Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Walking Dead: Say the Word

“When you have a chance to kill someone, don’t hesitate.” – Terrorist in Die Hard

The normalcy of the party seems wrong. I didn’t think anything could seem more wrong in that setting until the next scene when the Governor is brushing his walker daughter’s hair. It was shocking for a second, but, after Hershel’s family’s weirdness with keeping their own and their neighbors in the barn just in case a cure was possible, all kinds of crazy seems normal. However, it’s still an abomination. I can’t think of another way to describe it.

Any kiss could be the last. That’s one way to keep the magic alive. I love Maggie and Glenn. It’s the only true thing on the show. It feels so real. I still wouldn’t have let me girl ride off on the back of Daryl’s bike, though, no matter how close I felt to her. When Daryl and Maggie were at the daycare center, my first thought was, if I they show a toddler walker, I quit.

Rick has been ruthless and decisive, but never irresponsible. His character has changed, but this is way out of character. Charging into the prison alone to go on a killing spree . . . yes, anger is one of the stages of grief, but there are safer ways to deal with it. Think of your psychologically damaged son. Someone needs some Ativan, stat! Glenn is one of the best. Putting hands on him isn’t going to win you points with anyone. If killing the walker that ate your wife doesn’t make you feel better, I don’t know what will.

Michonne having her katana back is the only relief I’ve felt while watching this show since the second episode. A girl’s gotta keep her skills sharp! I love how transparent the Governor seems when he’s in Michonne’s presence. His sliminess gets extra shiny. Too bad Michonne guessed wrong about the Governor’s list. I hate this creepy-ass motherfucker. She should’ve killed him. In that world, the living are as a big of a problem as the dead. She shouldn’t think of it as a waste to take a human life. I don’t like seeing that weakness in her.*

First of all, Andrea, the Governor is not your daddy or Michonne’s daddy. He tattles/chides and Andrea plays hall monitor/big sister? I’ve lost all respect for Andrea. I’ve been waiting for Michonne to leave her ass for a while. I would run as fast as I could out of that compound. My first thought would be that the Governor’s people are watching me through binoculars, going to track me, find me, and kill me. Run, Michonne! RUN!

You’ve got to be kidding me. Totally the future of UFC, though. People need entertainment? Put on a Shakespearian play. Hell, turn Star Wars and other movies into plays. Have a salon or something. Jeez.

Was it just me or did this episode fly by? And is it first name Ass, middle name Kicker? Or all the first name “Asskicker”?

*Confession: On The Talking Dead poll, I voted no on killing the prisoners at first sight. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

The Walking Dead: Killer Within

“Do you know what I touch here?” she said, laying her hands, one upon the other, on her left side.
“Yes, ma’am.”
“What do I touch?”
“Your heart.”

I love how quietly it always starts. I knew this episode was going to be exhausting (in a good, never ending suspenseful way) with that bit of mystery and shocking action in the first few moments.

Good for Glenn and Maggie! Getting laid seems to be the last good thing left in that world. Get as much as you can. Also a good thing: being able-bodied. They should’ve had Hershel up and around sooner rather than later.

Convict whispers, “Come on, dude.” Worst. Pleading. Ever. I was thinking they should put it to a vote, but when they did, the majority voted no. I loved Daryl's position. I would’ve voted yes. I would get bored easily in that situation and would welcome a limited amount of people every once in a great while. Considering they have a pregnant woman and a disabled person, you would think they would want more able-bodied people to fight walkers. The one prisoner ended up being helpful by the end. Of this episode, at least. What was that other prisoner thinking, though? He would be in the same danger by letting walkers roam free in the prison. I guess he didn’t really know the level of danger since he was stuck in the prison for so long, but did he think he was going to stay in that one room forever? Good lesson. Being consumed with revenge makes one stupid. Idiot.

As an independent, educated woman, I’ve learned it’s good to not be so smart all of the time. Or at least not seem so smart all of the time. It’s a good thing Michonne is so closed mouth. It’s her saving grace. Andrea wanting to stay is understandable. People are social creatures and would naturally desire to create a society and have a community, but Michonne is a girl after my own heart and ability to be completely alone. If she prefers to be alone, she should just take off. She’s an anomaly, but would be a more common person in that world, I think. Being hyper-suspicious and preferring your own company is not necessarily a bad thing in that situation.

Andrea, shut the fuck up. Ever heard of “loose lips sink ships”? If I had to choose between rapey Merle, a manipulative leader, and no one at all, I would take no one at all. Yes, Andrea doesn’t know what the Governor really is, but still. You just met the guy. Show a little restraint. (When I read the show’s description “Merle has a request for the Governor” I for sure thought it was a forced night with Andrea. Glad I was wrong.) Is there any world in which white men in power don’t play golf?

What a fucking horror show. You could kind of tell something bad was coming when Rick and Lori had their loving-glance moment. A little schmaltzy, but when the shit went down, I could really feel Rick’s desperate frenzy. He had a nice moment with his wife, then she, (possibly) his unborn baby, and child are all in danger all of a sudden. He could’ve given Bolt a run for his money at that moment. 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Fuuuuuck noooooooooo! T-Dog! Oh, no. I just can’t. He’s one of my favorites. I don’t write about him much, because the writers never give him anything to do. Anyone but T-Dog, Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Maggie. They’d better name the town they eventually establish after him. Doglandia. Tadogistan. Beverly Dog. Really, truly, can you feel my heart? It’s broken.

I’m still not comfortable with Carl and guns. Watching his mom give birth, die, then having to prevent her turning didn’t do him any psychological favors, either. I’ve read that’s actually a good way to give birth while standing or in a squatting position. I stand by my preference of having a baby inside of a moving car. I know Lori wasn’t in a position to not have the baby, but a crying baby is possibly the worst thing to have in that world. I would be all for a zero population plan of action for twenty years.

If Carl had not been on the scene when Lori died, I would’ve been happier about her death. It’s still a relief. I feel a little bad for Rick. I thought Lori and the baby would die at the same time. Of course Lori would leave a burden in her place. It’s just like her.

I am going to hear that alarm in my nightmares.

Regarding the preview of next week’s episode: I get it. Rick has lost most of his soul, but it’s overkill to make him go all Colonel Kurtz. 

Most brutal episode so far. How could it just be episode 4? I don't know how much more I can take. I think I need a bye week.