45 min., 2011
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Michelle MacLaren
My rating: ★★★★★
…Need I say more?
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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.
My review’s gonna contain a full episode recap, so spoiler alert bitches!
This one dovetails off of the last episode with Rick knowing Shane boned his girl, there being walkers in the barn, Sophia still missing, and Glenn falling for a corn fed farm girl that’s finally seeing the walkers as less human and more blood thirsty nom machines. With a little encouragement from Dale Glenn decides to come clean to the group about the walkers in the barn. Of course Shane is touting kill em or go, Carol wants to stay for Sophia’s sake and Shane decides to kill any hope she’s alive with a rant. Rick decides to talk it out with Hershel in the meantime while everyone sits on pins and needles. Daryl wants to play lone soldier but warnings from Carol that he’s on the mend mixed with her doubts that Sophia’s still alive sends him off pissed and disheartened.
It seems like the hick once again is the individual with the most depth. He’s been the main person keeping hope alive for Sophia’s safe return. Which is kind of fucked up, when you consider all the other people involved here. The only true believers are Daryl out of pure faith and Rick out of hopeful guilt ridden conscience. Everyone else is giving reassurances that are faker than a $3.00 bill. It gives me hope for the character of this unsung hick of a hero that he will be one of the survivors in the end of the series.
Hershel ain’t hearing a word Rick’s gotta say despite the news there’s a baby on the way and Maggie, seeing her dad ready to send them packing, is driving a further distance between them. Dale packs up the guns while Shane is watching the barn and after Rick gives him the not so good news that Hershel isn’t on board and his wife is preggers, Shane goes off half-cocked in search of the now missing weapons. Not, however, before he goes to have a heart to heart with Lori. Maggie kicks some out of the mouths of babes’ knowledge by way of scripture and it obviously touched Hershel enough to make him less certain about his decision. He tests Rick by making him go with while they retrieve a walker and bring it back intending to stow it in the barn. Simultaneously Glenn lets Maggie know he had to tell because he couldn’t live with the idea of her in danger and she’s so smitten they kiss and makeup. Shane tracks Dale to the swamp which brings up a good point that he speaks on which is why hadn’t he applied these same skills to finding Sophia. All in all, Shane and Dale have a stare down with Dale pointing a gun in his chest but in the end Shane takes the guns and goes back to the barn to start his coup. Everyone gets good and armed after Shane riles them up except Maggie, Lori, and Carl. Just in time to see Rick and Hershel lead the retrieved Walkers back to the barn. Chaos ensues once Shane shoots the walker Hershel is shepherding in every vital organ he can think of to prove to him they aren’t more than corpses. He sets the other walkers free after sniping Hershel’s in the head starting off a 21 gun salute. The last walker out sadly to say is Sophia. Rick lays her to rest with his revolver and the show ends.
I was impressed off my ass with how this one ended. It makes me want to kick Kirkman in the balls for the loop he threw me for after rooting this whole season for a safe and sound Sophia or at least the sub-theory that Merle got her and was keeping her hostage. Season 1 ended with just 6 episodes to the season and the show in similar fashion took a break after this episode to do a 13 episode season in total this go round. The action, drama, tension, and heart in this one kept me glued to my seat. I recommend it above quite a few other episodes as long as you have the context to keep the story straight. Anyhow, my next review is episode 8: Nebraska. Unlike Oklahoma it’s not a musical, so I’ll see you suckers another day. Until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?