The second episode of the Walking Dead just finished airing (the code to enter the contest to get a “shuffle on role” in an episode was HUNGRY, if you missed it) and it was equally as good as the first, if not a bit better. Admittedly I was a bit nervous after reading that Darabont did not direct this episode, or anything other than the pilot (nice find, Clint). Luckily, it all turned out very well and it was a great episode even with someone else behind the viewfinder. Spoiler warning.
Sadly, the new director carried over yet another weak and forced opening. Possibly a remnant from the comic the series is based upon, but yet again it showcased some of the worst of the previous episode. Now not only did the wife give up on the main character enough to be consoled by his best friend (in about a week, no less) now she is now venturing out into the dense forest, on her own, in order to find said best friend of her supposed deceased husband. There the two engage is some aggressive carnal lust, as she is more than readily craving sex from him.
Well after that wall of frustrating impossibility lumbers past, we are given a decent show. (Starting to think that skipping everything before the title flashes on screen might be the best bet if this keeps up.) New characters are added to the mix, which I didn’t even notice hit several minorities (Asian, Mexican, and African American) until the racist country bumpkin spouted off the Slur of Slurs.
Now, being a gamer at heart… was I the only one thinking this?
Anyway, after this new cast was explained the episode flowed pretty nicely. The action was good, but not over-powering. Once again the flawed radio caused drama at the wife’s camp, and yet again ended with ex-best friend telling a chick what to do. This time he was actually right, though. If everyone broke away from the group to help out one other person of their own choosing, the group would crumble and everyone would get killed off. He was right for once, everyone! Hurray! He’s adequate!
A near comedic plot to help all the stow-away survivors is hatched and successful (though nearing what happened in Sean of the Dead a bit in the process), and all the important people get away. And even though the door was locked some how a zombie seems to not only figure out someone is on the roof, but how to break a dead bolt and metal chain to get at them. Me thinks a scene of Saw is a-comin’, as the tool box was blatantly shot tumbling over and they even mentioned the idea of using a hacksaw to take out some iron bars in the sewer.
Either way, a solid episode. I might detail my gripes above, but they are only minor detractions from an otherwise stream-lined show. Though, the sooner they bump off or at least tone down ex-best bud from running the camp of survivors, the better.