45 min., 2012
Written by Evan Reilly
Directed by Clark Johnson
My rating: ★★★★★
Like Oklahoma just without singing or safety.
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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, the search for Sophia ending with her corpse in Hershel’s Barn the group hopes to reside there for safety.
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 episode opens with the shot heard round the zombieverse going into Sophia’s head. You could see the resolve on Rick’s face as he did it but that open hurt and sense of longing are plain on his face as well. It’s reminiscent of the look he got in episode one season one (see my review) when he has to put down bicycle girl. However, in the here and now, we are dealing with the aftermath of the powder keg everyone had been hoping would not go off. But as usual, Shane’s explosive temper ripped those hopes to shreds. A very interesting question that needed to be asked was brought up by Shane and as usual great question, piss poor timing. “You knew she was in there, didn’t you?” Of course, Hershel, still in shock, denies it and says Otis must have been the one that put her in there. Which I am inclined to believe except you see Patricia, Otis’ girlfriend, breaking the legs of some chickens and tossing them down to some zombies from the hayloft. Looking at things from this perspective, she had to have noticed the little girl in there at least once right? Of course, when the question’s asked she had nothing to say. Skipping over this quandary, things with Glenn and Maggie are in a strange place thanks to a misinterpreted comment he made about moving on after discovering Sophia is dead. She thinks Sophia was his only reason to stick around which would put them on unsure footing for relationship sake. What he actually meant was as macabre as the world is the thought of banding together to find her alive and well had been overshadowed up to this point with the looming question of is she alive or dead. Having confirmation, as hard as that is, means now that they know they can start the process of getting on with their lives. In either case, Glenn doesn’t know what he wants to do.
Now the group is preparing for an impromptu burial for Sophia, Maggie’s step brother, and her mom, then burn the rest. Hershel, of course, wants Shane off his land and potentially everyone else with him. Rick is having a moment of doubt and dealing with a lot of internal conflict and Shane is mounting his “I’m right” high horse and brooding .They hold the funerals which Carol chooses not to attend. Meanwhile Maggie and Glenn go for round 2 of discussions. Her sister Beth passes out doing the dishes and goes all catatonic, they seek Hershel out for help but once he is nowhere to be found, it’s Glenn and Rick on a search mission to find him. Rick and Glenn hit the bar in town and sure enough they hit the mark when they find Hershel drowning his sorrows. Meanwhile back at the ranch, Dale lets Lori know just how dangerous Shane is by giving her his theory which Shane didn’t deny of his sacrificing Otis to the walkers. Lori starts getting worried and asks Darryl to go after Rick and company but he declines to which she replies that he is selfish. After he reads her the riot act about the bullet and the arrow he took during the wild goose chase for Sophia, he tells her if she wants him that bad she can go get him herself.
Back at the bar, Rick tries to talk Hershel through his loss of faith and get him back to his girls with the new found realization that he had been feeding corpses the whole time and that there is no cure, Hershel doesn’t seem to have a reason to go on. Rick starts to win him over by yelling him they have to live to give the others hope even if they don’t believe in hope themselves.
Right at that moment of mutual understanding, two new guys walk in to the bar. The two guys, Jimmy and Tony, inform them that Fort Bennett is a wasteland and try to pump them for information about where they’ve come from. To keep the group safe, everyone keeps their lips sealed until a large warning flag goes up when Tony talks about needing to get laid and asks if there were any women in their group. Jimmy keeps asking if they can go to their farm and when Rick’s blatant refusals become solidified no’s they go for their weapons and Rick has to put them both down OK Corral style. In the meantime, we get a reminder of why women make damned terrible drivers. Lori is off checking her map and careens right into a lone zombie flipping her car before she even gets a chance to reach the town where her husband is. The good hands people are not going to be happy about this.
This episode is what a mid-season premier is supposed to be. It kept me intrigued the story progressed and we watched the character solidify who the characters were going to be for the rest of the season. The acting was awesome and you get the feeling the sweet old Rick is gone and the take no prisoners and the by any means necessary Rick has taken his place. I wish I could grow another hand just to give this episode another thumbs up. I am actually pretty psyched about the next episode which is Trigger Finger. So I will see you next review. Until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?