45 min., 2012
Written by Evan Reilly
Directed by Guy Ferland
My rating: ★★★★
Dead men walkin’.
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Sheriff Rick Grimes, after waking from a coma and finding his family along with a small group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic zombie infested world, attempts to lead them all to safety. After losing Sophia and finding a farm where they could take shelter, he was forced to kill his best friend for the good of the group and was shortly after, chased from the farm by giant hoard of zombies. After losing Andrea, Rick and the remaining crew, try to carve out a new life at a prison they’ve found in their travels and its criminal inhabitants.
The following review is rated EPMF (Extremely Pleased Mutha Fucka), 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.
Screw the foreplay and let’s get to it. We open with a pretty epic chopper crash and after Michonne and a really sickly looking Andrea go to investigate another group of people ride up in some cars and interrupt their search for answers. Just as soon as they think they are in the clear, one of the men catches them off guard from behind and relieves them of their weapons. This is where the big reveal comes in for the long awaited return of good ol’ Merle Dickson. Andrea is so surprised to see him she passes out. After the girls are escorted back to camp and Andrea is given medical retreatment, they find out that this camp is more than just a few rag tag survivors holed up in a shack somewhere.
Following the brief questioning they get from Merle and asking to be set free, they get introduced to the second long awaited feature of the Walking Dead universe, the governor. He informs them that they aren’t prisoners but instead honored guests. They get a tour of what seems to be an intact suburban neighborhood complete with a secure wall, armed guards, clean streets, and working showers. Once they’ve finished marveling and are bedding down for the night, they awake to find the town bustling with life. The governor gives them the grand tour but from the moment she laid eyes on him, Michonne has been suspicious. As they continue their tour by hearing testimonials from the residents of the town, the governor goes off to question the lone survivor of the helicopter crash. He tells the governor about the rest of his military compatriots awaiting the return of him and his fellow scouts with news of safety or civilization. After this news, he consults Milton, his resident scientist, to answer the how and the why as to Michonne’s two zombie slaves who were accompanying her and Andrea on their journey. He proposes some interesting theories but the primary focus shifts back to the girls once the four of them sit down for breakfast.
After their meal ends, Michonne promptly asks for their weapons again simply to be rebuffed with requests that they try to take some rest and relaxation while they can get it and the governor’s hope that they’ll want to stay rather than leave. Andrea and Michonne have a little back and forth dialog about trust and it seems at though Michonne is still a closed book with a lock on it buried under a ton of concrete and that even though Andrea has shared her whole life story, Michonne intends to keep her silence. As they separate, Andrea looks for what the town has to offerwhile Michonne goes off in search of what secrets the town or its governor might be keeping.
In the meantime, the governor goes to follow up on the lead he got from the wounded pilot to find out that he was telling the truth. After approaching the soldiers and gaining their trust, he proceeds to wipe them out with extreme prejudice confirming Michonne’s suspicions. Too bad she isn’t around to see it. Once he and his henchmen (I’m allowed to call them henchmen since he’s obviously a villain) collect up all the vehicles and weapons, they drive back into town. Upon their arrival, he spins some fantastic yarn about how they found these highly trained military men slaughtered by zombies and by taking their supplies he would honor their memory and ensure their sacrifice was not in vain. Andrea and her mighty vagina of bad decision making seems smitten after his speech with this muscly psychopath leaving us viewers with the impression she may be calling Woodbury her new home.
The episode ends with the fish tank scene from the comics being brought to life with these zombie heads floating in the ether as he zones out, mesmerized by the macabre sight. It may be worthy of noting for comic book fans that the governor has two eyes. Don’t let this concern you too much. We’ll get there in time. I have to give it to the actor that plays the governor though, Mr. David Morrissey. He captures that kind hearted, honorable good guy routine while letting the sinister motives underneath bubble to the surface like a pro. I also want to say Danai Gurira is actually flexing more of her acting skills as Michonne in this episode and both are doing an excellent job of embodying who their character is and bringing that to the small screen. This show has yet to bring any truly bad changes to the table while still maintaining the love and understanding of its core audience as well as this reviewer. We do have more Walking Dead coming your way soon so don’t worry too much, you’ll still be getting your fix while the show’s on hiatus. So until the next one posts may all your films bring fright.Have You Read...?