother with his crossbow that Merle backs down. The family leaves, and the Dixon brothers realize just how different they’ve become.

In the woods, they get into a small scuffle, and Merle rips Daryl’s shirt, revealing old scars left by their father. Merle is shocked and tells Daryl he had no idea about the abuse. But, Daryl really doesn’t believe him and decides enough is enough. It’s time to go…(Ready for it?)…home. He sets off for the prison, leaving Merle, who swears he can’t follow, not after his history with the group.

As Daryl strikes out, he leaves his brother with “I might be the one who’s walking away, but you’re the one who’s leaving…again.” (Or something close to that.) His voice cracks, and you can tell he’s choking back tears.

As Daryl disappears into the woods, Merle is torn between a new found protective streak for his little brother and saving his own skin. As he waffles, the indecision is plain on his face as he weighs the consequences of the only decision he can make before following Daryl.

It’s a great stretch of acting from two great actors!

At the prison, Glenn’s got his big-boy pants on and is assessing the perceived vulnerabilities of the compound. He’s going over with Carl and the others how Tyreese’s group and walkers got into the depths of the prison, known as the tombs. But, Hershel thinks the possible attack/retaliation by TG is more pressing and says they should leave the prison. Glenn adamantly disagrees and then comes up with the idea that he and Michonne should sneak back into Woodbury and just kill TG. Not too bad of an idea, really, but no one but Michonne goes for it.

So, Glenn settles for a foray into the tombs to clean out walkers. Later, when he returns (looks like Carl went with him), he wants to take a vehicle to look at the back of the prison to see how bad it really is (It’s pretty bad, remember?), but no one really wants to go with him. Glenn declares that he’ll take Maggie with him, but Hershel isn’t so sure she’s willing, either, and Glenn goes to find her. She’s lying down in her cell and doesn’t react too kindly to Glenn, something that really puzzles the man.

And why is she acting this way to Glenn? Isn’t he trying to protect her, to avenge (in a roundabout way) the wrong done to her? Not really. Actually, he’s just trying to make himself feel better. See, he really didn’t even know what TG had done to her. In his mind, the worst thing was that Maggie had been raped. She wasn’t, and she told him that. But, instead of treating her like an equal who had done the necessary to save Glenn’s hand (TG threatened to cut it off if she didn’t cooperate.), Glenn put himself in the role of her protector and insinuated his own feelings of powerlessness over her feelings. By doing so, he made the situation about him. It turned into something that HE had to fix, that HE had to avenge, because she was HIS woman. Now, he’s on a quest to prove himself capable of running things without Rick and Daryl. He’s obsessed, and Maggie is disgusted.

After Maggie rebuffs him, Glenn decides to go look at the perimeter by himself. He meets Hershel in the prison yard, and the older man again says they should leave the prison, but Glenn isn’t having it. He pitches another hissy fit, stomping his feet and holding his breath (not really). Since Daryl’s gone and Rick is “wandering Crazytown (He actually said “Crazytown!” Someone was reading my recaps and wrote that into the script, right? HA!),” Glenn is the next in charge, dang it! Or so Glenn thinks. He hops into a giant truck and roars away.

Hershel hobbles down to the outer fence to look for Rick. The former lawman comes out of the woods looking paranoid and rather deranged but sound in body, overall. Hershel tells Rick about Glenn and asks him to come back to the prison. But, Rick isn’t ready, yet. He confesses his recent delusions, but tells Hershel he knows they aren’t real. At the same time, though, he has to believe there’s an explanation.

Yeah, you’re nuts!

But, Hershel is nicer than me and gently prods Rick to come back to reality. This was a great scene visually with Hershel on the inside (reality) of the prison yard and Rick on the outside (Crazytown), clutching at the chain link as he is clutching and searching for sanity. Nicely done.

Closer to the prison, Carol and Axel are getting ready for what they assume will be an assault from TG. The pair are setting up cover and chatting, flirting a bit and getting to know one another. Beth and Carl are also outside wandering about, and Michonne is down by her bus.

I had to cheer for Axel. I mean, he thought Carol was a lesbian, but once he found out differently, he’s quite the charmer!

But, this is The Walking Dead, and AMC doesn’t want me to forget this world is terrible.

A gunshot rings out, and Axel is shot in the head! TG shot him, and we see the self-satisfied smirk below his eye patch as he lowers the gun. TG and some goons are outside of the prison fence shooting up the place, and Rick and Hershel dive for cover as they come under fire, too.

Umm, can someone tell me how a guy got into the prison tower? Yeah, because a TG dude is up in the tower shooting at the group, too! I have no idea how that could have happened.

Carol is crouched behind Axel’s dead body, remarkably unscathed even though Axel is still being shot…a lot. (Not one of those bullets would go through Axel’s body? Huh. I have my doubts.) Carl and Beth take cover, and Carl whips out his gun to return fire because, yes, Carl’s awesome, now. Maggie runs out of the prison with extra guns, and they are able to cover Carol as she runs away from poor dead Axel.

Everybody’s shooting and no one’s hitting anything! But, TG is delighted and gleefully sprays bullets into the air several times. It’s clear that they are not only trying to kill the prison group with bullets, but they are also making as much noise as possible to draw walkers.

But that’s not enough for TG. A delivery truck races up the road and plows through the prison gates to release walkers into the yard. A figure jumps out and runs back to TG’s truck. The person was wearing all black with a helmet,  but it looked like a woman to me. My money’s on Karen; she was totally shifty with Andrea. (Had TG and his group already left when Andrea spoke to Karen? Were they just getting ready to leave? I dunno, but Karen definitely knew something! And I’m not going to be surprised if we find out she was involved in the prison raid.)

The walkers are released right around where Hershel is hiding in the grass. The old coot’s got a gun, but he won’t last long, that’s for certain.

Then, someone finally nails the douche in the prison tower, and TG decides it’s time to go. He and his minions jump in their truck and speed away, passing Glenn on the way out. (It’s about time, Glenn! Where the heck have you been? It took you THAT long to drive around the prison?! Pfft!)

By this time, more walkers are wandering into the area surrounding the prison, drawn by all the noise. Rick, who has used all his bullets, is set upon by a pair of hungry walkers! Oh, no! But, at the last minute, an arrow erupts from the walker’s forehead, and Daryl rides in on a white horse! Okay, there’s no horse, but he and Merle wade into things and save Rick’s butt.

