Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Walking Dead: Seed

Hello there, the Angel from my nightmare.

Beautiful opener! There are few stories that can be carried off with such little dialogue for such a long period of time. There was There Will be Blood and this.

I didn’t like seeing Carl use a gun. I know it’s an extension of last season when he killed Walker Shane, but that should’ve just been a one- time thing.  I recently watched Terminator 2: Judgment Day with audio commentary by James Cameron. It turns out that despite all of the violence in that movie, John Connor’s interactions with weapons was carefully handled. He never fired or launched anything and it was because James Cameron* wasn’t comfortable with children handling guns.  It’s one thing to protect your father, but to be told, “You and Carl take this tower.”???  At least he’s finally doing what he’s told. Maybe the moral of the story is to give your kid a gun if you want them to listen to you.**   And the hat does look better on him with his hair long.

Now, Carol and guns . . . that’s just great! I like the idea of Carol and Daryl. Toughen her up and soften him up. Speaking of the future father of my children, Daryl finally did something that I didn’t like: He killed an owl! For food!  Due to my many viewings of Thunderheart, I think owls are sacred and omens of something big.  According to “That 70s Show,” crows carry human souls and you’re not supposed to eat them. I would say owls carry otherworldly souls and you shouldn’t even kill them. Or maybe if you eat an owl, you give up a part of your own soul. Daryl quickly redeemed himself with this quip, “While the others go wash their panties, let’s go hunt.” Have sexier words ever been uttered?

I know the powers that be at AMC are cheap bastards, but Lori’s pregnancy belly is awful and ruins my suspension of disbelief. Maybe two less Walker extras and little more money into the fake belly?

I think Sarah Wayne Callies knows how awful her belly looks and has stepped up her acting game to try to distract from it. Or maybe the writers have figured out how to write for her character better. She’s definitely less shrill. She keeps trying, though. Rick is moving trying to move the whole situation forward, physically and psychologically. Now, yes, a Lori and Rick should show each other a little emotional support now and then, but it can wait until they get a few days of being in one place. Until then, zip it, Lori, and march on.

I could totally imagine Rick as a knight, taking over a castle. Good lord, when he smiles, he gives Daryl a run for his money in the “get in my pants” department. Add that to his attitude and interactions with Lori (way to sack up, bro!) Her sleeping with Shane is understandable, but she has to acknowledge how difficult it is for Rick to know she might be carrying someone else’s baby.  He’s the leader and his wife might be carrying someone else’s baby. His loneliness and the weight of all the responsibilities are affecting him. He’s ready for a break.  I’m glad she’s finally acknowledged her part in Shane’s death, but she has a ways to go on being a little less selfish. If her fetus was a Walker and ate her from the inside out, that would be pretty bad. Even I wouldn’t wish that on her.

Well, that’s just wonderful. Armored  zombies. As if those horrifying fast-moving zombies from 28 Days Later weren’t bad enough.  Why don’t you just make them invisible, too?

Michonne! And Andrea! This show would be that much better if Michonne and Andrea became a romantic couple. According to Laurie Holden’s Twitter account, she had thrown out her back killing Walkers and Andrea had the flu.  I can’t wait for Andrea and Michonne to meet up with Rick’s group. Rick will have a proper co-leader.

Hershel's leg . . . no words . . . But can you really stop the infection that way?

This is one of the few shows where I constantly feel dread throughout the whole show, but in a good, suspenseful way. I now live alone and watching The Walking Dead is not the smartest idea, so my plan is to think of Michonne whenever I get scared. Move over Wonder Woman, I have a new role model!

On a personal note: I asked the CEO of my company (he’s an MD and was an OB), “Where’s the best place to give birth during a zombie apocalypse? A moving car? A prison cell? Or an open field?” Turns out he doesn’t watch the show, but he did answer: A moving car, which was my answer. I totally felt validated, especially after a prison cell was the winning answer on “The Talking Dead.” (He kept walking by my office and I kept saying in my head, “dontaskhimdontaskhim” and then I asked him and now everyone at work knows I’m a stone-cold weirdo.)

*The director of some of the most violent movies I’ve ever seen: The Terminator, Aliens, Rambo: First Blood Part II, True Lies, etc.

**Don’t worry. I don’t have kids.


  1. The Daryl killing an owl thing, I don't think an owl would have much meat on them, they seem to be mostly fur. That didn't really stick much with me though. I'm so in lust with him, I'm totally willing to look the other way anyway. Carol trying to get her flirt on, it was cute to watch. I think they should get together.

    How the hell did Andrea get the flu? Jeez, the only 'virus' is the zombie virus. Such a lame storyline for her.

    As for Lori, I didn't like the "How many women died giving birth before modern medicine" comment. I'm a firm believer in natural childbirth, that made me roll my eyes. I mean, there is a doctor (sure a vet, whatever) there to help in case something goes wrong, but homegirl needs to take a chill pill.

    Hershel's leg... Well, the 'stop the infection' is something I don't get. They are all already infected, so what is it really going to stop? They did the same thing with Jim in Season 1. Why would he die from a light flesh wound? If he has the virus, what would be spreading through him?

    I like to know the science of things, its one of the things that doesn't make sense. Its bugged me since the Jim thing, and now again with Hershel.. We'll find out soon enough.

    1. I know it's ridiculous for a show like this, but it would be nice to have some believable science. Maybe it's not that ridiculous. It is a show about a virus. Harumph!

  2. i like Carl using a gun. i like him more grown up and at the same time still unreliable kid.

    the fake belly is hideous. i could do better.

    i am totally against the carol and daryl relationship. totally.

    i had no problem with the owl killing.

    a good blend of dialogue and action. hopefully it doesn't stall like they did on the farm.

    and i eagerly await herschel turning into a walker!

    1. I'm curious. Why are you against Carol and Daryl?

      I think all TWD fans are a little worried about stalling in future seasons. That second season was rought, but I think they're making up for it this season.

      Walker Hershel would break my heart, but it would make sense.

    2. She would weaken his character. Everything that makes the girls swoon over him would be greatly diminished by her being close with him. She is an emasculator.

      I've also read all the comics/novels. So I'm biased, but not a fan boy. I prefer the tv show often.