45 min., 2012
Written by David Leslie Johnson
Directed by Billy Gierhart
My rating: ★★★★★
Never say die… to Rick Grimes that is.
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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!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one; 2 guys walk into a bar and tries to pull a gun on this guy and his 3 friends then they both get shot in the face… Not very funny huh? Well, that’s what happened. But, before we get to that, Lori is still unconscious in a turned over car with a walker trying to chew its way to her through the crack in the glass. Ironically, it’s the same walker she hit on the way to go find Rick that flipped the car in the first place.
Anywhore, back at the bar, Rick and his 2 amigos Hershel and Glenn are preparing to make a hasty exit after that little shooting fiasco when they hear a car pull up outside. Looks like those douche bags’ friends have come to look for them after all. Once they make it to the bar, Rick decides to go all honest Abe and tell them how they got shot and in response they fire on the bar. Meanwhile, Lori wakes up to gnashing teeth and kills her 2 zombie pursuers before the people back on the farm realize she’s even gone. Once they figure it out, Shane goes to find her. The rest of the episode goes on like this until Shane finds Lori and tells her that Rick and the crew made it back and are waiting on her just for that to turn out to be a lie he had to use to get her to return to the safety of the barn.
Back at the bar, corpses start flooding toward the location from the sound of all the gunfire. The shooters take off, minus one Glenn shoots and one that impaled his leg on a gate jumping off the roof of another building. Rick plucks him up and carries him to the car as they make a quick escape. Before they get back with their prisoner, Shane accidentally spills the beans about her being pregnant to the group when he is checking her injuries, including a pleasantly surprised Carl. Rick tries to get people to relax after Shane lays out the simple truth of what will they do with the new guy. He has friends and can’t be part of the fold. They can’t just let him loose on the road because he may as well be walker bait so no one knows what to do with him but for now he’s gonna heal up under lock and key supervision.
After his tirade Hershel lays down the law and actually gets Shane to shut up and respect his authority. Andrea is siding more with Shane and it seems there will be a mutiny soon if Rick can’t get them to all play nice. Besides that Lori tells Rick exactly how dangerous she thinks Shane is and what he may have to do to keep them safe. It is obvious Lori is more than implying there will have to be a confrontation that anyone watching has seen coming for a long while.
I am simultaneously impressed and disgusted by Rick’s behavior. In the scene from season 2 episode 8 where Rick lays out the two men in the bar who were obviously a threat to their group, it seems that Rick has turned over a new leaf and allowed the cold, calculating willing-to-do-whatever-it-takes guy come out for some fresh air. A few hours later, Rick stuffs that guy back in the cellar and the no-man- left-behind-even-if-that-man-was-just-shooting-at-me-30-seconds-before guy comes back. It is this strange and awkward dance that Rick does that give weight to the possibility that he just might get someone killed. Honestly, as much as we want to believe that Rick’s morality equals Rick’s humanity, it’s a kick to the crotch to think that Shane may have actually kept the group safer than Rick. The look on Rick’s face at the end of the episode seems to be an indication that he is finally willing to make the decisions that may in the end result in a loss of life as long as it preserves the lives of his friends and family. Anyone who has read the graphic novels knows Shane should have been dead way before now, but with all the changes Kirkman has made there is no way to be sure of what direction he is taking these characters or how long they will survive. I don’t know about you, but I am just dying (horrible pun intended) to find out. So next up we have episode 10: 18 miles out. So, until then, may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?