Blick Tolkien reviews The Walking Dead – Episode 010 – Cherokee Rose

The Walking Dead - Episode 010 - Cherokee Rose 45 min., 2011
Written by Evan Reilly
Directed by Billy Gierhart
Language: English
My rating: ★★★★

A corpse by any other name smells just as bad!

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Show Premise:

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.


For an episode to open with a funeral in a world that has changed enough that people are burning bodies of former friends and family shows how strange and rare it is to take time to grieve. This funeral, however, doesn’t feature the portly body of the recently sainted Otis. At this memorial service for Otis, someone gets the wise idea to have Shane (who has snaked his way into everyone’s good graces) tell the tale of Otis’ last moments. According to him, Otis was bringing up the rear, since they had no ammo and told him to “save the boy” as he allowed himself to be devoured by the lurching throngs. From the nightmarish visions that keep flashing in Shane’s head of when he shot Otis, ripped the supplies off his back, and left him to become post-apocalyptic Alpo, the sorrowful and haunted look on his face seems more real than this journey of a hero crap. For the moment, however, everyone is buying what Shane is selling.

Meanwhile,Carl is still on the mend after a successful surgery; Maggie, Hershel’s daughter, provides the group with a map to help them renew and organize their search for Sophia. With Rick a couple of pints low on blood and Shane’s leg screwed, Carol has to be disappointed yet again with the news that they aren’t going out again today. The rest of the crew including Dale all have regrouped and set up camp but Darryl seeing Carol’s distress goes out again alone to look for her daughter. I honestly can’t praise the actor playing Darryl enough on his portrayal of a character I’m only becoming familiar with through the television show as he ain’t in the comics. Routinely, the one thing people fear when adapting something for the screen is that since it’s been done already in print, you have a paperback spoiler and thusly no reason to really watch the show or film. This character is a wild card and the way he is played is so, for lack of a better word, human, with his emotional ups and downs and his seeming need to fill his brother’s shoes as a no nonsense bad ass are all played out in the open rather than close to the chest.

Having guns on his land makes Hershel a lot less than comfortable so Rick agrees while their all on the farm no one will carry. As usual Shane starts spouting it’s a bad idea, but Rick is so paranoid about screwing this up that I get the impression if he asked the group to farm in tutus they be pirouetting in cornfields in no time.

Glen and Maggie are going into town for medical supplies as he seems to be crushing her pretty hard he does his best to impress along the way. He was asked to pick up something special for Lori and told to get it discreetly. He grabs what she requests and ends up having an impromptu hookup with Maggie at her urging. T-Dog and Dale almost get poisoned since there is a walker going for a swim in one of the wells. The long and short of that is the walker is half removed from the well before its waterlogged lower half snaps off and ruins the water anyway. Darryl goes off and finds evidence in a small house in the woods that some one small enough to be sleeping in pantry has been holed up there for a bit. Seems to be the first real evidence that Sophia may be found alive and well. Outside the house, Darryl finds a flower called Cherokee Rose. He takes it back to Carol telling her the story behind them and how it’s an omen her daughter may be returned safely. The episode goes on for a while with Shane and Andrea searching to no avail and ends with Lori using what Glen brought back out in the woods in the middle of the night to the tune of her finding out she’s knocked up. It’s a hell of a cliffhanger and has me on the edge of my shitty Pier One seat waiting for the next installment. Well faithful readers, I will see you back here for episode 5, Chupacabra . One last bit of business, the review posted before this one was labeled season 2 episode 2 so as a minor correction it is actually season 2 episode 3. I hope you have enjoyed until then may all your films bring fright.

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About Blick Tolkien

About Blick Tolkien: The bastard half brother of Zeb Carter, he grew up in Chicago's urban jungle, forced to be the victim of racial injustice and daily bullying until the day he saw Night of the Living Dead. the immersion into violence on film gave him the tools to externalize his hate and make the world a horror show for all his enemies. A card carrying member of the Black Panther party, he hates whitey and all forms of coonery including any and all Tyler Perry films. You have been warned. About Zeb Carter: The younger brother of Blick Tolkien, he used horror films as a way to open him self up to the social and story telling aspects of cinematic fear as well as his love of the silver screen. After seeing Gremlins at the drive in he was hooked. He also writes short fiction, has 2 daughters and a pack of animals that he is currently serves as the alpha male over. You can read his fiction at
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One Response to Blick Tolkien reviews The Walking Dead – Episode 010 – Cherokee Rose

  1. John Bruni says:

    Carl wanders around a lot in the second half of season two. I wonder if the writers recall that he’s still on the mend from being shot.

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