45 min., 2012
Written by Scott M. Gimple
Directed by Dan Attias
My rating: ★★★★
Lori said I was crazy once…once!
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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 a 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.
(I’ll be trying something a little different this go round, so I hope you like it.) Welcome to the next installment of The Awesome Adventures of Michonne! After leaving the Governor’s good graces Merle and 3 other expendables are sent to track her down. So she leaves them a message in the form of 2 arms, 2 legs and a flipped over torso arranged neatly for her pursuers, spelling out go back. Still they press on and she takes out 2 of them with her handy dandy “pig sticker” as Merle calls it before getting a flesh wound to the leg from Merles gun. Merle and his remaining flunky chase her and leave her for dead after they lose her and he kills him to make sure the story stays straight.
Rick gets another mysterious call from a woman claiming safe haven as he pleads his case for him and his group to join her there. She says she will call back after her group discusses it. When they call back he is asked questions about his wife and his actions to be told again they have to think on it while Hershel tries to be Rick’s conscience. Rick confides in him about the calls and as hard as it is to swallow Hershel tries to have his back. For the remainder of the episode Rick is immovable and the calls keep coming in with various people on the line that seem to know far too much about him despite the fact he has told them nothing.
Andrea is still getting cozy with the governor despite the Zombie Smack Down Brawl he’s been hosting in Woodbury. She wants to be a contributing member of the community so she gets assigned to the wall where she meets a young girl that’s supposed to teach her archery but is a piss poor shot so Andrea hops over the wall and jabs the walker in the skull with her pocket knife. She’s pretty proud of her self until the girl looks at her with the same disgust she had for the competitors in last nights’ match.
Daryl has a heart to heart with Carl since his parents, in true Grimes family fashion, are no where to be seen when he needs them. You find out more of his history when he tells Carl about his own mother and her habit of smoking in bed leading to her becoming a crispy critter as he was out playing in the neighborhood. Where he was in a state of disbelief because it didn’t look like her, Carl wasn’t allowed that disconnect. He got to see her face as he pulled the trigger but they both have a moment of compassion for the loss of their mothers and it’s a moment that strengthens the bond between them both.
The Governor takes Andrea off the wall after her wall jumping stunt. She admits to liking the fights but having a bit of self-loathing for the fact she enjoyed the violence. The Governor admonishes her and assigns her to assist in Milton’s experiments which focuses on seeing if after a person dies what part of the person they were could remain. Her job in short is once the male volunteer turns to dispatch of him if he is unresponsive.
Maggie and Glen go on a supply and ammo run and are taken hostage and brought before the Governor by Merle, while a very much alive Michonne
takes their supplies back to the prison in the hopes of trading them for medical supplies and shelter. While this is going on, Andrea and the
Governor get a few drinks in em and finally share an intimate moment.
In an attempt to clear out the remaining walkers in the bowels of the prison, Daryl runs into one with Carol’s knives in the gullet of one of the walkers giving him hope she may still be alive. The episode ends with him finding her safe and sound, Rick realizing he’s been talking to the dead friends and his dead wife he’s had to leave behind on the phone, Andrea and the Governor make love and Rick comes back to his senses long enough to hold his daughter for the first time and comfort his son. Lastly, we see Michonne arrive formula in hand leaving Rick to decide whether to add to the fold another to protect or to walk away. Daryl continues searching with his only fear being that if he finds Carol he may have to take her out. Luckily for him, he does find her and there is no zombie Carol.
To sum up, we have Rick cracking up under all the pressure, Michonne finally connecting with the right group of people and now waiting to
potentially join them, Maggie and Glen at the mercy of the governor, Andrea yet again being seduced by the wrong guy, and Merle finally aware of Rick’s safe haven and his baby brother’s whereabouts, more or less. This episode had a lot of drama and high tension but not at the frantic break neck speeds that some other episodes have been sporting. The episode rates at a three in my mind for execution and overall content as well as forwarding the story until the inevitable showdown between Rick and the governor. This is one of those episodes where you can sort of just sit back and enjoy the ride rather than a bunch of edge of your seat nail biting. I hope you kids like the new format. I have not yet decided if I will keep it. Regardless, I will have a new episode coming at you soon but until then may all your films bring fright.