43 min., 2012
Written by Frank Renzulli
Directed by Dan Sackheim
My rating: ★★★
Yup, it’s the filler episode.
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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 zombie. After losing Andrea, Rick and the remaining crew, try to carve out a new life at a prison they’ve found in their travels.
The following review is rated ABMT (Angry Black Man Talking), 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.
Looks like Glen yet again is stuck holding the shit end of the stick since he is at the governor’s camp being “interrogated” by Merle. We see that for an Asian guy that’s only 5”5’ he must have 10 pound testes since he doesn’t seem the slightest bit intimidated by Merle’s new prosthetic hand shank or the threat of real and soon to be persistent pain while Maggie is tied up and bearing auditory witness to these goings on. Back at the prison, Rick decides to admit an injured Michonne who happens to have supplies in tow
for the baby and Darryl delivers the news that Carol’s death or any rumors of it were greatly exaggerated. After the hug fest that ensues, she is informed that Lori didn’t make it and gets to meet her bundle of joy.
Back at Woodbury, it’s the morning after for Andrea and the governor but Milton comes in as a reminder that nookie or not, his experiments still need to be tended to and Andrea, being his new assistant, is forced to leave his bed behind. Rick interrogates Michonne and learns about Glen and Maggie being in the governor’s clutches. They agree to mount a rescue operation from there and Rick finally learns of the governor progressing the plot that’s been dragging a bit this season. Back in the covert section of Woodbury’s dark underbelly, Merle continues his attempt at pumping Glen for information with no success. Despite what seems like a pretty vicious beating, Glen is giving him nothing. This prompts the governor to step in and question his woman. Smart mouthed, tough as nails Maggie, is given the option to tell the governor what is going on and upon her refusal she’s told to get topless until she wants a bullet in Glen’s head. She does what’s she is told and is then brought in for further leverage. After Rick and Carl decide on “Judith” as the name for the baby even though “little ass kicker” works very well, Rick and his posse go off to rescue their friend while Andrea gets acquainted with her new job with Milton. It seems Milton has a theory that some part of the person remains behind after they turn. To test this theory he has a terminal cancer patient, he’s been giving visual and auditory cues to for some time. Andrea’s job is once he’s documented all he can from his volunteer is to put him down in case he comes back less than human and more than hungry. So I don’t belabor the point, the guy does comes back later on and is not the man Milton hoped he’d be and in that moment of Andrea saving Milton’s life, they bond a little bit.
Besides this, the episode for the most part is filler. This is evidenced by a scene in which some crazy dude in a cabin goes toe to toe with Rick and company when they try to hide out there from some walkers in the woods. This scene wasn’t homage to anything in the comics or even a scene that established the lay of the land or got them any closer to discovering the whereabouts of their friends. It may have existed to fill their gore quota since the guy gets torn apart, but beyond that there was no reason for it. If it were at least a weapons cache I could have justified the waste of digital film, but for this and many other moments of unnecessary dialogue I must now do something I never thought I would have to do. I now with a heavy heart, rate this episode a 2. Next episode the action will actually pick up once we see operation rescue Asian put into effect. Until then, may all your films bring you fright.Have You Read...?