What did I think of “What Lies Ahead?”
In a word: “Commercials.”
In another word: “Let-down.”
And yes that is a single word. It’s hyphenated, it counts as one! XD
It wasn’t bad, but I was expecting more. This was yet another ‘Talky’ episode that I disliked last season. I understand a lot of stuff is going on and they are explaining a lot and setting a stage, but I also think they only made it 90 minutes to sell the insane amount of ads that we running near the end. If they cut it down to an hour not only would the ad problem go away, but they would be forced to terse and tighten up the action and lop off the boring bits that were ever-present.
Again, it was not bad. But it was clearly edu-tainment. It told us stuff so they can actually act on it later. In comical terms, it was the setup of a joke, and the punchline will be given next week. Or two from that. Sometime. Just not *now*. And I wanted payoff *now* after waiting a year to watch this.
Some good news though! Shane and Lori are now actual, factual characters! I’m so proud. Last season they were just graduated foil characters. This time Lori is actually doing something and holding her own, while Shane is apparently shedding the ‘crazy’ bits and going rogue for the good of the group. He went from neutral villain to anti-hero. Kudos to him.
Andrea can go stick her finger in an outlet. I don’t care what she does in the comic, I want this chick dead. Nothing but hate and angst. Every scene she was in was like watching a highschool poetry class unfold. Big words people do not normally use, let alone under threat of zombie attack, and again not when that ticked off. You just don’t have higher brain functions going on when you rage as much as she was against poor Dale. Ungrateful for his intervention she wishes nothing more to be killed off. We here ate Encrazed Crafts truly wish that she succeeds in her goal. Quickly and with gory detail.
Dale is still awesome. Delaying the group from making a tough decision so coyly and seeing T-Dog willingly go along with it was great. “Tricky hose” indeed ^_^ Sadly, Rick is still a Mary Sue. This time with extreme comparisons to Jesus. Well done on the subtly there, crew.
The gore this episode wasn’t over-the-top, but I did notice the rest of the group I saw it with got a bit squeamish and complained at how realistic it was. The only thing I was thinking when I saw Andrea attack the one zombie in the Road Warrior was frustration as I had an idea to write a story were people really did resort to using a screwdriver in such a fashion against a zombie. Now if I do it I’ll get instant comparisons and claim that I stole it from them. Raspberries!
One final nifty thing of note, as I mentioned up top, last season I complained how every other episode seemed to be all dialog while the others were action. The fifth episode prompted me to state the following:
One final bid for longer lasting viewership: action keeps people glued to their seats. Dialog and only dialog episodes make people feel like they are sitting in glue. (Subtle change, that is.) The first is exciting and pushes the story along wisely and still finds time for character advancement. The second is slow, uncomfortable, and fairly boring. (I did like the humorous explosion in the lab, though. Nice comedic timing of the robotic voice.) The Walking Dead doesn’t need to be *filled* with gore, action, and zombies…but if all it IS filled with is speeches and heart-felt discussions…well…we are left with this:
So imagine my surprise when I found out they were actually having a live after-party talk show titled the “Talking Dead.” I don’t wanna say I called it, as I’d much rather prefer dividends for coining the idea XD
What did you guys think of this episode? A little slow on the pace? Commercials a bit much? Also notice they still managed to squeeze in a shower scene as Shane opened water from the truck? Man, they sure do love shower bits on this show. That’s what, three so far? Every time the people in them are super smiling too. Kinda creepy. Tell us your thoughts on this Walking Dead episode below!
Furthermore, Andrea should be destroyed.