Glenn picks up Maggie in the truck, and they rescue Hershel, while Michonne slices her way through too many walkers (Seriously, this woman is a machine!).

The tragedy seems to bring clarity to Rick as he surveys the damage. A hard, determined look comes in his eyes, and you know this means war!

Dun, Dun, DUN! (Dramatic flourish)

Jeez, what a mess! Axel’s dead (RIP. We hardly knew ye!), Merle’s at the prison, and Rick’s teetering precariously on the edge of insanity. His high-wire act isn’t going to be helped by Glenn’s desire for vengeance. Heck, no! Rick’s going to be out for blood, now. TG has defiled his HOME.

Meanwhile, TG is trying to keep Andrea under his thumb and convince her he’s not a monster, while wiping out her long-lost friends at the prison! At least this time, she’s suspicious of him. (Gosh, she’s thick.)

But, the thing about Andrea is that I know she wants to be thick. She’s not stupid, she just willingly deluded. She wants to believe there’s still a nice little town like Woodbury in the world. But, she’s finally starting to come out of it, and that spells trouble for her stay in TG’s good graces.

What did you think about “Home?” Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “The Suicide King”

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So, this show scares the crap out of me.

Last night, I discovered that I can’t even watch episodes that I’ve ALREADY SEEN when I’m alone. My husband was away, and I thought I’d watch some of AMC’s marathon. Nope. Couldn’t do it!

I LOVE THIS SHOW!

If you’re new to this whole “Recap/Review” thing, let me just tell you a little something: there will be SPOILERS!

I’m not going to waste time getting you caught up on stuff that happened during the first half of the season. I will, however, give you a link that will take you to all my previous recaps! I’m so nice.

Now, them Dixon boys was in a heap-a-trouble! (Bonus points to anyone who gets this! Tell me in the comments.)

The show opens with Daryl and Merle facing each other in what The (Pirate! He’s got an eye patch, now, remember?) Governor (TG) calls a battle to the death! They are in the walker arena that we’d seen before, and the townspeople surround the pair, a la blood-thirsty Romans in the Colosseum, yelling for blood and justice. Or maybe just blood. These people are whack. But, they’re scared whack, and scared people do stupid things. (However, I don’t really think it’s too far of a jump from the walker fight clubs they had already come to enjoy…yuck.)

Andrea recognizes Daryl and is suitably horrified. She begs TG to stop the fight, but he blames the yelling crowd, saying they demanded it. You could see he totally wanted it, too.

Since Michonne re-killed his daughter, Penny, TG doesn’t really have anything left to live for. He doesn’t have the need to preserve a piece of what the world used to be. I think that’s why he worked so hard for Woodbury, because it was his legacy for Penny. That’s also why he was so interested in testing walkers…because his daughter was one, and he didn’t want to give up hope that she could be healed in some way.

Merle, the loving brother we know him to be, starts beating up on Daryl. The younger Dixon looks pretty traumatized and goes down fairly easily. Then, walkers are trotted out on leads for an extra level of difficulty (+5 to the walkers for all attack rolls).

Merle gets close to Daryl, and tells him to follow his lead, saying they were going to escape. But, the pair doesn’t have to worry about it when gunfire erupts and Rick and Maggie swoop in to save the day (night)! Rick throws in a smoke bomb to provide cover, and Daryl and Merle escape. Huzzah!

Right away, though, there’s a problem with Merle. Rick doesn’t want to even let Merle come with them through the Woodbury fence. But, Daryl smooths things over, and they duck through a hole in the wall, leaving it open for a wandering walker to accept the invitation to the best meal he’s had in ages! (I thought that was kind of low. Sure, the town had just tried to murder Daryl, but leaving the perimeter breached? There were kids in there! Blood-thirsty kids, yes, but still! I dunno… Do you think Rick did it on purpose? Or was it just something that happened in their haste to get away? To the comments with ye!)

The light of morning greeted us when we saw Rick, Maggie, Daryl and Merle approach the SUV where Glenn and Michonne were waiting for them. The waiting pair had been left because they were both too injured to assist in Daryl’s rescue.

When he saw Merle, Glenn understandably freaks out and pulls a gun on the one-handed Dixon. The man had tried to kill him, after all! Michonne isn’t feeling very forgiving, either, and makes ready to cut him down with her katana. But, Rick intervenes, and a lot of shouting happens. Glenn declares Merle can not accompany them back to the prison, Rick and Maggie agree with Glenn, Michonne looks murderous, and Daryl balks.

Merle is Merle and insults everyone. He’s so pleasant!

Rick doesn’t bend, though, and Daryl decides to go off with Merle. The bond of blood proves to be thicker!

So, back to the prison go Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne. But, Rick made certain Michonne knows she’ll be sent on her way as soon as they could get rid of her. Trust is hard to come by in walker-world!

Glenn pitches a fit on the way back during a stop to clear the road (Are they taking a different road? Had this happened –walker in a truck and a tree blocking the road– since they came through the day before? Weird.). He was upset that Daryl left with Merle, the man who had done so much to Maggie and himself, and that they were all just supposed to move on. He was also obviously consumed with rage about the whole torture thing.

Man! Some people just can’t let go and move on!

The fit seems to drive a wedge between him and Maggie, and we are witness to a scene later in the prison in which Maggie refuses to go check on Glenn, preferring to take her father’s word that Glenn was okay.

Back at the prison,  Hershel warns Tyreese and his group that Rick will probably toss them out. This doesn’t set well, and later, when Tyreese, Sasha, Allen, and Ben go outside to bury Donna, Allen and Ben suggest they take over the prison, guessing the current residents wouldn’t put up too much of a fight. But, Tyreese and Sasha, don’t want to do that, saying that “these are good people!”

So, heads up, Allen and Ben are definitely going to be trouble. I’m calling it, now!

In Woodbury, folks are freaking out and trying to leave the town. It’s a mess because everyone is yelling and blowing car horns. The scene escalates as the wall guards tell everyone to get lost, and the people realize that they are basically prisoners. (Word, Michonne. Word!)

