43 min., 2012
Written by Robert Kirkman
Directed by Billy Gierhart
My rating: ★★★★★
Operation Rescue an Asian is a go!
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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.
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.
I am going to start this review off with a concern I’ve been having about the progression of the show. I’ve touched on this subject before but I believe I should be a bit more direct. So, just let me wax poetic for a moment. The locations from the source material have been visited, seen, and touched upon throughout the shows’ 3 season run. We’ve seen characters change perspective and act out of character for the comic book survivors we came to know and, over what is now a 107 issue stint, love as well. Rather than Andrea hooking up with Dale, we get her boning every bad guy she comes across. It’s at the point that if Andrea gets wet at all over a guy, you could bet your last dime he is going to be a villain. We missed out on the budding romance between Carl and Sophia when she got the axe in season 2. And while I’m not complaining about it, since a good amount of source material deviations have led to a far more responsible and down to earth Glenn as well as the Dixon brothers, there haven’t been certain people from the Walking Dead universe appearing on screen at all. We have a man and his twin sons that have gone unseen in addition to Tyrese who was originally Rick’s right hand man at the prison. When you add in the fact that Dale is being replaced Hershel’s one legged sage advice giving self and Maggie’s little sister has become Carl’s puppy love interest, it’s nothing really to get up in arms about. Until this episode I thought Tyrese had been replaced on the show by T-Dog. That is, until he ended up chomped to death in the bowels of the prison.
Well boys and girls, I am glad to report that Tyrese, a black female that I can only assume is his daughter, another man, and the dorky son whom I can only assume is her boyfriend from the comics are officially the group of people that open this episode. I have no idea if their fate will mirror that of their graphic novel counterparts, but I do know that rather than being annoyed, I am truly excited to find out. So team Tyrese wade through the woods with him swinging his trusty hammer to dispatch the walkers all about. Eventually, as we knew they would, they find the prison and with Carl’s help, they get navigated back the safety of his cell block. The little man that Carl is becoming, he keeps them cordoned off from the rest of the group while he, Hershel, and the rest of the survivors that stayed behind all wait for Rick to return from his rescue mission with Maggie and Glenn in tow.
In the meantime, Michonne helps Rick get back into Woodbury so they can do what they came to do. Back at The Governor’s place, Andrea is leaving his bed while he goes into his secret room for some daddy/daughter time. It would appear as though the governor keeps his daughter on a very short leash… literally. His hope in doing this, since she has already joined the ranks of the undead, is in the hope that Milton’s theory is correct and she may one day be cured. If not cured, he at least hopes that some spark of the person she used to be remains. Instead, he is greeted with gnashing teeth as she is more interested in the pureed meat on his table than she is in the sweet old Southern song his crooning to her with the assistance of a CD player. Disgusted, he puts his undead princess back in her cage.
Right after an executive decision comes down from the governor to Merle that every moment Maggie and Glenn are alive Andrea may discover them, Glenn gets the bright idea to use the dead walker’s bone as a shank giving Maggie the upper hand when they come in to claim them. She takes out the other guard and had Merle in her crosshairs after she wrestles the gun away from his good hand. Reinforcements come and they’re forced to surrender their firearm right when Rick comes in chucking a smoke bomb and spirits them away to safety. So the rest of what happens doesn’t drag on I’ll try to be brief. The other prisoner that comes with them gets offed, Daryl gets left behind, some folks get shot, and even though they pass each other, Andrea doesn’t recognize them and they don’t recognize her leaving the governors reputation intact. Michonne, who has taken this opportunity to break away from the group, has other plans which lead to an epic one on one with the slick talking Governor.
Michone discovers the heads, including the one attached to his daughters shoulders and though he finds and pleads with her not to, she takes his daughter out regardless. After they trade blows and trash the room it all ends with a wedge of glass to his eye and Andrea breaking it up before Michonne walks away. Everyone escapes else except Daryl, whom they intend to go back for later. The Governor has other plans and Andrea is left to ponder exactly why her new boyfriend even had this creepy room and all the items therein. At the end of it all, The Governor addresses the citizens of Woodbury in a grand speech calling Rick and his crew terrorists and throws Merle under the bus as the traitor that led them there with his brother being held hostage as proof.
This is beyond a shadow of a doubt a 4 star episode and we got introduced to more comic characters as well as the Governor taking on the one eyed persona we wanted. I think fan service was observed and the episode was pretty damn entertaining. I will catch you for the next episode in a few weeks so until then, may all your films bring you fright.Have You Read...?