45 min., 2011
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Phil Abraham
My rating: ★★★★★
It’s a low down dirty Shane!!!
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Sheriff Rick Grimes after waking from a coma, finding his family and a small group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world. He attempts to lead his family and survivors to safety at Fort Bennett after the CDC and its lone scientist are destroyed, but are sidetracked searching for Sophia.
The following review is rated SIN (Sincerely Intrigued Negro), it contains several rants that appear at random. The views here do not reflect the thoughts of a completely sane person. They are being presented by a person of African-American descent who has grown up in a rather unseemly portion of town, taken recreational narcotics and has been molested by a clown. Feel free to skip certain paragraphs, if you simply want a recap and continued review of the episode. Hipster, child, feline and vegan discretion is advised.
This episode comes in on the tail end of the other and I’m not gonna be as in depth with this review as I normally would but I will unload my opinions as they come to me. It actually opens like a scene out of Taxi Driver or Cape Fear. I half expected De Niro to take Shane’s place as he’s staring into a mirror shaving his head and ask “Are you talking to me?!” Anywhore, the credits roll and we are back to watching Otis and Shane surrounded at the high school by zombies, Lori and Rick praying they get back in time, Carol, Darryl, and Andrea hoping for Sophia’s swift return, and T-Dog being taken to Hershell’s place by Glen. It seems like everyone is dealing separately with individual crises while still dealing with Sophia’s rescue. This has the story layered very well and all of the tension and worry really drive home the internal and external struggles each character is forced to work through. Seeing Shane and Otis come off as two men on a mission is a little hard to watch and it’s not because you care what happens to Shane. I mean, he is crazy or at least at this point an emotionally unstable wildcard and you don’t even know Otis well enough yet to give a shit. The reason you care is because a child’s life hangs in the balance. In some ways, these two men are trying to atone. Otis, for shooting Carl in the first place, and Shane, for a slew of reasons stretching back as far as the beginning of last season.
Even though they have the supplies they need, they still can’t seem to get back to the truck to drop them off. As for Lori, she is trying to hold it together and be supportive, but at some point she lets Rick know she thinks Carl might be better off dead. Appalled, Rick reminds her she’s the reason in episode “TS-19” that Dr. Jenner let them out of the CDC so they could keep trying to live. This is obviously a decision she regrets now and Rick is too flabbergasted to react with anything other than shock and disbelief. This really showcases the dynamic between them and the nature of their relationship. You can see how uncomfortable Rick is being taken out of his role as the doer as he is forced to sit at Carl’s bedside to just wait and worry. Lori, on the other hand, is still trying to make up for the trust she lost in Rick and be the supportive wife she hadn’t been out of a combination of guilt for not supporting him before his near death experience and the whole boning Shane thing.
Carol is bawling her eyes out in the RV and Darryl seems to be the only one that actually believes Sophia is still alive, unlike Rick who deeply hopes she is. So he heads out into the woods dragging Andrea with him to search for the girl. Dale protests as usual and Andrea as usual doesn’t want to hear it. On their trek through the woods, Darryl tells her he was lost once for nine days and he was even younger than Sophia at the time. The difference is that his alcoholic father never came looking for him. Darryl really seems to be more than a dumb hick, which I have stated before. I look forward to these snippets as his character develops bit by bit over the course of this season. As unsuccessful as their search was, when they return Dale apologizes for taking Andrea’s right to choose and returns her gun.
At the farmhouse, T-Dog gets sewn up and Glen seems to become a bumbling love sick puppy anytime he’s near Hershell’s daughter, Maggie. Carl wakes up talks about the deer just to spiral into a seizure and pass back out. This talk about the deer is Rick’s example that despite everything that’s happened Carl was still focused on “life and beauty.” Just as they run out of time to wait on performing the operation. Shane drives up to the rescue, supplies in tow. Before he was able to make it back him and Otis were down to their last bullets and he was limping from the school after twisting his ankle coming out of a window. Even though when he returns he seems the grief stricken hero, having watched poor Otis succumbed to the zombie hoard, you see in a flash back what really happened. Shane couldn’t fail so he shoots Otis in the leg, making him zombie fodder then wrestled the supplies off of Otis and left him for dead. It gives you the perfect view into the fact Shane has no limits and you can see just how far he is willing to go. Best episode this season so far. When I return it’ll be for season two episode four; “Cherokee Rose.” Until then may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?