But, let’s just stop to consider this for a moment, shall we? These mob-mentality, crazy, blood-thirsty, people (who were calling for the death of a man just hours previous!) are freaking out because people broke into their town the night before. Yes, some townsfolk were killed during the night, but the whole scene just seemed incongruous to me.  They’re horrified at the violence that has befallen their town when they were calling for violence in the walker arena? And now, they want to leave Woodbury. Are these people really THAT sheltered? They have NO IDEA what the world is like now? They want to leave a (mostly) fortified town?

TG is noticeably absent, and Andrea wades into the fray, trying to calm everyone down. Then, there are screams as walkers (or biters, as they’re called in Woodbury) mosey down the road, grab some takeout, and begin a nice tasty meal of some poor idiot who wasn’t minding his surroundings.

WALKERS IN WOODBURY! OH, NO!

The walkers are dispatched, and the takeout lays moaning on the ground. As the townspeople gather around, they beg for someone to help the dying man, but, Andrea, who is closest and who has a gun, is frozen, torn between exposing the people to more violence and a mercy killing.

She doesn’t have to waffle long, though. TG silently strides out, shoots the man in the head, and returns to his rooms. LIKE A BOSS.

The townspeople are shocked. (Again with the shock? It just seems odd to me in this world.)

Andrea follows TG back to his rooms and tells him that he needs to suck it up and be a leader. He’s rather over the whole benevolent leader thing, now, though. BUT, he’s ready for a war! Andrea watches as he gathers all kinds of guns and berates the town and the false sense of security that he created. He’s going to go after our prison group, and he’s going to go hard.

She leaves him and goes back out to the street. People are still milling about, and a sense of general hysteria is in the air, so Andrea steps up and makes a speech. (Stumping to be the new TG?) No doubt drawing on her days as a lawyer (She totally used to be a lawyer, remember?), Andrea basically tells everyone it’s gonna be okay, that they’ll heal eventually, and that they have a good thing going on in Woodbury.

The rabble agrees and disperses while TG glowers from above through the window blinds of his rooms. Andrea looks up and sees him and gives him a “this should have been you talking to these people” look.

Meanwhile, Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne arrive back at the prison and Carol and Carl let them through the gates. Rick jumps out to hug Carl (dad achievement!) and tells Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne to continue on to the prison proper. He tells Carol about Daryl, and she is upset, of course. She has a thing for the rugged bowman and was certain he felt the same way, I’m sure. (They belong together! Anyone can see that. I mean, their names even rhyme!)

Back in the cell block, Beth presents Rick with Judith. (Beth has become the babysitter, and I have to wonder if it’s only because she feels the need to contribute like she indicated to Carol in a different scene, or if there’s another reason. You know what I mean: Beth has a crush on Rick! When Rick reached the inner prison yard with Carol and Carl, the rest of the group came out to greet everyone, and Beth gave Rick an awkward kiss on the cheek. Awkward, I say!) When Rick takes Judith from Beth, he starts to go a little fuzzy. We see the blurriness and hear the voices become muffled as Rick holds his daughter.

You have to remember, Rick hasn’t been back from Crazytown all that long…if he even left in the first place! It wasn’t too long ago that he was answering fake telephone calls and talking to his dead wife. Plus, when he and the others were in Woodbury, he saw Shane’s ghost! So, he’s still having…issues, shall we say?

Rick hands the baby back and then goes into the common room to deal with Tyreese and company. At first, Rick is stalwart; Tyreese’s group must leave! Then, he starts to soften, listening to Hershel, who implores him to start trusting people again.

Just as he’s about to relent and let Tyreese and the others stay, he sees Lori’s ghost! BOO! She’s standing above the group on a walkway, and her face is in shadow. She’s wearing a white dress, which indicates innocence and perhaps an angelic quality. Rick’s guilt about her death and really about the entire situation he’s gotten his family into (Not that the zombie apocalypse is his fault, but it seems like he blames himself for overmuch, here.) is forefront in his mind, hijacking his brain and sending him to Crazytown.

He starts yelling at the ghost, commanding it to get out. Everyone else interprets this to mean he’s ordering Tyreese’s group out, and Glenn shoos them through the door leading into the prison yard.

It’s no surprise that everyone looks at Rick like he’s crazy! In fact, the last shot we get of him shows a confused, shifty-eyed guy who looks like he’s just seen a…(ready for it?)…ghost!

So, what’d you think of “The Suicide King?” Was it worth the wait?

 

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Made to Suffer”

It’s December! You know what that means…SPOILERS! (What did you think I was going to say?)

The Governor (TG) is now a pirate! ARGH, me matey! I just need him to start carrying around a sword, and I’ll be all set. Savvy? Plus, he gets extra points in my book because this is the first time I’ve actually liked him. Sure, the character is amazing and a great addition to the show, but last night was the first time I’ve really empathized with TG.

“Made to Suffer” was the mid-season finale on The Walking Dead, and I must confess to a more than average level of gasping from my wallowed-out corner of the couch!  Plot lines actually intersected, and Tyreese was finally introduced! Be still my heart!

The episode opened with Tyreese running through the forest, trying to track down the screams heard in the distance. Sasha, his sister, almost brains him with a shovel (she thought he was a walker, I guess. Also, lemme just insert right now that it wasn’t clear Sasha was his sister. She could have been a girlfriend/wife/companion of some kind. However, thanks to my keen understanding and mysterious ways, you now know for certain! You can thank me later.), before joining him. They come upon three people (a woman, a man and a teen-aged boy) surrounded by walkers, and it’s implied that they all know each other and are traveling together. (So, how did they get separated, and why in the unholy heck is the woman screaming her head off?)

They fight off the walkers and escape, but not before Donna (the screamer) gets bitten on the arm by a walker. CHOMP! They stumble out of the forest to discover a large blown-out building. Sasha wants to leave Donna behind, but the group decides to bring her along as the enter the back of THE PRISON! That’s right, there’s a HUGE hole in the back of the prison!

WHAT THE WHAT?!

In Woodbury, TG is still being creepy. (Shocking, I know) Andrea, preparing for the day by fixing her fluffy hair in a mirror, picks up TG’s family picture (FORESHADOWING). When she hears TG coming up behind her, she sets it back down and they cuddle. TG observes that Andrea is really starting to like Woodbury, and she practically purrs before tripping off to help Milton cremate Mr. Coleman.

