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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: “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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Where’s Judith?

Okay, the dust has settled and (hopefully) everyone has had some time to digest the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead. (BTW, can someone tell me when the “mid-season finale” became a thing? It’s new, right? I certainly don’t remember the terminology from previous years…hmph.)

Let me start by saying I didn’t see the last two episodes on the nights that they aired. Yes, dear reader, I SKIPPED them! It’s something that’s been building in my zombie-loving soul for a while, now. I’m sure you’ve noticed it if you read my recaps: I’m growing weary of The Walking Dead. Its utter sense of despondence and hopelessness is getting to me in the worst way, guys. Seriously. Oh, I even have “scientific” proof! I just took a personality quiz online, you see, and I am an ENFP. What does that have to do with this, you say? Well, I’m “Feeling” and stuff. Emotional or something.

Whatevs. I just like taking online quizes.

So, let me just hit the high points of the last two episodes:

– The Governor (TG), who now calls himself Brian, takes his adopted family to live in Martinez’s camp. Martinez accepts him and starts to trust him… right around the time that TG beats him over the head with a golf club and throws him in a walker pit. Buh-bye, Martinez! A nice man named Peter takes over leadership, and TG quickly takes him out, too. TG then goes to Peter’s brother and persuades him to join the dark side. The brother is, after all, a tank operator, and for those of you slightly familiar with the comics, you know a tank comes into play.

– TG humbly takes leadership of the camp. They’re going to SURVIVE, he tells them. How? Well, see, there’s this prison not too far. And, you know, they’re BAD people. Murderers and such. Let’s go take their prison! The camp folk are quickly convinced when TG tells them the takeover can be bloodless, because he’s captured two of the prison people already! WUT? Yep. TG skulked around the prison and captured Michonne and Hershel.

RIP, Hershel. Image courtesy of AMC.

RIP, Hershel. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Rick and company are alerted to visitors by the tank firing. BOOM! The commotion interrupts telling Tyreese that Carol killed Karen and that guy nobody cares about. Rick had just told Daryl about it, and they were off to tell Tyreese when TG’s howdy-do made them and others run outside to see what was going on. TG reveals his captives and summons Rick to the fence for a chat. TG demands the prison folk vacate by nightfall, or he and the campers will take the prison by force. Rick pleads with TG, telling him they can find a way to live in the prison all together. TG’s not having it, though, and to prove he’s serious, he hacks off Hershel’s head!

I WAS RIGHT! I totally called that Hershel was not making it out of this season! Proof here.

Lilly also shows up with Meghan’s lifeless body (Why hasn’t she turned, yet?). See, TG had left Lilly and Meghan behind at the camp, and Lilly let Meghan play a little too far away. The child was playing in the mud and uncovered a flash flood warning side. The audience was supposed to infer that the mud she was playing in had been caused by such a flood and a small landslide. Anyhow, her digging disturbed a buried walker, who noshed on her before her idiot mother could run over. So, back to the prison, where TG takes the dead girl and shoots her in the head. You know IT’S ON, now, son!

– A fire fight commences. Lots of shooting, etc. Boom, boom. Bang, bang. Glenn and some people make it out on the bus, but most of the other main characters are in the fight. (OH! And remember those two creepy blonde girls that Carol took charge of after their father died? Well, they and a couple of other girls have Judith and are making for the bus, when the older blonde girl stops them and declares that they have to be tough and stay and fight. WUT? So, they’re apparently wandering around during the shootout. Ugh.) TG is beating the crap out of Rick, who jumped him. But, Rick was shot and TG quickly gained the upper hand. Anyhow, blah, blah, beat, beat (Rick would have totally been killed. It’s seriously NOT possible to take that kind of beating and live.). SUDDENLY, Michonne shows up and runs TG through with her katana. She leaves him there to get eaten by walkers, who are, of course, beginning to swarm due to all the noise.

– Walkers are inching toward a miraculously still alive TG. (Michonne stabbed him through the chest. Come on!) So, we’re to think he’ll get eaten. However, at the last minute, Lilly shows up and shoots him in the head.

– Bob gets clipped with a bullet, but as far as I could tell, he, Sasha, Maggie, Beth, and Daryl (OF COURSE) make it out okay. Tyreese gets trapped, but who comes to the rescue but crazy older blonde girl! She pops a woman right in the head! Jeez! So, Tyreese and older blonde girl make it, too. Rick and Carl? AND JUDITH? So, Rick shambles back up to the prison courtyard and is yelling for Carl, when the smoke clears and out steps B.A. Carl right in time to pop a walker that was threatening his father. Together, they spot an EMPTY infant carrier that looks bloody. DID AMC JUST KILL JUDITH?! Well, Rick and Carl certainly think so. They lose it for a bit before regaining their composure and getting the heck out of Dodge. “Don’t look back, Carl,” Rick tells his son. (I don’t think Judith is dead. So, wouldn’t it be cool if Carol swooped in and saved her? Like, we wouldn’t see those scenes until February when the show comes back? That’d be cool. Or maybe Judith is still with the other little girls? We’ll see. But, what about the blood in the carrier? Well, a walker could have fallen on it or something. IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. I DON’T WANT THE BABY TO BE DEAD!)

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Michonne finally gets her revenge on TG. Image courtesy of AMC.

Okay, so there’s lots of loose ends for the show to address when it comes back in February, but I think it would have been better to cut it off before TG was killed. Maybe even before the big prison fight! The last episode felt like a season finale to me, not this mid-season crap all the shows are doing these days. The BIG BAD (TG) is dead! What are they left with? To find their people, mourn for those who were lost, and rebuild/resettle.

Ugh.

What did you think of how The Walking Dead wrapped up this half of the season? Is Judith dead? JUDITH BETTER NOT BE DEAD!

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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: “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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