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The Walking Dead “Internment” Live Blog/Review (4×05)

10 Nov

walking-dead-internment-hershel-walkerSo I’m trying something different today. All times central.

8:06-So it seems as if Hershel’s coming into the “Carol” role now: actually making sensible decisions and taking control of situations. He’s always been the voice of reason; it’s nice to see him doing stuff.

8:08-Hey, it’s Maggie.

8:12-Alright, so Rick’s now out looking for validation. That’s not anything bad, but it’s really emblematic of him as a character; he’s so indecisive that he actually hurts the group more than he helps it.

8:15-Okay, so here’s Guy #3 with a monologue about the hopelessness of everything.

8:21-So is the rest of this episode just going to consist of a bunch of people we don’t care about dying painful deaths? I actually think that might be what the whole show is about.

8:22-Death montage!

8:24-So here’s another Rick thing. Okay, sure, it’s the apocalypse, but can you accomplish something when you don’t believe there’s anything at the end of the tunnel? Hershel technically is wishful thinking right now, but then again, he’s a guy that has to believe to keep going. Rick has to keep moving; he can only see what’s in front of him, and that’s how he survives. He can’t stop and think. This is really a show all about the various ways we survive in the midst of utter despair, which makes me glad that this season, some people are actually, you know, cracking smiles and all that.

8:25-Alright, here we go. Walkers are opening their eyes now.

8:32-Glen’s going all Walter White now, and here come the walkers.

8:33-You know, Rick, they really could use you right now.

8:38-I swear, whenever I see a “Low Winter Sun” segment, I burst out laughing.

8:39-Oh, typical Walking Dead character: falling down while in the presence of a zombie.

8:40-There ya go, Hershel. That’s how you kill ’em.

8:41-Okay, one thing this show never fails at is crafting well-shot, intense zombie sequences. The camera work and the tension here is fantastic. Also, Carl carrying a gun makes me laugh for some reason.

8:44-But…here’s a Hershel pitfall. He isn’t willing to soil that “savior” image in front of the kids. Whereas Carol was willing to do whatever was necessary, Hershel isn’t; that might end up causing his downfall.

8:47-“I didn’t want you to know.” “I had to.” Serves to support the above point.

8:49-So that’s why you don’t send a bunch of your best fighters away.

8:51-Hershel’s sobbing by himself in a cell. It’s heavy handed symbolism, but it works: he’s trapped in his own cell in a prison and isolation’s permeating the environment. He was able to survive the ordeal, but that was a cathartic and devastating moment for him. Still…Daryl: “You’re a tough son of a bitch.” Herschel: “I am.”

8:58-Rick still wants to garden! Honestly, what’s the point with his struggle over Carl right now? Jeez, grow up and realize what world you’re in. I get you want to protect your kid, but he’s shown you he’s matured.

9:00-And the Governor!

All in all, it’s a very solid hour complete with some great zombie action and a very well-done revelation at the end. Hopefully the Governor doesn’t turn into a cartoonish presence again; the plague was a good exploration of the unknown, and it transitions into that all-encompassing big bad. In a way, he embodies the plague. Anyway, I’m looking forward to see where we go from here. Please don’t mess up the season like last year, writers.

GRADE: B+

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

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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