TG stares creepily into the mirror, his eyes going a bit glassy before he turns to visit dead Penny. Yeah, that’s right. He keeps her right off the room with the walker head aquariums. And where is the walker head aquarium room? Oh, right off his main rooms. Huh. Seems terribly conspicuous  don’t you think? Can anyone tell me why Andrea hasn’t stumbled upon Penny, yet? Last time Michonne was in TG’s rooms, she definitely heard the dead girl. So, why hasn’t Andrea?

Because she’s stupid.

Quality father/daughter bonding time. Image courtesy of AMC.

TG settles down into a chair, turns on some music, and opens Penny’s cage door. Snarling, Penny rushes out but is caught short by a chain around her neck. She has a straight jacket on, and her head is covered with a bag. TG tries to spend some quality bonding time with her, but grows frustrated when she won’t look at him and pushes her back into the cage.

I mean, to be fair, she’s DEAD. Plus, TG has a bowl of disgusting flesh bits sitting beside him. Dinner, I suppose.

Elsewhere, somewhere in the bowels of Woodbury (near the left part of colon), Maggie and Glenn sit huddled against the wall. After making sure Maggie wasn’t raped by TG, Glenn seems to get a renewed sense of mad survival skills. He tears off the arm of the walker (the one Merle sicced on him and he re-killed) and rips out shards of bone, arming himself and Maggie.

Outside of Woodbury’s main wall and gate, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne skulk about, hiding behind a conveniently placed car and LOTS of dense vegetation. (Don’t you think TG would have had that area cleared? Seems like he would want a completely clear view of the approach to Woodbury…)

Then, miraculously, Michonne leads them around to a door that opens in the back of a store on Woodbury’s main drag. (So, there’s easy, unguarded access to Woodbury? You don’t have to go through the gates? You can just walk to the side, open a door, and walk in without so much as a “Howdy do?” That’s…ridiculous.) But, someone has seen them inside the building! A man enters the front door, telling them they’d better leave. The man thinks they’re just some townsfolk in a building they’re not supposed to be in. They take him down…kinda nicely. They didn’t kill him, so that’s something, right? He’s gagged, knocked out, and left in the building.

In the confusion, Michonne slips away, intent on her own personal mission. She makes her way to TG rooms and enters, settling in a chair in front of the door, her katana on her lap.

IT’S GONNA GO DOWN, SON!

Back at the prison, Axel is macking on Beth. It’s the end of the world…why not? Gross. Carl is busy trying to shoot flames from his eyes at Axel when Carol decides to talk to the former inmate, pulling him aside and telling him to stay away from Beth. But, there are no other women, Axel whines! Maggie’s with Glenn and Carols a lesbian, the man complains.

Huh? Carol’s a lesbian? Um, no. Despite her short hair (which led to Axel’s misconception, apparently), Carol assures him that she is not playing for the other team. But, before Axel can turn his attention to her, Carol shuts him down and walks away. (Because she totally wants Daryl. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.)

Rick, Daryl, and Oscar locate Maggie and Glenn just moments after the hostages attack their captors. Maggie stabs a minion in the throat, and Glenn gets punched (poor Glenn). Merle’s there, and I was hoping that this would be the moment when Daryl discovers his brother’s still alive! Alas! It’s not to be. A smoke bomb/flash grenade/something that makes a lot of smoke is thrown, and Maggie and Glenn are rescued! Huzzah!

They escape under the cover of smoke and duck into a building. Glenn tells Daryl about Merle, and the younger Dixon is understandably shocked and, I think, a little bit excited. He wants to go talk to Merle, but Rick steps in, demanding Daryl to stay and help them escape Woodbury. Daryl agrees (but you know SOMETHING is going to happen! It always does!).

Would Daryl side with Merle? TG thinks it’s a possibility. In fact, before Maggie and Glenn escaped, TG  proposed the idea to Merle as they discussed attacking the prison. Daryl could be their “inside man,” TG said. Merle looked a little skeptical, but acted like he’d go along with the plan. Who knows how something like that would go down, though? After all  Merle isn’t always fully truthful with TG…

Rick, Daryl, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn decide to make a run for the wall to escape and start flinging smoke bombs and laying down cover fire. In the cover of a nearby building, TG quickly organizes his minions to find the intruders and shoot back. Andrea wants to help, but TG won’t let her, telling her to check on Woodbury residents instead. Andrea is miffed, but agrees, leaving the building to carry out his orders.

But, OF COURSE, Andrea finds herself on the street when gun fire erupts afresh. She shoots back, and later tells TG she saw someone in prison coveralls. She, OF COURSE, doesn’t see anyone that she recognizes. TG tells her that the “terrorists” must be from the prison.

In TG’s rooms, Michonne waits. Suddenly, she hears something coming from the next room (you know, the oh-so-secret-that-Andrea-has-never-noticed-it-before room?). She investigates, discovers the walker head aquariums and Penny’s cage. Her disgust is plain, and we saw a new layer when she saw Penny’s small figure walk out of the cage. Michonne’s worst fears of TG were realized! He was mistreating an unfortunate child!

Michonne unchains Penny and removes her hood.

Michonne discovers that Penny takes after her father. Image courtesy of AMC.

SHE’S A WALKER! Michonne hurriedly pulls back and makes to re-kill Penny, but she’s stopped when TG enters! He’s pointing a gun at her and pleading with her not to hurt his daughter. In an effort to convince her, TG puts down his gun and removes his belt and holster. (This was the first time I ever felt bad for TG. She’s dead, but Penny’s his daughter!)

Then, something changes in Michonne’s eyes. They go from shock to disgust to heartless resolve. Michonne runs the length of her blade through Penny’s head, dropping the little body. TG loses it and charges Michonne. They ferociously battle, and he smashes her head into the aquariums. Glass goes everywhere! Michonne gets in a few good hits, but overall, TG overpowers her. It’s not looking good!

Struggling, Michonne grabs a shard of glass and rams it into TG’s right eye! OHMYGOSH! She’s about to finish him off when Andrea comes to his rescue! OHMYGOSH!

The two women lock gazes in a stand-off, Michonne ready with her katana and Andrea with a gun pointed at her former friend. Several beats pass, and Michonne realizes she’s lost…not just the fight to kill TG, but she’s lost her friend. I believe Michonne returned to Woodbury not to help save Maggie and Glenn, but to save Andrea from the monster she knew TG to be. Now, Michonne realizes that she’s the monster in Andrea’s eyes.

