45 min., 2013
Written by Nichole Beattie
Directed by Seith Mann
My rating: ★★★★★
Where the disembodied heart is.
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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.
Last episode, we got a taste of what Rick looks like with a touch of guilt laden insanity. It seems this episode Rick gets to go full on bat shit crazy. We also get to see the Dixon brothers traverse the road together, but that is more of a reminder that Merle is a racist douche bag and Darryl falls back into the role of the kid brother who wants to be just like his older bro. It becomes apparent during their little hike that Darryl has sort of outgrown his brother’s shadow and while he won’t leave him behind, he is definitely done following behind him like a lost coon dog. After an encounter with some Mexican survivors where they help dispatch the zombies terrorizing them, the difference in their codes of conducts becomes completely clear. Ultimately the decision is made that Darryl will be rejoining team Rick. Since Darryl will not let him lead, Merle’s only choices are to follow or get out of the way.
It seems that Glenn has taken charge of preparations as well as reinforcing the defenses of the prison in anticipation of the governor’s visit. Hershel is trying to stress the point that if the governor is such a threat that they should pack up and leave. Glenn is of no mind to hear this line of thinking. As far as he is concerned the only option is stand and fight. It seems everyone is pushing Hershel’s advice out of their heads like the Baja Men’s “ Who Let the Dogs Out”. This isn’t something Glenn cornered the market on though. Rick, who has been literally chasing ghosts (of his wife in specific) around the prison grounds, refuses to give it a rest and just come inside despite Hershel’s soothing negotiator voice being in full effect. Since no one seems to be hearing a word Hershel has to say, it’s only fitting that they are caught with their pants completely around their ankles once the governor finally does show up.
This only occurs after he has given Andrea this long spiel about needing her level headed expertise to lead the people of Woodbury after hearing her heart-warming speech. During this moment of relationship building, he also promises that if the prison occupants stay away from the Woodbury residents there will be no retaliation since he only wants peace. After this exchange, however, he asks Milton to spy on her just in case then takes off to parts unknown.
After all these separate events, everything culminates at the prison where after unsuccessfully attempting to cajole Rick inside, Hershel almost takes a bullet to the face after the arrival of the governor. Glenn after all that talk of preparation is out getting supplies while no less than 6 of the governors flunkies snipe the last remaining prisoner forcing Carol to use his body as a human shield. Maggie, her sister, and Carl are all unsuccessfully returning fire while the governor and his flunkies are peppering the entire area with bullets as though it were a recipe in a Cajun cookbook. Just as Rick runs out of bullets, the governor’s boys drive in a truck full of walkers and set them loose in the prison courtyard. Rick is moments from being nommed on when an arrow nails a walker in the head signaling the timely return of the Dixon brothers. The governor decides enough is enough and just as he is leaving Glenn is just rolling up. I’m pretty sure this has snapped Rick out of his brief mental vacation and let him know soul searching will have to wait until one eyed psychopaths aren’t trying to kill him.
The scenes with the Dixons’ up to the very end aren’t really necessary or all that riveting, however they do tie the episode together and add to the drama of the show giving it the heart of in this survival horror. The rest of the cast are spending a good amount of time being taxed to their emotional limits and its making for some very good story telling and visuals. Overall this episode ranks pretty high for it to be so late into the season. Next episode we get to watch Hershel actually lose his temper with Rick when we revisit our friends in zombie land for episode 11: I ain’t a Judas. Until then, may all your films bring you fright.Have You Read...?