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The Walking Dead “30 Days Without An Accident” Review (4×01)

14 Oct

627-4The Walking Dead has always been a bleak show, taking the opposite end of the spectrum from shows like Falling Skies. Optimism and cheer haven’t been very present in the show, which makes it all the more surprising when the season 4 premiere opens with characters smiling, cracking jokes, and working together. Some time has passed since the Governor declared war on the prison, and our characters are now settling down, learning the rudimentary skills needed to survive in a post-apocalyptic world (like knife-using, as taught by Carol). On the one hand, it’s great seeing these people act more like human beings, but on the other hand, the cast is so large that most of the supporting characters feel like plot devices. Who knows? Maybe one day, the show will become an engrossing character drama. Yeah, probably not.

What the show excels at is the zombies, as to be expected when the entire premise is zombies. The scene in which a bunch of them crash through the ceiling is extremely entertaining, and this proves that the show still hasn’t run out of ideas in regards to walker deaths. The gore hasn’t let up and neither have the visuals.

This is our only action sequence in the episode, though, one that consists of a lot of talking. One of these plots involves Rick and a woman he meets in the woods, and it’s a compelling story that serves to comment on the show’s themes of humanity and survival. She attacks him impulsively because of a need of survival, and this brings up the question of whether isolation is best for survival or not. There’s a lot of weight in these scenes, and it’s disappointing that it only lasts for one episode.

Ultimately, the episode plods along at a snail’s pace. While I’m happy about the character work, the characters just aren’t compelling enough to sustain a whole episode’s worth of entertainment.

GRADE: B-

OTHER THOUGHTS:

-So, Daryl and Carol, huh.

-Speaking of, Daryl’s a celebrity now!

-I like how the walker with no legs is the only walker able to see the guy whose leg is pinned.

-Rick’s a gardener now!

-Glen and Maggie are doing alright.

-If, after the “Humans kill other humans, and they have names.” line, Carl went “You’re right!” and shot her in the face, then I would forgive the show for a lot of things.

-So, there’s apparently a virus of some sort that’s killed one person in the prison already. It’s all the pig’s fault!

-I’ve never watched Talking Dead, and I have no idea what can possibly be discussed for half an hour.

Credit to AMC and The Walking Dead for all pictures. I own nothing.

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