Her katana’s point drops, and Michonne turns and leaves. Andrea lets her go before rushing to help TG. But, he won’t be comforted; he’s holding the lifeless body of his daughter, crying around the shard of glass sticking out of his eye.

Super gross! (And sad! I will admit that I felt bad for TG at this point.)

Back on the street, Oscar, Maggie, and Glenn make for the wall and begin to climb over, with Rick and Daryl providing cover. The street is a mess of haze and smoke, but no one gets shot. Except Oscar. (He had to, right? The Walking Dead can’t have more than one black guy on there at a time, right? CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN THAT? T-Dog died and was replaced with Oscar. Now, Oscar is dead, and he’ll be replaced with Tyreese? Come on, AMC! Really? Ugh.) Maggie pauses long enough to shoot Oscar in the head to prevent his change before scurrying over the wall.

Rick takes a quick side trip back to Crazytown and sees Shane walking out of the mist shooting at him. He pauses AND DOESN’T GET SHOT. (No one can hit this guy? Really?) After he gathers his wits, Rick shoots the approaching Shane and rushes over to look at the body.

It’s not Shane, of course. What is this? Resurgent guilt? Come on, man! Pull yourself together!

Back at the prison, Carl hears screams coming from the scary depths. Walkers don’t scream, so he sets off to check it out. He soon finds Tyreese’s group being attacked by walkers and intervenes, leading them back to the cleared cell block. When they get to the common room, we see Donna has died. Carl steps up, offering to shoot her, but Tyreese stops him, saying they take care of their own. (How nice of Carl!)

Also, Carl isn’t the stupid kid that everyone has hated for the past two seasons, anymore. He leaves Tyreese’s group in the common room, locking them out of the main cell block. Sasha flips out, demanding to be let out, but Tyreese sees it differently, telling her that they’re safe for the first time in a long time.

In Woodbury’s infirmary, TG gets his head wrapped in gauze after an unnecessary gross-out, up-close shot of his nasty eye. He’s now a pirate! Arrrr!

Andrea, tactful after the re-death of Penny (snort!), questions TG about the walker head aquariums. He feeds her a line about needing to look at them to desensitize himself and to steel himself for the new world. She buys it, OF COURSE. Then, Milton comes in to check on TG followed by Merle.

HOLD ON! Didn’t Merle tell TG that Michonne was dead? Uh-oh, Merle! UH-OH! But, TG keeps his cards close to his chest and tells them he was attacked, not going into any detail. There is some SERIOUS stink-eye going on, though.

Watch your back, Merle!

Rick finally scampers over the wall to regroup after seeing the Shane ghost. As they wait for Daryl, Michonne appears, dazed and bloody from her fight with TG and stand-off with Andrea. Rick, suspicious of her disappearance and sudden reappearance, wants to kill her, but Michonne convinces him that he needs her help getting the group (Maggie, Glenn, and Daryl –when he shows up) to safety. There’s a desperation in her eyes, and it made me realize she was looking for a new human connection. Michonne had always played the loner card, but she wasn’t really alone. Up until now, she still had Andrea. Andrea was her family in a way, but Andrea just rejected her, and Michonne is reeling.

The townsfolk gather in the walker fighting arena to discuss what had just happened. TG is not his usual optimistic self, telling the people that they had been attacked by terrorists. It’s very effective; TG standing there with his gauze eye patch, looking for a scape goat…

Scape goat, you say?

TG points out Merle, saying he let the terrorists into Woodbury! (Told you, Merle!) TG whips the townspeople into a frenzy, and they begin to demand Merle’s death. Then, TG has several minions bring out a hooded figure. IT’S DARYL!

TG taunts Merle, telling him he gets to see his brother again, after all…BEFORE THEY DIE! (Now, them Dixon boys…they was in a heap o’ trouble!)

And Andrea? What does she do? Well, she sits in the stands, starring. Go, Andrea. You think she might suspect something is amiss, now? She knows Daryl! Will she just accept some tripe TG feeds her?

The Walking Dead’s mid-season break lasts until February, dang it! So, here’s where we’re at:

At the prison, Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, Carol, and baby Judith seem safe at the moment…kinda. Tyreese and his group are locked just outside of the cell block in the common room, also safe-ish.

Outside Woodbury, Rick, Michonne, Maggie, and Glenn are waiting for Daryl to show up. However, he’s not going to since he obviously struck out on his own to find Merle. Unfortunately, Daryl was captured, and now, TG plans to kill the Dixon brothers! Judging from the preview for the next show, I’d say Rick and co. will attempt to rescue Daryl. But, what of Merle? Will Daryl insist he come, too?

What did you think of the mid-season finale? Sound off in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “When The Dead Come Knocking”

The new fake James Bond movie has a great Bond Girl. Did you hear about her name? It’s SPOILERS Galore.

Little Ass-Kicker got a real name this week! I’m okay with the fact that a newborn now sounds like at 54 year old woman. Really, I am. Judith will fit right in, I’m sure, pulling her weight as soon as she’s able to lift some kind of pointy object. (How cute would a baby katana be? Squeee!)

“When The Dead Come Knocking” was an “in-between” episode. Not a whole lot happened plot-wise, but it served to set up the mid-season finale, positioning main characters in various dramatic story arcs. You will no doubt hear my angry yells next week when the show comes to a close, and everything is up in the air. I’ve already singled out a couch pillow to scream in so I don’t wake up my kids.

I’m such a good mother.

The episode starts with Merle beating the crap out of Glenn in a basement/cellar somewhere in Woodbury. Merle’s got that knife/stump cover on his right hand, and as I was watching him punch Glenn, my mind wandered. (This show paid special attention to gory details this week, and I had to look away more than once, so I had the time. It was definitely more blood and guts than normal, and I’m chalking it up to the lack of actual story. Sure, some stuff happened, but it seemed like they didn’t have quite enough to fill the hour.) Was Merle left-handed to begin with? He didn’t seem to have any trouble pounding Glenn with his left hand. Huh.

