Score this one as a small, but important victory. The episode wasn’t over-flowing with either zombies or action, but it never felt dull and always changed things at just the right time. It found time to expand on characters, kept the story flowing, stuck in a flashback right at the beginning and T-Dog even got some camera time. Also, Andrea almost was a decent person that I didn’t wish harm upon.
Till she snubbed Dale again.
As she was near the RV at that point, I really hoped a zombie would blind-side her like her sister. The one in the woods was tantalizingly close to taking a chunk out of her, but ah. Patience…
Carol is still a pointless character. At least this episode she gave quite an emotional blow to Andrea when she mentioned right in front of her that she prays her daughter doesn’t end up like Amy. Ah, it was great. Misses and I had a good laugh at that one. I still think Carol is zombie grub on two legs, but wondering if they are going to the polar opposite or irony and going to end up making her daughter a zombie that actually takes her out in the end. Rather Dawn of the Dead style with the girl in the basement, but if done right would still get a laugh.
More Like This, Please!
More like this episode, and none like the first episode, please! Feel free to improve upon it, of course ^_^ Let’s hope the next episode is another actiony one and not a talky. Break the curse of the first season! Happily surprise us!
I have to give pointers to Rick’s actor. He completely nailed being in shock when he was on the porch after dropping off Carl. Seeing him jitter about, glazed eyes and staring off on auto-pilot as Shane wiped the blood of his forehead. Seeing him nervously muck about with the soiled rag was spot on.
Hats off to the writers this season, as Shane is a completely watchable human being right now. He usurped some of the Mary Sue out of Rick and has become a great guy and hero of his own story in his own right. Last season I wasn’t pleased with his actions but felt he was also getting a terribly raw deal. This time around they are showing him in a different light which is interesting to see.
Inversely, I am a bit miffed at how often Rick is crumpling this time around. While the too human, human last season was a bit much in one direction, this time around we get the opposite. A mess of doubt and emotions who is constantly second-guessing himself and full of questions on reality, morality, and even his own reasoning abilities. I gather from the interviews of Talking Dead after the shows that this is temporary and is sculpting him to be ‘the great leader his is in the comics’ but right now, I’d like that to happen a bit faster. I don’t have comics to base this on and keep saying “I know it’s bad now, but just wait, you’ll like it.” Heck, Andrea was supposed to be an awesome character and thus far I cannot see why Dale would have stayed with her, nor how anyone with ‘gun rights’ (or crossbow for that matter) would want to save her at all, if not straight up do her in themselves.
I can envision this comic where Andrea is on the RV doing nothing productive as usual in panel one, panel two shows Dale opening the door to check up on her, and panel three is just his left arm and leg in view as the door rips off his hinges and giant crimson letters spelling out “RAAAAAGE” have knocked him out of frame as they fly out from inside the vehicle.
Just give that chick a bullet already. I don’t even mean shoot her. Just give her a bullet and let her fall onto it from a great height.
And coat the bullet with salt.
Dale is still a cool guy. T-dog is in a tight spot, we’ll see if the drugs kick in to save him or not. Glenn finally got some camera love and even got a joke this time around! Yay. Daryle is being hyped up as this uber cool tough guy, but I sorta think he was more awesome last season. Perhaps this time around he feels… a bit stock? Too soon to judge, but that’s my gut feeling at the moment. It’s like every scene he’s in he just dominates and everyone else there is only there to serve him his best representation possible.
Side note: There were two mentions of Merle this episode. Will that amount to anything in the near future?
Anyone else flashback to Left 4 Dead when they started throwing flares?
As often is the case, a decent product following a terrible disappointment tends to shine quite brightly by dynamic comparison alone. (Matrix 2 vs Matrix 3. Star Wars 1+2 vs Star Wars 3. Cataclysm vs Mists of Pandaria, though MoP would have done fine on it’s own. I just wish Cata didn’t seem like such a waste or even a filler by comparison.) I liked the whole episode. I liked how commercials weren’t shoved in my face this time around, in fact instead of dreading the commercials themselves, I dreaded having to wait five minutes to get back into the episode because it hooked me this week.
This was a minor victory. This proves you are actually adequate for television. By many standards, being adequate is proof you are actually too good for television, but I digress. Kudos to a good job, but keep it up. You have plenty of room for improvement and to grow, so do not drop the ball again! Continue to dazzle us in the coming weeks, please ^_^
Furthermore, Andrea should be destroyed.