Merle wants to know where Daryl, Rick, and the others are. Glenn is duct taped to a chair, unable to fight back, of course, but he’s manfully keeping his trap shut about important details. Finally, goaded into answering, Glenn tells Merle that his people will come looking for him, and he mentions Daryl, Rick, and…Andrea. Merle gets a huge, nasty smile on his face because he knows Andrea’s in Woodbury, dancing to The Governor’s (TG) tune. Glenn realizes that he’s stepped in it, and the beating continues.

Maggie is in the next room, and she can clearly hear what’s going on. She looks terrified, and you can tell things are not going to end well.

Help me, Obi-Wan-Rick! You’re my only hope! Image courtesy of AMC.

Back at the prison, Rick and Michonne are still giving each other the disbelieving stink eye. She’s on the outside of the prison fences, camouflaged with walker guts. But, they’re old walker guts and are apparently losing their potency, because the walker next to her suddenly turns and sniffs at her. Deciding she’d be tasty, he lurches forward. Michonne backs away, drawing her sword, but other walkers catch on and start to surround her. After dispatching several, Michonne falls to the ground, weakened by her gunshot wound (on her thigh. Thanks, Merle.)! Then, she passes out!

Oh, no!

But, Rick and co. can’t leave her to be eaten. Carl shoots walkers that are about to rip into Michonne, and Rick comes out to clear off more before scooping up the wounded woman and taking her back to the prison. Carl grabs the shopping basket of baby formula and Michonne’s things.

Michonne comes to in the prison common room, just outside the group’s cell block home. Rick asks for her name, but she stays silent. He tells her that they’ll see to her wound, give her provisions, and send her on her way…after she answers some questions. Michonne, who has the look of a trapped wild animal about her eyes, thinks she’s traded one prison (Woodbury) for another. (I came to this conclusion after they shot her –with the camera, silly!– through the prison bars.)

Daryl draws Rick away with news, and they go back into the cell block, leaving Michonne.

It’s Carol! It’s a happy reunion that turns bittersweet when Carol sees the baby and realizes Lori is dead. Tears!

Then, back to Michonne. Rick demands to know how Michonne found them, and I was sure she’d tell them about Andrea. But, she doesn’t, instead telling them about Glenn and Maggie’s capture and how she overhead them saying the prison was a straight shot. She tells them that the kidnapped pair are most likely in Woodbury, and the men make an easy decision for a rescue. Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne (Hershel sewed up her thigh.) set out.

Before they leave, however, Rick becomes a dad again, talking to Carl away from the others and comforting him about Lori’s death. Yay, Rick! FINALLY. Of course, Carl will still feel terrible that he had to shoot Lori to prevent her turning, but I’m sure his dad’s acknowledgement of what happened will make it easier.

They also decide on the name Judith for the baby. Carl’s third grade teacher? Huh.

They leave the prison in the hands of the weakest among them: Hershel, Beth, Carl, Axel, and Carol. Judith, too, but she totally doesn’t count. I’m not saying that Carol and Carl couldn’t hold their own…for a while, but still…Yeah. I’m saying they couldn’t hold their own for long.

Parking about a mile away from Woodbury, Michonne leads Oscar, Rick, and Daryl into the woods, so they can sneak up to the town. Rick, getting all his good guy/good dad stuff out of the way, thanks Daryl for stepping up while he went a little nuts and cleaned out a cell block of walkers (Remember Crazytown?). They share a comradely head nod. Very manly.

All of a sudden, walkers are everywhere! Rick decrees no guns, and they start hacking and retreating, trying to find some place to hide. They come upon a conveniently placed cabin and duck inside to find a crazy man huddled under a blanket. The crazy guy starts making a lot of noise, agitating the walkers who are already pawing at the front door and yelling that he’s going to call the cops.

Perfect! Rick says that he’s a cop and offers to show his badge. When did he start carrying his badge again? PSYCH! Rick grabs crazy guy’s gun, and crazy guy goes for the door. But before he can open the door to let in the mini-horde on the other side, Michonne kills him with her katana. STAB!

But, how to get the group away safely? Simple! See, there’s a convenient back door, so all they have to do is throw crazy guy out the front door and escape out the back. He hasn’t turned, yet, so they chuck him out and dash away. (BTW, why are there varying turning rates? I smell a plot device…)

In Woodbury, Andrea gets a job (in addition to boinking TG). TG wants her to hang out with Milton in his research lab, where a Mr. Coleman is dying. We’re supposed to think it’s from old age, and, sure enough, the guy looks old, but I’m suspicious of what Milton is ladling into Mr. Coleman’s mouth. Suspicious, I say!

Milton is trying to find a way to control walkers. Mr. Coleman actually volunteered, because he knew he was dying. So, Milton runs him through a series of memory exercises starting with auditory cues (a bell and a song). He also shows him pictures of family.

When Mr. Coleman finally dies, he’s strapped down in preparation for his turn. Andrea is skeptical FOR ONCE, but stays close to assist should something go awry.

When they’re sure Mr. Coleman has turned, Milton starts the memory exersises and is convinced it’s working on the dead guy. However, the restraints are obviously hampering Mr. Coleman’s participation, so Milton lets one of his arms go against Andrea’s warning. Sure enough, Mr. Coleman tries to eat Milton’s face. Luckily, Andrea is on her game and swiftly stabs the old guy in the head, ending the day’s research.

((UPDATE: I’m almost ashamed to say that there was a part of the show that I missed! I have no idea how it happened, and I’m going to blame it on a combination of my DVR and my son’s unwillingness to go to bed on time. Suffice it to say, there was a scene with TG and Maggie that I didn’t see. Here’s a description from AMC:

The Governor decides to question Maggie himself.

The Governor cuts Maggie’s bonds and offers to return her to her group. When she gives him the silent treatment, he orders her to remove her shirt and bra. He unbuckles his belt, sidles close, shoves her head against the table and leaves.

Now, back to my recap!))

Merle doesn’t play nice! Image courtesy of AMC.

Meanwhile, Glenn is still being beaten to a pulp. He remains resolute in his silence, however, and Merle seems to give up. Not that that will save Glenn, though! Merle brings in a walker and turns it loose! Glenn is still duct-taped to the chair, but he manages to get away, kicking the walker back and stumbling around, pushing stuff over and in front of the walker. He ends up breaking apart the chair and stabbing the walker at the last minute. The DRAMA!

Merle comes back with a minion, TG, and…Maggie! She’s still shirtless, braless, and covering herself but doesn’t appear to have been brutalized. I assume they left her in this state to demoralize and humiliate her. But, it’s clear she still hasn’t given up anything when TG again asks where their group is, holding a gun to Maggie’s head. Glenn hesitates and TG shifts his aim, crossing to hold the gun to Glenn’s head.

Maggie breaks, telling them about the prison and how many are in their group. TG allows her to run to Glenn, and he, Merle, and the minion leave to discuss what to do.

TG tells the minion to get a group together to scout the prison, and Merle, of course, wants to go along. But, TG is cautious of Merle, questioning his loyalty. Would he side with his brother or stay true to TG and Woodbury?

Merle declares himself for Woodbury, and TG seems satisfied. It made me wonder what TG has over Merle. Is TG just the alpha dog? Or is there something more?

As night falls, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne arrive at Woodbury’s walls; they hide and assess the defenses as the camera shows us Andrea walking back to TG’s rooms after her day with Milton. She seems a bit overwrought and goes for some liquor as soon as she gets to TG’s apartment. TG, ever the solicitous man of her dreams, asks about her day, and she tells him that things had not gone according to Milton’s hopes.

Andrea snuggles into TG’s chest, and he comforts her, stroking her head and saying, “It’s alright; it’s over, now.”

SHIVER!

So, where does that leave us? There’s a Woodbury group headed for the prison; Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne are about to break into Woodbury to attempt the rescue of Glenn and Maggie; and Andrea is all about TG and will probably defend him against the would-be invaders (who she won’t recognize until it’s too late!).

The mid-season finale should be a good one!

What do you think? Leave your conjecture in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and can be found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-7-merle-glenn.php.))

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Killer Inside”

If you’re new to the Interwebz, I suppose you wouldn’t know that I’m about to talk all up on the latest episode of The Walking Dead. So, here’s your warning. Also, go crawl back under your rock. SPOILERS!

I don’t want my son to have to shoot me in the head. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so. After last night’s episode, I told my husband that he better do the deed. I don’t want my son to put me down. No, thank you.

Holy crap! What an emotional episode! Lori’s dead, T-Dog’s dead, we don’t know if Carol made it, and there’s a newborn who will soon be a itsy bitsy walker (crawler?) if they don’t find some way to feed her.

I am not ashamed to say that I cried during “Killer Inside.”

Let’s start from the top, shall we?

A mysterious hunter drags a dead dear by the camera. Gross. You can’t see the hunter’s face, but the pants look like the lower part of the prison coveralls. Next, we see the coveralls leaving parts of the dear around what looks to be the prison yard. A couple of walkers take the bait, and coveralls dashes past them to hack open a chained fence. He places a bloody heart in the opened gate, the music comes up and under and they cut to the opening credits.

Ominous!

Rick and the others (minus Lori, Carl, Beth, and Hershel) are trying to get the prison yard more organized. They want to get the vehicles arranged in case they need to make a speedy getaway, and the walker bodies strewn about need to be dealt with. So, they busy themselves, tidying up what is to become their safe home.

Before they start, however, they invite Glenn and Maggie to join them. The couple has been using the guard tower for a little bom-chicka-wow-wow, and Glenn exits tugging on his pants, this show’s only brief moment of levity.

The two remaining prisoners, Oscar and Axel, approach the group, asking to amend their deal. They’re literally sick of living in the other cell block alone, having to deal with all the bodies of their former friends. After a short discussion, T-Dog voices his favor of allowing the men to join them. Rick remains firm, though, and tells the prisoners they can stick to the deal or hit the road. Go, New Shane!

The prisoners decide the road would be better, and preparations to see them on their way begin.

Back in home sweet Cell Block C home, Hershel is starting to get up and hobble around on crutches. That should mean that a couple of weeks have passed, but I’m not so sure that’s the case judging from Andrea and Michonne’s story arc in scary, too-good-to-be-true-why-the-heck-won’t-Andrea-listen-to-Michonne Woodbury. But, more on them later.

The proverbial crap hits the not so proverbial prison when a siren starts to sound at the prison. Suddenly, walkers are everywhere, drawn by the sound. But, not only are they gathering on the outside of the prison fence, but, inexplicably, walkers are now swarming the inside of the prison as well, most likely due to the cold open of coveralls opening the gate. Plus, I’m thinking that other doors and fences all around and in the prison were intentionally opened to let in the dead.

By this time, Hershel’s little hobble walk has taken him, Lori, Carl, and Beth out into the yard. Of course, they don’t see the walkers until the shambling dead are almost upon them. And the siren didn’t start to sound until they were outside the relative safety of their cell block. Of course!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, T-Dog, and Carol rush back to the prison yard followed by the prisoners.

“Lori!” Rick yells, scared for his wife. And, I’m so glad! The episode before last had the pair at distinct odds, and Lori was sure their marriage was over.

Rick’s group starts shooting and cutting down walkers, and the prisoners hang back. I mean, you can’t blame them, though. It’s not like they have any weapons! The two seem to be good eggs, but I know you’re supposed to be doubtful. After all, someone had to let the walkers in and turn on the siren. And that someone definitely had prison coveralls on!

Rick must think like me because he immediately starts to suspect the prisoners. But, at the moment, there are more pressing matters trying to eat his loved ones. Oscar and Axel deny any involvement with the siren and influx of walkers, but Oscar offers that someone must have turned on the back up generator. After shooting out the nearest siren speakers, Rick and several others head inside to find the generator.

In the craziness, the group is scattered and separated. Hershel and Beth barely make it into a fenced in area around a door. Maggie, Lori, and Carl escape back to the cell block only to find it overrun! They turn into the bowels of the prison, desperately trying to find a safe haven. Walkers are everywhere!

Then, Lori starts to go into labor.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

Of course you’re not kidding me, AMC. You like to see me like this, you sadistic creep!

Carl finds a safe room, and Maggie prepares to help Lori deliver. But, something goes very wrong and Lori starts bleeding out of her hoo-hoo. I’ve given birth before, and I’m pretty sure blood before a kid is a bad thing. Yeah, it is.

Lori tells Maggie that she’s going to have to cut her open and get the baby out. It’s the only way to save the baby. You get the feeling that if Maggie doesn’t cut the baby out, Lori will probably die anyway. Eeesh. Maggie doesn’t want to, of course. Who would? She wasn’t even the one who was practicing for this! Carol was! Oh, Carol where are you?

T-Dog, look behind you! Nooooo! Image courtesy of AMC.

Carol and T-Dog are also in the prison after escaping the walker-infested yard. But, T-Dog’s been bitten; a walker nailed him right before he and Carol ran inside. Now, they are trying to find a place to hide. T-Dog’s struggling, but he hasn’t turned and is determined to get Carol to safety. It’s dark and the lights are flickering in a very horror movie-esque manner, and we see a pair of approaching walkers’ shadows trundling toward them. With a yell, T-Dog barrels into the two walkers, moving them out of the way to let Carol escape through a nearby door.

It was very heroic, especially for a character who didn’t have a real name or ANY KIND of a back story. You were robbed, T-Dog. Rest in pieces.

TIME FOR A SUSPENSE BREAK!

Meanwhile in Woodbury, Michonne is busy not trusting the Governor (TG). She wanders around the new military vehicles that TG and his men brought back, noticing bullet holes and looking suspicious. TG approaches her, obviously trying to win her over. Honey Badger Michonne don’t care. The women are about to leave, anyway.

Andrea, on the other hand, is getting to be more and more all about TG. She has drinks with him, and he reveals that his real name is Phillip. Aww! So, he’s totally a good guy, now, right? Too bad she and Michonne are leaving…

Not really. They aren’t leaving, of course. Andrea wants to stay for a couple more days. Michonne doesn’t, but for some reason, she hangs around to be with Andrea.

Pffft!

Andrea meets Merle and hands over a map. She’s circled where the farm is and confides that she’d want someone to do the same thing if her sister was still alive. They bond over hurt feelings of being left behind and then Merle, ever the gentleman, propositions her. Classy! She brushes it off and walks away. He leers.

Merle then approaches TG, asking to take a couple of men to look for Daryl. TG doesn’t want him to go, saying that Merle is needed in Woodbury. However, if Merle were to get more concrete information about Daryl, TG himself would join the search party.

NOW, BACK TO THE PRISON!

Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Oscar and Axel are on a mad dash to find the back up generator. They have to get the power off, so the siren will stop. Once they reach the room where the generator is, Rick begins to wildly search for the right switch.

WATCH OUT, RICK! It’s Andrew, the prisoner we all thought was dead after Rick left him locked outside with a bunch of walkers! Andrew is a bit upset and tries to chop Rick with an ax. He misses, and Rick tries to shoot him. Rick misses. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM, NEW SHANE? GET IT DONE!

Andrew is the one who has been causing all the trouble, opening gates, letting in walkers, and turning on the power and siren. There’s a scuffle, and Rick’s gun goes flying. Before either of them can pick it up, Oscar grabs it. Andrew yells for Oscar to shoot Rick, letting the prisoners take back their prison. A brief, nail-biting hesitation later, Oscar blows Andrew away. SHWEW! Close one, New Shane.

Rick finds the right switch with Oscar’s help and turns off the power. Then, they all rush back out to the yard.

Lori proves that she’s a good mother, after all. Image courtesy of AMC.

Back in the delivery room, Lori is trying to convince Maggie to cut her open. After she does, Lori proves that she can be a decent mother and turns her full loving attention to Carl. She tells him that he is “good” and to not let this terrible new world change him. He must watch over Rick and his new baby brother or sister. They’re all crying. I’m crying. I think my husband was crying.

EVERYBODY’S CRYING!

Lori holds Carl, and I’m still crying. I’m holding my sleeping, seven-month-old daughter, who I had by c-section. I’m crying. Gosh.

Then, it’s time, and Maggie takes Carl’s knife (CARL’S KNIFE), and cuts along the underside of Lori’s big belly, tracing over the c-section scar left from Carl’s birth. Lori cries out in pain but tries to hold it in before finally passing out. Maggie delivers the baby with assistance from Carl and works to get the child to breathe. A small shaky cry confirms the baby is going to live (at least for a short time), and Carl gives Maggie his shirt to wrap up the baby.

Maggie turns to leave, but stops when Carl says, “We can’t leave her here like this! She’ll turn!”

It’s utterly heart breaking.

Maggie tries to give the baby to Carl, so she can take care of Lori, but Carl refuses.

“She’s my mother,” he says.

And Maggie leaves. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO ARGUE. SHE DOESN’T TRY TO PLAY HER ADULT CARD. SHE JUST FRACKING LEAVES!

Maggie peeks out the door, sees some walkers and closes it again. Then, she hears a gunshot, and Carl comes around the corner looking completely numb. He’s just shot his mother. HE JUST SHOT HIS MOTHER! I can’t believe Maggie let him do it! She should have done it!

Cut back to the prison yard as Rick and the others make it back. He rushes over to where Hershel and Beth are still in the fenced in area, asking where everyone is. Then, he hears a baby cry and turns to see Maggie clutching his daughter to her. Carl follows with his head down.

It doesn’t take Rick long to figure out what has happened. He starts in after Lori, but Maggie confirms that it’s too late. Rick appropriately loses it, and I’m totally fine with that except for one thing: Carl. Rick should have gone to his son. True, we don’t know for sure if Rick was aware that Carl shot Lori, but he had to know the immense trauma his son had just experienced. The boy’s mother had just died, and Rick can’t give him a hug?

Bad form.

That’s where “Killer Inside” ended. It was abrupt, terrible and awfully good television.

“Killer Inside” could have several different meanings. The first one that occurred to me was Lori’s baby. Maybe it’s because I recently just had my second child, but I couldn’t help but think that this child could be seen as a kind of killer. After all, it’s her fault her mother is dead. Rick looked to be in pretty bad shape at the end of the show. Let’s hope he doesn’t blame the baby.

The more obvious meaning refers to Andrew, the man who turned on the power and let in all the walkers. That’s pretty self-explanatory.

Then, there’s Rick. None of last night’s calamities would have befallen the prison group if he had not abandoned Andrew to the walkers in the first place. It’s all on his head, and it looks like he knows it judging from the preview for next week’s show.

What did you think of “Killer Inside?” Were there any other killers inside? Let me know in the comments!

 

((Featured image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-4-glenn-daryl-rick.php.))

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